Latinos In The Industry

LPA 2010 Fellow Billy Luther's Doc Grab to Premiere at Sundance

LPA 2010 Documentary Fellow Billy Luther's film Grab has been invited to premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival in January. The documentary will be in the Native Showcase, which highlights new work that contributes to a worldwide understanding of and appreciation for indigenous filmmakers. Luther participated in NALIP's 2010 Latino Producers Academy with Grab, and scenes from the film edited at the LPA can be watched online here.

Grab Synopsis: Three families in the Laguna Pueblo tribe prepare for Grab Day, when they throw groceries from a rooftop to the community waiting below - an annual community-wide prayer of abundance, thanks and renewal. Documentary, narrated by Parker Posey. World Premiere.

Other highlights from the 2011 Sundance Film Festival selections:

Gun Hill Road (Director and screenwriter: NALIPster Rashaad Ernesto Green) - After three years in prison, Enrique is back in his beloved Bronx, back in the arms of an estranged wife and back in the life of his teenage son, who is stumbling towards a transformation that will put the bonds of their embattled family to the test. Cast: Esai Morales, Judy Reyes, Harmony Santana, Vanessa Aspillaga.

Cedar Rapids (Director: Miguel Arteta; Screenwriter: Phil Johnston) - A wholesome and naive small-town Wisconsin man travels to big city Cedar Rapids, Iowa to represent his company at a regional insurance conference. Cast: Ed Helms, Sigourney Weaver, Alia Shawkat, John C. Reilly, Rob Corddry, Anne Heche.

INDUSTRY INSIGHTS: Why Film Investors Don't Want You

By NALIP mentor Stacey Parks. You can read more of Stacey's wisdom, plus take her online workshops and resources, by joining Film Specific. And don't miss her special NALIP 12 Conference workshop in Newport Beach next April!

Everywhere I look I see filmmakers waiting for their knight in shining armor to show up in the form of a film investor. They want someone who will just write them one check to fund their film's budget - meanwhile they haven't even accurately portrayed a recoupment scenario to pay the poor investors back (but that's a subject for another blog post!)

What I wanted to address today is the fact that waiting for your knight in shining armor of an investor to show up without doing the work to make an attract investment opportunity for someone, is akin to waiting for prince or princess charming to show without working on yourself first. It just ain't gonna happen!

So why do I bring this up? Well I want to show you that there's steps you can take to make your film investment a more attractive opportunity for investors while also doing some legwork yourself to make it a no-brainer for an investor to come on board.


Call for Applications: Sundance Institute Creative Producing Fellowship

The Sundance Institute Feature Film Creative Producing Fellowship is a year-long program for emerging American producers ready to take their next project to the screen. The Fellowship focuses on supporting the next generation of independent producers to help develop their creative and strategic skills for a complex marketplace and encourage a holistic approach in their collaboration with directors and writers. Fellowship includes:

- Feature Film Creative Producing Lab
- Creative Producing Summit participation
- Sundance Film Festival attendance
- Sundance Industry Meetings at the Festival
- $5,000 living stipend
- $5,000 pre-production grant
- Year-round mentorship from 2 industry Advisors
- Community building among Producing Fellows
- Year-round support from Sundance Institute staff

Candidates must have produced at least one short or feature-length narrative or documentary film (no more than two narrative features total) and have a legally-optioned scripted narrative project in hand with a director attached. Candidates may not be the writer or director of the submitted project.

Deadline to apply: February 14, 2011
Click here for the Application and Guidelines.

Call for Entries: International Family Film Festival

The 16th annual International Family Film Festival affirms that since the beginning of time "Family Films Are Evergreen". IFFF launches on March 16-20- 2011 at the Raleigh Studios, Hollywood, CA. Please check out the new updated IFFF website, for the latest information.

As is tradition, the IFFF features film premieres and screenings, the Screenwriters Showcase, Panel Discussions with industry professionals and lots of opportunities to network with agents, producers, writers, distributors and working professionals in the film industry. Not only is this a great place to have your film screened or your script 'read/performed', the festival also provides filmmakers an opportunity to conduct market research directly with their audience.

Deadline for films and screenplays is January 16, 2011, delivery in the Burbank business office of IFFF.
Click here for more information and the entry form.

Film and Screenplay Categories

The categories for short and feature length films and student shorts (University Film School) are: drama, comedy, computer animation, classic animation, documentary, musical, and mixed media, educational and Public Service Announcements (PSA).

The categories for short and feature length screenplays are: drama, comedy, animation, musical and sci-fi/fantasy.

Along with Awards for the Best Films and Screenplays, the IFFF presents the most coveted Award of all: the Top Applause Award (the audience favorite by secret ballot).

WGBH Lab Video Open Call: Stonewall Uprising and Gay Rights in 2011

WGBH Lab is excited to tell you about our latest opportunity for all storytellers and new media makers. In partnership with the PBS show American Experience, which is airing the film Stonewall Uprising next spring, we are asking you for videos that tell us the story about the gay rights movement happening today in your community. Help us share news about this important civil rights story by contributing your own view.

Your video could be one of five to win a $1000 prize and maybe even a chance to air on PBS after the film. Video submissions will become part of a contest and guest judges, including prominent gay rights advocates Cyndi Lauper and Dan Savage, will help decide who wins. You can find out more about them, about the application process and what makes a winning video on the open call home page.

  Sundance Film Festival Announces 2011 Competition Lineups
The Sundance Film Festival, taking place January 20 - 30 in Park City, Ogden and Sundance, UT, unveiled its rosters for the anticipated U.S. Dramatic and Documentary sections as well as the World Dramatic and Documentary sidebars. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Animator for TV Spot Animatics
Top post production facility in Los Angeles is looking for an animator to work directly with our various clients on different TV spot Animatic Animations for ad spots and similar. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

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Peter Murrieta
Executive Producer sells multi-camera comedy to NBC

NBC, which has 8 comedies on tap for this season - all single-camera - is mulling a return to the multi-camera genre. In one of the last comedy buys this season, the network went for a multi-camera project from sitcom veteran [and NALIP 2010 conference co-chair and Outstanding Achievement Award winner] Peter Murrieta.

The Murrieta project, produced by UMS and 3 Arts, involves a hipster, who is a first-generation Mexican American, being pulled into his family's business and will focus on the dichotomy of his traditional past and his "hip and cool" new life. Murrieta hatched the idea for the project with Eddie Gorodetsky, co-executive producer on the two strongest multi-camera comedies on the air, CBS' The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men. Murrieta is writing, with one of multi-camera sitcom's genre's best-known directors, Jamie Widdoes, on board to direct the potential pilot. Widdoes also directed the pilot for Murrieta's semi-autobiographical sitcom for the WB Greetings from Tucson.

Murrieta most recently served as executive producer/showrunner on Wizards of Waverly Place for the Disney Channel series' first 3 seasons. With him at the helm, the show landed the first best series Emmy Award for Disney Channel last year in the children's program category. Murrieta, repped by CAA and 3 Arts, won a second Emmy this year for Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie.


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