E. Michael Diaz
Michael Diaz is the Founding President of the Latin-American Cinemateca of Los Angeles. Actively involved in a number of groups working to preserve Los Angeles history and culture, he is a former board member of the Los Angeles Conservancy and past Commissioner of the Los Angeles Historical Records & Landmarks Commission. He is the founder of the Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Preservation Association and currently serves as chair of the Lincoln Heights Historic Preservation Overlay Zone. He is the recipient of a Los Angeles Emmy for producing a bilingual-educational series.
Marissa Hicks-Alcaraz is a Ph.D. student at Claremont Graduate University in Cultural Studies with an emphasis in Chicanx/Latinx media arts, Chicanx/Latinx collective identity formation, public space, hauntology, and curatorial practices. She received her M.A. in Cinema Studies from New York University, focusing primarily on the intersections of race, identity and representation in Latinx and Latin American film. She has collaborated with institutions like the Vincent Price Art Museum, the Chicano International Film Festival, and the Museum of Modern Art. She also currently participates in the Watsonville Film Festival as guest curator for its annual horror film segment.
Alexandra began getting involved in LACLA in 2012 as a volunteer and is now helping manage LACLA's events. Additionally, she is the Manager of Acquisitions at MultiVisionnaire Pictures, an international sales agency.
Alexandra is first generation Guatemalan- American that loves film and loves screening the extraordinary work that has been created and is being created south of the border.