Perspectiva Latina Panel & Reception - Presented by Partida Tequila
Join us for a conversation with leading Latino voices in Film, TV, and Entertainment: Doris Casap (HBO), Elaine Del Valle (Actress), Hilary Bettis (The Americans) Karina Ortiz (Orange is the New Black) and Manuel Betancourt (VICE).
Doris Casap, Sr. Vice President, Film Programming, HBO is a trailblazing executive in the world of Film & Television. Since 2004, she has been responsible for independent film acquisition for HBO and Cinemax.
Elaine Del Valle, Producer, Writer, Actress is an accomplished producer, Elaine was the first to license an interstitial series (her co-production of Gran’pa Knows Best) to the HBO Latino Network. She received a 2016 Telly award for her co-production of PBS/World Channel series, The Smallest Step. Elaine co-created, co-wrote, produced and directed the comedy web series, Reasons Y I’m Single (now on Amazon Prime). Elaine has also directed commercials (in English and Spanish) and in 2017 she penned Final Decision, which marked Elaine’s directorial debut in a short film. While on the 2017 festival circuit, Final Decision played at over a dozen festivals, winning Del Valle two “Best Actor” awards, a “Best Narrative Director in a Short Film” award and a “Best Original Film Score” award. Del Valle’s many film productions continue to win awards across festivals including the short hybrid animation documentary, Victor & Isolina— which has won numerous awards, screened at over 50 festivals (including the 2017 Sundance Film Festival), IFP Film Center, and at The MoMA. Elaine recently licensed Victor & Isolina to HBO where it will premiere in 2018.
Hilary Bettis is a 2018 WGA Award nominated writer, two-time recipient of the Lecomte du Nouy Prize from Lincoln Center, and a 2015 graduate of the Lila Acheson Wallace Playwright Fellowship at The Juilliard School. Her plays have been recognized by the Kilroys every year since its inception. She has been a New America Fellows Finalist, Runner-Up for the Alliance Theatre’s Kendeda Award, Nuestras Voces National Playwriting Competition, American Blues Theater’s Blue Ink Award and the Leah Ryan Prize. Hilary is in her second season as Story Editor on FX’s Emmy-nominated show The Americans.
Karina Ortiz is an award nominated Dominican American actress born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She is the middle child and only girl among her two brothers. Due to her younger brother being diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a baby, her family moved to New York City when she was 4 years old in order to provide him with better care and opportunities. From a young age, Karina was always emotionally drawn to both music and acting, resulting in her wanting to connect with the world by performing. Unfortunately, due to financial hardships her parents were not able to afford the training she needed. It was not until college where she was finally able to fully pursue acting and in 2009 she graduated with a BA in Theatre from The City College of New York. Upon graduating she performed on Off-Broadway stages in NY and around the country as the leading role, Angelita in "Platanos and Collard Greens."
Soon after, she booked her first co-star role playing Mercedes, the sister of Dr. Ruben Marcado (Played by Lin-Manuel Miranda) in NBC's "Do No Harm." She went on to book roles in "Blue Bloods", "Royal Pains," "Turn: Washington's Spies" and more. She is known for her recurring role as Margarita on "Orange Is The New Black" and her supporting role as Lupita Garza in Nat Geo's "The Long Road Home" garnered her a 2018 Imagen Awards nomination.
Manuel Betancourt is a New York City-based writer, editor, and critical thinker. A pop culture enthusiast and an eternal Buffy fan, he mostly writes about queer and Latinx media and culture. Featured in Film Comment, Esquire, The Atlantic, Electric Literature, Remezcla, Los Angeles Review of Books, Vice & Backstage Magazine, among others. He's one of the writers of Chad Sell's graphic novel The Cardboard Kingdom (Knopf Books for Young Readers), a New York Times Summer Pick.