Patricia Marte is an Afro-Latinx Hip-Hop Artist, writer, and community engagement specialist. Raised in the South Bronx and based in Washington Heights, Patty is a graduate of Hunter College, where she received her B.A. in Creative Writing. Patty previously worked as the Manager of Community Partnerships for Public Works at The Public Theater. As a teaching artist she worked with various art centers and non-profits throughout NYC, like Dreamyard, Manhattan Theater Club, and El Puente, helping young people in communities of color to create and lead their own artistic projects. She is a former Artist in Residence at Carnegie Hall and a member of the Hip-Hop group Circa’95.
Patty 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. She is passionate about building and celebrating community through the arts. Patty is currently pursuing her MFA in Screenwriting at the Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema. She has also run the NYC, Chicago, Boston, and Philly Marathons.
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.
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.
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.”
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.