Register Now for "Doing Your Doc" - Miami, Jan. 9-11, 2009
NALIP, CPB, the NEA and the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
In association with the Miami International Film Festival, Miami Light, Florida Governor’s Office of Film & Entertainment, Miami Beach Office of Film, Miami Dade College, WPBT, ITVS, NBPC, CAAM, LPB, PIC, NAPT, Florida Media Market, Women Make Movies & the California Arts Council Present
Doing Your Doc: DIVERSE VISIONS, REGIONAL VOICES
Jan. 9-11, 2009 in Miami, Florida
A Weekend Seminar in Miami to Kick-Start Your Documentary
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. 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.
"Doing your Doc" is designed especially for media makers in the diverse communities of Florida, preparing you to receive production funding and apply to national professional programs while developing your unique stories and views.
Doing Your Doc: 3-day Workshop Fee
Early Registration by Jan. 9 - $100; Student w/ Valid ID -- $50
Includes lunches, workshop materials, books & private project mentoring
At the door Registration -- $125; Students -- $75
Register online here for DOING YOUR DOC - MIAMI
Venue Address: Tower Theater, 1508 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135
For more information including a full schedule visit the Doing Your Doc webpage, or call NALIP at 310.395.8880
Latino/a FIlmmakers and Themes Invited to Screen at Sundance '09
Among the roster of 64 competition features set for the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, January 15 - 25th in Utah, the lineup announced on Wednesday includes some NALIPsters and films about Latinos. The 2009 Sundance Film Festival feature film lineup will include 91 world premieres among the 118 titles. The roster of short films will be unveiled next week.
Screening in the Documentary Competition is the new film by LPA Fellow/Estela winner Natalia Alamada. In The General (El General), Natalia paints an intimate portrait of Mexico through the story of her great-grandfather, Mexican President Plutarco Elias Calles, one of Mexico's most controversial revolutionary figures. This will be the film’s World Premiere.
Also competing in the Documentary section is The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court by producer Paco de Onis, and director Pamela Yates. It is about a battle of monumental proportions that unfolds as International Criminal Court Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo faces down warlords, genocidal dictators and world superpowers in bringing perpetrators of crimes against humanity to justice.
Screening in Dramatic Competition is NALIP-NY’er Cruz Angeles’ film Don't Let Me Drown, a "Romeo and Juliet"-like story about two Caribbean islands teens in the Bronx after 9/11. Developed at the Sundance Labs, the project written by Angeles and Maria Topete is about two Latino teens whose lives are affected by the attack on the World Trade Center. They discover that love is the only thing that keeps them from drowning. Starring E.J. Bonilla, Gleendilys Inoa, Damian Alcazar, Ricardo Chavira, and Gina Torres, this wil be the film’s World Premiere.
Also in feature competition is Sin Nombre, by director/writer Cary Fukunaga, a Spanish-language drama set in the world of migrants trying to make it from Guatemala through Mexico on their way to the U.S. It tells the story of Sayra (Paulina Gaitan), a teenager living in Honduras, and hungering for a brighter future. A reunion with her long-estranged father gives Sayra her only real option at emigrating with her father and her uncle into Mexico and then the United States, where her father now has a new family.
Screening in the Premiere’s section is Rudo and Cursi (Rudo y Cursi), from Director and Screenwriter Carlos Cuaron, produced by Conference 9 co-chair Frida Torresblanco. It is about two siblings who rival each other inside the world of professional soccer, and stars Diego Luna, Gael Garcia Bernal, Guillermo Francella. Sundance will be its U.S. Premiere
Cine Latino Inks Deals with Five Top Movie Distributors
Spanish-language pay-television channel, Cine Latino has finalized deals with five of the world’s leading film distributors, acquiring more than 90 new titles that include some of the most critically-acclaimed and biggest box office hits of recent years from across the U.S., Latin America, Mexico, and Spain.
Cine Latino has acquired major film packages from Sony, Disney, MGM, Lionsgate, and Gussi—the largest movie distributor in Mexico.
“We are the only Spanish-language movie channel in the United States to have contracts in place with five of the top distributors of Spanish-language film,” said Jim McNamara, chairman of Cine Latino. “Through our new acquisitions we have reinforced our position as the destination for the widest and most-current selection of Latino blockbusters available on the market.”
In another unparalleled move, Cine Latino has assembled the largest showcase of Pedro Almodovar films ever to be presented on a Spanish-language service. Titles include Volver, a Golden Globe nominee and winner of Best Actress and Best Screenplay at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival starring Penelope Cruz; La Mala Educacion (“Bad Education”), one of Almodovar’s most serious works starring Gael Garcia Bernal; Todo Sobre Mi Madre (“All About My Mother”), an Oscar-winning film starring Penelope Cruz; Matador (“The Bullfighter”), an award-winning film with Antonio Banderas and Assumpta Serna; and Atame! (“Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!”), a love drama starring Antonio Banderas and Victoria Abril. The Almodovar films will be available exclusively on Cine Latino.
“Cine Latino is the only channel in the U.S. where you will be able to find these award-winning movies by the most internationally-acclaimed Spanish filmmaker of our time,” said McNamara. “No Spanish-language channel has ever been able to deliver the quality and diversity of programming that we are now able to offer.”
Among the more than 90 recently-acquired titles include some of the best-selling recent theatrical releases of the Spanish-speaking world from Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Chile, the Dominican Republic, Spain, Argentina, Peru, Puerto Rico and the United States. The new movies feature today’s most popular and celebrated Latino stars, including Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna, Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Salma Hayek, Antonio Banderas, Ruben Blades, Ana De La Reguera, Ana Claudia Talancon, Kate Del Castillo, Aaron Diaz, among many others.
Sample newly-acquired titles include:
• El Crimen Del Padre Amaro (“The Crime of Father Amaro”), the Oscar-nominated, highest-grossing film in the history of Mexican cinema, starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Ana Claudia Talancon.
• American Visa, based on the best-selling book in Bolivia, starring Damian Bichir and Kate Del Castillo (from “La Misma Luna”). Winner of Best Adapted Screenplay at the 2006 Ariel Awards in Mexico.
• Niñas Mal (“Charm School”), one of the most popular Mexican movies of 2007 starring four of Mexico’s favorite young actresses: Camila Sodi, Martha Higareda, Ximena Sariñana, and Maria Aura.
• Secuestro Express (“Express Kidnapping”), the critically-acclaimed, box office hit from Venezuela, starring Mia Maestro and Ruben Blades.
• Bluff, a comedic thriller from Colombia that was presented at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, starring Víctor Mallarino, Veronica Orozco and Carolina Gomez. Bluff was the highest-grossing Columbian movie of 2007.
• Cansada de Besar Sapos (“Tired of Kissing Frogs”), one of the highest-grossing Mexican films of all time starring Juan Manuel Bernal, Itatí Cantoral and Pedro Damian.
Cine Latino has also assembled a wide collection of Latino-themed Hollywood films, including Mel Gibson’s Oscar-nominated film Apocalypto about the declining period of the Mayan civilization, Peter Sollett’s award-winning film Raising Victor Vargas about a teenager growing up in the Lower East Side of New York, and the Puerto Rican film Yellow starring Rosalyn Sanchez as a classically-trained dancer who moves to New York to follow her dream of success.
“As the leading Spanish-language pay channel in the U.S., we are committed to delivering the best, widest selection of films for our viewer and making Cine Latino the premium entertainment destination for Hispanic audiences,” said McNamara.
With more than 3.5 million cable and satellite subscribers, Cine Latino is the leading Spanish-language premium film channel in the United States. Cine Latino offers the most current Spanish-language blockbusters and critically-acclaimed titles from Mexico, Latin America, Spain, and the U.S.
Wildfire Films Officially Launches in Austin
Wildfire Films, LLC, an Austin-based film production company, officially launches today. Wildfire Films was created from four separate production and film companies located in both Austin and LA that will now provide full-service development and production for feature films, television and new media. It is taking an active role in the development of the Texas film industry, with productions that will include a number of films that will support the diverse cultures the state offers.
Wildfire Film’s executive team has over 25 years of experience in the production of films for Hollywood. Anton Diether is a writer whose miniseries Moby Dick and Cleopatra received two Golden Globe and five Emmy nominations. Mark Hacker has written and been story editor for major studios including Warner Brothers, 20th-Century Fox, MTV Films and Paramount Pictures. Leon Rodriguez has over 30 years of production experience for Sony, CBS, BBC and recently directed Sony/BMG’s feature film Double Tap. Jesus Carrera is a production designer, known for his artistic vision in films such as 20th-Century Fox’s blockbuster Dragonball.
Austin is home to a number of film companies and producers, including Robert Rodriguez and Terrence Malick, and Wildfire Films is committed to bringing together Texas and LA’s most talented and renowned film executives to cultivate a rich and diverse list of film and television projects that will touch all cultures and ethnicities.
Wildfire Films has developed partnerships with Fred Roos Productions, Starz Media, ten leading production companies and eight top studios. The company will also take an active role in the Texas Motion Picture Association and Austin Producers Association. The executives of Wildfire Films are strong supporters of the Texas Film Incentive Proposal designed to create incentives for more films to be produced in Texas.
“Texas is a great location for the film industry,” said Elizabeth Avalon of Troublemaker Studios. “The executives of Wildfire Films have made a commitment to improve the Texas Film Industry and help build the community they love. By selecting Austin as the location for Wildfire Films, the company can create films with a great depth of transparency, which is typically difficult to achieve in Hollywood.”
Wildfire is currently co-producing and developing The Gus Garcia Story (16 Minutes) with Academy Award-winning producer Fred Roos and Overture Films; two projects with Humble Journey Films; an update urban feature version of Les Miserables and Mama’s Boys, starring Whoopie Goldberg and Blair Underwood. In addition, Wildfire Films is working on projects with Starz Entertainment, HBO, Creation Studios, NBC, CBS, Troublemaker Studios and Pinewood Studios Group in London.
Leon Rodriguez’s career has spanned over 30-plus years in the entertainment industry. Leon has produced and directed multi-camera shoots for such clients as Stevie Ray Vaughan, PBS, BBC and Polish filmmaker Mariusz Kotowski. Leon recently wrote and directed Double Tap, a film starring Daniel Baldwin and Pepe Serna, currently distributed by Sony/BMG and internationally distributed through Aspect Films out of London, UK. Leon got his start in the Austin entertainment industry in the late 1970s working for Eddie Wilson, owner and founder of The Armadillo World Headquarters and current owner of Austin’s Threadgill’s restaurants.
With 20-plus years of experience in the film industry as a department head in set construction, art, designing and producing, Jesus “Chuy” Carrera has an extensive list of credits that includes feature films, television series and national TV commercials. In 2007, Chuy worked on Kings of Appletown with Academy Award-winning writer/director Bobby Moresco. His most recent project, the highly anticipated $100 million feature Dragonball, is currently in post-production for 20th-Century Fox. A carpenter by trade, Chuy has earned the reputation of being able to create anything out of any material.