I have sad news for the independent media community. Natatcha Estébanez, Puerto Rican filmmaker and public television producer, died last weekat her home in Boston.
I want to tell you a little bit about Natatcha because she was one of the original founders of NALIP back in its genesis. When the East Coast filmmakers and media activists began emailing each other regarding the need to communicate with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting regarding the defunding of the Latino consortium at the time (the National Latino Communications Center), Natatcha was a pivotal participant. When we got to the point where we began communication with West Coast producers, Natatcha, who served on the ITVS board intervened. She convinced ITVS to invest in the nascent grouping of Latino producers so that we could meet face to face. She never attended the meetings but it was her critical and timely intervention that helped get us in face-to-face meetings in Los Angeles which ultimately led to the formation of NALIP in 1999.
She produced and wrote "The Blue Diner" a feature narrative film about Puerto Ricans in Boston. She worked at La Plaza at WGBH for many years and most recently was working at WGBH with a children's series.
For many years, she served on the National Coalition for Independent Broadcasting Producers which continues to seat the ITVS Board of Directors. She served with distinction on the ITVS board of directors for a full term.
She leaves behind many, many loved ones who will grieve her passing and celebrate her rich and vibrant life.
Natatcha Estébanez was a Boston-based, award-winning filmmaker who spent more than nearly two decades producing, directing and writing films and programs for television. Her first feature film, the critically acclaimed The Blue Diner, won the prestigious Alma Award for Outstanding Independent Motion Picture. The film aired on HBO and broadcast on PBS in 2003. Natatcha worked on the PBS series Race: The Power of an Illusion. She produced and directed 12 films for the favorite Poem Project for PBS, as well as four films for the Discovery channel and the Animal planet channel. She also worked with Henry Hampton, founder of Blackside, Inc. and creator of the acclaimed series Eyes On The Prize, on BreakThrough, a four part series about the struggles and contributions of multicultural scientists to the scientific field. Her films have won numerous awards including the Gold Award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Silver Award from the New York Film and Television Festivals, four regional Emmy Awards, and the Gold Award at the Houston International Film Festival. She was a regular contributor to the WGBH series Greater Boston Arts. Natacha was instrumental in starting the National Association of Latino Independent Producers. She served on the National Coalition for Independent Broadcasting Producers, and served with distinction on the ITVS board of directors.
We are extremely pleased to announce that NALIP is joining forces with our sister organization, Chica Luna, as an official media sponsor of their 3rd Annual Short Film Festival, which highlights short works by and about women of color using popular media to engage social justice themes in and around their communities. The line-up includes three NALIPeras: Akiva Penaloza (New York), Mabel Valdiviezo (San Francisco), and Jasmine Colon (New York).
Come out and show your support for these extraordinary filmmakers and the inclusion of sisters of color in the industry on March 30th (details and full line-up below)! Get your tickets in advance and attend the exclusive conference pre-party March 29th.
Chica Luna Productions proudly presents its 3rd Annual Short Film Festival featuring our premiere Technology & Media conference on March 30, 2007 at Symphony Space in New York City! more information about Chica Luna Productions, visit www.chicaluna.com; For Tix visit www.symphonyspace.org. Ticket holders are invited to our pre-party March 29! Technology Conference attendees will learn and gain insight from industry experts about the impact of technology on today's filmmaker and how to navigate the ever-changing industry landscape. Confirmed speakers include Myrtle Jones, assistant technology professor and moderator, School of Print Media, Rochester University; Robert G. Rose, CEO/Exec Producer, AIM, Tell-A-Vision Group; Renzo Devia, President and Supervising Producer, Maximas Productions; and Liz Ogilvie, Head of Programming, New Video.
THE THIRD ANNUAL CHICA LUNA SHORT FILM FESTIVAL LINE-UP:
SLIP OF THE TONGUE - Directed by Karen Lum. A young man makes a pass at a beautiful stranger and gets an eye-opening schooling on race and gender.
A GIRL LIKE ME - Directed by Kiri Davis. Color is more than skin deep for young African-American women struggling to define themselves.
SOLEDAD IS GONE FOREVER - Directed by Mabel Valdiviezo. A young immigrant photographer living in San Francisco learns her father's remains have been found in a mass grave in Chile.
LA CHIVA - Directed by Akiva Penaloza. The soul of a young girl is challenged as she confronts the anguish of poverty and loss.
EL CUCO - Directed by Jasmine Colon. Jamie Cantor experiences nightmares about a woman who viciously attacks her and controls Jamie's dreams. Inspired by the stylistic expressions of Avant-Garde, Film Noir and from an actual dream.
INTERVIEWS WITH RENE - Directed by Stephanie Alleyen. Rene Angelo, a transgender woman, experiences discrimination on various job interviews.
THE BODY KNOWS - Directed by Glenny Cruz. A young woman takes control of herself after learning through a relationship, that her ideals of womanhood are a myth.
A MIRROR OF ME - Directed by Gloria Zapata. Examines the responsibilities of living with HIV and the consequences of going through the world unprotected.
GOOD LOOKING OUT- Directed by Sala Hewitt. Two women in love adjust to a new live-in relationship when street violence and harassment threaten their safety and peace of mind.
Squaw Valley Community of Writers Screenwriting Program: August 4 to August 11, 2007
The Screenwriting Program is an intensive week-long program which focuses on individual attention and work-in-progress, by award-winning writers and writer/directors. Film clips, lectures and writing exercises are incorporated into daily, morning workshops, emphasizing the grammar of film,story development, narrative point of view, character analysis and scene structure. This unique program is designed for screenwriters and filmmakers, as well as fiction writers who wish to translate their work into the film medium.
Space is limited to 25 participants. Tuition is $725.00, which includes 6 evening meals; financial aid is available. Admissions are based on submissions. DEADLINE: May 5.
Download for Application Guidelines:
Staff: (Production commitments will determine the availability of 5 staff members.) GILL DENNIS, PAMELA GRAY, MICHAEL LEHMANN, CHRISTOPHER MONGER, JUDITH RASCOE, TOM RICKMAN, THOMAS SCHLESINGER, ANTONIO TEBALDI, CAMILLE THOMASSON.
Indiefest, The Independent Film Festival, is pleased to announce their 2007 call for entries. Indiefest celebrates the "vision without compromise" spirit of the independent filmmaker. Incorporating a competitive film festival, a screenwriting contest, and a weeklong party, Indiefest brings the world's film community to the beautiful city of Chicago. Indiefest 2007 is scheduled to take place July 26th though August 2nd.
Indiefest 2007 will showcase the best of independent film to the general public, filmmakers, and the media. With more films, events, parties, and the increasing support of major corporations, the media, and the independent film community, Indiefest 2007 will be the "must attend" independent film festival of the year.
Indiefest is eager to showcase emerging talent; therefore there are no strict eligibility requirements. There is one major requirement: films financed or produced by major studios or their affiliates are not eligible. Films and videos of all lengths and genres will be accepted. Screenplays, scripts, novels, and short stories will be accepted into the writing competition, which is presented by the renowned Screenwriter’s Project.
The deadlines for entry are as follows: Early Deadline: February 15, 2007; Regular Deadline: March 15, 2007; Late Deadline: April 1, 2007. Additional information and application forms can be obtained at www.indiefestchicago.com, www.indiefest.org, or send a SASE to Indiefest, PO Box 148849, Chicago, IL 60614-8849.
Indiefest 2007 also announces the return of the Production Fund Prize Package valued at $300,000+. The recipient of the 2007 Indiefest Vision Award will receive the prize package of in-kind goods and services. The intention of this fund is to provide the filmmaker with as much equipment and production services as possible to make a feature film. The Indiefest Vision Award is presented to the filmmaker whose film epitomizes the “Vision Without CompromiseTM” spirit of the independent filmmaker.
Indiefest welcomes its newest member, Cynthia Castillo-Hill as the new Executive Director. Cynthia Castillo-Hill, Executive Producer at Village, joins the Indiefest Staff to bring to you Indiefest 2007.
A two-day film festival in Coachella on March 23 and 24 will honor the late Lalo Guerrero known as the “father of Chicano music” and showcase the talent of Chicano/Latino filmmakers, musicians and artists
The Lalo Guerrero Film and Arts Festival will begin at 6 p.m. on March 23 with a feature film entitled “Lalo Guerrero:The Original Chicano! produced by Guerrero’s son Dan Guerrero and Nancy De Los Santos, at the UC Riverside Palm Desert Graduate Center. A gala will follow the screening.
From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 24, in Pueblo Viejo or downtown Coachella, a series of films will be shown ending with an awards gala at 6 p.m. at Coachella Valley High School.
For more information, send e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Esperanza Peace and Justice Center and Palo Alto College Women's History Month present...
CineMujer Film Festival 2007
Monday, March 26 - Sunday, April 1, 2007
Join us for a week of over 30 provocative and enjoyable films highlighting the hopes, the struggles and the perseverance of women around the world.
@ Esperanza Peace and Justice Center
922 San Pedro Ave, San Antonio TX 78212
(@ W Evergreen, 1/2 mile north of downtown)
ALL SCREENINGS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
CLICK HERE FOR FULL FILM SCHEDULE
Monday-Friday: Films begin at 6:00pm
Saturday-Sunday: Films begin at 3:00pm
Call 210.228.0201 for more information
DancesWithFilms, the only film festival where an audience can truly “discover” a film that isn’t due to be released next week, opens its doors for submissions. It's an exciting Year 10 with the momentum already building for the best discovery festival in Los Angeles. Named by the Hollywood Reporter as "the defiant fest of raw talent," DWF has showcased more than 800 up and coming filmmakers, their casts and crews. Alumni include great talents such as Will Schaeffer and Mark Olsen (2004), creators of HBO's Big Love series, Dan Harris (1999), writer of X2, Superman Returns; Kathryn Morris (1999), lead actor of CBS's Cold Case to give a few examples. Lauren Moews, 1999 and 2000 alumnus, went on to produce “Cabin Fever,” and has several projects in development.
We are dedicated to finding films the Hollywood industry haven't seen and giving these gems much needed exposure, publicity and opportunity. All films in competition have no known directors, actors, producers, or monies from known sources (i.e. " Imagine"). However we do allow working actors, and can give a special screening to any film that warrants it (as with last year's star-studded alumni film that is sweeping the festival scene, "Mojave Phone Booth") so if you aren't sure just give us a call or email us with your questions.
Submission Deadlines are April 9, 2007 for regular and May 16, 2007 for an extended (late) deadline, for the procrastinators.
Need info and/or a submission form? www.danceswithfilms.com
Damn it! I am Latino and my skin is Black! is a fiercely funny social commentary about, well, exactly what the title suggests. The amazingly Puerto Rican actor Luis Lassen orchestrates an unforgettable one-man show as an astrologer who sees great things for New York and the Latino community, an abusive husband with a mannequin for a wife, a struggling subway vendor with a peculiar restaurant business on the side, a young woman with illusions of grandeur and an unjustly incarcerated young man. A shocking satirical drama you won't soon forget!
For Tickets call 212-352-3101 or Log on to: THEATERMANIA.COM
$20 rush tickets an hour before the show
A new Yahoo group has been created to help recruit bilingual crew members. Latino Crews USA will fill the void for producers, directors, PM's and production coordinators. The group will also launch a website which will provide additional crew and gear resources.
For more information and to join the group, visit:
It is crucial to have as many new members signed on prior to the marketing blast, if you have any questions please feel free to email or call me.
Hotel Production Services
Sandra Lord & Women Helping Women cordially invite you (men & women) to:
MINORITY VOICES: A WRITER'S WORKSHOP
A Ten Week Totally Interactive Course to Find Stories From The Soul
A unique forum to develop properties out of your own experience, with:
Top literary manager and former agent Judy Coppage (President, The Coppage Company)
& Literary Guests
To bring together female writers and male minority writers to write short scripts/full length screenplays short stories/novellas/one person shows/one act plays/full length plays by the conclusion of the workshop.
GOAL FOR PARTICIPANTS:
To have a project to sell. There is an opportunity for representation.
Further goals are to find stories outside the box; things that are personal to the individual writer; ideas we have not seen before; ideas for minority audiences who are starved for stories they can relate to and learn from.
Dates: Wednesdays, from April 4 – June 6, 2007
Time: 7PM – 10PM
Location: Disclosed Upon Registration
Admission: $350 ($275 if you mention you heard about it from the Info List)
Limited seating. There are no refunds issued for this workshop
Who Should Attend: Whether you are an aspiring writer, an experienced writer looking to take your career to the next level, an actor, producer, or director looking to learn more about the writing process, don't miss a chance to learn the ins and outs from one of Hollywood's best purveyors of literary material.
Go to http://whw.hgenonline.com/pdfs/ReservationForm_MinorityVoices.pdf to download the registration form and mail along with your check by March 30, 2007 made payable to: The Coppage Company, 11902 Ventura Blvd., Suite 147, Studio City, CA 91604. Be sure to include a copy of this email to receive your discount. For credit card payments, call Sandra Lord’s office at: (323) 465-9800.
Final Draft with the support of The Hollywood Networking Breakfast invites you to attend Scripwriters Showcase: The largest public gathering of working screenwriters ever assembled
24 Panels with topics that include feature film, television, storytelling and comedy writing
1. Get A-List Advice from A-List Talent
2. Take A Meeting -- Why Pitch… when you can Take A Meeting?
Get 15 minutes with the executive of your choice
3. BONUS NETWORKING OPPORTUNITY
Be among the first 200 to order a Gold or Silver Package and receive admission to the Friday morning special Hollywood Networking Breakfast at the Showcase!
WHEN: April 20-22 2007
Sheraton Universal Hotel
333 Universal Hollywood Drive
Universal City, California 91608
For a 10% discount - use code HN7
For detailed information and registration: http://www.scriptwritersshowcase.com
Sandra Lord proudly invites you to the award winning (“Best Networking Event in L.A.”) Monthly Hollywood Networking Breafkast.
Special Guest Speaker JOHN L. JACOBS - President of Smart Entertainment, the cutting-edge, prestigious management and production company based in Beverly Hills & Producer of Anger Management, My Boss's Daughter, The Ringer, and more.
Additionally, John will “do lunch” with a lucky attendee. To find out how to be considered for lunch with John Jacobs, go to: http://hgenonline.com/HGEN.WHW Events/BkfstPrivateMeeting.htm
Thursday, March 29, 2007
8:00a.m - 10:30a.m. Check-in starts at 7:20a.m.
Reservation Deadline – Thursday, March 22, 2007
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VALET PARKING -- $4.00
Produced in Los Angeles to benefit
CHANGING IMAGES IN AMERICA
A non-profit organization dedicated to promoting diversity in American culture
Sponsors: Final Draft, Inc. & Jungle Software
(The independent Filmmaker’s budgeting and scheduling software)
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