Talcual Films


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.

Services Offered

Production Services

  • Bilingual Producer (Spanish-English)/Line Producer/Executive Producer
  • Develop and manage projects from pre-production through post-production
  • Scout locations and coordinate shoots in the United States, Europe, Latin America
  • Plan and manage budgets
  • Conduct investigative research, access subjects and interview
  • Locate and clear archival and music rights
  • Hire production, editing and post-production team
  • Supervise editing and post-production phases
  • Access to talented and trustworthy professionals

Fundraising Services

  • Research and identify private US foundations, corporations and individual donors
  • Identify strategies to create co
  • production and access funding in the European Market
  • Cultivate and manage tactful and professional relationships with donors
  • Write proposals and budgets tailored to specific funding
  • Plan and implement fundraising events, house parties and screenings
  • Write grant reports and fulfilling deliverables

Educational Services

  • Artists In Residencies
  • Film Instructor (middle-school through college)
  • Professor at Community Colleges, Visiting Lecturer
  • Passionate presenter offering Master Classes and Workshops in areas of
    expertise including: The Power of Documentary as a Tool For Change, Documentary Film Production, Women in Film, Spanish Language Immersion through Film and Multimedia, Reality is Greater than Fiction


  • “Tenacity, honesty and creativity. Three fundamental qualities that Gemma Cubero brings to every job. To film with Gemma is the guarantee of being able to realize the impossible. And she does not rest until she has obtained this. She always has a plan B.”

    Celeste Carrasco
    Director, Producer, DP

  • “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.”

    Debra Zimmerman
    Executive Director
    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.”

    Simon Kilmurry
    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.”

    Mimi Chakarova
    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.”

    Laurie Coyle
    Director, Producer, Writer

Consulting & Employment History

  • Men a Love Story

    Fundraising Consultant

    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.

  • Ambulante California

    Development Consultant

    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

    Film Instructor

    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

    Filmmaking Instructor

    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

    Adjunct Professor

    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

    Visiting Lecturer 

    Taught Spanish Cinema and Spanish conversation using multimedia tools at Hawaii Pacific University’s Spanish Department. manoa.hawaii.edu

  • Iconoclastas

    Consulting Producer

    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

    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

  • Dark Swan

    Consulting Producer

    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.

  • Adiós Amor

    Consulting Producer

    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

    Production Coordinator

    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

  • Mariachis

    Archival Research

    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

  • Señorita Extraviada

    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

    Development Director

    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

Rates & Contact Info

To learn how Talcual Films Consulting can benefit your project and get sliding scale rates email Gemma Cubero at talcualfilms@gmail.com or call her at 1.415.630.0418