January 23, 2007

"LA MISMA LUNA," AFTER SMASH SUNDANCE PREMIERE, PICKED UP BY FOX SEARCHLIGHT AND THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY

There was not a dry eye in the house for the Sundance premiere of Patricia Riggen’s poignant film LA MISMA LUNA. Written by NALIP mentor Lighia 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, an immigrant laboring in the mansions of the Los Angeles elite. With a star-studded Mexican cast including Nalip LPA Fellows Kate del Castillo and America Ferrara, Mexican comedy star Eugenio Derbez, Mario Almada, Carmen Salinas, Jesse Garcia and even a cameo by “Los Tigeres del Norte”, MISMA LUNA is a rare gem of a film that, in the spirit of true drama (written / produced by NALIP member Villalobos) has the audience laughing and crying simultaneously. It comes as no surprise that, in a $5 million deal, LA MISMA LUNA was acquired Monday in a joint deal by Fox Searchlight and the Weinstein Company, marking an enormous achievement for this uniquely symmetrical Mexico-U.S.coproduction.


CALL FOR ENTRIES: SOUTHERN CIRCUIT - TOUR OF INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS

Deadline: Mar. 15, 2007

Southern Circuit provides independent filmmakers living in the United States with the paid opportunity to tour throughout the Southeastern U.S. screening their work for new audiences and engaging those audiences in discussions about the work and its creation. Filmmakers selected for the 2007-2008 Southern Circuit will receive: a $300 fee for each screening on the tour (total screening fees average between $1,800 and $2,400); paid travel expenses (domestic airfare and car rental) for the tour; per diem for meals and lodging expenses. Visit the website for more information and to apply.


CALL FOR ENTRIES: SHORT CIRCUIT - TOUR OF SHORT FILMS

Deadline: Mar. 15, 2007

Short Circuit - Tour of Short Films spotlights outstanding short films (under 45 minutes) by filmmakers living in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Short films selected for the 2007-2008 Short Circuit tour will serve be screened for audiences in communities throughout the Southeastern United States. Filmmakers whose work is selected for the 2007-2008 Short Circuit will receive a $200 honorarium. Visit the website for more information and to apply.


ORLANDO LATIN AMERICA FILM & HERITAGE FESTIVAL (OLA FEST)

Experience five days of 'magical urbanism' in the heart of downtown Orlando, with some of the best films, music and artists for your enrichment and celebration of culture and heritage.

Expose your soul to the idealism, intimacy and depth of OLA FEST 2007.
February 14-18, 2007
www.olafest.org

NALIPsters ON VIEW

Everyone likes to share their work! So we created a curated opportunity to screen your shorts, your experimental projects, your works-in-progress at each Conference. Presented in the program with your contact info and photo, it's a great opportunity! So sign up now for the Conference 8 NALIPsters On View.

The deadline is quickly approaching so don't miss this chance to shine. NALIPsters On View is not a festival, but we celebrate NALIP memberss work and show it off for execs, friends and funders. Submit your DVD for a curated spot in the NALIPsters Screening Room by February 2, 2007, so you can invite your fans! Conference 7 exhibited talented NALIPsters like Arnie Reyes with "I Feel your Pain," Shawna Baca with "3:52," and Paul Espinosa with "California & the American Dream." You can be next! Simply go to the Conference 8 website, click on the REGISTRATION link, and sign-up.

You must be registered for Conference 8 to be considered for NALIPsters On View. Early Bird Rates Still Available.


"BABEL" AND "PAN'S LABYRINTH" TOP LIST OF OSCAR NOMINATIONS!

Latinos boast an impressive showing this year among Oscar nominees. They include:

Best Picture: "Babel"
Actress: Penelope Cruz, "Volver"
Supporting Actress: Adriana Barraza, "Babel"
Directing: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, "Babel"
Foreign Language Film: "Pan's Labyrinth," Mexico
Adapted Screenplay: Alfonso Cuaron and Timothy J. Sexton and David Arata and Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, "Children of Men"
Original Screenplay: Guillermo Arriaga, "Babel"; Guillermo del Toro, "Pan's Labyrinth"
Art Direction: "Pan's Labyrinth"
Cinematography: "Children of Men", "Pan's Labyrinth"
Original Score: "Babel," Gustavo Santaolalla; "Pan's Labyrinth," Javier Navarrete
Film Editing: "Children of Men"
Makeup: "Pan's Labyrinth"
Live Action Short Film: "Binta and the Great Idea (Binta Y La Gran Idea)," "Eramos Pocos (One Too Many)"

And NALIP documentary mentor Fernanda Rossi doctored RECYCLED LIFE, nominated today for an Oscar as well!

 

IN QUOTES: 2007 OSCAR NOMINEES

Jan. 23, 2007 - (BBC News) - The nominees for the 79th Academy Awards have been announced in a dawn ceremony in Los Angeles. Musical drama "Dreamgirls" leads the pack with eight nominations, while Mexican fantasy epic "Pan's Labyrinth" has seven. Dame Helen Mirren joins Kate Winslet and Dame Judi Dench on the best actress shortlist, while Leonardo DiCaprio and Forest Whitaker head the male nominees. Contenders for best film are "The Queen," "Last King Of Scotland," "Babel," "Letters from Iwo Jima" and "Little Miss Sunshine."

Here is what some of the key nominees had to say about their selection:
"If each one of them got nominated on their own, that would be great, but the fact that they all did - that's just too much for one little girl this early in the morning."
- Shortlist presenter Salma Hayek on a raft of nominations for Hispanic actors and Spanish-language films.
Full Story here


LIVING LIFE ONE STUNT AT A TIME

Jan 22, 2007 - (The Journal News) - To many people, getting paid to perform stunts in a movie or TV show would be the dream job of a lifetime, filled with glamorous Hollywood stars, travel to exotic locales and exciting adventures. But to Manny Siverio, "It's a job like anything else," he says. "People look at it like it's a cool job, and in some ways it is," he concedes. In pursuing his dream of working in show business, Cortlandt Manor-resident Manny Siverio became a pioneer in the field of stunt work as one of the profession's few Hispanics. Full Story here


BERNAL SHINES IN MODERN RETELLING OF CAIN AND ABEL STORY

Jan. 19, 2007 - (Channel NewsAsia) - The problem with building a film around a Biblical story is that at some point, the parallel becomes redundant. And so it is with The King, which is neither about Elvis Presley nor the companion piece of the Brit drama, The Queen. Rather, it's a modern retelling of the Cain and Abel story, aptly set in Corpus Christi. Gael Garcia Bernal plays Elvis, recently discharged from the navy and the bastard son of a preacher man, David Sandow (William Hurt). Full Story here


PARK CITY '07 INTERVIEW : CHRISTOPHER ZALLA

Jan. 21, 2007 - PARK CITY (indieWIRE) - "Padre Nuestro," directed by Christopher Zalla, tells the story of Juan, who flees Mexico by hopping a truck transporting illegals to New York City. On the way there, Juan befriends Pedro, and later enters New York as a completely different man. The story develops into "a provocative tale of stolen identity and fate," according to the Sundance Film Festival, and "is also an insightful examination of the human longing to be loved." The film is screening in the Dramatic Competition category. Full Story here


ART DIRECTOR'S GUILD ANNOUNCES 2006 AWARDS NOMINATIONS

Jan. 18, 2007 - LOS ANGELES (Market Wire) - The Art Directors Guild (ADG) today announced nominations in eight categories of Production Design for motion pictures, television and commercials competing in ADG's 11th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards for 2006. Black-tie ceremonies announcing winners will take place Saturday, February 17, from the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. The event will be hosted by Steven Weber ("Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip"). Full Story here


IFC FIRST TAKE ACQUIRES "DRAMA/MEX"

Jan. 19, 2007 - (indieWIRE) - IFC Entertainment has acquired all North American rights to Gerardo Naranjo's Drama/Mex, which is slated to join IFC First Take, the day and date distribution banner which simulataneously premieres theatrically and on local cable's On Demand platform. Shot in the seedy tourist town of Acapulco, "Drama/Mex" is a film where the separate stories of a 15-year-old runaway, a suicidal old man and a young couple are connected at various points in time, creating an interwoven narrative. "'Drama/Mex' is a beautifully told story explored with fresh and provocative style," said IFC Entertainment President Jonathan Sehring in a prepared statement. "It represents the true independent spirit of filmmaking and fits beautifully into the First Take slate."


CHITA RIVERA, 74, TOPS TODAY'S LIST OF CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Jan. 23, 2007 - (OCresgister.com) - Chita Rivera, 74, tops today's list of celebrity birthdays The first Hispanic woman to receive a Kennedy Center Honors award, she also has won two Tony Awards. Actress and dancer Chita Rivera is 74. Full Story here

 

LOOKING FOR LATINO VJs

LATV is going NATIONAL.... Got what it takes to be a VJ? Come to the open casting call Friday, January 26th from 10-5pm.

LATV offices
2323 Corinth Ave
West Los Angeles, CA 90064

Appointment not needed but highly recommended. If interested, send your headshots to casting247365@earthlink.net or call 310-943-5288 ext. 455


CASTING CALL: FROM FRANK ARAGON OF 1211 PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT

The story is of a rags to riches immigrant who seeks more then just a better life in America but an Entrepreneurship that leads to millions. This is based upon a true story. Frank Aragon will write, produce and direct.

This is a very-low budget project with mostly deferred pay and $75.00 a day. The project will be shot in HD. All actors must make some weekends and some weekdays available for shooting.

They are seeking the following:

Juan; 20-30 an immigrant seeking a better life in America, a rebel, a risk-taker, his limitation's are only what he sets upon himself.

Marisol; 20-30 an immigrant who only dreams of taking care of her family. Beautiful, dark skinned. A nurse in a hospital.

Joe Vitittoe; 30-50 a lawyer with a heart and love for Latins, plays a pivotal role in Juan's success.

Mary; 15-20 The object of Juan's affection, and inspiration, she works in a funeral home as a receptionist.

Pablo; 25-35 a member of the Mexican consulate who is given a hand by a stranger and returns the favor that will change Juan's life forever.

Stephanie; 19-30 a prostitute, a girl who comes from a rough life and hates most men, except Juan. Preferably a White girl but can also be Latina.

Company can be contacted via email at:
info@1211entertainment.com
or visit www.1211entertainment.com

Please send headshots to:
1211 Pictures Entertainment
"Immigrant Story"
2212 Fulton St.
Monterey Park, CA 91755
Attn: CASTING


SAN DIEGO LATINO FILM FESTIVAL VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Stop in & we will find you something to help us out with, including telephone work, internet research, event planning, marketing design work, flyer distribution, preparing packets for mailing, and other pre-festival work! Don't be shy... just stop by.

921 25th Street
San Diego, CA
Cross Street - Broadway
(619) 230-1938

IMPORTANT DATES FOR VOLUNTEERS

Jan 2 - Mar 25
Office Assistance : M-F 9-5

February 22
Media Kick Off Event

March 3
Volunteer Orientation @ Theatre 10 AM

March 7
Theatre Set Up

March 8 - 18
Festival Expo Tent
Theatre Activities
Sonido Latino Events
Arte Latino Events
Filmmaker Workshops
Guest Transportation

March 19
Festival Breakdown

March 20 - 30
Festival Wrap Up

April (TBA)
Volunteer Recognition
Party

 

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