Latinos In The Industry

Call for Entries: TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund

The TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund will provide up to $140,000 in support of innovative and compelling filmmaking that explores scientific, mathematical, and technological themes and storylines, or a leading character who is a scientist, engineer, innovator or mathematician in fresh ways.

We are seeking exceptional narrative work of all genres (except science fiction or fantasy) with scientifically accurate themes or characters.

Selected projects from eligible directors, screenwriters and producers will be highlighted at the Tribeca Film Festival in May 2010. In addition to funding, grantees will receive professional guidance and industry exposure as needed.

Deadline is January 11, 2010

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Call For Submissions: Tribeca All Access

Tribeca All Access (TAA) is a year round networking and career development forum that supports the work of directors and screenwriters from traditionally under-represented communities within the industry. Approximately 20 qualified directors and screenwriters will be selected to participate in one-on-one meetings with key industry players in addition to networking and learning from dedicated panels and workshops during the Tribeca Film Festival. Program alumni receive year-round support through TAA OnTrack, which includes educational panels and workshops; TFI hosted presentation screenings; promotional support for completed films; and the use of digital filmmaking and editing equipment.

Tribeca All Access is open to both mid-career and emerging narrative and documentary filmmakers. Applicants are required to apply with a completed feature-length screenplay, documentary proposal, or documentary work-in-progress and must have at least one screenwriter or director attached who qualifies. Projects may be of any subject matter, genre, or budget range suited for independent or major studio production.

The program is now a recognized talent pool within the industry and an unrivaled opportunity to advance your filmmaking career.

Apply Now! Deadline is December 14, 2009.

Members of National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) receive a discount when applying. Please enter code: TFIAFF and submit proof of membership with the application supplemental materials.

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Deadline Approaching: Assistant Directors Training Program

The mission of the Directors Guild-Producer Training Plan is to provide motion picture and television industry training as directed by the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers and the Directors Guild of America. The Assistant Directors Training Program recruits a diverse group of applicants from across the United States and provides selected candidates with education, training and paid experience in professional settings, facilitating their development into successful Assistant Directors. The Training Program's ultimate goal is to provide the Directors Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers with Assistant Directors of the highest quality and professionalism.

Applications for the 2010 program are currently available for download from our website and must be postmarked no later than November 20, 2009.

For more information, please visit our website or call 818.386.2545

This is It: 'I'm Happy for Michael' Says Ortega
(Entertainment Weekly) - This is It director Kenny Ortega told an audience at an Entertainment Weekly event in Los Angeles Monday night that he's "happy for Michael" that the film, which opened to $101 million worldwide last weekend, is now the highest grossing concert film in history. FULL STORY

Sony picks up Mother and Child
(Variety) - Sony Pictures Classics has picked up U.S. rights to Rodrigo Garcia's "Mother and Child," starring Annette Bening, Naomi Watts, Kerry Washington and Samuel L. Jackson. FULL STORY

Affirmation For AFM
(Variety) - The American Film Market may be shaking off its longtime slump. FULL STORY
Miramax Leaving NYC; Battsek Leaving Miramax
(indieWIRE) - Miramax Films will close its New York office and president Daniel Battsek is leaving the company, the Walt Disney Studios said today. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Web Producer for CBS Interactive (Fort Lauderdale) is looking for a web producer/product manager to join the team. Please note that this is not a production role in the traditional sense of the word (this is not a broadcast production role). FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

From the Editor
Alex Mendoza
Alex Mendoza & Associates
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Temple City, CA 91780

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Santa Monica, CA 90401

Calling all Texas Filmmakers: DOING YOUR DOC in San Antonio, Nov. 6-8

Join us in San Antonio, Texas, November 6-8 for our NALIP signature program Doing Your Doc: Diverse Visions, Regional Voices. Don't miss this unique chance to work with story consultant Fernanda Rossi, the Documentary Doctor, author of the book "Trailer Mechanics", plus receive project mentoring on your proposal, trailer or documentary idea.

Register online here for DOING YOUR DOC - SAN ANTONIO

This intensive 3-day workshop is right for you, whether you are just beginning, have already shot footage on a documentary project, or are seeking finishing funds. Click here for more information!

David Bianchi & Daniel J Pico
NALIPsters' feature Farewell Darkness released on DVD

Farewell Darkness, the latest feature film produced and co-starred in by NALIP member David Bianchi (LPA 2008) and directed by NALIP member Daniel J Pico, was released today on DVD. The film is available from Amazon and Best Buy for purchase. Watch the trailer online here.

Synopsis: After four years of military service, Michael Pasternak returns home to Chicago to confront his alcoholic father, Roman. Roman physically abused Michael's mother Teresa to her breaking point of suicide. Michael enlists the help of his old friends Dougie and Paul to aid in his plan for revenge against his father, but after reconnecting with his high school girlfriend Rose, he finds it hard to carry out his plans for vengeance. Michael must then decide to destroy the true terror of his life or leave the past as it lies.

"Pico works visual wonders on a low budget; the impressive combat scenes put many a mainstream production to shame"
- Gene Siskel Film Center

DVD Special Features:
Director's Commentary Track
Behind The Scenes footage
Image Gallery
Original Trailer

Pablo Proenza & Erin Ploss-Campoamor
NALIPsters' feature Dark Mirror released on DVD

After its incredible run on VOD, Dark Mirror is being released today on DVD. The feature length supernatural thriller was directed by NALIP member Pablo Proenza (LWL 2004) and produced by NALIP member Erin Ploss-Campoamor (LPA 2004).

The DVD's got a deleted scene, commentary with Pablo Proenza, Erin Ploss-Campoamor, and Lisa Vidal, and a behind-the-scenes documentary (including some pretty funny footage of David Chisum "hitchhiking" in an attempt to escape the film set).

You can order Dark Mirror now through Netflix, Blockbuster, Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

If you'd like a signed copy of the DVD, please send us the cover - just the paper insert - to the following address, along with an SASE:
Mare's Hoof Productions, LLC
P.O. Box 5022
Culver City, CA 90231-5022


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