La Misma Luna Preview Screening at NALIP Conference 9 – Friday, March 7
There was not a dry eye in the house for the Sundance premiere of Patricia Riggen’s poignant, funny, wonderfully entertaining film LA MISMA LUNA. Written and produced by NALIP mentor Ligiah Villalobos, Riggen’s first feature relates the story of young Carlitos (Adrian Alonso, VOCES INNOCENTES), a Mexican child who, faced with the recent death of his grandmother, embarks on a moving journey to reunite with his mother (LPA fellow Kate del Castillo), an immigrant laboring in the mansions of the Los Angeles elite. With a star-studded Mexican cast including America Ferrara, Mexican comedy star Eugenio Derbez, Mario Almada, Jesse Garcia and a cameo by “Los Tigres del Norte,” LA MISMA LUNA is a rare gem of a film that, in the spirit of true drama has the audience laughing and crying simultaneously.
Don’t miss the sneak pre-release screening on Friday night, March 7, part of the great Conference 9 program. The evening includes a special case study with the writer/ producer, director, casting director and key actors. Register online at www.nalip.org for this and many other wonderful weekend events at NALIP Conference 9 in Dana Point, CA. Questions? Call NALIP at 310-395-8880
LATV Names Luca Bentivoglio VP of Programming
LATV, the nation's first bilingual music/entertainment network distributed via digital multicast, announced today that it had tapped long-time industry programming executive Luca Bentivoglio as vice president, programming for LATV. In his new position, Mr. Bentivoglio will report to President Danny Crowe and will be responsible for all LATV content and program scheduling.
"Luca has experience at every level of programming and production. He's produced shows, developed programs and programmed networks -- you name it, he's done it and done it well," said Mr. Crowe. "He brings to LATV a breadth of experience, knowledge and talent that will enhance our network as we continue with our national rollout. We are very happy to have Luca working with us."
Prior to joining LATV, Mr. Bentivoglio was president of the international division of Educational Adventures where he developed Latino themes and marketing strategies for The Danger Rangers, an animated children's series on PBS. Formerly, he was the executive director for Latino Public Broadcasting. There, Mr. Bentivoglio managed the non-profit organization that funds the development and production of Latino programming for PBS and created the award-winning Voces series.
Previously, Mr. Bentivoglio was the general manager for The Warner Channel in Venezuela where he supervised operations, marketing, programming and affiliate sales, helping it to become the number-one family channel in the region. Prior to his tenure in Latin America, Mr. Bentivoglio was VP, Programming and Production for Telemundo Network where he raised prime-time ratings by more than 100 percent.
For nearly 10 years, Mr. Bentivoglio helmed Luca Bentivoglio Productions, the largest Hispanic production company in the U.S., providing multiple long-running series to both Univision and Telemundo, creating award-winning programs and producing feature films.
Mr. Bentivoglio began his career at WJNU in New Jersey, collaborating on the U.S. launch of the musical group Menudo. He then became VP, Marketing and Promotions at Univision Network in New York, creating the network's first marketing and promotions department.
Sol Dance 2008 - Latino Film Rocks Utah (Park City)
Sol Dance Film Festival is a 3 day event, January 20-22, 2008 taking place at the Anheuser-Busch Filmmaker Discovery House in Park City, Utah. All events take place at Bear Path Lodge, Bud Light Filmmaker Discovery House, 5425 Boblsed Blvd., Park City, UT. The opening night event is January 20th at 7:30pm, featuring master of ceremony Cheech Marin. RSVP at www.soldancefilmfest.com
Several NALIP members have films screening in Sol Dance, including Shawna Baca, Katrina Elias, Fanny Veliz, Veronica Caicedo, Iris Almaraz, and Adam Schlachter. For more information and a full schedule, visit the Sol Dance MySpace page at: http://www.myspace.com/rocksoldance07
NALIPsters Invited to Cinema Slam Park City Free Screening & Fiesta (Park City)
Get caught up in the hoopla! Cinema Slam Park City is a short film screening available FOR FREE on Main Street during all the Park City madness. We are a group of ambitious independent filmmakers, some of us NALIPsters, who choose not to wait on Sundance and Slamdance to grant us celebrity. We're greenlighting ourselves! A collection of 20 short narrative and documentary films will show Tuesday, Jan 22 and Thursday, Jan 24 from 9am-1:30pm, on the Second Floor of the Main St. Mall, 333 Main St. (across from the Egyptian Theater).
Several Latino shorts are included in the program, including Sold in America by NALIP member Chelo Alvarez.
BONUS: You are invited to our CINEMA SLAM FIESTA!
See the complete Schedule of Films and Party info at: http://www.cinemaslam.net
Call for Entries: Seattle International Film Festival
The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) is now accepting film submissions for the 34th annual Festival, May 22-June 15, 2008. Consistently rated as one of the top North American festivals, SIFF screens more than 400 films from 60 countries over 25 days. $23,000 IN CASH PRIZES are given in six competitive categories: New American Cinema, New Director's Showcase, Documentary Features; and Short Film Narrative, Documentary, and Animation.
All selected films are eligible for the Golden Space Needle Audience Award. Entry forms and eligibility guidelines are available at http://www.seattlefilm.org
Final deadline is February 1, 2008. For more information, email email@example.com. Submit today!
Call for Entries: HollyShorts Film Festival
The 2008 HollyShorts Film Festival (HSFF) announces the call for entries for short films. Submission forms can be completed directly online by visiting www.hollyshorts.com or by submitting on Withoutabox directly at www.withoutabox.com/login/4655. The 4th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival will be held August 7-10 with screenings, events and parties in Hollywood, CA.
All submissions must be 30 minutes or less. Deadlines to submit U.S. and International short films for the 2008 HollyShorts Film Festival are:
- February 15, 2008 - EARLY SUBMISSION DEADLINE
- April 11, 2008 - OFFICIAL DEADLINE
- May 16, 2008 - LATE DEADLINE
Completed U.S. and international short films may be submitted and must arrive in office by February 15 for early consideration and a reduced submission fee. Complete information and eligibility requirements are available on HollyShorts.com. All films submitted for competition are also considered for participation in non-competitive categories of Opening Night Premieres, HollyShorts International Suite and the HollyShorts official closing event.
The third annual HollyShorts Film Festival awarded over $26,000 in products and services prizes to filmmakers. HollyShorts Film Festival awards prizes for short films in the following areas: Overall Best Short Film, Best Student Short, Best Cinematography, Best Drama, Best Documentary, Best Animation, Best Narrative, Best Comedy, Best International, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Thriller, Best Music Video, Future Filmmaker and much more. All films are eligible for Audience Choice.
The submission link and complete information regarding eligibility and entry rules for the 2008 HollyShorts Film Festival are available on the HollyShorts Film Festival website at www.hollyshorts.com. Information is also available through the HollyShorts hotline at 818-760-9897, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For sponsorship information, please email email@example.com with your query.
TWN Production Workshop Extends Deadline to Feb. 1 (NYC)
The application deadline for the TWN Film and Video Production Workshop has been extended to Friday, February 1st, 2008 due to a discrepancy in the original deadline.
This six month production workshop covers both 16mm and digital video production, from preproduction to shooting and editing. Highly selective, students meet in the evenings and shoot on the weekends. Aimed at emerging artists from communities of color, low income and other marginalized groups, this workshop is entering its 31st year! Graduates include feature directors Grace Lee (The Grace Lee Project), Alice Wu (Saving Face), Byron Hurt (Beyond Beats and Rhymes) and many more. The deadline for the 2008 session applications is Friday, February 1st and classes start in February. Letters of recommendation can be mailed separately. For more information, please visit www.twn.org
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Volunteer for the San Diego Latino Film Festival (SD)
We are heading full steam into the Fifteenth Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival! We would love to have your help in making this 15th anniversary edition of the festival extra special.
SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER NOW - CLICK HERE
There are many opportunities for you to get involved, whether you have a single afternoon, weekends, or a block of time during the work day. Just come on by the office! We have extended our office hours to fit almost everyone's schedule:
Mondays 8:00 - 5:00
Tuesdays 8:00 - 7:00
Wednesdays 8:00 - 5:00
Thursdays 8:00 - 5:00
Fridays 8:00 - 5:00
Saturdays 12:00 - 4:00
If you plan on helping during the festival, we ask that you attend one of our required orientations. Mark you calendars now, these are the dates:
January 29 5:30 - 7:00 @ Media Arts Center
February 19 5:30 - 7:00 @ Media Arts Center
March 3 5:30 - 7:00 @ UltraStar Cinemas