||NALIP Hosting Screenings of El General at the Los Angeles Film Festival
The Los Angeles Film Festival will be held from June 18-28 in Westwood Village, showcasing over 200 films from around the world. NALIP is hosting two screenings of the documentary feature The General (El General) by NALIP member and Conference 10 panelist Natalia Almada (LPA 2003, Estela). This poetic film essay on the imposing and controversial General Calles - President of Mexico from 1924-28 - by his great-granddaughter is a rich reflection on memory, family biography and national history.
The General (El General)
Mexico / U.S.A. | DIR Natalia Almada
Sunday, June 21, 7:15 PM, The Landmark #4
Wednesday, June 24, 4:45 PM, Regent
Watch the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2yp3545Xl0
Also screening at the Los Angeles Film Festival is NALIP member Michael Palmieri's documentary feature October Country, which will have its world premiere at the fest. The film is a beautifully crafted, atmospheric portrait of a family in upstate New York haunted by the past, yet bound together by their struggles to break a cycle of hard luck and bad choices.
U.S.A. | DIR Michael Palmieri, Donal Mosher
Friday, June 19, 7:30 PM, The Landmark #8
Thursday, June 25, 9:45 PM, The Landmark #8
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NYILFF Announces 10th Anniversary & Opening Night Film
The New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) celebrates its 10th Anniversary as the premiere Latino film festival in the country, unspooling in New York City from Tuesday, July 28 to Sunday, August 2, 2009. This year, NYILFF will debut its new venues at the Clearview Chelsea Cinemas on 23rd Street between 7th & 8th Avenues, and the Visual Arts Theater on 23rd Street between 8th and 9th Avenues. Tickets go on sale July 04 and will be available at the festival's box office at Clearview Chelsea Cinemas and the festival's web site: www.NYLatinoFilm.com. NYILFF is presented by HBO(TM).
"We are very excited to celebrate our 10th Anniversary," says Calixto Chinchilla, Executive Director. "The NYILFF began as a dream project to showcase Latino filmmakers and we've grown in size and stature, along with our community. This year, we have in store very exciting premieres, including the New York premiere of LA MISSION, starring Benjamin Bratt, Jesse Borrego, Erika Alexander, Jeremy Ray Valdez and Talisa Soto Bratt, which is our Opening Night film." LA MISSION is writer-director Peter Bratt's rich and powerful story of a man's journey toward redemption through his struggle with violence and homophobia. The film is produced by Benjamin Bratt, Alpita Patel and Peter Bratt.
¡Sí Se Puede!: Diez Años de NALIP
NALIP member Chelo Alvarez-Stehle (LPA 2008) wrote an article about NALIP for the print edition of the International Documentary Association's Documentary magazine, which can be read below.
¡Sí Se Puede!: Diez Años de NALIP
Article by Chelo Alvarez-Stehle
Established in June 1999, the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP; www.nalip.org) has become a driving force in the current US media landscape, creating a platform for independent Latino filmmakers to break into the entertainment industry fortress and gain access to public and private funding for production and distribution of documentary films. The organization's annual conference, this year entitled NALIP: A Decade of Influence, took place in April in Newport Beach, California.
A Call to Action
In the mid 1970s, Latino mediamaking was confined to public television. "ABC, NBC and CBS kicked Latinos off the networks around 1974," says Chon Noriega, professor of cinema and media studies at UCLA, director of UCLA Chicano Resource Center and a co-founder of NALIP.