February 8, 2007

CBSNews.com, Larry Magid, February 2, 2007— “Jaman has a unique service for fans of foreign or independent films…What I like about Jaman is its focus on films that you can’t get at most video stores or see at a local theater.”

BusinessWeek, Arik Hesseldahl, February 2, 2007— “Jaman.com has an edge over a formidable leader, Apple's (AAPL) iTunes Store. Jaman has 1,000 films available for download, four times as many as iTunes… Since Jaman is playing largely outside the field of major retailers and studios, the battle between Bentonville and Hollywood is thus far largely irrelevant.”

Jaman’s Latino Indie film community needs you…

Register on Jaman, the premier online film community, and invite your colleagues to join a growing network of filmmakers, film lovers, and creative executives in the film industry. Because Jaman is still in private beta, you will be among the first to see how social media and online distribution will create new opportunities for discovery and cross-over throughout the entertainment industry.

Support Latino cinema by watching and reviewing award-winning films such as Carlos Sorin’s Bombón: El Perro, U.S. Latino Indie films like El Escape De Los Santos by Ricardo Mendoza, stirring documentaries like Yank Tanks from Cuba and other Latino Indie hits. During the private invite period, you can watch world-class films for free.

Click the link below to start the Jaman experience:
http://www.jaman.com/nalip

Once you're in, visit the our community groups page and explore all the Latino themed group discussions taking place to meet new people in the film community. Meet Vanessa Arteaga (member name: vanartea), Jaman's Executive Producer for Latino film acquisition and community development. She'd love to hear from you!

Jaman: The best way to discover, enjoy and share films.
Jaman thanks NALIP for supporting Latino Independent Cinema and its Creators.


CALL FOR ENTRIES: AUSTIN UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL

Hi fellow filmmakers, just letting you know that we are now taking submissions for the 2007 Austin Underground Film Festival.

We seek to provide a venue for films that might not otherwise be exhibited for the public, and virtually no genre or concept is excluded from consideration. However, films of a radical, critical, progressive, provocative, confrontational, controversial, subversive, seditious, irreverent, illicit, offensive, obscene, rebellious, profane, pornographic, conspiratorial, corruptive, psychotropic, phantasmagoric, volatile, violent, anarchic, blasphemous or otherwise irresponsible nature are especially encouraged.

Guidelines: We accept SHORTS ONLY, the maximum length is 40 minutes.

Styles: narratives, freeform, documentaries, experimental, animation, music videos, silent, foreign, works-in-progress, provided they will be completed by event date

All films in languages other than English must be subtitled or dubbed in English, unless dialogue is nonessential to comprehension and appreciation.

Prizes will be furnished by Mopac Media and Austin Pro-Tape.

Subject matter can be of any rating or maturity level, children’s to adult.

Deadlines and Fees:
Late Deadline: March 15th - $25
If you’ve previously submitted a film, your first entry is free.

Formats: 1/2" NTSC VHS video and NTSC DVD only.

There is no entry form, however we ask that each submission be accompanied by:
* name of the writer, director, and producer (if applicable)
* synopsis and/or artist’s statement
* the appropriate entry fee (cash, money orders or checks) please, payable to: Andy Gately, Festival Director, or via Paypal to: andy@austinundergroundfilmcom - be sure to include your name and film in a brief attached message so we know which payment corresponds to which movie)
* running time
* premiere? (local, national, or world, if applicable)
* e-mail address or contact phone # to allow for selection notification
* OPTIONAL stills, press packets, publicity materials, etc.
* How you heard about the fest

Entries will not be returned. Multiple submissions are acceptable, but do require separate entry fees.

Mail all submissions to:
Austin Underground Film Festival
2005 Singing Brook
Austin, TX 78723

WWW.AustinUndergroundFilm.COM


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BMI INDUSTRY INSIDER PANEL (NEW YORK)

BMI New York is proud to announce the rollout of a new bi-monthly music industry workshop and panel series for 2007. Produced in conjunction with Gibson Guitar and Billboard magazine, the first “Industry Insider” entitled “Music in Film: Soundtracks in 2007” will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at the Gibson Baldwin NY Showroom (421 West 54th Street) from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Panelists include music supervisors Jim Dunbar and Janice Ginsberg; Karen Lamberton, VP, Soundtracks and Film & TV Music, RCA Music Group; Gillian Morris, Senior VP, Film & Television Music/Licensing, Wind-Up Records; and moderator Steven Scharf; Senior VP, Creative, Carlin America & President, Steven Scharf Entertainment.

Admission is free; please R.S.V.P. to RSVP@bmi.com with the panel date in the subject.

 

NALIP & Jaman co-present the Jamanlibre Latino Film Contest

NALIP & Jaman have teamed up to bring you the Jamanlibre Latino Film Contest where the winner will be acknowledged at this year’s NALIP Conference 8! The Grand Prize winner will receive a Panasonic professional camcorder and featured distribution through the Jaman network. But you have to hurry, all submission materials must be delivered to Jaman by no later than February 23rd, in time for Conference 8!! A Nalipster is destined to win!!

Click below to enter:

http://www.jaman.com/latino

Red Herring, Wendy Tanaka, February 1, 2007— “Jaman.com is a distribution system and social network for movies that don’t make it into theaters In the United States…the site also lets consumers review and rank movies.”

The Daily Reel, Anthony Kaufman, January 31, 2007— “World cinema now has a place it can call home…Jaman offers a one-stop-shop for world cinema aficionados.”


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"FACTORY GIRL" SURPRISES; "PAN'S LABYRINTH" SETS RECORD

Feb. 6, 2007 - (indieWIRE) - "Factory Girl," a film quickly dismissed by many insiders when the Weinstein Company/MGM opened it for a brief end-of-2006 Oscar-qualifying run, came roaring back last weekend and finished first on the indieWIRE Box Office Tracking Report (iWBOT) chart of independent/specialty films. Its average of $29,159 from three theaters in New York and Los Angeles far and away was the best for an otherwise-slow Super Bowl Weekend that saw no other movie average above $10,000.

In other Top Ten highlights, Picturehouse's "Pan's Labyrinth" passed "Like Water for Chocolate" to become the U.S.'s highest-grossing Spanish-language film with $21.7 million to date. On 1,082 screens over the weekend - its widest in six weeks of release - Guillermo del Toro's "Pan," nominated for six Oscars including Best Foreign-Language Film, grossed $300,000 less than the slowing "Dreamgirls" even though the latter was on almost 1,700 more screens. ("Pan's" weekend gross was $3.68 million; "Dreamgirls'" was $4 million.) Full Story here


"FAME" HASN'T SPOILED JESSE BORREGO

Feb. 6, 2007 - (Rocky Mountain News) - Jesse Borrego will take the stage this week at El Centro Su Teatro in Drive My Coche, a drama about a man dealing with love, friendship and the memories of the summer before he went to Vietnam. But you may know Borrego better from his roles in the TV show Fame and the movie Bound by Honor. Theater writer Lisa Bornstein caught up with the actor recently.

How was it being a teen idol?

"'Fame' was my first job in the business; before that I was training at the California Institute of the Arts, and that was a serious program. I went to school with (actor) Don Cheadle; it was a pretty fertile environment for being a young actor of color. It was instant fame, so to speak, ha ha ha. There was a lot of angst involved, but I can't say I didn't have a good time."

Full Story here

 


OPENINGS AT PBS INTERACTIVE (D.C.)

I've recently accepted the role of Senior Director at PBS Interactive. I'm emailing to let you know that we have a few really exciting, editorial, content-focused positions open on the general audience interactive team. I'm pasting the descriptions below. The positions are based in the Washington D.C. area (Crystal City, VA).

There are three positions listed below - Associate Director/Content Manager, Associate Editor and a special online community-focused position. The positions are fluid as we are building a new team and so we are also open to considering other level candidates (i.e. Digital Associate Producer, Assistant Producer, or Production Assistant). If interested, apply at the PBS Web site, here:

http://www.pbs.org/aboutpbs/aboutpbs_jobs.html

Strong candidates should also send their cover letter/resume directly to Angela Morgenstern:
akmorgenstern@pbs.org

*POSITION TITLE: Associate Director/Content Manager, PBS Interactive
*CORPORATE AREA: PBS Interactive Learning
*DEPARTMENT: Content
*STATUS: Full-time/Regular
*SUPERVISOR: Director, PBS Interactive
*SALARY: Open

*WORK EXPERIENCE:*
- A minimum of 4-7 years of combined experience in one or more of the following areas is required: Managing the development of online content, experience writing and editing materials for publication online or in print; Editorial and Web production experience;
- Media industry experience strongly preferred Experience with membership organizations a plus;
- Experience teaching or managing the creation of educational online content a plus.

*EDUCATION/TRAINING: *
- Bachelor's degree in English, journalism, or a related field of study;
- Experience working as a Web producer, content developer, writer, editor, or a related field.

*TECHNICAL SKILLS:*
- Online publishing skills, including content creation, HTML scripting, multimedia publishing, online content layout and organization, etc;
- Strong understanding of the Web - its strengths and limitations;
- Strong background in writing and editing;
- Understanding of the core functionalities of Flash, RSS, and downloadable and streaming media as they relate to content presentation;
- Ability to quickly learn about emerging content distribution technologies and suggest applications for PBS content.

*OTHER SPECIAL SKILLS:*
- Superior organizational skills and attention to details;
- Ability to manage expectations of multiple constituencies;
- Resourceful, self-directed, and flexible team player;
- Excellent oral and written communication skills, including a command of grammar and spelling;
- Creative thinker and problem solver;
- Excellent time management skills and the ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously;
- Excellent relationship and project management skills, particularly with third-party content producers/contributors working at a distance;
- Tactfulness when responding to questions, concerns, or requests;
- Capable of meeting aggressive deadlines;
- Solid editorial judgment and content analysis skills.

*JOB OBJECTIVE:*
- Responsible for maximizing the quality and impact of PBS's Internet-based content and services for a general (adult) audience, with the intention of helping PBS deliver on its vision of being the most trusted, valued and supported media organization in America. As part of the content team, the content manager is accountable for ensuring the editorial quality
and integrity of PBS.org and the program-specific content it delivers
over the Internet.Support overall PBS goals related to TV tune-in,
loyalty,and audience retention and expansion through program promotion, site maintenance, and participation in related strategic planning.

*PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES: *
- Manage relationships with external producers at PBS member stations and independent production companies;
- Collaborate with external producers, serving as their main point of contact at PBS Interactive throughout the site development process;
- Lead internal, cross-disciplinary teams to support site updates and launches, including sharing content plans, gathering feedback, identifying and finding solutions to problems (such as lack of compliance with PBS development specifications and/or necessary evolution of those specifications) and managing schedules;
- Evaluate site content prior to launch to ensure compliance with PBS Editorial Standards, when necessary authority has been established;
- Evaluate content proposals and budgets, recommending green-lighting decisions and investment levels to the Director;
- Lead and participate in team and department projects, especially those tied to the development of general audience content and services for the PBS.org homepage and site "shell";
- Collaborate with PBS Communications and Brand Management and Promotion staff to help optimize exposure for PBS.org content;
- Orient new producers to PBS.org policies and processes;
- Participate in quality assurance testing and review of sites;
- Perform other duties as assigned.

*POSITION TITLE: Content Manager, PBS Engage
*CORPORATE AREA: PBS Interactive Learning
*STATUS: Full-time/Regular
*SUPERVISOR: Director, PBS Interactive

*WORK EXPERIENCE:*
- A minimum of 3-6 years of combined experience in one or more of the following areas is required:
- Managing the development of online community, managing the aggregation and curation of user-generated content, managing the development of online journalistic content, editorial and Web production experience.
- Experience working in a fast-paced team environment
- Media industry experience strongly preferred.
- Experience with membership organizations a plus.

*EDUCATION/TRAINING: *
- Bachelor's degree in English, journalism, political science, government, or a related field of study.
- Experience working as a Web producer, content developer, writer, editor, or a related field.

*TECHNICAL SKILLS:*
- Online publishing skills, including content creation, HTML scripting, multimedia publishing, online content layout and organization, etc.
- Strong understanding of applications facilitating user engagement and contribution/sharing of user-generated content.
- Strong understanding of the Web - its strengths and limitations.
- Strong background in writing and editing.
- Understanding of the core functionalities of Flash, RSS, and downloadable and streaming media as they relate to content presentation.
- Ability to quickly learn about emerging content distribution technologies and suggest applications for PBS Engage.

*OTHER SPECIAL SKILLS:*
- Superior organizational skills and attention to details.
- Ability to manage expectations of multiple constituencies.
- Resourceful, self-directed, and flexible team player.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Excellent time management skills and the ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
- Excellent relationship and project management skills, particularly with third-party content producers/contributors working at a distance.
- Tactfulness when responding to questions, concerns, or requests.
- Capable of meeting aggressive deadlines.
- Solid editorial judgment and content analysis skills.

*JOB OBJECTIVE:*
- The position will have primary responsibility for ensuring the successful integration of PBS Engage into the overall PBS.orgenvironment; for facilitating communication between the PBS Engage west coast production team, PBS staff, and PBS's national producers; and for ensuring that PBS Engage is aligned with PBS's overall editorial and technical standards for interactive content.

*PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES:*
- Monitor the PBS content pipeline in order to identify relevant national programming coming to PBS on-air and online; communicate relevant pipeline information to PBS Engage west coast production team in order to facilitate integration and cross-promotion between PBS Engage and other national PBS program content.
- Facilitate the integration of PBS Engage promotion and features into existing, relevant, signature PBS.org program Web sites, working with outside producers and other PBS staff members.
- Ensure the alignment of overall editorial and technical approaches to online community and user-generated content policies for PBS Engage and PBS Interactive as a whole. For example, developing consistent expectations around moderation and other aspects of administering online community. This will entail coordination between PBS Engage west coast production team, PBS Interactive staff members.
- Consult with PBS Engage west coast production team on editorial relationship between pre-populated and user-generated content. Create a framework/strategy that could potentially be adopted and utilized within other national program sites on PBS.org.
- Ensure that PBS Engage gets significant, sustained promotion on PBS.org homepage and other top-level pages, working with other PBS Interactive staff members.
- Collaborate with PBS Interactive, Communications, and Brand Management and Promotion staff to help optimize exposure for PBS Engage content.
- Work with PBS Interactive web analytics staff and the PBS Engage west coast production team to develop meaningful metrics for PBS Engage site usage and monitor progress.
- Conduct ongoing evaluation/assessment of PBS Engage to ensure alignment with PBS Editorial Standards and Web Production Manual policies and specifications.
- Orient new producers and project partners to PBS.org policies and processes.
- Participate in quality assurance testing and review of site content.
- Perform light editorial duties (content development and/or review)
as requested by the PBS Engage west coast production team.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

*POSITION TITLE: Associate Editor, PBS Interactive
*CORPORATE AREA: PBS Interactive Learning
*DEPARTMENT: Content
*STATUS: Full-time/Regular
*SUPERVISOR: Senior Director, PBS Interactive
*SALARY: Open

*WORK EXPERIENCE:*
- A minimum of 3-5 years of experience as a successful web or new
media producer, online writer, or online editor.

*EDUCATION/TRAINING: *
- Bachelor's degree at an accredited four year university;
- Experience working as a Web producer, content developer, writer,
editor, or a related field.

*TECHNICAL SKILLS:*
- Knowledge of HTML, multimedia publishing, online content layout and organization;
- Strong photo editing and manipulation skills (i.e. Photoshop);
- Online publishing experience and knowledge of file publishing transfer (FTP) process;
- Strong understanding of the Web - its strengths and limitations;
- Journalistic background in writing or editing preferred;
- Understanding of the core functionalities of Flash, RSS, and downloadable and streaming media as they relate to content presentation;
- Experience working in a content management system environment desired but not required.

*OTHER SPECIAL SKILLS:*
- Proven ability to work quickly under pressure in a fast-paced and rapidly-changing environment;
- Dogged attention to detail and pride in high-quality execution of work;
- Enthusiastic team player who is excited about the possibilities afforded by new technologies;
- Excellent oral and written communication skills, including a superior command of grammar and spelling;
- Sharp, creative, entrepreneurial thinker and problem solver;
- Excellent time management skills and the ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously;
- Ability to work collaboratively and diplomatically with others;
- Passion for public broadcasting programming (PBS or NPR, national or local programming) and public media values.

*JOB OBJECTIVE:*
- Responsible for helping to maximizing the quality and impact of PBS's Internet-based content and services for a general audience, with the intention of helping PBS deliver on its vision of being the most trusted, valued and supported media organization in America. Assist in ensuring the editorial quality and integrity of PBS.org and related programs and services, and help serve the diverse needs of PBS.org and its key program series and stations.

*PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES: *
- Collaborate with external web site producers; serving as a point of contact at PBS Interactive as assigned sites are being developed;
- Participate in team and department projects, especially those tied to the development of general audience content and services for the PBS.org homepage and site "shell";
- Support site updates and launches, including but not limited to publishing and QAing content, reviewing sites, gathering feedback, identifying and proposing solutions to potential problems or issues, managing schedules, assisting in the coordination of online promotional
opportunities; and performing contract and site proposal coordination for PBS.org sites;
- Intelligently evaluate site content prior to launch to ensure compliance with PBS Editorial Guidelines;
- Orient new producers to PBS.org policies and processes;
- Collaborate and provide input on special projects in the new media or digital distribution space;
- Perform other duties as assigned.


WEB DESIGNER WITH STRONG GRAPHIC BACKGROUND

A new, self-financed indie film company is searching for an experienced Web site designer with a strong graphic background. Please send your resume (pdf only) with links to view your work, ASAP, to faith249@aol.com or justice7ca@aol.com

The site will support trailers, clips, epks, etc. We would like to hire before the Spirit Awards.


OPEN CASTING CALL (CHICAGO)

What: OPEN CASTING CALL (for Latinos and non-Latinos) – 4 Chicago directors will be present!!
When: February 10th 2007.
Time: 10am-7pm
How: call 1- 708-681 2005 TO SCHEDULE YOUR AUDITION or email Bryan Tapia at Tapia0211@yahoo.com
Where: Dalia’s Productions; 1805 N Broadway St (19th street); Melrose Park, IL 60160 (above Dolores Tapia-Reyes law office). Near North and 1st Ave.

** Please bring a picture & prepare a short monologue.

Dalia’s Productions Inc has launched a new website at www.daliatapia.com
A company which creates universal media projects that reflect the Latino perspective. We are reaching & bridging English and Spanish speaking markets, nationally and internationally.

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El nuevo sitio de Internet de Producciones Dalia Inc. www.daliatapia.com una compañía que crea historias universales des de la perspectiva de los Latinos. Adquiriendo los mercados de habla hispana e ingles nacionales e internacionales.

Que: AUDICIONES ABIERTAS todos los grupos étnicos están bienvenidos – ¡4 directores de Chicago estarán presente!
Fecha: 10 de febrero del 2007
Hora: 10am -7pm
Llame: PARA HACER SU CITA DE AUDICION llame al 1-708-681-2005 o Envié correo electrónico a Bryan Tapia Tapia0211@yahoo.com
Lugar: Producciones Dalia; 1805 N. Broadway St (19th Street); Melrose Park, IL 60160 (arriba del la oficina de la abogada Dolores Tapia-Reyes) (Cerca de las calles North and 1st)

***Favor de traer una foto de usted y un corto monologo

 

 

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