Filmmakers

filmmakersTHE TEAM: Reuben, Ana Maria and Guillermo have worked on eight productions over the years cementing a deep working relationship inspired by their mutual love of documentary storytelling that always keeps a focus on finding the heart of the story at hand.

Prior to “Hello Cuba!” the team collaborated on “Amazon Gold” a documentary about the illegal mining of gold that is destroying the rainforest at an alarming speed. That film won the prestigious Best Film at the international Environmental Film Festival (The Green Film Award) held each year in one of their dozens of member countries.

FILMMAKER-REUBEN-AARONSONREUBEN AARONSON, producer/director/cinematographer/editor
NGOFilms, USA

Reuben Aaronson is a highly respected filmmaker whose distinctive work reflects a wide variety of experience that now totals over thirty years. Reuben has traveled the world to shoot and direct multiple award-winning films about the human experience for National Geographic, Discovery, HBO, PBS and on many independent projects. From Academy Awards to Emmys, Aaronson’s work is consistently recognized for its beauty and sensitivity.

Reuben, who is fluent in Spanish, first collaborated with Guillermo Palacios (see below) on a film about the Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie that they shot in Peru and Bolivia. That film (“Hotel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie”) won an Academy Award. Later, they worked together on a film about Gauchos in Argentina that won a National Emmy for Cinematography.

Before “Hello Cuba!,” he worked again with Guillermo on “Amazon Gold” that went on to win the prestigious Green Film Award for Best Environmental Film.

Reuben shot “Anthropological Unit” for Terrance Malick’s feature film “The Thin Red Line,” that was nominated for an Academy Award for Cinematography.

ANA MARIA POMAREDAANA MARIA POMAREDA, producer
Perfo Studio S.A., Peru

Ana Maria Pomareda is a Peruvian film producer of documentaries and feature films. She and her husband – the sound director Guillermo Palacios Pareja – spent a year in Cuba helping to set up the Sound Department for the celebrated International Film School of Cuba.

Ana Maria has worked extensively as a producer throughout Latin America assisting multiple American and European production companies over the years. Under the umbrella of their company she and Guillermo are often asked to work on films with diverse subjects related to the environment, human rights, migration and archaeology.

Prior to “Hello Cuba!” the team collaborated on “Amazon Gold” a documentary about the illegal mining of gold that is destroying the rainforest at an alarming speed. That film won the prestigious Best Film at the international Environmental Film Festival (The Green Film Award) held each year in one of their dozens of member countries.

GUILLERMO PALACIOS PAREJAGUILLERMO PALACIOS PAREJA, Director of Sound
Perfo Studio S.A.

Throughout his twenty-plus years in film production, Guillermo has directed the sound for hundreds of productions providing the post production sound as well for over 40 feature films in Latin America alone and for over a hundred documentaries including work with National Geographic, BBC, Spanish TV, as well as with German, Belgian, Canadian productions.

He and his wife lived in Cuba for two years while they helped to set up the Sound Department at the International Film School of San Antonio de los Banos.

Guillermo won the Jury Prise at Cannes in 2010 for the feature film “October,” for Sound Design and Management and “Overall Best Sound” in the Hot Docs Festival of Canada 1999 for the documentary “Visionaries.”

Guillermo has worked closely with Reuben Aaronson over the years. Most recently they collaborated on his film “Amazon Gold” which won the celebrated Green Film Award for Best Environmental Film presented in Paris, 2014.

It is largely because of his enthusiasm for the importance that sound plays in films that his friendship has grown over the years in collaboration with Reuben Aaronson. And he deserves endless thanks if his claim is true that it was his idea for the three of them to make a film together in Cuba.

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