Latinos In The Industry

Development 101 - What a Creative Exec Needs to Love Your Script

By Jenna Milly

So, you've written a screenplay, maybe even two, and now your ready to sell it and make it big. Piece of cake, right? Hollywood loves buying good scripts, or so it would seem. They're definitely looking for material, always looking, says Creative Executive Joyce San Pedro, who has more paper in her office than a college professor during finals week. "I've got a very large ‘get to this today’ pile," she laughs, and that's her job – to find your script amongst the others. When she does, she has to love it. Then, she has to make her boss, Alex Siskin (The Master of Disguise, Mr. Deeds, Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, Big Daddy) love it. And after that, he has to make Escape Artists love it so they can make Sony love it. That's a long list of loving it. So, your submission better be something to get excited about. Script sat down with San Pedro to get some insight on what she hopes to find among that stack in her office.


PBS Is Proud to Present Gustavo Dudamel Night

December 29, 2010 is Gustavo Dudamel night on PBS, starting with...

TAVIS SMILEY REPORTS: Dudamel: Conducting a Life

For his fourth TAVIS SMILEY REPORTS "Dudamel: Conducting a Life," Tavis Smiley gives viewers an extraordinary look into the life and artistry of the LA Phil's charismatic conductor. At 29, Dudamel is not only the youngest conductor of any major orchestra in the world, but is also being hailed by critics as the most exciting. Dudamel is instrumental in inspiring the launch of the LA Phil's Youth Orchestra Los Angeles initiative, which provides Los Angeles school children with music education. A student of an internationally acclaimed music program in his native Venezuela, Dudamel is committed to expanding music education in America. Tavis profiles some of the remarkable kids whose lives are being transformed by Dudamel's commitment to free music education for all.

GREAT PERFORMANCES: Celebracion: Gustavo Dudamel and the L.A. Phil with Juan Diego Florez

GREAT PERFORMANCES spotlights the October 7 opening night concert of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Music Director Gustavo Dudamel featuring renowned Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flórez at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Actress Eva Mendes hosts the broadcast.

Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant

This grant funds first time documentary makers for travel and accommodations at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, April 14-17, 2011. For four days, grant recipients will be given access to films, participate in master classes and be mentored by experienced filmmakers. TWO filmmakers will be chosen for the grant in its fourth year.

Deadline: Applications must be RECEIVED BY Friday, February 4, 2011. Applicants will be notified by email in early March.

About the Grant: Garrett Scott made a distinctive mark in documentary during his short career. Without any formal training in film, he directed Cul De Sac: A Suburban War Story, examining the case of a methamphetamine addict who stole a tank from an armory and went on a rampage through the San Diego suburbs. The film prompted Filmmaker Magazine to cite Scott as one of 25 New Faces of Independent Film. He went on to make Occupation: Dreamland, co-directed with Ian Olds, about U.S. soldiers in Falluja, Iraq. It won prizes at Full Frame and the Independent Spirit Awards. Both films were broadcast by the Sundance Channel. In 2006, Scott died of a heart attack at age 37.

Scott's work examined how the forces of state power and economics impact individuals. Stylistically, his films broke convention, giving audiences new perspectives on familiar milieus like suburbia or war torn Iraq. He was a beloved member of film communities in San Francisco and New York City and several points in between.

His friends, family and colleagues established this development grant to help other emerging filmmakers reach their potential. The grants selection committee looks especially for filmmakers who somehow fulfill Scott's example, by bringing a unique vision to the content and style of contemporary documentary making.

The 2010 Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant was awarded to Mike Brown for 25 to Life and April Hayes and Katia Maguire for Jessica Gonzales vs. The United States of America. Previous grant recipients include Robin Hessman (My Perestroika), Cameron Yates (The Canal Street Madam), Rebecca Richman Cohen (War Don Don), Nathan Fisher (The Unreturned), and Mai Iskander (Garbage Dreams), among others.

Past winners have gone on to receive significant recognition, screening their finished works at Full Frame and other prestigious festivals including Sundance, IDFA, SXSW, and Silverdocs. In addition, they have won numerous awards and accolades, including the 2010 Full Frame CDS Filmmaker Award, which was presented to Hessman's My Perestroika.

Criteria: Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or green card holder and live in the continental United States; any age 18 or older. By "first time filmmaker," we mean someone who is in the early stage of their documentary career and has not yet received significant recognition (such as major festival play or broadcast). All applicants should anticipate finishing their first project by March 2012. You still qualify as a "first time filmmaker" if you've made shorts or student projects, worked professionally as a crew member on other people's films, or if you've recently completed a documentary that hasn't been released yet. The grant is open to students and non-students alike.

Click Here For Application Instructions

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CBS Developing Twitter-Based Family Comedy Produced By Jessica Alba
(Deadline) In 1997, Kelly Oxford, a stay-at-home mother of three in Canada, started a blog that was later joined by a Twitter feed. Her Internet creations, which showcase her short comedic observations... FULL STORY

'Precious' Director Lee Daniels to Helm 'Anna in the Tropics'
(Hollywood Reporter) Filmmaker will develop the big-screen adaptation of Nilo Cruz's Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway play.  FULL STORY

Texas Film Commission Tries to Axe Machete
(Big Shiny Robot) Machete don't text. And it appears he don't get lucrative tax incentives promised by the state of Texas to film here. Politics is at play. FULL STORY

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From the Editor

The thoughts and opinions expressed below by editor Alex Mendoza are in reference to the news item "Texas Film Commission Tries to Axe Machete" and do not necessarily reflect those of the organization, its board or staff.

Dear Colleagues (again I take off my irreverent and profane persona due to the seriousness of the situation):

Once more, the puppets of Extremist, Regressive, Xenophobic, Mono-culturist, Individualist and Classist Ethnocrats place their bigotry and unhealthy prejudice ahead of the interests of those they suppose to represent. If someone has demonstrated over and over again that he loves his state it is Robert Rodriguez. He expressly has chosen to film ALL his films in TX, he single-handedly revitalized the dormant, almost non-existent, Texan film industry. I am sure that the state was more than happy when his company, and he personally, paid taxes to the state on all his successful movies--not to mention the huge amount of employment for Texans he has generated.

I guess the boycotts to Arizona have taught nothing to Texas. Not only do I recommend (beg) that you propagate this news, but also that you advocate that filmmakers (Latinos or otherwise) boycott filming there. Now more than ever, as a professional community, we need to rally together to push back the anti-Latino sentiment that is building at a fast pace. All our hard won victories could disappear in the next few years.

We will make sure that all Latino organizations are aware of it, and I am positive that our leaders will be getting together to present a strong, united response against this travesty. In the meantime, and to begin, each one of us should be letting the Texas' governor know how we feel about this. Below are some ways to contact him: So mail him, fax him, call him, e-mail him, facebook or twitter him, or better, do it all.

Office of the Governor Main Switchboard: (512) 463-2000
Fax: (512) 463-1849
[office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST]

Office of the Governor
P.O. Box 12428
Austin, Texas 78711-2428


Today all biggots feel empowered and protected. We can only expect for this to get worse, before it gets any better. Brazo con brazo, arm-locked and resolute we will prevail.



Alex Mendoza
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Paco de Onís
Producer's doc to premiere at 2011 Sundance Film Festival

De Onís' film, Granito, will screen out-of-competition as part of the new Documentary Premieres section at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Directed by his creative partner at Skylight Pictures, Pamela Yates, Granito revisits the war ravaged Guatemala of 1982 and examines the present, profiling five characters to uncover a "narrative of wrongs done and justice sought."

Paco de Onís is no stranger to Park City. In 2009 he completed a film about the International Criminal Court titled The Reckoning, which premiered at Sundance 09. Having grown up in several Latin American countries, and being fluent in Spanish, English, and Portuguese, he has a amassed a sizable body of work addressing political and human rights issues in the region.

To learn more about Granito, click here.


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