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Apr 28

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Aug 02

A Lifelong Journey: Walter Dominguez and Shelley Morrison bring “Weaving the Past” to Light

Reposted from SeFija!

It has taken eleven years, but actress Shelley Morrison and her husband of forty-one years, Walter Dominguez are finally able to share Weaving the Past: Journey of Discovery, the story of Dominguez’ own ancestors interwoven with the largely unknown, but important history of Mexico and the U.S. It is a story of tragedy, hope, and discovery that he’s been working towards for his entire life, and especially since his beloved grandfather died in 1973.

A few years ago, Walter decided the time had come to bring the project to fruition—“when the people in your life who have always been there are going or gone.” It was then that he realized it was time to collect his stories and pass them on to the next generation. “You need to let your children know they come from somewhere,” he said, “They didn’t just appear like mushrooms out of nowhere.”

L-r: Shelley Morrison, Angela Ortíz and Walter Dominguez

And Morrison and Dominguez were just the ones to do it. Both have been involved in the entertainment industry for decades. Dominguez has remained behind the camera for the most part, but Morrison is one of the more recognizable Latino actresses of her generation. In her interview Angela Ortíz of Se Fija!, she talks with affection and insight about her best-remembered roles, including Sister Sixto on The Flying Nun with Sally Fieldand Rosario on Will & Grace. “That was great,” she told Angela. “I’ve been blessed. But this is a whole different ball game.”

 “There’s a journey, a lot of passion and a lot of real faces. People are hungry to see a film where they can connect again, where they can feel. They want to learn more.”


Sister Sixto on The Flying Nun

Rosario on Will & Grace

Weaving the Past begins with the history of the American West, and the violence, oppression, and tragedy that Dominguez’ ancestors–and almost all Latinos–faced. And it continues forward, well into the twentieth century, to see how families have grown and changed…and how they have stayed the same. “I wanted to let people go with me and experience the basic humanity of people everywhere,” he said. And the project was important enough to the couple that they invested their own money in the project, so they could do it the way they wanted.

Now, at long last, it’s ready to present to the community. Morrison and Dominquez both hope it reaches a wide audience as well. “We hope that people will bring their kids,” Walter says, especially older children who can appreciate a two-hour film with some pretty affecting imagery. “They’ll learn history that isn’t taught in our schools, not only for Latin people but for all people. The story of one immigrant family in this country is really a universal story. After all, most of us are from somewhere else.”

Mrs. Portillo voice on Handy Mandy

There are important and universal stories here, Morrison says, “There’s a journey, a lot of passion and a lot of real faces. People are hungry to see a film where they can connect again, where they can feel. They want to learn more.”

Meanwhile, Morrison and Rodriguez are already at work on their next project. Whitewashed Adobe chroniclesthe creation of Los Angeles from 1850 to 1950. They have already gathered more than twenty interviews from a wide range of people who were part of the city’s beginning, with much more to come. Work is well underway.

Any lover of history or geography, anyone who wants to learn more about the past and their culture will enjoy Weaving the Past. It premieres in a special set of screenings at the Laemmle Theaters in Pasadena, with four showings a day from August 15 to 21. There are even matinee prices and ample free parking.

Photo:  ©2014 Adelina Ortiz

Jun 28

Hulu’s “East Los High” Season 2 Premiere’s July 9

Actres/singer Vivian Lamolli ©2014 Angela María Ortíz S.

Reposted from SeFija!

For the past couple of years original programming has taking off on the web with NetflixHuluAmazonYouTube and others offering shows or series. Some are really good and of course some aren’t, but there’s interest in these new adventures. The ones that are interesting are doing well, like my personal favorite; Netflix’s Orange is the New Black now in its second season and renewed for a third.

Actors Rick Mancia and Alexandra Rodriguez ©2014 Angela María Ortíz S.

Which brings us to Hulu’s entry last year of East Los High, a modern day cross between Beverly Hills, 90210 and Glee with a predominately Latino cast and crew–in front and behind the camera. The show creators are Carlos Portugal and Kathleen Bedoya. The show had an enough fan base to return with a second season of high school angst.

A few months ago Se Fija!’s Angela Ortíz got to hang out with a few of the new cast members of the new season. Here are some of the new and a few returning cast members; Rick ManciaAlexandra RodriguezVivian Lamolli, two sets of siblings Gabriel ChavarriaJeremy ChavarriaAlicia Sixtos,Andrea SixtosVannessa Vasquez,Tracy PerezRene AlvoradoJessica MezaRay DiazAshley Campuzano, and Danielle Vega.

The new season is out on July 9 on a computer near you. Below are a few of the interviews and trailer.

Jun 28

“Transformers: Age of Extinction” Loud and Explosive

Reposted from SeFija!

For the Transformers fans they’ll be happy, for a new comer like me to the franchise—I enjoyed the film even though it was much longer than I expected.

The fourth picture in the Michael Bay-Paramount CGI 3D blockbuster has made $8.7 since last evening showings in the U.S., they expect it to hit $90 million for the weekend. Take a look at the trailer:

Jun 28

Stars of “Love Story,” “Thelma & Louise,” “Pulp Fiction” & “West Side Story” Speak

Reposted from SeFija!

The Hollywood Reporter has done a cool video of some stars like, Ali MacGraw, Susan Sarandon and Rita Moreno during their photo shoot for their Hollywood’s 100 Favorite Films issue.

THR surveyed Studio chiefs, Oscar winners and TV royalty to judge the best movies of all time. Check out the video below and stay till the end.

May 06

Update on this Year’s Film Festival, FUN & SUCCESS!

Best Feature Drama

Best Short

We are very happy with the line we had for this year’s festival

We had over 25 features and shorts…








Best Documentary

We had a few good workshops, like Film Distribution, The Business of Filmmaking: Avoiding the pitfalls and staying ahead of the curve and a great Directors’ Roundtable

The Awards evening was full of great stories and wonderful acceptance speeches. And the evening ended with lots of networking.

L-r: actor Fidel Vicioso (The House That Jack Built), director Henry Barrial (Feature Drama), producer Melissa Haizlip (Best Short), actress Laura Patalano (You’re Dead to Me), Carlos Carrasco (Career Achievement Award), Marlene Forte (Pioneer Award), RRAFF co-director Angela Maria Ortiz S. (Se Fija! publisher), RRAFF director John Ramirez, Douglas Spain (Trailblazer award) artist Yolanda Gonzalez (Vision Award) and not shown is Edgar H. Alvarez (Best Documentary) Photo courtesy of Douglas Spain


Apr 26

RRAFF14 Official Selection Trailers

Trailers of some of the films we showed at this year’s festival

Henry Barrial’s The House that Jack Built (Feature)
OPENING FILM — Friday, May 16

Aaref Rodriguez’ Avenues (Feature)
CLOSING FILM — Sunday, May 18

Kenneth Castillo’s La Guapa (Feature)

Jesse Garcia’s The Price We Pay (Short)

TPWP TRAILER from Jesse Garcia on Vimeo.

Jay Francisco Lopez’ Sin Padre (Feature)

Samuel Rodriguez’ LA Where the Bullets Like to Fly (Feature)

Carlos Meléndez and Mauricio Mendoza’s After School (Feature)

Mar 31

Movies Out This Summer, Enjoy the Trailers

Jupiter Ascending a Wachowskis’ film—Coming this summer. Roberto Malerba and Bruce Berman are serving as executive producers.

Into the Storm looks like a wild ride…

Feb 24

Zoë Saldaña Goes All Green for Gamora in “Guardians”

Reposted from SeFija!

Buzz for Guardians of the Galaxy is reaching a fever pitch, and Zoë Saldaña, already a legend up the geekarazzi, is one of the reasons why

It’s not like Zoë Saldaña always plays Latinos. Or African Americans. Or even humans. After years of hard work, one of her breakout roles was in Avatar, and she’s also played the icon of beautiful women of color everywhere as Uhura in the Star Trekreboot and its sequel, with more to come. So moving from her regular, beautiful skin color to blue and then to green seems almost inevitable as she takes on the “assassin with a heart” character of Gamora in the upcoming Marvel movie Guardians of the Galaxy.

Here’s a quick 30 seconds of interview and clips about Zoë and her green goddess persona:

Guardians premieres in every single theater in the US of A on August 1. Oh, and Benicio del Toro’s in it, too.

Feb 13

“RoboCop” with Aimee Garcia, Premieres soon

Aimee Garcia

Reposted from SeFija!

Mark your calendars: The reboot (almost literally) of RoboCop appears on thousands of screens Wednesday, February 12

Science fiction and action fans, Latino and non-Latino alike, will have to take a look at the newest incarnation of RoboCop. Some sf/fantasy all-stars are in the cast–Gary Oldman, Samuel L. JacksonJacie Earl HaleyMichael Keaton–and Aimee Garcia (most recently in Vegas and Dexter). And directed by José Padilha (Elite SquadElite Squad: The Enemy Within).

It looks like great fun, and it’s finally about to arrive. Check out the trailer here:

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