Latinos In The Industry

INDUSTRY INSIGHTS: Building an Army of Angels

By Peter Broderick
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Crowdfunding has exploded. More and more filmmakers are raising money through online donations.

In the early days of crowdfunding, only a few independents managed to raise money for individual projects directly from their websites. Then two new web platforms were created (IndieGoGo and Kickstarter) that made crowdfunding accessible far and wide.

Few projects have more to teach filmmakers than ROBIN WRITES A BOOK, which was selected by the Kickstarter staff as the best project of 2009. It shows how crowdfunding can be used to launch a project, raise money, and build audience.

Robin Sloan decided to write and self-publish his first novella and launched a Kickstarter campaign to make it possible. His approach had four key elements:

* A COMPELLING PROJECT - His novella tells the story of a Sherlock Holmes for the 21st century - a woman who investigates the digital and the occult and looks like a cross between Tilda Swinton and Carmen Sandiego.

* ENTICING REWARDS - Starting with real bargains such as $1 for a digital download of the book (the "Ultimate Ninja Ally Pack") and $11 for a physical copy, Robin makes it fun and easy for people to donate. Other reward levels include the "Sincerity Pack" and the "Super Occult Value Pack."


New Day Films Accepting Submissions From Filmmakers With Social Issue Docs

New Day Films is currently accepting submissions from filmmakers with social issue documentary and fiction titles for non-theatrical distribution. They invite you to submit an application by the upcoming submission deadline (September 3rd, 2010) to join their vibrant and creative film collective.

New Day Films is a filmmaker-run distribution company providing award-winning films to educators since 1971. Democratically run by more than 100 filmmaker members, New Day delivers over 150 titles that illuminate, challenge and inspire. Collectively, New Day titles have won an Academy Award, 9 Academy Award nominations, 4 Emmys, and hundreds of awards at prestigious film festivals. Our films have been broadcast on PBS, HBO and other media outlets.

New Day brings together talented and accomplished filmmakers dedicated to both finding educational audiences for our films and earning revenue to support the independent filmmaking process. A vibrant, creative organization, New Day is a strong brand, which buyers have relied on for decades.

DISTRIBUTE WITH NEW DAY - Distributing independent social issue films since 1971, New Day has developed a strong brand within the educational community, built a huge knowledge base on effective distribution and marketing, and grown revenues to over $1 million annually. When you join New Day you become part of a dynamic, democratically run collective of filmmakers.

WHAT THEY'RE LOOKING FOR - They are actively seeking a diversity of voices among our members as well as in our film collection. Short and long-format documentary, fiction and experimental works are welcome. Your film must address a social issue. Those applying should be comfortable joining a collective, where members market their own films, work as a team and volunteer for tasks.

APPLICATION PROCESS - The upcoming submission deadline is RECEIPT by September 3rd, 2010. If you have any questions, please contact Alice Elliott at: or call 212 -924-7151.

For more information, please visit the New Day Films website at:

Call for Entries: Texan Films for Chick Flicks Film Festival

Want to see your short film on the big screen? Here's your chance! On October 14th, Women In Film.Dallas hosts our 9th Annual Chick Flicks Film Festival at Studio Movie Grill Movie Grill on Royal Lane. Entry fee is only $15 for WIF.D members and $30 for non-members.

Women In Film.Dallas Chick Flicks Festival accepts submissions from filmmakers anywhere in Texas. Short films, music videos, and PSAs are eligible.

Proceeds from submission entry fees and ticket sales benefit the WIF.D scholarship fund. Scholarship winners for 2010 will be announced the evening of the festival. Festival awards for filmmakers will also be presented.

Submission Deadline: postmarked by Friday, September 3, 2010

Go to for all the details on how to submit.

  Lincoln Center's Latinbeat Film Festival Hosts 5 World Premieres
(indieWIRE) - The Film Society of Lincoln's Center's upcoming 13th Latinbeat Film Festival will play host to sixteen films from eight different countries this year. FULL STORY

Manny Perez's "La Soga" Conceived With a Purpose
(Latin Heat Online) - Manny Perez wrote the film La Soga based on an incident which took place in his native Dominican Republic to a childhood friend. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Casting: Lead Actress for Indie Film (NYC)
Losing It, a low budget independent film based in the Puerto Rican community in the Bronx, is having an open casting call in New York for the lead actress. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Production Assistant for One-Day Shoot (DC)
Shooting next week in Washington, D.C. for the Travel Channel and looking for a local PA for the day. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

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Robin Rosenthal
NALIPster finishes successful crowdfunding campaign, posts trailer for doc

NALIP member Robin Rosenthal invites fellow NALIPsters to view the 3-minute teaser for her documentary Escaramuza: Riding from the Heart on YouTube.

Escaramuza tells the story of Escaramuza Charra Las Azaleas, a team of eight, first generation Mexican American horsewomen from California. Striving to preserve their inherited cultural tradition and strengthen their Mexican identity, they embark on a quest to represent the United States at the National Charro Championships in Mexico, amidst unprecedented drug violence across the border, and challenges to their way of life at home.

Escaramuza wrapped up a successful campaign on the crowdfunding site Kickstarter last month by surpassing its goal.

Alex Castillo
NALIPster's short Bedrooms premiering at LALIFF

NALIP member Alex Castillo executive produced the short film Bedrooms, which will be having its world premiere on Friday, August 20 at LALIFF followed by an after party at the Tropicana Bar in the Roosevelt Hotel. Details about the premiere are online here.

Bedrooms is an evocative drama about the walls that separate people, the heartbreak and infidelity that are often the result and the redemption that is possible when we choose to speak the truth and tear those walls down. A unique collaboration among a collective of independent filmmakers, Bedrooms is told in four distinct stories set in four bedrooms.


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