A Sacred Journey

Suzanne Richiardone, Co-Producer

Suzanne is an international film and television producer. She has produced award-winning documentary films and critically acclaimed programs for networks such as PBS, A&E, Animal Planet, ARTE, Wetv, Discovery International, and ABS CBN Philippines. Her projects include Maravilla, a feature length documentary about middleweight boxing champion Sergio Martinez, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2014, as well as Beyond the Silence, an investigative documentary about the rising tide of sexual violence on college campuses across America. Other projects have focused on NGOs in Africa and have included a series of short films for Action Aid International and The Gates Foundation about the empowering of women farmers. In 2016, she produced and co-directed the feature documentary Curiosity, Adventure and Love, which received five awards including a Special Jury Prize at the World Premieres Festival Philippines and Best Documentary at the Soho International Film Festival. Currently a producer and partner at Tiny Giant Films, Suzanne oversees development of feature films and documentary series in Europe, Asia and Latin America. 

The Team

Fernanda Rossi:
Internationally renowned writer and speaker Fernanda Rossi has co-written and collaborated in more than 500 fiction scripts, documentaries and fundraising samples, including two documentaries nominated for the Academy Award® and many that received funding from ITVS and National Film Board of Canada. She has given her lectures in more than 12 countries and at world markets, such as Hot Docs andSheffield Doc/Fest. In addition, she’s is a trainer for special programs and grant evaluator for foundations. Her book Trailer Mechanics: How to Make Your Documentary Fundraising Demo, 2nd Edition, is according to industry professionals the bible on demo production. www.documentarydoctor.com


Peter Maestry, Co-Producer An accomplished 1st Assistant Director, Writer and Producer for commercials, music videos and Feature Length Narratives.  Peter Maestrey has been in the entertainment industry since 1995.  Opening a production company that produced content for large corporations, such as Sony, Universal, Def Jam and many others.  After fulfilling on his goals early on, he dedicated himself more to being a first assistant director while he acquired, as well as, write films.  His career has cultivated him inside of several departments within the industry and it is that training that makes the teams he creates with that much more powerful.
Danny Haro, Producer Mr. Haro’s background includes over twenty-five years of media production/directing, marketing and grass roots organizing. He has worked as a Producer/Director of Edward James Olmos Productions for 18 years.  His resume also includes production work with New Line Cinema, Universal Studios and Lions Gates Cinema.

He has worked on the network level with Spike TV where he directed and produced the documentary: “Pancho Gonzalez: The Latino Legend of Tennis.”  Continuing on the national level, Haro worked with The PBS Network in producing and directing an extended version (Director’s Cut) of “Pancho Gonzalez: Warrior of the Court,” for inclusion in a 13-part national series entitled, “VOCES.”  This first of its kind Latino themed series was broadcast in the fall of 2006, through fall of 2007.  In 2007, Mr. Haro’s work was recognized with an Alma Award in the category of “Best Documentary made for Television.” In 2010 Haro finished producing two full seasons for the Mun2 Network reality series, “The Mun2 Hook Up.” Other producing awards and nominations include; Director’s Guild Academy Award in the category of Best Documentary; the National Education Foundation’s Golden Apple Award for Best Film in the Classroom; and a recipient of the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award.
Arturo Solar, Composer With an understanding that the elemental purpose of music is to evoke emotion, Arturo Solar 
creates a tone which lends itself to the dramatic and romantic genres.
He finds it profoundly important to explore all textures and colors with melodic simplicity to
emphasize the Traditional Classical Sensibility.
Born in Barcelona, Spain, but more precisely raised in Santiago de Compostela (Galicia),
Arturo began his musical career at the age of eight with the encouragement and inspiration
​of his father. In 1989, he pursued his musical development at the Superior Music
Conservatory of Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña, where he graduated his studies in trumpet.
During these formative years Arturo befriended his mentor José Somoza who introduced him
to many musical styles widening his cultural perspective. Interested in focusing his talents in
composition, he later studied with the Austrian composer Wladimir Rosinskij where he
increased his knowledge in Orchestration and immersed himself in Film Scoring.
After producing many works for shorts films, documentaries and television, he decided to
move to Los Angeles in 2002 where he now resides. Balancing his work as a composer for
cinema, Arturo also became a recording studio musician exploiting his skills and talents as
a trumpeter, arranger and conductor for many multi-national artists.
Through his perseverance and passion for film scoring, Arturo has been garnered with many
opportunities in writing for a wide array of genres. In 2009, The International Film Music
​Festival “Ciudad de Úbeda” honored him with the Jerry Goldsmith Award.
Ernesto Quintero, Director / Producer Ernesto Quintero strongly believes in projects of social relevance and utilizes his skill in video and film to advocate positive change. Ernesto has been documenting A Sacred Journey, a story of his brother’s fight with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) since his diagnosis in 2005. In 2013, he decided to edit this heartfelt journey producing the short.  In addition to pointing the camera on his brother, Ernesto most recently traveled the world working with Jennifer Lopez (JL) on Dance Again a documentary featuring JL on her first ever world tour. As second unit director, Ernesto got to see the world through his lens, traveling to 40 countries in 4 months. On this same tour Ernesto, directed JL’s ten dancers and came back to produce six episodes of A Step Away, a docu-series for NUVO TV, which is presently airing.  Ernesto is prepared to direct, produce, shoot or edit, but most importantly, Ernesto has a knack for story and heart that allows him to capture emotions. Quintero is bringing light to exceptional stories that otherwise are going unnoticed and his work is unmistakably poignant and recognized by many. His awards include the Imagen Award for Outstanding Stage Production for “Veteranos: A legacy of Valor” (2000), a nomination for Outstanding Made-for-TV Documentary Producer for an Alma Award for Warrior of the Court (2007), Imagen Award for the PBS national television series Voces (2007), Cine Golden Eagle Award for Lalo Guerrero: The Original Chicano (2007) and a NAMIC award for the mun2 Hookup (2008). Of his awards and honors Quintero says, “It is nice to know that the social relevant projects I am a part of are getting attention, but I still feel that there’s so much work to be done.” To learn more about Ernesto’s work please visit: www.ernestoquinterofilms.com.
Yvonne Jimenez, Producer Yvonne Jimenez is a MINDFUL CONNECTOR & TECH-SAVVY PRODUCER primarily interconnecting the areas of business development and public affairs with films and special projects. Based in Los Angeles, she has and continues to produce both documentary and narrative films with award-winning & Oscar-qualifying directors including the feature documentary Cesar’s Last Fast & short narrative Where We Begin to name a few.

Over the past 15 years, Ms. Jimenez has produced events and projects for clients such as Coca-Cola, the Nielsen Company, Anheuser-Busch, Molera Alvarez and Wayans Brothers Productions among others. A natural producer, she is a connector of people, passions and projects. From managing high-profile projects to grassroots causes, Yvonne brings the expertise, relationships and experience needed to benefit any film or company.


                                    A film by Ernesto Quintero