April showers may bring May flowers, but spring also brings the Tribeca Film Festival every year. Though the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival ended April 24, it planted a seed that will keep Latin American filmmakers flowering for years to come: A strong fifth year for the new era of the Tribeca Film Institute Latin America Media Arts Fund.
I feel a bit perplexed that there are not more films like Hole In The Wall. The struggle of the Latina/o/x working class is all around us in an almost infinite amount of ways, yet our voices are rarely heard in American cinema
It is time to acknowledge that the Left is not prepared for a fight. The Right is ready. I believe we should use whatever we can to defend ourselves. Because defeating Trump will not be the end. Tragically, it will only be the beginning. It is time we prepare ourselves for it. By any means necessary.
I fear for you because you were born into a beautiful and terrible world that I cannot protect you from. Make no mistake on this matter: You were born into a nation that didn't want you. In America, your life is disposable.
From a very young age, I mispronounced my name. This went on for years. That's why after I married my gringo, I hesitated taking his name. It wasn't because I didn't want to, but rather because I felt I needed to reclaim my maiden name. Hyphenating seemed more like a nuisance. So what was I to do?
Don't worry about diversity in your work, if you're Latino. I didn't set out to address diversity -- a word that makes me cringe, because it implies that the "standard" is white and everything else is "non-white" (another word establishing white as the standard -- at the center).
The Oscars' failure to recognize Black and Latino talent proves, once again, a troubling fact we know all too well: People of color face persistent challenges in convincing industry gatekeepers to produce, distribute and recognize their work.
Leo Santa Cruz is the undefeated, undisputed champion of America's best boxing city, Los Angeles. He won that title after defeating Abner Mares, a fellow Angelino, at the Staples Center last August.
Love is [and should be] color blind, but I admit, there are fringe benefits when Latinos marry Latinos. Cultural nuance is understood, it feels comfortable, and it feels like family. Who wouldn't want that?
I challenge Iñárritu and every established Latino filmmaker to produce more films with complex Latina or Latino leads and supporting roles. Let's be the change we want to see, especially if you are in a high position to do so.
By describing myself as a "first-time Latina filmmaker," was I buying into the notion of being good, but not that good? Was I conveying that somehow I fell short of the industry bar?
Films like Straight Out of Compton, 12 Years a Slave, Selma, Milk, Letters from Iwo Jima are important stories to tell and do fantastic jobs of highlighting minorities. Yet these films that focus on minorities have a tendency to ghettoize and stereotype diverse actors.
It's unfortunate in the past two years there've been none in the four acting races, but the omissions belie a number of factors and, if there is criticism to be directed, it should not be the Motion Picture Academy.
Somewhere along the line I left behind not feeling Latina enough and not feeling mainstream enough and in the process strengthened cultural muscles that I can humbly flex within a moments notice.
Have you ever been asked "What are you?" I knew if I said Puerto Rican, people would challenge me because I wasn't born on La Isla or didn't look brown enough to be Puerto Rican. If I said American, those who questioned me would insist that I must have "something else" in me.
You may not know the impact you've had on my life. I have endless memories of our childhood together and I could probably write about them forever. But there are specific moments looking back that I realize just in how many ways, I am who I am because of you.