Shenny De Los Angeles & Maria Marrone’s “The Ritual to Beauty” Among Slamdance Film Festival Award Winners

Shenny De Los Angeles is celebrating a Slam(dance)ing moment…

The 28th Slamdance Film Festival organizers have announced its winners, with the Dominican-American interdisciplinary performance artist/filmmaker taking home an award.

The Ritual to Beauty

De Los Angeles and Maria Marrone won the Documentary Short Grand Jury Prize for their film The Ritual to Beauty.

The film honors De Los Angeles and Marrone’s mothers, in an effort to share the legacy of Dominican women.

All winners were announced during the virtual awards ceremony on February 4 and will continue to play on the Slamdance Channel until midnight on February 6, 2022.

“We congratulate the winners of Slamdance 2022 and everyone of our filmmakers who together created a showcase that pushes the boundaries of what’s possible in storytelling,” said President and Co-founder Peter Baxter, noting their “unique voices who defy simple classification and transcend analytics.”

Here’s the full list of winners:


Narrative Feature
Hannah Ha Ha (Dir: Jordan Tetewsky and Joshua Pikovsky)
Honorable Mention: Ultrainocencia (Dir: Manuel Arija)

Documentary Feature
Forget Me Not (Dir: Olivier Bernier)
Honorable Mention: Fury (Dir: Krzysztof Kasior)

Breakouts Feature
Killing the Eunuch KHAN (Dir: Abed Abest)
Honorable Mention: Retrograde (Dir: Adrian Murray)

Unstoppable Feature
Straighten Up And Fly Right (Dir: Kristen Abate and Steven Tanenbaum)
Honorable Mention: Selahy (My Weapon) (Dir: Alaa Zabara)


Narrative Shorts Grand Jury Prize
Ratking (Dir: Eric Colonna)
Honorable Mention: See You, Garbage! (Dir: Romain Dumont)

Documentary Short Grand Jury Prize
The Ritual to Beauty (Dir: Shenny de Los Angeles and Maria Marrone)
Honorable Mention: Walls Cannot Keep Us From Flying (Dir: Jonathan Haff Mehring)

Experimental Shorts Grand Jury Prize
Chameleon (Dir: Ima Iduozee and Jaamil Olawale Kosoko)
Honorable Mention: Compositions for Understanding Relationships (Dir: David De La Fuente)

Animated Shorts Grand Jury Prize
I’m Here (Dir: Julia Orlik)
Honorable Mention: Oldboy’s Apples (Dir: Brad Hock)


The AGBO Fellowship (presented by Joe and Anthony Russo)
Ethan Eng, director of Therapy Dogs

Slamdance Acting Award
Hannah Lee Thompson, Hannah Ha Ha
Honorable Mention: Batel Moseri, Bracha

George Starks Spirit of Slamdance Award
Sasha Levinson, director of Sylvie of the Sunshine State

CreativeFuture Innovation Award
My Parent, Neal (Dir: Hannah Saidiner)


Narrative Feature
The Civil Dead (Dir. Clay Tatum)

Documentary Feature
Iron Family (Dir. Patrick Longstreth)

The Ember Knight Show: “Getting Mad” (Dir. Bobby McCoy)

Martinez to Star in the Ensemble Film “37”

Adrian Martinez has 37 reasons to smile…

The Latino actor, who has been hailed as “the sidekick to the stars,” has joined the ensemble cast of 37, a film inspired by the horrific 1964 murder of Kitty Genovese and a group of neighbors who witnessed the attack and did nothing as she screamed for help.

Adrian Martinez

Written and directed by first-time filmmaker Puk Grasten, 37 stars Martinez, Samira Wiley, Michael Potts, Christina Brucato, Jamie Harrold, Maria Dizzia, Evan Fine, Thomas Kopache, Sophia Lillis and Lucy Martin.

37 examines the lives of a group of families living in the Kew Gardens area of Queens, New York in the 1960s who witness the murder of 28-year-old Genovese (Brucato) and do nothing to intervene. 37 is an expansion on the short film by Grasten, which premiered at the 2013 Slamdance Film Festival.

Martinez, who most recently starred as Will Smith‘s sidekick in Warner Bros.Focus, has appeared in Piranha 3DD, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and Kick-Ass.

Gonzaga to Star in “Still Punching The Clown”

Ginger Gonzaga is ready to clown around…

The Latina actress will star in Still Punching The Clown, the sequel to Punching The Clown, which won the prize for Best Narrative Feature at the Slamdance Film Festival.

Ginger Gonzaga

Henry Phillips returns to star in the sequel, which he again co-wrote with director Gregori Viens.

Still Punching The Clown follows Phillips’ misadventures as a stand-up comic attempting to make a name for himself amid myriad trials and tribulations as he tries to balance success with artistic integrity.

In addition to Gonzaga, who last starred in the television series Mixology, Still Punching The Clown also stars J.K. Simmons, Sarah Silverman, Mike Judge, Jim Jefferies, Derek Waters, Ellen Ratner and stand-up comedians Tig Notaro, Nikki Glaser and Doug Stanhope.

Gonzaga’s other credits include television appearances on Anger Management, Growing Up Fisher and The Millers. She also starred in the film Ted.