Congratulations to my friend Baldemar Rodriguez on being nominated for “Best Director” in the annual Imagen Awards for the film “In Search of the American Dream.” Who is his competition? Here’s the complete list of nominees, from the Imagen Awards announcement:
- Georgina Garcia Riedel, “Ana Maria in Novela Land” (Fluency Studios)
- Gonzalo Gonzalez, “Seduccion” (Plus Entertainment/Cine Latino Network)
- Sean McNamara, “Spare Parts” (Pantelion Films)
- Baldemar Rodriguez, “In Search of the American Dream“ (Adelante Productions/Definition Productions/Adelante Pictures)
Rodriguez is the Artistic Director at Houston-based Talento Bilingue de Houston. He earned his degree from the School of Communication’s Film Program at the University of Houston and the Hollywood Film Institute. He worked behind the camera in local news as well as producing videos for local businesses and organizations. Rodriguez directed “In Search of the American Dream” and he was the lead actor in the film.
About the film, “In Search of the American Dream is a riveting story of five children and their adult brother as they desperately race across Texas for survival after their parents, who were undocumented for 30 years, were caught, arrested, and thrown in jail. Now, deportation is only a matter of time. In Search of the American Dream tells the story of one family torn apart, and the fear and agony the children are forced to bear alone.” Actors in the film include Shaina Sandoval, Kayla Valadez, Lupe Casares, and singer Irma Infante. Notable cameos in the film include journalist Minerva Perez and musician Ramon Ayala, among others.
About The Imagen Awards, from their website: “The Imagen (pronounced ee-mah-hen) Awards program was established in 1985 from a suggestion by veteran television producer Norman Lear to encourage and recognize the positive portrayals of Latinos in the media. Later, as The Imagen Foundation, it expanded its programs and initiatives to further its mission to serve as a bridge between the Latino community and the entertainment industry in providing access, education, and resources for Latinos in the industry, as well as those seeking careers in entertainment. More information on the organization as well as details of the event can be found online at www.imagen.org and its social media channels: Facebook and Twitter.”
Rodriguez’ Facebook announcement:
The awards will be presented on Friday, August 21, 2015 in Los Angeles. Good luck, Balde!
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