“This award is so much more than myself, it represents a culture that wants to see themselves as heroes” said Gina Rodriguez in her Golden Globes Award acceptance speech for Best TV Series Actress – Comedy or Musical. For me it was the most powerful acceptance speech of the evening and quite possible one of the best that I’ve ever heard because what it represents to our community.
I’ve been a fan of Gina Rodriguez for a few years now, she first came into my radar through a couple of features on INSPIRA (more about INSPIRA below) about her staring role in the feature film Filly Brown. After watching Filly Brown in the CINE+ Mas SF Film Festival I was hooked. She truly demonstrated then that she was going to be one of our rising stars. Once again her acceptance speech was very inspirational, to me, and so many other Latinos because we are tired of seeing Latinos in stereotypical roles in movies and television series. This statement truly resonates with us at Silicon Valley Latino as it perfectly described the WHY we started our social venture. So if we want to continue to see Latinos in non-stereotypical roles then we need to support the movies and series that feature them in these positive roles.
We at Silicon Valley Latino challenge you to go out and support these types of films as they are released and we ask you to start by going out this weekend to watch Spare Parts staring George Lopez and Esai Morales, – the movie is about four Latino high school students who form a robotics club. With no experience, 800 bucks, used car parts and a dream, this rag tag team goes up against the country’s reigning robotics champion, MIT. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3233418/ and Birdman – directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2562232/
Another movie to be released in February is McFarland, USA – this movie is about how a group of Latino would be athletes from a small town turn into championship contenders – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2097298/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_2
We specifically ask that you take photos of you and your family/friends at the theater and/or a photo of your movie ticket stub.
We also ask that you support our Cultura Ambassadors (Rick Najera, Tony Quintero, Mia Perez and Nancy Rosales as well as so many of friends like Gina Rodriguez, Esai Morales, Edward James Olmos, Rafael Agustin, Vannessa Vasquez, Francisco Ordonez, Rich Garcia, Rene Rosado and so many more) who work in the entertainment industry (Hollywood and beyond) and are working on having better representation of Latinos in media.
Lastly, we ask you to buy similar type DVDs like the Book of Life, Filly Brown, and the list goes as well tune into television series like Jane the Virgin, Cristela, Modern Family, etc.
We hope to see you in the movies!