Justine Browning, Founder
A journalist turned filmmaker, Justine Browning currently holds the position of Digital Editor at Entertainment Weekly while previously contributing to publications like USA Today and news segments on NY1 and PBS. She has interviewed a number of high profile figures - Meryl Streep, Jerry Seinfeld and Jennifer Lopez - among them. As the founder of Calesita Films, she has written and directed a number of award-winning socially relevant short films that shed light on a range of issues - including the lingering effects of Hurricane Katrina, sexual assault in the dance industry, prison mistreatment and PTSD in mass shooting victims. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Media and Film at NYU, where she studied film and media in cities like Paris, London and Prague, and an MA in Literature from the City College of New York, where she serves as an instructor.
Shar Adrias, Director of Photography
Shar runs her own production company Movements By Shar, and has produced and directed performance recordings, music videos, documentaries and major entertainment events throughout New York. She has shot, produced and edited content for Sony Pictures Asia as well as several major red carpet events and interviews with A-list talent like Kate Winslet, Jerry Seinfeld, and Ben Kingsley. Shar has also devoted herself to being a part of the dance world as both a performer and cinematographer. She served a the DP for the award-winning short The Humanitarians.
Joseph Hernandez, Director of Development
A film festival veteran, Joseph began working in theater operations with the Tribeca Film Festival and now serves as a programmer with the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival (named one of the top 30 genre festivals in the world by MovieMaker 2019) as well as programmer with the North Bend Film Festival, a recently launched celebration of vanguard and genre film. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, he has steadily produced and appeared in numerous film, television and internet projects since obtaining a bachelor’s in film from Brooklyn College. Joseph shares Calesita’s mission in amplifying the voices of the ones who need it most and believes wholeheartedly that a life without film would simply be too far great a loss.