Gemma Cubero del Barrio is a bilingual writer, producer, director, and teacher with a degree in investigative journalism. She has a passion for storytelling using multimedia. During the 18 years she has worked in documentary film, Gemma Cubero del Barrio has managed productions from location scouting to interviews in Spain, United States, Mexico, Cuba, Germany, Argentina, Hawai’i, and the Cook Islands. Her work through her documentary production company Talcual Films such as Ella Es El Matador (She Is The Matador) and Homecoming has been supported by institutions such as PBS, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Pacific Islanders in Communication, Latino Public Broadcasting, Tribeca Film Institute, Point of View, the Spanish Embassy, the San Francisco Foundation, and the United Nations Development Program among others. Gemma also worked as an Associate Producer and Investigator on the award- winning documentary Señorita Extraviada by Lourdes Portillo’s and produced with Julio Medem two feature length documentaries What’s Under Your Hat? and One Percent: Schizophrenia, both with theatrical and DVD release in Spain. Gemma has also served as a visiting professor at Hawaii Pacific University, Windward Community College, and the University of Hawaii at Manoa and West Oahu. Gemma was nominated for the United States Artists Fellowship and awarded an Annenberg Fellowship to obtain her M.A. at the University of Southern California. Her thesis “Give Up Tomorrow: Documentary as a Tool for Change” has been published by Lambert Academic Publishing. Her film consulting clients include Latino Public Broadcasting, A Moment In Time Productions, and Ambulante California. For the last two years Gemma has also served as a judge for the Emmy® Awards and is honored to serve as a NETPAC jury member at the 2017 Hawaii International Film Festival.
“Gemma Cubero is an amazing filmmaker and fundraiser! I watched with admiration as she managed to find funding in the most unexpected places for her film Ella Es El Matador (not an easy sell!). I would recommend her to any filmmaker.”
Women Make Movies
“P.O.V. had the pleasure of working closely with Gemma Cubero to present that national US broadcast of her extraordinary documentary Ella Es El Matador on PBS. The film is a powerful showcase of Gemma and Celeste’s artistic vision tackling complex social issues through creative storytelling coupled with an exquisite visual aesthetic. Audiences were enthralled, with many so moved that they wrote to compliment the film and debate the issues. Gemma partnered with POV to lead a successful community engagement campaign and to develop educational materials and other resources, so that audiences had the tools to go beyond the broadcast and fully engage with the themes in the film. Gemma is an artist with an inspiring vision. She has a passionate drive to tell the stories that are not being told elsewhere and is one of the most exciting talents to emerge in the documentary world in recent years.”
Executive Director, Executive Producer
American Documentary | POV
“Gemma is living proof that diligence, kindness and passion for worthy storytelling aren’t extinct. I would hire her again on ANY project that I undertake — this is how confident I am of her talents and good nature.”
Director, Producer, Photographer
UC Berkeley School of Journalism
“Gemma brings the best of both worlds to her production work: she is savvy, meticulous and resourceful, while her graciousness and warmth put everyone at ease behind and in front of the camera. If you are fortunate to have her on your team, her many gifts will elevate the project and the work of everyone involved in it.”
Director, Producer, Writer
Windward Community College
Lecturer -Creative Media / Journalism Department
Teaches Media & Society and Video Journalism in the School of Creative Media and Journalism at Windward Community College.
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Visiting Lecturer -School of Communications and Journalism
Taught Video and Digital Cinema Techniques, Multimedia Techniques, Documentary Film and Communicating Creativity and Media and Society to undergraduates in the School of Journalism & Communications at UH Manoa.
Men a Love Story
Second collaboration with Mimi Chakarova on her new film, MEN: A Love Story. A stunningly honest, unapologetic and decidedly un-politically correct glimpse into the minds of American men, and what the word ‘love’ means to them.
Develop and implement a fundraising strategy to bring the Ambulante travelling documentary film festival and vision to California. ambulante.com.mx
University of Hawaii West Oahu
Taught in the Creative Media Department a project-based course that focuses on the independent creative professional as producer, entrepreneur, self-promoter, and monetizer of a multimedia product. Offered every Fall. uhwo.hawaii.edu
Hawaii Women in Filmmaking – Making Media That Matters & Summer Reel Camp for Girls
Taught Making Media That Matters an after-school program for girls in which participants develop film and critical-thinking skills by examining issues in their communities. Since 2013, Taught Summer Reel Camp for Girls a one –week filmmaking and storytelling workshop for young women in Hawaii dedicated to promoting social justice and gender equality through the power of film. hawaiiwomeninfilmmaking.org
Hawaii Pacific University
Taught Documentary Production and Point Shoot and Edit at Hawaii Pacific University’s Multimedia and Cinematic Arts Program. hpu.edu
University of Hawaii, Manoa – Spanish Department
Taught Spanish Cinema and Spanish conversation using multimedia tools at Hawaii Pacific University’s Spanish Department. manoa.hawaii.edu
Work for Fremantle Media in the production of Iconoclastas, the Latin American version of the Sundance Channel documentary series titled Iconoclasts. Find and secure characters and assist in coordinating productions. Visit Site
The Price of Sex
Consulting Producer on The Price of Sex, a feature length documentary directed and produced by Mimi Chakarova, that narrates the experiences of young Eastern European women forced into the world of sex slavery and human trafficking. Assist in identifying funding sources, writing proposals, creating budgets and advising on outreach and distribution. Visit Site
Consulting producer on Dark Swan a documentary film directed and produced by Laurie Coyle. Assisted Ms Coyle in the archival footage research of her dance film Dark Swan.
Consulting producer on Adiós Amor directed and produced by Laurie Coyle.Assisted Coyle in the fundraising strategy for Adiós Amor, a film about the search of pioneer migrant farm worker María Moreno.
Feminicide = Sanctioned Murder: Gender, Race and Violence in Global Context
International conference that took place at Stanford University. This event examined the murders and disappearances of women in Mexico, Guatemala and Canada. The conference used the intersection of art and politics in violence against women. As the panel coordinator for the conference, designed panels, selected and gained access to panelists, and coordinated film presentations. Visit Site
Consulting work to research archival footage in Mexico for a documentary film project about mariachis.
What’s Under Your Hat?
Executive Producer & Line Producer
Helped directors, Lola Barrera and Iñaki Peñafiel develop the documentary film from development through distribution. Gained access to the main characters of the film,planned and conducted shoots in Spain, France, United States, Mexico and Cuba. Conducted interviews in English, translated for Spanish-speaking directors, designed and implemented fundraising strategy and distribution campaign. Visit Site
Uno Por Ciento: Esquizofrenia
Executive Producer & Line Producer
Helped director Ione Hernández and producer Julio Medem gained access to the main characters of this feature documentary, planned and conducted shoots in Spain, located and secured archival footage, supervised post-production phase. Visit Site
El Mundo del Siglo XXI
Wrote investigative articles and feature stories for the Science and Culture section and the Sunday Magazine of the National Spanish Newspaper El Mundo. Visit Site
Associate Producer & Researcher
Assisted director and producer Lourdes Portillo in the research and development of the film, gained access to characters, wrote proposal and budgets, secured archival footage and planned and implemented fundraising strategies and events. Visit Site
The Women’s Building
Helped raise $5.9 million for the Reinforce the Dream capital campaign to renovate the Women’s Building. Fundraised through individual donors, federal, state and private institutions and foundations. Identified funders and wrote grants to secure funding from national and local private foundations, corporations, institutions and state and federal agencies. Cultivated donors and planned fundraising events. Coordinated the Leadership Committee, worked with the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors. Visit Site