October 4, 2018, 7:00 P.M.

SCI 106, Interactive Media Building, 3470 McClintock Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90007

Acción Latinx and Forgiven Films invite you and a guest to attend a special advance screening of


Directed by Anthony Nardolillo
Screenplay by Anthony Nardolillo,
Corey Deshon, and Ahmadu Garba
Produced by Anthony Nardolillo and Sandra Varona

Followed by a Q&A with Anthony Nardolillo, Sandra Varona,
and Cast Members Jorge Burgos & Kimberli Flores

7:00 P.M. on Thursday, October 4th, 2018

Interactive Media Building Screening Room, SCI 106
3470 McClintock Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007



In Theaters on Friday, October 5th, 2018.

About Shine

Two Puerto Rican brothers, Ralphi Matas (Jorge Burgos) and Junior (Gilbert Saldivar), from New York's Spanish Harlem and the street’s best Salsa dancers, are separated after a tragedy only to reunite years later on opposing sides of gentrification. After 7 years of absence from New York City, Ralphi is back to develop commercial real estate in his old neighborhood. However, upon his return, Ralphi encounters his estranged brother, Junior, who followed in his father’s footsteps, Ramon Matas (David Zayas), and is now an elite salsa dancer and an unwavering activist AGAINST gentrification in the neighborhood.

While having to face his past in order to succeed in the present, Ralphi must confront his boss Linda (Alysia Reiner) who is aggressively pursuing the lucrative development deal that brought him back to the city he was born, and thus is driving the wedge even further between him and his brother. On the other side, when Josie (Kimberli Flores), the new owner of their father’s dance studio, reveals she is behind on the mortgage payments. Junior rallies the local dance community to raise funds against all odds to save the dance studio, DESPITE the gentrification efforts of his brother.

While the brothers have chosen opposite paths thus far, they are brought back together when Tio Julio (Nelson Gonzales) reminds them of the power of family and the importance of their community.

Provided courtesy of Forgiven Films. Rated R. Running time: 95 minutes.

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About the Guests

ANTHONY NARDOLILLO (Director, Writer, Producer)

Anthony Nardolillo is making his feature debut after writing and directing the short film Mano. Through the lens of the salsa dancing scene, Nardolillo tells a story of family, community, and gentrification in East Harlem, New York. Nardolillo is best known for his 2007 short film Mano, starring Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad) and Laz Alonso (Detroit). Nardolillo has also directed several music videos and new media branded content under the Maker Studios banner. He is credited as the writer and director for the YouTube sensation music video, Chachi Gonzales, under the umbrella of Mitú content. Nardolillo and award-winning writer Oscar Torres are currently developing a feature film about the kidnapping of a female presidential candidate by guerillas in Latin America.

When not directing, Nardolillo works full-time in Corporate Finance which allows him to pursue his creative projects. He currently resides in Southern California.


Sandra Varona is a film, music video, and new media producer with over 10 years of experience and is making her feature debut as a producer/line producer. In 2008, Sandra received the Panavision New Filmmaker Grant—which provides up-and-coming independent filmmakers a full camera package to jumpstart their careers. Soon after, she launched her own company, Varona Productions—a banner that has been at the forefront of numerous music videos, short films, new media projects and now feature films. In 2010, Varona was one of 30 participants selected for the highly coveted year-long mentorship program Project Involve sponsored by Film Independent. After completing Project Involve, she signed on as the unit production manager on the feature film, FILLY BROWN, which was well received at Sundance and starred Golden Globe-winner Gina Rodriguez. Varona also served as the Festival Director for the 2012 Boyle Heights Latina Independent Film Extravaganza — programming the directorial works of Latina filmmakers Eva Mendez, Eva Longoria, and Zoe Saldana.

In the past 4 years Sandra was the Production & Crew Manager at Maker Studios working directly with the Head of Production to develop efficient and necessary protocols between producers and studio operations. Currently, Varona is finalizing production on a documentary about Latinos in Hip Hop titled FOR THE RECORD and has scheduled to release on VOD this September her next feature film Flavor of Life, starring Pepe Serna.

JORGE BURGOS (Actor, "Ralphi")

Jorge Burgos is a world-renowned dancer. Burgos is best known around the world for his pioneering work in the bachata dance community. He, along with his dance partner, La Alemana, have over 200M+ YouTube views, the highest number of views on YouTube compared with any Latin dance artist.

Burgos was born in Puerto Rico and at the age of six moved to Orlando, FL with his parents and brother. He exceled in just about anything he put himself into. Growing up playing baseball, he was later offered a baseball scholarship to Saint Leo University in Tampa-FL, which he graduated with a Business Management Degree in 2005. Shortly after, he was introduced to New York style salsa at local nightclub in Tampa and from then embarked on taking salsa classes. The instructor of the studio he attended commented that no one had ever progressed and learned with such great talent and potential. Within only eight months he started teaching.

After graduating, Jorge found himself with a potential life changing choice between pursuing either baseball or salsa as a career. It took him a lot of home runs and dancing to burn all that energy into a decision. Thank goodness, dance had become his first passion.

In 2008 Burgos, Tanja Kensinger (La Alemana) and Rudi Lopez (El Tiguere) founded Island Touch Dance Academy in Tampa, FL. Burgos comes from a family with a rich history of music appreciation. His talent of having an ear for melody & rhythm shows in the musicality of his choreographies. Along with La Alemana, Burgos choreographs every routine performed by the Island Touch Pro team and global Island Touch Dance teams. As an instructor, Burgos is known for his depth of technical knowledge and clarity of instruction. His classes are always fun and filled with sexy dance moves that are both practical and social dance-ready.

Burgos currently resides in Southern California.

KIMBERLI FLORES (Actress, "Josie" / USC Alumna)

Born and raised in New York City, Kimberli Flores started her career as a professional dancer, touring internationally and performing alongside legendary Latin artists such as Marc Anthony, Tito Puente and Celia Cruz. She attended the William Esper Acting Conservatory in NYC, classically trained at the British American Drama Academy at Oxford University, and obtained her Masters Degree in Fine Arts at the USC School of Dramatic Arts in Acting. Kimberli has been working professionally in theater, film, and television, recently wrapping up a critically acclaimed run of “Native Gardens”, by Karen Zacarias at The Old Globe in San Diego. She can be seen as a recurring guest star on Chicago P.D., Daredevil Season 3; and in theaters nationwide beginning October 5th, 2018 in the movie Shine, winner of the audience award for best feature film at the 2017 Urbanworld Film Festival.

About Acción Latinx

Acción Latinx is the first Latinx student organization in the School of Cinematic Arts. Our goal is to promote and celebrate Latinx filmmaking. We believe inclusion and diversity are key components of storytelling, we want to engage broad audiences by expanding horizons on the material/content created. Come join us in this celebration of culture and art!

Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid USC ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $12.00 at the USC Royal Street Entrance, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & Royal Street. We recommend the USC Royal Street Structure, at the far end of 34th Street. Limited street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

Name: Andrea Porras-Madero