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JEAN-COSME DELALOYE — Director & Producer
Jean-Cosme has covered many crises around the world, from the civil war in Burundi to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and to the earthquake in Haiti. He co-wrote RAZOR WIRE RODEO in 2006, a feature documentary co-produced by Swiss Public Television about the Angola prison rodeo in Louisiana. In the last few years, Jean-Cosme has done in-depth stories in Central America for the Tribune de Genève and for Swiss Public Radio, focusing on critical social issues such as the redemption of gang members in Honduras, the plight of transsexual prostitutes in Tegucigalpa, and illegal immigration from Guatemala into the United States. While doing a series of stories in Nicaragua in early 2011, he discovered the Chureca, the Managua city dump. BY MY SIDE is his second film and his first film as a director. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife Danielle and his children, Léon and Joséphine.
JACKIE FRENCH — Co-Producer & Editor
Jackie has been a highly regarded producer and editor for the past 20 years, bringing her unique visual style to many independent documentaries, as well as both scripted and vérité television. Jackie’s work has been seen on MTV, VH1, Oxygen, Lifetime, PBS, A&E, Nickelodeon, Style and the Discovery Channel. She recently edited STRIKING A CHORD, a documentary about a band touring Iraq and Afghanistan to help US soldiers deal with post-traumatic stress disorder. She is based in New York City, and owns her own post-production company, Jackie French, Inc.
EDELMIRA LOPEZ GUERRERO — Associate Producer
A lawyer by trade, Edelmira has always focused on social issues throughout her young career. In the last few years she has worked with children suffering from cancer. BY MY SIDE is Edelmira’s first feature documentary and the film would not have been possible without her incredible people skills and ideas. The 24-year-old Nicaraguan producer lives and works in Managua.
NICOLAS GARCIA — Director of Photography
Nicolas has worked as a videographer, producer and journalist for major news networks in Latin America such as CNN en Español, Univision, Associated Press, BBC World and Reuters. He has covered major news stories, such as Hurricane Mitch, the earthquake in Haiti and the uprising in Libya. He has brought his strong sense of story and visual style to BY MY SIDE. He is based in Managua.
PERROMZOPOPO — Music
Perrozompopo (Ramon Mejia) is considered one of the most important exponents of the Nicaraguan rock scene. His work is heavily influenced by his fight for social change. His songs talk about poverty, violence and corruption among other themes. His latest album, Canciones Populares Contestatarias, earned a Latin Grammy nomination in 2010 for “Best Alternative Album”. He contributed three songs from this album to BY MY SIDE: Pasando Mas, Deja Vu and Angel del Cielo. The album can be downloaded for free on his website.
DAVID SPINLEY — Music
David Spinley was born in Buffalo, New York, and has been living in New York City since 1998. David, a classically trained clarinetist and saxophone player, is a writer and arranger for several NYC and Brooklyn-based performing groups spanning all musical genres. Working both as a composer, arranger and performer in numerous punk rock, jazz, country and pop bands in New York City for more than ten years, David currently co-leads the acclaimed NYC “Instant Composing” ensemble Squalor and continues to compose music for film, television and dance. David has shared the stage with musical luminaries such as Wilco, Gary Lucas and Damo Suzuki, to name but a few.
ALON YAVNAI — Music
Pianist and composer Alon Yavnai was born in Israel and moved to the United States when he was 22. Since then, he has toured worldwide, recorded and performed with numerous artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Nancy Wilson, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Lovano, The New York voices, Bob Moses, Rosa Passos, Claudio Roditi, Romero Lubambo and for almost seven years was part of Paquito D’Rivera’s Latin Jazz Quintet and Jazz Chamber Trio. Alon has released three albums of his own. His latest one — Shir Ahava — was recorded with the NDR Bigband and came out early 2012 on on AYM (Alon Yavnai Music). Alon contributed the title track of the album “Shir Ahava – A Love Poem” to BY MY SIDE. He lives in New York City and is an associate professor at Berklee College Of Music in Boston. His website is alonyavnai.com.
MARIACHI LOS TOROS — Music
Mariachi Los Toros began as a childhood dream of their director Carlos Parra. In September 2001 Carlos was offered to form a group for a well-known restaurant chain in Los Angeles. Since then, Mariachi Los Toros has been featured at large festivals and concerts such as KCET Holiday Celebration at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles County Fair and Mariachi USA Festival at the world famous Hollywood Bowl in 2002, 2004 and 2006. In 2008, Mariachi Los Toros recorded music for the film LOS CAMPEONES DE LA LUCHA LIBRE, before performing in 2010 with rock legends Faith No More. They released “Amigo Mariachi”, their first album, in 2009. They contributed two tracks to BY MY SIDE. Their website is here.
ROMAN ELSENER — Music
Born in Switzerland, Roman has been based in New York since 1996 where he is a reporter for inter alia, the Neue Zürcher Zeitung and The Brander, and a musician. He has made a name for himself in New York’s indie rock scene with his band The Roman Games. He contributed two tracks to BY MY SIDE. His website is here.
THE CYNJOS — Music
The Cynjos (Josue Zeledon) is Nicaragua’s latest radio sensation thanks to “Que hago sin ti”, one of the two tracks he contributed to BY MY SIDE. The other one “Te extraño” will be featured on his upcoming album, which will mix bachata, reggaeton and romantic melodies. When he does not write music, the 20 year-old artist is studying medicine in Managua. Their website is here.
DANIELLA ZALCMAN — Web Design
Daniella lives in NYC, where she works as a freelance photographer for The Wall Street Journal and as a freelance web designer. Born in Washington DC, she graduated from Columbia in 2009. Other clients have included The New York Times, The New York Daily News, Sports Illustrated, Vanity Fair, New York Magazine, Saatchi & Saatchi, National Geographic, The Nation, Wired and Esquire. Her website is here.
FABIO CUTRO — Graphic Design
Fabio is a respected creative director in New York City. He designs several magazine including Tricycle. He collaborates on a regular basis with Aperture Foundation, Princeton Architectural Press, Sanctuary Rare Books and the Italian Goverment Tourist Board. Fabio designed the logo of BY MY SIDE and contributed to the design of the website. His website is here.
IVAN STAMATOVSKI — Digital Strategy and Social Media
Ivan studied Product Design at the Academy of Applied arts in Belgrade as well as Marketing at
the Zicklin School of Business, at Baruch College. He moved to New York in 2004 and worked in
design, video production and digital marketing. Ivan created two Internet startups and currently
owns an independent digital strategy and social media consultancy (Bold and Loud). He is a connaisseur
of all things digital and a big enthusiast for everything social. He is also an avid motorcyclist
and an archer. For more information: http://www.mydesignum.com