Friday, November 21, 2014

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.

Jason Torres, shown at right, has been quite busy as of late. The Henry B. Roa film The Hardest Love (in which he stars with fellow HOLA members Francisco Ramos and Paola Tonini), is hitting the film festival circuit, where it most recently won the Audience Award at the International Puerto Rican Heritage Festival (IPRHFF) in New York City. In addition, he starred in the short films Psychosis (written and directed by Arnold Pitre), 5 Días (written by Matthew Preston and directed by Nicholas Ortiz), and Are You Ready? (written and directed by Chris Johnson); all three are currently in post-production and will soon hit the film festival circuit. On stage, he most recently acted in The Cruising Monologues, which was written and directed by José Alexy Batista and toured New York City metropolitan area (including Jersey City, New Jersey) between August and October.

Edvin Ortega starred in the horror film short 29 Alexander (written by Brian Meluso and directed by Meluso and Mike Chuney), which will make the film festival rounds. For more information, click here and here.

Luis Galli, shown at left, was profiled in the Peruvian film blog Noticine, where he was interviewed about his life and career, as well as his latest role in the Rocío Lladó feature film Teresa, la amante del libertador (which also stars HOLA members Ana María Estrada and Nathalie Tolentino). The film recently premiered in Peru. To read the blog (which is in Spanish), click here.

José Yenque starred in the film short The Hard Way (written by Jeff and Mark Jones and directed by David Miller), which just finished filming in Chicago, Illinois.

Caridad de la Luz (also known by her nom de poésie et de musique La Bruja) received a Citation of Merit from Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz, Jr. for her artistic achievements. It was presented to her at Don Coquí in the Bronduring Puerto Rican Heritage Month festivities in the Bronx. [Pictured at right (from left to right): Caridad de la Luz (La Bruja); Rubén Díaz, Jr.; de la Luz's grandmother; and de la Luz's mother.]

Yesica Levi and Mauricio Pita will be among the actors performing in the Third Annual One-Minute Play Festival of Latino Voices. Presented by The One-Minute Play Festival (#1MPF) and INTAR, it will feature over 20 playwrights (including 2014 HOLA Award recipient José Rivera, Caridad Svich, Kristoffer Díaz, Oliver Mayer, and Edwin Sánchez) and be directed by Dominic Antonio D'Andrea, Rebecca Martínez, Cándido Tirado, Alfredo Narciso and Bobby Moreno. The festival will take place in November at INTAR's namesake theater located in the theater district of Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood. For more information, click here.

Frank Rodríguez, shown at right, will soon be seen in a guest-starring appearance as United States Attorney James Sánchez in the upcoming NBC television series "Odyssey", which is scheduled to air in 2015 as a midseason replacement.

Vanessa Verduga
's award-winning webseries "Justice Woman" (in which she produces, writes, directs, and stars) is now an official selection of the 2015 Los Angeles Webseries Festival (LA WebFest), scheduled to take place in April 2015 at the Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City Hotel, in Universal City, California. For more information, click here.

If you are an HOLA member or a Friend of HOLA and you 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?

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