Latiné Shorts Showcase + Filmmaker Q&A


Theater 3 Sun, Oct 15 12:30 PM
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Conozcan a los Productores/Directores Presentación de Cortometrajes Latiné
Un Evento Gratis para la Comunidad, Celebrando el Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana

La Voz Logo
Promotional Partner La Voz.

Sunday, October 15. 12:30 - 2:30 PM / Domingo, Octubre 15. 12:30pm - 2:30pm

With a panel discussion after the films with the filmmakers. Moderator to be confirmed./ Preguntas y Respuestas con los Cineastas, después de los cortos. Se confirmara el/la Moderador/a.

Featuring the acclaimed short films (recommended for ages 17 and up) / Presentado los cortos aclamados (17+):

S.P.I.C. / 18 mins*
Director/Directoria: Heidi Miami Marshall
Writer, Producer/Escritor, Productor: Johnny Sánchez
Cast/Elenco: Gavin Guerrero, Johnny Sánchez, Alexis Cruz

*With Spanish and English subtitles (whichever isn't being spoken by the characters at the time).

A young boy’s desire to get his mother back, and a father’s wish to make things right collide./ El deseo de un niño que quiere recuperar a su mamá choca contra el de su padre, quien quiere hacer lo correcto.

Heidi Marshall

Heidi Miami Marshall is an alum of AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women.  Baz Luhrmann has said: “All of Heidi Marshall’s work has led me to see that she’s a director of first rate talent and ability.”  She was an on-set actor coach for Little America (Apple+TV) Exec Produced by Sian Header (Academy Award).  She coached Jack Harlow for his White Men Can't Jump screen-test, Halle Bailey in The Little Mermaid (Disney) screen-test, Michael Cimmino for Love, Victor (Hulu), Fantasia in The Color Purple (on Broadway), Ashley Romans on Y: The Last Man (Hulu), NKeki Obi- Melekwe in King Shaka (CBS) and René Pérez in the upcoming film In the Summers. A former Casting Director at Telsey Casting, she cast over 100 commercials, Broadway, TV & Film projects. 

Johnny Sanchez

Johnny Sánchez has appeared in over 50 Films and TV shows.Wanting to represent a wider range of stories, Johnny started writing and producing.  He co-produced Find Me Guilty directed by Sidney Lumet (5 time Academy Award Nominee), starring Vin Diesel & Peter Dinklage, and Even Money starring Academy Award Winners Kim Basinger, Forest Whitaker.  He produced the shorts Noise and Muscle — and wrote and produced A Through M and S.P.I.C.  Johnny has several projects in active development.

Co-Creator, Director, Producer/Co-Creador, Director, Productor: Javier Molina
Co-Creator, Writer, Producer/Co-Creador, Escritor, Productor: Gabriel Furman
Cast/Elenco: Nico Bustamante, Delissa Reynolds, Jamyl Dobson, Barbara Spiegel, Gabriel Furman, Benji Siegel

*In English. No subtitles. No closed captioning.

An 11 year-old biracial kid growing up in “the hood” secretly dreams of trick-or-treating as Wonder Woman for Halloween./ Persona joven birracial de 11 años de edad que se crio en "el barrio" secretamente sueña con ser La Mujer Maravilla para el Día de las Brujas.

Javier Molina

Javier Molina is the Co-Artistic Director of The Actors Studio in NYC. He earned an MFA in directing from The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University. Wonder, is the winner of 21 awards, including the Audience Award at Urbanworld and the Best Short Film Award at Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival, qualifying the film for Academy Award consideration and securing distribution by HBO. Javier co-wrote and starred in the critically acclaimed play Brother’s Keeper at The Actors Studio and has just finished developing the feature film version of the play with Ellen Burstyn attached in a major role.  Recent acting credits include co-starring with Hugh Jackman in Reminiscence (HBO), Liam Neeson in Thug, and NBC’s This is Us and The Blacklist. @iamjaviermolina

Gabriel Furman

Gabriel Furman is an actor, writer, producer and comedian who has performed at UCB and The Pit. Gabriel, a proud lifetime member of The Actors Studio, started off his career as a professional breakdancer and DJ in the underground NYC dance scene. He also wrote, produced and starred opposite Academy Award Winner Melissa Leo in the Award Winning Short Mother’s Day. The film catapulted Gabriel’s acting career to include And Just Like That, Law & Order SVU, Orange Is The New Black, CBS’s Blue Bloods, and Netflix’s Daredevil. For his true love, theatre, he starred as Judas in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot at the famed La Mama and Pinky in Our Lady of 121st at his artistic home, The Actors Studio. Both were directed by Academy Award Winner Estelle Parsons. In addition to writing, producing and starring in Wonder, Gabriel co-wrote and starred in the critically acclaimed play Brother’s Keeper at The Actors Studio and has just finished developing the feature film version of the play with Ellen Burstyn attached in a major role.  Gabriel lives in New York City with his girlfriend and their new puppy.

THE CIVET (LA CIVETA) / 13 mins*
Writer, Director/Escritor, Director: José Rivera
Producer/Productor & Star: Sara Koviak

*In English. No subtitles. No closed captioning.

A quirky comedy about a feisty young woman looking for light in the darkness of the pandemic lock down in New York. Inspired by internet stories about the return of wild animals to cities around the world -- "Zika deer in Japan!" -- our determined, odd-ball heroine treks down to the Hudson River, sits on some rocks, and spends solid weeks hoping to spot a dolphin in the murky water, "like a girl Captain Ahab." Is her quest rewarded? Is there hope for the world? Or does she end up on the floor of her apartment having a five hour cry?

Jose Rivera

José Rivera’s screenplay The Motorcycle Diaries, was nominated for 2005 Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar (making him the first Puerto Rican writer so honored), as well as a BAFTA and WGA Award. “Motorcycle” took top screenwriting honors in Argentina and Spain. His film adaptation On the Road premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and his Trade was the first film to premiere at the United Nations. Rivera co-created and produced Eerie, Indiana, (NBC) and was a staff writer on Penny Dreadful: City of Angels (Showtime) in 2019. He has written and directed the award- winning short films The Fall of a Sparrow and The Civet, co-produced by Sara Koviak’s Lively Lady Studios. He has served on the boards of Theatre Communication Group and the Sundance Institute, and mentored at Sundance Screenwriting Labs in Utah, Jordan, and India. During the pandemic Rivera wrote all 16 episodes of the upcoming TV adaptation of the beloved novel One Hundred Years of Solitude for Netflix. Rivera’s 27 full-length plays have been seen nationally and internationally and translated into a dozen languages. His Obie Award-winners Marisol and References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot, were both produced by The Public Theatre, NY. Other plays include Cloud Tectonics, Sueño, Sonnets for an Old Century, The Street of the Sun, Giants Have Us In Their Books, Boleros for the Disenchanted, Brainpeople, Massacre (Sing to Your Children), The Last Book of Homer, Adoration of the Old Woman, Lovesong (Imperfect), Your Name Means Dream, and Lunar Rhapsody.

Sara Koviak

Sara Koviak is an accomplished choreographer for film and theatre and has been a dance educator for students from all over the world, including at Duke University, HB Studios, NYCDA, Boston Conservatory, UNH, and Phillips Exeter Academy. She recently starred in the world premiere of the two-hander Your Name Means Dream at the Contemporary American Theatre Festival, the role of Stacy written for her by José Rivera. She developed the play at CATF, Sundance, New York Theatre Workshop, Rattlestick, and Goodman Theatre (opposite Amy Morton).  She dances in legendary Steve Conte’s music video Flying; and is a producer and sole performer in the award-winning shorts The Civet and Reverie: a Dream.  Other recent projects include: Signature Theatre; McCarter Theatre and Paula Vogel’s Bard At The Gate; Red Bull Theater; Rivera’s Lovesong (Imperfect); The Actors Studio with Chazz Palminteri; HBO's The Undoing; and producer/lead actor in the award-winning short The Fall of a Sparrow.  She has performed at The Metropolitan Opera as a classical dancer, working with directors Bart Sher, Mary Zimmerman, and Robert LePage.  She worked with Steven Schwartz as the aerial soloist in Goodspeed's tour of Pippin and danced at Lincoln Center in Peter And The Wolf and Cinderella