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My Podcast HourGlass on the Artist’s Story Is Finally Released

August 7, 2015 – NYC



I cannot believe it’s been over two and half years since I wrote on this blog. Wow! HOW quickly time passes by, like sand through the hourglass (sorry can’t help it). OK. maybe not so original right there but I ‘ll share something that truly is, and it’s from my heart, my latest project, HourGlass – Time to Talk, an audio podcast that began as an idea to pay it forward by sharing stories about the artist’s journey—not just the work but the humanity. And while there is a lot of color on each journey, the variations of light and shadow flickering on life’s canvas not only define our individuality but also help connect each one of us to each other. So with that in mind my co-creator and co-producer Maria Torres and I hope to these stories about artists, across all mediums, can inspire each of us to move forward with wit, humor and empowerment.

Please see the release below and click on the audio file below for the first episode. 

Thank you – Giovanna Aguilar

Maria Torres and Giovanna Aguilar Proudly Present the First Episode of the Podcast HourGlass

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On a winter walk around a frozen lake nearly two years ago, Maria Torres and Giovanna Aguilar wondered: “How can we pay it forward as artists and create content that matters to us?”

MARIA TORRES Headshot-2We invite our friends to tune in to our answer —HourGlass Time to Talk, a dynamic podcast that shares the artist’s journey with personal stories that define not just the work but also what have shaped the person’s humanity. From the stage to the silver screen to the recording to the writer’s keyboard, HourGlass celebrates the artist’s voice across all mediums.

On the first segment of our episode #1, we introduce our show’s mission then follow up with the highly entertaining segment “Kick, Ball, Change—Keep it Moving with Maria Torres,” spotlighting the mishaps that happen when performing for a live audience and how these are aptly suited as metaphors for recovery after a misstep in real life. On the launch of this highly entertaining segment, Maria Torres talks with Sylvia Roldán Dohi who was a swing on Miss Saigon for 10 years on Broadway.

Stay tuned for our upcoming episodes with exciting hot topics from Broadway and Beyond.

HourGlass – Time to Talk is a SAG New Media audio podcast conceived Maria Torres and co-producer Giovanna Aguilar.

HourGlass Team:

Special Guest: Sylvia Roldán Dohi

Recording Studio: Madpan Productions

Music Theme and Sound Mix: Roman Rojas 

Sound Engineering: Peter Scozzari


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The Winding Road to DreamTown Is Paved with Hope Along the Way

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The Power of Green for Films that Matter

Daniel Maldonado on the set of Lalo, Winner of Best Short in the HBO/NY Latino Independent Film Festival in 2010

Are you trapped in urban isolation and lost physically and spiritually? Do you feel society’s human, personal touch is being eroded by technology?  You are not alone. And because statistics indicate that 1 out of 110 children are affected by autism, this film is sure to matter to you, as all these themes are explored in H.O.M.E., a feature-length film by Daniel Maldonado, Winner of the Best Short at the 2010 HBO/NY Latino Independent Film Festival.  

The film will star Jeremy Ray Valdez, La Mission, as Danny, a young man affected by Asperger’s Syndrome who disappears into the NYC subway system.  

Want to see H.O.M.E.?  Well, you may know that independent filmmaking can be, umm, frustrating during the funding stage. But fear not! Daniel adds juice to his creative process and pulls in a team of producers and talent that can make it happen. You can become part of the creative process too. Get behind what matters – – your causes, your stories, your artists. It is as simple as checking out IndieGoGo and adding some green to H.O.M.E’s production. The color green is about making it happen, from Green Lit to funding… 

Actor Jeremy Ray Valdez is the recipient of the 2010 Imagen Award for Best Actor in La Mission (opposite Benjamin Bratt) seen in the official 2011Sundance Film Festival Selection.

AUTISM IS RELEVANT: According to the non-profit organization Autism Speaks, Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of high functioning autism, is characterized by “socially and emotionally inappropriate behavior, the inability to interact successfully with peers, repetitive routines or rituals”, among others. Asperger’s often goes “undetected until a child is school age because it can generally only be determined based on a child’s social interactions.”