As they spend more and more time together their friendship subtly transforms, evoking that butterflies-in-the-stomach feeling that only a first crush can. It's a beautifully told almost-love story set to the music of local ska bands, the melancholy vocals of Carla Morrison, and other genre-remixing Latino artists.
"It's an issue. Studios want to tell universal stories. We want to do the same thing. But, we want to use Latino stories with Latino faces to tell universal stories. We're all part of one group. We are all humans and we all want to tell human stories."
While poet Julia de Burgos' tragic-victim narrative has often predominated, she is, like many other Puerto Rican women who migrated to New York, too complex and multifaceted to be contained within such a limited framework.
Rush Limbaugh "El Rushbo" has become the talk show version of Brian Bosworth and the 11 million undocumented Latinos in America are his John Elway's.
I have decided to write a pitch for a new fairy tale movie, that I want Hollywood to make. Let me know what you think. Once upon a time, there was a very curious executive.
Some names of difference-makers will become recognizable, but the vast majority will not. This is why we find ourselves rooting for someone unknown to the masses whose story inspires and captivates, and speaks to our sense of humanity. Someone like Edgar "Shoboy" Sotelo.
It gives me great pride to think that a major network has given a group of young people largely from Washington Heights a platform to represent their community, our community. What's even more promising is that the show's focus is on following these youngsters on their quest to achieve their dreams, not a Jersey Shore-esque showcase of buffoonery, sex, alcohol, arrested development and saccharine infused issues.
The AFI Fest wrapped up on November 8th in Hollywood. The 40th annual festival revealed itself again as one of the globe's superior events for accessing works by both veteran and emerging voices in Latino and Latin American film.
The American Film Institutes AFI Festhas long been lauded as one of the United States' most prestigious film festivals to launch filmmakers' careers via the short film program. The 2012 edition doesn't fail to impress.
I recently had a magical experience at the Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C., courtesy of Gato Barbieri, the legendary Argentine jazz saxophonist.
The studios, these powerful behemoths that control the message and the images fed to global audiences, get to define the parameters of what is an American Latino story and while they are at it, what is the meaning and value of being a Latino in the U.S.
At lectures, I'm often asked by teachers to recommend course materials in Latino Studies. One strategy that worked for me was to use films. Here are ten titles that worked for me.
It shouldn't have been so hard for somebody of Lupe's immense talents to be recognized and embraced. The fleeting moment of doubt that I had about Lupe's talents all those years ago is one of the reasons I do what I do today.
If you want proof that the growing Hispanic population and its impact will change the way people experience popular culture in a colossal and immediate way - look no further than the big changes happening at the nation's biggest media players.
At the very least there should have been a sign outside, a courtesy warning in giant neon letters, announcing, however preposterously, "No Se Habla Español. English-Only-Salsa-Night." It might have spared me some psychological damage to know that's what I was in for.
Matt Piedmont makes his feature directorial debut with the Will Ferrell, Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal-starrer 'Casa de mi Padre,' opening March 16th, 2012, in select theaters.