is an award winning
director and producer,
known for her expertise in
In 2019, Elena made her feature length directorial debut with the sci-fi documentary, I AM HUMAN,
(together with Taryn Southern). The film follows three of the worlds first ‘cyborgs’ as they receive brain-computer interfaces. After world premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival, it went on to receive numerous awards (including Best Director from Oslo Film Fest) and praise from publications such as
Wired, The Verge, People, CBS News, The Big Think, and Forbes.
As a producer,
Elena has collaborated with directors such as Emmy-winner Judd Ehrlich and Oscar-nominee Morgan Spurlock.
Elena got her start in television,
where she worked as an associate producer doing research, casting, and field work for networks such as
CNN, Showtime, and A&E.
Elena’s unique identities as a tri-lingual, first generation Brazilian-American, native Nantucket Islander, and proud New Yorker, all come together to inform her craft.
While studying film at Vassar College, Elena followed four undocumented teenagers as they navigated the path to college. This work became her first short film, which won Best Student Documentary at Cannes.
She resides with her husband, Kenneth, in Brooklyn, NY. She speaks English, Portuguese, and Spanish.
As a director, I believe in using the tools of filmmaking to show the world a perspective they haven't yet considered. My mission is to invite people to explore complex topics through entertainment and human stories. The more complex the ideas, the greater the fun!
I want to remind people that documentaries are cinema and that the information can still be art, which is why I strive to push the boundaries of traditional documentary storytelling through character development, cinematography,
sound design, and music.
I also believe in diverse representation in the film industry, and am proud to be part of a growing community of women behind the camera.