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Portrait of ACTI director Jose Garcia Moreno

José Garcia Moreno, Director


José Garcia Moreno (1961) was born in Mexico City. He studied at the film school in Prague, FAMU (Filmová a Televizní Fakulta Akademie Múzickych Umení v Praze), and worked as an apprentice at the Studios Bratri V Triku ("Brothers in Trick") where he directed his first professional film under the historical Czech brand founded by Jiri Trnka. He continued his education with a Fulbright Scholarship at the Animation Workshop in the School of Film and TV, UCLA. His work has been exhibited and awarded in film festivals around the world: Annecy, Anima Mundi, Clermont-Ferrand, Guadalajara, Cannes, and others. He has received prizes at La Habana, Toronto, San Francisco, Mexico, Montreal and Japan.

He has been nominated to the Ariel by the Mexican Film Academy and received the prestigious Catherine T and John D MacArthur Foundation Grant / Conaculta.

His animated work is part of the collections of the Colombian National Library, Luis Arango, and of the Federal German Film Catalogue (Katalog Der Filmsammlung / Erwerbungen 20062011. Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut. Preubisicher Kulturbesitz, Ein einzigartiger Fundus fur grundliche Studient des lateinamerikanischen Kino).

He was named in 2010 as one of the "Academic Leaders of the World" by the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores, Monterrey (ITESM) where he coproduced four student short films on the theme of slavery and human trafficking with the support of CAST (Coalition for the Abolition of Slavery and Human Trafficking).

In 2012, he was appointed by the new President of Loyola Marymount University as part of the Strategic Planning Committee and also as the chair of the Strategic Committee for Internationalization. He has also served as the Chair of the Animation Department at Loyola Marymount University.

He has been a fellow and a jury for Mexican National Endowment for the Arts (FONCA/ CONACULTA) and also a jury for the international McLaren-Lambart Award.

In 2013, the National University of México (UNAM) published his observations on narrative techniques and visual storytelling.

In 2018, he received the Kennedy Center Theater Festival award for "Meritorious Animation for a Theater Play".

His body of work has an entry in the influential book "Animation, A World History" by Giannalberto Bendazzi.

Emilou Reyes, Senior Administrative Coordinator

Emilou Reyes


Emilou Reyes joined the ACTI team in June 2017. She received her M.A. in Student Affairs and Higher Education from Claremont Graduate University (CGU) and her B.A. in Psychology from Mount Saint Mary's University, Los Angeles (MSMU). She is passionate about educating and mentoring college students through relevant programming and honest dialogues.

Prior to joining ACTI, she worked at MSMU in various areas of Student Affairs such as Residence Life, New Student Orientation, and Women's Leadership & Student Involvement. She also values building relationships and working collaboratively with her peers. She was involved with numerous committee works at MSMU and at Western Association of Colleges and University Housing Officers (WACUHO).

Emilou has the utmost appreciation for receiving her education from a Catholic university and for learning from the living examples of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (CSJs), who instilled in her the importance of "serving the dear neighbor without distinction." She is honored to serve the LMU community and enthusiastic to contribute in advancing ACTI's mission to LMU's students, faculty and staff.