Eve A. Ma, PRODUCER – DIRECTOR
Eve A. Ma, like many other independent filmmakers, is primarily self-taught. She first became interested in film ⁄ video when, in an earlier career, she found herself producing a television interview series for a cultural nonprofit she directed. After leaving the nonprofit, she decided to continue working in media.
Starting off as a producer-director of public access work, over the years she has honed her skills so that
now, her productions are accepted into international film festivals all over the world, and one of her most
recent works, Masters of Rhythm: the Afro-Peruvian Way, has aired over national public television
in the USA. As she puts it,
I learn by making mistakes - and because I've made plenty, I've learned a lot!
A hallmark of Ma's work is its engagement with other cultures. Her first career was as a professor of Chinese and Japanese history. In addition, she has traveled to more than 20 countries, and has produced work in Spain and Peru as well as the USA. Ma speaks Spanish, French and some Mandarin as well as English, and many of her productions are in both Spanish and English.
Antonio de la Malena, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, NARRATOR
Antonio de la Malena joined us in 2012 as our principal associate in Spain. A native of Jerez de la Frontera,
a city considered to be part of the
cradle of flamenco, he has been a professional flamenco singer
(cantaor) since childhood.
De la Malena's interest in film comes out of his extensive experience with stage productions, for which he has acted as artistic director as well as principal cantaor, most notably in association with the dancer María del Mar Moreno.
Malena's experimental short film, Entre Silencio y Misterio, premiered in the Festival de Cortometrajes de Jerez, Spain, in 2011. Since then, he has acted as assistant to the producer-director in several of Palomino Production's works and starred in Ma's feature-length drama, Domino: Caught in the Crisis. Currently, he serves as associate director for Flamenco: the Land Is Still Fertile. In addition, he is the documentary's narrator, and one of its several featured singers.