Tras las cámaras y el glamour de Hollywood, cinco actrices latinas viajan diariamente a un estudio oscuro en Burbank, California para doblar “Desperate Housewives” y otros programas de televisión al español para un nuevo público norteamericano.
Estas mujeres enérgicas y dinámicas luchan por tener carreras en Hollywood mientras intentan lograr un equilibrio saludable entre sus responsabilidades como pagar el alquiler y criar a sus hijos y al mismo tiempo pelear por sus sueños, los que se vuelven inalcanzables por momentos. Mientras le hacen frente a una industria que ofrece pocos personajes profundos, su éxito iluso da a luz las persistentes inigualdades de la representación latina en los medios norteamericanos. NOW EN ESPAÑOLes un retrato íntimo de estas cinco valientes latinas que siguen sus sueños contra viento y marea.
El documental de Andrea Meller, NOW EN ESPAÑOL, tendrá su estreno en Chicago el jueves, 16 de abril a las 8:45pm y una segunda presentación el sábado, 18 a las 7:30pm, como parte del Chicago Latino Film Festival.
Aunque el público se convierte más y más en consumidor inteligente de los medios de comunicación y el cine, la televisión aún tiene el mayor impacto sobre la manera en que vemos y definimos el mundo que nos rodea. Y mientras que el latino es la minoría étnica más grande y de mayor crecimiento en los Estados Unidos representando un 15% de la población, sólo 5% de los personajes de televisión –la mayoria estereotipos negativos – se le dan a actores latinos. NOW EN ESPAÑOL presenta un fiel y entretenido relato utilizando el drama humano y referencias culturales para invitar a un diverso rango de televidentes a explorar los cambios demográficos actuales. La inmigración, especialmente del latinoamericano, es un tema político altamente polarizado en estos momentos. NOW EN ESPAÑOL tiene el potencial de alterar la conversación nacional al presentar la diversidad de las inmigrantes latinas y al revelar que tan norteamericanos son sus sueños y motivaciones.
SOBRE LA CINEASTA
Andrea Meller es una cineasta basada en Los Ángeles, nacida y criada en Nueva York después de que sus padres emigraron de Santiago, Chile. Recientemente co-dirigió Hard Road Home (Independent Lens/PBS) que fue nominado para el premio Emmy, y también dirigió 156 Rivington (Sundance Channel). Sus películas se han exhibido en los festivales SXSW, SilverDocs, y el NY International Latino Film Festival entre otros, y por grupos comunitarios internacionalmente. Sus cortometrajes se han mostrado en Netherlands Architecture Biennale, Museum of the City of NY, Storefront for Art and Architecture, y ha trabajado para las cadenas National Geographic, MTV, TLC, Food, WE and Style. Andrea es miembro de las academias de productores Latinos de Film Independent Documentary Lab, PBS/CBP, y NALIP.
Starring: Marcela Bordes
Consulting Producer:Aaron Woolf
FUNDERS & SUPPORTERS:
NOW EN ESPAÑOL is a co-production of Migratory Patterns Inc and Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB) with major funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Funding provided by Cal Humanities, National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, and Pacific Pioneer Fund. This project was developed with the support of CPB/PBS Producers Academy, Film Independent, and National Association of Latino Independent Producers Latino Producers Academy.
Originally from Mexico City and from a family of artists, including her cousin, actress Diana Bracho, and uncle, Cesar Bordes, a dancer and former director of the Teatro de Bellas Artes, Marcela started her career as a dancer, model, and singer in a rock band, soon adding actress to the list. She has worked with such notables as Veronica Castro, El Loco Valdez, Chabelo, and Enrique Cuenca “El Polivoz.” In the US, she has acted in films, soap operas, such as “Te Amara En Silencio,” and the daily tv show “Uno nunca sabe,” as well as performed as the Spanish voice of Barbie, Minnie Mouse, countless anime characters and for tv and movies. She has also worked as a dubbing director, casting director, and has had her own business coaching and teaching VO and dubbing. Marcela is also a trained massage therapist and hypnotherapist.
Marcela is the Spanish voice of Edie Britt on Desperate Housewives.
Born in DF, Mexico, in a family of actors, musicians, dancers and singers, Ivette grew up among sets and cameras, greatly influenced by her grandfather Adalberto Martinez “Resortes.” She began her career at 10 years of age, working on a television program in Guadalajara, Jalisco. Years later, she began her theater career in Oliver Twist, with more than 600 showings in her role as Nancy. From there, she began to work on live shows, telenovelas, comedies and movies. She moved to the US in 1992 and quickly started work in Spanish language television as a host, reporter and comedian. At the same time, she entered the world of dubbing, since then participating in more than a thousand programs, such as Tom & Jerry, The Little Mermaid, Lost, Grey’s Anatomy, and The Bold & The Beautiful. In1995, she crossed over to American television and movies, with roles in programs such as Taken, Borderland, In The Flesh, The Mentalist, and 90210.
Ivette is the Spanish voice of Gabrielle Solis on Desperate Housewives.
If a road doesn't already exist where she needs to go, Marabina Jaimes will pave her own. An Emmy winner and Imagen award nominated host and actress, Marabina is of Mexirican descent, half Mexican, half Puerto Rican. Marabina won an Emmy Award for hosting the hit PBS show Storytime!, and has done over 300 commercials in English and Spanish for Payless Shoes, Ikea, and Wells Fargo among others. She has been either seen or heard on Law & Order, Beverly Hills 90210, Fixing Paco, Melrose Place, CSI Miami, The Good Wife, Weeds, and Dexter. Her movie credits include Machete, Crazy Heart, Wall Street, and Beverly Hills Chihuahua. She starred in the Latin-centric animated series Santo Bugito on CBS. She hosted and co-produced “Let’s Talk,” an Internet based Latina-led talk show; she is also a vocalist and lyricist.
Marabina is the Spanish voice of Mary Alice Young, the narrator of
In Montevideo, Uruguay, Gabriela worked professionally as a dancer and was one of the first women invited to perform in Carnival. She also starred in the hit television show Horacio y Gabriela, becoming a well-known star throughout the country. She is a huge fan of Woody Allen and while still living in Uruguay, Gabriela had visions of moving to Allen’s New York. Instead she found herself in Los Angeles, where she has lived for more than 15 years. In the US, Gabriela started performing as a stand-up and improv comedian and doing dubbing work. She dubbed Dr. Bailey on Grey’s Anatomy, Callie on CSI Miami, and she dubbed Salma Hayek on Ugly Betty. Gabriela also has directed numerous dubbing and voiceover sessions, worked as a language coach, taught voiceover through AFI, and is an avid salsa dancer.
Gabriela is the Spanish voice of Lynette Scavo on Desperate Housewives.
Natasha is the youngest of the “desperate” ladies. She's a quirky, witty, sweet and confident woman from a family of artists and advertising legends in Venezuela. She uses what she learned from them to focus on acting... and singing... and improv comedy... and traveling. Her interests are diverse and her talents are far ranging. Winner of the Best Supporting Actress Award on the WMIFF for her musical role against Steven Bauer, she played with Channing Tatum on a famous skit for the Jimmy Kimmel Show. Natasha has been a spiritual girl in Shyamalan's Lady in the Water, a gangster on The District, a patient on ER; she sings and plays guitar around the world and has written songs for Entourage, Jonny Zero and several Latin American movies. She has dubbed Kate on Lost, Violet on Private Practice, and in her free time…- What’s that? she says…she writes, surfs and plays volleyball.
Natasha is the Spanish voice of Susan Meyer on Desperate Housewives.
ONDINE RAREY, Editor
Ondine is an editor and documentary filmmaker. Her documentary Fools and Heroes was nominated for the German equivalent of an Emmy, aired Stateside on PBS, and was an official selection at the Mill Valley Film Festival. Editing credits range from My Child: Mothers of War -- a documentary feature that took top festival honors at Cinequest and LA Femme Film Festival -- to television shows such as Keeping Up With the Kardashians and Big Ideas for a Small Planet. Ondine's recent foray into fiction filmmaking, A Portrait of Female Desperation, has been recognized with six festival awards. Ondine received a BFA in Documentary and Journalism from the Munich University for Television and Film.
CAMARA KAMBON, Composer
In 1995, just 23 years old, Camara took home an Emmy for the music he composed for the HBO film, Sonny Liston: The Mysterious Life and Death of a Champion. It was the beginning for Camara, who has lent his musical touch to an array of films, tv shows and recording artists, such as Any Given Sunday, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Madea’s Family Reunion. He has shared the stage or studio with performers ranging from Dizzy Gillespie to Dr. Dre, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to Mary J. Blige and Eminem. He has received two more Emmy nominations for HBO films and earned 3 Grammy nominations for co-writing the Blige no. 1 hit Family Affair and for his keyboard work on Nelly Furtado’s Whoa, Nelly! and Eve’s Scorpion.
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