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Oct 20

Rick Najera Talks with Tavis Smiley

Rick Najera

  Reposted from SeFija! Comic/actor/writer/producer Rick Najera sat down with Tavis Smiley on a recent installment of Smiley’s talk show. He talked about his new book Almost White: Forced Confessions of a Latino in Hollywood, including his own near-death experience, his life in Hollywood, and his view of Latinos in the entertainment industry. Not so long …

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Sep 19

The ALMA Awards Live on TV for the First Time, September 27; Eva Longoria and Mario Lopez to host

Reposted from SeFija! Robert Rodriguez, Rosario Dawson and Carlos Santana to receive special tributes, Tony Plana and Wilmer Valderrama among honorees. Jessica Alba, Alexa Vega, Gina Rodriguez, Rico Rodriguez, the cast of Devious Maids and more to present Leading Latina actress and activist Eva Longoria (ABC’s Desperate Housewives) will return once again as co-host of …

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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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Apr 22

Pimping the Reel Rasquache Art & Film Festival Fundraiser with Lalo Alcaraz

The Reel Rasquache co-director and publisher of Se Fija! Angela María Ortíz S. and RRAFF13 producing consultant, Juan Escobedo, director of Tela Sofa, were on the Pocho Hour with Lalo Alcaraz on Friday, April 19. They Talked about the big fundraiser coming up on Saturday, April 27 at Self Help Graphics in Boyle Heights. If …

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Mar 15

RRAFF13 Official Selection Trailers

Trailers of some of the films that were seen at RRAFF13. Bryan Ramirez’ Mission Park (drama)

Feb 07

2013 RRAFF Trailblazer Award: KENNETH CASTILLO

Independent writer/producer/director Kenneth Castillo has built an impressive portfolio over the last decade or more. In 2000 he and his now-wife Karla Ojeda formed a film production company called Valor Productions; their first project was The Misadventures of Cholo Chaplin, a re-framing of the Charlie Chaplin silent shorts of the 1920’s and 30’s set in …

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Jan 28

2013 RRAFF Featured Artist/Vision Award: JUAN SOLIS

Juan Solis is an artist whose passion for his art takes him to the outer limits of his imagination, to capture his own reality of life and through his art and to demonstrate the beauty of his community. As a struggling artist Solis, who began painting when he was 12, never gave up hope that …

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Dec 18

Guillermo del Toro: The Busiest Latino in Show Bidness?

Guillermo Del Toro

There are more than a few Latino actors, producers, writers, and hyphenates at work in Hollywood these days, from Eva Longoria andJennifer Lopez to Roberto Orci and Salma Hayek…but Guillermo del Toro has to be right up there at the top. New footage from his giant monster/giant robot epic Pacific Rim has been leaking out recently, and all agree: it looks awesome. Word has also escaped that …

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Dec 15

A Few Latino Actors are Sprinkled Throughout the SAG Nominations, but There are Few Surprises in the Mix

Daniel Craig and Javier Bardem in “Skyfall”

Bardem, Vergara, and Louis C.K. get the nod–just three out of fifty noms  The SAG Award nominations for 2012 were announced recently, and Latinos were represented–a bit–in its long, long list. Still, there’s a sense of “the usual suspects” here, in a year where breakout performances and surprises could have used a little more light. …

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