About

Talcual Films is an independent production company founded and managed by Gemma Cubero del Barrio, based in the United States and Spain since 2006. Talcual, meaning “as it is,” seeks to document personal, compelling stories that shed light on universal themes of human struggle and hope. Ella es el Matador (She is the Matador) was the award winning directorial debut of Gemma Cubero del Barrio and Celeste Carrasco and is the first film produced by Talcual Films. The second feature documentary produced by Talcual Films and directed and shot by Gemma Cubero del Barrio premiered at the 37th Hawaii International Film Festival in the “Made in Hawaii” screened at the Doris Duke Theater in Honolulu, Hawai’i and the Roxie Theater in San Francisco in 2018. Our Atoll Speaks, the third documentary directed and produced by Gemma Cubero del Barrio as well through Talcual Films opened at the New Zealand International Film Festival in 2019, won the Special Jury Award for Best Documentary Short Film at the Guam International Film Festival and awarded the Coastal Culture Award at the 17th International Ocean Film Festival in San Francisco in 2020. The film continues to travel around the world. The Island In Me ( aka Homecoming) is the fourth feature documentary directed and produced also by Gemma Cubero del Barrio is currently in postproduction.The production company is available for collaborations.

Gemma Cubero del Barrio has been making documentary films for 20 years and started her career with Lourdes Portillo’s poetic and groundbreaking documentary film Señorita Extraviada. She is the director producer and writer of the award winning POV documentary Ella Es El Matador about female bullfighters. Her production company Talcual Films has worked on numerous films that have premiered and received awards in international film festivals and also broadcast on television. After 8 years Gemma is completing The Island in Me (aka Homecoming) currently in postproduction. Gemma has a passion for teaching as well and taught creative media, journalism and filmmaking to young girls and women at Hawaii Women in Filmmaking and through the University of Hawaiʻi. Gemma combines her time between Hawai’i and Los Angeles where she consults with filmmakers around the world. Gemma serves on the board of The Network for the Promotion of Asia – Pacifica Cinema (NETPAC) and for the last seven years, she serves as a judge for the Emmy® Awards in the Social Issue Documentary and Spanish speaking categories.

Celeste Carrasco is a native of Barcelona, Spain. Celeste was the director, producer, cinematographer and co-editor Ella Es El Matador (She Is The Matador). For El Abrazo (The Embrace) Celeste has worked with Gemma as cinematographer and editor and for The Island in Me (Aka Homecoming) Celeste serves as Director of Consulting Editor. Celeste also worked with Gemma in Lourdes Portillo’s Señorita Extraviada and What’s Under Your Hat? Celeste’s additional credits include First Assistant Director on Marta Balletbó’s narrative film, Honey, I’ve Sent the Men to the Moon, and Producer on Lisset Barcello’s narrative film Both. Most recently Celeste has worked as video artist for theatre productions such as Mozart and Salieri, Vanita, premiered at Teatro Real in Madrid and Java Suite premiered at Peralada Festival, La Seca in Barcelona and the Basel Opera House in Switzerland, all productions directed by Rita Cosentino. She also collaborates with Spanish performing artist Paloma Calle on her short doc Hello Myself which premiered at the Reina Sofía Modern Art Museum in Madrid. For the last 15 years Celeste has been producing operas at the Teatro Real, Opera House in Madrid, and directing branded work in Spain.

Gemma Cubero del Barrio / Celeste Carrasco

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