We are excited to have three incredibly talented filmmakers - Sergio Rapu (Eating Up Easter), Christen Marquez (E Haku Inoa) and Karin Williams (Maria), who serves as a mentor, participating in the inaugural National Minority Consortia (NMC) Fellowship Program. This program is led by NMC member, Vision Maker Media. These producers will come together with other participants representing Center for Asian American Media, Latino Public Broadcasting, and Black Public Media.
Sergio was born on Rapa Nui (Easter Island) and raised there and in Hawai`i. He studied Film & Television production at Loyola Marymount University before launching into a career in the industry that has culminated in a slew of independent films, documentaries, and projects for PBS, NatGeo, NOVA, History Channel, and Discovery. Sergio currently works as a producer & creative director in the US and the Pacific, while providing production services to international productions on Rapa Nui. He is also the owner of Mara Films, a transmedia production company that uses innovative platforms to produce engaging experiences with a focus on culture, people, and place.
Christen Hepuakoa Marquez holds a BFA in Film and Video Production from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts her work has screened at the Sundance Film Festival’s Gen-Y Studio, The Media That Matters Festival, and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. E Haku Inoa: To Weave A Name is Christen’s first hour-long documentary.
Karin Williams is an Aotearoa-born Cook Islander with a background in broadcast journalism. Her first independent documentary film project was funded by Pacific Islanders in Communications in 1996. The Voyage Home traced the expedition of the Hawaiian waka, Hawai’iloa, to Alaska.
Now based in Aotearoa, Karin continues to champion indigenous film and theatre through her work as an independent producer and development executive at the New Zealand Film Commission