Thomas Miller - Producer / Director
Tom was born and raised in Miami, and witnessed the migration of Cubans to South Florida first-hand. After working on a Steven Spielberg project called Survivors of the Shoah, Tom began to truly appreciate the value of personal testimonies as a documentary story-telling device. He went back to his Cuban friends and family and started asking the questions he never asked growing up. Their astounding stories led to more stories and more research, and eventually to this documentary. Tom has been in documentary film and television production since he graduated from University of Florida’s School of Journalism in 1988. His first project was the 13-part PBS documentary series On the Waterways with Jason Robards. Since then, Tom has worked on many award-winning productions for National Geographic, Discovery, ESPN, HBO Sports, Dateline NBC, and others. He's also produced projects for non-profits, NGO's, and businesses of all sizes. Tom is the founder and producer at Big Pictures Media. He lives with his family near Denver, Colorado.
Andy Garcia - Narrator
Andy Garcia was born Andrés Arturo Garcia Menéndez in Havana, Cuba. At age five, he and his family fled in exile to Miami Beach, Florida as a result of Fidel Castro's takeover of his homeland. He has established himself as one of today's most talented and versatile actors - working in films such as The Untouchables, Oceans Eleven, and Godfather III, where he was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Garcia received an Emmy nomination and a Golden Globe nomination for his starring role as the legendary Cuban trumpeter Arturo Sandovol in HBO's biopic For love of Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story. After seeing the new trailer, Mr. Garcia reiterated his interest in narrating Voices From Cuba, pending seeing the final script of the film.
David Emrich - Editor / Post Production Supervisor
David Emrich, editor of the Academy award-winning documentary short A Story of Healing, began his production career over 30 years ago working on the audio side of film post production, editing and mixing documentaries and TV spots. He fully embraced the newly emerging digital technologies, and was one of the first editors to cut a feature film on the Avid Film Composer. In 1992, he founded Post Modern Company, one of the premier post production houses in Colorado. Mr. Emrich has edited a number of documentaries including A Story of Healing, and the Gracie award-winning The Other Angels. He has supervised post on two series for ESPN and edited programs for PBS, CBS, the National Science Foundation and the National Park Service. A project for Discovery, Spirits of the Rainforest, garnered two national Emmys. Mr. Emrich received a bachelor's degree and from the University of Colorado at Boulder, He has served on the advisory board of the Colorado Film Commission and is currently on the board of Colorado Film School. He also serves unofficially as the state's film archivist.
María Cristina García - Consultant
María Cristina García is a first generation Cuban American who came to the United States with her family in 1961. She received her B.A. from Georgetown University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in the American Studies Program. She is currently a Professor of History at Cornell University and a 2016 Andrew Carnegie Fellow who studies refugees, immigrants, and exiles. Her first book, Havana USA, examined the migration of Cubans to the United States after the Castro revolution. The book explores how these Cold war migrants-became a powerful economic and political presence in the United States, influencing foreign policy and electoral outcomes, reshaping the cultural landscape of the South, and ultimately reinterpreting what it means to assimilate. Professor García has been a Fulbright Lecturer in the United Kingdom. She has also lectured in the Netherlands, Spain, the Czech Republic, Sweden, and Cuba.
Mirta Ojito - Consultant
Mirta Ojito came to the United States in the 1980 Mariel boatlift when she was 16. She is the author of two nonfiction books, Finding Mañana: A Memoir of a Cuban Exodus, about the Mariel boatlift, and Hunting Season: Immigration and Murder in an All-American Town, about the murder of an undocumented immigrant. She has been a newspaper reporter for almost 30 years, first in The Miami Herald Publishing Company, where she worked in a variety of jobs for both The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald, and, from 1996 to 2002, for The New York Times, where she covered immigration, among other beats. Throughout her career she has received several awards, including the American Society of Newspaper Editors’ writing award for best foreign reporting in 1999 for a series of articles about life in Cuba, and a shared Pulitzer for national reporting in 2001 for a New York Times series of articles about race in America. Currently she is part of NBC's Standards and Practice team, working at Telemundo as the Senior Director for News Standards, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In addition to being a consultant, Ms. Ojito is one of our Voices in the film.