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Hi! We are Anne Marie Cummings and Gustavo Velasquez. We are currently starring in the Daytime Emmy-Award nominated digital series, Conversations in L.A.
Conversations in L.A. is not your traditional May-December romance. It’s an unconventional love story about Michelle Macabee, a menopausal woman in the midst of her midlife crisis. While coping with the death of her dog, she meets Gus Borrero, a young Hispanic millennial. They discover they have a true soul connection and fall in love. However, their age difference and their opponents create obstacle after obstacle as they transition from lovers, roommates, married partners, to parents.
Seasons One and Two of “Conversations in L.A.” just released in September, 2017 on iTunes and Amazon Prime in the U.S.A., U.K., AU, and CANADA, and in January, 2018, was released on iTunes with Spanish subtitles (in Season One, there are even two episodes spoken in Spanish with English subtitles). On Amazon Prime, “Conversations in L.A.” has been placed on the “Recommended TV” list and is alongside all the top, Primetime award-winning series. Today, we are proudly in production for Season Three.
The series has received multiple Daytime Emmy nominations, including: Anne Marie Cummings for Outstanding Lead Actress; Gustavo Velasquez for Outstanding Lead Actor; and Vanita Harbour for Outstanding Supporting Actress. In 2018 it received two Daytime Emmy nominations: Anne Marie Cummings for Writing and Mike E. Winfield for Outstanding Guest Actor.
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ANNE MARIE CUMMINGS
Since moving to Los Angeles in 2015, Cummings studied screenwriting with Ron Osborn (writer for the award-winning TV shows “Moonlighting” and “The West Wing”) and wrote her first screenplay, a culinary romantic comedy, “Eat Bitter, Taste Sweet” - to be directed by Wendey Stanzler (“Sex and the City”). Cummings simultaneously started her film production company, Immediate Vision Productions, which uses Cummings’ vast experiences in the theatre to create projects that merge theatre onto film and television in a unique and daring way.
Cummings’ first digital drama series, where she is the creator, writer, director, star (and executive producer), is for a single-shot digital drama series called “Conversations in L.A.” The series has received five Daytime Emmy nominations in the category of Digital Drama Series from The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences…
In 2017 – For Anne Marie Cummings, Outstanding Lead Actress. For Gustavo Velasquez, Outstanding Lead Actor. For Vanita Harbour, Outstanding Supporting Actress. In 2018 – For Anne Marie Cummings, Outstanding Writer. For Mike E. Winfield, Outstanding Guest Actor.
The named actors cast in Seasons One and Two include Rebecca Metz (“Shameless,” “Better Things,” and “This is Us”), Sally Kirkland (Oscar nominee and Golden Globe Winner for the film “Anna”), Jack Plotnick (“Reno 911”), Vanita Harbour (“General Hospital”), Mike E. Winfield (“Brad Paisley’s Comedy Rodeo”), Alyssa Gabrielle Rodriguez (“Famous in Love” and “Silicon Valley”), Sterling Jones (“Lone Survivor”), and more.
In Season Three, Justin Kirk, a Primetime Emmy-nominated, Golden Globe-nominated, Screen Actors Guild Award-nominated actor from award-winning TV series’ such as: “Weeds,” “APB,” “You’re the Worst,” “Modern Family,” “Wayward Pines,” “The Blacklist,” “Without a Trace,” and “Angels in America” starring opposite Meryl Streep, Al Pacino, and Emma Thompson, joined the cast. Another well-known actor in Season Three: Willie Garson. Garson has appeared in over 50 movies, but he is most known for his role of Stanford Blatch on the HBO series, “Sex and the City.”
From 2010-2015, Cummings was the Founder and Artistic Director of The Readers’ Theatre of Ithaca (RTI) which performed in black box theatres until it moved into a movie theatre where performance readings were held, as well Skype interview screenings with playwrights. Her directing credits with the company included: “Wrecks” and “Fat Pig” by Neil LaBute; “Detroit” by Lisa D’Amour; “Frozen” by Bryony Lavery; “Art” and “God of Carnage” by Yasmina Reza; “A Steady Rain” by Keith Huff; “No Child” by Nilaja Sun; “Oleanna” by David Mamet; “Uncle Vanya” by Anton Chekhov; “Collected Stories” by Donald Margulies; and “Burn This” by Lanford Wilson. With her company, Cummings also wrote, directed, and filmed RTI’s short film “Easy Prey,” an anti-bully film in collaboration with Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center and Cornell University.
A graduate of the competitive four-year conservatory drama program at Carnegie Mellon University (1996) and Oxford England’s British American Drama Academy summer program (1995), Cummings has worked, as an actress, with Tony-Award winning director Doug Hughes and other reputable directors such as Anne Bogart and Edward Payson Call. Bogart’s Viewpoints inspired Cummings towards the abstract perspective as a director developing her own avant-garde style. Cummings also studied at the British American Drama Academy under actors Jeremy Irons, Simon Callow, the late Sir John Gielgud, and the late Peggy Ashcroft. She has performed across the U.S. at the Seattle Repertory Theatre, The Intiman Theatre, The Alley Theatre, GeVa Theatre, Sacramento Theatre, Synchronicity Space in NYC, and The Cleveland Playhouse, to name a few.
In 2005, Cummings’ play “India Awaiting” ran Off-Broadway at the Samuel Beckett Theatre (starring Maulik Pancholy from “30 Rock”). Her play “Extremes” was read at NYC’s Primary Stages and was included as part of their PrimeTime reading series (starring Michael Cullen, ‘Law and Order: Special Victims Unit’ and ‘Dead Man Walking’). Other plays include “Sinkhole,” “Soul Mates,” “Purgatory Row,” and “Touché!”.
Rounding out her experiences in the creative world, Cummings was an Art Producer for Serino Coyne Advertising in NYC, creating and developing art for Broadway advertising campaigns from “The Producers” to “Cabaret.” She also worked as a Photo Editor for Paper Magazine in NYC, working under award-wining Designer and Creative Director Bridget de Socio. She was an Account Executive for LaForce & Stevens PR in NYC, launching the first Sephora in the U.S. while working with Yves Saint Laurent and The Body Shop. She was also a columnist and journalist in Upstate New York, for almost a decade, covering news, food, life, teens, and alternative health. (www.annemariecummings.com).
After Maria and Carlos fled El Salvador when they were 17, due to the guerrilla warfare in the country, they moved to Los Angeles individually. Not knowing how to speak English and not knowing anything about the American culture, the only thing they could do was hold onto a dream, a dream for a better life. The two met in Los Angeles, fell in love and over time became self-made and had four amazing children. One of them was the black sheep of the family who always went against the status quo: Gustavo Velasquez.
Gustavo graduated cum-laude with a B.A. in Accounting from Cal State Fullerton. During his last year in college, he received job offers to join the audit teams at Pricewaterhouse Coopers and Ernst & Young, but he decided to take a huge risk for himself. Gustavo turned his back on the social norms of society and decided life was too short not to live fully as an artist. In other words - - to be happy every single day for the rest of his life.
Directly following college, Gustavo attended multiple acting studios and workshops in Los Angeles, focusing all of his energy on honing his craft as an actor. He studied with Annie Grindlay, Margie Haber, Ani Avetyan, and Chick Venerra. He also took every workshop he could in the industry and researched everything there was to know about building a lasting career in Hollywood. Over the years, Gustavo has used his business background to help him build his acting career by writing and filming his own work, marketing, branding, honing his craft, failing constantly, and learning from his mistakes.
Gustavo eventually met Anne Marie Cummings, who gave him his first big break and cast him as one of the lead actors in “Conversations in L.A.” - a one-shot series which has received five Daytime Emmy nominations to date. In 2017, Gustavo received a Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Digital Drama series. For Season Three, Gustavo has taken on the additional role of Producer for “Conversations in L.A.”
Gustavo believes happiness comes from being a well-rounded individual - - no amount of money, fame or success can give to you what knowing yourself can give. Being 100% physically, mentality and spiritually strong, treating others with kindness, and making the world a better place one day at a time, regardless of what the future brings, is part of his motto for life.
Since moving to Los Angeles in 2015, Cummings studied screenwriting with Ron Osborn (writer for the award-winning TV shows “Moonlighting” and “The West Wing”) and wrote her first screenplay, a culinary romantic comedy, “Eat Bitter, Taste Sweet” - to be directed by Wendey Stanzler (“Sex and the [...]