WEEK IN WOMEN: Eva Longoria’s FLAMIN’ HOT’ to stream on Disney+ and Hulu – Brandy McDonnell reports

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Flamin’ Hot, the feature film directorial debut from seasoned actor and filmmaker Eva Longoria, starts streaming June 9 on Disney+ and Hulu.

The film is based on the true story – or at least the popular urban legend – of Richard Montañez, the Frito Lay janitor who channeled his Mexican American heritage and upbringing to turn Flamin’ Hot Cheetos into a snack that disrupted the food industry and became a global phenomenon. As the Los Angeles Times reports, Montañez’s claims to have invented Flamin’ Hot Cheetos are greatly exaggerated, according to multiple sources at Frito Lay.)

Flamin’ Hot premiered in March at South by Southwest (aka SXSW) in Austin, Texas, where it won the Headliners Audience Award.

It subsequently was named Best Feature Film by both the jury and the audience at the Annapolis Film Festival in Maryland.

The Searchlight Pictures project stars Jesse Garcia (“Quinceañera“) as Richard; Annie Gonzalez (Gentefied) as his wife, Judy; Emilio Rivera (Son of Anarchy, High Crimes, Venom) as Richard’s father, Nacho; Dennis Haysbert (Far from Heaven, 24) as Richard’s mentor, Clarence; and four-time Emmy Award winner Tony Shalhoub (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Monk) as PepsiCo CEO Roger Enrico. Other cast members include Matt Walsh (Veep), Bobby Soto (Narcos) and Pepe Serna (Scarface).

Longoria directs from a screenplay by Lewis Colick (October Sky, Charlie St. Cloud) and Linda Yvette Chávez (creator/writer Genetified). The film is produced by DeVon Franklin (Miracles From Heaven, Breakthrough). The filmmaking crew includes director of photography Federico Cantini (Give or Take, Desire); editors Kayla M. Emter (Hustlers) and Liza D. Espinas (Starz’s Vida); production designers Brandon Mendez (Black Is King) and Cabot McMullen (Shrinking, Super Troopers 2) and costume designer Elaine Montalvo (A Better Life).

After rising to fame while starring on the 2004-2012 series Desperate Housewives, Longoria honed her directorial chops on television shows like Black-ish, Jane the Virgin, Why Women Kill and The Mick. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.