Loira Limbal currently serves as the Senior Vice President for Programs for Firelight Media. Limbal is an Afro-Dominican filmmaker and DJ interested in the creation of art that is nuanced and revelatory for communities of color. She has worked at various community-based organizations in New York City including The Point Community Development Corporation, The Dominican Women’s Development Center, and Sista II Sista. In 2006, she founded The Reel X Project, a social justice and creative filmmaking space for young women of color in the Bronx.
Limbal’s current film Through the Night is a feature documentary about a 24-hour daycare center. Through the Night is a New York Times Critics’ Pick, was selected for a world premiere at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival, and aired on PBS' POV series in May 2021. Her first film, Estilo Hip Hop, was a co-production of ITVS and aired on PBS in 2009. She is a Sundance Institute Fellow, NAACP Image Award nominee, a DOC NYC Documentary New Leader, Chicken & Egg Award recipient, and a former Ford Foundation JustFilms/Rockwood Fellow. Additionally, she co-produces and helms the popular Brooklyn monthly #APartyCalledRosiePerez.
Limbal received a B.A. in History from Brown University and is a graduate of the Third World Newsreel's Film and Video Production Training Program. She lives in the Bronx with her two children.
Stanley Nelson is among the premier documentary filmmakers working today. His feature-length films combine compelling narratives with rich and deeply researched historical detail, shining new light on both familiar and under-explored aspects of the American past.
Marcia Smith is president and co-founder of Firelight Media, which produces documentary films, provides artistic and financial support to emerging filmmakers of color, and builds impact campaigns to connect documentaries to audiences and social justice advocates.
Rafiah Vitalis is Firelight’s Director of Finance and Operations. Rafiah has decades-long experience as a finance and nonprofit professional, deeply committed to work that creates transformative change in underserved and historically oppressed communities.
Kandace Fuller is a graduate of Columbia University, where she received her B.A. in English Literature. During her studies, she developed a passion for amplifying marginalized voices and developing narratives that animate and affirm people of color.
Chloë Walters-Wallace is the director of regional initiatives for Firelight Media.
Monika Navarro recently joined Firelight Media as the Senior Director of Artist Programs. She has more than a decade of experience producing for public media, from directing her debut film Lost Souls (Animas Perdidas) which premiered on Independent Lens, to producing for World Channel, American Documentary and the Peabody-award winning PBS series Latino Americans.
Justin Sherwood recently joined Firelight Media as Communications Director to support Firelight’s mission of “changing the story.”
Patricia Marte is an Afro-Latinx Hip-Hop Artist, writer, and community engagement specialist. She is interested in using her talents and skills to amplify the Afro-Latinx community and to advocate for and empower people from marginalized communities to reach their highest potential.
Ximena Amescua Cuenca is the Artist Programs Coordinator at Firelight Media, fellowship programs that provide mentorship, funding, and access to first and second time filmmakers from racially and ethnically underrepresented communities.
Kristine is the Finance and Operations Coordinator at Firelight Media. She is a graduate of Barnard College, where she received her B.A. in Urban Studies & Sociology.
Noel is Firelight’s Office Manager and the glue that makes everything stick at our Hamilton Heights location. He has extensive experience in financial services and facilities operations.