Photography by Ismael Rosario & Edwin Supo
ProyectoNext is dedicated to bringing to the masses the Latino films, actors, directors and musicians of tomorrow today. With that lofty goal in mind, I have to say that they delivered mightily in their inaugural event that went down earlier this month. The featured film for the occasion was none other The House That Jack Built. The film is a riveting trek through the trials, tribulations and troubles of one Latino family in the Bronx and how they cope with the never-ending drama that comes their way.
Director Henry Barrial realistically and masterfully brings to life a script that was written nearly 20 years ago by Joseph Vasquez, whose film Hangin’ With The Homeboys introduced the world to John Leguizamo and was a pioneering independent Latino film. Mr. Vasquez died in 1995 from AIDS but director Henry Barrial, and the talented ensemble cast, lovingly created a film that remains true to the original vision.
The after party was held at the super awesome YOtel. In addition to introducing and finding the latest Latino talent in film, ProyectoNext is also about highlighting emerging Latino music stars. With that in mind, their first featured artist is the immensely talented Camille Safiya. Make sure you download her latest offering, ISLAND BLUES | The Sonic Memoirs. Believe me, you will thank me later.
Long live ProyectoNext, The House That Jack Built & Camille Safiya!