Edward James Olmos and the Latino Film Institute Extend the Youth Cinema Program

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Academy Award nominated actor, Edward James Olmos went from playing a teacher in Stand and Deliver to becoming one thanks to the Latino Film Institute and the Youth Cinema Program.

The program, which has been around since 1998 continues to strive and help at-risk youth from grades 4 through 12 across and the country and have recently expanded into the nation of Panama, but don’t think this is just for Latino students, the program is open to all children and teens interested in participating, when available in their local schools.

#YCPLiveReads has extended the program at through May 15, 2020. As film projects could not be completed because of COVID-19, the Youth Cinema Program and Mr. Olmos have transitioned to a live stream every Wednesday with full replays available as a live table read for the scripts in production.

The organization is also streaming the films produced last year that were completed and look forward to what will come in 2021 as well.

We spoke with Mr. Olmos about the the Youth Cinema Program and all the positive effects it has had on the lives of students through out the years and not just through the arts, but improvement in their other studies, including mathamatics and the sciences, along with social skills and confidence building. We also discuss aspects of Latino culture and its influence on American society and for the first time ever, Mr. Olmos publicly endorses a candidate for President of the United States of America.

For social media inquiries follow Youth Cinema Program on Instagram @youthcinemaproject_ Facebook @YouthCinemaProject and on Twitter @youthcinema_ and their official website at www.youthcinemaproject.org.

For more information about the Latino Film Institute and the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festivail go to Instagram @laliff_ Facebook at LALIFF and Twitter at @LALIFF.

Editor’s Note: Any buzzing you hear is from fiber optics being laid down in the street, that we could not escape.

The remainder of the Youth Cinema Program is as follows:

Friday, April 24 – A double feature
MULTI-SHOW MASH-UP EN ESPAÑOL – Cassandra Ciangherotti (LOS ESPOOKYS), Bernardo Velasco (LOS ESPOOKYS), Isabella Gomez (ONE DAY AT A TIME), Bruno Bichir (PARTY OF FIVE)
NAPOLEON DYNAMITE/THE SINNER/RAMBO LAST BLOOD COLLAB – Efren Ramirez, Eddie Martinez and Fenessa Pineda.

Monday, April 27
THE CASAGRANDES – Izabella Alvarez and Carlos Alazraqui.

Wednesday, April 29
BROKE – Jaime Camil, Pauley Perrette, Natasha Leggero and Izzy Diaz.

Friday, May 1
EAST LOS HIGH – Danielle Vega, Alicia Sixtos, Vannessa Vazquez, Andrea Sixtos, Tracy Perez, Jorge Diaz and Gilbert Saldivar.

Monday, May 4
ON MY BLOCK – Jason Genao, Diego Tinoco, Jessica Marie Garcia, Julio Macias and Paula Garces.

Wednesday, May 6
LITTLE AMERICA – John Ortiz, Jearnest Corchado, Melinna Bobadilla and Gustavo Gomez.

Friday, May 8
ELENA OF AVALOR – Aimee Carrero, Jenna Ortega and Joseph Haro.

Monday, May 11
SELENA: THE SERIES – Christian Serratos, Gabriel Chavarria, Ricardo Chavira, Seidy Lopez and Noemi Gonzalez.

Wednesday, May 13
MAYANS – JD Pardo, Emilio Rivera, Carla Baratta and Frankie Loyal.

Friday, May 15
NARCOS MEXICO – Alejandro Edda, Fernanda Urrejola, Teresa Ruiz, Mayra Hermosillo, Andres Almeida, Jesse Garcia and Alberto Zeni.

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