NALIP Finalizes 2011-2014 Strategic Planning at Adirondacks Retreat
June 3-5, NALIP's board and staff, with select trustees and advisors, met to finalize a 7-month strategic planning effort and formalize a vision for NALIP that will lead the organization for the next few years. The NALIP group was the beneficiary of a generous grant from the Blue Mountain Center in Blue Mountain Lake, a working community of writers, artists, activists and musicians in the heart of Adirondacks, the largest state park in the continental US. As a part of their cultural commons, the Center exists to provide a peaceful and comfortable environment in which guests are able to work, free from the distractions and demands of normal daily life. While generally open, by invitation, to writers and artists, the Blue Mountain Center hosts conferences like NALIP's during the spring and fall months. The purpose of the meetings is to bring together those working on pressing social problems such as civil liberties, environmental health and safety, peace, and economic justice.
NALIP executive committee members Juan Carlos Zaldivar, Beni Matias and Kirk Whisler, along with board chair Maria Agui Carter invited trustees Suzana Santos (Merrill Lynch) and Cynthia Lopez (POV), founding trustee Dennis Leoni (Los Americans), and director/producer Jesus Trevino to join board and staff members in the three-day retreat. Facilitator Marta Siberio led the intense discussions that culminated many months of reviewing NALIP's finances and programs, canvassing Fellows, funders and the field, to formalize a strategic direction for the organization. The Strategic Plan will be written and finalized over the summer, and approved by the board no later than September. Watch for it at NALIP's new website, due to launch any day now at www.nalip.org!
NALIP Joins in Filing Amicus Brief in Documentary Tax Code Case
Dear NALIP Community,
NALIP has joined forces with a coalition of media arts organizations and independent filmmakers to lend our names to an amicus brief filed on our behalf by attorney Michael C. Donaldson.
In the brief, we urged the United States Tax Court to recognize that documentary films are overwhelmingly undertaken in pursuit of profit. The amicus brief also states that a judicial pronouncement that documentary filmmakers are not engaged in a profit-making activity would have a chilling effect on the documentary filmmaking industry, as documentarians would no longer be able to claim deductions for their business expenses pursuant the Internal Revenue Code.
The amicus brief filed in Lee Storey's case represents the most recent effort undertaken by Michael Donaldson at the behest of our sister organization, the International Documentary Association. NALIP joins the IDA, Women Make Movies, FIND, NAMAC, and others to ensure that documentary filmmakers receive the respect they deserve, and that the many sacrifices they make in the pursuit of their art and livelihood will not be made in vain.
To read more about the amicus brief, go here.
Kathryn F. Galan
NALIP Hosting Screenings at 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival
NALIP is hosting screenings of two films by NALIP filmmakers at the 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival. Now in its 17th year, Film Independent's Los Angeles Film Festival, presented by Los Angeles Times, showcases the best of American and international cinema. The 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival takes place June 16-26, 2011 in downtown Los Angeles. The Festival screens more than 200 features, shorts, documentaries and music videos from more than 40 countries. The Festival connects the movie-loving public to critically acclaimed filmmakers, film industry professionals, and emerging talent in the heart of Los Angeles, the entertainment capital of the world.
For passes, tickets and full Festival details, please call 1.866.FilmFest or visit www.LAFilmFest.com
The Night Watchman (El Velador)
Mexico/USA | DIR Natalia Almada (LPA 2003, Estela winner)
Festival alum Natalia Almada follows Martin, the night watchman of one of the most ornate cemeteries in northern Mexico, where drug lords and corrupt cops are laid to rest. A documentary spawned from violence, The Night Watchman shows the end result of a chronic societal crisis. But Almada's approach is poetic, not sociological, filled with striking surreal images of elaborate mausoleums that disrupt the pastoral landscape. As the cemetery, filled with widows tending to their husband's shrines, constantly expands, the dreamlike quality of Almada's filmmaking creates a disembodied atmosphere where the poor and living labor day and night for the rich deceased.
Sat., June 18, 8:00 p.m., Downtown Independent
Sun., June 19, 3:30 p.m., Regal 8
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Paraiso For Sale
USA/Panama | DIR Anayansi Prado (LPA 2003)
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.
Saturday, June 18, 6:30 PM, Regal 13
Wednesday, June 22, 9:50 PM, Regal 14
Monday, June 20, 4:45 PM, Regal 13
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Also, don't miss these NALIP members' films showing at the festival:
NALIP member Alysa Nahmias co-directed and produced the documentary Unfinished Spaces, which will have its World Premiere in the Feature Documentary Competition.
Sun., June 19 @ 4:00pm
Fri., June 24 @ 7:00pm
Sat., June 25 @ 1:20pm
Running Time: 84 minutes
Tickets online here
NALIP member Pascui Rivas' short film Jean Lewis will screen at the fest.
Fri., June 17 @ 7:40pm
Sat., June 18 @ 4:00pm
Running Time: 10 minutes
Tickets online here
Silvio Horta Inks Overall Deal With Sony
By Andrew Wallenstein, Variety
"Ugly Betty" executive producer Silvio Horta has signed a two-year overall deal with Sony Pictures Television.
Horta is already at work developing new projects for the studio, including an hourlong dramedy about a Cuban family living in Miami. The project, prompted by an idea from Fox programming chief Kevin Reilly, is intended for Fox but there's no deal in place yet.
Horta enjoyed breakout success in 2006 with "Betty," which he adapted from the Colombian telenovela "Yo Soy Betty La Fea" in a way that connected with U.S. viewers. The dramedy, which lasted four seasons on ABC, was produced by ABC Studios and Reveille.
When the series concluded its run, Horta took some time off to work on some projects outside the TV industry. But when he set his sights on returning in time for the coming development season, he realized "it was really important to work with a place that was independent like Sony," said Horta. "It seemed to be the right fit."
The untitled Reilly-inspired project is not unlike "Betty" in that it will interweave comedic and dramatic elements and center on a Latino family. More specifically, it involves a group of sisters and their interconnected love lives.
Horta will layer the premise with an "undercurrent of mysticism," he said, noting that he drew on his experiences with his own Cuban family in dreaming up the project, which Sony and Fox are still negotiating.
If the project goes forward, "American Idol" judge Jennifer Lopez could be attached as an executive producer through her Nuyorican Prods. shingle.
Horta's last overall deal came in 2008 at ABC Studios. Previous projects have included series for UPN ("Jake 2.0") Syfy ("The Chronicle") and "Westside," a Warner Bros. TV-produced script for ABC. On the feature side, Horta penned the 1998 thriller "Urban Legend."
Horta is repped by WME.
Deadline Extended: HBO/NYILFF Short Film Competition
New York International Latino Film Festival and HBO have extended the deadline for the 2011 HBO/NYILFF Short Film Competition! Whether you are an experienced or aspiring filmmaker, now is your chance to win the opportunity of a lifetime. The winner will receive $15,000 to transform his/her words from paper to action on-the-big-screen. In addition, an HBO executive will provide invaluable mentorship and consult the filmmaker on all aspects of the production. Be ready to shoot, because the completed short film will then premiere during the 2011 New York International Latino Film Festival, this Aug 15th-21st.
Hurry, the deadline for script submissions is June 22, 2011! NYILFF will provide round-trip travel and hotel accommodations for the winner (one person) and a guest during the 2011 NYILFF, such travel and hotel accommodations to be determined by NYILFF at its sole discretion. Click here to enter!