Friday, September 19, 2014

Tío Louie, HOLA and ULP Present PRIME LATINO MEDIA SALÓN (September 2014)



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

Join us at the
Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 6-10pm

A support network to advocate, promote & advance 
mainstream & Latino projects in English & Spanish.

HISPANIC HERITAGE: FLYING HIGH
Everyone wants to soar. Actors yearn for it all: theater, film, television, commercials and voice-overs for animation. Filmmakers want that opening aerial scene that transports the audience. For Hispanic Heritage we celebrate those working and aiming for higher ground. Hear from those that have done it, how they continue to do it and what creative resourcing pays the bills within their artistic realm. Learn how three best friends put their heads and experience together, forging a new company to fill a void and how they’re in demand with new technology delivering top quality for compromised budgets. Join us for some networking, conversations and wine. Because this Hispanic Heritage, it’s not a whine fest, it’s about taking yourself and project to new heights ~ ¡sí se puede!

6-8pm: Networking
8-9pm: TÍO LOUIE Reporta/Chat: Interviews with Actor/Multimedia-maker
9-10pm: Networking

·   Moderator: TÍO LOUIE/Louis E. Perego Moreno, President, Skyline Features
·      Interview #1Jorge Pupoactor, guest star on "Boardwalk Empire"
·      Interview #2Edward Kostakis, producer/Creative Director and Multi-rotor of Xizmo Media (aerial productions with drones)

Save The Date – PRIME LATINO MEDIA FESTIVAL, October 5-12, 2014
1) Showcase: English- & Spanish-language films, TV & Digital Media
2) Conference: workshops, panels & Master Classes
3) Collective: connecting multimedia-makers with funders & distributors

FREE ADMISSION & CASH BAR/FOOD – RSVP at following: http://hispherfly.eventbrite.com

NEW Location: Bar 13, 121 University Place (at East 13th Street near Union Square), NYC. http://www.bar13.com


Jorge Pupo
On September 28, 2014, he will appear alongside Patricia Arquette in HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" playing a bank manager in 1930s Cuba-- all this for someone born in Santiago de Cuba. He was recently cast in a Kevin Kline film, has appeared on the Emmy® Award winning series "The Sopranos" (HBO) and NBC's "Law & Order" (working alongside Jerry Orbach). He’s done commercials from Coca-Cola to McDonald's and Budweiser to Dr. Pepper and Ziploc bags (with television star Dom DeLuise). On "Entre Amigos-Among Friends", he was the host of the TV show interviewing Latinos in media. For independent cinema he has done El Cantante, Piñero, Azúcar amarga and Zooman. As a bilingual theatrical actor he was a member of Repertorio Español and has performed in Dark Habits by Pedro Almódovar, as well as Albert Camus’ The Misunderstanding. His voice has been captured in "Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories" and as Papi in "Dora the Explorer". He has recordied literary works in Spanish for The Library of Congress of The United States by such greats as Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriel García Márquez, Paulo Coelho and Umberto Eco. http://www.imdb.me/jorgepupo 


Edward Kostakis

After graduating from Queens College having studied media, he and his two closest friends (Pablo Barrera & Carlos Espinel) decided to go into business for themselves opening a full production bilingual company whose mission is to bring high cinematic quality to independent films by using multi-rotor platform (using professional pilots and outstanding aerial videography by remote controlled helicopters) carrying professional grade cameras. Born in Flushing, Queens, he spent most of his youth growing up in Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela. http://www.xizmomedia.com

Louis E. Perego Moreno (Tío Louie)

An interactive content producer and educator who for the past 32 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). Executive Producer of PRIME LATINO MEDIA SALÓN, metro-New York's only monthly gathering of Latino multimedia-makers and actors in which over 60 narrative & documentary filmmakers, programmers, casting agents, digital media producers and actors have been interviewed.




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FACEBOOK Group: Prime Latino Media
Twitter: @PLMSalon
Instagram: PRIME LATINO MEDIA

Join the following Professional Networking Groups:
·      Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLAwww.hellohola.org
·      United Latino Professionals (ULP) http://www.ulpnetwork.com

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.

Mauricio Pita, shown at right, booked a role in the play Los empeños de una casa (House of Desires). Written by Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz and directed by Hugo Medrano, it will run in February and March 2015 at the Gala Hispanic Theater in Washington, District of Columbia. In addition, he shot a print campaign for Tyte and Lyle. He is currently acting (with Lisann Valentín) in I Like To Be Here: Jackson Heights Revisited, or, This Is A Mango. A series of plays written by Camilo Almonacid; Jenny Lyn Bader; J. Stephen Brantley; Ed Cardona, Jr.; Les Hunter; Melisa Tien; and Joy Tomasko, it is directed by Ari Laura Kreith as part of the Theater: Village Festival of New American Plays, and presented by Theatre 167 at the New Ohio Theatre, located in Manhattan’s West Village. For more information, click here or here

Teatro Vanguardia USA is presenting its new season with a pair of short plays. They are Confesiones de Lola (written and directed by Joanna Herrera) and Cuestión de vida o muerte (written by José Martínez Queirolo and directed by Ivan L. Argudo). The plays will be presented in October at the Producers' Club Theaters in the theater district of midtown Manhattan and star Maribella La Bella Garay, Herrera, Ivonne Martínez, Emir Cruz, Carlos Solís, Roberto D Jesús and Thiago Jiménez.

Edison Carrera received a special recognition award from the Universidad Dominicana Organización y Método (O & M) and its Teatro Universitario O & M (based in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) for his staging of his solo work Mi vida en el teatro (presented by Carrera's theater company, Teatro Tocando Puertas). The certificate of special recognition can be seen at left.

Jorge Pupo will soon be seen in an episode of "Boardwalk Empire" (CBS).

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?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

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.

2014 HOLA Awards recipient Marco Antonio Rodríguez, shown at right, will be joining the cast of Carmen Rivera's La caída de Rafael Trujillo. Directed by Cándido Tirado, the play will also star José Cheo Oliveras, Eva Cristina Vásquez, Adriana Sananes, Johary Ramos2014 HOLA Award recipient Fermín Suárez, 2014 HOLA Award recipient Iván Camilo, and Ed Trucco. The production will have a run in October and November at Teatro Círculo's namesake space in Manhattan's East Village. For more information, click here or here.

David González can be seen in an on-camera Spanish language commercial for Premier Ford (he also does the voiceover for the commercial as well).

J.F. Seary will act in the play Latin Lives. Written by Robert Louis Maisonett and Lourdes Cuadrado Cabrera, it is directed by Lourdes Sepúlveda and will run in September and October at the Producers' Club Theaters in the theater district of midtown Manhattan.

José Sepúlveda and SepLo Productions are presenting another Sueño Pop concert, where singers sing the songs of Latin pop. While the previous concert was subtitled "Crossover", this concert is called "Pulso Latino". In addition to Sepúlveda, Mauricio Pita and Daniel Anthony Hidalgo (among others) will headline the concert, which will take place on Sunday, October 12, 2014 at Tammany Hall, located in Manhattan's Loísaida neighborhood. For more information on the concert, click here. One can see Sepúlveda, Pita and Hidalgo, singing by clicking on their respective videos 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?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

HOLA Members on Television This Fall Season

HOLA members can be seen on television this fall season. Check out the HOLA members who are gracing the small screen in regular and recurring roles.

J.W. Cortés.
David Zayas.
The highly anticipated Fox series "Gotham" has not one, but two HOLA members in recurring roles. The show is an upcoming American superhero television series created by Bruno Heller, based on characters appearing in and published by DC Comics, specifically those of Detective James Gordon and Bruce Wayne, who were created by Bob Kane, and others in DC's Batman franchise. The series stars Ben McKenzie (as the young Gordon), Donal Logue, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sean Pertwee, Robin Lord Taylor, Erin Richards, Zabryna Guevara and David Mazouz (as the young Bruce Wayne, who will later become Batman). David Zayas is playing the role of Salvatore "The Boss" Maroni. In addition, J.W. Cortés is playing the role of Detective Álvarez. In addition to Zayas, Cortés and Guevara, other Latinos in the cast include Carmen Bicondova, Victoria Cartagena and Sara Paxton. "Gotham" is scheduled to premiere on Monday, September 22, 2014. For more information on the series, click here.

Andrea Navedo.
"Jane The Virgin" is also a highly anticipated new series debuting on The CW. The upcoming American serial comedy-drama television series is a loose adaptation of the Venezuelan telenovela "Juana la virgen" (created by Perla Farías). Set in Miami, it stars Gina Rodríguez in the lead role, as a hard-working, religious young Latina woman whose family tradition and a vow to save her virginity until her marriage to a detective is shattered when a doctor accidentally artificially inseminates her by mistake during a checkup. To make matters worse, the biological donor is a married man, a former playboy and cancer survivor who is not only the new owner of the hotel where Jane works, but was also her former teenage crush. HOLA member Andrea Navedo plays Jane's mother Xiomara and Ivonne Coll plays Jane's grandmother Alba. Jaime Camil and Diane Guerrero co-star in the series, which is scheduled to premiere on Monday, October 13, 2014. Click here for more information about the series. 

Marlene Forté.
HOLA member Marlene Forté can be seen playing Carmen Ramos on the TNT reboot of the popular CBS nighttime drama "Dallas" (1978-1991). The new series is one of the few television programs ever to have a Latina as an executive producer and showrunner (Cynthia Cidre). The show stars Linda Gray and Patrick Duffy (also from the original series), as well as Josh Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe and Brenda Strong. Latino actors include regular cast members Jordana Brewster, Julie Gonzalo, Kuno Becker and Juan Pablo DiPace. This season was notable as it was the first after the death of original series Larry Hagman (who played popular character J.R. Ewing), who passed away due to cancer. The third season of "Dallas" will wrap up on Monday, September 22, 2014. For more information on the series (or to see previous episodes), click here.



Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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.

José Yenque, shown at right, has been extremely busy as of late. He has a recurring role of Camilo Sandoval in the Mexican webseries "El porvenir". In addition, he has worked on the films 4am Gas Station Mask (written and directed by Jaime Zevallos) and Hustle vs. Heartache (written by Jason Walker Tyler and Kenneth Walker Tyler and directed by Jason Walker Tyler).

Milena Dávila walked the runway during New York's Fashion Week, where she modeled for AnMido at The Set's benefit to end child trafficking.


Wilfredo Roldán, shown at left, was interviewed by filmmaker Alex Megaro for Trash Film blog, where he spoke on his life, upbringing and career, specifically his role as Rodan in the 1970s cult horror-martial arts film Black Force (also known as Devil's Express; directed by Michael Fink). For more information, click here. To hear the interview (with images), click below. (Note: Some strong, colorful language.) He can also be seen in the film Little Lion (written and directed by Alex Morsanutto) and the television series "The Hunt with John Walsh" (CNN).



Bones Rodríguez shot a commercial for Verizon FiOS, which can be seen by clicking on the video below. To read a story about the audition, click here.



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?

Monday, September 15, 2014

2014 HOLA Awards Press Release (Updated)

For immediate release
Contact: A.B. Lugo (212) 253-1015 ablugo@hellohola.org

Obie and Emmy Award Winner
HÉCTOR ELIZONDO
to receive 2014 HOLA Lifetime Achievement Award

Also honored with 2014 HOLA Awards :
DANNY BURSTEIN, ANA ORTIZ
BIANCA MARROQUÍN,
CYNTHIA LÓPEZ, PEDRO PASCAL, LUPITA FERRER, DANIEL ARENAS,
CIERRA RAMÍREZ and SIBILA VARGAS 

The 2014 HOLA Awards will take place on Monday, October 13, 2014 
at the Battery Gardens, located in NYC's Battery Park

September 15, 2014 (New York, New York) The Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA), the nations longest running active arts advocacy organization for Latino actors, is pleased to announce that it will honor Obie and Emmy winner Héctor Elizondo ("Last Man Standing", "Chicago Hope", Pretty Woman, Runaway Bride, The Princess Diaries films), Commissioner of New York City Mayors Office of Media and Entertainment Cynthia López, five-time Tony nominee Danny Burstein, actress Ana Ortiz, triple threat Bianca Marroquín, actor Pedro Pascal, actress Lupita Ferrer, actor Daniel Arenas, actress Cierra Ramírez and WNBC-TV anchor Sibila Vargas at the Fifteenth Annual HOLA Awards Gala and Benefit

The HOLA Awards will take place on Monday, October 13, 2014 at 6:30pm at The Battery Gardens, located on the waterfront overlooking New York Harbor in Battery Park (opposite 17 State Street in lower Manhattan). Sponsorship opportunities are still available. A limited number of individual tickets are still available at $150. This year's sponsors include JetBlue Airlines, Hilton Hotels (Millenium Hilton and Conrad New York) and the performer unions SAG-AFTRA and Actors' Equity Association (AEA).

Obie and Emmy winner Héctor Elizondo, currently starring in ABCs Last Man Standing, will receive the 2014 Rita Moreno HOLA Award for ExcellenceBianca Marroquín (currently on Broadway in Chicago, and a judge on Univisions celebrity dance competition series ¡Mira Quién Baila!) will receive the 2014 Raúl Juliá HOLA Founders Award. Five-time Tony nominee Danny Burstein, currently treading the boards on Broadway in Cabaret; and Ana Ortiz, star of the television series Ugly Betty and Devious Maids, will receive the 2014 HOLA José Ferrer Tespis Award

Cynthia López, the Commissioner of the New York City Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, will receive the 2014 HOLA Advocacy Award. She joined the City of New York from American Documentary | POV (Point of View), where she served as executive vice president and co-executive producer of the award-winning POV documentary series. She has received the 2013 Industry Award from Chicken & Egg Pictures, Prism Award, and eight News and Documentary Emmys. In 2013, the Imagen Foundation cited her as one of the top 20 most influential Latinos in entertainment. 



Pedro Pascal (of the HBO series Game of Thrones and the upcoming Netflix series Narcos) will receive the HOLA Excellence in Television Award. Cierra Ramírez (of the ABC Family series The Fosters) will receive the HOLA Emerging Artist Award. HOLA will present its Excellence in Media Award to WNBC-TV anchor Sibila Vargas. The "Queen of the Telenovelas", Lupita Ferrer, and Daniel Arenas, will receive the HOLA Excellence in the Telenovela Genre Award.

In addition to the above awards HOLA will also continue its annual tradition of honoring the best of Latino theater in New York with noncompetitive awards encompassing multiple winners in each category. HOLA is at the forefront in recognizing the high caliber work being offered across New Yorks growing and thriving Latino theatrical stages. 

A list of the 2013-2014 theater awardees is below.

Individual tickets are $150 and can be purchased in advance by calling (212) 253-1015 or by going to www.hellohola.org. Sponsorships are also available and can be purchased by calling A.B. Lugo at (212) 253-1015 or via e-mail at ablugo@hellohola.org.

The Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA) is an arts service/advocacy organization dedicated to expanding the presence of Hispanic artists in entertainment and media through the cultivation, education and recognition of emerging artists. HOLA strives for an accurate, informed and non-stereotyped portrayal of the full spectrum of Latino culture and heritage in the entertainment and media industries.








2014 HOLA Awards Honorees
Monday, October 13, 2014
Battery Gardens, New York City

HOLA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Héctor Elizondo

HOLA ADVOCACY AWARD
Cynthia López

HOLA JOSÉ FERRER TESPIS AWARD
Danny Burstein
Ana Ortiz

RAÚL JULIÁ HOLA FOUNDERS AWARD
Bianca Marroquín

HOLA EXCELLENCE IN TELEVISION AWARD
Pedro Pascal

HOLA EMERGING ARTIST AWARD
Cierra Ramírez

HOLA EXCELLENCE IN MEDIA AWARD
Sibila Vargas 

HOLA EXCELLENCE IN THE TELENOVELA GENRE AWARD
Lupita Ferrer
Daniel Arenas 



2014 HOLA Awards for Excellence in Theater 
(producer[s] shown in parentheses)

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR
Pablo Andrade, Noche tan linda (Pregones Theater-Puerto Rican Traveling Theater)
Armando Riesco, The Happiest Song Plays Last (Second Stage Theatre)

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR
Zulema Clares, Noche tan linda (Pregones Theater-Puerto Rican Traveling Theater)
Beatriz Cordoba, Cita a ciegas (Repertorio Español)
Caridad del Valle, Las cenizas de Troya (Teatro Experimental Blue Amigos/Group of the Arts)

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED MALE ACTOR
Iván Camilo, Barceló con hielo (Repertorio Español)
Javier Fano, Barceló con hielo (Repertorio Español)

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED FEMALE ACTOR
Xiomara Cintrón, Las cenizas de Troya (Teatro Experimental Blue Amigos/Group of the Arts)
Jeannie Sol, Rafael Hernández Romance (Society of the Educational Arts)
Kathy Tejada, Elektra XXXI (Teatro Experimental Blue Amigos/Compañía Hispana de Actores Sobresalientes)

OUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCE
Emely Grisanty, Edipo (Guacamolink Performing Arts)
George Riverón, Últimos días de una casa (Festival Monologando Ando)

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ENSEMBLE CAST
Ricardo Birnbaum, María Cuartero, Pep Muñoz, María Peyramaure, Xabi Soret, Días estupendos (AENY-Spanish Artists in New York/IATI Theater)
Pablo Andrade, Annia Bu, Zulema Clares, Dalia Davi, Javier Fano, Erick González, Elena Mohedano, Antonio Rubio, Fermín Suárez, El loco por fuerza (Repertorio Español)
George Bass, Fermín Suárez, Teresa Yenque, Los borrachos (El Grupo/Comisionado Dominicano de Cultura en EEUU)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN TECHNICAL PRODUCTION/DESIGN
José López Alemán for his puppet, set, and animation design of My Superhero, Roberto Clemente (Society of the Educational Arts)
Daniel Soto for his choreography of My Superhero, Roberto Clemente (Society of the Educational Arts)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN PLAYWRITING
Pablo García Gámez, Noche tan linda (Pregones Theater-Puerto Rican Traveling Theater)
José Rivera, Adoration of the Old Woman (INTAR)
Marco Antonio Rodríguez, Barceló con hielo (Repertorio Español)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTION
Leyma López, El loco por fuerza (Repertorio Español)
Walter Ventosilla, Edipo (Guacamolink Performing Arts)
Andrés Zambrano, La zapatera prodigiosa (Repertorio Español)

SPECIAL RECOGNITION
Germán Jaramillo, for his performance in Cita a ciegas (Repertorio Español)
Edna Lee Figueroa, for her performance in Carmen Loisaida (Teatro Círculo)

GILBERTO ZALDÍVAR HOLA AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION
Barceló con hielo (Repertorio Español)
La zapatera prodigiosa (Repertorio Español)

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