First LIPDOCS Pitch Forum to Conclude 2008 LPA Documentary Program (Santa Fe)
The Santa Fe Center for Contemporary Arts will be the scene of the closing event at NALIP’s sixth Latino Producers Academy documentary program. On Wednesday, Aug. 13, all thirteen LPA documentary projects will be presented in a unique pitch/presentation forum at the conclusion of their 12-day program. The program will be open to Cinematheque members and the general public, plus will include LPA Feature Fellows, mentors and production staff as they gear up the beginning of their program.
Before a professional panel of funders and broadcasters that will include CPB Senior VP Television Content Ted Garcia, Sundance Documentary Fund’s Rahdi Taylor, PBS’ Kathy Lo and Latino Public Broadcasting Executive Director Patricia Boero. Six of the projects are in post-production, and have attended the 2008 Academy with their editors and rough cuts. They will do 10-minute presentations that combine a story pitch, project status and recut scenes or trailers. From Albuquerque, New Mexico, Darryl Deloach will present THE LIBERATION OF TAOS SKI VALLEY, and from Santa Fe two development projects will be presented: SPOILED by Kelly Kowalski and SALAAM SHALOM by Claudio Ruben.
LPA 2007 staff member Roberto Gudino returned this year as a Fellow and presents his production project ABOVE THE FOLD, joining Alma Hernandez and Lourdes Medrano who present TUCSON 11, Roberto Martinez Mighty who presents KolorGirlz, Margarita Ramon who pitches The SUPERNATURAL WORLD OF TRESHAM GREGG and Rakel Sosa Mendez, whose project is OSCAR D’LEON: BEYOND BOUNDARIES.
Additional post-production projects to be pitched on Wednesday include William Caballero’s AMERICAN DREAM DEFERRED, Diana Campos’ FULL TANK, HALF A CAR, Sara MacPherson’s ALSO RAN, Paul Lima’s MY FATHER’S PEOPLE, and Chelo Alvarez’s SOLD INTO SLAVERY.
The inaugural LIPDOCS program will be preceded by a Welcome/Closing Cocktail reception for the LPA Fellows and mentors, local supporters and funders including guests of the New Mexico Film Office and Governor Richardson. The LPA moved to Santa Fe for the first time in 2008, through an invitation by the Governor and the NMFO to support their development of Latino, Native and New Mexican talent. For more information about Nalip and the LPA go to www.nalip.org
Deadline Approaching: NLMC Latino Television Writers Program
The National Latino Media Council's Fall 2008 Latino Television Writers Program is now accepting applications. This program is not for beginners. It is for those writers who can write at least one half-hour comedy or one-hour dramatic television script in English within a five-week period of time. The program will take place in Los Angeles, CA from November 8th to December 13th.
Each participant is expected to complete at least one script by the end of the five-week session, which will then be read by network executives. Those writers whose scripts show promise will be interviewed and mentored by the network executives with the idea of placing them on a show. Nine of our writers from previous sessions have already been placed.
A stipend of $250 per week will be given to each participant. Flight, housing, and meals will be provided.
Writing samples must be in English and Television scripts are preferred. Please note that writing teams are ineligible. The deadline for submissions is September 2nd. Scripts will be evaluated and program participants announced on October 16th.
For writing samples to be considered, please submit the following:
- Writing Sample (1) hard copy and saved on a CD (PDF format)
- Notarized release forms
- A paragraph explaining why you want to write for television
To download program application and release forms, please visit http://www.nhmc.org/documents/Writers_Program/WP08.pdf
Writing sample must be post marked by September 2nd and sent to:
National Latino Media Council
55 S. Grand Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91105
Downtown Film Festival LA's American Latino Screening Series
The first annual Downtown Film Festival, Los Angeles (DFFLA) announced its 2008 line up for the American Latino Film Series, including several films by NALIP members. The five-day event, August, 13-17, will present 23 feature and 180 short films at venues throughout Downtown L.A., from the historic movie palaces on Broadway Avenue to Barker Block and SCI-Arc in Downtown's Arts District. As one of the festivals many exciting programs, the American Latino Film Series will showcase two feature films and twelve short films made by or about American Latinos.
A Beautiful Life, directed by Alejandro Chomski and written and produced by NALIP member Deborah Calla, will be presented as the Opening Film of the American Latino Film Series on Thursday, August 14th, at the Laemmle Grande in Downtown LA. All attendees of A Beautiful Life will be invited to the private after-screening party held at the festival headquarters at the Barker Block presented by Latin Heat Entertainment, VIP Latino Magazine and 213 Entertainment.
American Latino filmmakers hail from many different background but share one commonality, they are Latinos living in the US. “These filmmakers have an impact on todays American Cinema. Our program aims to showcase the outstanding talent that will make a difference in world cinema, right in our own backyard,” said Henry K. Priest, currator of the American Latino Film Series and Co-Director of the Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles.
FEATURE FILM 1
A Beautiful Life - 7:30 pm, Thursday, Aug. 14th at Laemmle Grande
Written and produced by NALIP member Deborah Calla
A touching story of a teenage girl and boy who meet in shadows of downtown Los Angeles. Maggie is a teenaged runaway fleeing her family; David is a teenaged illegal immigrant in search of his mother. When their paths cross, both are alone in the City of Angels, a place where some come to dream and others to hide. Directed by Alejandro Chomski. Cast includes Angela Sarafyan, Jesse Garcia, Debi Mazar, Dana Delany and Enrique Castillo.
A Beautiful Life will be preceeded by a screening of Primera Comunión directed by former NALIP membership coordinator Daniel Eduvijes Carrera.
FEATURE FILM 2
Emilio - 9:30pm, Saturday, Aug. 16th at L.A. Center Studios
Emilio is the soulful tale of a young man (19 years) who leaves his village in Mexico looking for his kidnapped sister. His journey leads him to Los Angeles, where we see the city through the eyes of a penniless illegal immigrant on a desperate quest. Written and Directed by Kim Jorgensen. Cast includes Walter Perez, Danny Martinez, Alejandro Patino, Wendell Wright, Ryan McTavish
Emilio will be preceeded by a screening of A Day's Work directed by Rajeev Dassani.
Afuera, Directed by Florencia Krochik
LATINO AMERICAN SHORTS
4:00pm, Sunday, Aug. 17th at Laemmle Grande
Asi Es (The Way It Is), Directed by Risa Mara Machuca
A Better Life (Una Vida Mejor), Directed by Luis Fernandez Reneo
Broken English, Directed by Oscar Alvarez
LA Noir, Directed by Conrad Jackson, written and co-produced by NALIP LPA and LWL Fellow Ricardo Acuña
La Lloron, Directed by Chris Liliedahl
El Primo, Directed by Nick Oceano
La Puta, Directed by Iris Almaraz
Soy Soldado (Irak), Directed by Juan Escobedo
The Stain On The Sidewalk, Directed by NALIP LPA and LWL Fellow Adam Schlachter
The festival's complete programming line-up and ticket information is available at www.dffla.com