Currently a creative executive at Stage13, under the Warner Brothers Digital Network umbrella, developing short form digital episodic series. I have the privilege of screening hundreds of independent films, focusing on Spanish language and U.S. Latino, throughout the year as a freelance programmer for film festivals like Sundance, Los Angeles Film Festival, San Antonio’s CineFestival, and the Curacao International Film Festival Rotterdam among others in my over 10 years of festival programming experience. To my vexing concern, there is an alarming under-representation of American Latino writers/directors, as well many other deserving multi-cultural voices that are born and live under the radar and not given a chance to meet a broader audience. In this blog I will focus on the diaspora of American cinema made by people with roots/origin/descendant in Mexico, Central & South America, and the Caribbean. The goal is to promote awareness to diverse and compelling stories that cross genres and borders. I want to change the conversation of what “Latino” storytellers and films means in today’s furiously melted pot. Taking a page from my favorite blog Shadow and Act, which focuses on the African Diaspora in cinema, I aim to introduce and track the content scene of American = Latino, a landscape which is sadly lacking in current reference let alone attention and cultural context. Here and there, I’ll share my fun-filled film festival circuit via on-the-scene dispatches in the vein of my favorite all-time writer Hunter S. Thompson’s gonzo style.
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