Philipe Carvalho // owner
After graduating with honors in History and Film & Media studies from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2007, I began my career working for the financing and production entity, Sandbar Pictures. At Sandbar Pictures, I associate produced the documentary WHIZ KIDS and worked as a production coordinator on AND SOON THE DARKNESS, starring Amber Heard and Odette Yustman, a remake of the atmospheric British Thriller by the same name. It is during this time that I began Mirar Productions.
After leaving Hollywood, I spent a year at Google in their Maps division and was part of the team that unveiled a new dataset for the entire United States.
I relocated to Chicago in the summer of 2010 in a decision to further my academic career and I am nearly completing my masters degree at Wheaton College, hoping to one day combine my passion for history and media. This move coincided with the success of Mirar and a decision to expand the company to the Chicagoland area.
Last year I released my first book and I am currently working on the documentary YOURS IN THE DUST, on Burning Man. Check out the trailer.
Josel Tolentino // shooting partner + editor
Since I was a kid I have always loved sports. As far back as I can remember, I have been competing - be it in soccer or running track-and-field in high school. A close second is music. Regardless if I’m on the drums or on my guitar, music gives me a vehicle to express my feelings.
I mention these two passions because of them, through the camera, I have found a way to channel both. It combines my drive to excel with my desire to convey who I am in everything I do. What began as a hobby has quickly become a career ambition.
While I am a student of the medium, my particular style leans toward the photojournalistic. I love highlighting the special moments that reminds us that we can’t forget about the millions of awesome little things in life. Filming for me has given me the ability to get to know people on another level, especially those that are very different from myself; something, I strongly believe, makes me a better person.
My approach is to always try to plan as much as possible before an event - researching, prepping my gear, making mental checklists. No shoot goes exactly as you plan it, but if you put the work in before, you will always find yourself in the best possible position to take care of the unexpected.