Photo: Olga and Juan Carlos Segura
With the success of the film “Goats” at the Sundance Film Festival and the March 6 screening of “Cellmates” via Internet VOD and cable, Mexican siblings Olga and Juan Carlos Segura are moving forward at a firm pace toward their goal: increasing the Latino presence in Hollywood.
Juan Carlos, a producer, and Olga, actress and producer, believe firmly in the potential of Latino talent to bring to the screen stories relevant not only for the Hispanic community and also to touch on universal themes like racism.
“The power to tell stories is a very important tool that gives us the opportunity to change minds. If just a single person benefits from my work, that’s enough for me,” Olga told Efe during a telephone interview from Los Angeles.
The young filmmaker began her career as an actress in the theater production “Pizza man.” Later, she was presented with the chance to act in the film “Cellmates,” the story of a racist white American (Tom Sizemore) who is imprisoned with two Mexicans and discovers that, in the end, we’re not so different from one another.
Juan Carlos, meanwhile, began his career as a producer in 2009, blindly founding the company Producciones along with actor Hector Jimenez.
In addition to “Cellmates” and “Goats,” featuring David Duchovny and Vera Farmiga, the company will screen several other productions this year, including “Hidden Moon” and “Todo un hombre,” starring Aaron Diaz, Jimenez and Olga Segura.