Prime Latino Media Salon, Oct. 10 in NYC

NALIP-NY and Tio Louie invite you to invite you to continue celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month at Prime Latino Media Salon, a monthly series for Latino multimedia-makers and actors in the metro-New York area. The next event is Wed., October 10 from 6:30-10pm. This month's program features conversations with documentary filmmaker Betty Bastidas, producer and NYILFF co-executive director Elizabeth Gardner, and actress Elaine Del Valle.

Wednesday, October 10, 6:30-10pm
A forum for Latinos and their supporters to connect and sustain one another in English and Spanish-language media, as well as featuring conversations with industry thought-leaders and screening projects.

Location: Casa Mezcal, 86 Orchard Street, basement lounge, Obra Negra, bet Delancey & Grand St.
Admission: NALIP & HOLA members $5 and non-members $7

Networking & Cash Bar: 6:30-7:30PM

7:30PM: An air-conditioned FIRESIDE CHAT by Tio Louie with BETTY BASTIDAS, Producer/Director of her first feature length documentary film, DreamTown on Afro-Ecuadorian soccer players.

8:30PM: Tio Louie CONVERSATION with ELIZABETH GARDNER, Co-producer of the independent feature film, Elliot Loves & Co-Owner and Co-Executive Director of the New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF).

9:00PM: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage with actor, ELAINE DEL VALLE who played a strong supporting role in the feature film Elliot Loves and most recently won a 2012 HOLA Award for Outstanding Solo Performance for her self-penned solo show Brownsville Bred.

Betty Bastidas
Born in Ecuador, she came to the U.S. at the age of nine. Betty is currently co-directing a short documentary film as part of the ITVS Latino Graduate Series, Can't Hold Me Back following a student from Detroit as he becomes the first in his family to earn a high school diploma -- his ticket out of the struggles of inner-city poverty and violence. Betty holds a B.S. in Marketing from NYU, an M.A. in Journalism and Documentary Studies from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, and a certificate in documentary photography from the Salt Institute of Documentary Studies in Maine.

Elizabeth Gardner
She is a 17-year veteran of entertainment event & film production, marketing, promotions, sponsorship and management, and the Co-Owner and Co-Executive Director of the NYILFF, the nation's leading Latino film festival. The NYILFF is presented by HBO and celebrated its 13th anniversary in August 2012. With a specialized focus on the U.S. Latino and multicultural communities and over a decade of entrepreneurial experience, Elizabeth recently co-produced the independent film, ELLIOT LOVES, which won the Audience Award for Best Feature at the 2012 Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. The film sold to TLA Releasing for worldwide distribution, and will see its theatrical release in Fall 2012.

Elaine Del Valle
She was named an "Inspiring Artist" by Soulfrito Arts Foundation, a CNN "Woman of Note" and a "Triumph" by The New York Times. She has enjoyed a lucrative voiceover and commercial career for over a decade. Recent TV appearances include a tough cop on CBS' "NYC-22" and a grieving daughter in MTV's scripted comedy "Epic Fail." She can also be heard on Nickelodeon's/CBS' "Dora The Explorer" in which she has proudly voiced tens of characters for 12 years. Additionally, she serves as an independent casting director for SAG national commercials representing the Latino market.