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Meet the 2013 Redstone winners

Megan Lovallo
Alvaro Congosto
Michela Smith

This year’s Redstone Film Festival winners talk about the directing process, their difficulties along the way, and their ultimate triumph.

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Alvaro Congosto, director, Film, Megan Lovallo, Michela Smith, Redstone, winners

Megan Lovallo
Megan is a New England-born filmmaker whose love affair with visual documentation began at an early age. In 2012, she graduated from Boston University with a degree in film production, has written and directed several short films, shot a few documentaries, and filmed various live music. She wishes to continue with her film-making passion for the rest of her life, hoping one day she'll even get paid for it. When she's not spending all her time thinking about her next project, Megan can be found enjoying whiskey, dog-watching, and conjuring up evil plans with her twin sister. She needs to thank her glorious family and wonderful friends for their constant inspiration.

Álvaro Congosto
After failed attempts to be a musician and soccer player, Álvaro grabbed a camera and decided to try his hand with films. He started his film career in Spain, where he had the chance to learn from the best. Victor Erice (Cannes award winner for The Spirit of the Beehive, 1973) curated his first short film "A Final Remembrance" (2006), which was selected for Los Angeles International Film Festival and received numerous awards in Spain. After multiple nationally successful films such as Simón or Remembrances, Álvaro moved to the United States to keep perfecting his craft. In 2008, Álvaro was awarded with a Fulbright Scholarship and studied an MFA in Film Production at Boston University. The Dress is his graduation project and it is currently hitting the festival circuit. Álvaro lives now in New York City, where he works as a filmmaker, video artist and dance videographer. With his striking imagery and compelling storytelling, Álvaro has shaped a unique and whimsical world full of obsessive characters and psychologically complex relationships. His European sensibility combined with the demanding work ethics and industry standards learned in the US has made his filmmaking surprisingly assertive and captivating.

Michela Smith
Since first re-enacting Peter Pan in constricting green tights at age three in her kitchen, Michela has always loved putting on a show. Now a junior at Boston University, Michela majors in film production to culture her aspirations, but is still unsure of what she loves most about film. She has written a television pilot for a hometown production company and has also helped produce commercials in London, England. While fascinated by the visual power of cinematography, Michela's favorite director is the verbose Woody Allen. Despite being drawn to cities for inspiration, her films, including her Redstone film “Cul de Sac,” always seem to be about the suburbs. Though Michela has changed, she still has the green tights.