the storytellers  

Isabella Issa 

Writer / Director

Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, Isabella developed an immense love for people and their stories. She attended Pepperdine University where she graduated with a BA in Film Production. During her time there she travelled to Australia and created the short film “NIGHT LIGHTS” that won Best Narrative Short at the Windrider Forum during the Sundance Film Festival. She directed other films that went on to win Most Original Screenplay and Best Directing at Pepperdine’s Reel Stories Film Festival. She completed one year of study in Florence, Italy, where she wrote and directed “Otti Giorni e Otti Notte”, that told the story of an Italian woman’s WWII experience. That film was showcased at the Short Film Corner at the Cannes Film Festival. Currently pursuing her MFA in Directing at the AFI Conservatory, Isabella dreams of telling stories that evoke awareness and truth behind the beauty of being human. 

Diego Trenas 


Being born in a family of filmmakers, Diego was raised in the magical world of movie sets. His love for Cinematography came through admiring the work of his father, a renowned Spanish Cinematographer. Diego has studied and worked in Spain, Ireland, Portugal, France, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Peru, Colombia, Chile, Panamá, Mexico and the United States. He started working in the camera department of the film “2 Francos, 40 Pesetas”, the documentary “Learning to Educate Better”, and the renowned Spanish TV series “Cuéntame Cómo Pasó”, among other sets. Diego later became a cameraman on the TV program “Doctor Romero", the film “Lope Enamorado”, and his first professional job as a Cinematographer was on the short film “Triple Room” and “From 7 To Eleven”. He is a co-owner of the production and cinematography equipment rental company FTF Cam. Diego was granted with an all-expenses-covered Obra Social "la Caixa" Fellowship to receive his Master of Fine Arts degree in Cinematography at the AFI Conservatory, where he is currently enrolled.​

Paul Fishback 


Fishback’s filmmaking career began in Los Angeles and continued in his home state of  South Dakota.  With his brother James, he has produced award winning films in the U.S., Haiti,  and Nicaragua, and their work has been featured on television, at international film festivals, in  college classrooms,  and at charity events.  In 2013, their company hosted the sold-out Northern  Voyage Film Festival in Brookings, SD.  They have since produced multiple film events,  premiers, and screenings. Paul graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Colorado Boulder with a B.A. in  Economics with a Business Emphasis. Paul takes great pride in working with the talented Fellows, faculty, and staff at the AFI Conservatory. In his free time, he enjoys surfing, his dog, and the Grateful Dead.

Christine Douglas 


Growing up in a military family, Christine lived in six different states across the US, exposing her to different people, climates, and lifestyles. Obsessed with science and nature as a child, her interests did not shift to film until being exposed to a filmmaking group in undergrad. Her love for editing in particular grew as she learned how to hand splice 16mm film in a year-long cinematography course. She also participated twice in the Virginia Film Festival's Adrenaline Film Project on a three-person team required to write, shoot, and edit a short film in 72 hours. Christine went on to graduate with honors from the University of Virginia, earning a BA in Media Studies with a concentration in film. She has worked on numerous student and independent short films, and is now pursuing her MFA in Film Editing at the AFI Conservatory.