Pueblo-born creator of 'The Garcias' TV series hosts special screening in his hometown – Pueblo Chieftain

Lengthy earlier than writing, producing and directing tv sequence, Jeff Valdez was a Pueblo Central Grade College scholar placing on performs exterior the housing initiatives he grew up in.
Valdez stopped in his hometown Friday to deal with college students from the Boys & Ladies Golf equipment of Pueblo County to a screening of his new HBO Max sequence, “The Garcias,” in Pueblo Group School’s Fortino Ballroom.
“The Garcias” is a reboot of the “Brothers Garcia,” which ran from 2000 to 2004 and was the primary Nickelodeon sequence to function an all-Latino solid. 
Valdez was joined by solid members from the present, Bobby Gonzalez, who performs George Garcia, and Nitzia Chama, who performs George’s spouse, Ana Camacho Garcia.
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The unique sequence chronicles the lives of three brothers, their sister Lorena, father Ray and mom Sonia in San Antonio. The reboot, which premiered April 14 on HBO Max, follows the household 20 years afterward trip at a seashore home in Mexico.
“Lots of the tales from the unique ‘Brothers Garcia’ got here from rising up in my household in Pueblo… The brand new sequence got here from my new household, my spouse and two youngsters,” Valdez stated.”
Within the mid-Eighties, Valdez opened a comedy membership in Colorado Springs that noticed the likes of Ellen Degeneres, Sinbad and Rosanne Barr carry out. After watching Barr “make it massive” in present enterprise, Valdez determined to maneuver to Los Angeles.
“I began doing standup comedy on the market and used that as a option to get observed then turned a producer,” Valdez stated. “Producing led to writing and writing led to directing and right here we at the moment are 30 years later.”
As a Latino in Hollywood, Valdez stated he was “weirdly categorized” at the beginning of his profession. He has used his work to push again in opposition to stereotyping and improve illustration of Latinos in tv and movie.
“It has been occurring for a half century and simply from the enterprise perspective, overlook the social justice half, it is dangerous enterprise,” he stated. “We do not wish to watch that stuff. Give us what we wish to watch⁠ — household issues, humorous issues that aren’t simply cookie-cutter stereotypes.”
Chama, a local of Veracruz, Mexico, has auditioned for roles in Hollywood for about six years. Like Valdez, she skilled stereotyping in Hollywood after “at all times getting solid in the identical roles,” she stated.
“Mainly, I used to be the one who labored within the fields,” she stated. “I used to be the maid. Not as a result of there was one thing dangerous about that… 
“Now with this present, they gave us the chance simply to be folks.”
Gonzalez, who was a part of the unique sequence, is the son of two Cuban immigrants who turned docs. He, too, desires to see extra illustration of Latinos in tv and movie.
“We run the gamut,” he stated. “We’ve got so many students, so many scientists, so many heroes and I do not ever see it.”
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Pueblo Chieftain reporter James Bartolo might be reached by e mail at JBartolo@gannett.com



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