flamenco: an art that speaks to the soul, and frees the emotions


Eve A. Ma, like many other independent filmmakers, is primarily self-taught. She first became interested in film ⁄ video when, in an earlier career, she found herself producing a television interview series for a cultural non-profit she directed. After leaving the non-profit, she decided to continue working in media.

Starting off as a producer ⁄ director of public access work, over the years she has honed her skills so that now, her productions are accepted into international festivals all over the world, and aired over major national educational channels. As she puts it, I learn by making mistakes - and because I've made so many, I've learned a lot!

A hallmark of Ma's work is its engagement with other cultures. She has traveled to more than 20 countries, and has produced work in Spain and Peru, as well as the USA. Ma speaks Spanish, French and a little Mandarin as well as English, and many of her productions are in both Spanish and English.

Antonio de la Malena, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

Antonio de la Malena joined us in 2012 as our principal associate in Spain. A professional flamenco singer (cantaor) since childhood, his interest in film comes out of his extensive experience with stage productions, for which he has acted as artistic director as well as principal cantaor in countless productions, most often those associated with the dancer María del Mar Moreno.

Malena's experimental short film, Entre Silencio y Misterio, premiered in the Festival de Cortometrajes de Jerez, in Spain, in 2011. Since that time, he has acted as assistant to the producer-director in several of Palomino Production's works. He also starred in Ma's feature-length drama, Domino: Caught in the Crisis. Currently, he serves as associate director for Flamenco: the Land Is Still Fertile. In addition, he helps out in other capacities on the film including narrator, and assistant to the producer; and he is one of the documentary's several featured singers.