To kick off National Hispanic Heritage Month, the 35-year-old civil rights non-profit will be showing the world the power of Latinx creativity
Los Angeles, CA – September 15th, 2021 – The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) premieres their Latinx Stream Showcase today with the purpose to uplift and promote Latinx talent in the entertainment industry.
The showcase, which was originally established in 2010 as the Latino Scene Showcase, has over the past few years moved from onstage live performances to full on-set productions to cater to today’s streaming platform. The shift provides greater reach and access for the industry and participating talent.
This year industry executives, casting directors, producers, agents, managers, and audiences alike will be able to log on to NHMC’s Latinx Stream Showcase and have firsthand access to an incredibly talented pool of Latinx creatives to consider for future projects both above and below the line.
“While the entertainment industry has shown some progress towards being more inclusive of the Latinx community, we are still woefully underrepresented both in front of and behind the camera.” said Brenda Victoria Castillo, President & CEO of the National Hispanic Media Coalition. “With this showcase, we want to shine a light on the talented creatives the industry has yet to discover. These individuals are bringing incredible stories — from our communities — to life, for all the world to see.”
NHMC’s Latinx Stream Showcase Site: www.nhmcshowcase.org
The Latinx Stream Showcase will be presenting the following seven short films written, directed, acted and produced by Latinx talent. All shorts will be streamed on a dedicated website designed to showcase the creators’ talents. Biographies and contact information of all participants in each project will be displayed for networking opportunities and direct access for industry leaders.
- Hermanas revolves around two sisters with opposing personalities who are forced to address family issues while waiting for the results of a pregnancy test.
Directed by Michael Martinez; written by Abigail Saenz; and starring Lorena Jorge (Yasmin), and Frenceli Chapman (Teresa).
- Sorta Rican involves two siblings debating the realities of being biracial and their connection to the motherland.
Directed by Steph Oh; written by Angelina Villapiano; and starring Sergio Gavidia (Rob), and Kaylah Pantaleón (Angelina).
- You’ll Be Happy Here is about a lonely old woman who entertains an unexpected house guest with a story that sucks him in—and keeps him there.
Directed by Brenda Castillo; written by Christopher Ureña; and starring Jay Phoenix (David), and Juana Samayoa (Gladys).
- Welcome Back where a father extends an invitation back home to his black sheep son after picking him up from the police station, exposing their strained relationship and expectations of each other.
Directed by Edwin Gomez; written by Gabriel Najar; and starring Gino Montesinos (Pops), and Roland Ruiz (Pops).
- The Swimmers centers on the pressures of procreating, in which a baby-fevered couple tries to keep the temperature and spirits high with the union of biology, Latinx culture, and love.
Directed by Michael Martinez; written by Rachel Strauss Muniz; and starring Ariana Sanchez (Rosa), and César Carmona (Eddie).
- Werq It tells the story of a struggling actor as he comes home from an audition one afternoon, and unexpectedly finds out he has been kicked out of his apartment by his frustrated girlfriend.
Directed by Dominic Colón; written by Edwin Gomez; and starring Priscilla Walker (Angie), and Isaias Miranda (Rey).
- Legends is a story about an aspiring actor who gets offered the role of a lifetime, but it comes at too high a cost.
Directed by Michael Martinez; written by Erik Galindo; and starring Leo Hernandez (Actor), and Gilbert Chavarria (Agent).
NHMC’s Latinx Stream Showcase is supported by our partners: Univision Communications, Inc., The Coca Cola Company, El Rey Network, A&E Networks, The Writers Guild of America – West, T-Mobile, ViacomCBS, Starz, NBC Universal, and The Walt Disney Company. A special thank you to Fritz Heinzle, Otto Nemenz International, Inc.
About The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC)
NHMC is a 35-year-old nonprofit 501(c)(3) civil rights organization founded to eliminate hate, discrimination, and racism towards the Latino community.
We educate and increase Latinx visibility from our policy work in Washington D.C. to our media advocacy work in Hollywood, where we collaborate, create, and connect Latinx talent with the entertainment industry. At NHMC, we focus on all forms of media because it is one of the most influential and powerful institutions that shape society’s attitudes, values, and beliefs.
We lead the work to eliminate online hate and disinformation across media platforms. We advocate for Affordable Broadband Benefit, Lifeline Program, Net Neutrality protections, and closing the digital divide for Latino and other marginalized communities. NHMC works in partnership with other social justice organizations to safeguard democracy in the United States of America.
Sunshine Sachs | NHMC@SunshineSachs.com