Olivia L. Carrescia has worked as a researcher, producer and editor for the past 25 years in the U.S and Europe. After receiving a B.F.A. from the Cooper Union Art School, she worked on major feature films in Rome, Italy and later on cultural documentaries for RAI-Italian TV, BBC, and the award winning children’s television program, “Big Blue Marble,” in the U.S., Europe and Latin America.
Her first independent film, “Todos Santos Cuchumatan” won a Blue Ribbon in Anthropology and Ethnography at the American Film Festival in 1983 and aired on public TV in the U.S., Germany and Australia.
Her second film, “Todos Santos: The Survivors,” won a Blue Ribbon in International Affairs at the American Film Festival in 1991. “Mayan Voices: American Lives” completed the trilogy in 1995. All three have been distributed internationally and are owned by every major university and Latin American Studies Film collection in the U.S.