By: MIriam Marsh Sifuentes
His Latin American fans, best know William Levy for his early roles in telenovelas. Eventually he made a successful crossover to American film by appearing in movies such as Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016), Addicted (2014), and The Single Mom’s Club (2014). Now, he’s making the move to Film Producer with the debut of his new film called “En Brazos De Un Asesino (2019)”, about a young girl who falls in love with a cold-blooded assassin to escape the compound of a notorious drug lord.
In 2015, Mr. Levy co-founded Luna Lion Entertainment with partners Jeff Goldberg and Oscar Torres. In a series of interviews with Dallas bloggers, Levy said he remembers going to the movies as a teenager and being caught up in the feelings that cinematography invokes as part of the experience. “And now look at me, I am now producing my own films”. In fact, Levy plans to feature the premier of his new movie at the Cinemark he once frequented as a teenager in Florida.
Since his first appearances on reality tv shows, Levy has grown into one of the most beloved actors in Latin America. Maybe because he continues to be actively engaged and involved in Latin America and his new film is no exception. The film features Latin American actors and actresses and it is filmed in Spanish. Levy says that his roots are very important to him and he is both grateful and honored that he is now in a position to continue to produce content and films in Spanish for his Spanish speaking audiences. “There is so much talent in Latin America and we look forward to discovering it and bringing it to the masses”, says Levy.
Just like moving from employment to entrepreneurship is no easy feat, neither is it easy for an actor trying to become a producer. Historically, opportunities for women and minority actors to participate as producers have been very scarce. In a recent study released by The Annenberg Inclusion Initiative at the University of Southern California, that of the 100 top-grossing films released each year between 2007 and 2018, only three percent featured Latino producers and casting executives. The good thing is that technological advances in streaming have increased a demand for content which in turn is creating more opportunities for actor turned producers than ever before. For actors like Levy, producing is more than just an opportunity for credits, it is an opportunity to change the way the general market views Latin American content.
For film producers like Levy, who are willing to make the sacrifices for the opportunity to work behind the camera, it is an opportunity to improve representation in the entertainment industry. On rare occasions when Latin American characters are depicted in major Hollywood movies, it is rarer still that their cultural and ethnic heritage is explored on screen. Levy’s goal is to break this cycle through his future films and projects.