Luisa Covaria is a documentary filmmaker and interactive designer based in New York City. Luisa found film as her medium of expression during her high school experience at Mahindra UWC in India. In the past seven years, Luisa has developed video projects and made films with youth in Colombia, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Uruguay, the United States and China. In 2009, Luisa graduated cum laude from Middlebury College with a mayor in Film and Media Culture. Luisa is currently a Reynolds Foundation Program in Social Entrepreneurship Fellow and is attending the Interactive Telecommunication Program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
During the summer, Luisa has been developing interactive outreach campaigns in order to maximize the social impact of documentaries and to call attention to pressing issues around the world. She is working in conjunction with Veritas Partnership to develop online campaigns for films aiming to end world hunger and examining the success of the AIDS campaign. Luisa has also been commissioned to create the multimedia and interaction design for a series of video installations that analyze Korea’s historic conflicts. The exhibit is showing in NYC and will go to Seoul in October 2012.
Ioana Literat, a Romanian graduate of Pearson UWC 05, graduated summa cum laudae from Middlebury College with a major in Film and Media Studies. She has extensive experience in both filmmaking and education, having worked for various documentary production companies in the U.S., including Engel Entertainment and Population Media Center. On 2009, she worked with disadvantaged youth in Hyderabad, India, as the coordinator of The Modern Story, a filmmaking program in government schools. Ioana is pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Communication at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, focusing on crowdsourced art and participatory culture under the direction of Dr. Henry Jenkins. This summer, she will be working in Washington DC as the Project Manager of The Quilt 2012: Digital Experiences project, an initiative which offers visitors opportunities for enhanced, interactive engagement with the AIDS Memorial Quilt, on the occasion of its ceremonial display on the National Mall.
Farhan Ahmed is from Bangladesh and graduated from Nordic UWC in 2004. After completing a year in India on 3YO, where he taught music and theater to underprivileged children in Delhi, Farhan graduated from Middlebury College with a degree in International Studies. Farhan spent two years in southern China’s Yunnan province pursuing music and media production in the studio that he set up in the city of Dali. He spent the last year living in his hometown Dhaka, working in print media, as a journalist for a national English daily newspaper, New Age. At the same time Farhan has been working with various grassroots environmental movements in Bangladesh, with the aim of consolidating local climate advocacy groups under one identifying banner. From August 2012 till 2014 Farhan will be pursuing a Masters in Public Policy from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore, with a focus on renewable energy policy.
George Mynatt, a Chicago native, graduated from Middlebury College with a double major in Music and Chinese. He is an accomplished musician and composer, who dedicated himself to composing original scores for an impressive array of films and media projects. He is currently based in Dali, China, where he is producing music both for his independent creative projects and commercially. Together with Farhan, he is the music director of a current video project initiated by the NGO Zero Capital, aiming for the preservation of authentic Chinese musical traditions in the town of Ruili.
Louis Lobel graduated from Middlebury College with a degree in Sociology and Anthropology, focusing on issues of visual representation and media. With previous experience in international education in India and Ghana and as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Kingdom of Tonga, designing curricula and teaching for the Tongan Expanded Community Education Program, Louis has spent the past two years working as an English teacher in the bilingual program for Spain’s Ministry of Education. After his return from Madrid, Louis will be attending law school at the University of Texas in Austin in order to pursue a career in social advocacy.