Latinos In The Industry

Insider Insight: A Producing Partner Case Study

By Stacey Parks, Film Specific

We've talked before about finding Producing Partners for your projects if in fact you are newer to the industry and don't yet have a sufficient track record to get things off the ground on your own. (this was actually one of my take-aways from last AFM as I heard A-list producers talking about how they are amenable to becoming producing partners on certain films).

So when is it a good time to seek producing partners for your film? When you feel like you've taken things as far as you can and need to leverage someone else's track record and relationships to attract cast, financing, and distribution partners.

Then the question comes up - well what's in it for them? Put it this way, good Producers (even big ones) are always looking for stellar projects. So if you have a killer project, whether it's high concept or a really great script, especially if you've done some of the work yourself already and are bringing one of the big 3 to the table (cast, financing, or distribution), then they're willing to talk.

But one of the most important things to remember when you're looking for a Producing partner is this -- be sure you actually take the time to fully research the producers you are contacting. Don't get so big for your britches that you start contacting producers who are only making $50 + million budgeted films when you have something that's clearly in the $1-$3 million range. You want to approach people who are currently making films in or around your budget range so you don't look like a complete amateur!

Well the research part is actually a long and involved process and fortunately I did case study with a filmmaker who I worked with closely last year to accomplish all this. So I pulled it from the archives for everyone to take a listen to (it's a free case study) because he goes into a lot of detail on the specific process he used to research, contact, and finally meet with potential producing partners at a film market. You can check it out here:

Exploiting the Markets: A First Time Filmmaker's Experience: A Case Study with Filmmaker Rahul Gandotra

Paul Robeson Fund For Independent Media

Deadline: August 1, 2011

The Paul Robeson Fund supports media activism by funding radio projects in all production stages and film and video projects in the pre-production or distribution stages.

Named to honor singer, actor and civil rights activist Paul Robeson, the Fund supports media activism and grassroots organizing by funding the pre-production and distribution of social issue film, video, radio and print projects. The Fund solicits projects of all genres that address critical social and political issues, combine intellectual clarity with creative use of the medium and demonstrate understanding of how the production will be used for progressive social justice organizing.

Applicants seeking a media grant can apply directly to the National Grantmaking program.

Pacific Pioneer Fund

Deadline: August 15, 2011

The purpose of the Pacific Pioneer Fund is to support emerging documentary filmmakers. The term "emerging" is intended to denote a person committed to the craft of making documentaries, who has demonstrated that commitment by several years — but no more than ten — of practical film or video experience.

Grants to support filmmakers are limited to filmmakers or videographers who live and work in California, Oregon and Washington.

Apply here.

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Apple Is Said to Consider Bidding for Hulu Online TV Service
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Jobs & Opportunities

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

Hiring President of Production New Film Production/Marketing Company (Los Angeles)
United Motion Entertainment, Inc. seeks a President of Production for the start up of this hybrid production company / marketing firm that is set to revolutionize the way that entertainment is produced, distributed and promoted. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Seeking Bilingual Associate Producer and/or Production Assistant (Watertown, MA)
Richard Lewis Media Group, based in Watertown, MA, seeks bilingual Associate Producer and/or Production Assistant for a year-long project creating media for the BioMuseo (Museum of Biodiversity) in Panama. Passion for natural history is a plus.

Send resume and references to

Sci-Fi/Action Scripts Wanted
Arnold Leibovit Entertainment is looking for completed feature length cross-genre sci-fi/adventure scripts. Budget has yet to be determined. WGA and non-WGA writers welcome. Our credits include "The Time Machine" (2002). FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting Feature Film for Sundance Director
We are curretly casting Feature for three time Sundance Director PARADISE is a Non-Union feature directed by Max Makowski, a 3 time Sundance Director with an upcoming major studio feature already slated. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

From the Editor
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Adam Schlachter
NALIPster's feature to premiere at NYILFF

Hollywood Whores, Adam Schlachter's latest feature, will premiere at the New York International Latino Film Festival next month.

Working with a shoestring budget, Schlachter assembled a cast of friends, actors and non-actors, to improvise a tragicomedy about dream-chasing underdogs in Hollywood.

Adam won an Imagen Award in 2006 for his short film "My Backyard Was A Mountain."

Check out the Hollywood Whores trailer.

Laura Checkoway
Subject of LPA 2010 fellow's doc featured in The New York Times

Lucky Torres is the title character of documentary director Laura Checkoway's latest project, which is currently in post-production.

Lucky enters the world of poor, inner-city, young lesbians of color, and documents a significant moment in the lives of Lucky and her cohort as they seek fame, success, stability and family at any cost.

Check out Lucky in the NYTimes (image 67 if 153) to get a glimpse of her story.

John J. Valadez
NALIPster's doc nominated for Emmy Award

The Longoria Affair, written, directed and produced by NALIP member and LPA mentor John J. Valadez, and narrated by actor Tony Plana, is nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Historical Program.

The Longoria Affair is a co-production of John J. Valadez, WGBH/Boston and ITVS in association with Latino Public Broadcasting, with funds provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, PBS and the Houston Endowment.

The Emmy Awards will be presented on Monday, September 26th in New York City.


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