Los Angeles, Calif. – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today launched “Seen,” a new interview series that follows Argentinean-American journalist, director, writer and producer Nick Barili as he sits down for one-on-one conversations with some of the film industry’s most influential artists and filmmakers with Latin-American and Spanish roots. In the first season, Academy members John Leguizamo, Eva Longoria and Edward James Olmos share their personal journeys. Watch the trailer on the Academy’s YouTube.
The series kicks off in Leguizamo’s New York home, where the actor, writer, director and producer talks about his journey from troublemaker to trailblazer. Leguizamo discusses maneuvering through the industry over his decades-long career, both in front of and behind the camera. The episode is available now on the Academy’s YouTube.
In the series’ upcoming installments, Barili joins Edward James Olmos for a visit to students in the Youth Cinema Project program at Los Angeles County’s Bell Gardens Intermediate School (episode available on January 31) and meets with Eva Longoria for a tour of California State University, Northridge, from which she received a master’s degree in Chicano Studies in 2013 (episode available on February 7).
A first-generation immigrant, Barili s the founder of Hard Knock TV, YouTube’s first hip hop channel, which has garnered more than 100 million views and 285,000 subscribers. Over the course of his career, Barili has interviewed over 300 artists, hosted a show on Apple Music’s Beats 1, and spoken on and moderated industry panels for YouTube and Google and more.
Read more about Barili and “Seen” in his interview with the Academy’s A.frame.
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