LUZ MEDIA: Latine Led Movies and Shows to Support Amidst the Actors and Writers Strike
August 16, 2023
Latine representation in Hollywood has historically been limited, but this year seemed poised to mark a significant change. With movies such as "Blue Beetle" leading the charge, a wave of optimism swelled within the community. This film, directed, written by, and starring Latinos, was highly anticipated to make a splash at the summer box office.
But now the film faces an unexpected challenge. Strikes by the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) have severely affected the promotion of upcoming films. With union members actively supporting the strike and deciding not to promote their projects, marketing efforts have been stifled. This means that, although “Blue Beetle,” scheduled to premiere on August 18, represents an important milestone for Latino representation, its cast is unable to promote it.
Despite these challenges, the community has rallied together.
In a tremendous show of unity, 27 prominent Latino organizations and media outlets, including the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, LA Collab, Latino Film Institute, and this media outlet Luz Media, collectively penned an open letter urging the community to "amplify the work that countless Latino artists have worked so hard to create." The movement behind this cause is gaining momentum online with the hashtag #SupportLatinoCreatives...
"Aristotle And Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe.” Adapted from Benjamin Alire Sáenz's renowned 2012 novel, this coming-of-age romantic drama by Aitch Alberto delves into the lives of two Mexican-American teenagers in 1987's El Paso, Texas. Aristotle and Dante, played by Max Pelayo and Reese Gonzales, forge a profound bond, their connection spotlighted against a vivid Texan backdrop. The star-studded ensemble includes Verónica Falcón, Kevin Alejandro, Eva Longoria, and Eugenio Derbez. Having made its debut at the 47th International Toronto Film Festival in 2022, movie-goers eagerly await its theatrical release by Blue Fox Entertainment on September 8, 2023.