Latinos In The Industry

INDUSTRY INSIGHTS: Tips for Writing Film Proposals or Business Plans

Film Specific's Stacey Parks, author of "The Insider's Guide To Independent Film Distribution," mentored both the Documentary and Narrative LPA Fellows this past week in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Article by Stacey Parks

Well I'm just back from Santa Fe, NM where I was teaching Distribution, Finance, and Marketing to the NALIP Latino Producer's Academy fellows. What a talented group of filmmakers! I fell truly honored to have been invited there to work with this group.

Yesterday when I was teaching a class on Packaging & Financing I went around the room and asked everyone what their most pressing question was on this topic - so that I made sure everyone left with getting their questions answered.

I was surprised that the most common question everyone wanted to know was about writing Proposals or Business Plans to investors. So here's a few tips I shared with the class, for those of you who are in the same situation:

1. Try and stick to a simple document for the first pass (ex: 10-15 pages vs. 30).

2. You don't need to include a detailed budget in your initial proposal, instead save it for if and when it's requested.

3. Use realistic and current sales projections, NOT comparables to show potential revenue for your project (you can get these in the 2009 Film Distribution Kit).


Estela Winner Cruz Angeles Brings Don't Let Me Drown to LPA and Santa Fe Audience

In partnership with Santa Fe's Center for Contemporary Arts and Cinematheque, NALIP hosts a special screening and case study of Don't Let Me Drown in Santa Fe tonight. Cruz Angeles (Estela 2009) travelled to New Mexico to mentor LPA director and producer Fellows, and to present his Sundance award winning film Don't Let Me Drown at the CCA.

While a special part of the LPA curriculum, to get inside the development, production and release process of this special film, the screening was also open to the Santa Fe community, to bring them a wonderful example of Latino filmmaking. Co-hosted by Universal Studios and the New Mexico Film Office, the program concluded with an in depth Q&A with Cruz, led by CCA curator Jason Silverman.

For a terrific interview on the film's origins and themes, check out Cruz on Mary-Charlotte Domandi's KSFR 101.1 show, Santa Fe Radio Cafe, through a podcast of the piece posted here.

A link to it with a short blurb is also on the Huffington Post here.

Catalina Sandino Moreno joins 'Eclipse'
(The Hollywood Reporter) - Producers on "Eclipse," Summit's third "Twilight" pic, have cast Catalina Sandino Moreno, best-known for playing the title character in the indie drama "Maria Full of Grace," to play the vampire character of Maria. FULL STORY

Latino and Asian Clout in the Voting Booth
(Immigration Policy Center) - Immediately after the Presidential election of 2008, it was quickly apparent through exit polling that Latino, Asian, and African-American voting had expanded dramatically compared to the 2004 election. FULL STORY

Toronto Adds New Docs; Introduces One Day Doc Conference
(indieWIRE) - The 34th Toronto International Film Festival had added five new documentaries to its growing program, with topics ranging from a Ruth Gruber bio, a multi-faceted look at modern China, a controversial exploration into the world of the Saharawi refugees, a probing study on autism and the story of Disney’s re-emergence as an animation powerhouse. FULL STORY

Salma Hayek Grows Beard for Vampire's Assistant
(Latin Heat) - Director Paul Weitz's The Vampire's Assistant will premiere on October 23rd with Salma Hayek featured as Madame Truska the bearded lady. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Internship at After Dark Films
After Dark Films seeks a highly motivated, capable and responsible intern to assist various departments. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

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Kenneth Reyes
NALIPster accepted to Project:Involve

Congratulations to NALIP member Kenneth Reyes, who has just been accepted to Project:Involve's Class of 2010!

His passion, talent, vision, and commitment as a filmmaker has earned him a spot as a producer in the 2009-2010 Project:Involve program, run by Los Angeles' Film Independent.

Announced this week by Project: Involve Manager Francisco Velasquez. Project:Involve is Film Independent's signature diversity program, dedicated to increasing cultural diversity in the film industry by cultivating the careers of under-represented filmmakers. The program, which runs from October through June, selects filmmakers from culturally diverse backgrounds and filmmaking tracks. The Fellows are paired one-on-one with a mentor from the film industry. In addition to the mentorship, the Fellows also attend filmmaking workshops, community screenings, and receive career development assistance.

Noemi Figueroa Soulet
NALIPster's doc screening at two fests

The Borinqueneers, a documentary produced and directed by NALIP member Noemi Figueroa Soulet, will be screening at two festivals in August in September:

The Saginaw Film Festival
August 22

The Borinqueneers will be presented at the 3rd Annual Saginaw Film Festival in Michigan which takes place August 20-23, 2009. The film will be screened on Saturday, August 22nd at 12:00pm at the Castle Museum of Saginaw County History, 500 Federal, Saginaw, Michigan.

The Orlando Hispanic Film Festival
September 18 and 19

The Borinqueneers will be presented at the 3rd Annual Orlando Hispanic Film Festival (OHFF) in the heart of Orlando, Florida, during Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 16th - Sept. 20th, 2009. The film will be screened on Friday, September 18th at 2:00pm and Saturday, September 18th at 3:00pm at the Plaza Cinema CafA(c) in Downtown Orlando, 155 S. Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801 (321) 558-2878.


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