Daniel Calvin: Laurence J. Fishburne III has achieved an impressive body of work as an actor, producer, and director. He starred in his first television show at age ten in the drama One Life to Live, and made his feature film debut at age twelve in Cornbread, Earl and Me. At fifteen, Laurence appeared in Apocalypse Now, the first of many cult classics destined to define his long career. Fishburne’s versatile acting has won him awards in theatre, film, and television. In 1992, Fishburne won a Tony Award for his portrayal of Sterling Johnson in August Wilson’s Two Trains Running. He won his first Emmy Award in 1993 for The Box episode of Tribeca, and his second for his one-man show, Thurgood, in 1997. In 1993, Laurence also received a Best Actor Oscar nomination for the Tina Turner biopic, What’s Love Got to Do with It. He was an Emmy Award nominee and an NAACP Image Award winner for his starring role in the 1997 telefilm Miss Evers’ Boys, which he also executive-produced. Laurence has been nominated 23 times for NAACP Image awards, with five wins – most recently in 2017 for his role in ABC’s black-ish.
Laurence may be best known for his role as Morpheus in the Wachowksi brothers’ blockbuster The Matrix trilogy, but his many film credits include: Academy Award nominee John Singleton’s Boyz ‘n the Hood, Richard T. Heffron’s telefilm A Rumor of War, Steven Spielberg’s, The Color Purple, Steven Zaillian’s Searching for Bobby Fischer, Mr. Singleton’s Higher Learning, Clint Eastwood’s Mystic River and cult classics, Deep Cover and King of New York. In 2000, Fishburne founded Cinema Gypsy Productions with his longtime manager and producing partner, Helen Sugland. They have produced numerous nominated and award-winning projects including: Thurgood (HBO), Five Fingers (Lionsgate), Akeelah and the Bee (Lionsgate), Once in the Life (Lionsgate), Always Out Numbered (HBO), Hoodlum (United Artists), and Miss Evers’ Boys (HBO). Currently, they produce the ABC-TV hit series Black-ish where Mr. Fishburne stars alongside Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross. In 2016, 2017, and 2018 Black-ish received Emmy nominations for Outstanding Comedy Series. The show was also nominated in 2017 and 2018 for a Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy.
In 2016, Fishburne starred in Warner Bros.’ blockbuster Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and A&E’s miniseries remake of Roots, alongside Forest Whitaker and Anna Paquin. The Roots remake premiered with universal acclaim, and Fishburne received a 2016 Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Narrator as Alex Haley. Fishburne also appeared in Passsengers, alongside Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt, which was released December 2016. Laurence’s recent releases include: Bronzeville, a 10-episode audio drama written by A History Of Violence scribe Josh Olson and produced with Larenz Tate’s company TateMan Entertainment and Audio HQ; and Madiba, a 2017 miniseries for BET Networks where Laurence portrayed Nelson Mandela in a drama about the politician’s life. In 2017 he appeared in Richard Linklater’s Last Flag Flying in which he stared with Steve Carell and Bryan Cranston. In 2018 he was seen in Marvel’s Ant Man and The Wasp and most recently he reprised his role as the Bowey King in John Wick 3 in May of 2019. Fishburne will next be seen this fall in Annapurna’s highly anticipated adaptation of Where’d You Go, Bernadette. Cinema Gypsy Productions are also producing an adaptation of The Alchemist at TriStar with Kevin Frakes of Palm Star Media.
Hospicio: Edward James Olmos has achieved extraordinary success as an actor, producer and humanitarian. The Tony, Emmy and Academy Award® Nominated actor, is probably best known to young audiences for his work on the SYFY television series Battlestar Galatica as Admiral William Adama. Although the series kept the actor busy during its run from 2003 through 2009, it didn’t stop him from directing the HBO movie Walkout in 2007, for which he earned a DGA Nomination in the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television category. Olmos’ career in entertainment spans over 50 years of working in the business. In that time he created a signature style and aesthetic that he applies to every artist endeavor, often grounding his characters in reality and gravitas. His dedication to his craft has brought him attention across the industry, and with audiences worldwide.
Originally a musician, Olmos branched out into acting, appearing in many small theatre productions until portraying the iconic El Pachuco in Zoot Suit. The play moved to Broadway and Olmos earned a Tony nomination for the role, which he revised in the 1981 film version.
Olmos went on to appear in the films Wolfen, Blade Runner, and the Ballad of Gregorio Cortez before starring in his biggest role to date, that of Lieutenant Martin Castillo in the iconic 80’s television series Miami Vice, opposite Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas. During his time on the Michael Mann series, Olmos earned two Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominations, resulting in a win from each.
In 1988, the actor was nominated for an Academy Award® and won the Golden Globe for his portrayal of Jaime Escalante in Stand and Deliver. He directed and starred in his first motion picture, American Me, in 1992.
Olmos’ passion for the arts grows every year, but he never forgets to give back to the communities that support him with their dedication. He is an international advocate, spokesman, and humanitarian working with organizations such as Thank You Ocean, Project Hope Foundation, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, The Boy’s and Girl’s Club of America, The River Keepers, Dr. Andros’ Diabetic Foot Global Conference. He speaks up to 150 times a year in schools, universities, and corporations.
Other credits as an actor include the motion pictures My Family/Mi Familia; Selena, which was a breakout film for Jennifer Lopez; and In the Time of Butterflies, in which he played Dominican Republic dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo. In television, he is bringing gravitas to Mayans, M.C., in its second hit season. He enjoyed a recurring role as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Roberto Mendoza in the NBC drama The West Wing, portrayed a widowed father in the PBS drama American Family: Journey of Dreams, and Dexter. He recently Directed the YouTube phenomena The Short Film BP Doesn’t Want You To See, featured on Larry King/CNN.
Dylan Burke: Juan Pablo Raba is one of the most sought-after actors in Latin America and is quickly capturing the attention of the American market on both the large and small screens.
Raba can currently be seen in Netflix’s third original Colombian series, Distrito Salvaje, in which he stars alongside Cristina Umaña and Camila Sodil. The story follows Jhon Jeiver (Raba), a guerrilla who escapes the jungle after the signing of a Peace Treaty that was meant to end the decades-old conflict in Colombia. Additionally, Raba is an executive producer on the series.
Juan Pablo Raba garnered stellar reviews for his performance in Netflix’s Golden Globe nominated series, Narcos, starring alongside Wagner Moura. In the series, Raba plays Gustavo, Pablo Escobar’s (Moura) cousin and most trusted advisor. Raba can also currently be seen on History Channel’s final season of the critically acclaimed Navy Seal drama series, Six, created by William and David Broyles. He plays the role of Ricky Buddha Ortiz, one of the veterans on SEAL Team Six. The final season premiered on May 28, 2018. Raba also recurred in the third season of ABC’s hit series, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. His character Joey Gutierrez is the first openly gay hero in the Marvel franchise.
Raba can be seen in Pierre Morel’s action thriller, Peppermint, opposite Jennifer Garner. He also leads the cast in Paul Kampf ‘s independent feature, Imprisoned, co-starring John Heard, Laurence Fishburne and Edward James Olmos. Notably, Raba starred in Relativity’s indie drama, Shot Caller, written and directed by Ric Roman Waugh. He also played the lead role in Netflix’s first Spanish feature, Seven Years.
Raba made his American film debut opposite Antonio Banderas and Juliette Binoche in The 33, which is based on the real-life events of the 33 Chilean miners, who were trapped underground for 69 days. Raba stars as Dario Segovia, the troubled brother of Maria (Binoche), who battles an alcohol addiction while being trapped in the mine. This film garnered six awards at the 2016 Imagen Awards.
Raba is best known throughout Latin America for his role as Alejandro Botero in Los Caballeros Las Prefieren Brutas. Based on Isabella Santo Domingo’s book of the same name, the series was one of the top rated shows in Latin America for many years and still airs today. He also had a role in the popular series, Los Secretos.
Other film credits include Henry Rivero’s Secreto de Confesion, The Snitch Cartel, El Cielo En Tu Mirada and La Lectora.
A native of Bogota, Colombia and raised in Spain, Raba returned to his birthplace and studied acting with Edgardo Roman. He later continued his studies at the Lee Strasberg Institute in New York.
He currently resides in Los Angeles.
Maria: Juana Acosta has participated in Spanish feature films such as Tiempo Sin Aire, directed by Samuel Martin and Andres Luque, Bienvenido A Casa, directed by David Trueba, Los Dos Lados De La Cama, directed by Emilio Martinez Lazaro, Una Hora Mas En Canarias, directed by David Serrano, and A Glopes, directed by Juan Vicente Cordoba. Her work in Spanish television includes Velvet, Familia, Hospital Central, and Crematorio for which she received the award for Best Female Lead on television, by the Union de Actores. In 2010 she participated in the trilogy Carlos directed by Olivier Assayas and so begins her trajectory in French television with works such as Les Beaux Mecs and Cain for France 2 or her role in the Canal Plus project Sanctuaire for which she received the Fipa de Oro award for Best Female Lead in a Drama at the festival of Biarritz. In French cinema Juana has participated in films such as 11’6 directed by Phillipe Godeau next to Francois Cluzet or her most recent work as a lead in France, Anna. In 2013 she participated in the film Le Regne De La Beautel, directed by Oscar-winning director Denys Arcand. In 2015 in Italy we see her in the Spanish/Italian coproduction La Dama Velada. In 2016 she participated in the British/French coproduction The Last Panthers by Johan Renk for Canal Plus-Sky TV. In Latin America she participated in the films Libertador directed by Alberto Velo next to Edgar Ramirez and El Cartel De Los Sapos, directed by Carlos Moreno. In 2016 Juana starred in the Spanish feature films Acantilado by Helena Taberna and Vientos De La Habana by Felix Viscarret, as well as Netflix’s first feature film in Spanish, 7 Anos by Roger Gual. In 2017 Juana starred in Perfectos Desconoxidos and filmed Ola De Crimenes, Jefe, Imprisoned, and the series Gigantes.
Governor Mandera: Esai Morales is currently one of the leads in the DC Universe show, TITANS and he can currently be seen recurring on NCIS:LA. Additionally, Esai finished his recurring role on MARS for Ron Howard/Brian Grazer. He was recently the star of Screen Gems’ SUPERFLY and the first season of Netflix’s OZARK. Esai can be seen as the lead in WALL OF MEXICO, which has just been accepted to the South by Southwest film festival. He is probably best known for his series regular work on NYPD BLUE and the feature LA BAMBA. He will soon be seen in a number of major feature films including Paul Kampf’s IMPRISONED opposite Laurence Fishburne, Giorgio Serafini’s SENIOR MOMENT opposite Christopher Lloyd, and Betty Kaplan’s SIMONE opposite Caterina Murino. Esai’s other major film credits include Michael Jai White’s NEVER BACK DOWN and Sean McNamara’s SPARE PARTS opposite Marisa Tomei. Other notable television credits include major recurring roles on ABC’s HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, CBS’ BLUE BLOODS and NBC’s CHICAGO PD.
Diaz: Jon Huertas currently stars as ‘Miguel’ on NBC’s critically acclaimed series, This Is Us. Prior to that, he starred as ‘Detective Javier Esposito’ on ABC’s award-winning dramedy Castle and his standout performance in HBO’s miniseries Generation Kill as ‘Sgt. Tony “Poke” Espera’ offered a streetwise view of the U.S. Marines’ 1st Recon Battalion during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Jon, being a veteran himself, calls it the most meaningful role of his career. In addition to a 20 plus year acting career, Jon is also a filmmaker having produced and directed Network Television special features, a Holiday Special for ABC, Music Videos, award-winning short films and two feature films earning him an appointment to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. His production shingle WestSide Stories has multiple TV/Film projects in development.
Captain Elles: John Heard was a talented actor who established himself as a respected thespian in the late 1970s and early ’80s, though he is perhaps better known for his turns as Kevin McCallister in the Home Alone movies. Not only in film but in television, Heard was featured in a production of The Scarlet Letter as Arthur Dimmesdale. He played real-life Ku Klux Klan leader D. C. Stephenson in the TV miniseries Cross of Fire and played the part of David Manning in the ABC miniseries adaptation of Shirley MacLaine’s Out On A Limb, a memoir of her journey toward acceptance of spiritual and extraterrestrial realities. Heard also had roles on The Sopranos as the troubled corrupt detective Vin Makazian, for which he received an Emmy nomination as outstanding guest actor, and later on Battlestar Galactica as Commander Barry Garner. He had recurring roles on CSI: Miami as Kenwall Duquesne, father of Calleigh Duquesne, and Prison Break as governor of Illinois, Frank Tancredi. Among other film and television roles in the 2000s and 2010s, he played the mayor of Chicago on two episodes of the Fox series The Chicago Code.
Anita: Ana Isabelle is an award-winning Puerto Rican actress, singer-songwriter, and dancer who has been unstoppable this year landing Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story remake as Rosalia and co-starred in the remake of Coppola’s Dementia 13. Ana made her US Television debut in Seasons Of Love opposite Taraji P Henson, Gladys Knight and Method Man and was the first Latina music artist featured in a TNT NBA All Stars commercial when she and actor Chazz Palminteri paid homage to the greats of the basketball world with Ana singing Power by Kanye West. Her other television credits include: Younger, Strangers and Big Dogs. She made her New York stage debut off broadway in the musical I Like it Like That with Tito Nieves and won Broadway Worlds Regional Award for Best Actress both for her performance as Eva Peron in Asolo Repertory Theatre’s Evita and Anita in Guthrie Theatre’s West Side Story. Singing to sold out audiences she has graced the concert stages as a solo artist and singing duets with Gilberto Santa Rosa at Carnegie Hall, Placido Domingo, Jose Feliciano, Luis Fonsi and Citifield singing the Star-Spangled Banner for the NY Mets. She has released 3 highly successful albums in Latin America and US and stolen the hearts of more than 30 million Latinos who voted and made her the winner of Viva el Sueño; a music reality show produced by Univision in which Ana Isabelle was crowned as the new Latin music rising star. Billboard Magazine called her “An Artist To Watch”.