Eloy "Rali", received private drum lessons under the direction of Steve Rucker of the University of Miami who played with the Bee Gees. Eloy/Rali has opened up for such acts as: Kenny Rogers, Betty Wright, Gladys Knight and the Pips and Vicky Sue Robinson. Eloy/Rali has recently performed at Shriners auditorium for Rick Shaws Magic Children's Fund, South Florida's Ultimate 60s Rock n' Roll Reunion and is presently the Music Concert Coordinator for the DocMiami Film Festival.
Prince Emmanuel Abiodun Aderele an accomplished Master Percussionist, Visual Artist, Sacred Yoruba Choreographer/Dancer and Arts Educator is Int'l Artist in Residence with the Osun's Village & African Caribbean Cultural Arts Corridor. The initiative is a project Of Community Builders HDC, an Int'l Not for Profit/Mutual Benefit OrganIzation based in South Florida. Through his performances, Princ...e reflects on the inspiration for his Sacred Art Forms, Growing up in a West African Royal Family, as well as his experiences in the Creative Industry in the USA bridging Diaspora Community R…Read more
Guitarist Javier Batiz, hails from Tijuana, B.C., Mexico but doesn’t play stereotypical Latin American music. Instead, the veteran player has been dubbed “the Godfather of Mexican rock” by those who follow his career, and several notable musicians who have gone on to successful careers in the United States got their starts in Batiz’s bands. In particular, Carlos Santana has acknowledged in print and onstage that Batiz is the primary reason the Grammy-winning guitarist decided to play guitar. Santana heard Batiz’s band, Los TJs, in the town plaza of Tijuana in 1959, and ultimately playe…Read more
A Los Angeles based multi-instrumentalist, producer and composer; Bo is primarily a self-taught musician. He studied Music Technology & Production at UCLA and Berklee, and interned at Musicali Records & Publishing (Hollywood). After completing his studies, Bo composed music for several independent films, produced commercial remixes, and recently scored a pilot for an HBO series (“Now”). Over the past year, Bo has been working with poet Rich Ferguson on original material for his new album and subsequent tour. The duo perform often in Los Angeles, but have also played recently in New Yor…Read more
Patrick de Bokay
CEO (Chief Executive Officer)
Mr. de Bokay possesses a cornucopia of business and creative film industry knowledge and experience. Through deep and penetrating insight into the inner workings of the film industry, he uses his passion and dedication to realize the dreams and visions of independent filmmakers. With over 30 years of experience in both the film industry and the marketing and advertising agency worlds, he draws on his expertise in the fields of entertainment as well as consumer marketing, branding and media placement. He distributed and marketed over 500 films, b…Read more
Humberto Casanova (WiteMan) is a talented producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He started his music career at the age of 10 playing the jazz saxophone in school. From there he went on to playing the drums, guitar, bass, and piano. He has played in a popular South Florida rock band, Day Music Died, for over 9 years recording an album with the band and producing their latest EP. His music production company, The PROdeuces, has been associated with Team PitBull for over 5 years. This year alone, he has had two major single releases: Jamie Drastik feat. PitBull, "Save Me", and …Read more
"…a polite warning; prolonged exposure to Jamie Catto could blow your mind…" The Daily Telegraph
Jamie Catto is the creative catalyst, producer and director behind the global philosophy and music project '1 Giant Leap'. Jamie Catto is one of the most respected artists of our time. Some of the Artists he has collaborated with and Directed in his projects to date include:
•Music: Bono, Michael Stipe (REM), Alanis Morissette, Dido, Annie Lennox, Robbie Williams, Daniel Lanois, KD Lang, Brian Eno, Neneh Cherry…
•Film/TV: Dennis Hopper, John Cusack, Carrie Fisher, Billy Connolly, Tim R…
Vanessa has been an entrepreneur for the past couple of years. As a native of Miami with 10 years of experience in the Film and Entertainment industry her vast knowledge of the business has allowed her to work on and off camera for various Television Series, Commercials, Public Service Announcements, and Films. Vanessa has worked for two Artist Management companies and the world renowned South Florida Talent Agency, World of Kids, Inc. Her love and passion for film has brought her to expand her business skills into operating DocMiami and has been a key asset to its success.
Fito is one of the hottest young guitarist and singers in South Florida. Of Guaraní Indians descendent, Espinola was born to a family of musical talents from Paraguay. At the age of 14, he began to study at the Institute for Classical Guitar “Mangoré” (Nickname of Agustin Barrios – The Greatest Paraguayan Classical Composer of all times), in Asunción. At the age of 17, he formed his group called “La Bohemia”, where they mixed rhythms of traditional Paraguayan music with rock and new age. This was contracted to play in many different events…Read more
There are few writers who have been able to transcend the labels of prose, poetry and storytelling to create a synthesized artform unique to the literary world. Three come to mind: Charles Bukowski, William Burroughs and Rich Ferguson. The commonalities run deep not surface or perfunctory; the tracking of the seedy human minutiae of existence, the private hell of the greasy pop proletarian, the blurring of the paradoxes of benevolent versus malevolent and the sacred versus the profane, all the while using an interdimensional language bridging the chasm of star-crossed lovers and dysfunctional…Read more
Ece Karayalcin Filmmaker/ Professor at the Department of Film and Television, School of Entertainment and Design Technologies. Professor Karayalcin has worked freelance as a director, production manager, assistant director and cinematographer on commercials, industrials and music videos, short films, and projects including Steven Spielberg’s Shoah Foundation. Her work is now kept in a digital library/archive in Los Angeles. She has also served as a judge and/or panelist on various film festivals such as Women’s International Film Festival, Florida Media Market, Urban Entertai…Read more
Melissa Mackenzie holds the position of Senior Vice President Worldwide Marketing for Maverick Entertainment Group. She is responsible for leading the marketing efforts of Maverick Entertainment Group (MEG); working closely with the senior management team to develop marketing strategies and managing the successful execution of those plans. MS. Mackenzie oversees all marketing efforts from creative concept to market rollout for both the domestic and global divisions of the company. In addition, Ms. Mackenzie promotes brand creation for Maverick Entertainment Group as a premier d…Read more
Jose Luis Martinez began his career in the Miami modeling/talent industry as an agent for models and actors. After moving to Los Angeles, Jose Luis spent the better part of four years on a motion picture desk at International Creative Management (ICM) one of the leading “power brokers” in the Motion Picture Production Department, which represents award winning below-the-line talent. Jose Luis recently moved back to Miami to work on co-writing an adapted feature screenplay from a best selling Spanish language novella. During this time he also worked in the Director’s office of the Miami Interna…Read more
Erik Marum Chief Operating Officer, Chief Technology Officer. Graduated from Luther College with Degrees in Business Management and Management Information Systems. Spent 10 years serving the Technology industry as: Webmaster, Developer, Project Manager, QA Manager, Assistant to CTO and Executive Team. Main Focus in the technology industry has been on Internet technologies and applications as well as wireless software and communications.Responsible for everyday technical operations of BIGSTAR.tv, as well as software development and future vision and integration.
Brenda Nieborsky is VP of Operations for Openfilm.com where she works directly with film festivals all over the world providing customized technology services to each. Prior to her work with Openfilm, Brenda was a short film producer. She has worked with many of the industry’s best, including producer Michael Waxman, and directors Michael Apted, Doug Liman, Griffin Dunne, David Koepp, and Gina Prince-Bythewood.
Mary E. Nunez, Music Licensing Director, Sony/ BMG Music Entertainment. Mary Nunez specializes in processing master use synch licensing requests in the areas of television, films, commercials, independent films, trailers, and video games. She has been able to establish key relationships with everything ranging from post production houses to multi-national companies throughout Latin America. Ms. Nunez has licensed production music libraries such as Killertracks, Network Music and First Com Music.
Krystal Oliva is presetly the Event Coordinator of (JAMPA) Journalists & Media Professionals of the Americas, a club which she co-founded at FIU and is working towards her BA in communications/journalism with a minor in Hospitality/special events. She has volunteered and assited with events such as: the Florida Breast Health Care Initiative and the Kidz Kitchen (Sobe Wine & Food Festival).
Gloria is a four time Suncoast Emmy Winner and television investigative reporter for the Univision 23 news team. She began her television career as host of an Entertainment television program on Channel 41, America TeVe where she was promoted to newscaster. As such she covered a variety of stories such as: crime, the economy, education, politics and also Cuban news and developments. DocMiami is truly honored that the beautiful and talented Gloria Ordaz has returned to host the DocMiami Awards Gala for a second consecutive year.
Fito learned to love the blues in Mexico where he was born. After much success
playing with two of the biggest Latin American bands, Los Sinners and Los
Hooligans and other pop and rock bands during the early ‘60s, he moved to Los
Angeles. There he played with artists such as The Platters, Etta James, The
Rivingtons, and Mary Wells before joining a new band called CANNED HEAT in
1967. During his 40 years with Canned Heat, Fito has also played with some of the
greatest blues singers of our time, including Big Joe Turner, T-Bone Walker, Albert
Collins, and George “Harmonica” Smith. His solid, basic dru…
The comparison is inevitable. How could it be otherwise? Tito Puente Jr. carries his father with him – imprinted on his physical being and locked in his soul. It’s in his looks, his joy, and his music. Tito, Jr. is on a passionate mission. The younger Puente is determined to nurture the musical legacy left by his father. He refuses to let his father become a distant memory. “He was just too vibrant, too exciting. There was magic in the music my father made. It made people happy all over the world.” He has found captive audiences who echo his pass…Read more
Marlene Quincoces is endearingly and best known as "Marly Q.". She is the CEO - Chief Events Officer of StarMar Events. She is an effervescent social entrepreneur and philanthropist with an unquenchable thirst for service and over ten years of professional event planning, management and leadership experience. She is the CPO – Chief PARK Officer, of PARK Project, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to spread the message Perform Acts of Random Kindness worldwide.
Internationally renowned artist. For 37 years she has inspired thousands of people across the world through her unique highly vibrational art, books, self-awareness seminars & workshops. More than 362 international shows. Born in Mexico, self-taught she won a national diploma at 12 yrs. on a Prismacolor competition. She's participated in special world events as: Chosen (1992-94) to open the "Sefarad events in Toledo, Spain". Commissioned to paint Our Lady of the Universe for Medjugorje, Croatia to support widows and orphans of war.(1996). Chosen to open the “Millennium Peace Day” at the UN in …Read more
Native from Lima, Peru Kiki Sanchez was born into a musical atmosphere. He began his formal education in Peru with Coco Macedo and Edermi Chavez. He became a well-rounded musician by playing with La Peru Salsa All-Stars, Orquesta Majestic (led by his father, Maximo Sanchez) and Anibal Lopez’, La Unica. These experiences were the initial building blocks to his future abroad.
He journeyed to the US, settled in Miami, where he played and studied with Jazz legends such as Jim Gasior, Israel Lopez (Cachao), Mike Gerber, Mike Orta, and Eddie Barzola, who took Kiki Sanchez under their wings.…Read more