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The Independent Spirit Awards

It’s Oscar weekend and many of you are not planning on partaking in the festivities. Whether it’s because you don’t like awards shows or because the Academy members don’t represent you, perhaps I could entice you into watching my favorite award show of the entire season, the Independent Spirit Awards.

The Spirit Awards are handed out the day before the Oscars in relaxed, party-like atmosphere. Film Independent is a non-profit organization championing independent films and filmmakers. The award itself is a bird on a pole with shoestrings, wrapped around the pole, symbolizing the shoestring budgets many independent productions must work with.

At this year’s awards you will find a couple of my favorite performances. Demian Bichir has been nominated for Best Male Lead for “A Better Life”  and Harmony Santana is nominated for Best Supporting Female for “Gun Hill Road” .

 See more at Independent Film Channel



About Eileen Rivera

Eileen was born in The Bronx, to Puerto Rican parents. She grew up thinking the whole world was Latino. Moving to Rockland County in upstate New York taught her it wasn’t. One more move in 1976, brought her to Hudson County, New Jersey where she currently resides. She attended Rutgers-Newark where she majored in Social Work with a minor in Puerto Rican studies. Eileen credits her history professor, Dr. Olga Wagenheim, for the spark and impetus to search out her roots in a pre-computer era. The daughter of a minister, she credits her father for the activism, volunteerism and search for justice that have characterized her adult years.

The mother of two adult daughters, Eileen has worked in the Juvenile Justice system for twenty-eight years. She acts as a liaison between the Juvenile Detention Center and the Juvenile Court.

Writing was something she shared with family. Stories and songs for her children and Christmas tales for the extended family. She now shares her writing with a larger family, the Being Latino family.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be understood to be shared by Being Latino, Inc.

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