About the team

Cecilia Aldarondo (Director) is a documentary director-producer from the Puerto Rican diaspora whose work has been supported by ITVS, HBO, A&E, the Sundance Institute, Cinereach, Firelight Media, Field of Vision, IFP, the Jerome Foundation, and many others. Her feature documentary Memories of a Penitent Heart had its World Premiere at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and was broadcast on POV in 2017. She is a 2019 Guggenheim Fellow, an alumna of IFP’s Documentary Lab and Sundance Institute’s Edit and Story Lab, a 2017 Women at Sundance Fellow, two-time MacDowell Colony Fellow, recipient of a 2019 Bogliasco Foundation Residency, and one of Filmmaker Magazine‘s ‚ 25 New Faces of Independent Film. She teaches at Skidmore College.

Ines Hofmann Kanna (Producer) has been a producer and director for the past twenty years. After her early career at Boston’s PBS station, WGBH, she continued to produce and direct TV series as a freelancer and filmed in places as close as Iowa and as far as Yemen and Saudi Arabia. She has also worked as Supervising Producer for ITVS, where she guided more than thirty filmmakers from production to broadcast. She most recently produced Sonia Kennebeck’s Emmy-nominated National Bird, which received the 2017 Ridenhour Documentary Prize and was broadcast on Independent Lens.

You Were My First Boyfriend is a Cinereach grantee.

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