CBS Casting to Conduct Workshop at NALIP 2011 Actorfest Studio!
We are pleased to announce that Fern Orenstein, CBS Casting Vice President will come from Hollywood to present her acclaimed workshop at The New Now on Thursday, April 14. This is an intensive experience designed to help actors land roles. Ms. Orenstein will share her extensive knowledge of the casting process, and give actors her professional assessment of their headshots during the training workshops at Actorfest. She will offer specific critiques on how best to market yourself as a performer.
Also, don't miss the "Super Marketing For Actors" workshop presented by AFTRA, learn how to navigate New Media Platforms opportunities at the "Actors 2.0" workshop, presented by Geoff Fairbanks of NBC, and participate in the "Round Table Power Meetings" where you will have the opportunity to meet with Casting Directors, Managers, Agents, and other Executive Professionals!
So get those headshots and resumes ready, and Register Today!
Already registered for the Conference? You can attend all Actorfest classes, workshops and meetings for free! Can't come to the conference? No problem. Go ahead and register only for the Actorfest on Thursday, April 14th! Register today to secure your spot! www.nalip.org/thenewnow
Call for Entries: Chicken & Egg Pictures
Chicken & Egg Pictures Call for Entries Is Now Open! Got a story to tell? Have an issue just burning up inside that you can tell like no-one has seen before, that has a unique access or angle to it geared to inspire audiences far and wide? Do you need to share a character the world needs to hear from, who will transform conversations with their unique sensibility/story/relation to the world... Apply here!
Deadline: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at MIDNIGHT PST
Don't forget to read the guidelines and FAQs before applying, always read the guidelines!
Team Chicken & Egg looks forward to learning about your stories...good luck!
Chicken & Egg Pictures is a hybrid film fund and non-profit production company dedicated to supporting women filmmakers who are as passionate about the craft of storytelling as they are about the social justice, environmental and human rights issues they�re embracing, translating and exploring on film.
We match strategically timed financial support with rigorous, respectful and dynamic mentorship, creative collaboration and community-building to nurture women filmmakers whose diverse voices represent a range of lived experience and realities that have the power to change the world as we know it.
Call for Submissions: Roy W. Dean Grants
The Roy W. Dean Grants are taking applications for the NYC Grant (deadline April 30, 2011) and LA Grant (deadline June 30, 2011). Donations are goods and services that are close to $30,000.00 on each grant. We want docs and features budgeted under $500K.
Please see www.fromtheheartproductions.com for application, guidelines and prior winners. Any questions email firstname.lastname@example.org
TotalAXIS Presents DISCOVERY: A Conversation With Marc Hirschfeld
On Wednesday, March 30th, at 7:30 PM, you are invited to join us and special guest Marc Hirschfeld (Casting Director and former SVP of Talent at NBC) for DISCOVERY the first of a series of conversations with industry leaders poised and ready to educate, network and motivate our talent community to new heights. Helping you DISCOVER the best in you! The evening will be co-hosted by Yvette Yates, details on her and this event can be found at: http://totalaxis.com
TotalAXIS is a community of progressive entertainment industry professionals who come together to inspire, share knowledge, and exchange ideas that entertain, elevate and serve society. NALIP members can enjoy a DISCOUNT ticket courtesy of Pepsi / Frito Lay by entering the code NALIP. Join TotalAXIS and get a promotional COMP ticket details online.
Hollywood's Latino Snub
By Ruben Navarrette
We already knew that Johnny Depp is one of the most gifted actors of his generation and capable of delivering memorable performances.
Now we also know he is a man of character. Depp recently turned down a prime film role that was his for the taking -- perhaps because, judging from his public comments, he realized that he never should have been offered the job in the first place and that it should have gone to someone else.
This reminds me. I bet you thought that Hollywood stopped making black-and-white films years ago. Not so. In fact, they are still the entertainment industry's stock in trade.
Just ask any of the small but growing number of Latino writers, directors, producers and actors who don't get a fair shot at jobs in show business even though the industry is based in a city that is nearly 50 percent Latino.
The latest insult was the casting of Depp to play Francisco "Pancho" Villa, the iconic Mexican revolutionary, in an upcoming film by Serbian director Emir Kusturica. The film -- "Seven Friends of Pancho Villa and the Woman with Seven Fingers" -- will co-star Salma Hayek, and it is set to begin production later this year.
There's only one problem: There is no leading man. Depp has dropped out of the project. The exit was probably a bit sticky, given the late notice and the fact that he and Kusturica are said to be friends.
The explanation, for public consumption, is that Depp had too many other commitments. But, if you want to know the real reason, just listen to what the actor said a couple of weeks earlier. At a news conference promoting his new film, "Rango," Depp was asked about the possibility that he might play Villa. He said that the project was "up in the air" and that he was facing a "dilemma" because, as he put it:
"I feel like it should be played by a Mexican," he told the assembled media. "Not some mutt from Kentucky. . . . I still feel very strongly about that."
Now that Depp has stepped away from the project, his possible replacements include two Latinos: Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal and Puerto Rican actor Benicio del Toro. Kusturica will soon meet with both men, and pick his Pancho.
This is good news, especially to someone who has a strong institutional memory of what Hollywood used to be like for Latinos and an unvarnished perspective on what it's like now.
Moctesuma Esparza has produced more than 20 films, many of them with Latino subject matter. For his labor, the filmmaker has received dozens of awards. His upcoming films include "Without Men" with Eva Longoria and Christian Slater.
And yet, Esparza said on a panel that we were both on recently that he didn't start getting the respect of his peers until he started making films about non-Latinos. Up to that point, I would imagine, he was seen -- unfairly -- by the Hollywood establishment as less of an artist and more of an activist.
Now the CEO of Maya Cinemas, a theater chain that caters to Latinos in the United States, Esparza casts himself in both roles. The artist appreciates, as he told me, "the potential of what human beings are capable of doing" in playing someone of a different race or ethnicity. But the activist sees things like boneheaded casting decisions in the context of what has been Hollywood's ugly history with Latinos. After all, for much of the 20th century, Latinos were depicted on film as either Latin lovers or border bandits.
"They made a whole series of movies where white people played Mexicans," Esparza recalled. "And they were generally evil characters."
It's this history that makes what the filmmaker calls "brown face" -- the practice of non-Latinos playing Latinos -- so very troubling.
"It says that they think we don't have the talent to play ourselves," he said.
And why is that?
"Hollywood is a very insular community," Esparza said. "They don't venture beyond their circles of acquaintances. We're the valets, nannies, messengers, security guards and maids. That's who they see."
It's a shame that, when it comes to Latinos, an industry built on imagination doesn't have much of it.