Wednesday, November 25, 2015

HOLA Member Bochinche

Bochinche refers to “gossip”. In this sense, we use it to mention HOLA members or Friends of HOLA who are getting acting, performance or similarly artistic gigs and/or recognition in the media. The names of HOLA members and Friends of HOLA are listed below in boldface. To see what other HOLA members are doing currently, click here.

Vladimir Ríos, shown at right, in character, was featured in the Tiger Milner blog, where he was profiled for his collaboration with photographer Lester Blum on two photo series: Warrior of Hope and I Still Remember, respectively. Both are narratives taken by Blum featuring Ríos (who also served as artistic director) as the main or lead character. Both photo series have been published as photo books and are hitting the art gallery circuit, with Warrior of Hope opening at the Brad Brafford LGBT Center in Santa Ana, California, and I Still Remember opening at the Staten Island LGBT Community Center in the Tompkinsville section of Staten Island. Both exhibitions will open on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 in commemoration of World AIDS Day. To read the blog, click here (note: content may not be safe for work).

Marco Antonio Rodríguezshown at left, booked a role on the television series "A Perfect Murder" (Investigation Discovery) after the casting director found his profile in the HOLA online directory and called him in to audition.

Gabriel Sloyer can be seen acting in the first season of the Netflix series "Jessica Jones".

Marlene Forté, shown at right, booked a guest role on "NCIS: New Orleans" (CBS). She can also be seen in the series regular role of Elena Gutiérrez in the ABC Family show "The Fosters".

Ángelo Mercado, Jr. was interviewed on Episode 19 of the radio program "The Dan Lupinski Show", where he spoke of his life, training and career as an actor. To see the interview, click on the video below. [Mercado also gave a mention to the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA) and how HOLA was instrumental in him booking a film role. To see that portion of the interview, go to about 06:00 of the video below.]

If you are an HOLA member or a Friend of HOLA and want to submit a bochinche item, send us an e-mail. If you live in the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, why not join? If you live outside the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, you can find out more information on how to do so, by clicking here. If you are not a Friend of HOLA, why not become one?

Prime Latino Media Salón (December 2015) - Holiday Fiesta + Padrino/Madrina Awards

Metropolitan New York’s only monthly series for 
Latino multimedia-makers and actors

Join us for the "madre" of holiday parties
at the
A support network to advocate, promote & advance 
mainstream & Latino projects in English & Spanish.    

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 from 6-10PM

Annual LOS PADRINOS Awards with Tío Louie

We can’t do it alone! At PRIME LATINO MEDIA we firmly believe in the power of networking and forging working relationships to move projects forward and advance careers. We also know the power of having a “Padrino” and “Madrina” (Godfather & Godmother) in the industry. To that effect, we highlight Latinos who aside from being powerhouses in the industry, believe in community and selflessly support Latinos and their projects. No better way to celebrate our mantra for 2016 ~ ¡Latinos Unidos!

6-8pm: Networking, food, drink & music by DJ Tony Mancuso
8pm: TÍO LOUIE Presenta 2015 PADRINO & MADRINA Awards
Luis Antonio Ramos, Elaine Del Valle, J.W. Cortés
8:30-10pm: Networking, food, drink & music by DJ Tony Mancuso


Location: Bar 13, 121 University Place, at East 13th Street (near Union Square), NYC

Join professional networking groups we support & endorse:
• Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA)
NY Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT)

A Puerto Rican native who was raised in the Bronx, he is best known for his scene-stealing role as Carlos “Víbora” Ruiz — a street-savvy drug dealer and the leader of the Soldado Nation—on STARZ’s hit series "POWER". He has had lead roles on ABC’s "LUCKY 7", this year appeared as Venezuelan President Francisco Suárez in the CBS hit series "MADAM SECRETARY", and has performed on "CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION", "LAW & ORDER", "BURN NOTICE", "NEW YORK UNDERCOVER", "CSI: MIAMI", and "NIP/TUCK", to name a few. He has performed in theater from roles in the one-man show GROWING UP GONZALES to several classics, including ROMEO AND JULIET, RICHARD II, HENRY THE IV and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM. But it is his commitment to the Latino independent filmmaking community that had him render roles with the utmost respect in films ranging from THE MIRACLE OF SPANISH HARLEM to the recent, STOCKROOM. PRIME LATINO MEDIA Padrino 2015.

J.W. CORTÉS   @jwcortes
J.W. Cortés is an award-winning actor, Marine combat veteran, singer, filmmaker, philanthropist and serves New York State’s Metropolitan Transit Authority Police Department (MTAPD) as an officer based in Grand Central Terminal. A good 2015 in which he’s played roles from Detective Carlos Álvarez on FOX’s hit prime-time series, "GOTHAM" to NBC's "THE BLACKLIST" and "THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA". He also helps raise awareness and funding for children’s charities, such as Autism Speaks and for veterans through the Bob Woodruff Foundation, to name a few. But when you least expect it, he’s at a reading in the East Village for a rising Latina playwright to introducing a docudrama on a Nuyorican female detective at the International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival. PRIME LATINO MEDIA Padrino 2015.

ELAINE DEL VALLE    @brownsvillebred
This award-winning actor is a leading producer and casting director. Her signature project is an autobiographical one-woman show that she wrote and starred in, BROWNSVILLE BRED. On HBO Latino she played "Tía” (aunt) in the English-language narrative film ELLIOT'S LOVE, where she also negotiated a first of its kind deal for interstitial programming, GRAN'PA KNOWS BEST, a webseries she produces with director/creator, William D. Caballero. For Comedy Central’s digital channel she cast "ALTERNATINO", the first Latino-centric sketch. Elaine also wrote, cast and produced, "THE BODEGA SERIES", a pilot about gentrification in Brooklyn through the eyes of the Rivera family who own a Bushwick bodega. This is a lady who produces other Latinos' projects – from documentaries to webseries, as well as funding some. Plus, as a casting maven, clients seek Elaine for her knowledge of the Latino market and language, and over 50% of her castings are Latinos.  PRIME LATINO MEDIA Madrina 2015.  


Founder & Executive Producer of PRIME LATINO MEDIA, the largest network of Latino multimedia-makers and actors on the East Coast that hosts the PRIME LATINO MEDIA Salón, New York metropolitan area's only monthly network gathering in which over 60 narrative & documentary filmmakers, programmers, casting agents, TV & digital media producers and actors have been interviewed. An interactive content producer and educator who for the past 34 years has owned Skyline Features, a bilingual (English- and Spanish-language) multimedia and educational production company developing documentaries, television programming and advertising commercials featuring Latinos, Blacks, Women, Urban Youth and LGBT. Produced 70 documentary shorts with 1,500 Latino and Black Youth. Producer/Director/Writer of documentary feature, Latina Confessions (2010) and airing on PBS nationally was co-producer on American Dreams Deferred (2012-2014).

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