Project Lead & Series Producer
Dr. Irene Pons is a legal studies faculty member and Luminary Award winner at the University of Central Florida. She is an American Bar Foundation Fellow and has been practicing immigration law for nearly two decades. In 2020, she partnered with the production team at the UCF Center for Distributed Learning to create A Break for Impact, an EMMY®-winning docuseries chronicling student volunteers providing crucial humanitarian and legal aid to migrants at the Texas-Mexico border. Irene’s follow-up documentary series, Crosses in the Dust, shot along the Arizona-Mexico border, and short film What We Came From, produced in Tijuana, Mexico, earned her two regional EMMY® Awards in 2023.
Series Lead Producer & Editor
Born in the United States and raised on the Caribbean island of Aruba, Aaron Hosé is a producer-director-editor with over 25 years in the film, television and video industry. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and Master of Fine Arts in Film from the University of Central Florida. His films have been featured at hundreds of festivals worldwide, including Academy Award- and BAFTA-qualifying events, and have been distributed on platforms such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Vudu and Tubi. Aaron has been recognized extensively for his work. To date, he has earned nineteen regional EMMY® nominations resulting in nine EMMY® Awards, including wins for producing, directing, and editing.
Series Producer & Director
Award-winning producer/director Christine Kane has spent the last decade working in the professional film and video industry with a focus on immigration-themed projects. Her debut docuseries A Break for Impact, which follows the humanitarian crisis along the Texas-Mexico border, won her a 2020 regional EMMY® Award. Since then she has earned three more EMMY® Awards; including for her follow-up series, Crosses in the Dust, which was filmed in the Sonoran Desert along the Arizona-Mexico border, and for the documentary short What We Came From, produced in Tijuana, Mexico.
Series Producer & Director of Photography
Tim Reid is an award-winning video producer with 20 years of industry experience as a director, cinematographer, editor, and digital animator. He brings these technical and aesthetic abilities into his work as a mixed-media artist. Tim earned his Studio Art & Design MFA in 2021 from the University of Central Florida, where he had previously earned a Film BFA in 2012. During his time in the MFA program, Tim expanded his practice beyond experimental digital filmmaking to include installations, objects, and recorded performances. His work has been featured in art galleries and film festivals across the United States and France, and has been recognized with three regional EMMY® Awards.
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