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NoPORT Films Co-Founder/Director/Writer/Producer: Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Miguel Silveira lives and works in NYC. Miguel has taught classes at Columbia College Chicago, EICTV in San Antonio de Los Banos, Cuba as well as Columbia University in the City of New York and, for a decade, was a sponsor of the Telluride Film Festival’s City Lights Program. Miguel’s award winning short films “Namibia, Brasil” and “Rooftop Wars” played in film festivals around the world and his first feature-length documentary, “I Am a Visitor in Your World", played as an Official Selection of The Woodstock Film Festival, Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival, and was awarded Best Film at the Athens Film + Video Festival. Miguel’s graduate thesis film at Columbia University, a political thriller titled "Devil's Work”, was selected by Columbia University’s festival jury as one of the seven best films to come out of the program in 2014. “Devil’s Work” received the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Production Grant, the Caucus Foundation Award for Excellence in Filmmaking, the DGA awards for best film in its category (East Coast), and was selected as a semi-finalist at the Student Academy Awards. Miguel developed and directed the Venezuelan chapter of MTV’s documentary series “Rebel Music,” executive produced by Shepard Fairey, which aired worldwide in 2015. After completing his MFA, Miguel co-founded NoPORT Films and began directing "American Thief", a narrative fiction and documentary hybrid filmed and scripted around true events in New York City between 2015-2018. Currently in post-production, "American Thief" is a Jerome Foundation Grantee and participant in the 2017 IFP Narrative Completion Lab. Miguel is developing the next feature projects for NoPORT Films with his collaborators, Michel Stolnicki, and Missy Hernandez. These projects include "Drophouse" a social thriller set in Detroit, "No Forbearance", a satirical horror film about the student loan crisis, and "Unbinding Isabel" a story about a woman and her grandmother on a quest to undo a family curse. 


NoPORT Films Co-Founder/Producer/Writer/Director: Michel Stolnicki is a hands-on filmmaker with a collaborative spirit and a problem-solving heart. After completing his post-baccalaureate degree in Film and Television business at Getúlio Vargas Foundation in Rio de Janeiro, Stolnicki developed and produced projects for Discovery and Turner. Some of the shows include “Rio Ink” and “In Between Frontiers” which generated over 600 minutes of programming throughout 18 channels in South America. Stolnicki lives in New York received his MFA in Film at Columbia University where he produced more than thirteen short films many of which went on to win awards and play at festivals internationally. These films include Alfred P. Sloan Grantee and Student Academy Award Semi-Finalist, “Devil’s Work,” “Standing8,” which won the DGA East Student Latino Award in 2015, “Memories of the Sea” which won Best of Fest at the New York International Children’s Festival, “Alex, Listen to Your Heart” which is now available on HBO Latino. Stolnicki directed the short film “Stranded Fish” which screened in the Short Film Corner at Cannes, The NY Shorts Fest, The Miami International Film Festival, and won awards at the Near Nazareth Festival and the Mexico International Film Festival. "American Thief”, currently on track for a 2019 festival release,is the first feature film produced by Stolnicki. 


NoPORT Films Writer/Director: Missy Hernandez is a Brooklyn-based Writer/Actor/Filmmaker. Raised in the suburbs of Chicago, she is the first generation born outside the island of Puerto Rico. The first in her family to go to college, Hernandez graduated from Columbia University in the City of New York with both a B.A. in Cinema Studies and an M.F.A. in Screenwriting. An arts educator, Hernandez works with teens and young adults and has taught screenwriting, acting, and filmmaking at Northwestern University’s National High School Institute [NHSI], The School of Creative and Performing Arts [SOCAPA], and Columbia University in the City of New York. While a graduate film student, Hernandez began working in television - first as a writers room intern for “Inside Amy Schumer” and later as a production secretary for Comedy Central projects. After completing her MFA in 2017, Hernandez became the writers assistant for Terence Nance’s television series “Random Acts of Flyness” and was quickly promoted to associate producer -working on many aspects of the show from pre-production through post. Hernandez joined collaborative forces with two fellow Columbia MFA alumni as a writer and co-producer for the debut feature, “American Thief”, a thriller and narrative-documentary hybrid about a teenaged hacker that takes place during the 2016 presidential elections. A participant in the 2017 IFP Narrative Completion Lab, “American Thief” is currently on track for a 2019 festival release. Hernandez continues her collaboration with the “American Thief” team, developing feature scripts for future productions.

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