Latinos In The Industry
  July 31, 2008  

VisionFest 08 Awards Ceremony, Screening, & Gala

VisionFest 08 is coming to The Directors Guild of America Theater Complex (7920 Sunset Blvd.) on August 20th at 7:30 p.m. and we want to see you all there!

Annually attended by overflowing audiences and press, VISION FEST is the beloved annual event of the filmmaking collective Filmmakers Alliance, featuring an Awards Ceremony, an inspiring screening of recent short films …followed by a gala party catered by some of LA’s best restaurants.

This year's Vision Award recipient is filmmaker KEVIN SMITH. FA will also be presenting the inaugural NILSSON AWARD to the award's namesake, ROB NILSSON and our COMMUNITY VISION AWARD to LA FILM FORUM.

The presentation is followed by the introduction of theLOS ANGELES SHORT FILMMAKING COMPETITIONwinner which is, in turn, followed by a program of the best short films produced through Filmmakers Alliance in the previous year.

The evening finishes with an elegant but high-energy party in the DGA lobby catered by some of Los Angeles' best restaurants.

For more details on VisionFest 08, please go to:

Tickets are $20 in advance, $30 on day of event. Please buy advance tickets online at

The Selected Films Include:
Too Loud A Solitude by Genevieve Anderson
Birthmarkby David Woods
Putting A Cigarette Out With Your Feet by Carlo Pangalangan
A Nice Day For An Earthquake by Antony Berrios
Removal by Donal Foreman
Dadaby Brad Jones
Conflicted by Beth Dewey
Melancholy Baby by Sean Hood

VisionFest 08 is Presented by:
Filmmakers Alliance
Directors Guild of America
Additional Sponsors:
Focal Press
SAG Indie
Writers Guild of America
PlasterCity Digital Post

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Discount for Film Independent's Fourth Annual Filmmaker Forum

From September 26 - 28, FILM INDEPENDENT hosts one of the most IMPORTANT events of the year for aspiring filmmakers. It's the annual FILMMAKER FORUM, featuring more than a dozen panels of industry experts offering the kind of insider info you can't learn anywhere else! It's like film school in a bottle...and more than you'll learn in any other 3 days.

Receive an early bird registration DISCOUNT with a savings of more than $150 off the regular price. The special offer expires on Thursday, July 31. Be sure to list your affiliate organization as NALIP.

For more information and to register, go to:

The Filmmaker’s Journey: Take it from start to finish
September 26–28
Directors Guild of America, Los Angeles

Get the Truth About the Way Films are Made, Sold, and Distributed
If you want to get ahead in today’s changing marketplace, you can’t afford to miss this event, where veteran filmmakers and industry experts explore the current state of affairs for independent film.

The Most Informative Forum Available for Filmmaking Success
• Discover new financing resources
• Examine changing distribution methods
• Make new industry contacts
• Enjoy a special screening of an indie film and Q&A with filmmakers
• Learn how to take advantage of new emerging media to maximize your profits
• Explore the world of international distribution
• Get an invaluable filmmakers handbook with case studies, and much, much more

New! Documentary Track
Many sessions are devoted exclusively to budgeting, managing, and finding funding
for your documentary production:
• Representatives from some of the most used funding sources give specific advise
on where and how to get money for your doc
• Documentary filmmakers share their wisdom on keeping the budget on track from
development, to post, through distribution
Finding the Financial Sweet Spot
• Receive proven case studies that reveal a film’s budget deals, financing, distribution
strategies, final results, awards, and the experience each filmmaker had on the project
• Experts discuss what budget level is the most viable option to make a profit and stay
in business

Getting Your Film to the Audience
• Explore the function of festivals as launching pads for independent films
• Discover new marketing tools to create a fan base for your film
• Rethink distribution. Compare traditional distribution models and new hybrid

A Great Place to Network with Peers and Professionals
This year’s Forum offers more access to panelists, more intimate groups and more
chances to network with the professionals who can guide your career.
• Networking Lunches
Sit down for off-the-record lunch talks with prominent indie film figures
• IndieLink @ the Forum
Private one-on-one consultations with distributors, festival reps, publicists, producers
reps, film commissions, and others
• Two Hosted Receptions
A chance to get to know fellow attendees and make new business contacts

New York International Latino Film Festival Award Winners

The 9th edition of the New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) concluded with some of the mo st exciting films in cinema, indelible red carpets events and remarkable attendance records this year. NYILFF announced the winners of its festival awards at its Closing Night ceremony on Sunday, July 27, at El Morocco. Awards were given out in four categories, and the winners were as follows:

Vicious Circle
Director Paul Boyd was the recipient of the Best Picture Award, presented by HBO, for his narrative feature, Vicious Circle—a tragic punk rock Latino love story, starring Paul Rodriguez, Jr. and Emily Rios, delivering the tales of a raw, edgy, teenage Romeo and Juliet with a murder mystery twist. Producer Angelina Boyd, who accepted on behalf of Paul Boyd, was presented with a prize of $2,500 provided by HBO and $500.00 in Kodak Motion Picture film stock.

Transvestites Also Cry | La Americana
In an unexpected tie, NYILFF honored both Transvestites Also=2 0Cry and La Americana for Best Documentary. Directed by Sebastiano d'Ayala Valva, Transvestites Also Cry which tells the story of two Ecuadorian transsexuals who work as prostitutes in Paris, demonstrates how life is often a precarious balance between willful optimism and a quiet fatalism. The second winning documentary, La Americana, is an unforgettable story woven into the current immigration debate in the United States, putting a human face on this timely and controversial issue. This film was directed by Nicholas Bruckman and John Mattiuzzi.

Rojo Red
First-time filmmaker Juan Manuel Betancourt received the award for Best Short for Rojo Red, a tale of a young boy who pulls apart the threads of reality in this brilliantly imaginative Colombian short that fuses live action, stop-motion and 3D animation. Betancourt, d’Ayala Valva and Bruckman/Mattiuzzi all received an Avid DV Pro System and $500.00 in Kodak Motion Picture Stock.

Malta Con Huevo
The Heineken Red Star Award was presented to a director whose film pushes the boundaries of creativity, providing a unique vision and execution. Cristobal Valderrama won the prize for his direction of Malta Con Huevo, a twisting story of two mismatched friends who decide to move in together, resulting in unintended, truly far-reaching consequences. This film’s innovative storyline is a testament to the type of thought provoking films the Heineken Red Star Award recognizes. Heineken has partnered with Variety Magazine and the Independent Film Channel (IFC) to bring well-deserved publicity and visibility to the Heineken Red Star Award recipients and their films. Valderamma received a crystal statuette created by Tiffany and Co., a two-page spread in Variety, and a trip to Los Angeles to meet with executives and network with other winners from the Red Star Award Program.

Cinema En To Idioma Film Series Opening With Pretendiendo / Ugly Me (San Diego)

Media Arts Center San Diego's San Diego Latino Film Festival is proud to present is’ 9th Annual Cinema en tu Idioma Film Series showcasing new Latin American, Mexican and Spanish Cinema. The 4-month series will begin this upcoming August with the screening of PRETENTIENDO (UGLY ME), starring Barbara Mori, August 22-28 at UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas at Hazard Center (off 163 Freeway & Friars Rd.).

A crowd-pleaser at the recent 2008 San Diego Latino Film Festival, PRETENTIENDO (UGLY ME) stars Mexican film and telenova star Barbara Mori (La Mujer de Mi Hermano). When her boyfriend cheats on her with her best friend, a beautiful woman (Barbara Mori) swears off relationships and re-makes herself in a new town. However, a chauvinist co-worker's remarks soon draw her back into the battle of the sexes. A fun romantic comedy set in beautiful Valpa raiso, Chile.

Director Claudio Dabed will be present at the Opening Night screening on Friday, August 22nd. PRETENDIENDO (UGLY ME) will screen for one week only exclusively at UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas at Hazard Center (off the 163 Freeway and Friars Rd.). Run time: 118 minutes. Screening times are: 10:15am, 12:45, 3:15pm, 5:45pm, 8:15pm, and 10:45pm.

Tickets are $9.50 General Audiences / $7.50 Students, seniors & Media Arts Center San Diego members. Individual tickets can be purchased prior to each screening at the UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas at Hazard Center box office (7510 Hazard Center Dr., SD, CA 92108).

Purchase your Cinema en tu Idioma series pass today! For only $30 you get 4 free movies and opportunities to meet with special guest filmmakers. Only available on-line prior to August 17th. Click here to purchase on-line now. First 15 people to sign-up for Series Passes also get 1 free ticket to the 16th Annual 2009 San Diego Latino Film Festival (March 12-22, 2009).

The 2008 Cinema en tu Idioma series runs for four months from August to November. The series schedule is as follows: August 22-28 (Pretendiendo – Ugly Me), September 19-25 (Maldeamores – Lovesickness, produced by Benicio del Toro & starring Luis Guzman), October 17-23 (El Brindis, starring Ana Serradilla), and November 14-20 (XXY, starring Ricardo Darin, Cannes winner El Violin, and El Baño del Papa).

The 2008 Cinema en tu Idioma Film Series is made possible with funding by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Sponsors include: Univision KBNT, Telemundo 33, El Latino Newspaper, V-Me KPBS, Radio Latina 104.5, Uniradio Group, El Mexicano Newspaper, Yolanda S. Walther-Meade, and the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.

For more information call 619-230-1938 x 101 / or visit on-line to view trailers, purchase series passes, and read more about the films at:

Free Screening Space in West Covina

Attention filmmakers! Looking for a club or elegent, cool space to showcase your masterpiece? We have opened up a new club in West Covina - right next to Edwards Cinema. Free parking everywhere. We are interested in booking films for the evening -- any day of the week. If you have a short, feature or documentary you will acess to our place. There are nine plasma screens and a good size projection screen. Maximum capacity over 150 people. There is no facility fee and absolutely no expenses to the filmmakers.

You can contact us at:



Noemi Weis
NALIP member's film selected for IDA's DocuWeek

The Forgotten Woman, produced by NALIP member Noemi Weist and directed by Dilip Mehta has been selected by IDA to be part of DocuWeek in New York and LA this August.

This will be The Forgotten Woman's US release following a successful release in Canada at Hot Docs and now traveling through different Canadian cities.

The Forgotten Woman brings the understanding of the destitution and marginalization of millions of widows in India who are forced by age-old traditions to live out their remaining years in isolation. Shunned by society in the 21st century, many issues still surround women's search for economic independence in order to attain a modicum of self-sufficiency and basic human dignity.

The DocuWeek theatrical documentary showcase runs from August 8-14 in New York City, and August 22-28 in Los Angles.

Noemi Figueroa Soulet
NALIPster's doc wins at Real to Reel

NALIP member Noemi Figueroa Soulet's documentary The Borinqueneers won the Best Professional Documentary award at the 9th Annual Real to Reel International Film Festival in Shelby, NC which took place from July 23-26, 2008.



No Film Distributor? Then D.I.Y.
(The New York Times) - With their hopes for conventional movie deals increasingly dead on arrival, more and more indie filmmakers are opting for a do-it-yourself model: self-distribution, once the route of the desperate, reckless or defiant, has become an increasingly attractive option for movies otherwise deprived of theatrical exhibition. FULL STORY

A Cannes of Worms for Indie Films
(The Hollywood Reporter) - At May's Festival de Cannes, buyers rushed to see the latest work from three American auteurs: Steven Soderbergh's "Che," James Gray's "Two Lovers" and Charlie Kaufman's "Synecdoche, New York." But the fest ended without any of the films clinching a U.S. sale. FULL STORY

Media Companies Target Female Demographic Online
(Variety) - Estrogen-infused websites are all the rage these days as an increasing number of media companies, often backed by venture capitalists, are going online to reach the all-important female demographic. FULL STORY

Mexico's Rascon Banda Dies at 59
(The Hollywood Reporter) - Victor Hugo Rascon Banda, renowned playwright and president of Mexico's Writers' Guild Assn., died Thursday in Mexico City after a long bout with leukemia. He was 59. FULL STORY

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