Singer Thalia Puts on Director Hat for “15: A Quinceañera Story”

A Collection of Four Short Films, Debuts Dec. 19th on HBO and HBO Latino

15: A Quinceañera Story, a collection of four short documentary films, debuts Tuesday, Dec., 19 (7:00-7:30 p.m. ET/PT), followed by a new short film on successive nights – Dec. 20, 21 and 22 – simultaneously on HBO and HBO Latino. Executive produced by renowned music executive Tommy Mottola and directed by Emmy® winner Matthew O’Neill and Latin Grammy-winning recording artist Thalía Sodi, the films follow five Latina girls from different cultural, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds as they transition to adulthood, all observing the traditional rite of passage of the quinceañera, a celebration of their 15th birthdays. The show will also be available on HBO On Demand, HBO NOW, HBO GO and affiliate portals.

“As a Latina, I’m proud to share our culture and shine a spotlight on the dynamic, talented and beautiful young women featured in these four films,” comments director Thalía Sodi.

“These young women are fierce and determined, and represent the rising generation of American Latinas who are helping define the future of our country,” adds executive producer Tommy Mottola.

15: A Quinceañera Story follows young girls and their families as they navigate the complexities of coming of age in the U.S. From grappling with gender identity to the constant fear of having a loved one deported, the issues raised in each piece reflect the current cultural and political landscape.

The quinceañera girls profiled include:

Zoey (debuting Dec. 19), a young Mexican-American living south of Los Angeles, who was assigned male at birth and celebrates with her trans-madrinas (godmothers), who never had quinceañeras of their own.

Rosi (Dec. 20), an American growing up in Florida with a mother from Guatemala and a father from Cuba, who combines all three of her cultures for a quinceañera in Havana. She chooses to celebrate there because her beloved grandfather cannot get a visa to the U.S.

Ashley (Dec. 21), an amateur boxer living in East Los Angeles, whose mother is a Dreamer and whose father has been deported. She is as nervous about her first official fight as she is about her quinceañera. Ashley’s coach, who is undergoing deportation procedures, may not get to see her special day.

Jackie and Nina (Dec. 22), best friends from San Antonio, who decide to honor their multi-generational Mexican-American heritage by mixing their joint quince with their love of escaramuza, a traditional Mexican horse-dancing display.

“The featured young women are examples of the breadth and diversity of the Latina experience in America – we’re proud to celebrate them and their communities as they contend with the complicated realities of growing up in America today,” says director Matthew O’Neill. “I couldn’t think of a better home for these stories than HBO.”

Executive producer Tommy Mottola is the former chairman and CEO of Sony Music Entertainment. He has managed or mentored such major artists as Hall & Oates, John Mellencamp, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Shakira, Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, among many others. As a theatrical producer, Mottola’s Broadway credits include “A Bronx Tale,” “Groundhog Day” and the upcoming Donna Summer musical, as well as the reopening of “Jersey Boys” off-Broadway

Producer and director Thalía Sodi is an internationally acclaimed singer, songwriter and actress who has sold 45 million records worldwide. She is also a fashion designer with her own line of clothing, The Thalía Sodi Collection.

Producer and director Matthew O’Neill is an Emmy®-winning and Oscar®-nominated director whose previous HBO documentaries include 2016’s “The Latin Explosion: A New America,” which Tommy Mottola executive produced, as well as the Emmy® winner “Baghdad ER,” and the Oscar® nominees “Redemption” and “China’s Natural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province.”

15: A Quinceañera Story is executive produced by Tommy Mottola; produced by Xochitl Dorsey, Matthew O’Neill and Thalía Sodi; directed by Matthew O’Neill and Thalía Sodi; created by Thalía Sodi and Tommy Mottola. For HBO: senior producer, Sara Bernstein; executive producer, Sheila Nevins.

 

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