Founded in 2001, LOTERIA FILMS is a creatively driven multimedia production company known for producing intimate, emotionally powerful work that brings attention to pressing political and social issues and motivates deep audience engagement. From environmental and education policy to criminal justice reform and government accountability, LOTERIA (a 501c3) educates and inspires public debate on many of the crucially important issues of our time. We work with a range of partners across digital platforms – including film, television, short format content for the web, social and mobile – to ensure maximum impact for our projects.
FEATURE DOCUMENTARIES LOTERIA’s feature documentaries have received numerous accolades including the WGA’s Best Documentary Screenplay Award, Gotham Independent Film’s Best Documentary Award, an IDA Creative Achievement Award and multiple National Emmy nominations. LOTERIA’s Directing/Producing/Writing team brings strong cinematic and journalistic backgrounds and a history of theatrically released and nationally broadcast films. Galloway and Duane de la Vega’s films have aired on the national independent film series POV, PBS FRONTLINE, IFC and The Documentary Channel, among others. LOTERIA documentaries have driven news coverage and public discussion to a range of important issues, been used as educational tools and instruments of social change by high schools, universities, community and policy groups and have been screened and discussed in film festivals around the world.
WEB/SHORT FORMAT In the short format space, LOTERIA is known for its strong, collaborative relationships with a range of partners and the ability to tell compelling stories that make a big impact. Our partners have included The New York Times, IFC, Discovery, The Mindset Foundation and private philanthropists.
CONSULTING LOTERIA’s team consults with filmmakers, production companies, private foundations and NGOs on grant writing, story/project development, framing & targeting, post-production and outreach.
FICTION Always concerned with reaching beyond the choir, LOTERIA collaborates with creatives in the fiction space to develop stories for narrative film and television.
Loteria founder DUANE DE LA VEGA‘s feature documentaries have screened at film festivals worldwide, opened theatrically and broadcast nationally on POV/PBS and the Documentary Channel. Her most recent film, THE RETURN, won the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival Audience Award for Best Documentary, screened on Capitol Hill and in prisons across the country.. Her work has received the WGA’s Best Documentary Screenplay Award, Gotham Independent Film’s Best Documentary Award and multiple national Emmy nominations. Her film BETTER THIS WORLD won Best Documentary Feature at the San Francisco International and Sarasota Film Festival Film Festivals, received an IDA Creative Achievement Award and was selected to screen at NY MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight. MONUMENTAL screened at the Lincoln Center and was acquired by the Smithsonian’s permanent collection. EL POETA, called “dramatic and inspiring” by the LA Times, broadcast on PBS’s, Voces. She has produced short-format work for The New York Times, Mother Jones, IFC and Discovery, among others. She also directed and produced an ambitious multimedia PROJECT TURNOUT partnering with the New York Times, Mother Jones and The Nation to explore changing election laws and their impact on people of color. A Sundance and HBO/Film Independent Fellow, she has guest lectured at various universities and taught a documentary forms course at UC Berkeley.
GALLOWAY is a documentary director, producer and writer whose films explore the intersections of institutional power, civil & human rights, and political activism. BETTER THIS WORLD (POV, 2011 & 2012) tells the story of two young men from Midland Texas charged with domestic terrorism and their relationship with a radical mentor and undercover FBI informant. The film won the WGA’s Best Documentary Screenplay Award, Best Documentary at the Gotham Independent Film Awards and an International Documentary Association Creative Recognition Award and is currently being developed as a narrative feature. Galloway’s feature documentary PRISON TOWN, USA (POV, 2007) broadcast nationally on POV/PBS and was developed as a fiction television series by IFC, for which she co-wrote the first three episodes. Galloway produced and reported an award-winning trio of films on the American criminal justice system for PBS FRONTLINE: SNITCH, REQUIEM FOR FRANK LEE SMITH, and THE CASE FOR INNOCENCE. A two-time Sundance Fellow and recent HBO/Film Independent Documentary Fellow, Galloway taught documentary production at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and now teaches in Media Studies at U.C. Berkeley, where she was also recently the filmmaker in residence at the Journalism School’s Investigative Reporting Program. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from UC Berkeley with an emphasis on Political Psychology and Public Law.
NEFERTITI KELLEY FARIAS Producer, EL POETA
Nefertiti Kelley Farias is a Mexican-American documentary film director, writer and producer whose primary focus is social struggles and indigenous cultures in Latin America. Her documentary, BITTER MEMORIES (Amargos Recuerdos) about the Guatemalan exhumations of the 1980’s massacres features interviews with survivors and family members of those killed during the Civil War as well as Mayan ceremonies in honor of the dead. This work was distributed by Latin American Video Archive (LAVA), and has been used in universities to study and analyze the peace process in Guatemala and was selected at various international film festivals, and is now part of La Fundación del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano (Foundation of New Latin American Film) chaired by the late Colombian writer, Gabriel García Márquez in Havana Cuba. Among other works, ANOTHER (Una Mas), a short film about the femicide in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico was selected by Fundacion Casa Catalunya and screened in numerous film festivals throughout Europe, USA and Latin America. Her work has also been promoted and distributed by Voces Contra El Silencio Video Independiente A. C. Her most current co-production is EL POETA a film about Mexican poet Javier Sicilia, who ignited peace caravans both in México and the USA and an ongoing international movement for peace after the brutal killing of his 24-year-old son Juan Francisco.
ARIELLA BEN-DOV Producer, THE RETURN
Ariella Ben-Dov is a documentary producer who has worked on a range of award-winning social justice issue documentaries including Academy Award-winning director Debra Chasnoff’s THAT’S A FAMILY and the RESPECT FOR ALL film series. She is an internationally recognized film curator who specializes in independent cinema across genres, including avant-garde, animation, documentary and essay films. As the director of the Margaret Mead Film Festival at the American Museum of Natural History, she inaugurated the Margaret Mead Filmmaker Award highlighting excellence in documentary filmmaking. She also expanded the annual festival to encompass installations, multimedia performances and educational programs for school age children across New York. Ben-Dov co-founded MadCat Women’s International Film Festival and served as its executive director and curator from 1996–2012. She has presented her programs at numerous venues internationally including Brown University, the Harn Museum of Art, Harvard Film Archive, Pacific Film Archive, RISD Museum of Art, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Ben-Dov co-curated the 51st Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, Creative Demolition: Reconstructing Culture Through Innovations in Film and Video. She has taken part in and moderated panels on alternative exhibition, documentary film and experimental filmmaking at the Sundance Film Festival among other festivals and has been a juror at prominent film festivals around the world. She is on the board of directors of the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC) and the Flaherty Film Seminar.
ANNE DEVEREUX-MILLS Executive Producer, THE RETURN
Anne Devereux-Mills is the Chief Strategy Officer of Lantern, a start-up that is using technology to bring mental wellness programs to people otherwise underserved by current options. Anne also founded Parlay House, a salon-style gathering of 600+ Bay-area women that fosters connection, experience and personal growth. She is a board member of BeyondZ and Marchex, a mentor for both Open a Door Foundation and the Aspen Institute, as well as a founder of the iHUG Foundation. An activist on issues related to social justice, Anne was a key member of the team that helped pass California’s Proposition 36, which brought fair sentencing to thousands of non-violent inmates as part of California’s Three Strikes reform. Earlier, Anne was the CEO of a number of healthcare marketing agencies in NYC. She is a Wellesley College alumna, the proud mother of two amazing daughters and a Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.
MARIO FURLONI Director of Photography & Co-Producer, THE RETURN
Mario Furloni is a Brazilian filmmaker and cinematographer based in Oakland, California. He is the director of the documentary First Friday (co-directed with N’Jeri Eaton) and cinematographer and co-producer in Loteria Films’ The Return. Mario studied documentary filmmaking at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, where he was a Carnegie-Knight News21 fellow, and his documentary / journalism work has appeared on PBS, New York Times and TIME, among others. His film Pot Country (co-directed with Kate McLean), won Best Documentary at the USA Short Film Festival (2012), was official selection at Hot Docs (2012), Big Sky (2011) and a national finalist for the 2012 Student Academy Awards. Most recently he shot the Sundance short After My Garden Grows, and he’s currently developing the narrative feature Freeland, supported by IFP and San Francisco Film Society.
ANA HOMONNAY Photographer, The Return Project
Ana Homonnay was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil. After receiving her degree in film, she directed a travel show for MTV where she and a small crew traversed Brazil in search of adventure and natural beauty. She shot photos throughout – and still photography became an essential visual component of the series. Five years later Ana packed up her cameras and left her native city and headed to California to pursue her true love: photography. For the last 10 years Ana has specialized in helping foundations and nonprofits document powerful stories through visual storytelling. From foster youth struggling to adapt to life on a college campus to families at the bedside of their kids at Children’s Hospital, Ana creates photo libraries that foundations use for annual reports, websites and marketing campaigns. Ana’s gentle approach to her subjects gives her the ability to create natural connections that lead to authentic and soulful portraits. For The Return Project, Ana will immerse herself in the lives of the children whose parents are imprisoned, in an attempt to better understand the impact of mass incarceration. She lives in San Francisco’s Mission District.
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