ANNA FISHKIN //
Photographer, Filmmaker, Producer
Born in Minsk, Belarus, Anna grew up in former Soviet Union where years of dance and ballet training began to shape her future interest in photography. During teenage years her family immigrated to United States as political refugees. While learning the workings of the Western capitalist system, Anna’s creative expression shifted to the more solitary activity of drawing and painting.
During university years at University of Wisconsin-Madison, Anna continued to moonlight as an illustrator, creating technical architecture and archeology pen-and-ink drawings for books and magazines. Later she transferred to Columbia College in Chicago and graduated with a BA in graphic design and photography. After a successful decade-long career in advertising, she felt unfulfilled and began modest exploration of acting and creative writing courses at University of Chicago. The resulting inner discoveries led to a graduation from commercial life and a subsequent move to Tulum, Mexico, in 2010.
While reinventing herself as a photographer on Mexico’s Caribbean coast, Anna traveled extensively throughout the country exploring its hidden corners and indigenous mysteries. Always persisting on continued dialogue with the developed world, she also spent half her time in New York City, assisting and learning from lifestyle, portrait, travel, architecture and interior design photography masters Bill Phelps and Bjorn Wallander.
Anna’s current photography work is focused on showcasing simple elegance and honest luxury of a lifestyle connected to beauty of nature. She continues to travel all over the world and recently began production work on a new documentary film project in Peruvian Amazon region – ‘Pacha Kuti: Return of the Machiguenga’.
MICCA MONT //
Composer, Producer, Singer, Songwriter
Micca Mont is a Mexican composer, producer and singer/songerwriter. Her debut album ‘Looking up’ – a mix of alternative rock with electronic sound accompanied by a powerful melodic voice – was released in December, 2014, and was included in the list of Featured Artists as well as reached the Top of Sales in iTunes México’s ‘Latin Alternative’ category for 4 months.
Micca started touring in 2015, doing presentations in Mexico, USA, Canada and Spain. She opened concerts for the American band ‘Kansas’, participated in festivals such as SXSW in Austin Texas, Revolution Fest in Guadalajara, Sunset Sessions in Tulum, among others. She also performed in the inauguration concert of Hard Rock Hotel, Ibiza, and participated in TedX Tulum with a special musical presentation.
Micca’s song ‘Blind’ from the album ‘Looking up’ became part of the soundtrack for the Neflix series ‘Ingobernable’ and a track she created with Eduardo Rossell called ‘Mind Games’ was used in the soundtrack for the Mexican film ‘Pura Sangre’.
With more than 100 concerts behind her, Micca’s tour temporarily ended in June of 2016 due to an accident that required several months of total rest. Taking advantage of her time away from touring due to multiple wrist fractures which made it impossible to play the guitar, Micca began the process of composing a new album with new material written entirely in Spanish. She also began to explore other instruments while focusing more on synthesizers and programming to produce a totally new sound in her music.
In Micca’s own words: “Making the transition from songwriting in English to Spanish was a big challenge, but singing in my own native language is what finally reconnected me again with myself very deeply, and every song transports you to just that present moment and into the emotion within which it was created.”
This new process resulted in very fluid and honest music, where organic and electronic elements are mixed with soft melodious tunes. The new EP’s title ’JUN’ means hummingbird in Totonac, the character that happened to accompany Micca throughout the process of composition and production of the EP because literally there was a nest of hummingbirds in the tree outside of Micca’s home studio!
The first single from ‘JUN’, a song called ‘Volcán’, was released on May 25, 2018. The second single ‘El Camino’ was released on September 7, 2018. With her renewed career on fire Micca finally returns to stage and will begin touring once again during the fall of 2018.
REED RICKERT //
Reed is an award winning documentary filmmaker and cinematographer fluent in English and Spanish, who has produced, directed, photographed and edited various documentaries, commercials, TV programs and corporate films in USA, Mexico, France, Morocco and Spain. He is the producer, director and editor of the documentary film ‘The Third Root’, winner of the Latino Public Broadcasting Open Call Award, which had its world premiere at the Guadalajara International Film Festival 2016.
In the beginning of 2018 Reed’s short film ‘Iridescence’ was selected as one of three finalists by Nat Geo Wild’s prestigious ‘Wild to Inspire’ film festival in Sun Valley, Idaho. His other notable recent credits include director, DP and editor of ‘Walila: The Modern Sound of North African Sacred Music’ (HIIDA Award winner, official selection at Amsterdam Lift-Off Film Festival and Bucharest Short Film Festival) and ‘The Carnatic Cornet’ (Official selection at Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival). Reed produced, directed and filmed ‘Trazando la Aventura’ [Tracing the Adventure], an adventure web series co-produced with Ford Motor Company of Mexico and TV Azteca.
Reed’s work for television includes credits of director, DP and editor of ‘Sacerdotisa del Mezcal’ and director of ‘Muxe’ – two 30-minute TV documentaries for Mexican national TV. He was camera operator for the Latin Grammy Award winner for best long-format music video documentary in 2014 ‘El Objeto antes Llamado el Disco’ directed by Gregory Allen.
As a live concert videographer Reed filmed for KISS, Mumford & Sons, Iron Maiden, Ariana Grande, Simply Red, Cafe Tacuba and many more. He was a division I soccer player for University of Maryland before graduating from California College of the Arts in Oakland, CA with a BFA in Film / Video. Reed is also an avid rock climber and adventure sports content producer currently based in Tepoztlan, Morelos, and Mexico City.
ERNESTO REYES (aka MIKE) //
Producer, Marketing Strategist
Mike brings seven years of experience in the Advertising/Marketing industry as Partner of ‘Crantz & Stern’ agency based in Mexico City. His experience is wide-ranging and includes Strategic Marketing, Market Research, Social Media, Creativity, Media Campaigns, E-Commerce, Online Strategy Design, Public Relations and Marketing Intelligence for Global brands like Unilever, Degree, Dove, Huawei, Walmart, St. Ives, TRESemmé, M&M’s, Snickers, Lucky Strike, Nestle, among others.
In addition, Mike spent three years heading design and execution of advertising campaigns for cinema and big film projects created by DISNEY, PIXAR, MARVEL and LUCASFILM LTD, specializing in the Mexican and Latin American market. The list of his film campaigns includes ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,’ ‘Zootopia,’ ‘Inside Out,’ ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass,’ ‘Moana,’ ‘The Good Dinosaur,’ ‘Pete’s Dragon’ and ‘Pirates of the Caribbean.’
Previously a Senior Consultant at ‘MCM Consultores’ Mike also served as Marketing Specialist in business consulting for process engineering. His experience in this arena includes work on projects for transnational brands in the disciplines like Marketing Intelligence, Consumer Analysis, Process Engineering, CRM Implementation and Project Analysis Investment for clients such as UBS Investments.
An enthusiast of all the facets of communication arts, a marketing specialist with a degree from Universidad Anahuac México Norte, Mike is a professional publicist, cinema lover, avid illustrator, amateur photographer, consumer of visual arts, hippie at heart, hiker, traveler and music lover. But most importantly Mike wants everyone to know that he is forever in love with the labrador dog named Julia.