Reveca Torres’ “Tres Fridas” Selected for the Hulu/Kartemquin Accelerator Program

Reveca Torres’ latest project is getting a major assist…

Kartemquin Films has set the Latina filmmaker’s Tres Fridas as one of two projects that will participate in the inaugural Hulu/Kartemquin Accelerator Program for filmmakers of color.

Reveca Torres,

The Accelerator program offers two alumni of Kartemquin’s Filmmaker Development Programs$20,000 each towards production, and mentorship through 2020 within the Kartemquin collaborative production model.

“Access to meaningful development opportunities for underrepresented filmmakers is critically important, especially as we see just how under-resourced our community of independent documentary filmmakers of color are in this pandemic moment,” said Jolene Pinder, Executive Director. “This intervention — to bring a streaming service together with filmmakers at an earlier stage in the storytelling process — is where we want to be. Here at Kartemquin, we could not be more proud to support Colette and Reveca and the transformative films they are making. Both are powerful storytellers and incredible movement builders in their communities.”

“Being selected for the Hulu / Kartemquin Accelerator Program for a film so personal to me is a true honor,” said Ghunim. “Kartemquin Films has been the catalyst for both Traces of Home and my emerging career in documentary filmmaking. I applaud their intentionality to push for equity by lifting up filmmakers from communities often ignored.”

“It is an honor to have such an opportunity for mentorship and support from both Kartemquin and Hulu,” adds Torres. “This experience will provide me with the tools and confidence to tell this story and future stories authentically and creatively. I love being part of the KTQ community and look forward to learning and developing as a filmmaker.”

The program stems from Hulu and Kartemquin’s collaboration on the Oscarand Emmy nominated documentary Minding the Gap directed by Bing Liu and produced by Diane Quon. The feature doc won a Special Jury Prize for Breakthrough Filmmaking at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Liu originally developed the film through Kartemquin’s DiverseVoicesinDocs program, of which Torres is also a graduate.

Here are the details about Torres’ film:

Tres Fridas
Director: Reveca Torres

Two artists paralyzed by spinal injuries discover a shared connection to Mexican painter Frida Kahloand decide to recreate her painting, Dos Fridas, using themselves as models. This sparks a five-year artistic journey as the two women join forces with a photographer to transform iconic works of art into portrayals of contemporary people with disabilities. The film highlights a unique creative process as they devise ways to authenticate disability as part of the human experience.

Salma Hayek to Present at This Year’s Oscars

Salma Hayekwill be taking the Oscarsstage…

The 53-year-old Mexican actress and producer has been added to the list of presenters for the 92nd annual Academy Awards telecast on Sunday.

Salma Hayek

In addition to Hayek, who earned an Oscar nod for her portrayal of iconic Mexican painter Frida Kahlo in the 2002 film Frida, the new additions include Utkarsh AmbudkarBrie LarsonSpike LeeRay Romano, and Rebel Wilson

Previously announced presenters include James CordenPenélope CruzBeanie FeldsteinZack GottsagenDiane KeatonShia LaBeouf, George MacKaySteve MartinKeanu Reeves, Maya Rudolph, Zazie BeetzTimothée ChalametWill FerrellGal GadotMindy KalingJulia Louis-Dreyfus, Lin-Manuel MirandaAnthony RamosMark RuffaloKelly Marie Tran, Kristen Wiig and Sigourney Weaver.

The 92nd annual Academy Awards will be broadcast live on ABC on February 9 from the Dolby Theatre

Natalia Cordova-Buckley to Voice Frida Kahlo in Disney/Pixar’s “Coco”

Natalia Cordova-Buckley is getting her Frida on…

The 34-year-old Mexican actress makes a cameo appearance as the voice of legendary Mexican artist Frida Kahlo in the English language-version of Disney/Pixar’s animated film Coco.

Natalia Cordova-Buckley

The film, which features Benjamin Bratt, Gael Garcia Bernal, Edward James Olmos, and Anthony Gonzalez, follows Miguel, who through a mysterious and otherworldly chain of events, meets charming trickster Héctor (Bernal), and, together, they set off on an adventure of music and mystery, resulting in the most unusual family reunion.

The pic is directed by Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3), co-directed by Adrian Molina and produced by Darla K. Anderson.

It screened at the Morelia Film Festival in Mexico and will open in U.S. theaters November 22.

Cordova-Buckley is best known in the U.S. for her role on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Hayek to Portray La Doña on Film…

She’s currently Mexico’s most popular actress… But Salma Hayek will soon be playing the most iconic leading lady of the Golden Age of Mexican cinema.

The 43-year-old actress will reportedly star as La Doña María Félix in a biopic film about the actress best known for playing larger-than-life, tough characters in some of the country’s greatest films, according to Enelbrasero.com is reporting.

Salma Hayek

Hayek, who previously received an Oscar-nomination for her portrayal of legendary Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, will produce the film with Oliver Stone. Meantime, MGM Studios may possibly be involved in the making of the biopic.

Production is reportedly underway on the film, which is based on a script that has been ready for five years, according to the entertainment news site.

Maria Felix

Félix, who passed away in 2002 at the age of 88, was nominated for five Ariel Awards, Mexico’s version of the Oscars. She won three of them, for her work in Enamorada, Río Escondido and Doña Diabla. She also received a special Golden Ariel Award for her contributions to cinema.

Diego Rivera Celebrated by Google…

If you’ve spent any time on Google today, you’ve probably noticed a special mural on the site’s main page…

It was Google Doodle’s way of celebrating the 125th anniversary of legendary Mexican painter Diego Rivera’s birth.

Elements of Rivera’s original work are displayed in the Doodle, including  figures from some of his iconic paintings like “The Flower Carrier” and “Mother and Child Sleeping.” A man painting while standing on scaffolding is intended to depict Rivera at work. You can view more details here about the best painting and art tips.

Born on December 8, 1886, in Guanajuato, Mexico, Rivera is credited with helping establish the Mexican Mural Movement.

He joined the Academy of San Carlos in Mexico City to study art when he was just 10-years-old. Rivera later went to Europe, where he studied in Madrid then moved to Paris to live and work with the artists in Montparnasse.

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Rivera was greatly inspired by the political ideals of the Mexican Revolution and the Russian Revolution. Through his art, he sought to reflect the lives of the working class and native people of Mexico.

Under a special government program in 1921, Rivera created a series of murals in public  buildings. During the 1930s and 1940s, he moved on to paint several murals in the United States. But not all of his murals received overwhelming love. One of them at the Rockefeller Center in New York City—called “Man at the Crossroads” and featuring a portrait of Russian communist leader Vladimir Lenin—was later destroyed.

In 1929, Diego Rivera married fellow Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, who was some 20 years his junior. The two divorced in 1939, only to remarry later.

Rivera died in 1957 at the age of 70, but his legacy lives on as his awe-inspiring works continue to inspire younger generations.