OUR HISTORY & MISSION
Anacaona Pictures was founded in 2019 by Erik Francisco Medina and Mahalia Latortue. They chose to name the company after the Taino Queen, Anacaona. Erik is a Puerto Rican Director and Writer while Mahalia is a Haitian-American Director, Producer, and Writer. Together, Erik and Mahalia hope to create diverse, untold stories and provide a voice to the voiceless.
Highlighting people of color and women in film, television, and documentaries.
ERIK FRANCISCO MEDINA
Director | Writer | Songwriter
Erik Francisco Medina is a filmmaker and content creator from Canóvanas, Puerto Rico that specializes in writing, developing, and songwriting. Erik holds an MFA in Film and Television from Savanna College of Art and Design and a BA in Mass Communications from Universidad del Turabo. Throughout his career, Erik has worked on different projects as a Director, Writer, Producer, and 1st AD, but he found his niche in Development. As a filmmaker, Erik seeks to create stories that highlight underrepresented communities and cultures. He has developed, written, produced, and directed films, musicals, documentaries, music videos, and branded films.
Director | Producer | Writer
Mahalia Latortue was born and partially raised in West Hempstead, NY. Growing up, her parents would frequently send her back to their hometown in Thomassin, Haiti. She received her Bachelors in Broadcast Journalism at Oakwood University. Throughout the course of her career, Mahalia has interned at Viola Davis’ production company, JuVee Productions, introduced a panel at Sundance Film Festival, and has gone to Hong Kong to film a TV pilot and short film. She has also produced over five thesis films and a podcast called "The Struggle Is REEL".
Writer | Producer | Editor
Anna Scalzi is a multicultural writer, producer, and editor of Cuban and Italian descent. Sclazi is currently pursuing her MFA in Film and TV in Atlanta, at the Savannah College of Art & Design. While she loves to learn the different aspects and departments in Film and TV, her passion is video editing. Anna has developed, scripted, supervised, and taken on different crew positions on diverse projects ranging from documentary, music video, branded films, and narratives.
BRANDON J. PRIDGETT
Comedian | Director | Writer
Brandon Joel Pridgett is our in-house Production Coordinator. Brandon was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas and from a young age, was always passionate about film and television. His favorite movies include Jurassic Park, John Wick, Goodfellas, The Godfather. As a Trinidadian-American, Brandon is passionate about bringing diversity to the forefront.