September 5, 2003

Showtime Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Showtime, which presents compelling and diverse programming throughout the year, will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15) with a number of programs that feature Latino themes and talent.

The network is especially proud to mark the directorial debut of Oscar nominee Salma Hayek with its Original Picture For All Ages “The Maldonado Miracle,” which was well received at the Sundance Film Festival and The Tribeca Film Festival.

Additionally, Showtime will bring the laughs Latino style with a blend of young talent and wily veterans who take a no-holds barred approach to comedy in “The Original Latin Kings of Comedy.”

The network will also highlight the works of aspiring Latino filmmakers during its annual “Latino Filmmaker Showcase,” for which the network has awarded one lucky filmmaker a $30,000 grant to make a short film that will premiere exclusively on Showtime in the future.

The Original Latin Kings of Comedy

Filmed during a live concert tour at a stop in El Paso, Texas, “The Original Latin Kings of Comedy” The Kings of Comedy will premiere on Showtime on September 15 at 8:00 PM (ET/PT). Kings of Comedy is primarily in English with some of the jokes delivered in Spanish. Directed by Jeb Brien, the comedy special is hosted by Cheech Marin (Cheech and Chong) and stars comedians George Lopez (“George Lopez” and the Showtime Original Picture “Fidel”) Paul Rodriguez (Tortilla Soup), Joey Medina (The Lost Empire) and Alex Reymundo (The Movement).

Latino Filmmaker Showcase

As part of a continuing commitment to develop and support up-and-coming Lat-ino filmmakers, Showtime Networks Inc. will present its 4th annual “Latino Filmmaker Showcase” on Monday, September 15 at 9:30 PM (ET/PT). This year, Showtime Networks joined forces with the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) for its Filmmaker Showcase.

The Showtime Networks annual grant of $30,000 was awarded to George Valencia following his win in the Best Short Award at the festival for “Moment to Moment.” In addition to Valencia’s film, the Latino Filmmaker Showcase will also feature four additional films, which received finalist status including “An Assignement” (directed by John A. Rangel), “One, Two, Three” (a film by Miguel Rueda), “What Really Happened During The Cuban Missile Crisis” (directed by Charles McNamara and produced by Olga Arana) and “Flirting With Death” (a film by Matt Clements and Fernando Lebrija).

The network will also be premiering “Vespertine” by Gustavo Mercado. “Vespertine” is the final product produced by Mercado in collaboration with Showtime and the $30K he won from last year’s Showcase.

The Maldonado Miracle

On Sunday, October 12 at 8:00 PM (ET/PT), Salma Hayek makes her directorial debut and serves as executive producer of the Show-time Original Picture For All Ages “The Maldonado Miracle.” Filmed on-location in Utah, the film stars Peter Fonda (“Easy Rider”), Mare Win-ningham (“St. Elmo’s Fire”), Rubèn Blades (“Gideon’s Crossing”) and Eddy Martin (the theatrical production “The 101 Dalmations Show” for Pacific Theaters). It is an Allegra Films production with the screenplay by Paul W. Cooper, based on the novel by Theodore Taylor. Eve Silverman and Susan Aronson (“A Matter of Conscience,” “The Story of Mary Margaret”) are the producers. The film is the story of a small, dying town whose residents’ faith is tested when a statue of Jesus seems to be bleeding real tears of blood. The windfall from the blessed event thrills the residents, but the town’s priest doubts the miracle, and the truth may lie with an 11-year-old Mexican boy who has taken refuge in the church.

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