Latinos In The Industry

INDUSTRY INSIGHTS: Masterlist of PMDs ("Producer" Of Marketing & Distribution)

By Ted Hope

Okay, I am not truly a fan of the term "Producer Of Marketing & Distribution", but I am even more NOT a fan of how easy we throw around the term "Producer" in general. To me the Producer of a film is the individual or team that is there from the very beginning until the very end--there is no in between--and ultimately responsible for EVERYTHING. If you were not involved in any aspect of either the development, financing, casting, production, post, sales, marketing, distribution, and reporting, then you are not a "producer" and should not take that credit. There: I said it. But a nickel is bigger than a dime, and we drive on the parkway and park in the driveway, so who am I to say that this world or a job title does not really make sense?

And frankly, if the collaboration between a "PMD" and a film works the way I dream it can, that individual is certainly there from at the very least VERY CLOSE to the beginning and all the way to the end--like a producer is.

Regardless of how I feel, at this moment in time we are calling those that work in DIY/DIWO films, the PMD, and the world knows they need all the incentives we can provide to do this necessary work, so who am I to quibble over semantics? But the real question really is, who are the people that do this work and where can you find them? Today I launch the Masterlist of PMDs. I will allow someone else to take it from here.


Call for Submissions: Chicken & Egg MOTHER WIT Human Rights Film Fund

At Chicken & Egg Pictures we truly believe that story lead not issues. That said, we are creating this mission-driven fund to support the human rights movement in the most compelling way we know how. This is a specific Open Call for our MOTHER WIT Human Rights Film Fund, please make sure to read our mandates before applying.

Deadline: September 30, 2011
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Call for Entries VisionFest 2011

Filmmakers Alliance's VisionFest 2011 is happening October 19th, 2011 and the deadline for submitting your short film is September 16th. It's a fantastic event and showcase that should not be missed.

Submission Requirements:
- The filmmaker (director and/or producer) must be based in Los Angeles and able to be in attendance for VisionFest 2011.
- The film must be no longer than 30 minutes. Shorter is MUCH preferable.
- The film must have been completed after August 2009.
- The film cannot have screened previously at VisionFest.
- An HD master of the film is available for screening purposes.
- All submission materials must be received in the FA office by 6:00 p.m. September 16th, 2011.

Click here for complete submission rules and instructions.

Call for Entries: Amazon Freedom to Choose Video Contest

Create a video, 60 seconds or less, that demonstrates how AmazonWireless eliminates the frustration synonymous with the typical mobile phone purchase path. $15,000 in Filmmaking Awards.

Deadline: Upload Until September 28, 2011 at 04:00pm PST
Click here for details.

Elias Axume Promoted to President, Maya International Distribution

Maya Entertainment has promoted Elias Axume from Executive Vice President to President, Maya International Distribution it was announced today by Moctesuma Esparza, Chairman and CEO, Maya Entertainment. Axume joined Maya International in August 2010 and in the past year the company has acquired 10 films, including Cafe with Jennifer Love Hewitt, A Bag of Hammers, with Rebecca Hall, Without Men with Eva Longoria, Repeaters with Amanda Crew and The Jesuit written and to be directed by Paul Schrader. He will continue to report to Esparza.

It was also announced that Jack Campbell has been appointed Vice President, Maya International Distribution, joining the company from Spotlight Pictures where he served as President of International Distribution for the past three years. During his tenure at Spotlight, Campbell oversaw all worldwide sales & acquisitions of a library of over 50 feature films, licensing all rights to top foreign buyers, including theatrical, television, home video and new media. He will report directly to Axume.

The company also has established a multi-million dollar fund for future acquisitions to be overseen by Axume.

"Elias has worked aggressively to expand our International and acquisitions business in the global marketplace adding many terrific films to our growing library. His promotion to president of Maya International is well deserved," said Esparza. "He has the depth of experience and an understanding of the international market that is invaluable in identifying films that are commercially appealing and bring value to the company."

"I am very glad to have Jack, with his 10 years of experience in the international market, on our team," said Axume. "We will continue to have a strong presence at all major markets and film festivals around the world, and look forward to discovering more exciting and interesting films that deserve to be enjoyed by movie lovers everywhere."

Elias Axume is an accomplished and experienced international distribution executive. Prior to Maya International he served as Executive Vice President of Myriad Pictures where he oversaw worldwide sales and distribution of a diverse slate of titles including Death Defying Acts with Catherine Zeta Jones, Factory Girl with Sienna Miller, and Copying Beethoven with Ed Harris to more recent titles such as Everyday with Helen Hunt and Salvation Blvd. with Pierce Brosnan.

Prior to joining Myriad, Axume was Vice President of Post Production and Distribution Services at Mobius Films International, where he worked on such films as Chaos with Ryan Philippe, The Wendell Baker Story with Owen Wilson and Border Town with Jennifer Lopez. Before Mobius, he held the same position at Franchise Pictures for several years working on such films as The Whole Nine Yards with Bruce Willis, Get Carter with Sylvester Stallone and 3000 Miles To Graceland with Kevin Costner, all released by Warner Bros.

  A Different POV: Asian America & Latino in Cinema & New Media
(Channel APA) - The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program and the Smithsonian Latino Center host a conversation about the history, present and future of Asian and Latino America through cinema and new media. FULL STORY

The Assault on Chicana/o Studies
(Daily Kos) - Academics, students and members of communities of color across the U.S. should be paying close attention to the concerted assault being waged right now in Arizona against its ethnic studies programs. FULL STORY

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Found Footage Scripts
We are looking for completed feature-length "found footage" scripts. We are open to horror/thriller OR sci-fi ("Paranormal Activity," "Cloverfield") as long as it is found footage. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

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Esau Melendez & Anayansi Prado
NALIPsters films airing on PBS this month

Films by NALIP members Esau Melendez and Anayansi Prado (LPA 2003) will be airing on PBS throughout September and early October. Air dates vary by channel, so check your local listings for details.

Producer: Esau Melendez
Documentary/60 Minutes
(please check local listings)

A feature documentary film about the modern immigrant rights movement. In particular, it is the story of the struggle of Elvira Arellano, a single mother from Chicago, who fought her deportation. The film also interweaves the stories of individuals, organizations, activists and community leaders united by passion and a concern for justice. This film illustrates the opposition to the controversial HR4437 immigration bill as well as the ongoing struggle and demand for comprehensive immigration reform.

For more information, please visit the film's website.

Director: Anayansi Prado
Documentary/60 Minutes
(please check local listings)

Bocas Del Toro, Panama has become a haven for ex-pat retirees. While their introduction to the local community hasn't come without its complications, a bigger threat are the voracious corporations eager to turn the province into the latest Caribbean hot spot.

This engaging and revealing documentary tells the personal stories of the people who call the exquisitely beautiful area home and would like to keep it that way. From an American couple who've invested not just in their home but in their Panamanian community to a local businessman turned political hopeful, the characters and stories Prado tracks speak to the larger global issue of communities, new and old, under siege from faceless corporations.

For more information, please visit the film's website.

Ela Troyano
NALIPster's doc screening at Smithsonian Latino Center

Join the Smithsonian Latino Center and Latino Public Broadcasting for a three-part documentary series presented in connection with the exhibition "American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music" currently on view in the Smithsonian's International Gallery in the Ripley Center.

American Sabor Matine Series, Pt.2 features the screening of La Lupe: Queen of Latin Soul by founding NALIP member Ela Troyano. The program will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2011 2pm-4pm at Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th St. and Constitution Ave. NW Washington, DC. Free and open to the public. Doors open 30 minutes before the show.

Producer: Ela Troyano
Documentary/ 60 Minutes

La Lupe documents the life of the legendary black Cuban-born pop singer from childhood poverty to scandalous overnight success in the glamorous Havana of the 50s and her emergence in New York in the 60s as The Queen of Latin Soul Music. Though she died in 1992 virtually unknown, she was a precursor to the current Latin music scene. La Lupe story takes place against the rich cultural life of the period it depicts. Through extensive archival footage of Cuba in the 50s, we will look into the nightlife of Havana-the singers, the music, the literature. Interviews with peers like Celia Cruz, musicologist Gilbert Mamery and pop singer India, will give us an in-depth look at the enormous influence of her styles and artistry. In addition, verite footage, dramatizations and La Lupe's performances in New York, will bring to life this incomparable portrait of this eccentric and avant-garde artist.

For more information about the screenings, please visit the Smithsonian Latino Center website.


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