Dr. Beth Hayes

Executive Producer

Aside from her practice, where she has dedicated a lifetime helping people find their way, Beth is a long time musician and very appreciative of all that involves the arts. Her valuable participation directly contributed to the completion of post production, both in local and remote locations, as well as to all work done during the period of selection and submission to international film festivals. in our case, post production took over two years. Both Beth and Alex travelled to Mississippi to Southern States Indie FanFilmFestival at the start of 2019, where RICE was awarded the top award of the night, ”Best of Fest”, as well as the awards for “Best cinematography” and “Best Lead Actress”. beth remains involved while rice has begun talks of distribution.

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Alex Vargas

Executive Producer
Writer, Producer, Director, 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 and a professional musician / recording artist in Denmark, among other things. His artistic medium of choice is movies, where his canvas allows him to paint layers of movement, words, color and sound, all from his own hand, to tell his stories.

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Katie McFadden

Assistant Director / Executive Producer

Katie has always had a fascination with other cultures that drove her to eventually live abroad in Spain, Argentina and south africa. A few years ago, she landed in San Francisco, where she has been cycling, cooking, rock climbing, composing piano music and mentoring international students Until she changed lanes professionally, into the world of efficient databases. Currently the co-founder of “common voyage”, she builds technology solutions with salesforce, to help nonprofits do more. As assistant director, camera operator, make up artist, script supervisor, stunt double and stand in where needed, Katie has been involved in nearly every shoot for RICE the movie, including three scenes in Buenos Aires, an underwater shoot in Santa Clara and an arial shoot over the San Francisco Bay Area. Katie’s interest and contribution to this project has been thoroughly organized and delivered with sincere passion and dedication.


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. - for rice, Iván gathered local crew members, organized meetings with local cast, secured main locations and assisted on set with excellent manner and dedication. A real trooper.

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Lisa Laviolette

Associate Producer

Founder and President of Quest International, a non-profit student exchange organization that served as a fiscal sponsor for RICE the movie. But that's not all. - In 2009, Lise rescued Viggo, a little white poodle who later played a minor, but significant supporting role in this movie. Viggo has also accompanied Alex during many long hours through pre-production to editing. Lisa has been directly connected to this project since it's birth and has also donated space for auditions, editing, shoot preparation and sets. Most importantly, she has shown a lot of love and support throughout this entire production.

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