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Viewers Clamor for More Los Americans

In terms of brave new distribution concepts, it would be difficult to find a more adventurous one this summer than the model pursued by Sun Valley firm Transit TV and non-profit OneEconomy with their web series Los Americans.

Produced by Robert Townsend and Dennis Leoni, who created Showtime’s Resurrection Blvd., and starring storied Latino actor Esai Morales, the eight-part web series debuted online in May and has since been piped into MTA buses. Each episode is about 17 minutes long, and after the eighth and final one was posted last month, hooked viewers were quickly wondering when they could expect more:

Wow. I’ve been crying my eyes out for the last 17 minutes @ a Starbucks. This was truly some great writing, acting and overall amazing episode. Thank you for speaking truth to the Latino American Experience. I am a huge fan! Make this a network show! Jonathan

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Transgender Flick Kicks Off 2011 Edition of LA’s Oldest Film Festival

The 2011 edition of Outfest really could not have picked a better film for tonight’s opening gala slot.

Fresh from Sundance and San Francisco’s Frameline event, the drama Gun Hill Road marks the directorial debut of actor Rashaad Ernesto Green. Esai Morales stars as a dad who, after three years in prison, returns home to find that his teenage son has become a transgender woman, played by real-life transgender female Harmony Santana (pictured). The New York based Green tells LA Times reporter Susan King that he is thrilled to be presenting at Outfest, ahead of the film’s scheduled August 5 theatrical release:

“I think it is one of the first times at least in American cinema we are actually getting to see a transgender main character played by a transgender person,” said Green. “She was just at the beginning of her transition. She just started to take hormones. Since the character has to play both male and female in the film, I needed someone who was not physically developed just yet.”

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