Wednesday, April 15, 2009

HOLA Member Bochinche

* Bochinche refers to "gossip." In this sense, we use it to mention HOLA members who are getting acting gigs.

Laura Patalano did an educational video in Spanish where, as host, she talked about the dangers of high cholesterol. It was directed by fellow HOLA member Ernesto De Villa Bejjani. In addition, she booked an NYU student film directed by Elena Greenlee and a feature film (The Imperialists Are Still Alive) directed by Zeina Durra. Most recently, she booked a McDonald's commercial, for which she became eligible for and joined the Screen Actors Guild (SAG). She happily reported to us that she got most of these gigs when casting directors saw her headshot on the HOLA online directory of talent.

Mateo Gómez is currently performing in The Old Man and the Sea, a stage adaptation of the Ernest Hemingway novella. The three-hander, adapted by Eric Ting and Craig Siebels and directed by Ting, is being performed at the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, Connecticut. Of his performance, Variety wrote, "Gómez gives a richly varied, passionate and leonine performance as the Old Man."

Actor/filmmaker César De León, shown at right, e-mailed us to let us know that his script for the film Salud won Best Film Screenplay at the Beverly Hills Film Festival. For more information, check out

Gilbert Cruz is at it again. The working actor booked an industrial for Colgate Palmolive concerning workplace behavior. He also booked a reading of a Carlos Lacámara play in Hudson, New York.

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