Keynote Speaker

Screening of the award-winning film “Bibi” followed by moderated panel discussion

Bibi screenshot


Southern Poverty Law Center

Keynote Session #4

2:40PM - 3:45PM - 15:25:00

Session Overview

Bibi is a ten minute short form film set in Texas’s Rio Grande Valley. This is the backdrop for our tale of love, hope, and forgiveness. A young Latino man receives a mysterious last letter from his estranged and recently deceased father after he’s forced to return to Texas to handle his final arrangements. After the screening of the film, there will be a moderated panel discussion with the director, Victor M. Duenas, actor JM Longoria, and producers Edward Enriquez-Cohen and Vanessa Perez.


Victor M. Dueñas is a Mexican-American director, writer, and producer based in Los Angeles. He attended Pomona College where he studied media and acting. Upon graduation, he continued his studies at Los Angeles Community College where he completed the school’s well regarded film program. A few years later, he entered the educational world working as an elementary school teacher. After teaching for almost a decade, Victor had the great fortune of joining the writing team of the Emmy-nominated series “East Los High” as a Development Assistant. He used his experience as an educator to entertain audiences and give authenticity to the show’s storylines. Victor has been part of GLAAD’s screenwriting program, a fellow of the National Hispanic Media Coalition’s TV Writers Program sponsored by ABC and NBC, and won a highly-coveted spot in Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s inaugural Imagine Impact Program. In 2019, he was selected as a Disney ABC Writing Program Finalist.
J.M. Longoria J.M. Longoria is an Imagen Award-nominated actor, writer, and producer known for his supporting role in the successful Sony Pictures feature film “Miracles From Heaven”, starring Jennifer Garner, Queen Latifah, Eugenio Derbez and directed by Patricia Riggen. He is also recognized for his leading role as Enrique Salazar in the award-winning telenovela web series, “Sin Vergüenza”. Some of J.M.’s other notable credits include co-starring roles in the ABC shows “The Fix”, “General Hospital”, “The Real O’Neals”, “Don’t Trust The B— in Apartment 23”, and in the FOX sitcom, “Mulaney”. As a producer, he has worked on various international projects including “Bushido Battleground”, a mixed martial arts docu-series, which premiered in 2017 on Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey Network.  
Edward Enriquez-CohenEdward Enriquez-Cohen is the Founder and CEO of his own production and publicity company, Olive Productions and Publicity. He made his first mark as the co-producer of the 2005 independent feature film "50 Pills" with an all star cast that included Lou Taylor Pucci, Micheal Pena, Kristen Bell and Jane Lynch. His body of work as a producer and executive producer includes the successful short films "Suripanta" nominated for an Imagen Award for Best Short in 2008; "Existes", official selection of the Toronto International Film Festival & Palm Springs International Shorts Film Festival; the widely successful “Take My Wife", official selection of the Cannes International Film Festival. The new beautiful short film "Bibi" marks his 10th project as a producer and executive producer. As a publicist he is recognized as one of the most successful publicists in the entertainment industry to support the careers of Latino and LatinX talent in the business. Some of his clients include Academy Award nominee Adriana Barraza, Mexican director Patricia Riggen, social justice leader Monica Ramirez and legendary civil rights activist Dolores Huerta.  
Vanessa PerezVanessa Perez began her career in talent management at International Creative Management. After leaving ICM, her goal was to create multicultural content that resonates globally, she found this at CANANA Films (Pablo Cruz, Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal). Perez alongside Cruz opened the U.S. office and was the executive in charge of production on MISS BALA (Un Certain Regard). She was a producer on PARAISO (Toronto International Film Festival) that had box office success in Mexico and CESAR CHAVEZ starring Michael Peña, America Ferrera and Rosario Dawson. Most recently Perez was a recipient of the AT&T Tribeca Untold Stories with the project WASHING ELENA which most recently participated in Film Independent’s Fast Track and Sundance/Women in Film Financing Intensive with the project JAL.