Something is abuzz. With internationally acclaimed Latinos winning Academy Awards for Best Director two consecutive years, PRIME LATINO MEDIA is proud to announce that seven talented and accomplished Latino multimedia-makers and actors from the familia are climbing up the career ladder in a short film at the Cannes Film Festival from May 13-24, 2015. Acceptance into the Festival de Cannes with their film will benefit from a prime viewing position within the Short Film Corner. U.S. Latinos are taking the world over by storm in media and entertainment and our New Yorkers are part of the revolution.
- How was the casting process for the project? It went fast. I read for two different characters. I felt connected to each one. However, I felt more energy and connection with the character I was cast, Tom, and his point of view. Tom was a perpetrator of domestic violence. I felt that my role was not to portray him solely as a bad guy, but to also look at the other side of this character. And since the director, Youssef, is also a foreigner, he had no problem with my Spanish accent in English.
- The film seemed rich in culture, religion, rituals and tradition, how was that for you? It was a very heterogeneous cast, as well as crew, which I enjoyed and it nurtured me as an actor greatly.
- Are you still taking classes at HB Studios? Yes, I am at the 4th level there. In spite of these three awards [he recently won two HOLA Awards and a Latin ACE Award], I firmly believe in the importance of taking acting classes. I’ve always sworn that if I were to ever win an Oscar I would still take classes. As of late, I am taking classes that range from stage combat to directing for theater.
- At this point in your acting career, tell me how it feels to be in a film project traveling to Cannes? I am totally surprised, not because I didn’t feel the film was worth it– don’t get me wrong, I think it’s a great short. I have just received three awards in the last six months. I have also gotten a new role in the last two months at Repertorio Español with Cronica de una muerte anunciada (Chronicle of a Death Foretold) by Gabriel García Márquez. And here I am with a project going to Cannes– one of the best film festivals in the world. Plus more importantly, it’s a great film that I am proud to be aligned with because of the execution rendered due to its visual and emotional artistic investment.