First, Tío Louie spoke with documentary filmmaker, art curator and media scholar Dr. Carmen Oquendo Villar. Born in Puerto Rico, she studied at the University of Puerto Rico, Boston College and Harvard University (where she earned her doctorate) before studying film at New York University's Graduate Film Program and is currently an Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies, Media Theory and Filmmaking at the State University of New York, Purchase. She has been the recipient of the Guggenheim, Rockefeller, Fulbright and Jacob Javits grants, among others. She spoke about her documentary, La aguja (the Needle), co-directed by José Correa Vigier and produced by Felipe Tewes (who were both also interviewed by Tío Louie). The documentary had a gala premiere in Puerto Rico (where the documentary takes place) the day after the Prime Latino Media Salon.
After a networking break, Tío Louie screened two short films by Mauricio Alexander and excerpts of films by Adrián Manzano and Marilyn Pérez and spoke to each filmmaker about their process on making films.
The Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA) would like to thank Casa Mezcal and its staff, NALIP, Tío Louie and all those in attendance for making this event a successful one. To see photos from the event (taken by Alphabeta Photography), click here. For more information about NALIP, click here. For more information about HOLA, click here.