instructorLeonora Anzaldua Burke is a USC graduate and undergraduate level teaching assistant in editing, and a graduate-level cinematography instructor. Leonora holds a Bachelor of Arts from Yale College and will receive her MFA in Film and Television Production in 2013. She received the Sun Cinematography Award; the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts Scholarship; the Rodolpho Montes Scholarship; and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund's Cheech Marin Award.
managing producerPedro Pablo has written, produced, and directed more than 30 documentaries, television specials, and pilot programs for such clients as KCET Channel 28, The Colburn School, The J. Paul Getty Trust, Bill Viola Studios, The City of Los Angeles, Malcolm Forbes Inc, Partners of the Americas, Museo Eduardo Carrillo, Eco Spies Productions, Genesis LA, Televisión Nacional de Chile and Univisión Televisión. He recently produced fifty 4-minute spots for LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, in Los Angeles.
web developementAmzi Jeffs is a student at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California. Amzi plans to major in Computer Science, and has co-authored a cryptography paper with professor Mike Rosulek of the University of Montana. Amzi is also interested in developing video games and theoretical math.
development directorMarilyn is a professional with more than 10-years experience managing all aspects of Nonprofit Fundraising and Development. Her skills include grant writing; special event design and operations; budget development; vendor/venue negotiation; staff and volunteer recruitment & management. She received her MBA in Nonprofit Management from the American Jewish University and a B.S. in Political Science from the University of Oregon, rumored to be the rationale for her bright green and yellow nails.
director, marketing and external relationsMichael is a Los Angeles based media executive and social marketing strategist. His work experience includes senior creative positions at Fox, NBC/Universal, MTM and USA. He has also been a producer, and a writer for magazines, daytime soap operas and prime time episodic television. Most recently, he served as Executive Editor of Minerva Place, an online lifestyle magazine. He received a Telly Award for writing and directing "The Fire This Time", an HIV educational film for at-risk communities.
instructorJessica holds an MFA in film Directing/Production Program from UCLA's School of Film and Television. She recently completed the first fellowship program with Bad Robot Productions; she was also the Story/Content Producer for Cuentame, directing and producing multiple works including an LGBT Latino Youth Video Campaign. She has received the Director's Guild of America Student Film jury prize in the Latino category, the James Bridges Award, The Mary Pickford Award, The Jack Nicholson Distinguished Director Award, and the Motion Picture Association of America Award.
executive director/founderSimon is as UK-born writer (NY. Times, L.A Weekly etc) and producer. He has produced documentaries, award-winning films and online TV pilots, as well as developing ethics education content for the U.S Navy (Annapolis). He is most proud of creating a cartoon series to teach algebra to middle school students. He is a passionate advocate of teen potential, has two of his own in L.A public schools, and is convinced that everyone's job is a story worth telling.
Julius has studied psychology and philosophy in an attempt to fill the shoes of his psychotherapist father, who made him watch disturbing Ingmar Bergman films as a child. He is currently a fifth semester MFA directing student at USC's School of Cinematic Arts (All-University Honors Society, Phi Kappa Phi); his award-winning short film "Kristallnacht Sonata" screened at USC's TED conference in 2011. He continues to teach film production to high school juniors and seniors for his second year.
the internAli has interned with Gigniks for the past two years, assisting high school film classes, filming, editing, researching, writing, brainstorming, and helping the grown-ups deal with problems far beyond their abilities (like fixing minor computer issues and relating to their teenage audience). She's independent and ambitious, has been taking public transportation around LA since she was twelve, excels particularly in math and english, and balances AP classes and college courses with her job in a pizza joint. Has been known to inform sponsors that she's "the brains of the operation".
instructorSan Antonio native Lindsey is currently pursuing her MFA at USC's School of Cinematic Arts, studying Film and Television Production with a focus in producing and documentary production. Prior to graduate school, Lindsey received a degree in Advertising and a degree in Radio, TV, Film from the University of Texas at Austin.
instructorFaroukh is a Los Angeles based filmmaker, 2006 winner of the KET PBS Fund for Independent Production with a documentary exploring the lack of higher education for rural Eastern Kentucky youth. His viral documentary shorts won a 2007 Webby Award nomination for "Best Online Film & Video in News/Documentary/Public Service." He is currently pursuing an M.F.A. in Film Production at USC's School of Cinematic Arts.
(Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing)
Brother II Brother Mentoring
dean of health sciences
Pasadena City College
pillar business/ education coordinator
Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce
Associate Dean of Students
USC Career Center
immediate past dean
UCLA Film and TV
California Department of Education
(Formerly L.A County Education)
director youth development/media