PRINCIPALS

EVE A. MA, PRODUCER-DIRECTOR, SCRIPT and EDITOR

 

Eve A. Ma, sole manager of Palomino Pro, LLC (dba Palomino Productions), is an award-winning filmmaker whose programs have aired over PBS stations, and screened in festivals and international events in the United States and Europe. Her work ranges from documentaries to experimental work and narratives.

Ma’s documentaries have received favorable reviews in Video Librarian, EMRO, Multicultural Review and others. She has been interviewed on television in the United States, Germany and Spain. Her documentary, Of Beauty and Dieties – Music and Dance of India was featured in a conference in Greece of CID-UNESCO. The city of Jerez de la Frontera, in Spain, officially presented the release of one of her experimental works, and the prestigious Festival de Flamenco of that city hosted the release of a flamenco music album she produced featuring cantaor (singer) Antonio de la Malena.

Domino will be released in Spain, in June of 2014, once again in an event presented by the city of Jerez de la Frontera. In addition, Ma recently released a documentary (and accompanying musical CD), called A Zest for Life: Afro-Peruvian Rhythms, a Source of Latin Jazz to complement her existing documentaries on world music and dance.

Currently, Ma is working on a documentary about the arts of Mexican immigrants and their descendants in the United States, and producing a feature-length documentary, Flamenco: the Land is Still Fertile (Flamenco: la tierra está viva) which she is co-directing with her close associate in Spain, Antonio de la Malena.

ANTONIO DE LA MALENA, ASST. to the PRODUCER-DIRECTOR, and LEAD ACTOR (LUIS)

 

Antonio de la Malena produced and directed Entre Silencio y Misterio, a video short which was presented in the Festival de Cortometrajes de Jerez in 2009.

He is currently co-directing (along with Ma) the documentary Flamenco: the Land is Still Fertile (Flamenco: la tierra está viva). Earlier, he acted as assistant to the producer-director and/or music director for several videos, and has produced and/or co-produced and acted as artistic director of many works of flamenco for the stage, such as "Jerez Puro, Esencia", a work which involved more than 30 artists, presented in the annual Festival de Flamenco of Jerez de la Frontera, Spain where it won the audience prize for best show; and "Quiero tu Cante", presented in Dublin, Ireland. "Jerez Puro, Esencia" has been presented in over six countries on four continents.

De la Malena has a tremendous amount of experience in front of a live audience, performing as a professional flamenco singer. This is his first experience acting on camera. De la Malena’s performance career began when he was a child and includes a television production made in 1971 by Televisión Española called "Niños Cantaores" (of "Rito y Geografía del Cante") in which he was one of four child flamenco artists featured.

SUPPORTING ACTORS

NICOLÁS MONTOYA, Supporting Actor (the banker Miguel)

 

Nicolas Montoya combines a professional acting career with his work as a medical doctor. As an actor, he is a graduate of institutions dedicated to acting for film as well as live theater. A veteran of more than 40 opera and musical productions, he began appearing in films in 1993 and added live theater in the late 1990s

Currently (2012) he works with the theater group Tras el Trapo in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain while continuing his roles in the opera of that city. He is also theater critic for the newspaper, Diario de Jerez, of Jerez de la Frontera. Montoya feels that his acting career really began when he was a child, in the flamenco world that he encountered growing up in a city known as the “cradle of flamenco.”

LUIS DE LA TOTA, Supporting Actor (the friend Josema)

 

Luis de la Tota is a profesional flamenco percussionist. As such, he has a great deal of experience presenting himself to the public, due to his world tours with flamenco companies. In addition, he loves to act in front of his friends—and has done a great job in Domino, his formal acting debut.

A native of Jerez de la Frontera where we filmed Domino, Luis de la Tota has recently begun dividing his time between Spain, and the west coast of the United States, in both of which he continues his career as a flamenco percussionist and occasionally appears in video productions.

JAVIER PADILLA, Supporting Actor (the friend Manolo, and the drunk)

 

Javier Padilla is a composer, script writer, and actor. He is the founder and a leading member of the theatre company Tras el Trapo in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. In addition to acting, he is a playwright. He has appeared in many live productions, as well as in video shorts, docudramas and commercials.

Padilla is a self-taught actor with a degree in psychology who turned to the theatre in the late 1990s. Currently, among other productions he is working as director and actor in the theatrical presentation Asignatura flamenco of the group Soniquete. He is also a member of several musical companies and often includes self-composed music in his stage productions.

SALVADOR VALLE, Supporting Actor (the neighbor Salvador)

 

Salvador Valle began acting as a young man, in the well-known theater company, La Zaranda. After nine years, he worked in several others, most notably Gitanos de Jerez, in Manuel Morao’s production of Tierra Cantaora.

Since leaving Gitanos de Jerez, he has appeared in more than 10 movies, including La Lola se va a los puertos, Batton rouge, and Miel de Naranjas. He was lead actor in two episodes of the television series, Viaje a España (A Trip to Spain) which has been broadcast in over 50 countries. He has also appeared in various video shorts, and in television commercials. Most recently, he appeared in La Niebla, in a production created by the theater company Tras el Trapo in Jerez de la Frontera.

ESTEBAN VIAÑA, Supporting Actor (the former boss, Javier)

 

Esteban Viaña’s varied experience as an actor began when he was a child and fell in love with an activity in his school called “Oration and Recitation.” From that time on, he been in love with acting.

He has been part of many theater groups and participated in numerous variety shows, in which he held the part of comic tenor. He has also acted in religious productions, and on many stages, the most spectacular of which was the stage of Bolonia, in the Roman ruins of Baelo Claudia. His usual roles are comic, but he has also played parts in dramas and tragedies, his favorite being that of Payaso, the clown hero of Spanish children’s theater.

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