Latinos In The Industry

INDUSTRY INSIGHTS: Filmmakers, Cash & Programming Take Focus at IFP's Festival Forum

By Brian Brooks, indieWIRE

Film festivals are typically magnets for glitz, stars and media, but challenges within this particular sector of the industry are often lost amidst the parade of premieres and award events. Like the overall specialty film biz - not to mention the economy as a whole - festivals have faced leaner times in recent years as cutbacks from sponsors and a restructuring of the broader entertainment world trickled down to a festival industry that experienced an explosion of growth in the '90s and early 2000s.

The woes, challenges and opportunities of film festivals took centerstage at meeting of a broad cross-section of mostly U.S. fests, along with a trickle of others from Europe and Australia, last week at IFP's Independent Film Week. Far removed from the fanfare typical of festivals, the setting was a windowless room at Fashion Institute of Technology (the H.Q. of this year's Independent Film Week for the second year running) and the guest list was limited to festival organizers to allow for an open forum discussion that was technically off the record. Organizers from America's largest festivals including Sundance and SXSW sat with so-called regional fests of various sizes as well as niche events including documentary, LGBT and Jewish festivals.

Topics ranged from the role of festivals in a period of fast-evolving distribution models, ideas for collaboration in a range of areas such as programming, screening fees and travel, while others called for festivals to have a frank discussion on the need for "premiere status," which often precludes one festival from screening a coveted title in favor of another fest.


NCLR President Emeritus Raul Yzaguirre Confirmed as U.S. Ambassador

NCLR (National Council of La Raza), the largest national Latino civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, today hailed the U.S. Senate's confirmation of Raul Yzaguirre, NCLR President Emeritus (and NALIP Advocacy Award winner), as the next U.S. Chief of Mission to the Dominican Republic.

"Ambassador Yzaguirre is well recognized and deeply respected by U.S. presidents and international heads of state as a civil rights leader with more than 50 years of service to our country. He is a perfect choice to represent the very best ideals and values of the American people on the international stage," said Janet Murguía a, NCLR President and CEO. "His legacy of building strong American institutions that have advanced the Latino community in the U.S., of which Dominican Americans are a growing segment, make his confirmation as U.S. Chief of Mission to the Dominican Republic particularly fitting."

As NCLR's President and CEO from 1978 to 2004, Yzaguirre made an indelible mark on American society. NCLR was recognized as one of the top 12 national nonprofit organizations in the acclaimed book Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High Impact Non-Profits, which attributes NCLR's institutional growth and reach in large part to his hard work and leadership.

Following the approval of his nomination by the Foreign Relations Committee in April, Mr. Yzaguirre's confirmation vote was delayed by an anonymous "hold." "This vote was unfortunately long overdue, but at last the Senate was able to come together to support our nation's efforts overseas and move this important nomination forward," concluded Murguía.

Free 3D Filmmaking Panels, Oct. 1-2 in Hollywood

The inaugural 3D Film Festival, Hollywood runs September 30 through October 3, showcasing a mix of studio 3D films as well as independent 3D shorts and features. In addition to the screenings, the festival is presenting a series of FREE panels about 3D production, distribution, technology and advertising.

All panels take place at the Los Angeles Film School: 6363 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028

Friday October 1st

10a to 12p
2D to 3D: A Producers Guide to the Universe of Conversion

Featuring speakers Damian Wader (In-Three), Charlotte Huggins (journey 3D), Buzz Hayes (Sony), Jeff Mainard (Piranha 3D) and Alex Winter.

In-Three's Damian Wader will host an experienced mix of 3D filmmakers from works including Piranha, G-Force and Journey to the Center of the Earth. We will look at several different perspectives on the production of Converted 3D content, from working on a tight deadline and budget, to how it works in connection with shooting stereo.

12p to 2p
3DTV: Content & Distribution Panel

Featuring speakers Ethan Schur (TD Vision), Chris Craft (Hello!), Angela W. Gyetvan (3ality Digital), Kristina Warner (RealD), Eric Edmeades (Kerner).

This panel will be asked many questions about trends and longevity of the 3D content creation and distribution for TV, internet, theatrical and more. We will discover what aspects of the industry will remain traditional, and where will we see the most change.

2p to 4p
Designer 3D: Eyewear for a New Generation

Featuring speakers Michael Williams (Xpand ), RealD, David Johnson (Marchon 3D).

Where technology meets fashion. Our panelists are global leaders in 3D eyewear and each of them will bring a different technology and new perspective to the conversation. We will discuss the present and future of Active, Passive, Shutter, and Polarized glasses within each of their markets.

3p - 4p
3D Motion Capture and Pre-Visualization - Better Tools for Better 3D

Featured speakers include Jason Chen (Director/ Stereographer - founder JC3D), Reuben Langdon (Stunt Coordinator/ Stunts - founder JC3D), Brian Garbellini (Director of Photography/ Stereographer - founder JC3D).

Spend an hour with Motion Capture specialist Jason Chen who was the Facial Capture Technician of Avatar. His panel will explore the most cutting edge motion capture and pre-visualization techniques for stereoscopic 3D live action film making. Our audience will gain a unique perspective from a 3D DP who chooses specific visualization and hardware tools to create better 3D.

Saturday October 2nd

2p to 3p
The Future of 3D Advertising

Speakers include Sheira Rees-Davies (Hello!), Angela W. Gyetvan (3ality Digital), Ken Venturi (National Cinemedia), Sylvia Versace (Technicolor),
Moderated by Alex Ben Block from Hollywood Reporter.

The average human eye retains far more information from a 3D image than a 2D version, giving advertisers far more to consider when designing their next campaign. Hollywood Reporter, Alex Ben Block, will moderate this passionate group of industry leaders through a discussion about the future of 3D advertising.

Deadline Approaching: Film Independent's Spirit Awards

Film Independent's 26th Spirit Awards will be held on Saturday, February 26, 2011. The Spirit Awards is a celebration honoring films made by filmmakers who embody independence and originality. Televised in millions of homes and covered internationally by the press, the Spirit Awards has become the vanguard event in independent film, recognizing the achievements of independent filmmakers and promoting independent film to a wider audience.

Final deadline for submissions is October 5, 2010.

Submission guidelines, applications, and more information can be found at

Awards are given in the following categories: Best Feature, Best First Feature, Best First Screenplay, Best Director, Best Screenplay, John Cassavetes Award (given to the best feature made for a budget under $500,000), Best Male Lead, Best Female Lead, Best Supporting Male, Best Supporting Female, Best Cinematography, Best Foreign Film, Best Documentary, and the Robert Altman Award. The Filmmaker Grants include Acura Someone to Watch Award, Truer Than Fiction Award, and Piaget Producers Award.

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NALIP member's doc The Longoria Affair airing on PBS Nov. 9

The Longoria Affair - produced and directed by award-winning filmmaker, NALIP member and LPA mentor John J. Valadez and narrated by actor Tony Plana - will premiere on the Emmy Award-winning PBS series "Independent Lens" on Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at 10 PM (check local listings). The series is simultaneously broadcast in Spanish via the SAP channel and will be available online in Spanish after the premiere.

Synopsis: Private Felix Longoria was killed in battle fighting the Japanese during World War II. But when his body was sent home to Three Rivers, Texas, the town's only funeral parlor refused to allow his family to use their chapel because "the whites wouldn't like it." The incident sparked national outrage and brought together two savvy political leaders, Senator Lyndon Johnson and Dr. Hector Garcia. Their complex, sometimes contentious relationship would help Latinos become a national political force for the first time in American history. The Longoria Affair would also propel John Kennedy to the White House, and lead President Johnson to sign the most important civil rights legislation of the twentieth century.

Catch sneak previews of the documentary:

Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010 @ 7:00 pm
Alamo Drafthouse - Park North
618 NW Loop 410
San Antonio, TX
Tickets $5 and $15

Monday, Oct. 4, 2010 @ 4:00 pm
Univ. of Arizona Tucson
Integrated Learning Center, Room 150
1500 E. University Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85721

Patricia Cardoso
Lies in Plain Sight premiering on Lifetime Movie Network

Please watch for the world premiere of the film Lies in Plain Sight on Lifetime Movie Network, Sunday, October 3 at 5pm PT / 8pm ET. This film was Directed by Patricia Cardoso (Real Women Have Curves) and stars Rosie Perez, Martha Higadera, Chad Michael Murray, Lupe Ontiveros, Benito Martinez, Yul Vazquez, Daniella Bobadilla, Cheyenne Haynes.

Lies In Plain Sight is based on the acclaimed Israeli feature film Out of Sight written by Noa Greenberg. It tells the story of Eva and her blind cousin Sofia (Martha Higareda), who were inseparable as children, with Eva the loyal companion who helped Sofia through her tough adolescent years. When Eva suddenly commits suicide, Sofia rushes home to her father, Hector (Benito Martinez), and Eva's parents, Marisol (Rosie Perez) and Rafael (Yul Vasquez), to find answers. But the more she delves into Eva's life, questioning her past boyfriends Ethan (Chad Michael Murray) and Christian (Christoph Sanders), the more Sofia realizes that their childhood was actually filled with dark, disturbing secrets.

Marta Masferrer
NALIPster's short wins at Sidewalk Moving Image Film Fest

NALIP member and Columbia University graduate student Marta Masferrer's (LPA 2004, LWL 2004 & 2005) film Conlang won Best Narrative Short at the Sidewalk Moving Image Film Festival in Birmingham, AL. Conlang was a Official Selection at the Boston Sci Fi Film Festival where it won Honorable Mention and the Maelstrom Int. Fantasy Film Festival, Oxford Film Festival, San Diego Int Children's Film Festival, and the NYC Downtown Short Film Festival as well. Conlang has been described by critics as the "geekiest love story ever to be told!"

Synopsis: Conlang, short for constructed language, is a universal story set in the unique world of conlanging. A comedy about secret crushes, extreme linguistics and the language of love, it tells the story of Carl, 26, an unemployed conlang enthusiast. Even though Carl has no trouble creating new languages, he has a hard time finding the words to express his feelings to Libby, his secret crush. One day, Carl has a chance of becoming president of the Constructed Language Society, a club of people joined by their passion for invented languages. But between battling misguided Esperantists and mastering Klingon, will he be able to share his true feelings with the girl he adores?

Edwin Pagán
NALIPster profiled on Hispanic PR Blog

Hispanic PR Blog has profiled NALIP member Edwin Pagán (LPA 2008) and his website Latin Horror in their current edition of Hispanic Blog Profiles. The article covers how Pagán started the website, how he can be reached, and what types of stories are best to submit to the site as a media outlet, since the focus of Hispanic PR Blog is to connect public relations resources and social-media marketing professionals. Click here to read the full interview.


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