Magdiela Hermida Duhamel
LXiA Founder & Co-Program Manager
Magdiela Hermida Duhamel is an animation production professional with over 7 years of production experience. She has contributed to various projects that include “Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia”, “Dragons: Race to the Edge”, “Rocky & Bullwinkle”, “Green Eggs and Ham”, and “Ugly Dolls” and has worked at companies that include FX Networks, DreamWorks Animation, Warner Bros. Animation, FOX and STX Films. Magdiela was born in Campeche, Mexico, and moved at a young age to Highland Park, California where she grew up. She attended Pasadena City College where she studied Television Production.
She is currently the Production Supervisor at Ugly Dolls.
LXiA Co-Founder & Co-Program Manager
Bryan is an animation production professional with experience in feature animation production, 2D and CG animation television production, creative story development, and project management. He has worked on various projects at DreamWorks Animation that include “3Below: Tales of Arcadia”, “Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia”, and “Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh.” He grew up in Houston, Texas and attended the University of Notre Dame where he studied Electrical Engineering and Film, Television, and Theatre with a concentration in Film Production. He is particularly interested in the development and production of animation, and promoting diversity and inclusivity in animation and STEM fields.
He is currently a Feature Production Coordinator on the film “Trolls World Tour” at DreamWorks Animation.
Latino Film Institute Executive Director
Rafael Agustín is the 2016 Sundance Episodic Story Lab Fellow for his half-hour family comedy, ILLEGAL, based on his life as a former undocumented American. Agustín is also the co-writer and co-star of the national touring, award-winning autobiographical comedy, N*GGER WETB*CK CH*NK, which received acclaim from the LA Times, New York Times, Denver Post and won awards for its advancement of social justice in the arts.
In 2015, the LA Times gave Agustín the Emerging Leader Award at the annual Latinos de Hoy Ceremony. Also in 2015, Agustín was named Alumnus of the Year by Mt. San Antonio College, and contributed to a new book entitled “Portraits of the Dream: The Importance of Investing in Undocumented America,” which promotes Dream Act legislation in Washington D.C.
Rafael Agustín is the past Festival Manager of Edward James Olmos’ Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF).
Agustín received his BA and MA from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film & Television, and is an alumnus of the CBS Diversity Comedy Showcase. Twitter: @MrRafaelAgustin IMDb: Rafael Agustin
Michael J. Beall
Carlos Alberto Mendez Velazquez
Juan Pablo Reyes