Carolina grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and began a professional Ballet career when she was just thirteen. As an dancer, she has toured the world, first as a ballerina, then as a modern dancer, bringing her to the United States to dance for Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, a modern contemporary African American dance company. While there, Carolina performed as a soloist, company member and rehearsal director for over ten years. Her artistry has stretched across countries, nationalities and races to inspire wordless beauty and harmony. In 2011, Monnerat retired from dance and produced On Point and Move, two dance films that played the festival circuit. She went on to produce multiple features and short films with husband Theodore Collatos. Her producing credits include Dispo (2013), Time (2013) and Albatross (2014). In 2017 Monnerat produced and acted in Tormenting the Hen, leading to her inclusion in Film Pulse’s Best Performances of 2017. In addition to her film work, Carolina is a Senior Curator for Lululemon Athletica. Queen of Lapa is Monnerat's feature documentary debut.
Theodore began his career as an award-winning street photographer, which grew organically into documentary, experimental and dramatic filmmaking; often with his producer and wife Carolina Monnerat. Most recently, his feature Tormenting the Hen won the Duncan-Williams Scriptwriting Award at the Indie Memphis Film Festival in 2017. The film was featured in The Hollywood Reporter, Filmmaker Magazine, Indiewire and was theatrically released in New York and Chicago. His Massachusetts State Grant-winning film Dipso (2013) premiered in competition at EntreVues Belfort Festival du Film, won Best Film at The Athens Film Festival, and was released theatrically in New Orleans and Massachusetts. Queen of Lapa, a documentary directed together with Monnerat in Rio de Janeiro was a Creative Capital grant finalist in 2018, and is set to premiere in 2019. Past award-winning shorts include Time, currently streaming on Short of the Week, Albatross, available exclusively on Filmmaker Magazine's site and Truth with Wine, a Nitehawk Short Film Festival winner. Collatos is also a features programmer at The Bushwick Film Festival, and a commercial director whose clients include Lululemon Athletica, The United Nations, Think Human, Dentons Venture Technology and Fox Rothschild LLP.
Matt is the founder of Factory 25, an independent film production and distribution company launched in 2009. Factory 25 is a home for conceptually provocative narratives and documentaries. Grady was recently named "One of the Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture,” and has been called "One of the most important curatorial voices of new, independent American films." His mission is to expose the world to under-the-radar films, music, and other curiosities theatrically and digitally, as well as on TV, VOD, VHS, and limited edition discs with vinyl LPs and books. Factory 25 titles include Christmas, Again, All This Panic, MA, Uncle Kent 2, Stinking Heaven, Alex Ross Perry's The Color Wheel, Dustin Guy Defa's Bad Fever and Sun Don't Shine, Calvin Lee Reeder's The Oregonian, the Zellner Brothers’ Kid Thing and the recently restored Sundance Grand Jury Prize winning film In the Soup by Alexandre Rockwell. Grady also produced Nathan Silver's The Great Pretender, Onur Tukel's Applesauce and Summer of Blood and Theodore Collatos' Tormenting the Hen. Factory 25’s headquarters are located in Brooklyn, New York.