Tonight's Movie: TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID, Written and Directed by Issa López.

8:30pm. My Apartment.
Issa López (Credit: Camilla Grove)

Issa is one of Mexico's best-known screenwriters and directors.  She wrote and directed the award-winning film CASI DIVAS and received excellent reviews on it. She just completed her third Spanish-language film TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID, which won her Best Director in the Horror Category of Fantastic Fest. TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID is a dark fairy tale about a gang of five children trying to survive the horrific violence of the cartels and the ghosts created every day by the drug war.

Watch the trailer to TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID here!

Gandja Monteiro
Gandja is currently directing the pilot for the upcoming Showtime unscripted series NOW WHAT WITH AMANDA DE CADENET and is gearing up to direct two episodes of VIDA season 2 for Starz.  She previously directed an episode of HBO's documentary series YOUTH. She's a graduate of AFIs Directing Workshop for Women, and was recently accepted into Fox’s Directing Lab for Women. She has directed commercials and branded content for Nike, Adidas, Google, Coca-Cola, AT&T, Chevrolet and Smirnoff, and music videos for rappers like Pusha-T. Her sci-fi narrative short CONTROL OPTION ESCAPE, tells the story of a reclusive internet addict who is forced to cope with the harsh reality beyond her apartment walls when she discovers the internet has shut down worldwide.

Watch 'Control Option Escape' Here! Password:
Latina Exec Spotlight: Carmen Cuba

Founder of Carmen Cuba Casting, based in LA, casting director Carmen Cuba is one of Hollywood's go-to pros, working with Ridley Scott, Steven Soderbergh, Oliver Stone, and more. She has won an Emmy for her work on HBO's "Behind the Candelabra.” Born to an American mother of Dutch descent and a Peruvian father, she spent her childhood shuttling between NY, Lima and La Paz, Bolivia. After moving to LA to complete her studies in journalism, she was spotted in an elevator and asked to audition for MTV's docu-series "The Real World." Diversity was a crucial aspect of that pioneering series. She met with producers, but, apprehensive about appearing on camera, instead requested a behind-the-scenes internship. That eventually led to casting subsequent seasons of "The Real World" and other series for the network. Within five years, Cuba had progressed to film, working for celebrated casting director Margery Simkin on such movies as "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" and "Erin Brockovich." Learn more about Carmen here!

Badass Ladies Across The Industry
Vida Show-Runner Tanya Saracho Helps Starz with TV’s Latina Problem. The era of Peak TV chronically underserves the Latinx audience. Saracho’s new drama brings the Latina gaze. "Although Saracho feels pressure to represent a community in the face of this near void, in Vida she has created damaged, provocative characters, not pristine role models." Read the full article here!
Declaring ‘That’s Me,’ and Empowering Latinas. “Sarai made Latinas visible. Real Latinas. And they responded, in a chorus of “yes, that’s me.” “t’s a reminder that Latinos are part of American life, American space is Latino space,” said María Elena Cepeda” Read the article here!
Come early this week for letter writing to swing district constituents!
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