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Call for Submissions: NYILFF and NALIP's 2008 PITCHATHON
2008 PITCHATHON - Deadline: Friday, July 11, 2008
Presented by the National Association of Latino Independent Producers
The New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) is now accepting submissions from viable participants for the 2008 PITCHATHON, a forum for fine-tuning your creative pitches to industry executives. Composed of seasoned industry insiders from the directorial, production, development, casting and legal sectors, this panel will provide invaluable insights on how to successfully pitch your idea, film, or completed script's concept, as well as how to avoid common industry pitfalls. The panel will take place on Friday July 25, 2008 as part of the festival.
7-10 participants will be pre-screened and selected to pitch their project concepts and/or scripts ideas to a panel of buyers and development executives. Each participant will have 5-7 minutes to pitch his/her ideas. Two pitches will be selected to win, one by a panel of professionals, the second via a from the festival audience members in attendance. Whether you are selected to pitch or just stop by the panel to take in the wealth of information offered, you don't want to to miss this event.
Please include the following items as text in both the body of the e-mail and attached as an MS Word document or PDF file (as safety). ONLY ONE PROJECT SUBMISSION PER PARTICIPANT. NO EXCEPTIONS.
* Short synopsis of your pitch, including a concise outline of the project, or script's premise
* The hook and essential beats of the story
* Thumbnail sketches (descriptions) of the PRINCIPAL characters ONLY
* Likely target audience
* Anticipated budget level.
Your submission should not be longer than two (2) pages max. DO NOT SUBMIT COMPLETE SCRIPTS AND/OR TREATMENTS.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday, July 11, 2008
WHERE TO SEND YOUR SUBMISSION: Info@NYLatinoFilm.com
SELECTED participants will be notified via e-mail no later than Sunday, July 16, 2008.
NALIPster Screening in Central Park at LAMC on Summerstage (NYC)
The Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC) will be held from tonight, July 8th through July 12 in New York City. Among the highlights are a free Central Park Summer Stage concert on Saturday, July 12th featuring Mexican rock songstress Julieta Venegas, Mexican electro-rockers Plastilina Mosh and Chilean buzz DJ Bitman. LAMC's annual concert at Celebrate Brooklyn will take place the evening of Friday, July 11th in Prospect Park, and this year's lineup will feature Argentine electro-pop band Miranda!, New York City's own melting pop band Brazilian Girls and dub master Ticklah (Easy Star All-Stars + Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra). Additional LAMC events include an Experimental Film Night in Brooklyn, Music and Film Night @ Central Park SummerStage, LAMC/ES Música VS GoTV Indie Showcase @ The Mercury Lounge, Terra showcase @ Bowery Ballroom, Cyloop/Gibson Acoustic Showcase @ SOB's, and the Pepsi Blue Carpet Bash Closing Party.
Don't miss the LAMC Music & Film Night at Central Park Summerstage
Wednesday, July 9
6:00pm – 10:00pm
Featuring Bragging Rights: Stickball Stories, a film by NALIPster and former board member Sonia N. Gonzalez, and Machito: A Latin Jazz Legacy a film by Carlos Ortiz, with musical performance by CuCu Diamantes of Yerba Buena and introduction by Andres Levin.
For a full schedule and registration information for the Latin Alternative Music Conference please visit: www.latinalternative.com
Short Documentary Film Competition - $20,000 Grand Prize
The Social Equity Venture Fund (SEVEN) is sponsoring Cinéma Prospérité, a competition seeking short films between 2 and 5 minutes that profile an entrepreneur. The grand prize for the competition is $20,000, with second and third prizes also awarded.
For full details, please see www.sevenfund.org/cinema. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Everyone knows the statistics – half the world’s population, over 3 billion people, live on less than two dollars a day. The images out of Africa, Latin America, Asia, and even here in the United States, show the ravages of poverty - starving children with bloated bellies; dusty huts without electricity or clean water; countryside blighted by drought and war. These images of poverty are stark, evocative, powerful, and persistent.
But these pictures are only part of the reality. They focus on the problem – without offering a solution. Obscured by these despairing images of poverty, there exist people, entrepreneurs, role models, who are changing their personal stories and the lives of their families, neighbors, villages, and countries. These ordinary women and men are seizing opportunity, starting businesses, and are making a difference locally and globally.
Cinéma Prospérité, a film competition sponsored by the Social Equity Venture Fund, strives to change the dialogue by infusing the world’s imagination with new imagery, imagery that focuses on the solution. We invite you to take an active role in reshaping how people view other parts of the world, and even their own backyard.
At SEVEN, we believe there exists an opportunity to change the terms of discourse surrounding poverty, to change the assumptions and behaviors of entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers, aid professionals, academics, and business leaders by exposing them to these successful models of enterprise-based development. We believe that entrepreneurs who are starting and running for-profit businesses in ethical ways –serving customers, treating and paying workers well, generating returns for investors, and achieving all these things without negatively impacting future generations or damaging the environment – should be celebrated.
With this goal in mind, SEVEN is funding the Cinéma Prospérité competition. Through it, we are inviting amateur and professional filmmakers around the globe to help us tell the stories about real people who understand that ending global poverty is serious business.
Free Summer Screenings in Downtown LA
The Downtown Film Festival LA presents
FREE "SUMMER SCREENING MIXERS" At BARKER BLOCK
Friday Evenings, July 11th, 18th, 25th
Join us for free movies and refreshments under the stars at the central courtyard of the fabulous Barker Block live-work lofts in downtown L.A.'s Arts District. Bring a blanket and picnic on the lawn or we'll provide a chair for your private outdoor sneak preview of 3 feature films being screened during the Downtown Film Festival (Aug. 13-17). See schedule below.
Complimentary beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) will be served. All screenings begin at 8:30 pm.
Pre-screening mixer begins at 7:30 pm. Seating for these special screenings is limited, so reservations are highly recommended.
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July 11th – A Walk On The Wild Side*
“The End” (2008, USA, 68 mins.)
Writer/Director: Nicola Collins
* recommended for mature audiences only
"Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.” -Aristotle
If you grow up in a rough neighborhood, you learn how to survive quickly. In the East End of London after World War II, survival for some kids led to violent lives. Pretty Boy Roy Shaw got into “unlicensed” boxing when he learned he was blessed with the power of punch. Danny Woollard beat up a man who owed him money—he became a professional enforcer. Victor Dark became a bank robber. And the filmmaker’s father, Les Falco, describes his own life without recommendation or criticism.
First-time filmmaker Nicola Collins explores the gritty complexity of these men's lives; infamous criminals that shaped their war-torn environment into a violent underworld. In fitting black-and-white portraits, the men do not leave anything grey—they talk about their extraordinary lives and their code of honor without shame or apologies. Film noir is too cute of a movie description. THE END is bare-knuckle reality.
July 18th – Family Fare With A Silver Lake Twist
“Your Name Here” (2008. USA, 83 mins.)
Category: Mockumentary/Rock Musical
Writer/Director: Tamar Halpern
An improvised, coming-of-age film about two teens who want to start a band and all the crazy adults who get involved. Jordan and Mike love to play music. In their search for band mates, they end up with a take no prisoners female bass player, a drummer with an impossibly thick British accent, a narcissistic egg player and two bumbling managers-- all grown ups. As the boys juggle summer school, meddling parents, and the search for
the perfect band name, they learn to dodge the ins and outs of an adult world while staying true to their dreams. Original music written and performed by the teens, this film is a 'Once' for kids.
July 25th – Pop Culture Redux
“Mock Up On Mu” (2008, USA, 114 mins.)
Writer/Director: Craig Baldwin
Notorious Bay Area kino-renegade Craig Baldwin tops his earlier found-footage operas “Spectres of the Spectrum” and “Sonic Outlaws” with this much-anticipated work, a rapid-fire pulp serial–cum–political tract on California’s major military, entertainment and religious industries. Hitting upon everything from Satanism to Scientology, the Beats to the jets (propulsion, that is), Baldwin revs up his characteristic stock footage
re-appropriations with some live-action scenes, adding an over-the-top pulp flair to the proceedings. The film focuses on three seemingly disparate characters to fuel this secret history of California: Jack Parsons, inventor of solid rocket fuel, founder of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Aleister Crowley acolyte; Marjorie Cameron, artist, beatnik and occultist; and L. Ron Hubbard, the science fiction writer turned Scientology founder. Rather than straightforward profiles, Baldwin mashes up their histories with archival
footage drawn from his vast collection of educational and governmental films, subverting their original narratives (and intent) to his own purposes.
MORE INFO: www.DFFLA.com