Traveling around the world as a young girl with her Cuban exiled parents and family, Mari Aixalá began to realize that art, storytelling and music were the surest way of expressing, understanding and connecting to the different cultures she came across. (read more…)
Equally passionate about film, she set out to be a connector, creator and change agent using Animari Films as a vehicle to bring untold stories to life. Currently, she is an Executive Producer on Rebels, a television series based on the book Bacardi and The Long Fight for Cuba alongside partners, Juan Carlos Coto and Andy Garcia. She served as an Executive Producer on indie film Sombras de Azul, an Associate Producer on Musical Docu-Comedy, Amor Crónico, and Cuban heavy metal documentary feature, Hard Rock Havana (currently in post-production.)
She serves as a Director for the Bacardi Family Foundation Board. She is a Sponsor for TEDxHavana as well as an Organizing Committee Member for TEDx Sonoma County. She has also served as a juror for The Sonoma International Film Festival and as a Founding Member of The Hispanic Film Festival of Miami.
Animari Films was founded in 1997 in Miami and now operates based out of California.