August 2021 – LATINO Feedback Festival – Highlights and Videos

B>Showcase of the best LATINO SHORT FILMS in the world today.

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:
Best Film: GOODBYE, SUSANA
Best Direction: ADA OFFICE
Best Performances: 2HOOM
Best Cinematography: LOLI
Best Sound & Music: SUONO

Theme of night: Life

NOTE: Festival took place during the COVID-19 virus lockdown so all screenings were held in private.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterLOLI, 9min., USA, Drama


festival posterGOODBYE, SUSANA, 22min., Spain, Drama


festival poster2HOOM, 10min., Puerto Rico, Drama


festival posterADA OFFICE, 11min., Mexico, Sci-Fi


festival posterSUONO, 8min., USA, Drama


The beginning of a (temporary) new era.

See you at the festivals. Whenever that happens!

– Matthew Toffolo

Director Biography – Laurd Milian (SUONO)

Laurd Milian is a Cuban Filmmaker who was inspired at an early age by the creative work of Walt Disney. Growing up Laurd studied performance arts graduating as an opera singer and composer at the age of 18, which lead him to study Sound and Music Production in Miami. Currently follows his dreams of studying film at The Los Angeles Film School. His short film “Suono” is his debut as Writer, Producer and Director.

Director Statement

My goals are to have my own production company where I can work on creating cinematic universes for the delight of all kinds of audiences.

Director Biography – Carlos V. Diupotex (ADA OFFICE)

Carlos V. Diupotex, was born in Mexico City. He studied Communication and Public Relations at ULA. Since 2008 he started working as a video editor E-learning programs for ASF. Later he continued his professional career in different projects such as: ESPN Deportes, documentaries, fashion videos and yoga programmes. In 2015 he ventured into the genre ficiton where he has edited teleseries such as La Hermandad, Sincronía, Guerra de Ídolos, El Señor de los Cielos, among others. In 2019, he wrote, directed and produced his first fictional short film: Ada Office.

Director Statement

Seeing how almost all my activities and those of others became a solely digital interaction, made me deeply question the Zeitgeist of digital era. Becoming less humanistic and more subordinated to an implacable computational logic.

So, I decided to write Ada Office (Sharani Ballesteros). Story about an operating system with functions of personal boss, programmed to optimize the productivity and performance of its employees and its interaction with Emilio (Emmanuel Zavala), incarnation of that part within us that in the search for total perfection through automation causes its own “obsolescence” or “cognitive atrophy.”

Emilio stops trusting his intuition, represses his emotions, eliminates any critical thinking … he forgets that he is a biological being. Therefore, fights against his own nature.

Short Film: ADA OFFICE, 11min., Mexico, Sci-Fi

Ada Office is the new virtual boss that has arrived at companies around the world with the main goal of optimizing their productivity and performance to the maximum. Emilio, a shy employee, has a seemingly perfect routine guided by this IA. He competes to be the best computer programmer, until some bad news reveals the darkest side of both.

Director Biography – Fernanda Tapia (LOLI)

Fernanda Tapia is a Comedian and Filmmaker based in Los Angeles. She performs Stand-up at popular comedy clubs in Los Angeles, New York, and Miami. In addition, she’s a recurring actress in the late night show Jimmy Kimmel Live. Fernanda Tapia makes her directorial debut with “Loli,” in which she also performed and produced. Fernanda is currently in pre-production for her next comedy short film.


Director Statement

The purpose behind this film is not only to bring awareness about the US immigration program called DACA but also to show the reasons why people migrate to the United States of America– to live a better life, to have better opportunities, ultimately to live “The American Dream.”

Director Biography – Ariel Orama López (AG Orloz) (2HOOM)

Ariel Orama López (AG ORLOZ) is a Puerto Rican professional actor, executive producer, independent filmmaker, and media psychologist that was eligible for the Oscars 2020. He is a collegiate actor of the Colegio de Actores de Puerto Rico, a certified Executive Coach (specialized in Crëative Life Coaching) from TISOC, Barcelona, Spain, and a licensed clinical (media) psychologist. He was selected as a finalist of Taller TELEMUNDO: actores, in Miami, directed by the well-known actress nominated for an Oscar in the movie Babel (2006), the distinguished Mexican actress and Professor Adriana Barraza.

Ariel (AG) has worked in commercials, theatre, short films, indie films, documentary, series, television, media writing, and voice-overs, summing more than 200 projects in arts (2001-2020). He is also a composer and singer: one of his songs (Seré/I’ll be) was selected for the Puerto Rican dramatic documentary The Eyes of the People and his song (Alto Vuelas/ Flying Higher) was selected as the official Puerto Rican song for the World March from the Peace, celebrated in Argentina and New Zealand.

Orama performed in fourteen Short-Films in California during his NYFA training in Acting for the Film (Los Angeles). After this experience, he was selected as the Creative Coach and Consultant for the television program Idol Kids Puerto Rico (from the recognized English franchise Idol ©), and have offered courses about Psychology of Character at the Colegio de Actores de Puerto Rico and in other relevant forums.

He has received more than 70 laurels and 29 international prizes in filming, including Los Angeles, New York, Puerto Rico, India, Spain, Africa, the Philippines, Nazareth, among other international contexts. Ariel directed and starred on the Puerto Rican Short-Film ESTEB∆N -Opera Prima- which received national and international laurels and/or nominations (Director’s Choice: Best Film, Top Ten Film, Best Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, and Best Music) in following contexts: Spain, California, Orlando, and Puerto Rico. He received laurels and prizes from Italy, Martinique, and Spain for his Short Film Cielos Negros (main character and producer) and presented his Short Films ESTEBAN and A Mis Queridos Reyes at NYU and in The Motherland Resists NY Collective Project. He also received a scholarship from New York University (NYU) for an intensive Film and Gender Seminar and had the opportunity to present some of his multi-laureated films among academics and specialists in the seventh art.

The Puerto Rican actor has received different awards in performing arts, including Best Direction Selection, Best Concept, Best Actor, and Best Script. Ariel was one of the five recipients of the Sor Isolina Ferré Medal in Education of the Government of Puerto Rico, a unique National distinction in service and education. In 2018 received the Top Ten Young Persons Award (TOYP) in the Cultural and Art category.


Director Statement

2ḦOOM [zu:m]
FILM COMMITMENT IN THE MIDST OF CONFINEMENT:
ITALY, PERU, USA AND PUERTO RICO JOIN IN FRONT OF THE PANDEMIC

“When the pandemic arrived, my intuitive mind thought of two things: first, that the vaccine or the ‘antidote’ against COVID-19 could be related to the structure that gives the dreaded virus the shape of a “crown.” I shared with my loved ones, with evidence, right at the beginning of this global situation. Second, that HIV/AIDS could be understood, in another way, after studies and future findings on the relatively new condition, and vice versa. I remembered my experience with HIV/AIDS patients. Considering my formal education in Science and Arts, I decided to create a short film that linked such elements with the unimaginable power of water and the mysteries of quantum physics: a story that alluded to the “shield” or “armour” of the coronavirus (even on an emotional level, as a metaphor) as well as the stigma of HIV. Today we are one voice, without races: a new universe of masked beings. And that is how my short film 2ḦOOM [zoom] was born.” -AG ORLOZ

Welcome to 2ḦOOM [zu:m], a Puerto Rican Life Action Short Film that incorporates international creative talent, conceived in full confinement and in the presence of COVID-19 in the World. The multi-laureate director of independent cinema and university professor of psychology and acting, Dr. Ariel Orama López (AG Orloz in the arts) summoned a Peruvian animator and cartoonist (Jorge Cáceres) and an Italian composer (Daniele Carretta) to create a project that represented the related topics that emerged after the pandemic and which, in turn, served as a single voice for the human race in the midst of global metamorphosis. Filmed indoors and outdoors, under strict protection measures and with the integration of creative elements, the project managed to come to life with an air of universality, thus leaving for festivals around the world. Topics related to the blood ties that transcend, the vulnerability of human beings, patients at risk and immortality are present in the short film, whose visual richness through animation joins the sublimity of its music and the plausibility of the performances. Ariel is a distinguished former LA NYFA Acting for the Film Student who was eligible for the Oscars 2020 with its project ONE.

The Life Action Short Film that integrates animation with acted scenes is about “two brothers who discover the quintessence that unifies them”, in the midst of the pandemic, through a conversation by “Zoom” in which “anything can happen”: this occurs from the virtual platform that boomed under current circumstances and in full confinement. The project incorporates actor Jonathan Cardenales along with also actor AG Orloz, who stared on this short and have formed a perfect cufflink in other of his award-winning projects. One of the emotional touches of the project is the integration of voices from Chile, Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Argentina for a crucial moment in the emotional film. Likewise, talents from the United States and Mexico were integrated to conceptualize the art, logo, and essence of the project, from the comprehensive perspective of Orama. The edition was carried out between Puerto Rico and Peru, virtually supervised by its director from the thrill of creating, for the first time, a project that integrates animation. It should be noted that the project has also awarded actors and editors. The sum of talents that make up this project was characterized by its dedication, creativity, level of detail and quality of its art: neither distance nor new limitations were an obstacle to creating a project with substance and worthy of international festivals.

“Uniting as that new, emerging DNA, which already has an indelible mark on our collective memory, in times of change, has been key to survival in the face of what we all already know and are experiencing. This is precisely what our film commitment has been: we have started from a unifying, human, social, and hopeful perspective. We did it with the short film ONE, after the ravages of Hurricane Maria, and we even hoped that our message would reach the Academy and the Oscars: thank God, we did it with the eligibility of the project. Now, we want our sublime message in essence and forceful in matters of great relevance and universality to reach every corner of the planet as a reaffirmation that we are no longer neither races nor other social differences, there are no distinctions: we are one voice”, concluded the multi-awarded director of this seventh art project, who recently won his 40th laurel and 4 new nominations in Chile (director, script, sound design and cinematography) for his Oscar eligible Short Film ONE, is completing his next book on Film and Media and is in post-production of his feature film “YSLA”, from a renewed perspective and with other enriched experiences. 2ḦOOM [zu:m]© was filmed in the midst of the pandemic and under the confinement rules.

Short Film: 2HOOM, 10min., Puerto Rico, Drama

Two brothers from the Caribbean discover the quintessence that unifies them, in the midst of the pandemic. In a [zu:m] conversation, anything can happen. It Is an ethereal story that alludes to the metaphorical “shield” -or “armour”- of Covid-19, even on an emotional level, as well as the stigma of HIV/AIDS. Today we are one voice, without races: a new universe of masked beings.

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Director Biography – Rubén Pascual Tardío, Chando Luna (GOODBYE, SUSANA)

Rubén Pascual Tardío es un guionista, director y editor cuyas señas de identidad son la sensibilidad, la constancia y el afán de perfeccionismo. Lo que lo distingue de otros directores es que al no haber dejado de crecer en paralelo como editor (largometrajes acogidos por la UNESCO) y guionista, cuenta con la capacidad de poder gestionar cualquier proyecto en el que se embarque tanto a nivel de estructura como a nivel de supervisión de los detalles que elevan a todo proyecto.