Prime Latino Media Salon, Sept. 6 in NYC

NALIP-NY and Tio Louie invite you to invite you to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month at Prime Latino Media Salon, a monthly series for Latino multimedia-makers and actors in the metro-New York area. The next event is Wed., September 12 from 6:30-10pm. This month's program features conversations with filmmaker Magdalena Albizu, actor and filmmaker J.W. Cortes, and filmmaker Hugo Perez.

Wednesday, September 12th, 6:30-10PM
A forum for Latinos and their supporters to connect and sustain one another in English and Spanish-language media, as well as featuring conversations with industry thought-leaders and screening projects.

Location: Casa Mezcal, 86 Orchard Street, basement lounge, Obra Negra, bet Delancey & Grand St. 
Admission: NALIP & HOLA members $5 and non-members $7 (Proceeds to benefit fundraising for the documentary, NEGRITA)

Networking & Cash Bar: 6:30-7:30PM

7:30PM: An air-conditioned FIRESIDE CHAT by Tio Louie with Magdalena Albizu, former President of NALIP-NY and now the writer, director and producer of the documentary film NEGRITA.

8:30PM: Tio Louie CONVERSATION with J.W. Cortes, a leading actor featured on the NBC Television action reality show "Stars Earn Stripes," and wrote and directed the short film Conscientious Objector.

9:00PM: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage History with Hugo Perez by screening his film, Betty La Flaca winner of the 2006 HBO/NYILFF Short Film Competition and one of the best short winners of the festival.

PRIME LATINO MEDIA Salon, every 2nd Wednesday of the month. Next gathering: October 10th.
2012 has been declared the "Year of the Latina" and all year long will showcase stellar Latinas behind or in front of the camera and Latinos who present Latinas in positive and affirming roles.

Magdalena Albizu
She has an extensive film and TV production experience, having worked on: MTV Music Awards, I am Legend, Memphis on the big screen, 50 Cent's Power and Money and PBS.  She continues to work in production at Spike TV on various projects, such as: All Access Weekly, Madden 2011 Battlefield, Spare Time, Playbook and Weekend Pre-Game.  As one of the founders of Mezcla Media Market, Magdalena created the Long Island Latino International Film Festival (LILIFF) in 2004. She received her BA in Sociology from the University of Florida and her MA in Social Work from Adelphi University.

J.W. Cortes
In his role on NBC's Stars Earn Stripes, he was featured alongside Sarah Palin's husband, Alaska businessman and four-time Iron Dog snowmobile race champion, Todd Palin. Cortes has played a cop in the film As Good as Dead (with Cary Elwes & Andie McDowell), was featured in the film A Kiss Of Chaos with Adam Rodriquez (Magic Mike, CSI: Miami) and is in the soon-to-be-released Blue Caprice (Joey Lauren Adams, Isaiah Washington). In addition to his acting experience, served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 13 years and currently serves as a Police Officer with the New York MTA Police Department.

Hugo Perez
He is a director, producer, and writer whose work often focuses on his Cuban heritage. He is the recipient of the 2009 NALIP Estela Award for Documentary Filmmaking. In 2008, he was the recipient of the prestigious Rockefeller Foundation/Tribeca Film Institute Emerging Artist Fellowship in support of his feature screenplay Immaculate Conception. He is the Producer & Director of the documentary feature Neither Memory Nor Magic, which explores the life, work, and legacy of the Hungarian poet, Miklos Radnoti who died in 1944 during the Holocaust. He is currently developing Gabacho a screenplay being co-written with Adrian Martinez.