Monday, July 21, 2014

"Jane The Virgin" Star Gina Rodríguez On Seeing Yourself (And Your Cultural Identity) On Screen


Gina Rodríguez.
"I didn’t become an artist to be a millionaire. I didn’t become an actor to wear Louis Vuitton. I have to give this dress back when we’re done. I became an actor to change the way I grew up. The way I grew up, I never saw myself on screen. I have two older sisters. One’s an investment banker. The other one is an doctor, and I never saw us being played as investment bankers and actors. And I realized how limiting that was for me. I would look at the screen and think, ‘Well, there’s no way I can do it, because I’m not there.’ And it’s like as soon as you follow your dreams, you give other people the allowance to follow theirs.
And for me, to look on younger girls and to say, ‘Well, Gina’s like me, maybe not necessarily the same skin color, maybe not necessarily the same background, but like that’s me. I’m not alone. I can do it too.’ So every role that I’ve chosen has been ones that I think are going to push forward the idea of my culture, of women, of beauty, my idea of liberating young girls, of feeling that they have to look at a specific beauty type." –GINA RODRÍGUEZ, star of the upcoming The CW television series "Jane The Virgin", at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills on July 18, 2014.

"Jane the Virgin" premieres Monday, October 13, 2014 on The CW. It is a loose adaptation of the Venezuelan telenovela "Juana la Virgen" (created by Perla Farías). The television series also stars HOLA member Andrea Navedo, Justin Baldoni, Brett Dier, Ivonne Coll, Yael Grobglas and Jaime Camil. For more information on the show, check out its official website by clicking here. To read the rest of Gina Rodríguez's speech, click here.

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.

Mateo Gómez, shown at right, booked a role in the film Salsero in Purgatory, written and directed by Antonio De La Cruz), due to an HOLA referral. The film is currently lensing in New York City.

After its current run at the Midtown International Theater Festival, for which is selling out several performances, the Hudson Fine Arts Foundation/Grace Theatre Workshop's production of Comfort (written and directed by Jung Han Kim), co-starring Lucio Fernández, will have additional performance in August at The Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, located in Manhattan's West Side. For more information, click here or here.

Marco Antonio Rodríguez, shown at left, is pleased to announce two developments regarding his play La Luz de un cigarrillo (Ashes of Light). The Teatro Las Máscaras production of the play (which won three Soberano Awards), was presented again in July as part of the eighth annual Dominican Republic Theater Festival at Santo Domingo (FITE). The production was also directed by Germana Santana and starred Aleja Johnson, Brian Payano and Hanely del Rosario. For more information, click here. In addition, the same play will have an English-language production in October (to be directed by DChristy Eves) at Atlanta Metropolitan State College/University System of Georgia in Atlanta, Georgia.

Víctor Cruz did a voiceover for the theater production Snow White and the Beast (written by Mathilde DeHaye and directed by Rénoly Santiago). Starring DeHaye and Mauricio Bustamante, the play is scheduled for a July run at the Marilyn Monroe Theater at the Lee Strasberg Film and Theater Institute, located in the Union Square area of Manhattan.

Manny Alfaro booked a role in the film Actor Seeks Role (story by Ben Nabors, screenplay by Nabors and Michael Tyburski and directed by Tyburski).

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?

Tío Louie, HOLA and ULP present PRIME LATINO MEDIA SALÓN (July 2014)

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

Join us at the
PRIME LATINO MEDIA Salón
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 • 6-10pm
A support network to advocate, promote and advance 
mainstream and Latino projects in English & Spanish

HERMANOS/Support: Networking 101
Networking is key. Over the years this proven formula in the Latino multimedia community has demonstrated that by supporting one another this is how projects get successfully produced and jobs attained in front and behind the camera. Meet two brothers who are accomplished filmmakers in their own right and have joined talents forging a production company that has rendered them a force to reckon with in the industry.

6-8pm: Networking & visiting DJs
8-9pm: TÍO LOUIE Reporta/Chat: Interviews with Narrative Filmmakers
9-10pm: Networking & visiting DJ’s

  • Moderator: TÍO LOUIE/Louis E. Perego Moreno, President, Skyline Features
  • Two Interviews: Rashaad Ernesto Green, named one of Filmmaker Magazine's elite 25 New Faces of Independent Film, and Reinaldo Marcus Green, fresh from the Cannes Film Festival where he screened a film made in Africa

Coming soon: 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:

New location: Meridian 23, 161 West 23rd Street (between Sixth and Seventh avenues), NYC. Music bar in Chelsea and street food tapas.  http://meridian23.com

Rashaad Ernesto Green 
Starting his career as an actor, Rashaad Ernesto Green's highly acclaimed feature film Gun Hill Road, starring Esai Morales and Judy Reyes, premiered in the 2011 Sundance Film Festival U.S. Dramatic Competition. In 2014, he directed his first episode of television for NBC's top grossing series "Grimm" and is confirmed to direct another NBC hit show early next year. He is currently developing his second feature, which will go into production in 2015. He received his BA from Dartmouth College, and his MFA from the NYU Graduate Acting Program and NYU's Graduate Film Program. http://www.gunhillroad.com/trailer.html


Reinaldo Marcus Green
Reinaldo Marcus Green is a graduate student in the NYU Tisch School of the Arts program. His films have traveled the globe as official selections premiering at prestigious film festivals including Los Angeles Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival and have garnered distribution and been televised by networks such as BET and HBO. He went this past May to the Festival de Cannes with his short film, Stone Cars, set in Africa. While working as an assistant to directors Kasi Lemmons and Todd Solondz, he has been recognized as a Wasserman Finalist while earning some of the highest awards in the NYU film program including, most recently, the 2014 Media Services Producing Award.

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. He was co-producer on American Dreams Deferred (2012-4). Executive Producer of PRIME LATINO MEDIA Salón, metropolitan New York's only monthly gathering of Latino multimedia-makers and actors in which over 50 narrative & documentary filmmakers, programmers, casting agents, digital media producers and actors have been interviewed.


Stay tuned… next monthly 
PRIME LATINO MEDIA Salón
August 20, 2014


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Thursday, July 17, 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.

Modesto Lacén, shown at right, was profiled in the iMujer blog. In the interview and profile, he talks of his roles playing Roberto Clemente in the bio-musical DC-7: The Roberto Clemente Story (soon to resume a U.S. tour, with stops in Chicago, Illinois and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) and his current role as Jastón in Marco Antonio Rodríguez's Barceló con hielo, which is currently playing at Repertorio Español in Manhattan's Rose Hill neighborhood. To read the article (which is in Spanish), click here.

Mauricio Bustamante is starring in the Mathilde DeHaye play Snow White and the Beast. Directed by Rénoly Santiago, it is scheduled for a July run at the Marilyn Monroe Theater at the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute, located in the Union Square area of Manhattan. 

Marlene Forté, shown at left, was interviewed by Néstor Bentancor for the Desde Hollywood blog, where she spoke of how she got started acting, her roles in the TNT series "Dallas", the J.J. Abrams-helmed reboot of the Star Trek franchise, and the state of Latinos in the media in general (plus why Latinos need their version of a Tyler Perry and how Robert Rodríguez comes close). To read the interview, click here or on the video below.



Manny Alfaro and Mateo Gómez are starring in the short film The Wine Taster (written and directed by Ricardo Bacallao). 

Roberto Sanábria
, shown at right, booked a World Cup-themed public service announcement (PSA) regarding the dangers of jaywalking after he read the casting notice in HOLA's daily e-mail announcements it sends to its members and self-submitting. One can see the PSA (titled "Jaywalking Referee") by clicking 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?

Wednesday, July 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.

Lisann Valentín, shown at right, is starring in the short film Some Last Day (written and directed by Adel L. Morales).

Vanessa Verduga, star-writer-director-producer-creator of the award-winning webseries "Justice Woman", will be making an appearance as the titular character, a lawyer by day and crimefighter by night, at the San Diego Comic Convention (San Diego Comic-Con), taking place July 24-27, 2014 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. For more information, click here.

Marlene Forté, shown at left, was interviewed for KSiteTV's blog. In the article, she mentions her work on the upcoming third season of the TNT series "Dallas", in which she plays Carmen Ramos, as well as her career. To read the article, click here.

Víctor Cruz will be performing a standup set alongside Tommy 5000, Ruperto vanderpool, Alex Carabaño, and others, as part of the Llegamos (¡Qué Vaina!) event. It will take place on Thursday, August 7, 2014 at the Broadway Comedy Club, located in the theater district of midtown Manhattan. For more information, click here.

Alberto Bonilla booked work in a skit for "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" (HBO). It can be seen by clicking here or here.

Éric-Dominique Pérez booked two radio voiceovers.

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?


Sunday, July 13, 2014

SAG-AFTRA National Board Approves Tentative Agreement with AMPTP and Recommends Ratification

National Network Code Negotiating Committee Approved

Los Angeles and New York (July 12, 2014) – The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) National Board of Directors met today in a one-day videoconference plenary and overwhelmingly approved the tentative agreement reached with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers at midnight on July 4. With the board’s approval, the deal now goes to the union’s membership for ratification.

Eligible SAG-AFTRA members will vote on the proposed successor agreements covering motion pictures, scripted primetime dramatic television and new media production. The tentative deal unifies SAG and AFTRA television contracts under a new 2014 SAG-AFTRA Television Agreement. In addition, the first industry-wide agreement for performers in basic cable production is now incorporated into the new Television Agreement. 
Click here for a PDF of key deal points.

The board approved the tentative agreement 90 percent to 10 percent and recommended a vote of “yes” to ratify the contracts.

In keeping with the National Board’s prior policy resolution in this area, the national referendum for the TV/Theatrical agreements will be conducted via an online vote to ratify the contracts. Traditional paper ballots will also be available on request to any eligible voter who requests such a ballot.

Members who are eligible to vote (under the National Multi-Employer Collective Bargaining Agreement Policy) will receive a postcard with ballot instructions explaining how to vote electronically or how to request a paper ballot. This postcard will be mailed to members on or about July 23, 2014.

The ratification votes received by the voting deadline of approximately August 22, 2014, (electronically or by mail) will be tabulated that day.

Additionally, informational meetings will be scheduled for members across the country.  Comprehensive details of the agreement will be posted prior to the balloting period.

The current contracts remain in effect during the member ratification process. The term of the new agreement is for three years effective July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2017 and is retroactive upon ratification.

SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard said, “I am grateful to the board for its approval and recommendation of this agreement and I am proud of what the negotiating team was able to achieve in this negotiation. The unification of the contracts was a priority for us and is a significant gain as is the wage increase — this is the first 3 percent increase in a couple of contract cycles and that is great. This landmark agreement includes provisions that will serve the members for years to come.”

SAG-AFTRA National Executive Director and Chief Negotiator David White said, “In addition to securing immediate increases for our members, our negotiating committee remained focused on the long-term vitality of this union and of our contracts. I’m pleased that we achieved the essential and historic unification of our entertainment agreements as well as a substantial wage increase and a boost to employer contributions to our benefits plans. We also improved terms for streaming content and in other areas of new media. Overall, this negotiation embraces the many changes sweeping the industry and positions our membership for strength at the bargaining table in the years ahead.”

Formal negotiations between the 26-member SAG-AFTRA Negotiating Committee and the AMPTP began on Monday, May 5, in Los Angeles and concluded at midnight on July 4, 2014. Talks were preceded by wages and working conditions meetings held this past spring.

Board members also approved the appointment of a National Network Code Wages & Working Conditions Committee of 13 voting members and ten alternates that will also serve as the negotiating committee. SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard will chair the committee and National Executive Director and Chief Negotiator David White will serve as Chief Negotiator for the union. The Network Code Wages and Working Conditions process will commence on or after August 11 and ending on or about September 5.

The Network Code is among the union’s largest national collective bargaining agreements and covers programming in all television day parts, except for primetime dramatic programs on the networks and The CW. This includes morning news shows, talk shows, serials (soap operas), variety, reality, contests, sports, first-run syndicated dramas and promotional announcements. Current programs covered by this contract include: 
Good Morning America, The View, The Price is Right, General Hospital, Saturday Night Live, Dancing with the Stars, The Voice, Survivor, 20/20, and Late Show with David Letterman, among others.

For more information, click
here.

Thursday, July 10, 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.

Wilfredo Roldán, shown at right, was profiled in The New York Times's The Local East Village blog. In addition, he will be interviewed on the radio program "The Teddy Smith Show" on July 10, 2014 on WPAT 930 AM. To hear the interview, click here.

Eric Robledo and Frank Robles will be starring in Julio Ramón Ribeyro's play Fin de semana. Directed by Diego M. Chiri, the production will have a July and August run at Repertorio Español, located in the Rose Hill neighborhood of Manhattan. For more information, click here.

Elaine Del Valle was profiled in the New York Daily News's VIVA section because of her award winning, self-penned solo show Brownsville Bred (directed by Pamela Moller Kareman), which is currently being presented at the Nuyorican Poets' Café (located in Manhattan's Loísaida neighborhood) this summer. The article can be seen at left. For more information, click here.

J.W. Cortés will be one of the stars of the upcoming legal thriller webseries "Amoral" (written and directed by Charli Brown). For more information, click here

Inma Heredia booked a pharmaceutical print ad.

Ayanery Reyes booked a Spanish-language national commercial for Walmart.

A.B. Lugo is one of the stars of the short film The Audition. Written and directed by Adrian Manzano, the film is being screened on Thursday, July 10, 2014 at Cinema Night (hosted by Frances Lozada). The film also stars Sofía Rodríguez, Tommy Peña and Carolina Ravassa. The screening will take place at Brooklyn Tiki Bar, located in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn. 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?