Carolina Monnerat (Director, Producer) 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 and 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. There she was a soloist, company member and rehearsal director for over ten years. Her artistry has stretched across countries, nationalities and races to create beauty and harmony without words. 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 features and short films with husband Theodore Collatos. Her producing credits include "Dispo" (2013), "Time" (2013), "Albatross" (2014). In 2017 Monnerat produced and acted in "Tormenting the Hen," where her acting was celebrated in Film Pulse’s Best Performances of 2017. In addition to film work, she is a Global Senior Curator for Hub Seventeen, a community space for Lululemon Athletica in the Flatiron district of New York City. "Queen of Lapa" is Monnerat's feature documentary debut, a 2018 Creative Capital Finalist and set to be released in 2019.
Theodore Collatos (Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Producer) began his career as an award winning street photographer which grew organically into creating documentaries, experimental and dramatic films often with his producer and wife Carolina Monnerat. Most recently, his "Tormenting the Hen" won the Duncan-Williams Scriptwriting Award at the Indie Memphis Film Festival in 2017, 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. "Queen of Lapa," a documentary directed together with Monnerat in Rio de Janeiro is currently a Creative Capital grant finalist in 2018 and will premiere in 2019. Past award winning shorts include “Time” streaming on Short of the Week, “Albatross” available exclusively on Filmmaker Magazine's site and “Truth with Wine.” Collatos is also features programmer at The Bushwick Film Festival and commercial director who's clients include Lululemon Athletica, The United Nations, Think Human, Dentons Venture Technology and Fox Rothschild LLP.
Matt Grady (Producer) 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, digitally, on TV, VOD, VHS, 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, Sun Don't Shine, Calvin Lee Reeder's The Oregonian, the Zellner Brother's Kid Thing and recently restored the 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 headquarters is in Brooklyn, New York.