I was getting around Los Angeles on Southern California’s most favorite form of transportation (I’m joking…LOL!), when, during a break from the Spanish language noticias, I noticed a couple of familiar voices. I looked up to see Jace Hall and Felicia Day talking shop on Transit TV in one LA County’s 2,000 or so buses equipped with the digital network’s screens.
“Pretty cool,” I thought to myself. Apparently someone at the city’s METRO bus system and Transit TV thought showing web series to the 1,184,224 Los Angelinos who make daily use of the city’s public transportation services was pretty cool, too. The two entities today announced they will screen the online original series Los Americans on LA METRO bus routes.
Created by One Economy (a “global non-profit that uses innovative approaches to deliver the power of technology and information to low-income people”) and distributed by One Economy’s Public Internet Channel (aka www.pic.tv), Los Americans is the eight-episode dramatic story of a “multi-generational, middle-income Mexican-American family” living in in Los Angeles (and verbally happy to not be living in Arizona).
The program stars Esai Morales (Ritchie Valens fans know who I’m talkin’ ‘bout!), Lupe Ontiveros, Tony Plana, and Raymond Cruz (Breaking Bad fans know who I’m talkin’ ‘bout!) and takes a self-proclaimed “realistic and complex” look at many of the problems with which today’s American and Latino-American families struggle.
Check out adapted episodes on your Los Angeles County bus rides or watch full installments online. You should, too. There’s a reason Transit TV and the METRO bus system are all jazz hands over this series. It’s good.