For the second year in a row HBO has partnered with the Official Latino Film and Arts Festival to select three films to premiere on HBO and HBO Max. Princess Cut; 1,2,3, All Eyes on Me and Rizo, are featured in the “Future Of Us: Pa’lante” collection that also showcase feature series, short films and documentaries that celebrate and push the Latinx culture.
An adaptation of Demetra Kareman’s stage play, Bitch Brow. Princess Cut, directed by Elaine Del Valle, is a tale of colliding worlds as Teresa and Elodie, two women from opposite sides of the tracks, wind up together in an all-night laundromat. Both struggling with the expectations and pressures of impending nuptials, an unlikely friendship develops. But when one is caught in a lie, relationships unravel into bloody murder.
Elaine Del Valle, a native New York Latina, is an actress, writer, and director. Whose films have garnered support from WarnerMedia 150, Sundance Institute, and HBO. Recently she published her autobiographical coming-of-age story, Brownsville Bred, as a young adult novel. A “Most inspirational young adult book of 2020” (International Latino Book Awards)–Del Valle’s screenplay adaptation of her novel will be her next film and her first feature as a director.
1, 2, 3, ALL EYES ON ME
A loving teacher, Ms. Leena, has her hands full with her 4th-grade class. When she takes an upset student outside to speak with him, she sees something that alarms her – a teenager is writing Xs on certain classroom doors. Things quickly unravel and Ms. Leena and her class find themselves trapped in a crisis that quickly engulfs the entire campus.
Directed by Emil Gallardo, an award-winning Mexican-American writer/director from Los Angeles. In 2020, he was selected by HBO to their Directing Fellowship and later won Panavision’s Future Filmmaker award. With all of his work, Gallardo strives to tell unforgettable stories that stand out for their authenticity and willingness to confront uncomfortable truths. His latest film, “1, 2, 3, All Eyes On Me” is no exception.
Directed by Jeanette Dilone, a native New Yorker, born and raised in upper Manhattan. Rizo, follows an Afro-Latina actress struggling with her hair on a rough day of auditions. As she navigates the Hollywood machine, she is forced to confront her own identity, as a Latina actress who doesn’t quite fit the mold.
Since graduating from Columbia University, Dilone’s acting work has spanned television, film, theater, commercials, and new media. She began her journey as a filmmaker when she wrote and directed her first short “Return,” which had a festival run in 2017.
The films are available to stream on HBO Max.