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Wednesday, July 21, 4pm ET

“Sound design is the main contributing factor to the mood and atmosphere of any film”
Charlie Battin

Sounds, like images, engage audiences by evoking emotions. Together, these two critical elements can bring your film to life. Join today’s panel, moderated by Jessie Fuentes, as they discuss the individual and complementary roles of images and sound, using their favorite movies and their own work. Please send us your questions via email ( or listen live and send them via chat.



Jessie Fuentes, is an activist and educator in the Humboldt Park Community in Chicago, IL, popularly known as “Paseo Boricua”. Fuentes has participated in work empowering young people in the community, the campaign to release Oscar López Rivera, anti-gentrification work, education reform, and for the independence of Puerto Rico. Fuentes is currently the Dean of Student Affairs at Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School. She strives to see a more just world through advocacy and policy.



Born in Puerto Rico, Natasha Cánepa is an avid lover of art and animation with her passion to draw dating back to elementary school.  She has created the 2D short films Ready to Fight and Magic Play, the latter of which won several awards including Best Local Animation at LUSCA Fantastic Film Fest in Puerto Rico.  Presently, she runs a multi-service studio where she incorporates Animation, Motion Media, Storyboarding, Illustration and Post-Production into numerous projects from educational presentations to studio short films like Metro6. Natasha’s work can be found here and here.


Is an award-winning director, producer, editor, and storyteller from Brooklyn, NY.  Most recently, he served as Senior Creative Producer at Better Noise Music, managing a small team and creating content that led to three Grammy Nominations and multiple RIAA Gold and Platinum Records. Drawing inspiration from the music videos and films he grew up studying, he has spent the past decade creating a name for himself through his aggressive editing and highly stylized imagery. Garnering over 1 billion video views, Ben has created visuals for an eclectic group of artists such as The Notorious BIG, Nelly Furtado, Mötley Crüe, Kehlani, and Lupe Fiasco.  His approach to each client and project is the same: tell the story the way it should be told. More on Ben can be found here.


Is a 2 time Emmy Award winning audio post engineer and TV/Film music composer for his work for Atencion Atencion for their TV series, trained as a classical and popular music guitarist at the University of Puerto Rico. Denes has worked extensively in the advertising industry for clients such as: Claro, Wendy’s, JCPenney, Proctor and Gamble, United Ways, Toyota and Home Depot among others. Denes has also won recognition at the Cannes Festival as well as Cuspide Awards in Puerto Rico. Have won Saatchi & Saatchi several Fiap metals in the Radio category. Presently, he works as a sound engineer for Reaktor Post. More on Denes can be found here and here.


Is a Cuban and Puerto Rican Trombonist, Composer, Bandleader, and Educator from South Florida, currently based in NYC. He graduated from The Manhattan School of Music in 2019 with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Arts, and has performed and recorded with world renowned musicians such as Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Bobby Sanabria, Jon Faddis, Paquito D’Rivera, María Schneider, Randy Brecker, Benny Benack III, Steven Feifke, María Bacardi, Sean Jones, and many more. Armando is the founder/creator of ‘Mestizos’. Armando teaches private classes in his studio, and has given masterclasses at a number of schools in NYC and South Florida. More on Armando can be found here and here.