Alex Vargas    Director, Writer, Editor, Composer

Alex is a natural born storyteller who handles every facet of moviemaking from script through special effects and sound to final post production. He has been an actor for the Uruguayan national theatre, a professional musician and a recording artist in Denmark, among other things. His artistic medium of choice is movies, where his canvas allows him to paint layers of movement, sound, color and words that tell his story.


Katie McFadden    Assistant Director, Associate Producer

Katie has always had a fascination with other cultures, which drove her to eventually live abroad in both Spain and Argentina. A few years ago, she landed in San Francisco, where she has been cycling, cooking, rock climbing, composing piano music and mentoring international students. Katie has been involved in every shoot for RICE the movie for the past year and a half, including three scenes in Buenos Aires, an underwater shoot in Santa Clara and an arial shoot over the San Francisco Bay Area.


Ivan Helbling    Producer, Buenos Aires

Iván Helbling is a film producer and video journalist based in Barcelona. He started working as a producer for independent films and as video journalist for media companies in Buenos Aires, Los Angeles, Madrid and Barcelona. His involvement in ‘RICE’ was his first feature film as a film producer. With a bachelor in International Relations (Universidad Torcuato diTella), a Diploma in Filmmaking (New York Film Academy) and a Masters Degree in Journalism (El País Newspaper- Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), his most important journalistic pieces were published in the Spanish global newspaper El País. 

Lisa Laviolette    Fiscal Sponsor, President of Quest International

Lisa is the founder and president of Quest International, a non-profit student exchange organization that served as a fiscal sponsor for the movie RICE. Lisa has also donated space for auditions, editing, shoot preparation and sets. Most importantly, she has shown a lot of love and support throughout this production.