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LatinoBuzz: Kiki Melendez' Debut Feature “Journey of a Female Comic” to Open in Time for Cinco de Mayo

by Sydney Levine
April 2, 2014 1:30 PM
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Kiki Melendez
Kiki Melendez

Starring Latino comedienne Kiki Melendez, Journey of a Female Comic,is a documentary comedy that will be released through AMC Theatres’ AMC Independent Program in Los Angeles and San Diego on May 2nd, 2014 with other major markets to follow. The date will also see the release of Water & Power, which will be a historical accomplishment for Independent Latino Filmmakers just in time for the Cinco de Mayo weekend.

An award-winning actress,writer,producer, TV personality and trailblazing figure, Melendez is best known for creating Galavision’s #1 entertainment show in 2000, “Kiki Desde Hollywood”, and Showtime Network’s hit show, “Hot Tamales Live!”in2008, the longest running all-female comedy show, now available on HULU.

Journey of a Female Comic

Her debut feature is an inspirational film for audiences of all races,genders,and backgrounds. It centers on Melendez’ life growing up in a developing country, being raised by a single immigrant mother, and her career in Hollywood pursuing the American Dream. Never forgetting her humble beginnings, Melendez’ journey is thought-provoking, inspiring audiences to discover the difference between fame and fulfillment.

Thanks to initial enthusiastic reception during test screenings, AMC’s independent program added the 88-minute version to its slate. "Journey of A Female Comic fits perfectly within our AMC Independent programming initiative, which opens our screens to movies that resonate with our diverse audiences,” said Nikkole Denson-Randolph, Vice President of Alternative Content at AMC. “Kiki Melendez’ story is honest and entertaining, and will connect with many of our guests

“I am so grateful to AMC Independent for the opportunity to share my story. My hope in making this film, is to encourage and inspire women to take their dreams into their own hands”, says Melendez.

The feature began as an experimental short film,which premiered at the DR Global International Film Festival. It also opened at Miami's Hispanicize Film Showcase and The Broadway International Film Festival in 2012, where it represented the U.S. and won “Best Documentary”.

Kiki Melendez
Kiki Melendez

The documentary also features other prominent Latino figures in Hollywood, including interviews with Edward James Olmos, Jacob Vargas, Esai Morales, Nadine Velazquez,the late Lupe Ontiveros, Maria Conchita Alonso and Guy Ecker. Melendez also has lively conversations with international stars including Aaron Spelling, Usher, Sofía Vergara, Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, John Travolta, Shakira and Marc Anthony.

Journey of A Female Comic

was produced by Latin Hollywood Films in association with Lions Kill Productions. It is produced and directed by Erick M. Crespo and Kiki Melendez, written by Lyn McCullough and Kiki Melendez. Executive Producers are David Albert Pierce, Mark Ford, Paul Lawrence, Gloria Ortiz, Vickie Leyva and Mike Levy.

To read more about this film visit: HERE

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  • Maria-Isabella Rojas | May 30, 2014 7:20 PMReply

    Such and wonderful journey! I loved this film, not just because I'm an aspiring actress, but because it is a true underdog story. Kiki's journey proves that hard work truly pays off. Anyone with a dream can relate and appreciate this movie.

  • Alea Romos | April 10, 2014 9:02 PMReply

    Your a true inspiration for anyone pursuing the dreams!

  • Maria Olonso | April 10, 2014 6:53 PMReply

    Saw her at Hot Tomales Live! I hope she makes another show soon! It's been too many years!

  • Mark Gustin | April 8, 2014 8:12 PMReply

    When is the release date to AMC?

  • Heather | April 8, 2014 2:13 PMReply

    AMC couldnt have picked a more inspiring story. I love she gives credit to her mother. Viva Kiki!

  • Robert Perez | April 8, 2014 1:16 PMReply

    I remember watching Kiki Desde Hollywood when I was younger, she's such a character. I remember feeling very inspired by her attitude. The way she'd interact with her cast members, the way she gave hope to Latinos in film. Great for you Kiki, your inspirational story deserves to be told.

  • Felicia Nunez | April 7, 2014 11:24 PMReply

    Go Kiki! I can't wait to check this out. We need more success stories like you! I'm going to take my mother and daughter to see this and I can't wait!

  • Diana Hernandez | April 7, 2014 10:46 PMReply

    It's very impressive, what Kiki has been able to accomplish, both as an independent Latina and a mother. She gives a lot of hope to people in show business and even outside of it.

    I love what she stands for.

  • john Alexander | April 6, 2014 11:41 PMReply

    Saw it in Miami festival good film.
    It was the shorter version would go back for this one!

  • Winston Perez | April 6, 2014 11:08 PMReply

    The documentary is funny , entertaining and keep you guessing what kiki will do next. A must see.

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