Friday, February 17, 2017

Pablo Larraín, Paulina García, Kleber Mendonça Filho, Sebastián Sepúlveda, and Mauricio Zacharias Among The Nominees of This Year's Film Independent Spirit Awards

The Film Independent Spirit Awards (originally known as the FINDIE or Friends of Independents Awards), founded in 1984, are awards dedicated to independent filmmakers. The nominees were announced on Tuesday, November 22, 2016.

Pablo Larraín.
Chilean director Pablo Larraín's debut film in English, Jackie, picked up four nominations– for Best Female Lead (Natalie Portman), Best Editing (Sebastián Sepúlveda), Best Director, and Best Feature (produced by the team of Darren Aronofsky, Scott Franklin, Ari Handel, Juan de Dios Larraín, and Mickey Liddell).

Paulina García.
Chilean actress Paulina García picked up a Best Supporting Female nomination for her role in the film Little Men. The same film earned Mauricio Zacharias and Ira Sachs a nomination for Best Screenplay. Brazilian director-screenwriter Kleber Mendonça Filho picked up a Best International Film nomination for his film Aquarius (starring Sônia Braga).

Kleber Mendonça Filho.
Also joining Juan de Dios Larraín picking up a nomination as a producer in the category of Best Feature are Lucas Ochoa (as part of the producing team of American Honey); and Michel Franco, Gabriel Ripstein, and Moisés Zonana (who, with Gina Kwon, produced Chronic). Nominees for Best First Feature include Rodrigo Teixeira (as part of the producing team of The Witch).

Casting director Yesi Ramírez was named one of the winners of the Robert Altman Award, which is given to the director, casting director and ensemble cast of a feature film (in this case, the film Moonlight).


Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the 32nd Film Independent Spirit Awards, will hand out its awards on Saturday, February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. For more information, click here and here.

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Blanca Camacho, shown at right, did voiceovers for the Lasse Hallström feature film A Dog's Purpose (starring Dennis Quaid and Peggy Lipton) and the Taylor Hackford film The Comedian (starring Robert De Niro and Leslie Mann), both currently in theaters, as well as for episodes of ABC's "Quantico", CBS's "Blue Bloods", and HBO's "Divorce". She also completed a stint as teaching artist at the Princeton University Lewis Center for a workshop presentation of the Edwin Rosales play Tierra Fuerte (directed by Suzanne Agins).

Raúl Rivera has been busy on the acting and directing/producing fronts. As an actor, he will star in the Giovanni Cruz Durán play El diablo ya no vive aquí. Directed by José Bonilla, the play will also star Claribel Ortiz and be presented in April by Casa de la Cultura Navarrete USA (CCN-USA). For more information, click here. As a director/producer, he is presenting Sueños rotos. Two monologues (Trash and En este apartmento hay fuego todos los días, both written by Pedro Monge Rafuls), the production stars Edú and Ana Montero and will be presented in April by Coquí Theater. Both productions will take place at El Comisionado Dominicano de Cultura en EEUU (CoDoCul), located in Manhattan's Washington Heights neighborhood.
 

Rafael Beato, shown at left, can be seen in the Cándido Tirado and Vico C musical La canción. Directed by Edward Torres, the play is currently running at Repertorio Español, located in the Rose Hill neighborhood of Manhattan. [Beato just won the 2017 NY Latin ACE Award for Best Male Actor in a Musical for his role in this production.] For more information, click here. In addition, he will temporarily leave the cast of that show to act in the GALA Hispanic Theatre production of the Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes musical In The Heights, where he will play Sonny. That production will be the U.S. premiere of the Spanish-language version of the musical. It will be directed and choreographed by Luis Salgado and will run in April and May at GALA's eponymous theater in the North West area of Washington, District of Columbia. For more information, click here.

Henry Caicedo guest-starred in an episode of "Gotham" (Fox).


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Thursday, February 16, 2017

New York City to Add 100,000-Square-Foot Production Facility for Film and TV in New $136 Million Campus

With film and TV production in New York City filling local sound stages to capacity, the city will construct a new, 100,000-square-foot production facility as part of a $136 million development project in Brooklyn that will also create new spaces for garment manufacturers and other industries related to film, TV, and fashion.

The city investment of $136 million will go toward capital improvements to what will be a new Made in NY campus at Bush Terminal, a little-used area on the waterfront in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Capital projects on the budget including the renovation of two existing buildings to create 200,000 square feet of garment manufacturing space and the construction of the new film and TV production facility. All three buildings will be owned by the city and leased to tenants at reasonable rates in an effort to grow industries and jobs in New York.


Announced by a group of city leaders that included Mayor Bill de Blasio and Julie Menin, the commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, work on the campus — projected to open in 2020 — will begin as New York City has reached highs in film and TV production. The 336 features filmed in the city last year marked a 40 percent increase compared to the previous year, and a 13 percent growth in TV production brings the tally to 52 series shooting in New York. According to Menin, the media and entertainment sector currently encompasses 385,000 area jobs, more than the financial and insurance industries combined.

For more information, read the Gordon Cox article in Variety by clicking here.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

HOLA Member Bochinche

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José Roldán, Jr.shown at right, will be presenting his award-winning, self-penned solo show Father Forgive Me For I Have Sinned (developed with and directed by Dante Albertie) on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Feinstein's/54 Below (located in the theater district of midtown Manhattan). For more information, click here.

Alberto Bonillashown at leftwas featured in Broadway World, where his directing the upcoming production of William Shakespeare's King Lear was highlighted. The production, which stars Austin Pendleton, Richard Mazda, and Elizabeth Davis, will run in March and April at The Secret Theatre, in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens. To read the article, click here.

Elaine Del Valle wrote, directed, produced and stars in the short film Final Decision. Also starring Berto Colón and Elyn Jaime Jenkins, the film is headed for the film festival circuit. To see the trailer of the film, click on the video below.



Mario Golden was interviewed by Artistas Latin@s en New York (ArtLeNY), where he spoke of his life and career as an actor-director-producer. To see the interview, which is in Spanish, click on the video below.



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Verónica Valencia, shown at right, is starring opposite Richard Montoya in the film The Other Barrio. Written by Dante Betteo and Montoya (based on a story by Alejandro Murguía), and directed by Betteo, the film will be screened on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at the Highland Theater in Los Angeles, California. There will be a discussion after the screening with the filmmakers and cast. For more information, click here.

Liza Colón-Zayas is starring in the world premiere of Nick Gandiello's play The Blameless. Directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, the production will be presented in February and March at the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre/Conrad Prebys Theatre Center in The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, California. For more information, click here.

Elizardi Castroshown at left, will be performing his self-penned, self-directed solo show Law & DisOrder. The performance took place on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at The Klein in Bridgeport, Connecticut. For more information on his upcoming appearances, click here.

Mariana Parma is co-starring in The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant. Written by Rainer Warner Fassbender and directed by Benjamin Viertel, the production will run in February and March at the New Ohio Theatre in Manhattan's West Village. For more information, click here and here.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

HOLA Member Bochinche

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Aileene Pérez, shown at right, is co-starring in the short film Where Theo Lives (written and directed by Dariun Robinson). For more information on the film, click here and here.

Ángelo Mercado, Jr. did some hand modeling for a commercial for an upcoming, new brand of yogurt.

Juan Carlos Pinedo, shown at left, narrated and produced the audiobook Por qué prefiero ser un narco: Es mejor que un ordinario (written by Joaquín Matos). It is the first in a five-book series titled Las historias de la ciudad: La Frontera Series. For more information, click here.

Lucio Fernández is co-producing the short film Death Like Me. Written and directed by Rubén Rodríguez (and inspired by a short story by Edgar Allan Poe), the horror film is in pre-production. For more information on the film, click here or here.


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Last Year’s EVITA Casting Controversy Inspires Project Am I Right

Lauren Villegas.
It’s been a year since Lincolnshire’s Marriott Theatre came under fire for its casting a majority of non-Latinx actors in its production of Evita, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s musical about the rise of Argentine figurehead Eva Perón. The casting—which eventually led the theatre to expand its outreach and engage more actors of different ethnicities—prompted several members of the theatre community to speak out against whitewashing and authentic casting practices.

The controversy inspired New York-based actor and activist
Lauren Villegas to launch Project Am I Right.

Project Am I Right seeks to raise awareness within the acting community by asking actors to consider whether they are right for the roles they’re auditioning for. Its mission reads “
Before you go to an audition, before you accept a callback, before you sign a contract, take a minute to ask yourself: Am I Right?

Villegas is currently working with leadership at Actors' Equity Association (AEA) and the Actors' Equity Foundation to help educate actors on how to be good allies, and the power they have to end whitewashing. When a casting controversy arises—like last year’s 
Prince of Egypt concert and its subsequent cancellation—Villegas works within AEA’s membership to discuss the issues at hand and move the conversation forward.

Project Am I Right will host its first public event in New York this summer: an evening of cabaret performances by actors of color titled 
My Whitelist. The concert will work to illustrate the reality faced by actors of color and help their white colleagues understand the importance of choosing not to engage in whitewashing the limited number of roles written for them,” Villegas says. “It might also help producers see that some of the roles on my whitelist don’t necessarily need to be portrayed by white actors after all.” A venue and date will be announced soon.

For more information, read
Olivia Clement's article in Playbill by clicking here, or visit Project Am I Right's Facebook page by clicking here.