February 22, 2007

NALIP CONFERENCE 8 DOCUMENTARY PANELS

The National Association of Latino Independent Producers™ Conference 8 is a must-attend event for documentary filmmakers.

Media On The Move: Power For Independents presents a roster of professional documentary panels, a doc pitching forum, and networking. All of this taking place March 8 - 11. Network with panelists that can answer your doc questions, and come see how the Documentary Pitch Forum works.

We are confident you will benefit from fresh insights provided by our panelists. Our unique mix of panels include:

• Budgeting the Unknown: Documentary Planning – find out how to create a sensible and flexible budget for your non-fiction film.
• Documentary Funding: The Money Trail – discussions on how to track down potential money sources, and how to think beyond your present production.
• Pitching Your Documentary: Preparing for Presentation - A "how to" on refining and packaging your idea.
• Documentary Pitch and Sample Tape Forum - A great line up of funders and execs who will give invaluable feedback on preparing for a funding pitch.

Documentary panelists include:
Cara Mertes, Sundance
Simon Kilmurray, POV
Greg Rhem, HBO
Peggy Kim, The History Channel
Roberto Blatt, Canal Spain
Louise Rosen, Louise Rosen LTD.
Evangeline Griego, Sir! No Sir!
Hector Galan, Los Lonely Boys: Cottonfields and Crossroads
Yves Jeanneau, Head of Documentary Studio International

The Conference takes place March 8 – 11 in Newport Beach, California.
More information can be found at www.nalip.org/conference2007/


ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS: CPB/PBS 2007 PRODUCERS WORKSHOP (BOSTON)

The CPB/PBS Producers Workshop at WGBH is an intensive, week-long seminar for producers who create or intend to create works for public broadcasting, either through a public television station or independently. Now in its seventh year, the Workshop is an opportunity for these producers to develop the skills that will benefit them most, through classes and through direct contact with some of public television's most talented personnel.

The definition of "producer" includes producer/writers and producer/directors; individuals who have worked locally as well as nationally, in all genres of programming; professionals who work in video, film, and interactive media; and those who work in studio-based as well as field production.

It is important to note that the Workshop is not for beginners. The program has been designed as advanced training, to hone and upgrade skills at a relatively high level so that the participants can apply these skills to works in progress or in the future.

The goal is to encourage a diverse and talented group of producers who will create new and greater programming achievements in public broadcasting. Many of the Workshop producers have since contributed to public television's signature programming (American Experience, History Detectives, African American Lives, Quest, NOW, P.O.V.). They have made programming for national, regional and local broadcast (The Quiltmakers of Gee’s Bend, New Jersey Legacies, Oregon Field Story) and online (Katrina Film Project, Journey to Planet Earth website). Their independent films (The Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela, Mirror Dance, Grassroots Rising, Dance Party: The Teenarama Story, Learning to Swallow, Miss Navajo) have reached national PBS air and major festival screenings.

Past participants identify the Producers Workshops as a valuable opportunity to meet, to learn, to connect with the larger public television family. As one Workshopper wrote last year, "It was so valuable to hear from [the presenters] in such intimate and concentrated sessions -- I felt really supported." Or, as another put it, "The sessions just zip by and we all wanted them to last longer. By the end, we’d built so many lasting relationships and none of us were eager for it to end, and yet we were all anxious to get back to our work, inspired to produce great films."

This year’s Producers Workshop will be held at WGBH Boston, Saturday, June 16 through Friday, June 22, 2007. The twenty participants will receive scholarship support that includes the cost of the workshop, and reasonable expenses for airfare, hotel accommodations, meals, and ground transportation.

To be considered, applications must be received at PBS by 5:00 pm on Friday, March 30. Details and application forms are available at www.pbs.org/producers


CALL FOR ENTRIES: 9TH ANNUAL SCRIPTAPALOOZA SCREENPLAY COMPETITION

Regular deadline is March 5th
www.scriptapalooza.com

Supported by the Writers Guild of America West, Robert Mckee and Write Brothers Screenplay Software.

Why should you submit your script to Scriptapalooza?
Grand Prize: $10,000
All the reading is done by 60 production companies
Entertainment Weekly calls Scriptapalooza “One of the Best”
Scriptapalooza promotes the top 13 winners for a full year
Five scripts in the 2006 Competition have been OPTIONED
Finalists, semifinalists and quarterfinalists get requested consistently

About Scriptapalooza:
The Scriptapalooza Screenwriting Competition was founded in 1998 and has generated heat, publicity and a reputation that demands respect. Scriptapalooza, Inc., along with its various divisions, was created to nurture talent and create opportunities. Storytellers come from all over the world and from all walks of life, because of the simple fact that everyone has a story. Scriptapalooza’s goal: To seek out that storyteller and honor his or her script with a grand prize of $10,000. Each year dozens of production companies and literary representatives sign on as participants to read our winners, resulting in many scripts being optioned, sold or outright bought.

info@scriptapalooza.com
323/654-5809 (office)
www.scriptapalooza.com

 

STORY DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP - DEADLINE MARCH 1

Interested in sharpening your development skills? Do you have a project that needs an accelerated burst of development?  The National Association of Latino Independent Producers Story Development Workshop may be the workshop you’re looking for. 

Come spend some inspiring time with other filmmakers as talented and ambitious as you.  Don’t miss this truly unique experience to hone your screenwriting development skills.

The workshop is taught by CBS-Paramount Television staffer and UCLA Instructor of Screenwriting, HARRISON REINER, and runs concurrent with Conference 8.  Session times and days include; Friday evening 3/09 from 7:00PM – midnight, Saturday afternoon 03/10 from 9:00AM – 5:00PM with break for lunch) and Sunday morning 03/11 from 8:30AM – 11:00AM.

We'd suggest you apply to attend this unique workshop that doesn't just analyze scripts, but examines in detail the whole collaborative process of getting a story in the right shape to be made.

You must be registered for the conference in order to sign up.  The Conference takes place March 9-12, 2007.  More information can be found on the Conference website.

LAST CHANCE: JAMANLIBRE LATINO FILM CONTEST

Deadline: Extended!
February 23, 2007

Winner will be announced at the NALIP Conference 8 Gala Awards!!

Your character’s dilemma:
You need a new professional camcorder, but lack the dinero for said camcorder.

Your film is brilliant, insightful, true, real, and interesting, but, aside from film festivals and special runs, it’s hard to get public distribution.

The revelation:
The Jamanlibre Latino Film Contest!

Your character’s plot progress:
1. Fill out the online application
2. Receive your entrant number
3. Send in your film (either short or feature-length)

The climax:
Grand Prize! A Panasonic DV Proline Camcorder and featured distribution on Jaman!

Long Format Prizes
- The Grand Prize: Panasonic AG-DVC7 Super-fly Camcorder. It’s smokin’ hot!
- Second Prize: Seagate 500 GB External Hard Drive (for all those future prize-winners)
- Third Prize: Thirty tickets redeemable for Jaman movie rentals.

Short Format Prizes
- First Prize: Panasonic PV-GS300 Camcorder. It’s super fantastico and handheld as heck.
- Second Prize: Seagate 100 GB 3.5 inch Hard Drive.
- Third Prize: Thirty tickets redeemable for Jaman movie rentals.

Runner-Up Prize
All qualified entrants will receive five tickets for movie rental on Jaman.com, redeemable for cinematic-quality, downloadable full-length movies.
First fifty qualified entrants will also receive a portable ram stick!!

 

EVERYONE'S A WINNER AT THE ACADEMY'S PRE-OSCARS SHORTS SCREENING

Feb. 22, 2007 - BEVERLY HILLS (indieWIRE) - Five nights before the February 25th award ceremony, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences kicked off Oscar Week by screening this year's nominated live action and animated short films in front of a sold-out crowd at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. All but two of the directors were on hand to join the post-screening discussion hosted by Taylor Hackford, who hyped the audience by claiming, "You'll never have a better time watching movies than you'll have tonight." Hackford, who won an Academy Award for his live action short "Teenage Father" back in 1978, praised the ten nominated shorts for being "ambitious, very ambitious films" and solicited insider details about inspiration and craft from the attending directors and producers. Full Story here


INSURANCE FOR DOCUMENTARY "FAIR USE"

Feb. 22, 2007 - (Variety.com) - Inspired partly by "This Film Is Not Yet Rated," a veteran showbiz insurer has started offering coverage for documakers, aimed at allowing free use of film clips. Initiative by Media/Professional Insurance is designed to explicitly allow documentarians to retain coverage if they rely on the "fair use" doctrine, which holds that copyrighted material may be used without compensation if it's for purposes of criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship or research. Goal is to enable docus to contain clips without forcing filmmakers to pay hefty licensing or release fees. In the case of "This Film Is Not Yet Rated," filmmaker Kirby Dick included 134 clips without paying fees, which would have probably run in the $10,000-$15,000 range for each clip. Full Story here


KILLER/THINK DEAL BOOSTS LEADING INDIE OUTFITS

Feb. 22, 2007 - LOS ANGELES (indieWIRE) - For indie film insiders on the party circuit in Los Angeles over the next few days, the newly announced partnership between THINKFilm and Killer Films is certainly a deal worth buzzing about. Saying the union will replicate "the structure of a specialty division," insiders at both companies are touting big upsides from the deal which quickly puts THINKFilm into the ballgame as a film producer and at the same time opens up international opportunities for Killer Films. The arrangement shifts THINK's strategy of relying on finished films from the festival circuit to fill its slate. "We decided that the next best thing to having our own production division was to closely align with a top notch production company," noted THINK EVP Randy Manis. Killer partner Christine Vachon noted today that the union will boost her company's production output and allow "access to worldwide distribution at a level that we have never had before."

The terms of the deal, according to insiders, calls for at least a pair of new films over the next two years, but both sides have high hopes for the pact. "We really see this as a longterm relationship," Vachon told indieWIRE today. Under the new pact, Killer will develop and produce films to be financed and distributed worldwide by THINKFilm, effective immediately. The first look pact gives THINK the right to finance any or all of Killer's productions and, where it is not so involved, the company's sales unit will set up the films overseas. While there isn't a set budget range for new films, according to insiders, movies will likely be budgeted at under $10 - 15 million. Full Story here

 

ASSISTANT/ASSOCIATE WANTED AT DISTRIBUTION CONSULTING FIRM

Peter Broderick, independent film consultant and producer, is looking for a smart, self-motivated, and well-organized person to help manage Paradigm Consulting.

Must have excellent people skills and a passion for independent film. Duties include correspondence, scheduling, travel arrangements, research, organizing, and client relations. Proficiency on Mac; solid writing and typing skills essential. Prior filmmaking or web experience a plus; attitude an insurmountable minus.

Opportunity to build valuable contacts, contribute to innovative projects, learn the independent film business, and experience the cutting edge of distribution. Part-time, 3 days a week, approximately 20 hours.

To learn more about Paradigm Consulting, visit www.peterbroderick.com

TO APPLY: email a cover letter and resume (in the body of the email, NOT as an attachment) to: nikki@peterbroderick.com

Please do not call. We will not be able to respond to all applicants and plan to fill the position by mid-March.


STORYBOARD ARTIST NEEDED

Award winning production company Styopa Films needs a talented storyboard artist who is looking for that 'break into the industry' gig, or someone who's looking to add another great credit to a budding career.

We are currently in pre-pro of a very visual feature film with a great cast. Some storyboarding experience is necessary, but talent and an understanding of the medium are most important. You will work closely with the director to take her initial sketches and turn them into artistic renderings of shots and camera angles. You must have examples of your drawings/sketches available to be considered.

Pay will be based on experience.

TO APPLY: please email your experience/verifiable credit list, and (if possible) any relevant websites showcasing your work to: info@tellingfilms.com


TALENT NEEDED FOR COMMERCIAL

What: TV:30
Market: Local - 1 yr Buy Out
Rate: $500 - all inclusive per each day of shooting - includes 1
fitting

Looking for :
Hispanic Man - 70's - or can pass for a grand father
Hispanic Bride - 30's

Auditions: Thursday and Friday 2-22-07/2-22-07 *by appointment only*
Interested in auditioning - please call me Gilda at 210.299.1888


NALIP MEMBER CASTING FOR COMEDY PILOT (MIAMI)

Mare Films Inc . Directed by NALIP member Walter Rodriguez in Miami Florida, is calling young actors and actresses for shooting the pilot of his new comedy SIN DOCUMENTOS.
This is the story of a young latino inmigrant who arrives to Miami to start a better life. Shooting will be in Miami. So local talents are encouraged. Please send contact info and/or reel at: muttsa@hotmail.com

Regards,
Walter Rodriguez
www.walter-rodriguez.com

 

 

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