Thursday, May 27, 2021

THE HA COMEDY FESTIVAL 2021 - LARGEST SHOWCASE OF LATINX COMEDIC TALENT IN THE WORLD - WILL STREAM ON HBO MAX ONCE AGAIN!

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HA COMEDY FESTIVAL SPECIAL TO RETURN TO HBO MAX


NEW CADENCE PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS THE

LARGEST SHOWCASE OF LATINX COMEDIC TALENT IN THE WORLD FOR A SECOND YEAR

 

SECOND CITY JOINS THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED AND AWARD- WINNING COMEDY FEST


 

  New Cadence Productions (NCP), which recently announced a 10 Episode order for its reboot of the hit series “The Brothers Garcia,” now called “The Garcias,” announced today that HBO Max will stream the HA Comedy Festival, for a second year. The festival takes place in the historic Riverwalk Area of San Antonio, TX this September.

The first annual Festival occurred in February of 2020, over three days in five venues with 21 shows and 46 comedians. It was and remains the largest showcase of Latino comedic talent in the world. The prerecorded live finale of the first festival, hosted by comedian Anjelah Johnson and featuring celebrities Eva Longoria, Eugenio Derbez, and Danny Trejo, streamed on HBO Max in August of 2020 to rave reviews and a won a recent NAMIC award beating out the Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air Reunion and several others.

Jeff Valdez, creator of the festival and NCP co-founder, states: “I am pleased that HBO Max believes in the future of this festival by ordering a second special. The first year, although challenging, yielded fantastic results, such as a staggering 93M Digital Impressions, and a viral 24M Views on HBO Max’s TikTok account.”

Sol Trujillo, co-founder of NCP, says: “The New Mainstream Audience, largely driven by the Latino Cohort, is very important to the entertainment and news media sector of our economy. We look forward to successive years of bringing this festival to the public and are thrilled that HBO Max understands that and is supporting it. We are also pleased that HBO Max is partnering with us and that our title sponsor AT&T, like us, recognizes the value of this audience.”

The HA Comedy Festival is more than just a comedy festival; it is a strategic infrastructure that will support New Cadence Productions’ efforts in creating content to help fill the void in the entertainment media pipeline. NCP likes to describe the HA festival as their strategic farm team, as many of the comics from last year’s festival will now appear on upcoming “The Garcias,” series as guest stars.

With this sophomore edition of the HA Festival, the world renown historic comedy improv enterprise – The Second City – will join in bringing talent from their historic Chicago base to the San Antonio gathering and feature their talent on the “Second City Stage.”

“Second City is proud to support the HA Festival and amplifying more Latinx voices, which makes us all better, stronger, and more interesting,” adds Jon Carr, executive producer at The Second City.  “Our organization is committed to inclusion on our stages and in every aspect of our business.  To be part of The HA Festival is a natural for us, and it’s going to be so much fun.

HA 2021, will also be the home for the maiden voyage of the “The Equal Footing Film Festival”, celebrating films made 100% by underserved women, bringing together the best emerging female talent in the world. “We want to give under-represented voices an equal footing in the entertainment industry.  With these talented female filmmakers and comedians coming together we are looking forward to experiencing magic,” said Equal Footing founders, Lana Inderman and Anna Sarkisian.

The Festival is currently booking all of its shows for the 2021 edition, which this year will include the aforementioned Second City Stage and The Equal Footing Film Festival; Fresh Faces, a stage featuring unknown comedians; The Original OG’s, featuring many headliner comics that we have come to know and love; One Man and One Woman shows; Comedy Chingonas, an all-female Latina show, and of course, the Finale pre-recorded special which will stream on HBO Max from San Antonio, TX.

"Our city is looking forward to The HA Festival  -- the premier Latinx comedy event in the nation – bringing three days of laughs and fun to downtown San Antonio this September," said San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg. "We are excited to welcome the festival back once again. In fact, San Antonio would be the prefect permanent home for this groundbreaking event."   

ABOUT NEW CADENCE PRODUCTIONS

NCP is an English-language content creation studio for Latino/a creatives to tell their stories that entertain and inspire all audiences. We celebrate the Latino market as “The New Mainstream” and are committed to advancing its cadence and full inclusion across Hollywood and society. Our content is NON-MONOLITHIC, UNIVERSAL, ASPIRATIONAL and FAMILY-CENTRIC.

 



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Latinx comedian Anjelah Johnson was the host for HA COMEDY FESTIVAL 2020.
The HA COMEDY FESTIVAL 2021 will once again be presented on HBO MAX taping in September in San Antonio.  
Photo courtesy of New Cadence Productions


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Latinx actress Eva Longoria presented at The HA COMEDY FESTIVAL 2020.  
This year's HA COMEDY FESTIVAL 2021 will once again be presented on HBO MAX taping in September in San Antonio.  
Photo courtesy of New Cadence Productions


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Latinx comedian Anjelah Johnson, host for HA COMEDY FESTIVAL 2020 is joined by comedian/actor Eugenio Derbez.
The HA COMEDY FESTIVAL 2021 will once again be presented on HBO MAX taping in September in San Antonio.  
Photo courtesy of New Cadence Productions




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Partners at New Cadence Productions (Left) Jeff Valdez (Right) Sol Trujillo
will be producing THE HA COMEDY FESTIVAL 2021 for streaming on HBO MAX.
Photo courtesy of New Cadence Production




Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Movie News: High School Drama Starring Anthony Michael Hall & Rising Hollywood Young TV stars Begins Filming This Summer (Chicago, IL.)

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Debbie Gibson
 
 
 
 
John Kapelos
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Anthony Michael Hall and Debbie Gibson anchoring High School Drama with Hollywood’s rising TV stars from 

"Cobra Kai", "This Is Us", "Julie and The Phantoms" and  "Ruthless"

‘THE CLASS’ TO BEGIN PRODUCTION IN CHICAGO

 Monaco Films’ “The Class,” is set to begin production this summer in Chicago. The coming of age high school drama will star Anthony Michael Hall and Broadway actress and pop icon Debbie Gibson. Also joining the cast is an ensemble of the newest generation of Hollywood’s rising television actors.

"The Class", written by Nicholas Celozzi, (“Shattered,” “The Lost Angel,” “The Legitimate Wiseguy”) tells the story of a diverse group of high school seniors, forced to show up Saturday to retake an exam they missed or failed, in order to graduate. These students are challenged by their acting teacher to express themselves creatively. Six teenagers are forced to confront their own prejudices, cultural differences and hidden fears in an evolving world of social unrest. 

Hall, who also starred in John Hughes “Sixteen Candles” broke out in the 1985 classic “The Breakfast Club” which focused on five students serving detention. Switching roles from the fast-talking Brian in “The Breakfast Club,” Hall will now act as the high school’s antagonist assistant principal. The actor can soon be seen in the Blumhouse feature “Halloween Kills,” the latest installment in the “Halloween” franchise, in which he stars opposite Jamie Lee Curtis. Additionally, he can be seen in the ABC hit sitcom, “The Goldbergs.”

Reuniting with Hall is John Kapelos (“The Umbrella Academy,” “The Shape of Water”) who portrayed ‘Carl the Janitor’ in ‘The Breakfast Club.’ He has been cast as an uncle to one of the teens.

Actress, singer-songwriter Gibson ("Summer of Dreams" & Broadway Cast Revival "Cabaret") joins as the drama teacher who encourages her reluctant students to break through their emotional walls. Gibson will write and produce an original song for the film.

The young adult cast features Lyric Ross (currently starring as Deja Pearson on NBC hit drama “This is Us”) as provocative rock chick Casey; Charlie Gillespie (Netflix’s “Julie and the Phantoms,” John Travolta’s “Speed Kills,” The CW’s “Charmed”) as moody Jason; Hannah Kepple (Netflix’s “Cobra Kai”) as guarded singer/songwriter Jessie; Colin McCalla (Tyler Perry’s “Ruthless” on BET+) as football player Max, and newcomer Juliette Celozzi (“Shattered”) as sensitive rich girl Allie. Casting is by Dora Whitaker.

Nicholas Celozzi is producing and directing from his own script with producing partner Michael Sportelli of Monaco Films in association with Wiseguy Inc.  Anthony Michael Hall will also serve as Executive Producer.

Dora Whitaker, Bob French, and former Disney Executive Paul Noack will serve as Executive Producers. Freddy Braidy, (“Gospel Hill,” “Rescue Dawn,” “Blonde Ambition”) will produce.

Celozzi’s Chicago production team includes Cinematographer Peter Biagi, whom he first worked on his 2004 “Quiet Kill,” (a.k.a. “Nightmare Boulevard”) and Periscope Post & Audio located at Cinespace.

Celozzi is presently overseeing development and production of several feature-length films with Mike Sportelli, his producing partner at Monaco Films: “2 Days/1963” and “The Legitimate Wiseguy” directed by George Gallo set to shoot this fall. He served as Executive producer on the 2018 installment of the Kickboxer film franchise, “Kickboxer: Retaliation” and produced the 2016 “Kickboxer: Vengeance.” Celozzi has written and produced psycho-thrillers “The Lost Angel,” “Nightmare Boulevard,” “Momo: The Sam Giancana Story,” and “Shattered” now on Amazon Prime. 

                                                                  

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