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DANNY DE LA PAZ

     Danny De La Paz is a prolific actor who created a name for himself largely on the big screen. De La Paz began his acting career by debuting in films like "Boulevard Nights" (1979) with Richard Yñiguez and Danny De La Paz and the Sean Connery film "Cuba" (1979). He had a part on the television special "Seguin" (PBS, 1981-82). He also starred in the TV movies "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (NBC, 1984-85) and "Brotherhood of Justice" (ABC, 1985-86). He kept working in film throughout the eighties and the nineties, starring in the adventure "City Limits" (1985) with Darrell Larson, the crime flick "3:15" (1986) with Adam Baldwin and the drama "Gaby-A True Story" (1987) with Liv Ullmann. He also appeared in the adventure "Miracle Mile" (1989) with Anthony Edwards.

     His work around this time also included a part on the TV movie "When the Bough Breaks" (NBC, 1986-87). In his more recent career, he continued to act in the Douglas Spain dramedy "Star Maps" (1997), the Woody Allen comedic drama "Picking Up the Pieces" (2000) and "Gabriela" (2001) with Seidy Lopez. Additionally, he appeared on the television special "La Carpa" (PBS, 1992-93). De La Paz most recently acted in the Ronnie Alvarez action movie "Kill Kapone" (2015).

     Mr. De La Plaz is known all around the world for his role as "Puppet" in the the classic movie, "American Me" starring Edward James Olmos and William Forsythe.  Danny attended the FDCLA Film Festival last year and is such a great actor and person who loves the latino cinema that we had to have him back!

JESSE BORREGO

  Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Borrego studied theatre and dance at The University of Incarnate Word; he studied acting at The California Institute of the Arts. In the 1980s he attended an open audition for the TV Series "Fame" where he won the role of "Jesse Velasquez", a role he would have for three years. Borrego, however, would return to the stage appearing in productions at the noted Joseph Papp Theatre in New York City and The Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. In addition to standout performances on stage and in films such as "Blood In, Blood Out" and "Follow Me Home", he began Lupita Productions in 1990. Lupita has produced theatrical productions and concerts; additionally, Lupita has produced two 16mm short films: "El Suendo de Simon" (1993) by James Borrego and "Flattime" (1995) by Jimmy Santiago Baca. At home in front of the camera, on stage, or in the producer's seat, Borrego continues to be one of the most versatile and resilient talents of our time.

NOE HERNANDEZ

Noé Hernández is a Mexican actor. Following his studies of Dramatic Arts at the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico, he became a high school teacher and founded an experimental theater group. After relocating to Mexico City he was offered little roles on several films, including Propiedad Ajena and Sin Nombre. His first lead role was Lino Valdez in Miss Bala, gaining popular recognition and earning a nomination for an Ariel Award for Best Actor.

 

Hernández was praised for his role of Canelita in the film La Tirisia (2014) and won the Ariel Award for Best Supporting Actor. He was also featured in the TV series Crónica de Castas and La Hermandad. For his performance in the film Mexican Gangster: La Leyenda del Charro Misterioso he received a Diosa de Plata nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He received further recognition for playing gang leader Martín in the Mexican film 600 Millas, for which he won a second Ariel Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2016.

 

BILLY BLAIR II

Born in El Paso, TX and related to the great Edgar Allan Poe, Billy knew what he wanted to do at the ripe age of 5 after experiencing Sesame Street and KISS. He comes from a musical background. His great grandfather led his big band during the early 1900's in Mexico performing for some of history's greatest figures such as Pancho Villa. He also had uncles and cousins, all which played in big bands and symphonies.

 

For all of Billy's life, he was dedicated to music and still proceeds to endeavor this lifestyle. Being in numerous bands, he would experience touring the nation, playing in clubs, theaters, arenas and amphitheaters; fulfilling the dream and opening for some of the biggest names of rock.

 

By the mid 90's, Billy decided to pursue in acting. He would develop his skills in theater at Richland College in Richardson, TX and would resume with taking private lessons from the greatest acting coaches in Texas. Building his resume with small, local indie films. Landing in a national commercial, then booking roles in bigger films like Jonah Hex starring Josh Brolin. He is known for some of his great work in films like The Last Stand starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Robert Rodriguez's Machete, Machete Kills and Sin City: A Dame To Kill For.

 

EDUI TIJERINA CHAPA

 

Originario de Monterrey, Nuevo León (México)

Licenciado en Comunicación Social y Máster en Educación Superior con mención honorífica por la Universidad Regiomontana. Escritor, dramaturgo, guionista, instructor-asesor de desarrollo de proyectos audiovisuales y analista de medios. Cuenta con 35 años de experiencia en producción televisiva, 20 como tallerista en guion de radio, cine y televisión y 12 como docente universitario. En televisión destaca su labor local como coordinador de información de programas inolvidables como “Esta Mañana” y “Club Infantil”, bajo la batuta de Héctor Martínez.

También fue colaborador de “Regio Musical”, con Perla Cecilia Ayala y “Premio al Saber”. En televisión nacional, fue coordinador de información de “Siempre en Domingo” y las producciones de Raúl Velasco como Estrellas de los 80, Valores Juveniles, Festival OTI Nacional, Señorita México, Nuestra Belleza México, Entrega de Diosas de Plata, Trofeo TVyNovelas, Festival Yamaha en Japón y Festival Acapulco, entre muchos otros Autor de las piezas teatrales “Exorcismo” y “Mariposas Enjauladas”, así como de 8 breves, como “Cría Cuervos”, “Esqueletos en la Cama”, “Sorbos de Café”, “Rojo 33” y “Vuelo 1111”, entre otras que se han montado en Miami, Chicago, Houston, Ciudad de México, Monterrey y muy pronto algunas de ellas estarán en Hamamatsu, Japón. En enero y febrero se estrenarán en “Mi Teatro Monterrey” dos de sus piezas breves:

“Esqueletos en la cama” y “Tengo frío”. Además, prepara una trilogía de monólogos:

“Donde viven los muertos”, “Muerto en Vida” y “Renacer”.

Ha sido guionista de la película biográfica “Cantinflas”, que en el 2015 representó a México en la contienda por el Oscar en la Categoría de Película Extranjera. Escribió “Juan Diego”, “Juan Apóstol: El más amado” y “Jesús de Nazaret”, próximas a estrenarse, y “Nacimiento”, “Santas Peregrinas” y “Niebla Negra” que se producirán en España, Chile y Argentina, respectivamente.

También ha adaptado a cine la pieza teatral “Sangre en los tacones” de Humberto Robles y la novela erótica “Tacones en el armario” de Mónica Soto Icaza. Entre sus trabajos más recientes están la consultoría de guiones para “El Sueño de Alicia” y “El hijo pródigo”. Actualmente desarrolla una serie de TV de 30 episodios que se

coproducirá entre México y España; el guion para “Frágiles”-su primer filme de suspenso y horror- y un monólogo teatral que se estrenará en Miami durante la primavera del 2018.

EDGAR ARREOLA

     Edgar Arreola (born September 11) is the oldest of three children from a traditional Mexican Family.  He started his acting career in 2003 and has participated in numerous projects.  Winner of best actor award EDOC2007 (Manuel) in Worth the Fall which was played at the Cannes Film Festival, short corner.

     Edgar has had the privilege of working with many great actors including Golden globe winner Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton, and Edward James Olmos in Two Guns. He also starred with Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Jessica Alba and others in both Machete and Machete Kills; also with Kevin Sorbo in Walking Tall: Lone Justice and numerous others.  Edgar has also participated in numerous TV shows including Friday Night Lights, Chase, Prison Brake and many others.

     He found his passion for acting when he was invited to participate as an extra in a project.  He is a big fan of Formula 1 racing and his favorite sport is Golf. He enjoys spending time with his family. He is well known for his great sense of humor by friends, family and coworkers.

     His dream is to work hard so he can start a foundation to help kids and elderly people in need of medical help in areas without free medical services.

 

DR. TILIA WELTMAN-CISNEROS

 

     Dr. Talia Weltman-Cisneros was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and grew up in the wilds of Dallas, Texas. She left the state to complete her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish at Emory University in Atlanta, and later received her Ph.D. in Hispanic Literature and Culture from Duke University in North Carolina.

     Talia was most recently a member of the faculty at Wayne State University in Detroit, where she collaborated with colleagues in Mexico and Detroit in developing the exhibit titled “Pathways to Freedom in the Americas: Shared Experiences between Michigan, USA and Guerrero, Mexico” at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History in Detroit. For her scholarship and work in community outreach and social justice, she received the inaugural “Vicente Guerrero Equality Award,” given by the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Task Force, in Detroit, Michigan.

     She is very happy to have left the harsh, Michigan winters, and returned to Texas, where she is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Spanish at the University of North Texas. Her research and fields of specialization are Afro-Latinx/Afro-Latin American cultural production and digital humanities.

 

KRISTYAN FERRER

 

Kristyan Ferrer is an actor, known for Sin Nombre (2009), Buen Día, Ramón (2013) and 600 Miles (2015).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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JESSE BORREGO

  Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Borrego studied theatre and dance at The University of Incarnate Word; he studied acting at The California Institute of the Arts. In the 1980s he attended an open audition for the TV Series "Fame" where he won the role of "Jesse Velasquez", a role he would have for three years. Borrego, however, would return to the stage appearing in productions at the noted Joseph Papp Theatre in New York City and The Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. In addition to standout performances on stage and in films such as "Blood In, Blood Out" and "Follow Me Home", he began Lupita Productions in 1990. Lupita has produced theatrical productions and concerts; additionally, Lupita has produced two 16mm short films: "El Suendo de Simon" (1993) by James Borrego and "Flattime" (1995) by Jimmy Santiago Baca. At home in front of the camera, on stage, or in the producer's seat, Borrego continues to be one of the most versatile and resilient talents of our time.

NOE HERNANDEZ

Noé Hernández is a Mexican actor. Following his studies of Dramatic Arts at the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico, he became a high school teacher and founded an experimental theater group. After relocating to Mexico City he was offered little roles on several films, including Propiedad Ajena and Sin Nombre. His first lead role was Lino Valdez in Miss Bala, gaining popular recognition and earning a nomination for an Ariel Award for Best Actor.

 

Hernández was praised for his role of Canelita in the film La Tirisia (2014) and won the Ariel Award for Best Supporting Actor. He was also featured in the TV series Crónica de Castas and La Hermandad. For his performance in the film Mexican Gangster: La Leyenda del Charro Misterioso he received a Diosa de Plata nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He received further recognition for playing gang leader Martín in the Mexican film 600 Millas, for which he won a second Ariel Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2016.

 

EDUI TIJERINA CHAPA

 

Originario de Monterrey, Nuevo León (México)

Licenciado en Comunicación Social y Máster en Educación Superior con mención honorífica por la Universidad Regiomontana. Escritor, dramaturgo, guionista, instructor-asesor de desarrollo de proyectos audiovisuales y analista de medios. Cuenta con 35 años de experiencia en producción televisiva, 20 como tallerista en guion de radio, cine y televisión y 12 como docente universitario. En televisión destaca su labor local como coordinador de información de programas inolvidables como “Esta Mañana” y “Club Infantil”, bajo la batuta de Héctor Martínez.

También fue colaborador de “Regio Musical”, con Perla Cecilia Ayala y “Premio al Saber”. En televisión nacional, fue coordinador de información de “Siempre en Domingo” y las producciones de Raúl Velasco como Estrellas de los 80, Valores Juveniles, Festival OTI Nacional, Señorita México, Nuestra Belleza México, Entrega de Diosas de Plata, Trofeo TVyNovelas, Festival Yamaha en Japón y Festival Acapulco, entre muchos otros Autor de las piezas teatrales “Exorcismo” y “Mariposas Enjauladas”, así como de 8 breves, como “Cría Cuervos”, “Esqueletos en la Cama”, “Sorbos de Café”, “Rojo 33” y “Vuelo 1111”, entre otras que se han montado en Miami, Chicago, Houston, Ciudad de México, Monterrey y muy pronto algunas de ellas estarán en Hamamatsu, Japón. En enero y febrero se estrenarán en “Mi Teatro Monterrey” dos de sus piezas breves:

“Esqueletos en la cama” y “Tengo frío”. Además, prepara una trilogía de monólogos:

“Donde viven los muertos”, “Muerto en Vida” y “Renacer”.

Ha sido guionista de la película biográfica “Cantinflas”, que en el 2015 representó a México en la contienda por el Oscar en la Categoría de Película Extranjera. Escribió “Juan Diego”, “Juan Apóstol: El más amado” y “Jesús de Nazaret”, próximas a estrenarse, y “Nacimiento”, “Santas Peregrinas” y “Niebla Negra” que se producirán en España, Chile y Argentina, respectivamente.

También ha adaptado a cine la pieza teatral “Sangre en los tacones” de Humberto Robles y la novela erótica “Tacones en el armario” de Mónica Soto Icaza. Entre sus trabajos más recientes están la consultoría de guiones para “El Sueño de Alicia” y “El hijo pródigo”. Actualmente desarrolla una serie de TV de 30 episodios que se

coproducirá entre México y España; el guion para “Frágiles”-su primer filme de suspenso y horror- y un monólogo teatral que se estrenará en Miami durante la primavera del 2018.

DR. TILIA WELTMAN-CISNEROS

 

     Dr. Talia Weltman-Cisneros was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and grew up in the wilds of Dallas, Texas. She left the state to complete her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish at Emory University in Atlanta, and later received her Ph.D. in Hispanic Literature and Culture from Duke University in North Carolina.

     Talia was most recently a member of the faculty at Wayne State University in Detroit, where she collaborated with colleagues in Mexico and Detroit in developing the exhibit titled “Pathways to Freedom in the Americas: Shared Experiences between Michigan, USA and Guerrero, Mexico” at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History in Detroit. For her scholarship and work in community outreach and social justice, she received the inaugural “Vicente Guerrero Equality Award,” given by the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Task Force, in Detroit, Michigan.

     She is very happy to have left the harsh, Michigan winters, and returned to Texas, where she is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Spanish at the University of North Texas. Her research and fields of specialization are Afro-Latinx/Afro-Latin American cultural production and digital humanities.

 

KRISTYAN FERRER

 

Kristyan Ferrer is an actor, known for Sin Nombre (2009), Buen Día, Ramón (2013) and 600 Miles (2015).