Latinos In The Industry

10 Tips for Crowd-Funding Newbies

By Jennifer Fox for Future of Film

After 22 years of work, filmmaker Jennifer Fox found that she had a completed film with no way to pay the bills and fund the distribution. With no hope left, she reluntantly turned to Kickstarter to ask for help (read more details of her story here). Future of Film wanted to tell more of her inspiring story, which came with some very useful and inspirational advice. Below are 10 things she learned while trying to reach a six-figure funding goal on Kickstarter.

1. Reach Out to Family and Friends
Unlike what many will tell you, I must say that for me family (and friends) are more about getting emotional support than money. It is very dicey to ask people you know and love to give you their hard earned funds. I had some friends tell me that they felt offended that I was emailing them about our campaign. Discussing this with them led to some very interesting insights about why I feel this is a democratic and legitimate way to support the arts. But I am not here to proselytize. I immediately backed off. In a way what they are saying is true: they don't ask me to fund their passion, why should I ask them to fund mine? However, that's not exactly how I see it: I believe that the film project, My Reincarnation, has a greater good for humanity and is a contribution to people's lives. Hence, it must be seen and is worth funding.

2. Build a Team
Filmmaking is a collaborative experience, but so is fundraising. It takes a lot of brainstorming and thinking out of the box. It takes multiple skills that one person rarely has all of. Without a team you just can't get the traction and the reach into the world. But also it helps with the fear factor. I don't know about you, but this kind of public fundraising scares the sh*t out of me. My team kept me from losing it. Having a team is also essential for Tip #3.


TIFF List 2011: The Announced Toronto Film Festival Lineup

By Peter Knegt, indieWIRE

The Toronto International Film Festival will slowly be announcing the slate of its 36th edition over the next few weeks. Last year, 246 titles across a variety of programs were part of the festival, including many notable world and international premieres. For 2011, over 90 films have been announced, including new works from George Clooney, Bennett Miller, Todd Solondz, Francis Ford Coppola, Sarah Polley, Fernando Meirelles, Werner Herzog, Nick Broomfield, Terence Davies, Lars von Trier, Marc Forster, Lasse Hallstrom, Morgan Spurlock, Wim Wenders, Pedro Almodovar (The Skin I Live In, pictured), Steve McQueen, Alexander Payne, Lynne Ramsay, Jay & Mark Duplass and Cameron Crowe.

Click here for a list of all the announced titles to date, with descriptions provided by the festival and links to film pages for more information.


Call for Submissions: First Indigenous Film Fellowship Grant

The Indigenous Film Fellowship (IFF) offers a two-year program that partners emerging indigenous film talent with notable and established filmmakers world-wide. The first year will focus on the development of storytelling through script, while the second year of the fellowship will focus on the production planning and strategizing to help grantees successfully create solid marketing and financing plans for their films. It is the aim and ambition of both the ISF and the Indigenous Film Circle to strengthen the indigenous film network while also helping each other support and develop strong new talent within the film industry.

The Indigenous Film Fellowship seeks creative, dedicated and talented filmmakers to submit their stories to be developed with the guidance and mentorship of established filmmakers with proven success records who will provide encouragement and refine the awarded fellows talents, scripts and production plans.

Ten awarded fellows will be selected and partnered with five internationally recognized filmmakers as their mentors (two fellows per mentor). Fellows will receive $10,000 USD for the first year, dispersed quarterly upon completion of deadlines. Travel and accommodations will be supported for the fellows to congregate at the annual workshops and meetings.

Deadline: September 1, 2011
To learn more, click here:

Maya Indie Film Series Arrives in San Diego and San Antonio, August 5-11

The Maya Indie Film Series continues its third annual seven-city tour with screenings in San Diego and San Antonio from August 5-11. The series, which runs for seven days in each market, will bring seven critically acclaimed, Latino-themed films to these top U.S. markets. The series brings audiences the best in Latino-themed cinema.

In San Diego, Without Men starring Eva Longoria, Christian Slater and Kate del Castillo will have its San Diego premiere on Friday, August 5th at 8:30PM at UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas Hazard Center (7580 Hazard Center Dr.). The director Gabriela Tagliavini and Monica Huarte are confirmed special guests for the screening and will do a Q&A after the screening. After the screening is an After Party at Hotel W in downtown San Diego (421 West B Street). Live music, salsa dancing, and more!

For more information about the Maya Indie Film Series, please visit

  Pepe Aguilar Wants A Role In A Robert Rodriguez Film
( - CineMovie caught up with Mexican crooner Pepe Aguilar at the Los Angeles premiere of Robert Rodriguez's Spy Kids: All The Time In The World 4D. Pepe revealed he is a big fan of Robert and wouldn't mind being in one of his films. FULL STORY

Children in the Fields, but Not at Play
(The New York Times) - "The Harvest/La Cosecha," an earnest documentary about child migrant farmworkers in the United States, has a muckraking agenda but a melancholy soul as it follows a 16-year-old boy and two girls, 12 and 14, through one harvest cycle. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Production Coordinator for Low Budget Feature
Looking for a production coordinator with feature film experience to begin immediately. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

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The New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) has announced its line up of domestic, international, shorts and a variety of other programs. NYILFFs 12th edition takes place from August 15-21, 2011 at Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 9 at 260 West 23rd Street between 7th & 8th Aves. and AMC Empire 25 Theatres, 234 West 42nd Street, New York City. Log on to the new web site for more information:

Several films by NALIP members are in the festival:

El Regueso de Lencho (The Return of Lencho)
Feature. Directed by Mario Rosales.
After 10 years struggling in New York, Lencho is back in Guatemala, eager to bring artistic expression to his home country silenced by over 30 years of terror.
Fri., Aug. 19 @ 4:30pm
Info and trailer here

Precious Knowledge
Doc Feature. By Eren Isabel McGinnis (LPA 2003) andNALIP mentor Ari Luis Palos.
The unbelievable and inspiring story of high school seniors in the Mexican American Studies Program at Tucson High School.
Wed., Aug. 17 @ 4:00pm
Thurs., Aug. 18 @ 4:00pm

Info and trailer here

Sabado de Gloria (Glorious Saturday)
Short. Directed by Santiago Lopez, Produced by Maria Teresa Gamez.
When Maria's rooster escapes and kills the champion rooster of "El Carrasca", one of the island's notorious thugs, her friendship with Carlitos will be put to the test.
Thurs., Aug. 18 @ 1:30pm
Sat., Aug. 20 @ 3:00pm

Info here, trailer here

Hawkins Hill
Short. Directed by Sara Seligman, Exec. Producer Romina Prieto Sacre
When Sam and Karla enter an abandoned house to view some rare paintings, they get more than they ever imagined.
Wed., Aug. 17 @ 11:59pm
Info and trailer here

Feature. Directed by Sonia Fritz (LPA 2007, LWL 2008), Produced by Frances Lausell.
Fleeing her home in the Caribbean, America escapes to New York City hoping for a new life.
Fri., Aug. 19 @ 8:30pm
Info and trailer here

Hollywood Whores
Feature. Directed by Adam Schlachter.
In Hollywood, from studio executive to homeless actor, struggling artists and up-and-comers compromise their identities and souls in search of their big-time dreams.
Sat., Aug. 20 @ 10:30pm
Info and trailer here


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