Los Angeles, CA  — Organizers of Hispanicize L.A. and Oi2Go, a U.S. Hispanic provider of streaming films, TV series and podcasts, today unveiled the Latino Filmmakers Showcase of the Oct. 4th event that features celebrities, producer sessions, networking, and two screenings. The multi-industry Hispanicize L.A. (www.HispanicizeLA.com) event will take place at L.A.’s The Line Hotel.

“Thanks to Oi2Go and our media partners, our Latino Filmmakers Showcase features exceptional content, networking and contacts,” said Manny Ruiz, founder of the Hispanicize Media Group that owns the event. “If you’re a producer or actor who is of a diverse background or who is focused in multicultural content, this National Hispanic Heritage Month edition of the Hispanicize event is a must.”

Film Screening Kicks Off Hispanicize L.A.

Hispanicize L.A. will kick off on Tuesday, Oct. 3rd with an opening reception and special advanced screening of Hispanicize Pictures’ Hold On that is being presented by Black Hollywood Film Fund and Joule Entertainment in partnership with Oi2Go, the California Chicano News Media Association (CCNMA), Latino Filmmakers Network and Latin Heat Media.

The screening will feature the film’s stars, which include legendary character actor Luis Guzman, hip hop legend Flavor Flav and General Hospital icon Maurice Benard. The actors will be joined by director/actor/producer Tarek Tohme and lead actress/producer Micayla de Ette.

Inspired by true events, ‘Hold On’ (#HoldOnFilm) tells the story of Sidney Rhodes (DE ETTE), a talented singer who must fight to keep her dreams and family life alive while working at a small Los Angeles church. View the trailer for ‘Hold On’ here:

Attendees of Hispanicize L.A. can attend the screening free with their registration to the event. The reception is also free to members of the press and other industry professionals who wish to attend by RSVPing at this special link: http://bit.ly/2y49Pqd.

Filmmakers can purchase an all-access special pass to attend the Oct. 4th event by registering at this link.

Storyteller’s Pitch Breakfast Highlights Packed Filmmakers Agenda

The Latino Filmmakers Showcase commences Oct. 4th with a Storyteller’s Pitch Breakfast for Latino Filmmakers. The filmmaker’s-only breakfast will pair them with producers who are looking for Latino-centric content of all genres, including docs, features and shorts, in English and Spanish. Producers from Oi2Go and other platforms will be on hand to meet and talk with filmmakers.

The rest of the agenda includes:

Latinas in Hollywood: Our Stories, Our Way

A discussion about diversity and representation in front and behind the lens with actress Kate Del Castillo of Netflix’s “Ingobernable”, Catalina Aguilar Mastretta, Director of “Everybody Loves Somebody” and actress Judy Reyes of TNT’s “Claws”, moderated by Latina’s editorial director Robyn Moreno, co chair of Hispanicize L.A.

The New World of Filmed Content and Distribution for Latino Filmmakers

VR and 360-Video: A New Way Forward for Community and Content

Virtual Reality is in the headlines everyday and while the hardware is universal, there is a need for culturally relevant immersive content. Everyone from content creators, to brands and entertainers, are eager to learn more about VR and 360-video and how they can use these new platforms to impact and amplify their communities. This session features some of the top Latino minds in the VR world, who are leading by example and using cutting edge technology for social good, education, entertainment and beyond.

Cross Cultural Storytelling and Partnerships: The Story of ‘Hold On’ (Presented by City National Bank)

The entire cast of ‘Hold On’ discussing the cross cultural story that made this special indie film possible.

A Sitdown with the Stars of Larrymania

Closing Party and Special Screening of the Fourth Season of Telemundo Network’s “Señora Acero”

In addition to the filmmakers track of the event, producers and actors are allowed to attend any of the other 18 Hispanicize L.A. sessions scheduled for digital content creators, journalists and entrepreneurs.

Presented by Prudential Financial and created in collaboration with the CCNMA, the Hispanicize L.A. event features a sophisticated but practical agenda that will include case studies, discussions, and keynotes that are sure to empower tech diversity and inclusion officers.

Sponsorship 

Through today, confirmed sponsors so far include Prudential, Microsoft, JCPenney, Ford, United Airlines, Carnival Corp, Telemundo Network, Best Western, Starkist, Oi2Go, CNET En Español, Got Milk?, Curacao, and Fuente Latina.

Sponsorship information for Hispanicize L.A. is available by contacting sponsorship@hispanicizeevent.com or calling 203.364.4779.

Media Partnerships

The Hispanic Heritage Month edition of Hispanicize is being produced in partnership with the California Chicano News Media Association, DiMe Media, the Hispanic Public Relations Association, Latin Heat Media, Black Hollywood Film Fund and Latino Filmmakers Network.
Other media partners include: SBS/LaMusica, Latina Moms.com, Hispanic Kitchen, and, the Hispanic PR Blog.

About Hispanicize Media Group
About Hispanicize Media Group (HMG) Hispanicize Media Group (HMG) is a multi-platform media company for multicultural millennials and Generation Z. HMG works with leading brands and advertisers to navigate the rapidly evolving, $1.7 Trillion U.S. Hispanic market by offering branded media opportunities, brand integrations, celebrity endorsements, digital marketing campaigns and social influencer management. HMG’s Hispanicize Week is the largest annual event for Latino trendsetters and newsmakers in digital content creation, journalism, marketing, entertainment and tech entrepreneurship. http://hmgmedia.co.