Chanelle Aponte Pearson (DPU '05) is a Bronx--bred, Brooklyn--based visual artist and filmmaker. In 2015, Chanelle was awarded the euphoria Calvin Klein Spotlight on Women Directors "Live the Dream" grant for the narrative series 195 Lewis, her directorial debut, prompting Paste Magazine to name Chanelle one of "10 Black Directors to Watch in 2016." Last year, she received invaluable support from various institutions including artist residencies at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts and the Catwalk Institute in addition to Vimeo's Share the Screen Fellowship. In December 2016, the series's first season screened to a sold out audience as part of the renowned BAMcinematek program and had its world premiere at the 2017 International Film Festival at Rotterdam. In addition to her achievements as director, Chanelle continues to be an accomplished producer. She was awarded production funding after competing in NBPC's 360 Pitch Black Forum for the project So Young, So Pretty, So White, a documentary exploring the global phenomenon of skin bleaching. Chanelle also produced the critically acclaimed film An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, which premiered in the New Frontier section of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and won the 2012 Gotham Award for "Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You." As chief operating officer, Chanelle also oversees the management and operations of MVMT, a Brooklyn-based film production company.
The DePauw Mariachi Ensemble gathers students, faculty and staff members together in the making of music. The group first formed when a faculty member heard Sarah Salazar (DPU '17) singing at a karaoke night and jokingly suggested that they form a mariachi band with a classically-trained violinist from one of his classes. What seemed like an impossible idea became much more realized this year when DePauw first-year, Roman Magallanes (DPU '20), arrived on campus with traje and trumpet, in hand. Together, Romanand Sarah have continued to grow the ensemble and are excited to share this beautiful Mexican tradition with the Latinx Leadership Conference on the DePauw Campus.