Friday, May 31, 2013

NALIP-NY, Tío Louie and HOLA present the Prime Latino Media Salon (June 2013)

Join us for a drink to kick off NALIP Conference and Film Fundraiser at

PRIME LATINO MEDIA SALON


Tuesday, June 4, 2013
6-10PM

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


New York kicks off the NALIP Annual Conference–
“Spotlight on the Trillion $ Latino Market” in Los Angeles, June 7-9, 2013
plus a Fundraising Competition for Four Narrative Projects

Vote One Winner For 100% of the Proceeds


Host: Tío Louie/Louis E. Perego Moreno
President, Skyline Features

Four Narrative Projects in Competition
•      Daniel Maldonado: H.O.M.E. (Feature Film)
•      Adel L. Morales: Pushing Dreams (TV Drama Series & Webisodes)
•      Anthony Ruiz & Ed Trucco: Truth Will Out (Short Film)
•      Sonia González-Martínez, Angelo Lozada & Tammi Cubilette of T&A: True Hate (Short Film)

VENUE & LOCATION: Bleecker Heights Sports Bar, 296 Bleecker Street @ Seventh Avenue, NYC (enter thru Five Guys Burger Joint and go upstairs). There is a cash bar.

RSVP FOR FREE ADMISSION: http://preconferenceparty2013.eventbrite.com
Optional donation for fundraising competition with screening of clips & live voting. One winner announced with winner receiving cash award.

PRIME LATINO MEDIA SALON: a forum for Latinos & supporters to connect and sustain one another in English- and Spanish-language media.

Fundraising Competition:

Vote for One Narrative “Work-in-Progress”

Daniel Maldonado: H.O.M.E.
Synopsis: A feature length film comprised of three character-driven and -distilled vignettes tied in theme to the issues of urban alienation, focusing on being lost, both physically and spiritually – taking place in New York City and told through the immigrant perspective.  The characters in these stories find themselves in an internal struggle with their environment and proceed to navigate through their path of understanding via subway, town car or on foot.
Daniel Maldonado is a director, producer & writer.
http://youtu.be/KNxKPu50nIQ



Adel L. Morales
: PUSHING DREAMS

Synopsis: A television drama series based on the humble beginnings of a fledgling film production company called “Run It Down Productions.” The show focuses on the struggles and success of two Latinos and a Latina from the Bronx as they navigate the deceptive waters of the independent filmmaking world, while struggling with the demands of work and family.
Adel L. Morales is a director, writer & producer. Currently, he is in the NYU Graduate School Film Program.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ruz1hzxj5Wk



Anthony Ruiz
& Ed Trucco: TRUTH WILL OUT

Synopsis: Some people have skeletons in their closet; these two have an entire graveyard – a dark comedy about secrets.
Anthony Ruiz is an actor, writer and director who for over 30 years has appeared in over 20 national television commercials and in several episodes of Law & Order as a guest star. Ed Trucco is an actor, writer, and director who has appeared in many commercials and films, including the critically acclaimed Maria Full Of Grace.
https://vimeo.com/66660385
TRUTH WILL OUT to be continued... rough cut. from Ed Trucco on Vimeo.


T&A (Sonia González-Martínez, Angelo Lozada & Tammi Cubilette): TRUE HATE
Synopsis: A short comedic film about a couple who love & hate each other in equal amounts.
The members of T&A were each on their entertainment grind for a long while before they decided to form like comedy Voltron. Tammi Cubilette’s an actor whose notable credit includes John Leguizamo’s TV show House of Buggin’. Angelo Lozada is one of the premiere Latinos comedians in the country. Sonia González-Martínez is a director/editor, whose award-winning documentary Bragging Rights: Stickball Stories aired on PBS. They’ve been creating short comedies since February 2012.
http://youtu.be/E8eym8udcgk



Register for NALIP 2013 Conference.

Become a member of
Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA) 
National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP)
United Latino Professionals (ULP).

Additional support for this event provided by the United Latino Professionals Network (ULP).

Report: HOLA Membership Meeting


On Thursday, May 30, 2013, the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA) held a membership meeting at Teatro SEA, located in the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center (also home to HOLA).

HOLA Associate Director A.B. Lugo and HOLA Membership Coordinator Soledad del Río spoke about their recent trip to Los Angeles, where they took meetings with NALIP (National Association of Latino Independent Producers), Disney/ABC and CBS, respectively. HOLA also had an HOLAtalks event with Marlene Forté and an afterparty get-together for its members out there. They spoke about the generosity of Delta Air Lines (who sponsored the airfare) and of many people in Los Angeles.

This was followed up by talking about the just completed Spanish Language Voiceover Workshop with Manuel Herrera and the currently running On-Camera Acting Course with Charles Carroll and Tony Plana. An upcoming workshop of psycho-physical acting (containing elements of techniques from Grotowski, Meyerhold and Artaud) with Billy Martín Mejía was announced as was the date for the next Prime Latino Media Salon with Louis Perego Moreno (Tío Louie)– with details to follow very soon on the upcoming workshop and showcase.

The HOLA staff then highlighted recent casting successes, including a member booking a series regular gig on "Sesame Street" (PBS) through an HOLA casting notice, as well as the exclusive casting for HOLA members that Disney/ABC Casting held recently for its diversity workshop and showcase.

HOLA members were reminded to renew their membership if their membership was due at the end of June and that the Believe in HOLA fundraising campaign for spring 2013 was in full effect. The staff, particularly del Río, also highlighted that in addition to fundraising, HOLA members can encourage other actors to become members and to also volunteer their time. Del Río spoke eloquently and passionately about the importance of taking your career in your hands and being proactive about it. She spoke on the importance of training, particularly of improvisation training (something vital for the annual CBS sketch comedy diversity showcase).

The membership meeting was also a goodbye of sorts for del Río, as she is stepping down as HOLA Membership Coordinator and moving out of New York City. She will be succeeded in the position by Betty Cutié, who previously served as an intern for HOLA. Del Río said she will continue on as a member and an advocate for HOLA.

Upcoming events include the HOLA Awards Announcement Ceremony this summer and the HOLA Awards in October.

HOLA would like to thank all those in attendance, but most importantly, HOLA would like to thank Soledad del Río for her years of excellent service to the organization and wish her well on all of her future endeavors. "This is not a goodbye, but an 'hasta luego'".

[Photo credit: Alphabeta Photography.]


21 Things That Make Casting Directors Happy in the Audition Room

Check out this blog by casting director Risa Bramon García in Back Stage where she lists off the 21 things that make her (and other casting directors) happy in the audition room by clicking 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.

Mariana Buoninconti and her husband (and frequent collaborator) Rubén Darío Cruz II are happy to announce their newest co-production– their daughter Felicia Amada Cruz Buoninconti. She was born on the afternoon of May 29, 2013, weighing 6 lbs. 6 oz. and measuring 19 inches long. Mother, father and daughter, shown at right, are doing just fine. [Blogger's note: Congratulations!!]

Raoul Daniel Luna, shown at left, booked the title role of the short film Leonard Peres (written by Suzanne Andrews Correa and directed by Missy Hernández) through a casting notice he received in the announcements HOLA sends to its members. The film is scheduled to shoot in New York City in June.

Celeste Muñiz and Laura Riveros will be performing in Hybrid: Performance Art Showcase. Produced by Hybrid Theatre Works (and co-presented by Arts in Bushwick), the performance will be on Saturday, June 1, 2013 at Brooklyn Fire Proof, located in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn. For more information on the showcase, click here, here or here.

Francis Mateo, shown at right, is starring as King Ferdinand of Navarre in a production of William Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost. Produced by The Shakespeare Forum and Carolyn S. Bauer Productions, the play is directed by Andrew Borthwick-Leslie and Sybille Bruun and begins previews next month for a June run at The Gym at Judson, located in Manhattan's Greenwich Village. For more information, click here or here.

Claudio Marcel Weisz will be singing with the Raf Astor Band on Sunday afternoon, June 2, 2013 at Havana Central Upper West Side restaurant, located near Columbia University.

Jeannie Sol will be one of the performers on the main stage of the annual Brooklyn Pride celebration, which will take place on Saturday afternoon, June 8, 2013 on Fourth Street and Fifth Avenue in the Park Slope area 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?

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

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.

Sully Bonnelly, shown at right, was the subject of a blog in Lo que te perdiste (a Spanish-language section of Yahoo! OMG! blog). To read the article, which also mentions HOLA member Marisol Carrere (see below), click here.

Up Theater Company is presenting 4. A presentation of four one-act plays by four writers (Rosebud Ben-Oni, Chris Van Strander, Eddie Antar and Laura Fois Bosley, respectively), around common themes, the production is directed by Nancy Robillard and will have a June production at the Inwood Academy, located (natch) in the Inwood neighborhood of Manhattan. The production stars Ana Grosse, Mauricio Leyton and Laura Gómez. For more information, click here.


Gladys K. Nilsen
booked a lead role in the short film Memories (written and directed by Luz Ayala). The film has been recently screened at Brooklyn College
in New York. She will also appear on screen in "Brains on Trial" (PBS), where she worked alongside Alan Alda.




The film Día de los muertos (Cempasúchil), written and directed by Maricela Reyes, was recently screened at Brooklyn College. The film also earned its writer-director an award from New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT). The film stars Juan Villarreal, Marisol Carrere (see above), Denia Brache and Sandy Hernández (shown above, clockwise from top left). The actors were cast after the director submitted the casting notice to HOLA and the actors self-submitted or via referral.

The Matteo Ribaudo-helmed short film Ophilia (co-produced by Marlene Forté) will have its world premiere on Saturday, June 1, 2013 at the Dances With Films Festival, where it will screen at the Chinese 6 Theaters in the heart of Hollywood in Los Angeles. The film stars Jeff Staron, Michelle Page and Jeff Head. For more information on the screening, click here. To see the trailer
(which contains some adult situations), click 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?

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Latinos Shift 'Fast & Furious 6' Into Overdrive at Holiday Box Office

Universal's Fast & Furious franchise has been a hit for more than a decade, but Latino moviegoers are steering it into the blockbuster fast lane.
The latest entry, Fast & Furious 6, roared to $120 million over the past four days and has been the driving force behind the biggest Memorial Day weekend ever at the domestic box office. Latinos made up 32 percent of its audience, as they did for the previous entry in Universal's muscle car franchise, Fast Five, and this film is now on track to pass that one as the highest-grossing in the series.
"It's not just Hispanics, it's the diversity in general that helped this movie become so popular," Universal's distribution chief Nikki Rocco said Monday, and the numbers bear that out. White moviegoers made up 29 percent of the audience, while African-Americans were 22 percent and Asians were 13 percent.

The connection of Fast & Furious 6 with Latino audiences is no accident. With stars like Michelle Rodríguez, and a healthy amount of Spanish dialogue, Universal went out of its way to court them.
Fast & Furious 6 could be even bigger overseas. It opened No. 1 in 59 foreign markets and took in roughly $160 million abroad this weekend, giving it a global total of $300 million, the studio's best-ever worldwide opening. At $13 million, Mexico was the second-highest grossing market, behind only Russia with $17.8 million.
The increasing clout of Latino movie audiences -- who go to movies more than any other ethnic group -- is a growing reality for Hollywood. Latinos represent just 17 percent of the U.S. population, yet accounted for 26 percent of domestic ticket sales in 2012, according a study by the Motion Picture Association of America.

To read the rest of this blog by Todd Cunningham of TheWrap/Yahoo! News, click
here.

Monday, May 27, 2013

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.

Anthony Ruiz, shown at right, won the Best Actor (beating out six other nominees, both male and female) at the SVA Short Film Fest awards for his work in the School of Visual Arts (SVA) student film Calaveras (written and directed by Jaime Medrano, Jr.). The film also starred Carlos Navedo and Jorge Pupo. The film was also nominated for Best Cinematography. The awards ceremony took place in May at the Directors Guild Theater, located in Manhattan's West Side.

Caridad de la Luz (also known by her nom de poésie et de musique La Bruja) will perform alongside Cynthia Paniagua in Shadow Lands. The multi-disciplinary work is produced by Pepatían and is to be presented
on Saturday, June 15, 2013 at Pregones Theater, located in the Mott Haven area of the South Bronx. For more information, click here or here

Félix Hiciano is set to act in the play Reality... 15 Minutes Til the end of the World.... Written and directed by Richard Thomas Henle, the production is set for a June run at Manhattan Repertory Theatre, located in the theater district of midtown Manhattan. For more information, click here.

Liam Torres
is starring in an adaptation of the ancient Greek tale of Medea. Also starring Lisa Ramírez (in the title role), Emma Ramos, Dylan Kennedy and Sean Kennedy, the production is adapted by Bryan Davidson Blue with original music by Amber Docters van Leeuwen. Medea will have a one-night presentation on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at Dixon Place, located in Manhattan's Loísaida neighborhood. For more information, click here or here.


Nercido Mota can be seen acting in the film The Last Intervention (written by Sarah Thorp and directed by Giovanny Blanco), set to be released on DVD, Netflix, Amazon and Hulu in July.

Mauricio Pita, Carmen Cabrera, Marisel Polanco, Nanda Abella and Malena Ramírez are in the cast of the Luis Vélez de Guevara play Reinar después de morir. Directed by Inés García, the production will be mounted in June and July at Repertorio Español, located in the Rose Hill Section of Manhattan. For more information, click here.

Gabriel Sloyer is part of the company of the Broadway production of The Assembled Parties (written by Richard Greenberg, directed by Lynne Meadow with original music by Obadiah Eaves). Produced by Manhattan Theatre Club, the production stars Judith Light, Jessica Hecht and Jeremy Shamos and is currently running (through at least July) at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. For more information, click 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?

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Latino Actors Often Don’t Get a Fair Chance in Hollywood



Actor Jeremy Ray Valdez of the film
LA Mission (VOXXI/Griselda Nevárez)
Check out this blog by Griselda Nevárez of Voxxi about the plight of the Latino actor (and where HOLA's own Executive Director Manny Alfaro is quoted) by clicking here. (The blog was also reblogged in The Huffington Post's HuffPost Latino Voices. To read it there (where it bears the title "Not Many Roles For Latinos in Hollywood"), click here.

Friday, May 24, 2013

...And Introducing Carlos Estévez (aka Charlie Sheen) in MACHETE KILLS

The upcoming Robert Rodríguez film Machete Kills, the sequel to the hit film Machete (which in itself originated from a fake trailer in the movie Grindhouse) is set to be released in theaters on September 13, 2013. The original starred Danny Trejo, Robert De Niro, Michelle Rodríguez, Jessica Alba, Lindsay Lohan, Cheech Marín, Daryl Sabara, Don Johnson, Steven Seagal, and others.

The sequel features Trejo, Rodríguez and Alba reprising their roles and are joined in the cast by Sofía Vergara; Demián Bichir; Antonio Banderas; Zoë Saldaña; Edward James Olmos; Amber Heard; Vanessa Hudgens; Alexa Vega; Cuba Gooding, Jr.; Mel Gibson and Charlie Sheen (who is playing the President of the United States of America).

Interestingly, Sheen is being credited, for the first time, under his birth name Carlos Estévez (he has Galician Spanish relatives on the side of his father, actor Martin Sheen, Ramón Estévez). While he has been credited as Charles Sheen a handful of times in his career, as the screenshot in the photo above shows, this is the first time he has been credited with his birth (and legal) name.

Report: Spanish Language Voiceover Workshop With Manuel Herrera


Manuel Herrera once again conducted his renowned Spanish-Language Voiceover Workshop. For six (6) sessions, which took place at the HOLA office on Tuesdays and Thursdays between May 7 and May 23, 2013, he taught eager HOLA members diction in Spanish, interpretation and audition techniques in order to make it in the burgeoning Spanish language voiceover market. His classes are usually done for small groups of students, so that attention can be paid to each student. The workshop is one of the only (if not the only) one of its caliber in the U.S.

Some of the feedback from the students are below.

• "This workshop increased my level of confidence as a voiceover artist."
• "I have always been intimidated by commercial copy and taking the workshop has given me the confidence and skills to audition for commercials." 
• "Very satisfied and quite happy with the class."
• "Very educational, a lot of information."
• "I learned more than I thought possible, [especially] in such a short period." 
• "The cost was very reasonable for all we got out of it."
• "I was once told that my voice and accent were not good for voiceovers. [Manuel] proved that wrong."
• "[Herrera] is very knowledgeable."
• "[Herrera] is very disciplined, honest and very professional."
• "Manuel [Herrera] is a genius... a great teacher who takes time to critique you in the most helpful and positive manner."
• "Manuel Herrera is a valuable asset to our community."
• "It is a great course; it helps a lot of experienced and non-experienced actors."
• "Everyone who attends [this workshop] would benefit."
• "Other actors MUST have the opportunity to work with Manuel."

THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS: Film Franchise With Most Latino Actors


The Fast and The Furious film series is a series of action films that focuses on street racing and heists. Produced by Universal Pictures, the series was established in 2001 with the eponymous first film, which has since been followed by five sequels, and two short films that tie into the series. On May 24, 2013, the most recent installment, Fast & The Furious 6 (also known as Fast 6) will be released in theaters. Together, the film series has grossed over US$1.5 billion dollars worldwide (of which almost US$700 million was from the domestic gross).

The films in the series are as follows.

The Fast and The Furious (2001), directed by Rob Cohen
2 Fast 2 Furious (2003), directed by John Singleton
Turbo-Charged Prelude (2003), a six-minute short film
directed by Philip G. Atwell
The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006),
directed by Justin Lin
Los Bandoleros (2009), a twenty-minute short film
directed by Vin Diesel
Fast & Furious (2009), directed by Justin Lin
Fast Five (2011), directed by Justin Lin
Fast & The Furious 6 (2013), directed by Justin Lin.

The films were based on a magazine article written by Ken Li entitled "Racer X." The screenplays were written by Gary Scott Thompson, Erik Bergquist and David Ayer (original film); Michael Brandt and Derek Haas (second film); Vin Diesel (Bandoleros short film); and Chris Morgan (Prelude short film, as well as third, fourth, fifth and sixth films), respectively.

The stars of the film series include Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, Chris Ludacris Bridges, Thom Barry and Dwayne Johnson.

But did you know of the numerous Latino stars who have been in the film franchise?

Michelle Rodríguez, of Puerto Rican and Dominican heritage, played Leticia "Letty" Ortiz in The Fast and The Furious, Los Bandoleros, Fast & Furious and Fast & The Furious 6. A photo of her is also shown in Fast Five.

Jordana Brewster was born in Panama to a Brazilian mother and an American father. She was raised in England, the U.S. and in Brazil. She played Mia Torretto in The Fast and The Furious, Fast & Furious, Fast Five and Fast & The Furious 6.

Eva Mendes, of Cuban heritage, played FBI agent Mónica Fuentes in 2 Fast 2 Furious. She has an uncredited cameo at the end of Fast Five.

Mo Gallini (sometimes credited as Matt Gallini) of Cuban and Lebanese heritage, played Enrique in 2 Fast 2 Furious.

Roberto "Sanz" Sánchez was born in Cuba. He played Roberto in 2 Fast 2 Furious.

John Ortiz, of Puerto Rican heritage, played Arturo Braga in Fast & Furious and Fast and the Furious 6.

Laz Alonso, of Afro-Cuban heritage, played Fénix "Rise" Calderón in Fast & Furious.

Leonardo Nam was born in Argentina and raised in Argentina and Australia to Korean parents. He played Morimoto in The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift.

Mirtha Michelle, of Dominican heritage, played Cara Mirtha in Los Bandoleros and Fast & Furious.

Elsa Pataky, was born in Spain to a Spaniard father and a Hungarian/ Romanian mother. She played Elena Neves in Fast Five and Fast and the Furious 6.

F. Valentino Morales, of Dominican and Italian heritage, played Malo in Los Bandoleros.

Celinés Toribio was born in the Dominican Republic. She played Malo's Wife in Los Bandoleros.

Tego Calderón, born in Puerto Rico, played Tego Leo in Los Bandoleros, Fast & Furious and Fast Five.

Don Omar, born in Puerto Rico, played Rico Santos in Los Bandoleros, Fast & Furious and Fast Five.

Luis "Trikz" Da Silva, of Portuguese heritage, played Diego in Fast Five.

Joaquim de Almeida was born in Portugal. He played Hernan Reyes in Fast Five.

Vin Diesel and franchise producer Neal Moritz are already developing the seventh film (tentatively titled Fast & the Furious 7 or Fast Seven) which will be written by Chris Morgan and directed by James Wan. Plans are for stars Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson and Tyrese Gibson to return as well as others.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

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.

Juan Carlos Pinedo, shown at left, booked a role in an industrial for Yale University after the casting director saw their headshots and resumes on their respective profiles in the HOLA online directory and contacted them. He also nabbed a role in the Columbia University student film Oasis (written and directed by Carmen Jiménez) after reading about the casting notice in the announcements that HOLA e-mails its members and self-submitting.



Marlene Forté
can be seen acting in a Wells Fargo commercial.

Ed Trucco
can be seen acting in spots for Little Debbie and Morgan Stanley.

Anthony Ruiz, Carlos Navedo and Jorge Pupo starred in the School of Visual Arts (SVA) student film Calaveras (written and directed by Jaime Medrano, Jr.). The film was nominated for two SVA Short Film Fest awards, one for Best Cinematography and one for Best Actor for Ruiz, shown at right. The awards ceremony will take place at the end of May at the Directors Guild Theater, located in Manhattan's West Side near Columbus Circle.

Ramón Hierro can be seen hosting (alongside Gissela Tinoco and fitness correspondent Tony Rodríguez) the weekly talk and entertainment program "La revista semanal" (airing every Friday on MundoFox).

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, May 22, 2013

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.

Andrea Navedo, shown at right, wrapped up her recurring role for this season (at least) of  “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (NBC).

Robin De Jesús acted in a guest-starring appearance on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (NBC).


Marco Antonio Rodríguez, shown at left, is now a permanent columnist for Latino Leaders Magazine. My monthly column is titled "¡Pulso Pulse! The Beat Of A Latino In The Entertainment Industry". Check out his first entry titled, "I'm good enough, I'm smart enough... but am I Latino enough?" To read the article, click here.

Carlos A. González will be performing at The Reel Comedy Show, an evening of comedic short films interspersed with sets by standup comedians. The event will take place on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at The Cutting Room, located in the Murray Hill section of Manhattan. For more information, click here.

Roger González booked a regional commercial (for the Northeast region) for Premio Sausages.

José Yenque, shown at right in the photo at right with Academy Award-nominated actor Edward James Olmos, was selected as one of the 25 Club Leaders of the Future - Los Angeles by Latino Leaders magazine.

Ziad Tayeh walked the runway in a show at the Sky Room (in the heart of Manhattan’s Times Square) for Laila Skye Boutique and Dramatizon Makeup Design.

Héctor Luis Rivera is starring in the Danilo Arroyo-helmed short film Bums.

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, May 20, 2013

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.

Susana Pérez, shown at right, booked the lead role in the educational video series "Project Success" after she read the casting notice in the announcements that HOLA sends to its members and self-submitting.
 
Carlos A. González headlined a stand-up comedy gig with Dave Lester on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at Moe’s Fort Greene in Brooklyn. He will follow this up by headlining an evening of comedians (Jamie Roberts, Clayton Fletcher, Adrienne Lapalucci and Laura Prangley; the event will be hosted by Miguel Dalmau) on Sunday, June 16, 2013 at Niko's in White Plains, New York.
           
Mauricio Pita, Carmen Cabrera, Marisel Polanco, Nanda Abella and Malena Ramírez are in the cast of the Luis Vélez de Guevara play Reinar después de morir. Directed by Inés García, the production will be mounted in June and July at Repertorio Español, located in the Rose Hill Section of Manhattan. For more information, click here.

Mônica Steuer can be seen in the film Sleeping With The Fishes (written and directed by Nicole Gómez Fisher). The film also stars Gina Rodríguez, Ana Ortiz and Priscilla López and will be screened at the Brooklyn Film Festival on June 1 and June 8, 2013 at Windmill Studios and indieScreen, respectively (both in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn). For more information, click here. In addition, 200 cartas, a film in which she stars, will hit theaters in select movie theaters in New York starting on June 14, 2013. The film was written and directed by Bruno Irizarry and also stars Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jaime Camil, Irizarry, Dayanara Torres, Iris Chacón, Mayra Matos and Alfredo De Quezada.

Ziad Tayeh
booked a State Farm commercial.

Darío Gómez is one-half of the bachata duo Jay & Darío. The duo has just released the music video for their new single "Quién sanará". Produced by Meadow Park Entertainment and directed by Edwin Decena, the video can be seen below.




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HOLA Mentioned in SAG-AFTRA Magazine

On March 30, 2013, SAG-AFTRA celebrated the first anniversary of the merger of the two screen, radio and broadcast performer unions (Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists), and as such the SAG-AFTRA magazine's Spring 2013 issue highlighted the "great moments" in the merged union's first year of existence.

One of the highlights was when SAG-AFTRA Co-President Roberta Reardon and SAG-AFTRA Co-Secretary-Treasurer Amy Aquino attended the HOLA Awards in October 2012 and spoke on the union's diversity efforts. You can see the article above at right (with a photo of Ms. Aquino in the center of the second row of photos). Click on the photo to enlarge.

Also, Mmes Reardon and Aquino can be seen at that event in the video (directed by filmmaker Ricardo Bacallao) below.

The New TV Season, One Stereotype at a Time

Left to right: Liza Lapira, Lauren Ash and Rebel Wilson
in “Super Fun Night,” coming next season to ABC.

Photo by Colleen Hayes/ABC.
Check out Mike Hale's blog in the ArtsBeat: The Culture at Large section of The New York Times about how the new television is rife with stereotypes by clicking here.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Report: HOLAtalks: MARLENE FORTÉ

On Thursday, May 16, 2013, the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA), in association with the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) and Hollywood Casting and Film presented an HOLAtalks event with actress, director and producer Marlene Forté. This event was notable in that it was the first event HOLA has held outside New York City and the first to be held in Los Angeles.


The moderator of the event was Bel Hernández, founder and publisher of industry publication Latin Heat. The chat took place at Hollywood Casting and Film, located in the heart of Hollywood. Among those in attendance were HOLA members from New York, HOLA members from California (including a former HOLA executive director), several HOLA awardees and many Friends of HOLA.

Bel and Marlene spoke about her beginning as a Cuban-born and Union City, New Jersey-raised child of immigrant parents and the eldest of three daughters who were all named after actresses (she was named after Marlene Dietrich) and how when she first experienced the footlights on stage in a school play as a ten year old, she knew she had to be an actress. However, she did not act on this desire until twenty years later (when her daughter and "best production" Giselle Rodríguez Forté was 10 years old). In between that time, she owned and operated a video store for six years (before the advent of Blockbuster Video).

She spoke on her studying, getting her first union gig (a commercial) and later becoming one of the founding members of the LAByrinth Theater Company. She starred in and co-produced the film Lena's Dreams (also starring David Zayas and Judy Reyes) and then moved in 1999 to Los Angeles to further her career. After doing two recurring roles on television series, she worked with Tony Plana at the East L.A. Classic Theater.

After venting her frustrations over the stereotypical roles she has gone up for (the Latina maid, the weepy mother) and still being asked where she is from (which is illegal under federal law), she also spoke on playing those characters if they had depth. She later worked with directors J.J. Abrams and Tyler Perry. She also went as far to say that the Latino community needed a "Latino Tyler Perry" and that person hasn't fully materialized yet (although director-producer Robert Rodríguez comes closest). 

Bel asked her about working with Cynthia Cidre (the showrunner of the TNT series "Dallas") and her character Carmen Ramos. She fell in love with the character after reading the script and finding the character to be well-rounded and filled with humor, inner strength and resolve.

After the discussion, there was a question and answer session with a packed house of those in attendance. Forté gave her advice to a mother whose teenage daughter was interested in acting, as well as why she never "auditions". ("I don't go to do an audition; I play the scene. I go there and I play the scene. If I don't get the role, I at least was able to play the scene at that moment.")

Also, Marlene spoke of the importance of HOLA, which she credited as being invaluable and extremely important in her career. Bel added that she was quite pleased that HOLA has arrived on the West Coast and that the time is right for a unification of Latino performers nationwide, including a fully national directory of talent.


At the conclusion of the event, those in attendance went to the "unofficial official" afterparty at the Next Door Lounge, a short walk away from Hollywood Casting and Film. The boîte, a watering hole in the style of a speakeasy, in which entry was only possible upon the utterance of a password. For that evening, the password was "HOLA". The afterparty afforded those in attendance to possibility to meet, hang out and network in a relaxed atmosphere.

HOLA would like to thank many people for the enormous success of this event, including Delta Air Lines (whose kind sponsorship enabled HOLA to travel to Los Angeles), NALIP, Hollywood Casting and Film, Latin HeatFredonia Productions, Milly BigayJavier Márquez, Mónica Delgado, Sunny Vachher, Marco Páez, Octavio Marín, Louis Perego Moreno (Tío Louie), Beni Matías, Marisa Sarto, Miguel Mejía, Laura Patalano, Ayanery ReyesOliver Mayer, Bel Hernández, Marlene Forté and all those in attendance.

[Photos in this blog are by Marisa Sarto. To see more photos of this event, plus photos of the "unofficial official" afterparty, click here.]