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  • New York Film Academy Acting Alumni Dr. Ariel Orama López Stars in Award-Winning “Cielos Negros”

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    Photo courtesy of Dr. Ariel Orama López.

    NYFA Acting for Film Dr. Ariel Orama López (AG Orloz) is already both an actor and a psychologist, but he added cover model to his impressive list of job titles recently when he was featured on the cover of Puerto Rico’s El Nuevo Día newspaper, along with his fellow cast and crew of “Cielos Negros.” The surreal short film, which was produced and created in López’s native Puerto Rico, has screened and won festival prizes worldwide — from winning Best Foreign Short Film in Marbella, Spain to screening at the GeoFilm Festival in Padova, Italy.

    López is an associate producer of the film and also plays the lead character, Larry, a man whose life is transformed after the inexplicable disappearance and mysterious reappearance of his new love, Angel, at la Laguna del Condado. Directed by Alexis Aguirre, “Cielos Negros” was selected out of 6,000 submissions from 90 nations for the GeoFilm Festival in Italy and has received distinctions and laurels in several international festivals — including the Martinique International Film Festival, Puerto Rico Horror Film Fest and Puerto Rico Queer Film Fest. “Cielos Negros” was also a finalist at DirecTV Cinema Plus, winning third prize.

    “Cielos Negros” film poster via IMDB.

    The success of “Cielos Negros” has taken on special significance in the wake of hurricane Maria, coming as a clear reminder of the resilience and inspiration alive in the work of Puerto Rico’s artists. In the midst of this busy season of rebuilding in Puerto Rico, Ariel took the time to correspond with the NYFA Blog about his journey with “Cielos Negros” and beyond.

    NYFA: First, can you tell us a little bit about your background and what brought you to NYFA?

    AOL: In terms of my background, I was blessed with the privilege of combining two fascinating professional roles. I am a Puerto Rican professional actor and media (clinical) psychologist. In terms of my artistic role, I have had the opportunity to work and collaborate in commercials, theatre, short films, indie films, documentaries, series, television programs, media writing, and voice-overs, combining to more than 200 projects in the arts.

    In 2010 I became a member of the Colegio de Actores de Puerto Rico as a collegiate professional actor. I am also a certified Executive Coach (specialized in Crëative Life Coaching) from TISOC, Barcelona, Spain and a licensed clinical psychologist with the Academia (Assistant Professor – University of Puerto Rico in Humacao).

    One of my unforgettable moments of inspiration that motivated me to continue developing as an actor was my selection as a finalist of “Taller Telemundo: Actores,” in Miami, directed by the well-known actress nominated for an Oscar in the movie “Babel (2006): the distinguished Mexican actress and professor Adriana Barraza.

    After all this wonderful creative experience that include laurels from Spain, California, Puerto Rico and Orlando, I decided to move to Los Angeles in the Summer of 2011 for an intensive course, performing in 14 short films in California during my NYFA Los Angeles training in Acting for the Film.

    A still from “Cielos Negros” via IMDB.

    After NYFA, I had the privilege to work as the creative coach and consultant for the television program “Idol Kids Puerto Rico” (from the recognized English franchise Idol ©), and offered courses at the Colegio de Actores de Puerto Rico and other relevant forums about Psychology of Character. I currently work at UPRH as an Assistant Professor of Psychology.

    NYFA: Do you have any favorite NYFA moments from your time studying with us?

    AOL: I have wonderful memories of every NYFA and Universal Studios corner in LA, magical contexts where we performed for most of our projects. I can remember all the experiences and knowledge acquired in the courses with the excellent professor Denis McCourt, who inspired me to continue developing both as an actor and in other roles — for example, as as a singer — in order to enrich my level of performance.

    I studied in the adult program at Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico: during this time, I won a prize as a composer in Miami and participated as a baritone in several choruses and concerts. Definitely, NYFA inspired me to reach new dreams and to believe in myself.

    NYFA: What initially drew you to “Cielos Negros”? What is the film about?

    AOL: “Cielos Negros” is an experimental LGBT short film based on a Puerto Rican story story by writer David Caleb. Larry, the main character, is “a insecure man who found the reason of his freedom after the disappearance of Angel (his new love) in an unexplained event at la Laguna del Condado in Puerto Rico.”

    The director is Alexis Aguirre, who invited me to participate initially as the lead actor and then as an associate producer. When I read the script, I connected immediately with the surrealism of the story and also with the sublime ending that distinguishes this creative masterpiece in contrast with other diversity films that still have predominant and subjective elements of heteronormativity: Here the love without gender wins, without tragedy. I must say that I am really surprised with all the laurels received and we are very excited to our new Official Selection on GeoFilm Italy, that include more than 6,000 participants from 90 countries around the World.

    A still from “Cielos Negros” via IMDB.

    NYFA: Have you been able to be present at any of the festivals where “Cielos Negros” has played?

    AOL: During the last year I was working hard on the publication of a book and had to observe all the success of “Cielos Negros” from the distance: considering that Italy is one of my world contexts of inspiration as an “Uomo Universale” apprentice, I am willing to be part of this wonderful presentation of our short film at GeoFilm in Italy. Definitely, we have reasons to celebrate and I hope to be part of it!

    NYFA: For our students, do you have any advice about transitioning from life as a student to working in the business as a professional?

    AOL: The best lesson I have learnt is that an actor who develops the capacity to transform literally for the director’s eyes and vision without any doubts, the one that has no fear to explore the diversity that coexists in all our dimensions — intellectual, spiritual and physical — is the actor that will succeed.

    And when I define success, I refer to the great responsibility of creating a vivid performance, and an artistic project, that can be appreciated in different countries — and in your own country — as something different, creative, universal and valuable, with its own individual life that is superior to each component (the actors, the producers, the director), and with a quality and fingerprint that transcends frontiers. When we have the privilege of touching other cultures virtually with our art and performance, and it is received with enthusiasm, we have received the best prize: the one that is superior to any economical benefit.

    NYFA: What’s next for you? Can you share any upcoming projects, or what you’re working on now?

    AOL: I am one of the leading actors of the Puerto Rican film “Etreum” (Vicente Juarbe, Idalia Perez Garay), that is in postproduction. We are waiting for this creative newborn with great expectations for 2018.

    Also, I will be working on new creative projects that recently are touching my soul that combine music, writing, and acting. It will be an eternal adventure!

    One of my dreams is to be part of NYFA faculty and offer courses in Psychology of Character and Creative Coaching for Latin American Actors. Also, to develop new courses in Spanish related to acting.

    I love my heritage and I want to pay it forward to my beloved NYFA, hopefully soon. Thanks for believing on us, NYFA Alumni!

    ¡Un abrazote desde Puerto Rico!

    The New York Film Academy would like to thank Dr. Ariel Orama López for sharing part of his story with our community.

     

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  • Former NYFA Student Publishes “Sociedad En El Diván: Una Década en Los Medios”

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    Three years after the publication of his theoretical framework “Crëative Synapse: Create.your.Universe” and parallel with his full celebration of a decade in media, former New York Film Academy Acting for Film student, Dr. Ariel Orama López (AG Orloz), published his new book “Sociedad En El Diván: Una Década en Los Medios.” His contributions as a media psychologist, artist and performance coach, and professional actor have been immortalized on Telemundo, WAPA, Freemantle Media, Piccolo Universe by Ricky, TISOC Barcelona, PsicoPediaHoy Colombia, JWT Agency and Fundación Mi Sangre of the Colombian artist Juanes.

    Sociedad En El Diván: Una Década en Los Medios

    AG was selected as a finalist of the Telemundo: Actors Workshop in Miami directed by well-known Mexican actress Adriana Barraza (nominated for an Oscar for her role in “Babel”) and performed as Performance and Creative Life Coach for the reality show “Idol Kids Puerto Rico.” He will soon be returning to the screen in the experimental and artistic film “Etreum,” co-directed by the well-known distinguished actress, Idalia Pérez Garay, and the respected director, Vicente Juarbe.

    AG is an active member of the Puerto Rican Actors and Actresses Organization (Colegio de Actores de Puerto Rico), has been participated as a juror of the PEN CLUB OF PUERTO RICO, was quoted by one of his texts at the distinguished Spanish University Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and has been highlighted as an author in the collective book “Communication and Education: Strategies of Media Literacy,” at Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona. He received multiple awards for his contributions in sciences, humanities and arts.

    AG Orloz will also be acting in an upcoming web series, a new short film, and as a co-producer of a new reality web series with the finalist of Telemundo GRAN HERMANO USA, Jommart Rivera.

    As a composer, AG was one of the three winners of Festival International de la Voz y la Canción in Miami, and was selected as a jury member in the next event on November 2017.

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    February 24, 2017 • Acting, Diversity, International Diversity, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 3995

  • Acting Grad Releases Book on Creativity, Neuroscience and Virtuality

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    Creative Synapse

    One year after his book presentation at Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, New York Film Academy Acting for Film graduate, Dr. Ariel Orama Lopez, published his new theoretical framework in an English Collection Edition: CRËATIVE SYNAPSE: CRËATE.YOUR.UNIVERSE© (English Ed., 2014). It is the first theoretical framework that explains the behavior of the human being by integrating the following variables: creativity, the recent findings in neuroscience, and the new influence of the virtual universe. The English version of the book includes new applications and exercises for the development of creativity from different perspectives, directed to actors, filmmakers, artists in general, parents, students, academics and scientists. The book made him an honoree of various recognitions, among them the dedicatory for his approach, engagement and investigation in creativity. This honor was received on behalf of the Universidad Politécnica de Puerto Rico and Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico (5to Premio del Presidente) for his approaches in the arts, coaching and psychology.

    During his time at NYFA Los AngelesActing for the Film school, Ariel performed in fourteen short-films. Now, he is a collegiate actor of the Colegio de Actores of Puerto Rico, a certified Executive Coach (specialized in Crëative Life Coaching) from TISOC, Barcelona, Spain and a licensed clinical psychologist. He was selected as a finalist of Taller TELEMUNDO: Actores, in Miami, directed by Oscar nominated Mexican actress, Adriana Barraza.

    Ariel hopes that someday his book will be used as a reference by NYFA‘s acting and filmmaking students.

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    September 2, 2014 • Acting, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 5596

  • NYFA Acting Graduate Publishes New Book Based on Creativity

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    Sinapsis

    New York Film Academy acting graduate Dr. Ariel Orama López published a new theoretical framework based on Creativity and the recent findings of Neuroscience: the textbook is called CRËATIVE SYNAPSE: CRËATE.YOUR.UNIVERSE© (2013). It is the first theoretical framework that explains the behavior of the human being by integrating the following variables: creativity, neuroscience, and the new influence of the virtual universe. The collection book will be presented in the atrium of the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico on Wednesday, September 11, 2013, in a distinguished context of artists, health professionals and academics.

    Dr. Gregory J. Quirk, a prominent American researcher specialized in Neuroscience & Luca Spaghetti, the well-known Italian amico writer -who served as a guide to Elizabeth Gilbert on her journey through Italy while writing Eat Pray Love– elaborated the prologues of this substantial investigative work of thirteen years: they provide in their prologues a nourished and accurate view of this text book, according to their experiences. The art of the book includes the precious paintings and drawings of Ektor Rivera, Celestino & Ramon Bruin (from the Netherlands).

    The text arises from a practical & theoretical framework created by Dr. Ariel Orama López that departs from his preparation, experience and knowledge in science, human behavior, natural sciences and performing arts. It includes experiences of the author -with a logbook on his sensible hands- in contexts gifted with creativity and spirituality such as Mexico, California, Spain and Italy.

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    Dr. Ariel Orama Lopez

    Ariel is a Puerto Rican professional actor & psychologist. He is a collegiate actor of the Colegio de Actores of Puerto Rico, a certified Executive Coach (specialized in Crëative Life Coaching) from TISOC, Barcelona, Spain and a licensed clinical psychologist. He was selected as a finalist of Taller TELEMUNDO: actores, in Miami, directed by the well-known actress nominated for an Oscar in the movie Babel (2006), the distinguished Mexican actress & professor Adriana Barraza.

    Ariel Orama has worked in commercials, theatre, short films, indie films, documentary, series, television, media writing, and voice-overs, summing more than 200 projects in arts (2001-2013). He is also a composer and singer: one of his songs (Seré/I’ll be) was selected for the Puerto Rican dramatic documentary The Eyes of the People (producers: Roberto Ponce & Gladys Albino) and his song (Alto Vuelas/ Flying Higher) was selected as the official Puerto Rican song for the World March from the Peace, celebrated in Argentina and New Zealand.

    He performed in fourteen Short-Films in California during his NYFA training in Acting for the Film (Los Angeles). Recently, he was selected as the Creative Coach & Consultant for the television program Idol Kids Puerto Rico (from the recognized English franchise Idol ©) and have offered courses at the Colegio de Actores de Puerto Rico and other relevant forums about Psychology of Character.

    Ariel directed and starred on the Puerto Rican Short-Film ESTEB∆N, which received national and international laurels and/or nominations (Director’s Choice: Best Film, Top Ten Film, Best Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Editing & Best Music) in following contexts: Spain, California, Orlando and Puerto Rico.

    The Puerto Rican actor has received different awards in performing arts, including Best Direction Selection, Best concept, Best actor & Best Script. Ariel was one of the five recipients of the Sor Isolina Ferré Medal in Education of the Government of Puerto Rico, unique National distinction in service and education.

    Dr. Orama is member of the new movement Voces Unidas por el Cine Puertorriqueño and this special project has been presented on Telemundo (Acceso Total) expressing about of all this wonderful initiatives and his vision about the film in the Island.

    Currently, Ariel is co-directing and working as the scriptwriter (producer: Vane Vélez) for a documentary that will be presented on Festivals based on the emerging Film Industry in Puerto Rico -the “Shining Star of the Caribbean”-, called CINECONTRASTES©: it includes testimonials of relevant figures such as Jacobo Morales, Idalia Pérez Garay, Vicente Juarbe, among others relevant figures of the Industry.

    The book appeals to artists, academics, psychologists and to the general public. It is published in Spanish and soon in English. It can be acquired in different libraries of the World, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Sony.

    Prsentacion libro Dr Orama sept2013

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    September 9, 2013 • Acting, Diversity, International Diversity, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 8987