Producer Kathryn Smith Pyle is a Sundance Institute Fellow (2011 Documentary Edit and Story Lab; 2009 Creative Producers Lab) whose former career as a grantmaker in the U.S. and Latin America was dedicated to grassroots development and giving voice to marginalized communities, often through community media projects. Her concerns as a
documentary film producer continue that commitment, working in partnership with human rights groups and social movements. She recently completed a short film on immigration reform, Farm Labor.
Producer/Director María Teresa Rodríguez’ work often centers on untold stories of Latinos in the Americas whose experiences reflect a larger socio-political reality. Previous films includes Mirror Dance (with Frances McElroy), which was broadcast on PBS’ Independent Lens, received a LASA Award of Merit and a Cine Golden Eagle Award; the documentary Becoming American for the series Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? (PBS, 2008), which received a 2009 duPont-Columbia Award and a 2009 Communication Award in TV/Radio/Film from the National Academies, and the experimental documentary From Here to There/ De Aquí a Allá Allá, which received a First Place Award for Short Documentary at the XVII International Film Festival of Uruguay. She is a Sundance Documentary Fellow (2011 Edit and Story Lab), an Adjunct Associate Professor of Film/Video at the University of the Arts and the recipient of numerous grants and awards including a Pew Fellowship in the Arts and a Leeway Transformation Award, which recognizes the work of women artists engaged in social change.
Advisory Committee: Mariclaire Acosta, Oscar Andrade, Sonia Baires, Kate Doyle, William LeoGrande, Louis Massiah, Jack Spence.