Tuesday, April 15, 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.

Víctor Cruz, shown at right, booked a guest starring role on "The Blacklist" (NBC). 

Emmanuelle Bordas booked a role in the film Cassanova Was A Woman. Written by Jezabel Montero (and based on her play of the same name), the film is directed by Kevin Arbouet and starring Montero, Margo Singaliese, Paolo Andino, Mônica Steuer, Chaz Mena, Zully Montero and Carolann Valentino. Production has commenced in New York City.

Eduardo Leáñez and Patrick E. Horrigan are presenting their latest installment in the performance series Actors With Accents. It will take place on Friday May 2, 2014 at Teatro Círculo, located in Manhattan's East Village neighborhood and will feature the talents of Iris Rose, John Sannuto, Rosalie Purvis; as well as a staged reading of a new play by Mssrs Leáñez and Horrigan featuring the talents of Inma Heredia, Reggie Street, Mague Brewer, Erik Schjerven, Basil Horn and Priyank Rastogi. For more information, click here.

Julián Juaquín, shown at left, can be seen in the feature film Pain: A Revenge Story. Written and directed by Steve Rahaman, the film is having its NYC premiere screening on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Anthology Film Archives, located in Manhattan's East Village. The film also stars Daniel Girace, David Francis Calderazzo, Kim Parshley, Sid O'Connell and Neyssan Falahi. For more information, click here.

Due to popular demand, Thalía Spanish Theatre is remounting its solo production of Nosotras lo hacemos mejor/We Women Do It Better. Directed, produced and designed by Ángel Gil Orrios, the play is written by Roberto Ramos Perea and stars Soledad López performing the show in Spanish and Kathy Tejada performing the show in English (in a translation by Charles Philip Thomas). The shows will run in repertory in May and June at Thalía's eponymous theater located in the Sunnyside area of Queens. For more information, 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, April 14, 2014

HOLAwave: Contracts for Actors 101


[HOLAwave represents a series of guest blogs by industry insiders giving informative and educational tidbits for the Latino performer. They can range from acting and auditioning advice, tech tips, legal advice, marketing, producing tips, and so on. Get caught up in the wave– the HOLAwave.]

Here is a really quick, very basic primer on what contracts are and what you should know about them. I provide this information for educational purposes on behalf of HOLA. Nothing in this blog is to be construed as specific legal advice. You and I do not have an Attorney-Client relationship by virtue of you reading this blog.

First things first: if you are a member of the performer unions SAG-AFTRA or Actors' Equity Association, then you are represented and the baseline terms of any agreement that you will have with a producer has been negotiated (assuming it is a union production). The union has your back, so refer any questions to them.  They know what they are doing.

WHAT IS A CONTRACT?

A contract is an exchange of promises for which all parties involved receive consideration.  

In Court to prove that there is a contract between individuals the elements are as follows:

Offer: I will hire you for a play that will run 2 weeks for 15 shows and pay you X amount of money.
Acceptance: I accept your offer.
Consideration: Actor works/producer pays.
Mutuality: Both parties understand the offer and what each has to do under those terms.

The first thing that most people will notice after reading the above is that I didn’t mention anything about a signature or even that it has to be written. That’s because technically it doesn’t.  

An Oral Contract is every bit as valid as a 20-page written contract that has been signed and notarized by the Pope.

HOWEVER, if it is not written, proving the exact terms in a Court of Law then becomes much more complicated and can make the difference between getting justice and getting had. You want your contracts written, that way you don’t have to rely on the memory of the person paying you as to what the exact terms are. If your agreement is not written and the other person doesn’t pay you, it doesn’t mean that you can’t collect or sue, it just makes it much harder, and most lawyers avoid hard cases so you may have trouble holding the other party responsible.

So basically don’t do Oral, so moving on....

READ YOUR CONTRACT!

Whether you are brand new and up for your first gig, or whether you are a vet, READ THE DAMN CONTRACT. If only to get a read on the kind of people with whom you are doing business.  I know what you are thinking. I am not an attorney. I barely understand anything in here. Reading this is just some pantomime.

If that’s the case then make it the best damn pantomime ever. But seriously, if you want to be a treated like a professional actor, you have to carry yourself like a professional. That means politely asking if you can read it over before you sign it.

The first time I read any kind of contract that I haven’t seen before, I am almost as lost as you are, but that’s the point. I have become an expert at reading contracts how? BY READING CONTRACTS. There is no reason why you can’t become an expert at reading actor-performer contracts.

If you see a clause in the contract that you don’t understand, ask a question. Remember it’s much better to look like a rookie then to look like a dummy. Signing a contract without reading it makes you look like a dummy.

I hope these really basic concepts either enlightened you or reinforced some good habits that you have already developed. I will be posting a few more blogs about some general legal topics that may interest or educate you, however, if you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact me via e-mail here and I will help you in any way I can. Chances are your questions or problems are ones that many other actors want answers to, and I can in the future use a blog post to answer a few common questions that I get.


Juan C. Restrepo Rodríguez, Esq., is a civil litigation attorney at Pellegrini & Associates in New York, specializing in commercial litigation, labor and employment law, as well as entertainment law. He serves as both Treasurer on the Executive Board of HOLA and General Counsel. He has been a guest lecturer at several local colleges on legal topics and volunteers his time in various political and social campaigns.  He was born in Medellín, Colombia and has been a proud New Yorker for over 30 years. He can be reached via e-mail by clicking here.  

Sunday, April 13, 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.



Mauricio Pita and Basílica Bliachas, shown above from left to right, are shooting the film short Mi vida (written and directed by Abraham Rozenbaum). They were cast after reading about the casting notice in the daily e-mail announcements that HOLA sends to its members and self-submitting.

Mario Golden and Andreas Robertz are co-directing the Nancy Ferragallo play Charlotte's Song. The experimental movement-theater piece will featured choreography by Ferragallo and Celeste Hastings and will be presented in April and May Theater for the New City, located in Manhattan's East Village. The cast includes Golden, Yvette Quintero and Hastings. For more information, click herehere or here.

Idalmis García, shown at right, is one of the stars of the movie Conducta (Behavior). Directed by Ernesto Daranas, the film won the Best Feature Film at the Havana Film Festival - New York. 

Raquel Almazán's play Café is having a workshop production by the Columbia University School of the Arts Theatre Department. Directed by Elena Araoz, the cast features Matthew Acevedo, Claudia Acosta, Sebastián Martínez, José Antonio Melián, Tauriq Jenkins, Cliff Rivera and Adriana Sananes. It will be presented in April at Columbia University's Schapiro Theatre in the Manhattanville/West Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan. For more information on the production, click here or hereIn addition, Almazán's one-act play Dar a Luz will be produced by Theater Masters as part of Take Ten: 2014 National MFA Playwrights Festival, taking place in April at the American Theater of Actors in the Hell's Kitchen/Clinton area of Manhattan. The play will be directed by Daisy Walker and feature Dacyl Acevedo, Sarah Stockton and Beth Glover. For more information, click here.


Luis Salgado, shown at left, was featured in a photo article in Broadway World, showing what Broadway actors do during intermission. In it, he is featured both alone and with some of the other cast members of Rocky: The Musical (written by Stephen Flaherty, Lynn Ahrens and Thomas Meehan, based on the screenplay of the Academy Award-winning film by Sylvester Stallone). The musical is directed by Alex Timbers (with choreography by Kelly Devine and boxing choreography by Stephen Hoggett) and is performing at the Winter Garden Theatre on Broadway. To see the photo article, click here.

José Yenque was interviewed for the program "La revista semanal" (CNN Latino NY and hosted by Ramón Hierro, Tony Rodríguez and Peter Dubó), where he spoke on his acting career, his inspiration (his mother, actress Teresa Yenque), and his humanitarian work with the international youth outreach foundation Arts For A Better Tomorrow (ABT). To see the interview (which is in Spanish), click on 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?

Friday, April 11, 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.


Ana Grosse will star (with Sean Carvajal, Jojo Gonzalez, Pia Haddad and Gil Pérez Abraham) in the Mohamed Kacimi play Holy Land. Translated by Chantal Bilodeau and directed by Tracy Cameron Francis, the 3rd Kulture Kids production will be presented in April and May at HERE Arts Center in Manhattan's SoHo neighborhood. For more information, click here.

Flor Bromley, Rafael Fuentes and Mauricio Pita are in the cast of Los desertores (The Dropouts). Written by Radamés Gavé, Manuel Morán, and Richard Marino and directed by Morán, the musical also features Sean Carvajal, Alan González, Louis Vetter, Adrián García, Jacelyn Ramos and Indra Palomo and starts a run of performances in May at Teatro SEA, located in the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center (home to HOLA) in Manhattan's Loísaida neighborhood. For more information, click here

Kiki Meléndez will guest star on an upcoming webisode of "East Los High" (Hulu).

Caridad del Valle, Agar García, Elena Mohedano, Xiomara Cintrón and Yvette Quintero headline the cast of Las cenizas de Troya. Based on Euripides' The Trojan Woman, the play is adapted and directed by J. Edgar Mozoub, produced by TEBA and will have a June production at the Broadway Blackbox Theater in Manhattan's Washington Heights neighborhood.

Allison Strong can be seen in the upcoming series "Back Home" (Fusion), produced by Diego Luna, and also featuring other artists such as Alexis Bledel, Michael Peña and Robert Rodríguez. A trailer for the series (featuring Strong) can be seen 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?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

HOLAwave: Preparing For an Audition

[HOLAwave represents a series of guest blogs by industry insiders giving informative and educational tidbits for the Latino performer. They can range from acting and auditioning advice, tech tips, legal advice, marketing, producing tips, and so on. Get caught up in the wave– the HOLAwave.]


On auditioning, be rehearsed and focused before meetings. If you are just starting out, learn from every encounter, observe, listen.  I learned a whole lot from casting directors, they will teach you the way but listen. Take everything you can learn from the notes casting directors give. Very often, they have to do the same with actors who have studied too. 

More importantly is to do an amazing job, that is your goal, even if starting out.  They will see your passion and help you, but give intelligent performances... again consider all the circumstances in the script. Don't be an idiot and ignore the script and just act like a nut.  Do your investigative work on all the subtext, character motivation and feelings involved.  

Work hard on a realistic portrayal, whatever you don't know, research it. On the day prior to and day of the audition, have no distractions. Avoid negative people at all costs– don't tell them your business. When in the audition waiting area be quiet and respectful of others. Some commercial auditions are fun and might be more easygoing then you can relax a little but never be that obnoxious person in the room– carry yourself with class. 

Focus on the task at hand and be in the moment. Above all, do your best. When it's over, be grateful, count your blessings and don't obsess about hearing back. If you're already good, you know you will not get most of what you go for but have fun and make an unforgettable impression your goal... this way you will get booked as much as possible. Be well, and may the force be with you.



Renoly Santiago was born in Lajas, Puerto Rico and he spent his childhood in Union City, New Jersey. He currently resides in New York City. He made his film debut co-starring in the blockbuster hitDangerous Minds alongside Michelle Pfeiffer. Other rfilm credits include Hackers with Angelina Jolie, Daylight with Sylvester Stallone, and Con Air with Nicolas Cage and John Malkovich; and the indie filmsPunks (Sundance Film Festival selection), The Street KingJust Another Romantic Wrestling Comedy and Lavoe: The Untold Story(where he played Latin music legend Johnny Pacheco). Among his episodic television appearances are guest leads in "Law & Order: Criminal Intent", "Touched by an Angel", "Big Apple" and "Stand Up".

He was nominated for a Drama Desk Award by the press as Outstanding Featured Performer in a Musical in his Broadway debut The Capeman, composed by Paul Simon, and in which he starred alongside Marc Anthony, Ednita Nazario and Rubén Blades. He has appeared in many off-Broadway productions under such notable directors as Liz Swados in Lincoln Center and in workshops with Graciela Daniele in Blood Wedding and Gabriel Barre in the Kander & Ebb musical Skin of Our Teeth with Audra McDonald and Sara Ramirez. 

His writing credits include the Emmy-nominated television series "City Kids", in which he was also a lead character and the book to the musical Bring in the Morning… A Wake-Up Call at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York starring Lauryn Hill.

As a singer, he can be heard singing backup for recording artist India on her album Latin Songbird, duetting with Danny Rivera and Marc Anthony amongst others, having performed with many artists of international renown.  He is currently developing new acting, writing and production ventures across some exciting genres at home and abroad, also community arts projects. He is writing new songs in English and Spanish and is presently recording music for his debut album. His next feature film is Grand Street with Kelly McGillis, currently in post-production. 

For more information about Renoly Santiago, click here.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

POV’s 2015 Call for Entries is Officially Open!



We are thrilled to announce that the POV Call for Entries is now open! Films submitted to this open call will be considered for the 2015 broadcast season and beyond. The deadline for submission is Monday, June 30, 2014.

POV continues to accept digital content delivery via download-enabled links or content on flash drives. It is not required but we strongly encourage every filmmaker who can deliver digitally to do so. Why? About 1,000 entries will be considered in this submission round and digital submissions help us be more efficient. Digital submissions allow us to work with pre-screeners across the country and around the world, and enables the programming team to travel a bit lighter.

If you submit a link, the video MUST BE DOWNLOAD ENABLED. If you don’t feel comfortable enabling download, then please submit your film on a DVD. You can password protect to ensure the privacy of your link, but don’t forget to send POV the password (look for the password field on the form).

Our updated Call For Entries Guidelines explain everything you need to know about how to submit to POV, no matter what format you choose. POV will still accept DVDs and flash drives this year for those who can’t make the jump to streaming video.

Please don’t send us a fancy thumb drive, because it will not be returned. Additionally we cannot accept uncompressed, full HD files for submission. Our digital specs are similar to DVD specs in order to keep the playing field (and our servers) level.

We are excited to see what filmmakers from around the world have been working on! The full Call For Entries cycle at POV begins with the June 30, 2014 deadline and lasts about six months — thanks in advance for your patience!

Have questions? Please send an email to cfe[at]pov.org and thanks, as always, for your interest in POV.

If you want better idea of whether the film you’ve made is a good fit for POV and to learn more about what POV looks for in a film during our selection process, check out a past blog post from 2007, “For Filmmakers: What Does POV Look For in a Film?”. If you want to inquire with someone who is currently in our programming department, drop us a line at cfe[at]pov.org or call 212-989-8121 x380.

Go to the POV Call for Entries online submission system »

For specific tips on how to navigate our online form, read on…
  • Standard: Finished films, or films that are at rough/fine cut stage. (Will be ready for broadcast in 2015.)
  • Shorts: Finished films, or films that are at rough/fine cut stage AND whose final running time is 30 minutes or less. (Will be ready for broadcast in 2015.)
  • Early Introduction: This category is exclusively for projects that are either too early in development or production to be considered in POV’s highly competitive selection process. If you plan on submitting to our open call in the future but would like to introduce your project to POV’s programming team now, this is the way to do it.
If you’re ready to begin your application please visit http://cfe.pov.org, read the guidelines, then follow the instructions to complete the entry form. Please note, if you are a previous applicant you will need to register again.
Here is a quick primer on how to use the online POV submission form:
  1. Add cfe[at]pov.org to your email address book so that none of our correspondence to you is lost in a spam folder.
  2. Make sure your browser will accept pop-up windows, and visit http://cfe.pov.org.
  3. Click either of the two “Register” links (at the top and middle of the page) and complete the registration page.
  4. Check your email for your registration confirmation. The confirmation email will usually arrive instantly, but may take up to 24 hours. Check your spam folder as well.
  5. Click on the link within the confirmation email to activate your account. This is an obvious, but important step.
  6. Once you’ve activated your account, log in at http://cfe.pov.org to complete your application. Enter your film’s title and click the button that says “Create New Call for Entries form.”
  7. And that’s it! You’ve started a new entry! The rest of the form is pretty self-explanatory.
All films must be submitted through our online submission system. The arrival deadline is June 30, 2014. We grant extensions on a case-by-case basis. If you need an extension please email cfe[at]pov[dot]org with the subject line “Extension.”

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.

Nadine Velázquez, shown at right, has joined of the cast of the horror-thriller Crawlspace. The film, was written by Gary Dauberman and directed by Phil Clayton and also stars Michael Vartan and Erin Moriarty. To read more information on the film, check out this article in Variety by clicking here.

José Roldán, Jr. is continuing his tour of his self-penned, award-winning solo show Father Forgive Me For I Have Sinned (directed by Dante Albertie). The next stop on the tour is Monday, April 28, 2014 at the State University of New York-College at Geneseo in Geneseo, New York. For more information, click here.

A.B. Lugo, Sofía Rodríguez, Carolina Ravassa and Tommy5000 star in Adrian Manzano's film short The Audition. The film will be screened on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at the Tribeca Cinemas, in Manhattan's Tribeca neighborhood (natch).

Tony Plana can be seen in the recurring role of Benito "Benny" López in the Garry Trudeau political satire series "Alpha House" (Amazon).

Daphne Rubin-Vega is starring in the film Fall to Rise (written and directed by Jayce Bartok).

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?