Latinos In The Industry

INDUSTRY INSIGHTS: On The Road To Pre-Sales - Packaging Case Study 2

By Stacey Parks

Still skeptical about attaching cast to a project without financing? Well I'm back with another case study in my 'myth busters' series to show you skeptics that in fact, packaging without financing is possible. (If you didn't see Case Study #1 from last week, it's right here).

In case study #2 I introduce you to Tom Koveleskie who after packaging some good 'name' talent, is on his way to start the pre-sales process. Once again, Tom decided to tune out the naysayers and didn't let the fact that his project isn't financed get in the way of moving ahead with it. Pay special attention to what he says were his biggest time wasters and what he would do differently next time - there's a lot for everyone to learn in here!

OK, over to Tom....

What is the name and log line of your film?

Summer of '76: After being thrust into the real world during the Bicentennial summer of 1976, three nineteen year old stoner friends hitchhiked from small town Pennsylvania to Los Angeles in search of the California Dream. The based on true events adventure was fraught with perils, zany characters, hot chicks and life altering moments.

What is the budget (or budget range) of your film?


What is your current financing plan?

Pre-sales, 25% Pennsylvania Tax incentives, IRS section 181 and 199 Tax deductions, gap loan and/or private equity.


Arturo Muyshondt Inks Sales Deal with Maya

By Anna Marie De La Fuente, Variety

Los Angeles-based El Salvadorean producer-thesp Arturo Muyshondt has struck an international sales deal with Maya Entertainment for a slate of cross-cultural Anglo-Hispanic pics he is developing under his banner, WolfGang Cinema. Slate includes thriller "The Two Lives of Maxi Kaplan," action war drama "Fireflies at El Mozote" and romantic drama "Full Moon."

Each pic is budgeted under $5 million with Marcelo Paladini ("Sympathy for Delicious"), Greg Sturge and Peter Micheli as executive producers.

Dialogue will be mainly in English with some Spanish in the mix.

"I've been living in the U.S. for a long time now and with each passing year I see the line between Hispanics and Americans blurring, as a large part of the Hispanic population, now around 50 million and growing fast, is fully integrated into the American mainstream," said Muyshondt, who aims to apply a U.S. filmmaking sensibility to his lineup.

"The Two Lives of Maxi Kaplan," based on an eponymous short story by Argentine scribe Hernan Iglesias, tracks a writer's search for a missing Argentine investment banker listed among the dead in the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks.

Brooklyn-based Deborah Goodwin will helm from the screenplay she has written. Muyshondt co-produces with Brooklyn-based John Scaccia. Principal photography is skedded for March in New York.

"Fireflies at El Mozote" is inspired by true events and excerpts from the author Jose Ignacio Lopez Vigil's "Rebel Radio" chronicling the December 1981 massacre of the El Mozote village in El Salvador. This coming-of-age tale follows the 10-year-old sole survivor in his quest to avenge the deaths of his family and the destruction of his village.

Salvadorean Ernesto Melara will direct from his own screenplay. Muyshondt will produce with Mexico's Epigmenio Ibarra of Argos Comunicacion. Pic is slated to shoot in Veracruz, Mexico, next summer.

Based on a screenplay by Daniel Faraldo, "Full Moon" is set against the backdrop of the L.A. music scene where a Hispanic music producer is blacklisted after bringing back payola into the industry.

Muyshondt will co-produce with L.A.-based film and music producer, Jonathan McHugh.

Call for Entries: The Indie Fest

The Indie Fest invites your participation. Awards go to those filmmakers, television producers, videographers and new media creators who produce fresh, standout productions. It is a showcase for cinematic gems and unique voices.

The Indie Fest is an independent, top-tier international film awards competition. We invite entries from students and faculty. Indie Fest's goal is to help independent filmmakers advance their careers, gain publicity and, when appropriate, exposure to distributors.

The Indie Fest is unique; it's an awards competition. Entries are judged on quality of craft and creativity of storytelling. The Indie Fest is a showcase for cinematic gems and unique voices.

Deadline: October 28, 2011
Visit the Indie Fest's website for details and entry form.

Deadline Approaching: Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, the premier venue for nonfiction film in the American West, is seeking submissions for its ninth annual event. From February 17-26, 2012 the festival will screen 100+ films, including world and U.S. premieres, classics, rare and experimental works on Montana's largest screen at the historic Wilma Theater in downtown Missoula, Montana. In addition to ten days of screenings, the event will feature many public and VIP events including panel discussions, galas, receptions and networking round-tables.

The competitive event is open to non-fiction films and videos of all genres, subject matter, lengths and production dates. Awards and cash prizes will be given for Best Documentary Feature (over 50 minutes), Best Documentary Short (15-50 minutes), Best Mini-Doc (under 15 minutes) and best documentary about the American West (the Big Sky Award).

Final Deadline: Postmarked by October 17, 2011

Enter via or download entry form in PDF format here.

  Latinos Have The Power To Change Media and Entertainment
(The Huffington Post) - I recently saw a new documentary getting a ton of buzz in the tech and entertainment worlds called PressPausePlay. Although it's not about Latinos per se, the film's message really resonated with me as I related it to certain digital trends of late that Latinos are driving. FULL STORY

Latinos On TV: Laughing At Culture, Laughing With It
(NPR) - A look at how Latinos and the Spanish language have been portrayed in, and shaped by, American pop culture over the years, from I Love Lucy to Modern Family. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

Visit the NALIP Job Opportunities page for all the latest listings.

Director, General Audience Programming at PBS (Arlington, VA)
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Programming Manager at ITVS (SF)
This position is responsible for managing the ITVS Open Call solicitation and participating in development and production funding initiatives through all phases of review, evaluation and selection. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Executive Assistant to the Foundation Executive Director
The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation, located in North Hollywood California, is looking for an Executive Assistant to the Foundation Executive Director. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

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Luis Mandoki
LPA mentor directing biopic about "The Wind in the Willows" author

By Diana Lodderhose, Variety

Director and NALIP LPA Mentor Luis Mandoki has boarded the long-gestating "Banking on Mr. Toad," based on the life story of "The Wind in the Willows" author Kenneth Grahame. Mandoki ("Innocent Voices") will replace previously attached helmer Bruce Beresford.

Timothy Haas of HSL Film Studios is producing the $20 million pic and has also penned a screenplay chronicling Grahame's journey from his job as the secretary of the Bank of England at the end of the 19th century through to penning the children's tome. Pic, which combines live-action and animation, will also look at his relationship with his wife, Elspeth, and autistic son, Alastair.

"Banking on Mr. Toad" was skedded to lens in Ireland at Ardmore Studios in 2009, but production was cancelled due to the Irish banking crisis. Work on animation has now been greenlit and the pic, which is in pre-production, will lense in Blighty's Pinewood Studios. It will also shoot on location around Grahame's Berkshire home by the River Thames and at the Bank of England in London.

Marco Santiago Jr.
NALIPster co-producing film version of Water & Power

By Marc Graser, Variety

Five years after "Water & Power" bowed on stage in Los Angeles, Richard Montoya, of the comedy troupe Culture Clash, is producing a film version of the play. Montoya is writing, directing and producing the drama that stars Jacob Vargas, Enrique Murciano, Nicholas Gonzalez and Clancy Brown about a California senator who must help his crooked cop of a brother out of a crime that has backfired on L.A.'s eastside.

Pic is produced by Mark Roberts through his Roberts/David Films shingle. The film is executive produced by James Flach, and co-produced by NALIP member Marco Santiago Jr. (LPA 2007 & 2008, LWL 2006 & 2007) for SunCast Entertainment. Lorenzo O'Brien and Emilio Rivera serve as co-producers.

"We're very excited to take on this wonderfully written screenplay, which is helmed by an artist with a powerfully unique and distinct voice" Santiago Jr. said.

Murciano plays the politician, nicknamed Water, while Gonzalez is the cop, Power. Both were given the nicknames by their father (Vargas), an employee for the city's Department of WaTer and Power.

Film, whose locations cover South Central and East Los Angeles, is based on the stage play of the same name that Montoya penned and debuted in 2006 at the Mark Taper Forum, in L.A.

The pic was adapted as part of the Sundance Feature Film Lab in 2007. Producers are now hoping to premiere the film at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Montoya's recent credits include "Larry Crowne," "Nacho Libre" and "Falling Down."

Miguel Duran
NALIPster's web series now airing on KoldCast TV

Writer/Director and NALIP member Miguel Durans' (LWL 2008) new sci-fi web series, Chutes & Ladders is now airing on KoldCast TV. The 11 episode series follows the adventures of brother and sister Alejandro and Olivia. Aided by Vikram, a mysterious figure from the future, they try to solve the mystery of their mothers death. Their adventures take them between past and present and lead them to confront themselves in more ways than they'd imagined. How much control do they have to change the past and how much is already written? The story features a strong Latino cast, including NALIPster Norma Fontana.

New episodes air every Sunday here on KoldCast.


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