Lisa Vidal to Star in the Crime-Action Heist Feature “Shelter”

Lisa Vidal is sheltering…

The 56-year-old Puerto Rican actress will star in the crime-action heist feature Shelter.

Lisa Vidal

Vidal joins a cast that includes Cam Gigandet, Jaina Lee Ortiz, Carlos Miranda and Hollywood newcomer Sasha Merci.

In pre-production, filming is scheduled to start shortly in Los Angeles on the movie about the head of a secret organization who assembles a crew to steal back artwork from a neo-Nazi billionaire oligarch who plundered it during World War II.

Produced by Jolene Rodriguez of Broken English productions and financed by Ruben IslasGrandave Capital, the film is an original screenplay by Michael Corcoran, directed by Anthony Nardolillo.

“I’m thrilled to work with such a talented group. I’ve followed many of their careers and to make a movie with them is such a privilege. Shelter is a great example of taking any script and making it inclusive. It takes effort but it’s possible and it matters,” said Rodriguez.

Vidal has starred on ABC’s The Baker and The BeautyBET TV series Being Mary Jane and Grey’s Anatomy.

Ortiz will star in her fifth season of Shondaland’s ABC series Station 19 after a successful run in Fox’s Rosewood and a consequent role in Shooter.

Miranda will join the cast of ABC’s Station 19 as a series regular in the coming season and has had recurring roles in Amazon Original series Bosch and Comedy Central’s Ana as well as being a series regular in Starz series Vida.

Merci recently starred in the HBO feature film De Lo Mio.

HBO Acquires Broadcast & Streaming Rights to Sasha Merci’s Family Drama “De Lo Mio”

It’s all in the family for Sasha Merci… 

HBO has acquired the exclusive broadcast and streaming rights to the family drama De Lo Mio, starring the Dominican American actress. 

Sasha Merci De Lo Mio

Directed by Diana Peralta, the film also stars Darlene “Dee Nasty” Demorizi and Héctor Aníbal.

The drama follows. Rita (Merci) and Carolina (Demorizi), two high-spirited sisters raised in New York who travel to the Dominican Republic to reunite with their estranged brother Dante (Aníbal) to clean out their late father’s home before it is sold and demolished.  While sorting through the remnants of their family’s legacy, things become emotional as  joys, pains and traumas resurface — all of which the siblings must confront.

De Lo Miois a universal story about staying connected with the people you love across borders and generations,” said Peralta. “I set out to create a love letter to my Dominican-American heritage with this film.”

De Lo Mio, which marks Peralta’s feature debut, made its world premiere as the closing night film at BAMcinemaFest 2019. 

The film is set to premiere in November on the premium cable and will be available to stream on HBO Max.

“HBO is an amazing partner and I could not be more thrilled to work with them to celebrate my community and share De Lo Miowith a wider audience,” says Peralta. “It’s amazing to see an iconic company like HBO support Independent Film and also give a platform to AfroLatinx stories.”

Peralta previously worked as a producer on the short documentary La Feria Concerta which screened as part of the Dominican Republic’s first pavilion installation at the 2014 Venice Biennale of Architecture

As her feature directorial debut, De Lo Mia won Best Narrative Feature at IndieMemphis Film Festival in 2019 and Best Film at the RiverRun International Film Festival in 2020.