American Cinematheque played host to the 10-year anniversary celebration of Josefina López’s film “Real Woman Have Curves” held last week at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.
López, the creator, author, playwright and co-screenwriter of “Real Women Have Curves” was among the many guests marking the award-winning film’s 10-year milestone.
The film starred America Ferrera, George Lopez and Lupe Ontiveros, who recently passed away. Prior to the film screening, López announced that she is establishing the Lupe Ontiveros Memorial Scholarship in Theatre at her alma mater, the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA).
“This new scholarship is being created to preserve the legacy of Latinas in the Arts. The first award will be presented in June 2013 to a Latina Theatre Student from Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, where as a member of the first graduating class, I was inspired to believe that I could achieve anything I set my mind to,” said López, who also founded Casa 0101, a nonprofit theatre group and venue in Boyle Heights.
“Real Women Have Curves” won a Special Audience Award for director Patricia Cardoso at Robert Redford’s Sundance Film Festival 10 years ago, while the stars of the film, America Ferrera and Lupe Ontiveros won the first ever Jury Award for Acting and the film’s screenwriters, Josefina López and George LaVoo, won the Humanitas Prize for Screenwriting. In addition, Lupe Ontiveros won an Imagen Award as Best Supporting Actress and producer Effie Brown won the Producers Award at the Independent Spirit Awards.
Donations to the Lupe Ontiveros Memorial Scholarship in Theatre can be made LACSA’s website — www.lachsa.net —or mailed to: Arts High Foundation, 1149 S. Hill Street, H-100, Los Angeles, CA 90015. For questions regarding contributions to the Lupe Ontiveros Memorial Scholarship in Theatre, call LACHSA at (213) 225-7586.