Laura Paulina Brennan
Born in Mexico City, Laura is an award-winning actress and singer and a practicing Catholic. She began her stage-training at nine years old and studied the craft in conservatories all the way through college. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the prestigious New World School of the Arts. Since her 2007 college graduation, Laura has produced and acted in countless independent films, three of which were produced by her own production company 7eventhDay Films, which she owns with her husband, Frank Brennan. She continues to perform in regional theater and has directed and taught acting throughout Miami in the elementary, middle, and high school levels. She continues to create and promote art with her husband.
Frank William Brennan
Frank was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey and moved to Miami at the age of thirteen. He graduated from Florida International University with a B.A. in English. During his Freshman year of High School, Frank felt a strong calling to the art of film and began writing, directing, and producing his own work alongside his wife Laura Paulina. Together, they began a production company called 7eventhDay Films. After rediscovering his faith during College, Frank's call became a need to give back to God the talents He had bestowed upon him. Frank is now an Award-Winning Writer and Director for his acclaimed short films Best Kept and Finding John Doe. He is a former Youth Minister and a current member of the National Association of Catholic Youth Ministry Leaders.
Rafael holds Bachelors and Master's degrees in Social Work from Florida State University. He currently serves as a mental/behavioral health therapist to children and adolescents, and adults. Born to Catholic parents in Miami, FL, Rafael attended parochial school and Catholic High School while growing up. During his Freshman year of High School, he experienced a deep personal conversion after watching the classic film "The Ten Commandments". During his late 20's, Rafael left the Catholic Church and became involved with a non-denominational Christian movement, but during his spiritual search, he "reverted" back to his Catholic roots upon the death of The Great John Paul II. Rafael lives with his wife, three beautiful girls and his new baby boy.
Born to a large family in Miami, Florida, Kristy was raised Catholic by her Cuban born parents. She had her own personal “encounter” with God during a High School retreat. Choosing to continue to deepen her faith, she decided to attend The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. In college, she majored in Psychology to pursue a career in counseling and added a Theology degree for personal growth. Using her degrees, Kristy knew to use every avenue possible to help others and share her love for her faith.
Since then, Kristy has taught 5th grade Religion and Science, lead the Youth Group at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Miami, and moved on to teach Economics and Psychology at the High School level, all the while attending St. Thomas University to attain her Masters in Counseling. A lover of music and film, and a fan of John Paul II’s teachings and artistic ideas, Kristy is excited to use her background in economy and psychology to help develop the JP2IFF.
Montse Hénault has a B.A. in Political Science from Florida International University and a Master’s degree from the George Washington University’s School of Political Management concentrating in Advocacy Politics. In 2010, Montse operated as the Assistant Director of Communications and was then elevated to Director of Operations and Development for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. In her current capacity, Montse leads initiatives in development, events/conference planning and financial management. In 2011, Montse was appointed to the Montgomery County Commission for Women which she continues to serve on. Montse is a native Spanish speaker and is conversational in French and Italian. She is a former member of the Board of Directors for Shepherd’s Table, a homeless shelter in Silver Spring, MD and a contributor to the online women’s magazine AltCatholica. She is also a competitive classical and jazz vocalist.
Mario Xavier is a member of the Director's Guild of America. He is on the production staff of such shows as 'Burn Notice', 'The Glades', 'Bones' and 'The Finder'. He was also an assistant director on 'The Possession','Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters' and 'Iron Man 3'. Mario lives with his beautiful wife, Jennifer, and his new born baby boy, Logan.
Isabella Lopez is a Miami Native, born into a large Cuban- American family. She has been employed at Florida International University for the last three years, while also working towards her bachelors in Theater. Isabella has had a love for the arts from a young age, beginning with her early experiences with Music and Theater. She has been working with the JP2IFF since its inaugural year in 2009 and has had the great pleasure of also working with 7eventhDay Media Films productions. Additionally, in 2013 she was appointed the Secretary for the Honors College Community Advisory Board, as well as the Alumni Board, as she continues to work as the Development Assistant at the FIU Honors College.
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