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  • NALIP Announces Finalists for the Latino Lens Fest & Showcase Shorts Program

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    NALIP is proud to announce the finalists for the Shorts Film Program of the second annual Latino Lens Festival and Showcase taking place October 30th at the Avalon Hollywood. After hundreds of submissions and much consideration, NALIP has chosen the four films to be featured during our Shorts Presentation. They are: 'Toyed' by Jorge "Jokes" Yanes, 'Mosca' by Lizette Barrera, 'Disco Inferno' by Alice Waddington and 'Blast Beat' by Esteban Arango.

    In 'Toyed' a young graffiti artist in Miami circa 1991 risks it all to compete against a mysterious new rival in Jorge "Jokes" Yanes' film. Yanes is a writer and Emmy-winning editor, specializing in music videos, narratives and documentary form. 'Toyed' was written by Yanes and J. Bishop.

    Lizette Barrera's 'Mosca' tells the story of a wayward teen who revisits her hometown to reconnect with her cousin, despite her aunt's wishes. Barrera co-wrote the script with Renier Murrillo and the film is produced by Jazmin Diaz and Rebecca Jackson.'Mosca' was featured in the 23rd Annual Austin Film Festival and was an official selection of the Women in Texas Film Festival 2016 where Barrera won the Filmmakers to Watch award.

    A weary hell minion is on a mission to rescue her boss. But the Devil is not ready to get back to her daily routine in Alice Waddington’s ‘Disco Inferno.’Writer-Director Alice Waddington’s profoundly vivid vision pours itself into her creations and evidently so in ‘Disco Inferno’. The film is making the rounds at festivals around the world.

    Two Colombian immigrant brothers, Carly and Mateo, try to tackle the culture shock of the United States, a family member's deportation and their mother's affair in 'Blast Beat.' Esteban Arango cowrote the film with Erick Castrillon. The short was an official selection for The International Competition at Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival 2016.

    The Latino Lens Festival & Showcase aims to display a wide range of voices and narratives that are crafted by Latino content creators, in the hopes of advancing the exposure and accessibility of Latino-crafted cinema, television and art forms. This year the event will feature workshops, panels and screenings aimed to prepare content creators for the future of entertainment.

     


  • published PGA Leading Diversity Support At LLFS in News & Updates 2016-10-29 14:37:13 -0700

    PGA Leading Diversity Support At LLFS

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    NALIP and The Producers Guild of America are proud to present this year's Producers' Master Class, a continuation of our master class series, led by powerhouse industry experts, Mike Medavoy (producer, Phoenix Pictures) and Sergio Aguero (producer, Campanario) and new addition Vice President of Theatrical Motion Pictures, David Friendly.

    Jairo Alvarado Manager/Producer at Circle of Confusion, will be on hand at the event to introduce and moderate the LLFS Producer’s Master Class. The master class will focus on producing within the industry and the lessons these professionals have learned along the way.

    If you've seen it chances are he's produced it. Mike Medavoy has worked on over 300 feature films, seven of which have won Best Picture Oscars. Joining International Famous Agency as vice president in charge of the motion picture department in 1971, he worked with such prestigious clients as Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Terrence Malick, just to name a few. As chairman and co-founder of Phoenix Pictures, Medavoy has brought films such as “The People vs. Larry Flynt,” “The Mirror Has Two Faces,” “All the King’s Men,” “Zodiac,” and more to the big screen. He is currently working on an eight-part mini-series for National Geographic, “The Long Road Home,” about the battle of Sadr City in Iraq on April 4th, 2004.

    Sergio Aguero is coming off the FOX series “Red Band Society” which he executive produced. He has produced/exec-produced studio and indie movies that have grossed $180 million worldwide, such as “Y Tu Mama Tambien” and Warner Brother’s “No Reservations”. He is currently working on a family dramedy based on a Spanish hit series at Twentieth Fox Television.

    David Friendly, is executive producer of USA’s new drama “Queen of the South,” he is an Academy Award-nominated producer who has produced over twenty-five films to date and worked with some of the most prestigious directors including Ron Howard, Ed Zwick and the team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris.

    NALIP is pleased to have the support and participation of the PGA during our long fought battle for diversity in entertainment. NALIP’s Latino Lens Festival and Showcase aims to display a wide range of voices and narratives that are crafted by Latino content creators, in the hopes of advancing the exposure and accessibility of Latino-crafted cinema, television and art forms.

    We invite you, directors, writers, cinematographers and all content creators, especially the producers to #CreateWithUs and learn from masters of this industry.


  • Carlos Yorvick and Sandra Vergara Named Co-Presenters at Latino Lens 16

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    Co-presenting the awards ceremony this year are Sandra Vergara and Carlos Yorvick best known for his work as Juan Gabriel in the TV series Hasta que te conocí. These two incredibly talented and young visionaries will join NALIP as we celebrate amazing Latino artists and their accomplishments.

    At age 17, Sandra Vergara moved from Colombia to Los Angeles with her cousin, Modern Family actress Sofia Vergara. She studied FX make-up design and theatre, though it was the latter that captured her heart. In addition to numerous hosting appearances, she has appeared on shows like CSI: Las Vegas, NIP/TUCK and The Bold and the Beautiful. Most recently, Sandra co-hosted a show on E! with RuPaul called Good Work. She has also done several films, including starring opposite Colin Farrell in the Dreamworks’ feature Fright Night.

    Carlos Yorvick is a Mexican actor best known for his recent work on the bio-series Hasta que te conoci, where he portrays a young Juan Gabriel, "El Divo de Juarez." Yorvick has also worked on commercials, music videos, theater productions as well as films such as 21 OutsBlack Water and Angela's Mask. He is currently working on his first album under the direction of music producer Toby Sandoval who's worked with other talented artists like The Black Eyed Peas, Paulina Rubio and Pedro Fernandez.

    Be sure to catch these talented presenters in action at this year's Latino Lens Festival and Showcase, Oct. 30th at the Avalon Hollywood!


  • published The Cross Cultural Video Summit in News & Updates 2016-10-29 14:35:05 -0700

    The Cross Cultural Video Summit

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    The Cross Cultural Video Summit is a special half-day event presented by NGL Media and the Disney ABC Television Group taking place Thursday, Nov. 10th on the Walt Disney Studio Lot. Co-founded by actor, John Leguizamo, NGL Media is focused on creating premium video content and innovative multicultural video marketing solutions since it's inception.

    The summit will focus on how multicultural Gen-Zr’s and Millennials are influencing media, marketing and entertainment through video, and will bring together a unique set of attendees and panelists consisting of TV and web show producers, digital video content distributors, new mainstream media companies, Fortune 500 advertisers, media and entertainment companies, and celebrities and influencers. Melissa Fumero ('Brooklyn 99'), Danay Garcia ('The Walking Dead') and NALIP's Executive Director, Axel Caballero, are among the featured speakers at this year's Summit.

    Click here for more information and to RSVP!


  • published Pablo Larrain to Accept Latino Lens Award! in News & Updates 2016-10-29 14:34:15 -0700

    Pablo Larrain to Accept Latino Lens Award!

     

    Director Pablo Larraín to Accept Best Latin American Film for NERUDA and Filmmaker of the Year Award.

    The 2016 Latino Lens Festival and Showcase, sponsored by NBCUniversal, to present awards to best Latin American work by Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín for his film NERUDA, starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Luis Gnecco, and Chile’s official Academy Award® selection for Best Foreign Language film, as well as best LatinX work by filmmaker Fede Alvarez for Don’t Breathe. Larraín also directed the upcoming biopic Jackie. The Latino Lens Award for Larraín will be presented by Pablo Cruz, who established Canana with Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna. The awardees were selected from a nomination tier panel of experts and the winners were voted by the NALIP membership of Latino creators and producers.

  • Latino Lens Fest program available NOW on NALIP App

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    App available on Apple iOS and Google Android

    Get the NALIP Events app and take all your 2016 Latino Lens Festival & Showcase information on the go. The app has everything you need to know about our event and is designed to enhance your experience at the Fest & Showcase. It’s super easy to use! Below are some tips to get you started.

    1. Make a Profile

    Making a profile allows you to make a schedule and game plan for the event, as well as see who else is attending! It’s a great way to ensure you don’t miss any sessions and be on the lookout for familiar faces during all the commotion and excitement.

    Once you open the app, click on “Latino Lens Showcase”. From there, select the hamburger menu at the top left hand corner and press “Login” at the very top. Fill out all your information and select “Submit.” You’ll get a notification saying an email is being sent to create a password, don’t worry too much about it (it’s optional!). 

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    2. Explore

     Now that your profile is set up you can check everything out. The hamburger menu features sessions, speakers, exhibitors and venue map. Make sure to get familiar with the information and email membership@nalip.com for any questions.  

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    3. Schedule Your Day

    We are presenting master classes, screenings and interactive booths, make sure to strategize and be efficient with your time! We recommend going through the event and adding your favorites to your in-app schedule or personal calendar, both options are listed at the top of each session.

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    4. Edit Your NALIP Business Card 

    Afraid you’ll run out of business cards at the event? We have you covered! Under the hamburger menu, click “Contacts” then “My Card” and customize yours! Now you can exchange digital business cards with other attendees, just press the plus sign on the top right corner.

    You're all set! Check back on the app during the 2016 Latino Lens Fest & Showcase for pictures, videos, and social media updates. We’ll see you at the Avalon Hollywood NALIPsters!

     

    NALIP Events app is available on Apple iOS and Google Android. For more information, go to LatinoLensFest&showcase.

     

     

     


  • Get to Know the Short Film Directors Selected for The Latino Lens Festival & Showcase

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    Last week NALIP announced the short films that will be screened at this year’s Latino Lens Festival and Showcase on October 30th at the Avalon Hollywood. This week we bring you a closer look into the minds of directors, Lizette Barrera 'MOSCA', Esteban Arango 'BLAST BEAT' and Jorge “Jokes” Yanes 'TOYED', in an exclusive interview. We asked these content creators about their short films and the obstacles attached to being a short film director, the importance of organizations like NALIP and what the future holds.

    NALIP: What did you hope to accomplish with this short? Why this movie? Why now?

    Lizette Barrera (LB): “In MOSCA, I try to tell a complex and nonjudgmental story of Kari, who is a teenager trying to figure out her sexuality...What’s important about MOSCA is that is blends the usage of (mainly) English and Spanish. It depicts acculturated Latin@ in Texas. The film crew also consisted a majority of people of color and LGBT individuals. So why this movie? Not only is it personal for me, but as to everyone who worked on the film. MOSCA is a way for us to identify with others stuck in ‘The Borderlands’ and give ourselves a way to make our voices heard.”

    Esteban Arango (EA): “With BLAST BEAT I wanted to capture the feelings of a generation that I haven’t seen on screen in an entertaining, hollywood-style narrative. The feelings of a generation of immigrants who stand on a blurry line of identity as Americans and Latinos.”

    Jorge “Jokes” Yanes (JY): “It became my mission to bring it [TOYED] to the screen when one day, when I was moving from one home to another, I found the original story tucked in an old binder. From that point on my writing partner J.Bishop and I have been relentless to bring this story about a group of underdog kid artists fighting to be recognized, while being lumped in with the gang culture of the early 90’s.”

     

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    Lizette Barrera director of 'MOSCA'


    NALIP: What are some challenges you’ve faced?

    LB: “Being a Latina and – young – woman, I’ve always had to push harder for people to believe in my work, especially when my work deals with Latinx families and don’t carry the ‘stereotypical’ facade.”

    EA: “I uprooted my whole life in Miami to relocate to LA last year in pursuit of my dream of making films. I knew it had to start with my short BLAST BEAT. We faced so many challenges to get that production together, all while adapting to a new environment in a new city. It was humbling from the beginning, doing the Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds, getting the attention of our actors to come and join our project, and shooting in LA, which can get so expensive, fast!”

    JY: “I grew up in a turbulent time when nobody I knew ever made it out my neighborhood.  It took a lot of will and some really great influences to break out of that mold. But specifically for the film the biggest obstacles we faced were finding locations that still had that 90’s feel, and casting the great kid actors with a very limited amount of time. Besides that we faced the mountain of obstacles that comes with every production and made it to the other side with something we are proud of.”

     

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    Esteban Arango director of 'BLAST BEAT'


    NALIP: What are some of the challenges shorts filmmakers face these days in general?

    LB: “Noticeability. Accessibility has gotten easier for short filmmakers, but finding distribution deals, credibility, and/or financing is tough.”

    EA: “As a diverse filmmaker I feel lucky to be working during a time where finally the space has opened up for our stories. With that opportunity comes the challenge of creating work that is compelling, fresh, and that keeps pushing the boundaries of what is possible in filmmaking. If filmmakers are able to do this today, then more opportunities will come up.”

    JY: “I think shorts are challenging because it is rarely a commercial endeavor so it requires a gathering of like-minded individuals to pool their limited resources and create. Although I do believe it is an incredible time to be a filmmaker. Today, you can make shorts that can actually capture an audience outside of just festivals. So testing the waters with a story and characters is easier than ever, but the financing is going to be skin in the game.”

     

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    Jorge "Jokes" Yanes director of 'TOYED'


    NALIP: Why do you think organizations like NALIP are important?

    LB: “Organizations like NALIP are extremely imperative for Latinx filmmakers to get their voices heard and get their work shown.  We need these hubs to have as a support system, build alliances with one another, and become a familia, especially when we live in a world that generally doesn’t support voices from people of color.”

    EA: “Organizations like NALIP are instrumental, I would say essential, for the industry because they safeguard upcoming talent and give them valuable exposure. But also because they unite a community of like-minded creators to keep pushing our message out as Latinos at the forefront of the new wave of multicultural cinema.”

    JY: “They are important because they highlight voices that need to be shared and as Latinos in America we have an important voice. People should have access to them. NALIP is one of the few organizations that is listening and going to bat for us Latino’s, and every year it’s track record speaks for itself.”


    NALIP: Where do you see yourself in five years?

    LB: “I see myself having made my first feature, MOSCA. I would like to be working in the Casting Department to help change the game plan as well as making documentaries that urge for justice/reflection to individuals. I also hope to be a lecturer at a university to help minorities in film.”

    EA: “I’d like to be creatively active, directing films and television. On a personal level, I could see myself as a dad… But I don’t know, that’s a scary thought right now.”

    JY: “In five years I hope to be consistently delivering new and unique creative content filled with integrity on various platforms, from series to theatrical features, and raising a family as well as being a positive force in my community.”


    Join us for a chance to meet and hear more from these short film directors, and other creators, at the Latino Lens Festival and Showcase on Oct. 30th at the Avalon Hollywood.


  • Producer's Master Class with Mike Medavoy and Sergio Aguero

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    NALIP and the Producers Guild of America (PGA) are proud to announce that this year's Producer's Master Class will be led by powerhouse industry experts, Mike Medavoy (Producer, Phoenix Pictures), Sergio Agüero (Producer, Campanario) and David T. Friendly (Producer, Imagine, Friendly Productions). This will be a continuation and part of our master class series. All three panelists have produced Oscar nominated films and will share their knowledge with our NALIP members at the Latino Lens Festival & Showcase. This master class will focus on producing within the industry and the lessons they have learned along the way. We invite you, directors, writers, cinematographers and all content creators, especially the producers to #CreateWithUs and learn from masters of this industry. Jairo Alvarado (Producer, Circle of Confusion) will be on hand to present and moderate this session.

    Joins us at the Latino Lens Festival & Showcase!

    Learn more about each of these award winning producers below:

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  • Call for Volunteers - Latino Lens Festival & Showcase

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    The National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) is seeking highly-motivated, creative, and can-do volunteers for the upcoming Latino Lens Festival & Showcase, to be held on October 30 at the Avalon Hollywood.

    We’re looking to build an exceptional team of volunteers to make the Latino Lens Festival & Showcase a remarkable experience for all those interested in celebrating Latinos across all media!  Get involved, meet new people, and discover all the Latino talent that surrounds you.

    We have different areas you can contribute when joining our team:

    • Registration

    • Logistics

    • Digital Production

    • Communications and PR

    • Stage management

    To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to: opps@nalip.org. The subject headline must include your name and Latino Lens Fest VOLUNTEER.

     


  • published NALIP Doc Members Stay Busy in Members Stream 2016-10-19 18:50:41 -0700

    NALIP Doc Members Stay Busy

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    According to the Indian Country Today Media Network, Alex Zacarias’ new documentary, “Taino Daca (I Am),” reveals “new truths about the history, survival and identity of the Taino people, the first indigenous contact for Christopher Columbus.” Zacarias’ 10-year project will be released this fall and, as Zacarias explains, has a universal story for many tribes, not just for Taino. “The intent of the documentary is to bring awareness of our Taino story that we might be able to engage with government,” he says.

    The Puerto Rican director faced many challenges making the film but as the Network reports, “one of the biggest challenges Zacarias faced was documenting the story over a decade and following the documentary’s main character, Roberto Mukaro Borrero.” Borrero was a consultant on the film and says, “the film shares the reality that Taino are still here.”


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    Sands of Silence” will be featured at the Awareness Film Fest 2016 this weekend. NALIP member Chelo Alvarez-Stehle’s film takes us on a 15 year journey to uncover the underworld of sexual exploitation and trafficking throughout Asia and the Americas. “The making of ‘Sands of Silence’ pushed me into a new journey of introspection,” says Alvarez-Stehle, “As I set to tell the story of our main subject, Virginia, who struggles to break the cycle of sexual exploitation in her family and her life.

    “I saw my own story - in a very small way - in hers.”

    The film will make it’s west coast premiere on Sunday, Oct. 16th at the L.A. Live Regal Cinemas in Downtown L.A. NALIP members can save on tickets using the code: 8675309. For tickets visit awarenessfestival.org.

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    Also featured at the Awareness Film Festival is Marisol Gonzalez’s “Children Behind the Wall.” The film exposes the cruel effects of the drug epidemic among children and young adults in Tijuana, Mexico. Gonzalez, who serves as the film’s producer and director, called upon accomplished Director of Photography Rachel Morrison, who lensed films like “Dope,” “Cake,” and “Fruitvale Station.”

    “I’ve made it my mission to bring awareness about the harms of drugs from the perspective of children fending for themselves,” says Gonzalez. “We need to be compassionate and understand that people who use drugs are not monsters; they are our children, our parents, our cousins, our best friends.”

    The film will be screened on Sunday, Oct. 16th at the L.A. Live Regal cinemas in Downtown L.A. There will be a Q&A following the film with the director. For tickets visit awarenessfestival.org.

     


  • NALIP and CBS Engage in Diversity Dialogue with Adam Rodriguez and Wilmer Valderrama

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    In a conversation tackling the diversity problem in Hollywood, Wilmer Valderrama and Adam Rodriguez dove deep into their own careers to give a more personal point of view and insight on what it means to be Latino in the industry. In an intimate setting on Thursday night, hosted by CBS and moderated by NALIP’s Projects Director Ben Lopez, the two talented actors came together to talk about their roles in CBS’s leading drama series, NCIS, and Criminal Minds. They provided anecdotes, advice and hardships they encountered throughout their careers and the place of Latino content creators and artist in the future.

    When it comes to rejection, Valderrama, who co-stars with Ashton Kutcher on Netflix's "The Ranch," finds the positive in it and “keep[s] it moving” something he credits to being Latino.  He came to the U.S. at a young age without knowing to speak english but he worked, was persistent and patient. Both men grew up without having someone to relate to on TV “no one that looked like me” mentions Rodriguez, which made it more difficult to consider acting but “you just don’t quit” he says. Change is happening now, with actors out there on different TV series and in film, it has taken over 20 years but “these conversations use to happen outside of auditions for gangster #1” jokes Rodriguez and now they happen in studios and the hope is there “won’t be a need for these diversity discussion in the future”. It takes patience, but the work is being done, and as things are changing what we need to do is keep these conversations going, and “support one another” as both of these men do, Wilmer considers himself to be Rodriguez’s biggest fan. When asked by Ben Lopez about roles or characters writers should create both agree it should be about the story and Rodriguez looks for “characters [he] can root for”, irregardless of the ethnicity. Wilmer argues that Latinos live in the same world as everyone else therefore there is no need to make those characters so different, “it’s a lot more simple than what they make it”.

    The themes of the night were inclusion, persistence, patience, community and support. Wrapping up the night with an insightful Q&A where the audience, touched on the issue of diversity including a 12 year old boy, who asked why studios always cast Anglo actors, to which both Rodriguez and Valderrama responded “we’re working on that”. Ben Lopez concluded the night by thanking the networks that are opening these doors and giving equal opportunities and reminding everyone that it is about the mentoring and promoting CBS’s #eachoneteachone. The important take away of the night for Valderrama was, “we are not alone”, both actors expressed how proud they were to be present in the dialogue and to represent Latinos.

     


  • Netflix Continues to Tap Into the Latin American Demo

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    While Netflix reduces their dependence on acquisitions and doubles down on their Latino and LATAM original content strategy, others such as Sony networks are also investing in Latinos, a key creative community and demographic.

    Oscar-nominated cinematographer, Cesar Charlone (“City of God”), directs Netflix’s “3%” that’s set to launch Nov. 25th. Variety reports the series is a futuristic thriller set in a dystopic near-future Brazil. This is Netflix’s first original production “completely shot, produced and acted by Brazilians.” Created by Pedro Aguilera, the project stars Joao Miguel, Bianca Comparator, and Zeze Motta.

    Netflix also announced a 13-episode series from Mexican filmmaker Manolo Caro. Caro’s dark comedy remains untitled but will begin shooting early next year. The show centers around a family full of “dysfunctional secrets” and “explores the need to protect and forgive loved ones, no matter how uncomfortable.”

    Mexico’s Televisa partnered with Sony Pictures Television to co-produce 65 episodes of “Blue Demon,” a TV drama based on the life of Mexican wrestler Alejandro Munoz Moreno. Earlier this year, Variety reported NBCUniversal’s Telemundo has “long followed a strategy of co-producing with major content companies over the years, including Mexico’s Argos, Disney, Fox, and Sony Pictures TV Latin America.”

    Both projects are part of Netflix’s Latin American original productions that also includes “Narcos,” and will be available to all Netflix’s subscribers.

    As more and more networks follow in the steps of Telemundo, Televisa and Sony, the real winners of this Latino and LATAM content are the viewers, who will see the diversity surge they’ve been calling for. Now, the only question is when will this diversity make the jump from steady play on streaming services to a returning audience on the silver screen.


  • published PIFF/LA Set to Open! in Members Stream 2016-10-19 18:15:07 -0700

    PIFF/LA Set to Open!

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    The 2nd annual Panamanian International Film Festival L.A. is set to open on November 5 - 6, 2016 in Downtown Los Angeles. In its second year, the Festival has expanded to 11 films by International & U.S. Latino Filmmakers. The Festival will also feature industry panels, which NALIP will participate in, Q&A’s with filmmakers, and networking opportunities.  

    PIFF/LA is co-produced by The Viva Panama Organization(VPO) and NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) along with the support of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP).“This two-day festival is designed to cast a spotlight on emerging film artists in Panama and the Americas while facilitating professional exchanges and networking opportunities,” said Carlos Carrasco, Festival Director. Carrasco, who was born in Panama, is known by global audiences for his roles in Speed and Taylor Hackford’s Blood In Blood Out.

    PIFF/LA will take place at two Downtown Los Angeles locations: South Park Center, 139 S. Hill St. ($5 parking available at 1133 S. Olive St.), on Saturday, November 5th and Regal LA LIVE Stadium,1000 W. Olympic Blvd., on SundayNovember 6th.

    To view the films being screened and for more information go to the official Facebook page.

    To purchase your ticket via this link!


  • published NALIP Announces Showrunners' Master Class in Members Stream 2016-10-19 18:14:28 -0700

    NALIP Announces Showrunners' Master Class

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    This year’s Latino Lens Festival and Showcase will feature a Showrunners’ Master Class, Presented by NBCUniversal, with show runner, Danielle Sanchez-Witzel (The Carmichael Show, NBC) & veteran writer and story editor Benjamin Daniel Lobato (Queen of the South, USA Network).

    The Showrunners Masterclass panelists will detail what it takes to become a successful show runner and show writer and the responsibilities attached to the title. They will discuss how to run a successful writer's room and how to influence a team. Other topics of discussion will include: developing the creative vision of a show, securing a show's ratings and seasonal progression and the increasing impact of diverse voices in television.

    Benjamin Lobato is currently writing for Queen of the South (USA). Previous writing credits include: ICE (AT&T Audience Network), Shades of Blue (NBC), Gang Related (Fox), Against the Wall (Lifetime), The Unit (CBS), and Justified(FX); for which he, along with the writing staff, received a Peabody Award, and WGA Nomination for Best New Series. He holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and degrees in Media Arts and Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. Before beginning his career as a screenwriter, he served as a member of the military’s elite Joint Counter-Narco-Terrorism Task Force.

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    Danielle Sanchez-Witzel serves as showrunner and executive producer on NBC’s “The Carmichael Show” and has also worked on shows like Fox’s “New Girl,” “The Millers” on CBS, and NBC’s “Whitney” and “My Name Is Earl.” Sanchez-Witzel is a graduate of Stanford University where she worked as a baseball play-by-play announcer for the university radio station. Additionally, Sanchez-Witzel worked in advertising for several years prior to receiving her M.F.A. from the UCLA Graduate School of Film and Television.

    Join the Showrunners Master Class Sunday, Oct. 30th at the Avalon Hollywood. Click here to see the full schedule lineup for the 2016 Latino Lens Festival & Showcase!


  • NBCUniversal Presenting Sponsor for Latino Lens Fest & Showcase

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    NBCUniversal teams up with NALIP as presenting sponsor for this years Latino Lens Festival & Showcase 2016. NBCUni has worked with NALIP in the past and they continue to expand diversity in media. The Showcase is a place to engage with other creators and like minded people to receive great insight from industry professionals and learn how to slowly expand Latino content in entertainment industry. The second annual Latino Lens Fest & Showcase will feature the Emerging Content Creators Workshops, a series of Master Classes, Shorts presentation & exposure to content from up and coming talented individuals. Check out the rest of the scheduled programming at Nalip.org and don't miss out on any of NBCUniversal programs including ‘Superstore’ starring America Ferrera.

    Check out NBC.com and Nalip.org


  • VR on the Rise as More and More Projects Are Picked Up

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    It is no secret that virtual reality is on the rise and the new generation of Latino content creators is embracing this technology. NALIP featured Google Cardboard at this year’s Media Summit where attendees were able to test the hardware and we continually look for opportunities to explore the platform in our programming. Sports Illustrated (SI) is following in the success of their first VR feature, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit VR Experience, with “Capturing Everest.”

    SI acquires a virtual reality documentary series from Endemol Shine Beyond USA about four climbers summiting Mount Everest. “Capturing Everest” was shot on location over a two-month period in April and May of 2016, so reports Variety. In order to gather all the footage the production team used GoPro VR rigs including stationary, body-mounted and zipline rigs.

    President of Endemol Shine Beyond USA, Bonnie Pan, said the company “wanted to find a way for this to live inside the SI brand” and therefore did not shop the series.  Endemol Shine Beyond USA is the digital division of Endemol Shine North America. Endemol Shine partnered with NALIP this year for our Annual Media Summit where co-CEO Cris Abrego delivered a signature conversation on his life and ascension to his high profile position in one of the leading companies in media.

    Variety reports the series will be available on Life VR, on iOS and Android, with programing available across Google Cardboard, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR powered by Oculus. It will also be supported as a 360-degree video on mobile devices and desktops.

    NALIP continues to work on bringing this technology to our programs and events, like this year’s Latino Lens Festival and Showcase that will feature a VR Workshop presented by Holotrope. We hope that in doing so the Latino community will be poised to lead the charge on this futuristic frontier.

    Watch the trailer for “Capturing Everest” here.

     


  • Fede Alvarez to Direct Comic Book Thriller 'Incognito'

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    Fede Alvarez, who directed and co-wrote this summer’s box office hit, “Don’t Breathe,” has reportedly signed with Sony Pictures to direct “Incognito,” an adaptation of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’ limited comic series of the same name.

    The story follows “Zach Overkill, a super villain who is in the Witness Protection Program after testifying against a powerful hero, The Black Death,” reports Indiewire. “Though required to take a drug that eliminates his superpowers and work a nondescript mail job, Zach becomes restless and finds a way to regain his powers, forcing him to decide whether to use them again or stay in the safety of his regular job.”

    Daniel Casey, who wrote 10 Cloverfield Lane” and James Franco’s film “Kin,” has been brought on board to work on the script.

    Sony Pictures has not announced a release date for this film yet.

    After the success of his low-budget film, which grossed over $140 million worldwide, it’s no surprise Alvarez has become one of Hollywood’s most sought-after directors.

    NALIPsters are excited to see what’s next for Fede Alvarez!


  • For Your Consideration: NALIP Latino Lens Announces Film of the Year Nominations for Latinx and Latino International Film Categories

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    This year NALIP’s current official members and a select committee of industry professionals will vote to select the winner in each category for Film of the Year. The two categories selected are:

    The Latinx category features the best in US Latino and breakthrough Latinx filmmaking talent. These films could include a documentary, animation or feature. Get to know about the films in this category and the NALIPsters behind them:

    ‘La Granja’ (2015)is a film about three intersecting stories, promising young boxer, a barren midwife and a lonely kid with a bike all in pursuit of happiness and it’s unanticipated consequences during a difficult time in Puerto Rico. NALIP had the pleasure of screening Angel Manuel Soto’s film La Granja at last year’s Latino Lens Showcase, since then NALIP continues to support his career and film most recently screening at FICG in LA 6, where NALIP will be present.

    ‘Hands of Stone’ (2016) is the legendary story of Roberto Duran and his equally legendary trainer Ray Arcel and how both their lives were impacted by each other and their past and in their own way achieved redemption. Director, Jonathan Jakubowicz and lead actor Edgar Ramirez both did a compelling interview with NALIP where they expressed the difficulties and the process of creating such an inspiring film.  

    ‘Lowriders’ (2016) a film by Ricardo de Montreuil is about a young street artist on East LA who is caught between his father’s obsession with the lowrider culture, his ex-felon brother and his own need for self expression. Ricardo de Montreuil recently attended and was a speaker at this past June’s NALIP Media Summit.

    ‘Don’t Breathe’ (2016) a film that currently has record breaking numbers at the box office is about a group of friends breaking into the house of a blind man only to find out he isn’t as helpless as he seems. NALIP is a long time supporter of Fede Alvarez and his work.

    ‘Memories of a Penitent Heart’ (2016) a documentary film by long time NALIPster Cecilia Aldarondo is about Miguel who dies of AIDS, his niece tracks down his gay lover and cracks open a Pandora’s box of unresolved family drama. Cecilia Aldarondo was a participant in the 2014 NALIP Latino Media Market with this project and screened the film at this years Media Summit.

    The Latino International category includes films receiving noteworthy attention prior to festival and award season. NALIP believes any of these films can be taken for your award consideration. Get to know the films nominated:

    The Distinguished Citizen (2016) Argentinian film by Directors Gaston Duprat and Mariano Cohn about Mr. Mantovani, after refusing big and prestigious awards all over the world, Literature Nobel Prize winner, accepts an invitation to visit his hometown in Argentina, which has been the inspiration for all of his books. It turns out that accepting this invitation is the worse idea of his life. 

    Neruda (2016) A Chilean film by Director Pablo Larraín is about an inspector who hunts down Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, who becomes a fugitive in his home country in the late 1940s for joining the communist party.

    Desierto (2016) A Mexican film Directed by Jonás Cuarón about a group of people trying to cross the border from Mexico into the United States encounter a man who has taken border patrol duties into his own racist hands.

    Alias Maria (2015) A Colombian film Directed by José Luis Rugeles is a vision of Colombia's inhuman armed conflict, seen through the eyes of a young and pregnant girl soldier.

    Breadcrumbs (2016) Directed by Manane Rodríguez is an Uruguayan Spanish film that addresses sexual violence suffered by a group of inmates and how years later decide to report it.

    Regardless of the winner, NALIP believes, all of the following films should be in your short list for award consideration. Members will receive a separate voting ballot. Your membership must be current and in good standing to participate.

    Check out the trailers for each nominated films

    Best Latinx Film

    Nominees:

    La Granja (2015) - Angel Manuel Soto

    Hands of Stone (2016)- Jonathan Jakubowicz

    Lowriders (2016) - Ricardo de Montreuil

    Don’t Breathe  (2016)- Fede Alvarez

    Memories of a Penitent Heart (2016)- Cecilia Aldarondo

     

    Best Latino International Film

    Nominees:

    The Distinguished Citizen  - Argentina

    Neruda (2016) - Chile

    Desierto (2016)- Mexico

    Alias Maria (2015) - Colombia

    Breadcrumbs (2016) - Uruguay

     

    Become a member at Nalip.org and be eligible to vote for your favorite!