Music And Film

August 23, 2012

Our Rising Star

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Written by: Nydia O
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Marisa Quinn

Marisa Quinn, the McAllen born rising star, describes herself on her website as an actor, singer, model and visual artist. Marisa is a graduate of Brown University where she had the privilege of training at both the National Theater Institute, and the St. Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy.  According to her website’s BIO, Quinn has modeled in popular magazines like Latina and Glamour, appeared in indie films, commercials, and produced and performed in Off-Broadway theater productions.

But what Marisa is most famous for right now is her role as the vampire Huilen in the upcoming movie The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2. She will be making a special appearance during CineSol Film Festival’s opening weekend in Harlingen, Texas, September 8, 2012.

Marisa has blossomed along with her career, and even though her new life has branched off to New York City and Los Angeles, she has not parted from her Rio Grande Valley roots.  When she was invited to the festival by CineSol’s Board President, Henry Serrato, Marisa did not hesitate and confirmed her participation in the valleys’ oldest and best known film festival.  Founder and creator of Monarch Media Productions, an organization committed to generating challenging stereotypes by promoting diversity, Marisa will introduce Monarch Media Productions’ first major project Sweet Mary & Jane, during CineSol’s opening weekend. In addition, she volunteered to conduct a workshop titled From Hometown to Hollywood; Breaking into the Entertainment Industry.  The workshop is scheduled for Saturday September 8 at 2:15 PM at the TSTC Cultural Arts Center.  The first 200 participants will receive an autographed photograph and are encouraged to bring movie memorabilia. There is a limit of two autographs per person. Workshop admission is $5.00.

Quinn’s success and rising career has made her one of this year’s recipients of CineSol’s Rayo De Luz Award which will be presented to Marisa Quinn on Saturday, September 8, 2012, during the presentation of her short film Sweet Mary & Jane.

Please log on to for the complete festival schedule.  Plan to join film makers and film enthusiasts during the 19th annual CineSol Film Festival, you will certainly enjoy it. Your participation will support many artists of the Rio Grande Valley for the film industry involves photographers, computer imagers, writers, musicians, actors, lighting engineers, costume designers and many more.  There is much talent in the Rio Grande Valley, and Marisa Quinn is solid proof. She is our very own rising star.

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Nydia O
A bird does not sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.-Maya Angelou. La Vida Valle is where I write about "la vida" my life in the Rio Grande Valley. From this bi-cultural corner on the tip of Texas, I share my poems and spiritual and travel experiences. I also blog about the arts, nature and my passion for historic preservation and architecture. But most importantly, let's talk about "la vida" - living our lives - in a vacation state of mind. Contributions and comments are always welcome .


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