Saturday, March 17, 2018

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

RAGTIME, directed by HOLA member Luis Salgado, opened this past March 3rd at the Axelrod Performing arts Center in Deal Park, New Jersey to rave reviews! 

"Salgado knows the secret to RAGTIME's success is its connectivity - and his brilliant mix of dance, drama, and visual composition is apparent in every scene. Salgado's staging features a few surprises that won't be divulged here, but that are creatively valid and won't perturb purists. Is this a revisionist RAGTIME?" - BroadwayWorld (read the full review here).

With music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens,  RAGTIME continues its run till March 17th at thAxelrod Performing Arts Center.

After winning Best Supporting Actress at both the Milan International Filmmaker Festival 2016 and the International Film Festival of Berlin in 2017, our own Monica Delgado's film BX3M will be part of this year Havana Film Festival. 

Monica Delgado

For Maria and Mona, graduation means fulfilling a dream. For Michael, it means dashing all hope for a better future. You either make the grade or you don't - in academics or love - and that makes all the difference. 

BX3M will be screened on April 12th, 2017 at 8:30pm, at the AMC Loews 34th Street. Click here to buy your tickets, and click here for more information on the Havana Film Festival 2018.


  • Angela Cove recently wrapped up THE GOLDFINCH, alongside Nicole Kidman.
  • Eduardo Ramos wrapped up an episode of THE DEUCE playing the role of Javier (Ep. 'What Kind of Bad'), as well as an episode of KEVIN CAN WAIT, playing the role of Francisco (Ep. 'Grief Thief').

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, February 4, 2018

Guillermo del Toro wins the Directors Guild of America (DGA) Award for THE SHAPE OF WATER

Winners of the 70th Directors Guild of America Awards were announced Saturday, February 3, 2018 in a non-televised ceremony hosted by Judd Apatow. Prizes were handed out for both film and television by A-list presenters and former DGA winners at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. These awards are voted on annually by members of the Directors Guild of America (DGA) who work in film or television. 
Guillermo del Toro, shown above left, won the DGA Award for Best Film Director for his film The Shape of Water, while Reed Morano walked away with the award for Dramatic Series for "The Handmaid’s Tale", and Jordan Peele also won big with the First-Time Feature Award for Get Out. For more information, including a complete list of winners, click here.

Guillermo del Toro's THE SHAPE OF WATER Receives 13 Oscar Nominations

The 90th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), will honor the best films of 2017 and will take place on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. During the ceremony, AMPAS will present Academy Awards (commonly referred to as Oscars) in 24 categories.

del Toro
Guillermo del Toro's film The Shape of Water was the most nominated film, with 13 nominations. The film is nominated in the following categories– Best Film Editing (Sidney Wolinsky), Best Costume Design (Luis Sequeira), Best Cinematography (Dan Laustsen), Best Production Design (Paul Denham Austerberry, Jeff Melvin, and Shane Vieau), Best Sound Mixing (Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern, and Glen Gauthier), Best Sound Editing (Nathan Robitaille and Nelson Ferreira), Best Original Score (Alexandre Desplat), Best Original Screenplay (del Toro and Vanessa Taylor), Best Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer), Best Supporting Actor (Richard Jenkins), Best Actress (Sally Hawkins), Best Director (del Toro), and Best Picture (Del Toro and J.  Miles Dale).

Also nominated for Oscars this year are Sebastián Lelio, whose film A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) is representing Chile in the Best Foreign Language Film category, and previous Oscar winner Alejandro González Iñárritu, who is receiving a Special Achievement Academy Award for his virtual reality film project Carne y arena.

The Oscar ceremony, televised in the United States by ABC, will be produced by Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd. Television host Jimmy Kimmel will host the ceremony for the second time. In related events, the Academy held its 9th Annual Governors Awards ceremony at the Grand Ballroom of the Hollywood and Highland Center in Los Angeles, California on Saturday, November 11, 2017. For more information, click here.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy Holidays/Felices Fiestas

Happy holidays from everyone at HOLA.
Felices fiestas de parte de todos en HOLA.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Prime Latino Media Salón (November 2017) - Holiday Fiesta + Padrino/Madrina Awards


New York’s monthly series for independent
Latino multimedia-makers, actors & musicians

The Green Room in New World Stages 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 ~ 7-10:30pm

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

Latinos Unidos for Annual

It’s that time of the year, again. It’s familia homecoming reunion for the holidays. Gather together to reconnect with your familia of independent Latino multimedia-makers, actors and musicians as we honor those who give selflessly to our community as we crown them with our annual Madrina and Padrino Awards – and this year there are multiple awardees. More than ever we need to stick together in advent of the divisive U.S. political climate, the aftermath of both the Mexican earthquake and Hurricane María in Puerto Rico. Plus the official rollout of the PRIME LATINO MEDIA Estela Institute devoted to Latina artists. Reconvene, recharge & forge ahead into 2018. Join community for networking, conversation and drinks as
¡Latinos Unidos!”

  •    Moderator: TÍO LOUIE/Louis E. Perego Moreno, Founder/Executive Producer of PRIME LATINO MEDIA Salón & President, Skyline Features
7-8pm: Networking

8-8:20pm: TÍO LOUIE: 2017 PRIME LATINO MEDIA Padrino Awards: Javier Gómez, Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA), Gisella Fu-Ripp, Cionin Lorenzo, Ingrid Mat
ías, Genziana Pandolfi, Estela Rizzuto and Laura E. Wendt
8:20-8:30pm: Music by Patricia Lewis a/k/a Melogía from Puerto Rico

8:30-10:30pm: Networking


Location: New World Stages, 340 West 50th Street
(between Eighth & Ninth avenues), NYC

January 2018 with NY Women in Film & TV 

(Formed November 2017) Mission Statement: an innovative collective of Latina multimedia-makers and performers that advocate for the advancement of its members through peer mentorship, professional and financial development.


er E. Gómez                 Twitter: @JavierEGomez1           
Puerto Rican-born actor/producer, has over 20 years experience nurturing the arts between NYC and Puerto Rico. He is an award-winning journalist and communications director with vast experience in cultural policy, advocacy, fundraising and legislative reform.  Javier currently hosts Dialogo Abierto, a weekly Spanish-language public affairs program on BronxNet-TV and founded High Pitch Public Relations, a boutique firm that specializes in Hispanic media outreach. His clients include The MirRam Group, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton on Broadway & the National Puerto Rican Day Parade.

                                 Twitter: @HOLAOfficial 
Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors
An arts service and advocacy organization dedicated to expanding the presence of Hispanic artists in entertainment and media through the cultivation, education and recognition of emerging artists. While expanding job opportunities for Hispanic actors, HOLA strengthens and supports the available talent pool through its professional educational services and awards for excellence in theater. Ultimately, HOLA strives for an accurate, informed and non-stereotyped portrayal of Hispanic culture, people and heritage in theatre, film, television, radio and commercials. The Award is given to its Board of Directors and leadership.


Gisella Fu-Ripp  
Twitter: @Gisellafu1        Instagram: Gisellafu
She has been working in the Hispanic media industry for over 17 years in sales roles that started with Univision Radio and later in TV for companies such as Telemundo National, Discovery en Español Network, Azteca TV, to name a few. Currently she is the Director of Sales for LATV Networks, a bilingual bicultural alternative network targeting Latino Millennials. Gisella is a New Yorker, from a Chinese-Ecuadorian background and is passionate about the marketplace and being a mom to Josh.
Cionin Lorenzo    
Twitter & Instagram: @xionini
Born in Brooklyn, NY with roots in Spain and Puerto Rico, she is a story producer and director who worked at MTV Networks for over 15 years on high profile shows, such as Cribs and Diary. As Series Supervising Producer she successfully managed teams of 40+ and maintained seven-figure budgets. In 2011 she was Managing Director of NYILFF. She worked in Production at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is currently writing and developing projects for TV, film and digital.
Ingrid Mat
ías      Twitter & Instagram: @IngyTias
She has worked in the arts from the Apollo Theater for 13 years to YouTube in Global Pop-Up Studios. Ingrid has produced films from the short, Inspiragenesis to the award-winning feature, H.O.M.E. that is getting ready to make its European premiere on Nov 30th at the Festival de Cine de Zaragoza in Spain. She was VP of NALIP-NY from 2008-11. She has a Bachelor of Arts in French from Columbia University and a Master of Arts/ Media Studies from the University of Sussex in the UK.
Genziana Pandolfi    
Twitter & Instagram: Genzi_pandolfi
Born in the U.S and raised in Argentina, she graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a B.A. in Film Studies and B.F.A. in Film Production. Since in NY, she has worked in video production for the NYU Screenwriting Professor, Marilyn Horowitz; with Rybin Entertainment’s children’s training program and theatrical productions in Social Media Development and as Assistant Stage Manager; and has worked for three years for Skyline Features producing the monthly PRIME LATINO MEDIA Salóns and is the Director of Social Media and Engagement. She is fluently bilingual in Spanish & English.
Estela Rizzuto  
Twitter & Instagram: @erizzuto
Estela Rizzuto has more than 15 years experience in media and entertainment and digital marketing industries. She’s the former co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Latino Impact magazine, as well as marketing consultant to clients such as HBO Latino and A&E Networks. She has worked for MTV and Nickelodeon Latin America, as well as managed content and digital initiatives for companies including Cellfish Media, Impremedia and Music Choice. Currently, she runs her own business, StellarVisionLLC, working with clients for film, TV and digital projects. 

Laura E. Wendt      
Instagram: gracefulew
A practiced global media industry leader with world class brands such as Disney, Viacom and Turner Broadcasting. She had two overseas stints, one with Viacom in London in the 1990s and more recently as Managing Director of Disney Channels across Asia. She has a Master’s in Media Studies from The New School and a Bachelor’s in Journalism from NYU. She was on the Board of Directors of the non-profit, Skyline Community for ten years devoted to the video training of Latino & Black Youth who developed documentary shorts on social, public and mental health issues.

Holiday Performance from Puerto Rico: MUSICIAN & SINGER
Patricia Lewis Roma
n a/k/a Melogía Instagram: Melogía_Music
Professional singer & songwriter born & raised in Puerto Rico, she began playing the violin and then singing in a children's choir for the Puerto Rico Music Conservatory. She won a scholarship to Berklee College of Music. Upon graduation, she picked up the guitar. Puerto Rican mother and African-American father, Melogía has a musical style blending her Latin and African-American roots creating Latin Soul – a mix of soul, jazz, bossa nova, Latin pop and bohemian ballads. She returned to Puerto Rico as a professional singer. She is now recording an album in the States & creating a documentary musical project.

Louis E. Perego Moreno (Moderator)
Twitter: @TioLouie                  Instagram: ElTioLouie
Founder & Executive Producer of PRIME LATINO MEDIA, the largest network on the East Coast of independent Latino multimedia-makers, actors and musicians in bilingual Latino and mainstream media, digital and entertainment. He hosts PRIME LATINO MEDIA Salón, metro-New York's only monthly network gathering in which over 150 narrative & documentary filmmakers, programmers, casting agents, TV & digital media producers, actors and journalist/authors have been interviewed. An interactive content producer and educator who for the past 36 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. Created a non-profit video training program that over the course of ten years produced 70 documentary shorts with 1,500 Latino and Black Youth. Producer/Director/Writer of documentary feature, Latina Confessions (What does it mean to be Latina in the USA?) and on the PBS documentary feature as Co-producer of American Dreams Deferred, about a Puerto Rican family and their son’s journey graduating from NYU with a Master’s degree. For 13 years he served on a national level and for two years he was the President of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers in New York (NALIP). He has been serving for 20 years on the Board of Advisors for the Center for Latino Arts & Culture at Rutgers University.

FACEBOOK Group: Prime Latino Media
Twitter: @PLMSalon
Vimeo: TioLouie

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Minima Dramatica: Theater As White Supremacy

Eva Perón.
This fall, both North Shore Music Theatre and San Diego Rep staged productions of Evita featuring an all-white cast. This event was brought to the attention of the Latinx theatre community through the Latinx Theatre Commons. In it, a lively debate was held, most notoriously, on the “whiteness” of Argentines and how pointless a debate about Evita really was. Though this debate never made it out of the Commons, it followed the same pattern as the other examples that have come up recently about whitewashing. Nevertheless, a couple of points: Yes, Evita is the production of two white Englishmen mostly based on a long-discredited book (The Woman with the Whip); yes, Eva Perón was white and Argentine; and yes, whiteness in Argentina is itself the product of a brand of white supremacy. However, this is a production of Evita taking place in the United States, a country whose privileging of whiteness is woven into the first paragraph of the Constitution, and which, since 1790s Naturalization Act, has made it very clear that the standard for citizenship is white, which only changed legally in 1952 with the Immigrant and Nationality Act. It is for that matter that we should talk for a second of what we really mean about whitewashing in the theater of this country. –actor, composer, director and producer JULIÁN J. MESRI

Check out the rest of the blog by Julián J. Mesri in CultureBot, which addresses the casting choices of recent productions of the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical Evita, by clicking here.

2017 HOLA Performer's Choice Awards Recipients Announced – Otra historia & Toc toc toc

The recipients of the 2017 HOLA Performer's Choice Awards were announced at the 2017 HOLA Awards on Monday, October 16, 2017 at the Flamboyán Theater in New York City. The general public voted online for Outstanding Production and Outstanding Solo Production, respectively, in the New York City Latino theater season between July 1, 2016 and July 2, 2017. About 1200 votes (for over 128 productions) were cast, and the finalists (top four or five vote-getters) were announced shortly before the awards ceremony. The recipients of the award would be the playwright, director, actor(s) and producer(s) of the producer(s). The finalists are listed below in alphabetical order by title.

Outstanding Production
 Implications of Cohabitation (Sudaca Theater)
• La lechuga (Coquí Theater)
• Luz negra (Group of the Arts)
• Mirandolina/La posadera (Teatro Experimental Blue Amigos)
• Otra historia (Group of the Arts)

Outstanding Solo Production
• La bruta bruja Bruna (Group of the Arts)
• Marlene Goes To Hollywood (The ONE Festival)
• Me voy porque puedo (Vieira Productions)
• Toc toc toc (Monologando - Contando Ando Festival)

J. Edgar Mozoub.
With about 32% of the vote, the 2017 HOLA Performer's Choice Award recipient for Outstanding Production is Otra historia (Group of the Arts). Receiving the award was producer-director-actor J. Edgar Mozoub*; actors César Augusto CovaVíctor Alfonso Echavarría (see below), Gabriel García, Luis Alberto García*, Mayté Hernández*2017 HOLA Awards recipient Damiana Reyesand Mario Saldaña. Also receiving a 2017 HOLA Performer's Choice Award for the production are producer Arberto Fernández and playwright Pedro Monge Rafuls. (Names marked with an asterisk indicate an HOLA member or a Friend of HOLA.)

Víctor Alfonso Echavarría 
accepting his 2017 HOLA
Performer's Choice Award.
With over 37% of the vote, the 2017 HOLA Performer's Choice Award recipient for Outstanding Solo Production is Toc toc toc (Monologando Contando Ando Festival). Receiving the award was actor Víctor Alfonso Echavarría (see above); director Martha Villada, and producer J.J. Franco. (Names marked with an asterisk indicate an HOLA member or a Friend of HOLA.)

Congratulations to all of the 2017 HOLA Performer's Choice Award recipients!!