The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences launches “Seen”, an interview series dedicated to Latino stars

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences spear a series of interviews devoted to Latin cinema on Monday. “Seen” reviews the careers of stars such as Eva Longoria, John Leguizamo and Edward James Olmos.

The interview series is directed by Argentine-American filmmaker Nick Barili and is available on the Academy’s website and YouTube channel, the institution said in A declaration.

As reported by Los Angeles Times, the first episode visits the home of Colombian John Leguizamo in New York. It reviews the evolution of Latinos in American show business, as well as the stereotypes the actor faced in his early days.

The conversation with Leguizamo is about symbolism, colorism, and the work that remains to be done for the fair representation of Latinos in cinema.

Other episodes will focus on the likes of Edward James Olmos, who leads several educational initiatives in Los Angeles, and Eva Longoria, who will take audiences to California State University, Northridge, where she earned a master’s degree in Chicano Studies in 2013. .

“What a dream to host a series celebrating our community leaders like John Leguizamo, Eva Longoria and Edward James Olmos by giving them the recognition they deserve. Not only for paving the way for their careers, but also for using their platforms to be a voice for our community. I look forward to sharing their journeys, their passions and their legacy with the world,” said Barili. Deadline.

“It’s a step in the right direction to address the lack of representation in Hollywood, but we still have a lot of work to do,” he added.

Filmmaker Nick Barili is co-founder of the Latinx in Media & Arts Coalition (LIMA), which focuses on promoting Latino creatives, improving access to traditional and new media platforms, providing resources and opportunities for young people and the culture of the next generation of Latinos. entertainment and creative professionals.

Barili is also the founder of Hard Knock TV, the first hip-hop channel on YouTube, which has garnered over 100 million views and 285,000 subscribers. Broadway world Explain.

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