LATINO ARTIST MENTORING
The LAMP program continues after the LPA wraps. 4-8 LAMP Fellows are selected each year, through nominations by the 20 mentors who work with them as LPA Fellows over the summer, and who believe that they can benefit from a team of mentors to stay with the project and guide it to production and release.
Through the support of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Nathan Cummings Foundation, this program matches LAMP Fellows with a mentor who consults with them on their revised fundraising trailers: each LPA project receives a great deal of specific input on sample tapes, but once those notes are executed, the artists need additional support to make successful fundraising pitches. We also provide each project with a senior producer mentor who reviews final, revised proposals and budgets, whether for production or post-production funding, and then helps to finalize the fundraising plans that are created during the LPA.
We include a story consultation, which is critical mentorship at some point in the post-production process, whether with a supervising editor or a story consultant like Fernanda Rossi. We also have a new media mentor available to see through the ideas and websites begun at the LPA, in order to help each Fellow to develop sites that market and attract audiences in the way Almudena Carracedo and Robert Behar have layered and expanded www.madeinla.com, as they developed their project and vision.
When the time is appropriate, we can also engage a partner in the broadcast or distribution sector; these professionals are compensated and available to mentor, so filmmakers do not feel they are compromising their future relationships or taking advantage of an introduction.
This companion program builds a team that stays with each select project and Fellow, so the energy and practical wisdom of the LPA extends beyond the hothouse of those magical 11 days.