Films with a Purpose

Cora Media is an independently-financed production company based in South Florida. Our focus is to create compelling nonfiction and documentary content that examines important social, political, and economic issues. Our first feature film, InHospitable will be released in 2021, with An Elite Education (working title) to follow.

AN ELITE EDUCATION (working title) asks if the United States is a meritocracy by examining the connection between admissions and finances of Ivy League universities. We ask experts, college administrators and students if schools are welcoming applicants from all social strata or, in the words of Former Princeton President Shirley M. Tilghman, “Opportunities in education are not equal. . . And what this is going to create in America is a different kind of aristocracy.” 

As endowments grow, how can the Ivy League expand educational opportunities? Are the communities within which they reside being improved by the presence of these school, or, as in the words of Davarian Baldwin, living in the shadow of the Ivory Tower?

This documentary will push beyond the headlines to examine how administrators navigate between the needs of students and donors to ensure that the finances of a university will be healthy “forever”. We will follow low-income students as they integrate into college life and fight for change. The film also examines the relationship between universities and the surrounding communities. Other universities will offer examples about increasing social mobility. With Covid-19 exasperating many inequities, what does the future of higher education look like, and how does it affect all of us?

TEAM MEMBERS

Sandra Alvarez (Director) has spent her career directing and producing a wide spectrum of documentary and television programs appearing on CNN, Netflix, Sundance Channel, History Channel, BBC America, A&E Network, and Discovery Channel. Her previous work includes serving as one of the directors of the Netflix original documentary series, HOT GIRLS WANTED: TURNED ON which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2017. She served as a producer for CNN’s documentary series THE NINETIES and THE HISTORY OF COMEDY. As a field director, Sandra has documented several nonprofits including Paws and Stripes in Albuquerque and Second Chance in San Diego.

Ginger Gentile (Director) is an activist documentary filmmaker dedicated to addressing ignored issues and shedding light on solutions. After graduating Columbia University, Ginger lived in Argentina for 13 years where she ran San Telmo Productions, whose clients include Nat Geo, A&E, Warner Bros, and Al Gore’s Climate Challenge. Her feature directing credits include ERASING DAD (Borrando a Papá, 2014) and GOALS FOR GIRLS (Mujeres con Pelotas, 2014) which follows slum girls fighting to play a sport off limits to women in Argentina: soccer. ERASING FAMILY, premiered at Lincoln Center in 2019, exposes the trauma children suffer when a loving parent is erased by the divorce courts. Gentile was named an Architect of Change by Maria Shriver and has given talks at SXSW 2019, the Simply Parent Conference and on numerous podcasts and TV shows. 

Veronica Nickel (Producer) helped launch the 2020 Netflix Original UNCORKED, directed by Prentice Penny. She was a part of the indie drama A KID LIKE JAKE, which premiered at Sundance 2018. Her fifth feature film, the Netflix Original entitled FIRST MATCH, premiered at SXSW in 2018 and won the Gamechanger and Audience Awards. Other recent credits include A24’s Academy Award-winning feature MOONLIGHT. Nickel was chosen to take part in the Sundance Institute Creative Producing Summit, LAFF Fast Track Lab, Tribeca All Access Lab and as a San Francisco Film Society fellow. While earning her MFA at Columbia University, she was awarded the Arthur Krim Award for excellence in producing.

Bianca Vargas (Production Coordinator) spent the beginning of her career creating original local content for The CW South Florida where she earned an EMMY nomination for the sex and relationship talk show GET SOME! as well as a PromaxBDA Gold Award for the program promotional spot, GET FLASHED. She recently received her MFA degree from the University of Miami where she assistant directed nine short films as well as produced seven short films including VAL, a Knight Made in MIA Official Selection as part of the Miami International Film Festival. She is excited to join the Cora Media team in the documentary side of filmmaking. 

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