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Photographer Adrian Fernandez studied at the Superior Institute of Art and at the San Alejandro Academy of Fine Arts. His solo work has been exhibited in Cuba and the United States, including the Houston Center for Photography in Houston, Texas, and the Center for the Development of Visual Arts and the Juan David Gallery at the Yara Movie Theatre Cultural Center, both in Havana, Cuba. His group exhibitions have been viewed in international venues such as the Art Public Contemporain in France, Paseo de la Reforma, Bosque de Chapultepec in Mexico, and the Paix Foundation of Guatemala. Visit the Adrian Fernandez website.

Melissa Hacker made her directing debut with the documentary film My Knees Were Jumping: Remembering The Kindertransports, which was short-listed for Academy Award nomination. My Knees Were Jumping tells the story of the Kindertransport, a rescue mission that saved the lives of nearly 10,000 children in the months before World War II, and was seen in film festivals (including the Documentary Competition of the Sundance Film Festival), museums, and universities worldwide. My Knees Were Jumping was released theatrically in New York City and aired on television in the United States, Canada, Great Britain and Israel and  is available on dvd, itunes, SundanceNow and netflix.

Melissa is currently directing Ex Libris, an animated documentary. Honors received include a Fulbright/MuseumQuartier21 Artist-in-Residence award in Vienna, residencies at Yaddo, VCCA, Playa, and Saltonstall, and a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts. Melissa’s video Venus was featured in the group gallery exhibition "Objects of Devotion and Desire: Medieval Relic to Contemporary Art," and received special accolades in The New York Times' review of the show.

Melissa is also a freelance film editor who has edited two Academy Award nominated documentary shorts: Sister Rose's Passion and The Collector of Bedford Street as well as documentary programs for MTV's True Life series, National Geographic Television, the PBS/BBC American Cinema series, and Beyond Conviction, a feature documentary on restorative justice that won the Audience Award at the Woodstock Film festival and aired on MSNBC. Melissa received an MFA from Hunter College’s Integrated Media Arts Program, a BFA from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and has taught at New York University's Undergraduate Film Institute, Hunter College, the Columbia University School of Journalism, and most recently in the MFA film program at City College, CUNY.


President, Ludwig Foundation of Cuba. Helmo is an art historian and specialist in visual arts, theatre, and cultural policy and development as well as a curator and critic. Helmo serves as an Advisor of the National Fine Arts Council and the National Performing Arts Council, Havana. Helmo is also an adjunct professor at the University of Havana and at the Superior Institute of Arts.