HBO and the New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) have chosen "Crush," a screenplay by Dominic Colón, as the winner of their Short Film Competition. Colón received $15,000 to complete the short based on his original script. The short will screen during NYILFF, August 15-21.
Here's what it's about according to NYILFF:
"Crush" takes place in the South Bronx during Prom Night, where a young man is in for an evening filled with mixed emotions as he decides whether or not to man up and face his high school 'crush' or punk out and let him walk away.
Full release below:New York, N.Y., August 2, 2011 – HBO and the New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) today announced that Crush, a screenplay by Dominic Colón, has won the 2011 HBO/NYILFF Short Film Competition. Colón received the $15,000 grand prize from HBO to complete a short film based on his original script. The short will be shown during the NYILFF festivities, August 15-21.
Crush takes place in the South Bronx during Prom Night, where a young man is in for an evening filled with mixed emotions as he decides whether or not to man up and face his high school “crush” or punk out and let him walk away.
An actor by trade, Colón received his BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Best known for his role as Manny Spamboni on The Electric Company, Colón has also guest starred on Blue Bloods, Nurse Jackie and Ugly Betty. He has written several plays including Hiro’s Wings, Sherita Blues, Crush and Saint Jake which have been seen at the NYC Hip Hop Theater Festival, Downtown Urban Theater Festival, Rebel Verses and the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. In addition to being an actor and playwright, Colón is a teaching artist, working with arts-education organizations in New York City. Crush is his first screenplay. The short based on his script is being directed by Gloria La Morte and produced by Colón and Joseph La Morte.
Launched in 1999, the New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) is now the premier Urban Latino film event in the country. The NYILFF’s mission is to showcase the works of the hottest emerging Latino filmmaking talent in the U.S. and Latin America, offer expansive images of the Latino experience, and celebrate the diversity and spirit of the Latino community. Programming includes the flagship film festival in NYC, new music and art showcases, family and community events, scholarships for aspiring filmmakers, and a nationally recognized short film competition in partnership with HBO. The NYILFF is the only film event to have had the endorsement of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s NYC Latin Media and Entertainment Commission since its formation in 2003.
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