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TIMESTORM AT-A-GLANCE

Production company: Cocotazo Media
Email contact & webpage: CocotazoMedia@gmail.com | TimestormSeries.com
Series creator / Writer / Director: Dania Ramos
Audio engineer / Sound designer / Composer: Michael Aquino

Target listeners: Speculative fiction fans of all ages, middle-grade students, parents, teachers
Media format: Audio fiction, audio drama, scripted podcast
Genres: Adventure, science fiction, time-travel, historical fiction, storytelling
Topics: Puerto Rican culture & identity, world history, social justice, courage, friendship, family, community, Newark, NJ
Special equipment: 3Dio Free Space Pro II binaural mic (used for scenes set in the timestorm)

Timestorm is produced by Cocotazo Media with support from PRX and the Google Podcasts creator program.


TRAILER


SERIES DESCRIPTION

Sentence Description 

Twins from Newark, New Jersey, travel through time to preserve Puerto Rico’s true history.

50-word Description

The Ventura twins are yanked into another dimension where they meet a distant cousin who gives them an extraordinary mission: travel through time to preserve their culture’s true history. In the twenty-first century, the twins must navigate school, friendship, and family while keeping their time-traveling quests a secret.

Summary

Twelve-year-old twins Alexa and Beni Ventura are yanked into another dimension where they meet a distant cousin who gives them an extraordinary mission: travel through time to preserve their culture’s true history. Along the way, they meet people from Africa, Europe, and the Americas who have left their mark on Puerto Rican heritage. In the twenty-first century, the twins must navigate school, friendship, and family while keeping their time-traveling quests a secret. When a natural disaster devastates islands across the Caribbean, the twins understand what’s at stake for their ancestral homeland. As Puerto Rico faces an uncertain future, the twins do all they can to witness, find, and remember its past.


BEHIND-THE-SCENES

About Cocotazo Media

Cocotazo Media produces audio fiction and music by independent artists of all backgrounds. 


Creative Team

MICHAEL AQUINO - Audio engineer, sound designer, composer, producer
Michael Aquino is a musician, audio engineer, actor, and teaching artist. Solo albums: Giants Will Fall (Cocotazo Music 2015), City Stars (Cocotazo Music 2017). Compilations produced: Puerto Rico del Alma (Cocotazo Music 2017), Stuff This in Yer Face (Cocotazo Music 2018). Audio Verse Awards (Music & Engineering, Self-contained Production). MichaelAquino.com

DANIA RAMOS - Series creator, head writer, showrunner, voice director, producer 
Dania Ramos is a playwright, teaching artist, and author of the children’s series The 7th Grade Sleuths. Nuestras Voces Finalist (Repertorio Español); NJ State Council on the Arts Fellowship recipient; Latino Book Award (Best YA eBook); ILBA Mariposa Award finalist; Sakura Medal nominee, Audio Verse Awards nominee (Writing, Self-contained Production). DaniaRamos.com

ANDREW SIAÑEZ-DE LA O - Scriptwriter
Andrew Siañez-De La O is a Chicanx fiction writer and playwright from El Paso, Texas. PlayLab Writer (Pipeline Theatre Company, NYC); Gish Jen Fellow (Writers’ Room of Boston); Betsy Carpenter Playwriting Award winner; Playwright Fellow (Company One, Boston). Publication: Lo Siento Miguel (Wilde Press in 2017). AndrewSianezDeLaO.com


CAST

MAIN CAST

ALEXA VENTURA: Leilany Figueroa (Sparks of Insanity, Teen Improv Troupe)
BENI VENTURA: Claudio Venancio (With a Song in My Fists)
CLARA VENTURA: Jennica Carmona (Mi Casa Tu Casa)
RAMIRO VENTURA: Walter F. Rodriguez (Tabula Rasa)
LT. HORACIO MÉNDEZ: Orlando Segarra (Time Trip!)
ATABEY: Alicia Rivas (Mi Casa Tu Casa)


SPECIAL GUEST ARTISTS

Juan Cartagena (RAFAEL CORDERO) President & General Counsel, Latino Justice; Founder & Director, Segunda Quimbama; NJ State Council on the Arts master folk artist.

Aurora Méndez (Guest musician) Violinist & concertmaster: National Youth Orchestra Foundation of Chile, Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, Orquesta de Camara del Teatro Municipal. 


SUPPORTING & GUEST CAST

Philipe AbiYouness
Michael Aquino
Joel D. Arandia
Alyssa Bracken
Amanda Bracken
Jessica Bracken
Trevor Brown
Emily Smith Córdoba
Maria Diaz
Amanda Faison
Alina Figueroa
Luis Figueroa
A. R. Garcia
Deivis Garcia
Yadier Johnson

Joseph Langham
Christine Mariani
Isabel Pask
Alexis Pérez
Carlos Ponton
Isabella Ramirez
Dania Ramos
Frances Ramos
Marilyn Ricco
J. F. Seary
Edward Terhune
Angelica Ubiera
Emilio Zappa
John Diego Zertuche
Liliana Zertuche


EDUCATION & ACCESS

Episode resources and transcripts will be made available following each episode release at TimestormSeries.com.


IMAGES

Cover art and additional images are available here.

 

PRESS

Centro Voices - Google Sponsors Cocotazo Media Podcast on Puerto Rican History and Culture (Nestor David Pastor)
Medium
- Kicking off the Google Podcasts creator program (Lindsay Abrams)
Audio Drama Rama - First Listen: “Timestorm” (Alex Hensley)
The Bello Collective -
Indie Fiction Podcasts You Should Be Listening to in 2019 (Elena Fernández Collins)
Medium -
Meet our Six Inaugural Teams for the Google Podcasts creator program (Lauren Rothering)
Fast Company
- 6 podcasts that Google and PRX will help bring to your ears (Melissa Locker)
Discover Pods - 12 Adventurous and Educational Podcasts for Kids (Elena Fernández Collins)
RadioPublic - 2018 in (Podcast) Retrospect (Ma’ayan Plaut)
The Bello Collective - Audio Drama Debuts: The Sun Upon the Page (Elena Fernández Collins)
Audio Drama Rama - Fun for the Whole Family (Alex Hensley)
Audio Dramatic - First Look: Timestorm Celebrates Puerto Rican History for Young Adults (Elena Fernández Collins)

...audio fiction with a mission, a fun kids' sci-fi show that embeds its Latinx history message in young-adult appropriate adventures. — Eve Batey, Inside Podcasting

The representation here is strong in creators and cast, as well as in the message it sends about histories that have been erased by colonization and oppression. It takes a positive and hopeful outlook, even when characters are grappling with the oncoming Hurricane María, in school bullying, and keeping their time travel a secret. — Elena Fernández Collins, Discover Pods

Timestorm tackles two issues simultaneously: the reclaiming of culture and history of minorities, by minorities, and the emotional devastation that natural disasters leave behind. — Alex Hensley, Audio DramaRama

The show masterfully interweaves life in the modern day with a past that’s often overwritten; listeners experience both the lives of the Ventura family on the mainland while Hurricane Maria ravages Puerto Rico and the thoughtful stories of marginalized peoples — stories that scrap the lens of colonization, but never forget its effects, and celebrate Puerto Rican ancestral history. — Elena Fernández Collins, The Bello Collective


CONTACT & CONNECT

Website: TimestormSeries.com
Twitter: @CocotazoMedia
Facebook: facebook.com/CocotazoM
Instagram: @CocotazoMedia
Ko-fi: ko-fi.com/K3K0HZPU
KidsListen: app.kidslisten.org/pod/Timestorm
Hashtags: #Timestorm #WitnessFindRemember #PodCreator #PodsinColor #LatinxCreate #PodcastsforKids #KidsListen #AudioFictionLove #AudioDramaSunday


PUBLICATION SCHEDULE

SEASON 1

8/1/19 - Episode 1: The Storm
8/1/19 - Episode 2: ...Will Change Everything
8/1/19 - Episode 3: Atabey
8/8/19 - Episode 4: La Maestra
8/8/19 - Episode 5: Torn
8/15/19 - Episode 6: Ordinary Lives
8/22/19 - Episode 7: Broken
9/5/19 - Episode 8: Changing Times
9/12/19 - Episode 9: Invisible
9/19/19 - Episode 10: Answer the Call
9/26/19 - Minisode: Sonia's Song
11/28/19 - Special: The Heart of Newark

* Release dates are subject to change.


PARTNERSHIPS & SUPPORT

The team behind Timestorm is grateful to have received support from:
PRX and the Google Podcasts creator program, The New Jersey Theatre Alliance Stages Festival, and 3Dio: manufacturers of professional binaural microphones.