Gabriela SosaField Producer, InterpreterXGabriela is a court-certified and conference Spanish and French interpreter. Her work as a producer has been recognized by the Film and Television Academy and the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Gabriela provided services to Souls of the Vermilion Sea as an interpreter and as a field producer. She loves the Vaquita – please help us save them.
Brenda RazoField DirectorX
Brenda lives in Mexico City, where she has been working as videographer since 2010 on numerous independent films. In addition to her videography and filmmaking experience, Brenda is a skilled stop motion animator, giving workshops for the Institut Français of Latin America since 2012. Brenda also works as an independent photographer and visual artist and has presented numerous photo exhibitions throughout Mexico as well as in Sydney, Australia.
We are extremely excited to be working with Brenda on our feature length documentary project, Souls of the Vermilion Sea, about the struggle to save the world’s most endangered marine mammal from extinction.
As the director of Wild Lens’ Eyes on Conservation series, Sean is involved in all stages of production on this innovative documentary series. Sean works closely with partner organizations to develop a production plan, and oversees each step of the filmmaking process from pre-production to distribution. Additionally, Sean has directed a number of the short films in our EOC series, including The Maasai Giraffe, The Forgotten Migration and all the films highlighting the work of The Marine Mammal Center. Prior to joining the Wild Lens team, Sean worked with a wide variety of wildlife species as both a biologist and photographer/videographer, including the Hawaiian Monk Seal, Stellar sea lions, Northern elephant seals, Northern Fur Seals, Pacific fishers, black bears, and the elusive Ivory-billed woodpecker. He received his BFA in Sculpture and Cinematography from Stephen F. Austin State University.
Matthew helped found Wild Lens in 2011 with the goal of bringing biologists and filmmakers together to produce films that would have an impact on critically important wildlife conservation issues.
Matthew began full-scale production on his first feature length film, Scavenger Hunt, immediately after the inception of Wild Lens. This film went on to have a successful festival run in 2012, and was picked up for distribution by Cinema Libre Studio. Matthew also served as producer and co-director of the half-hour documentary Bluebird Man, which was nominated for an Emmy Award and will be broadcast nationally on public television in the winter of 2015. Prior to his work with Wild Lens, Matthew had spent four years working as a biologist with the endangered California condor, spending time with the wild population of condors in Arizona and Utah, as well as with the captive breeding program for condors in Boise, ID. Matthew received both a BA in Cinema/Photography and a BS in Environmental Science from Ithaca College.
Ramona MaysExecutive ProducerX
“Oceans bring peace, reduce stress and create emotional well being for us all.”
Ramona is a life-long environmentalist, a yoga instructor and movement therapist, and a co-founder of the Mays Charitable Fund. She has worked with the stranding department at the Marine Mammal Center for six years releasing and rescuing seals on the Northern California Coast and is a primary donor for the Marine Mammal Center’s Monk Seal hospital which was officially opened September 2014 in Kona, Hawaii. She serves on the advisory committee for All One Ocean which is a grass roots organization in Marin County, responsible for setting up cleaning stations on our beaches and empowering youth to get involved in keeping our oceans clean. She is committed to the conservation of the vaquita, and is working closely with the Marine Mammal Center and The Sea Shepard’s Operation Milagro in addition to her work on Souls of the Vermilion Sea. Ramona believes strongly that if all concerned people work together on this effort to save the vaquita, then we will have accomplished something great and worthwhile.