Tuesday, July 29, 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.

Luis Salgado, shown at right, was profiled in Latin Trends magazine, where he spoke of his current gig on the Flaherty-Ahrens-Meehan Broadway show Rocky: The Musical (based on the Academy Award-winning Sylvester Stallone film and currently set to close on Sunday, August 17, 2014) and of the newest role he is tackling– that of a father to a newborn son. To read the interview, click here.

Howard Collado is composing a score, to be played live by him, to Lorraine Rodríguez-Reyes' self-penned solo show Mami Confessions (directed by Susan G. Reid). The show is scheduled to run in July and August at Teatro Círculo, located in Manhattan's East Village. For more information, click here.

The Hudson Fine Arts Foundation/Grace Theatre Workshop's production of Comfort (written and directed by Jung Han Kim), co-starring Lucio Fernández, was featured in Cambio newspaper. The play, which is currently playing at the Workshop Theatre Company's Jewel Box Theatre (located in the Fashion District of midtown Manhattan), and will follow up that run with additional performances in August at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center. To read the article, which is in Spanish, click on the image above, at left.

Vanessa Verduga and Linda Nieves-Powell have produced the second season of the webseries "Latinas Chat Media". While the first season took place in New York, this season deals with Latinas in Los Angeles talking about media and the image of the Latina. For more information, click here.

Anthony Ruiz made a return engagement as Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim (billed on the show as "the wealthiest man on the world" or "the richest man in the world") on "Late Show With David Letterman" (CBS). To see the skit, 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?

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.

Eric Robledo and Frank Robles, shown at left and at right, respectively, are starring in Julio Ramón Ribeyro's Fin de semana. The play is directed by Diego M. Chiri and is running in July and August at Repertorio Español, located in the Rose Hill neighborhood of Manhattan. For more information, click here.

Gerardo Gudiño will star opposite George Bass and Mariana Buoninconti in Walter Ventosilla's Flor de lirio. Directed by Julián Mesri, the play will be presented in September and October at IATI Theater in Manhattan's East Village.
For more information, click here.





Mauricio Pita, shown at left, is in the cast of 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, presented in September by Theatre 167 at the New Ohio Theatre (located in Manhattan's West Village). For more information, click here. He will follow that up with a role in the play 1989, a collaborative effort using Anne Bogart's Viewpoints. Directed by Tatiana Pandiani, the show will take place in November at Columbia University in the West Harlem/Manhattanville area of Manhattan. (He received this latter gig through a referral that took place via HOLA.)

Mônica Steuer, shown at right, will be playing Sylvia Plath to Rebeca Alemán's Frida Kahlo in Néstor Caballero's Musas. Directed by Iraida Tapias, the play imagines a meeting between the Mexican painter and the English poet. Performances will take place at the Greenhouse Theater Center in Chicago, Illinois. For more information, click here or here.

Laura Patalano and Harmony Rose Santana star in You're Dead To Me (written by Adelina Anthony and directed by Wu Tsang). The short film has been hitting the film festival circuit; its next screening will be in August at the Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival (MVAAFF) in the town of Oak Bluffs, located on the island of Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts. For more information, click here, here or 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, July 28, 2014

Tío Louie Reporta: RASHAAD ERNESTO GREEN and REINALDO MARCUS GREEN

HOLA is proud to present Tío Louie Reporta, where filmmaker and Executive Producer of Prime Latino Media, Louis Perego Moreno (also known as Tío Louie) interviews actors and multimedia-makers in the business.


In this edition, Tío Louie interviews filmmakers (and brothers) Rashaad Ernesto Green (Gun Hill Road, an episode of NBC's "Grimm") and Reinaldo Marcus Green (Stone Cars), who together have created Green Brothers Films. The interview took place at the July edition of the Prime Latino Media Salón (presented by Tío Louie, HOLA and United Latino Professionals-New York) on Thursday, July 23, 2014 at Meridian 23 Bar and Lounge in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood. He asked the Green Brothers about their recent work, their philosophies regarding casting and even their $0.10 worth (what used to be known as your opinion, or your "two cents", but has since risen in price due to inflation) about the importance of creating a community of artists.

Is it about brotherly love or a recurring theme among Latino multimedia-makers and actors who have attained success? Sticking together and the old adage that “two heads are better than one” is not only pragmatic, but it’s a proven business model. It’s about getting projects accomplished well and through a tight-knit circle that can lead to rightfully securing opportunities in front and behind the camera. As they were introduced at the last PRIME LATINO MEDIA Salón, the 19th Century was for the Brothers Grimm, but the 21st Century belongs to Brothers Green – Rashaad Ernesto and Reinaldo Marcus. Their father firmly set the tone many years ago, “You’re brothers... you have only each other... stick together.”

​​​Meet the two brothers who are blazing trails successfully in their own respective way and collaboratively as proven recently with the acceptance of their film project, Big Man, at New York’s Independent Film Project (IFP) in the Project Forum for September 2014. 

​​​Being our brothers’ and sisters’ keeper is more than a philosophical belief; it’s an essential business principle that drives our community in order to gain an edge ensuring a great degree of success. These were the pearls of wisdom they shared at the event. 

Reinaldo, what prompted your career change into filmmaking? I was Director of Talent, Acquisition & Diversity at AIG. It was a great role and I was making nice money. Diversity is tricky when it comes to the corporate world. There was lots of window dressing, which happens in many of these departments. I had gone through a break-up with a girlfriend and then wondered if something happened to me, what would define my life? My brother at the same time was making his feature film, Gun Hill Road. I was 27, 28 [years old] and wondered what other options were out there. I came across the NYU website and explored getting an MBA and MFA and thought I could leverage my corporate experience and merge it with the film side. I felt NYU was the best film school. I had to make a short film with my brother and someone else. I had a friend act in it. I didn’t think I would get in and then I did and had to make a decision. I figured I was young enough and did not have a family and that was 3.5 years ago and I have not looked back. 
Rashaad, explain how you got the opportunity to direct episodic television on "Grimm" for NBC when executives don’t like to gamble with a $4-5 million budget for one program? They have a valid concern. It takes a pro to be in there and deliver a show on time. It’s fast-paced and stressful. You have a responsibility for 100 people. If you don’t have a feature that can demonstrate your ability it’s difficult. My agent had forewarned me that it would be difficult to direct for TV. He felt that it would be easier to direct a second film. Many of the showrunners and networks rely on the Old Boys Club. That is the business formula and it’s not going to change. But we need to be improving our game and producing great works to prove that you’re cut out for it. I wound up recommending a fellow filmmaker from a 2009 New York International Latino Film Festival. She thanked me for the letter of recommendation that helped her with the Emerging Writers Fellowship at NBC-Universal and she suggested that based on Gun Hill Road, which she loved, that I should participate in the NBC-Universal’s Directing Diversity Fellowship. 
Reinaldo, as a narrative film director how did making Stone Cars, your short film set in Africa, tap your casting capabilities? As a young filmmaker the assumption is that you always need a star aligned with a film. If you look at the basic human instinct that anybody can be an actor, that’s how the non-traditional form of casting was helpful in this process. We used non-professional actors and made them professional. The acting is superb, because they desire to act. They study theater and they want to be acting. This film gave them a platform. When I ride the train in NYC, there could be someone who fits a part. It’s about keeping an open mind and someone who has a burning desire to engage in the arts can also do it given the right platform. Which of my professional colleagues in the business world would have thought four years ago that I would be having the filmmaking career I have now. It’s about keeping your eyes open. You never know where you will get a story or actor. 
Rashaad, what do you look for when casting? I look for truth. And that goes from the second that they enter the room. It’s how they present themselves, before they even read anything. Are they putting on a show or are they being a human being? It’s okay to be nervous, because it shows truthfulness. Sometimes actors feel that they have to blow you out of the room and you never got to the real them. I like actors that are grounded. Familiarity with the material is a major plus. It’s okay to look down at the paper– as long as they keep the pace alive. As soon as they start and stop and apologize and have to start again, it’s awkward for the two of us. 
Reinaldo, how was going to the Cannes Film Festival with your short film, Stone Cars? It’s the cream of the crop. They do take care of the filmmakers there. It is a spectacle. It’s everything you can imagine a film festival can be. They care about the film and the filmmakers. They care about your future. It’s about the film and the actual work that goes into it. It’s amazing. It’s inspiring for someone who goes there. I am over the moon that I was selected. I try to analyze, was it luck or did I deserve it? I have to enjoy and believe that I deserved to be there and they made me feel that way. I was one of 16 films from a total of 1,600 films submitted. 
Rashaad, what are your $0.10 worth of wisdom in regard to the importance of community and networking for someone’s career in our industry? It’s who you know. That’s how this business works. Your work speaks for itself. People like helping people that they like and that is very important in this industry. I would be remiss, when it comes to my brother. It was my father who instilled that philosophy with us growing up. He always said that you only have one brother. He had only one brother. We would bicker as children and he would always say, “You only have one brother.” We lost our father last year. He was a single father. We’re very blessed to carry his legacy as we continue in our careers. 
Reinaldo, why a production company with your brother? My brother is the whole reason I have entered this field. I have read all of his scripts and every iteration. I knew him when he was acting. When I see others with their own business or family-owned business and then I thought, “Why can’t I?” Moreover, if I had to open this business, why not with my brother and what would it be? And that’s where the idea arose, “Why don’t we make films together?” I was around while he was making his feature-length film, Gun Hill Road, and it was a grueling experience. I then thought, “Why can’t I make his experience better by supporting him through the process– and to make our own films and content? How can we join forces– two are always better than one? The happiest day in my brother’s life was the day I got into film school. However, there are risks and we are brothers and I don’t ever want this business relationship to put that brotherhood at risk. But we’re grounded. We are a team and whatever we produce, we put time and effort into it– rendering quality that is well thought out.

For more information about Green Brothers Films, click here.
To see more photos from this event, click here.

Friday, July 25, 2014

NALIP WORLD Channel American Graduate Digital Video Project


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NALIP and WORLD Channel Announce $15K Media Grant RFP in Support of American Graduate

The NALIP WORLD Channel American Graduate Digital Video Project RFP Will Award Three $15K Grants to Create Digital Video Shorts

Deadline: Friday, August 15, 2014 - APPLY HERE

Overview:
The NALIP WORLD Channel American Graduate Digital Video Project is a competitive open call to media producers to submit RFP (Request for Proposals) for digital video shorts in support of American Graduate:  Let’s Make it Happen.

American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen is a public media initiative made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to help communities address the high school dropout crisis and keep more students on the path to success in college and careers.  The initiative supports the creation of national and local content that increases understanding and dialogue around the social, economic, and policy complexities surrounding the dropout issue and highlights solutions to help spur action at the local level.

Description:
The RFP should be submitted by 11:59 p.m. PST, Friday, August 15th, 2014 - APPLY HERE.

Selected producers will be notified by Monday, October 6th, 2014.
The final three (3) selected proposals will receive a $15,000 grant to produce the digital video short or short series for distribution via World Channel. Selected producers will work with NALIP and WORLD Channel throughout the development, pre and post production processes, all working towards a WORLD Channel premiere airdate in the spring of 2015.

A budget should be reflected within each proposal outline, while exploring an innovative concept surrounding the American Graduate theme and adhering to WORLD Channel's public media provided guidelines.  

NALIP and WORLD requests the following application materials for consideration:
• Submission form and work sample
• Concept proposal (including how concept is appropriate for public media)
• Budget outline 
• Production timeline.

Background:
Funding for the NALIP/WORLD American Graduate digital video project will be provided by CPB. CPB launched the American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen initiative as a response to the dropout crisis in which nearly one million children fail to graduate with their peers each year. Since 2011, more than 80 public media stations and national content producers have played a significant role in increasing awareness of the issue and inspiring caring adults to get involved. Over the next two years, American Graduate public media stations will work with their local communities to develop long term solutions in early childhood education; focus on where graduation gaps exist for students of different races, ethnicities, family incomes, and disabilities, as well as those with limited English proficiency; and celebrate local leaders and every day heroes who are committed to improving outcomes for youth as “American Graduate Champions.” More information about the initiative is available at http://americangraduate.org/.  

WORLD is a 24/7 national multicast channel that features dynamic documentary and news programming from across the country and around the world. WORLD offers the best of public television’s nonfiction programming from respected, award-winning journalists as well as original content from emerging producers. WORLD offers a second home to FRONTLINE, NOVA, American Experience, Nature, P.O.V., PBS NewsHour, Independent Lens, Tavis Smiley, Washington Week, and other PBS news shows. WORLD also features multicultural producers and work that is by, about, and for communities of difference, including race, religion, culture, ethnicity, gender and abilities. WORLD aims to appeal to public television viewers interested in new voices, emerging technology and social media.

RFP Review and Selection:
Proposals will be reviewed by NALIP, WORLD, and CPB staff. Final decisions will be made by NALIP and WORLD in consultation by CPB.  Successful applicants will be required to sign a binding agreement with CPB who will administer the agreement. NALIP and WORLD will provide all development and production assistance.

Timeline:
August 15th, 2014 - Deadline for Submissions via NALIP. 
October 6th, 2014 - CPB Announces Selection and Approval of Three Individual Grants.       
October 15th - November 15th, 2014 ​- Execution of Agreements and First Initial Meetings with WORLD, NALIP and Selected Producers.
November 15th - December 15th, 2014 - Production of Digital Video Shorts.
December 15th, 2014 - January 30th, 2015 ​- Post Production of Digital Video Shorts.
February 1st, 2015 -  Final Approved Digital Video Short Segments Due to WORLD Channel. 
*Spring 2015 - Digital Video Shorts Broadcast on WORLD Channel. 
*Scheduling and broadcast of shorts is at the editorial discretion of WORLD Channel. 

CPB Conditions:
CPB is not responsible for loss or damage to material submitted with or in support of this open call.  Any submission to CPB shall become the property of CPB (not including any intellectual property rights contained in such submission), and CPB is not required to return any submitted materials to any Applicant.  CPB is not responsible for any violation of copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, or other rights that may result from disclosure made by response to this open call.

Solicitation by CPB of proposals does not constitute an agreement by CPB to extend funding to any party for the project under consideration.  CPB may, in its sole discretion, elect not to pursue this project in any manner.

By submitting a proposal, each Applicant grants to CPB the right to duplicate, use, disclose, and distribute all of the materials submitted for purposes of evaluation, review, and research.  In addition, each Applicant guarantees that the Applicant has full and complete rights to all of the information and materials included in the proposal.  Each Applicant also guarantees that all such materials are not defamatory and do not infringe upon or violate the privacy rights, copyrights, or other proprietary rights of any third party. 

Conditions of Agreement
If a proposal is selected for funding, Applicants will be required to sign a binding agreement. Until both parties have signed an agreement, no express or implied commitment has been made to provide financial support. Applicants are not authorized to commence work until the agreement is fully executed. If Applicants opt to commence work, they do so at their own risk.  No oral or written statement other than the signed, written agreement will govern or modify the relationship.

As a condition of agreement, Applicants must guarantee that, among other things, any work they undertake on behalf of CPB is not defamatory and will not violate or infringe upon the privacy rights, copyrights, or other proprietary rights of any third party. Applicants must also agree to indemnify CPB against any loss resulting from breach of any of the guarantees contained in the agreement.

Those receiving funds from CPB must be able to comply with a number of requirements that will be included in the operative agreement. These requirements include but are not limited to:

(1) Maintenance, for 3 years following receipt of relevant funds, of all financial records to the project, which records shall be accessible to CPB, and to the U.S. Comptroller General or other representatives for examination and audit purposes. (Applicant will additionally ensure that any subcontractors or consultants under the agreement shall also maintain such records for the period specified and under the same terms);  

(2) Maintenance, for 3 years after approval of a final financial report, of a complete file of all subcontracts and other agreements, licenses, clearances, and other documents related to the work undertaken, copies of which shall be made available to CPB on request;

(3) Compliance with equal employment opportunity and nondiscrimination laws and policies;

(4) Applicants will be required to provide documentation as to actual costs, and provide supporting detail demonstrating that all costs are reasonable, necessary and allocable to the requirements and objectives of the work undertaken; and 

(5) All research and materials created, developed, compiled or produced pursuant to or as a result of this project (including but not limited to all reports) will be considered ordered and commissioned by CPB as works made for hire under the copyright laws, and made in the course of services rendered. If, for any reason, the proposed research and materials to be provided are not considered works made for hire under the copyright laws, then the Applicant will be required to assign all right, title and interest in and to such research and materials to CPB. Applicant further agree that neither they, nor any of their subcontractors, will have any copyrights or other intellectual property rights whatsoever in any research and/or materials created, developed, compiled or produced by them or by any subcontractor, or by any third party participating in the preparation of research or materials for this project.

(6) The agreement will be governed by construed in accordance with the laws of the District of Columbia without regard to its conflict of law provisions.

Other material terms and provisions will be set forth in the documents provided to the Applicant that successfully completes the selection process.

CPB will have complete rights to the reports created as deliverables for this project.

CPB will not be responsible for any costs incurred by an Applicant in preparing and submitting a proposal, or in performing any other activities relative to this solicitation.

Additional Requirements:
Applicant will recognize CPB funding support by including a CPB American Graduate logo (in accordance with CPB standards and approval) on content.

Produced content will be made available online via a third party player, such as worldchannel.org or pbs.org, for embedding on http://americangraduate.org.

If you have any questions, please e-mail: ben@nalip.org.

APPLY HERE - DEADLINE 11:59 pm PST, Friday, August 15th, 2014. 

Thursday, July 24, 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.

Elaine Del Valle, shown at right, in character, was declared an "Editor's Pick" on Flavorpill for her award-winning self-penned solo show Brownsville Bred (directed by Pamela Moller Kareman), currently running at the Nuyorican Poets' Café (located in Manhattan's Loísaida neighborhood). For more information, click here.

Anthony Ruiz made another appearance as Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim (billed as "the wealthiest man in the world" or "the richest man in the world") on "Late Show with David Letterman" (CBS). To see the episode, which also features Billy Crystal and Eric Stonestreet (his segment starts at 15:45 of the episode), click here.

Idalmis García nabbed a role in the film Forbidden Jones (directed by Art Jones).

María Fontanals booked a role in a film called The Park (written and directed by Eric Ingram).



Marlene Forté, shown at left, was interviewed for Podcast #564 of "The Buzz" from BuzzWorthy RadioCast, where she talks of her career, working with both Philip Seymour Hoffman and Larry Hagman, and the upcoming season of "Dallas" (TNT), where she plays Carmen Ramos. To listen to the podcast, click here or on the graphic below.



Liza Colón-Zayas appeared in a video for Broadway.com, where she talks about the Stephen Adly Guirgis play Between Riverside and Crazy (directed by Austin Pendleton), currently playing at Atlantic Theater Company in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood and in which she stars. To see the teaser, click here or on the video image 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?

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?