‘Narcos’ stars, others to read Latinx youth scripts live

(Latino and Latinx stars band together to help Youth Cinema)

Academy Award-nominated actor Edward James Olmos announced today that the Latino Film Institute will live stream script reading sessions from their Youth Cinema Project (YCP) students. Talent from Narcos Mexico, Queen of the South, Gentified, Vida, Mayan M.C., Devious Maids, One Day at a Time, Napolean Dynamite, The Sinner, Los Epocky, Spanish Aqui and more will be doing virtual live readings on Wednesdays and Fridays at 1pm PDT beginning April 8, 2020 on  the Youth Cinema Project website, and can be found on social media with the hashtag: #YCPLiveReads

YCP introduces elementary, middle, and high school students to the art of filmmaking and bridges the achievement and opportunity gaps by creating lifelong learners and the entertainment industry’s multicultural future. The program is implemented in public schools across California from the Los Angeles, Montebello, Palmdale, Santa Ana, Pleasant Valley, Brawley, Pajaro Valley, North Monterrey, Alum Rock, Campbell, Jefferson and Williams school districts.

“As schools across Los Angeles and the country continue to close for the remainder of the school year, many students are relying on virtual classrooms and distance learning during these difficult times. We felt it was our responsibility to do something to support those efforts,” explains Olmos, founder of the Latino Film Institute and YCP.  “We thought it would be a wonderful opportunity to engage and excite the next generation by asking professional actors to join us in helping our students continue their education by reading the film scripts they have worked so hard on over the past year. The YCP students may not be able to finish filming their scripts this year, but they will get the chance to see them come to life.”

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The scripts that will be part of the program include The Lottery Ticket read by JJ Soria, Carlos Santos, Laura Patalano, and Alex Patiño from Gentefied, Kayla’s Got It Under Control read by Mishel Prada, Chelsea Rendon, Roberta Colindrez, Luis Bordonada, Tonatiuh and Karen Sours from Vida, Creech read by Raiza Licea, Carlos Santos, Tony Rodriguez, and Oscar Montoya from Spanish Aqui Presents, Illusion read by Hemky Madera, Idalia Valles, Alejandro Barrios, Alimi Ballard and Vera Cherny from Queen of the South, Pablo’s Old Job read by Emilio Rivera, Carla Baratta and Frankie Loyal from Mayans M.C..

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Others include Origin read by Judy Reyes, Ana Ortiz and Edy Ganem from Devious Maids, Fallen Angel read by Alejandro Edda, Fernanda Urrejuela, Teresa Ruiz, Mayra Hermosillo, Jesse Garcia and Alberto Zeni from Narcos Mexico, Rigged read by Danielle Vega, Alicia Sixtos, Vanessa Vazquez, Andrea Sixtos and Gilbert Saldivar from East Los High, The First Trip read by Efren Ramirez from Napoleon Dynamite, Eddie Martinez from The Sinner and Jearnest Corchado from Little America, Tarde de Sombras read by Bernardo Verdugo from Los Espookys,  Elizabeth read by Fenessa Pineda from Rambo First Blood, and Isabella Gomez from One Day at a Time (script to be announced).

“We were overwhelmed by the response we got from the Hollywood Latinx community,” continues Rafael Agustín, YCP’s Executive Director, “to have this amazing group of talent read material crafted by students in our program will definitely create a huge impact in their learning, while at the same time showing the importance of having diverse voices in storytelling.”

The series begins with Gentefied on Wednesday April 8th and Vida on Friday April 10th with more dates being announced every week through the end of April.

SOURCE: Latino Film Institute