Caridad De La Luz, also known by her nom de poésie La Bruja, shown at left, was selected by Comité Noviembre/Mes de La Herencia Puertorriqueña received the Lo Mejor de Nuestra Comunidad/Best of Our Community Award. The award honors Puerto Ricans whose pride in their heritage and strength of character have empowered themselves and inspired others to make a significant impact on the community. Other recipients include Humberto Cintrón, David Galarza, Esperanza Martell, Carmen Alustiza-Mondesire, José Ortiz, Candy Warixi Soto and Dr. Anderson Torres. The awards ceremony will take place at El Museo Del Barrio, on Manhattan's Museum Mile on Wednesday, October 26, 2011. For more information, click here.
Ura Yoana Sánchez just produced and directed her self-penned film short Finding Home. A tribute to victims of child abuse, the cast included Pietro González and Camille Jones. Lisandra Sánchez Rivera Payán served as a production assistant and animal trainer for Coco, a Shih Poo (Shih Tzu-poodle mix) who deftly played an injured puppy. [González, shown at left, booked the role due to an HOLA referral.]
Ashton Pina is producing Hanging in the Paint. The film, which is also written by, directed by and co-starring him, features Jimmie Williams, Jared DeWese, Sandy Tejada and Jason Torres in the cast and will hit the film festival circuit in 2012.
Mel Nieves is one of the participating playwrights in Madness. Produced by New York Madness, the evening consists of a series of short plays all with a common theme and written over the course of a week. The playwrights turn in their plays to the directors and actors 24 hours before presenting them in front of an audience. This evening also featured guest artistic producing playwright J. Holtham and will take place on November 7, 2011 at IATI Theater in Manhattan's East Village.