Latinos In The Industry

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Article by Marvin V. Acuna

Gerard J. Arpey, president and CEO of American Airlines said that the best business advice he ever got was, "Borrow money when you can, not when you need to." This is sound advice that can be translated and applied to networking.

About a month or so ago I met with the executive director of a writing school in New York City. Their only focus is to breed great writers. I was surprised to learn how little value they place on networking. The perspective was that, until they had material to present, and by that they meant great material, there was no value in bridging those relationships. No need to waste people's time... they are not ready.

Additionally, they proclaimed that the business of writing could be a distraction from the craft of writing. It's more important that they hone their craft. There will be plenty of time for networking once they have those well-crafted projects under their arm.

WTF! In my humble opinion... that's crazy talk. You should Always Be Networking. Always!!

I don't disagree that you should be working on honing your craft. Malcolm Gladwell's book, OUTLIERS, points to numerous examples of people who vested the time necessary to hone their craft in their chosen field. But, you should always be networking.

Call for Applications: Producers Institute for New Media Technologies

Applications for Producers Institute for New Media Technologies 2010 now available. Filmmakers don't miss this amazing opportunity!!

The Producers Institute for New Media Technologies is a ten-day residency for eight creative teams (independent producers or public broadcasters) with a shared goal of developing and prototyping a multi-platform project inspired by, or based on a significant documentary project. The intention of the Institute is to develop socially relevant media projects for emerging digital platforms. Producers participate in high-level industry roundtables, intense one-on-one project development with technical mentors, new media storytelling workshops, and hands-on prototyping of their ideas. The participants adapt and develop film, video, and audio content for delivery using a range of interactive formats, including but not limited to video game applications, interactive, web-based experiences, mobile streaming, multi-user communities, and new educational software. Producers may propose a range of delivery strategies, including cellphones, other hand-held devices, set-tops, Internet, portable software and more. The Institute provides creative mentors, technology consultants and advisors based on the needs of your project. At the end of the residency, all participants demonstrate and pitch to a panel of VC funders, industry leaders, and foundations. As ongoing support after the Institute, BAVC hosts a web-based resource center for the continued sharing of new ideas, strategies, project development,and distribution opportunities.

Who can apply?
The Institute accepts 8 teams of 3 people each. All projects must be either: independently produced (without the support of a commercial or cable broadcaster), or the project of a public broadcast station. The project Producer, Executive Producer or Director should be the lead Applicant, and should include two additional creative team members. Other team members should be one visual designer (web, game, etc), and any other appropriate committed program staff who would be relevant for project execution; for example: editor, writer, talent, director of photography, sound recordist/editor, composer, etc. View the application form.

Provisions, dates and locations
The 2010 Institute will be held Friday, May 28, 2010 through Sunday, June 6, 2010. Participants must be in residence in San Francisco for the duration of the Institute. Selected producers and their teams receive travel stipends and hotel accommodations, technical, and administrative support during the residency period. Click to read a description of what happens at the Producers Institute

Criteria for Selection
- Projects are evaluated based on the following criteria:
- Level of innovation
- Market focus & audience reach
- Potential to benefit from Institute process
- Narrative structure and depth
- Suitability of project for cross-platform deployment: specifically, new global broadband interactivity, educational softwares, participatory TV, virtual worlds, 3G mobile and multi-user games. All projects should demonstrate some social networking, and/or user-generated content elements.
- Audience interaction and level of involvement
- Mix and experience of the project teams

Next Application Deadline
The 2010 application deadline is 5pm PST on Friday, January 15, 2010.
For questions or more information, please contact BAVC's Director of Creative Programming Wendy Levy.

Call for Entries: Cine Las Americas International Film Festival

Cine Las Americas announces the opening of its Call For Entries for the 13th Cine Las Americas International Film Festival.�The festival will take place April 21 - 29, 2010 Austin, Texas. The festival showcases contemporary films from North, Central, South America, the Caribbean and the Iberian Peninsula, as well as works made by or about Latinos and/or indigenous groups of the Americas. The deadline for submissions is January 15th, 2010. Read the full guidelines for more information, then submit through our Online Entry Form or Withoutabox.

Deadline: January 15, 2010 at 5:00PM
Late Deadline: January 29, 2010 at 5:00PM

NALIP member rate: US$15 regular deadline and US$30 late deadline.

Call for Entries: Black Maria Film + Video Festival

The Black Maria Film + Video Festival seeks diverse, expressive, and passionate short films and videos by independent makers. The Festival is named after Thomas Edison's motion picture studio, and is known for its support of spirited, cutting edge, and otherwise singular film and video. The Black Maria is committed to works that explore the potential of the medium to illuminate, provoke, enrich, and engage viewers. Imaginative and revelatory films and videos which provide insight into the human condition and political, social, and environmental issues, as well as the lives of people with disabilities, or which investigate the aesthetic potential and eschew obvious conventions of the medium are also sought by the festival.

Since 1981, the annual Black Maria Film + Video Festival which takes it's name from that of the world's first motion picture studio built by Thomas Edison in 1893, has been an international juried competition and award tour, has been fulfilling its mission to advocate, exhibit and reward cutting edge works from independent film and videomakers. The festival is known for its national public exhibition program, which features a variety of bold contemporary works drawn from the annual collection of 50 or more award winning films and videos.

Submission Deadline: November 20, 2009
Details and submission information:

Some notable elements that differentiate the Black Maria are below:
- Until the current fiscal downturn, the Festival annually distributed at least $10,000 in filmmakers' honoraria / awards and anticipates restoring that tradition when funding improves
- We are focused on short works that reveal an inventive, insightful, and uncommon spirit
- Every program presentation in the tour is custom curated to specific audiences
- Virtually every program is presented in person by the Festival's Director or Assistant Director
- We tour across the United States at more than 65 institutions annually

Jurors for this year's festival are:
- Jenny He - Curatorial Assistant, Department of Film, The Museum of Modern Art, NY
- Dierdre Boyle - Assoc. Professor & Principal Facutly, Graduate - Media Studies, The New School, NYC, NY

The Festival tours to over 65 museums, colleges, libraries and community organziations throughout the U.S.

Entry Formats
The preferred submissions format is DVD, regardless of the original production format. Although DVD is most often used for exhibition purposes, if needed works should also be available in their preferred release format: 35mm, 16mm, Super 8mm film, DVD or mini-DV (NTSC). For example, if a 16mm film is submitted on DVD, it might be helpful to hace access to a 16mm print for some venues in the Festival Tour. Film prints must be mounted on a normal reel. Do not send film prints on cores!

Entry Procedure
Each Entry must be accompanied by:
- One Entry form (photocopies or handmade facsimile with basic info is fine)
- Entry Fee: $35.00 for each individual work up to 20 minutes long; $45.00 for each work 21 - 60 minutes long (Checks are payable to Edison Media Arts)
- One stamped, self-addressed postcard to acknowledge receipt of submission
- Title of work, name, phone number, and e-mail of entrant must be on all materials and containers
- A logline describing the work along with main credits, clearly indicating chief names to be listed in our program notes.
- A non-returnable photo, or disk or jpeg info for use in publicity
- Entries should arrive no later than Nov. 20th, 2009

NOTE: It is assumble and virtually obligatory that upon submitting work, the maker or legal empowered representative agrees to make the work available for exhibition for the entire tour season from February through June. The festival reserves the right to impose a $15 surcharge for missing fees, bounced checks, or work received after the deadline of Nov. 20th, 2009. Entries from outside the USA must be paid by Certified Bank Check in US dollars.

Call for Entries: FOCAL International Awards

Submissions are invited now for the FOCAL International Awards 2010 in association with AP Archive - 18 Awards to celebrate the use of footage archive images in the creative media.

- Have you researched or licensed archive or library stock footage in any type of production premiered in 2009?
- Was the use of footage images extraordinary, entertaining, enlightening?
- Have you handled, restored or preserved remarkable archive or stock footage in 2009?
- Is there one person worthy of an award for their footage research in a 2009 production, or, who should be praised for their overall services to the footage archive industry?

If so, then we invite your Submissions to the FOCAL International Awards NOW!

Submission Closing Date: December 1st, 2009

FOCAL International Awards submissions forms
FOCAL International Awards Rules
FOCAL International Awards Categories

The FOCAL International Awards 2010 in association with AP Archive will be presented on 27th April 2010 at the Lancaster, London Hotel. Hosting the event will be Lord (David) Puttnam CBE, Chair of FOCAL International Patrons.

Distribution U. - Saturday, Nov. 7th in LA

Distribution guru Peter Broderick and Cinema Tech editor Scott Kirsner are getting together to present "Distribution U.", a one-day, one-time-only crash course on the new rules of marketing and distribution for filmmakers and other creative types. The workshop will take place Saturday, November 7th on the campus of USC.

There's an early-bird registration rate that NALIPsters can access, and it's in effect only through next weekend:

Their plan is to spotlight the tools and strategies that are working best today for documentary and narrative filmmakers who want to create great work, attract a big audience, and make a living. The course will be based on Scott's recent book, "Fans, Friends & Followers," which profiles 30 artists who've been pioneers in digital marketing, and on Peter's experience working with dozens of clients who have not only gotten their films accepted by the top festivals in the world, but have also built hybrid distribution strategies that have earned them and their investors a solid financial return. They are planning a day full of data points, examples, and case studies -- and they'll be joined by two filmmaker "special guests," one from the doc world and one who works on narrative features.

This is the workshop Peter and Scott have always wanted to do, to provide practical advice to filmmakers who want to take advantage of the major shifts that are now roiling all entertainment-related industries. The day will wrap up with a group brainstorming session where they will improvise marketing and distribution strategies for some of the projects that you are currently working on.

If you're in LA, check out the day's agenda, or to sign up for Distribution U., Saturday, November 7th on the campus of USC, visit:

Video Interview: Kuno Becker
(CineMovie.TV) - Mexican heartthrob and star of Goal I and Goal II, Kuno Becker returns to the big screen once again as an aspiring athlete in his new movie From Mexico With Love which opened October 8. FULL STORY

Jackson's 'This' Film Spans Globe
(Variety) - With just two weeks until Michael Jackson's concert movie bows worldwide for a two-week run, theaters are gearing up for maximum demand. In the U.S., "This Is It" will be the only domestic wide release launching during the Halloween weekend, a sign that rivals are conceding the frame to the documentary. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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Did You Miss Something at NALIP 10 in April?

So many great things happened at once. And some of you were not able to attend, or want to review the great information you heard at our workshops and panels.

They are all available from NALIP, as free audiocasts online here for streaming or downloading.

We still have the DocFundamentals workshops up, as well as the case studies and inspirational keynotes by Luis Valdez, HBO President Michael Lombardo and Next New Networks head Herb Scannell.

But maybe you are thinking about creating online content. Check out "Fire Eaters and Pink-haired Strippers: Producing Stories for the Broadband Generation." Maybe you missed the Conversation with Storymaker David Zucker, moderated by his friend and former cellmate, Jeff Valdez. Or maybe you are a documentary maker curious about HBO Documentaries. Check out Conversation with HBO Documentary Films, Paula Heredia (In Memoriam: New York City, 9/11/01) and John Hoffman, Vice President, HBO Documentary Films.

There are sessions for actors and writers, directors and producers, documentary and narrative makers. And there are podcasts from prior conferences, too - great speakers, still fascinating information. So take advantage of this great resource - Listen online or download to your iPod and go!

Franc. Reyes
NALIPster's new film The Ministers in theaters this Friday, Oct. 16

The Ministers, a film written, directed and produced by NALIP member Franc. Reyes (Empire, Illegal Tender), opens in theaters this Friday, Oct. 16. The movie stars John Leguizamo and Harvey Keitel.

SYNOPSIS: Thirteen years after her father was slain and the only evidence left at the crime scene was a pamphlet for a secret shrouded religious order known as "The Ministers," a New York City homicide detective sets out to discover the truth behind her father's gruesome death, but unwittingly becomes involved with one of his killers.

Watch the trailer for The Ministers online here, find local showtimes here (updated and active during the film's run), and support the film by helping propel it to box-office success!

David W Perez
NALIPster accepted into competitive ABC Studios Production Associates Program

Former NALIP Programs Coordinator and LPA Production Manager David "Wolf" Perez has been working as a production manager for Boondock Saints, LLC, and has just been accepted into the 2009-2010 ABC Studios Production Associates Program in the area of Creative Affairs. We congratulate him and look forward to his continued success.

Mariella Sosa
NALIPster's doc La Clave screening at LA Femme Film Festival

NALIP member Mariella Sosa's documentary La Clave will be screened at the LA Femme Film Festival on October 17th at 8:00pm, at the Davidson Valentini Theatre, 1125N McCadden Place, Los Angeles 90038. La Clave is a fascinating musical documentary film about the similarities between two types of music genres known today as Salsa and Reggaeton. You can watch the trailer on YouTube.

The film gathers the hottest stars of reggaeton as well as the old school greats of salsa, including interviews with salsa icons such as Willie Colón, Ismael Miranda, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Ruben Blades, Johnny Pacheco and on the reggaeton side billboard chart topping artists such as Julio Voltio, Tego Calderón, Héctor "El Father" just to name a few. These artist all came together with the same purpose to discuss how two different styles of music can have so much in common and how their music is all composed under "La Clave."

Noemi Figueroa Soulet
NALIPster's doc wins Audience Award at OHFF

NALIP member and filmmaker Noemi Figueroa Soulet's documentary The Borinqueneers recently won the 2009 Orlando Hispanic Film Festival Audience Award. The festival organizers wrote "Your film contributed to our great success and was well received by the media, sponsors and patrons of the Festival." Noemi Figueroa Soulet, musician Willie Colon and others were also honorees of this year's Institute of Puerto Rico cultural awards in New York City, recognizing and rewarding prominent people in the community.


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