“Titan” film producer Louis Arriola kicking down doors, creating lightning on silver screen
HOUSTON — Louis Arriola considers himself a risk taker, and this “titan” entrepreneur, philanthropist and television and film producer is enjoying the fruits of his labor both in the boardroom and on the silver screen.
Arriola’s tenacity has made him one of the most recognized executives in telecommunications, with his company grossing $175 million in sales in 2015, and is expected to double that success in 2016.
The Brooklyn native has produced films including “Will to Love,” starring Keisha Knight-Pulliam, Marques Houston, and Draya Michelle, and “Weekend With the Family,” starring Karrueche Tran and Marques Houston, which was released in select AMC Theaters last April.
We had a chance to catch up with Arriola to talk about past and future projects, in addition about being a minority in the film industry.
CW: Can you tell us about yourself and how your transitioned into film as an executive in telecommunications?
LA: I always had celebrity friends in the industry, but one day the right project was presented to me so decided to invest. I loved the process ever since.
CW: I notice that you like to nourish up-and-coming talent, would you consider investing in talent in Houston?
LA: Yes, I think there is young talent everywhere.
CW: How “hands on” are you on projects?
LA: As an executive producer, I go over the budget of the project; therefore I am very careful when I make an investment. For my films, I make sure that the actual cost is accurate, and executed as per the budget.
CW: What is the most gratifying moment you can take away from the TV/film industry?
LA: In my last project I was able to showcase eight young talents that I strongly believe will be very successful in the entertainment business.
CW: Earlier this year we saw #OscarSoWhite, as a person of color how do plan on changing that tone?
LA: As an executive producer, I will continue to create opportunities and have a platform for up-and -coming talent.
CW: What’s next for Louis Arriola and NYLA Productions?
LA: I am currently working on a a new project called Up North. Up North follows the life of a 17-year-old young man who is stripped of his once promising youthful life by going to a NY prison for the first time. Initially unable to adapt, this character must quickly learn to survive. While he is entering, an older man who is 58 years of age is being released after serving 23 years in prison. The older man is coming into a world that drastically changed, so he also has to find a way to survive. Emil Pinnock and Ian Robertson are the writers, and this project is co-directed by Damaine Radcliffee and Korstiaan Vandiver.