June 2013 archive

Jun 11

2013 RRAFF Career Achievement Award: CARMEN ZAPATA

Carmen Margarita Zapata, born in New York in 1927 to a Mexican father and an Argentine mother, has distinguished herself as an actress, teacher, activist, and leader of Latino Hollywood for more than sixty years. Carmen began entertaining on the musical stage, making her Broadway debut in the chorus of Oklahoma in 1946, and continuing …

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Jun 11

2013 RRAFF Pioneer Award: PEPE SERNA

Pepe Serna, a constant whirlwind of activity and enthusiasm, has been one of the backbones of Latino Hollywood for decades, and one of its most recognizable faces. Born in Corpus Christi, Texas in 1944, Serna was initially discovered in Roger Corman’s film Student Nurses in 1970, and soon thereafter appeared in the Hal Wallis-produced film …

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