April 5, 2007

THE 2007 NCLR ALMA AWARDS RETURNS TO ABC WITH HOST AND PRODUCER EVA LONGORIA
All Star Event Airs Tuesday, June 5

The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) – the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the U.S. – will present the 2007 NCLR ALMA Awards featuring many of the entertainment industry’s hottest stars on Tuesday, June 5 (9:00-11:00 p.m. ET) on the ABC Television Network. Television and film superstar Eva Longoria (“Desperate Housewives”) will reprise her roles as host of the event as well as producer.

“It is an honor to return as host of the ALMA Awards and to also be working with NCLR to contribute creatively to the production of the show,” said Longoria. “This year we are going to have an action packed telecast filled with surprises as we celebrate the achievements of the Latino community.” “We are thrilled to be back on ABC and have Eva – one of the most respected, talented, and acclaimed women in the entertainment industry – as our host,” said NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía. “With our stellar production team and support from the Latino community, we are confident that this year’s telecast will be one of the most memorable television events of the year.”

The 2007 NCLR ALMA Awards, which will tape on June 1 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, celebrates the outstanding artistic achievements of Latinos in motion pictures, television, and music. Nominees will be announced at a live press conference in April. In addition to the nominated awards, a series of special achievement honors will also be presented.

The executive producers of "The 2007 ALMA Awards" are Michael B. Seligman, Janet Murguía, and David Chavez. Eva Longoria returns as producer, joined by director Louis J. Horvitz, co-producer/talent Danette Herman, and music producer Scott Igoe.

For more information on the 2007 NCLR ALMA Awards, please visit www.almaawards.com

About NCLR
Founded in 1968, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. The NCLR ALMA (American Latino Media Arts) Awards Presentation is an integral part of that work: a national prime-time ABC Television Network entertainment special with a mission – to show how diversity strengthens our country and how inclusion strengthens the entertainment industry.

The ALMA Awards was created in 1995 as part of NCLR’s strategy to promote the diverse, accurate, and balanced portrayals of Latinos in the media and the enhancement of the Latino image in the entertainment industry. For more information on NCLR, please visit www.nclr.org


FOURTH ANNUAL LATINO DVD CONFERENCE

Bel Age, West Hollywood, CA
APRIL 10, 2007

Hollywood is finally recognizing Latinos. But the talent of Latinos behind and in front of the camera isn’t new to the home entertainment industry, which has been releasing a wealth of Latino films and television programs on DVD for years now. Many of these older films feature the filmmakers and actors now being widely recognized in the mainstream film industry today.

Home Media Magazine, in cooperation with DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, The Hollywood Reporter and the Entertainment Merchants Association (formerly VSDA), is pleased to present the fourth annual Latino DVD Conference.

For the fourth consecutive year, Home Media Magazine is hosting a full day of informational presentations and discussions dedicated to the booming Latino home entertainment market in the United States.

Latino DVD 4 will focus on the growth and evolution of this market, which is nearing $900 billion in purchasing power. In addition to an information-packed market research session, product showcase luncheon and talent-talk panel with filmmakers, Latino DVD 4 will feature a keynote address from a celebrity speaker, along with the Third Annual Latino DVD Awards, which attracted attention from dozens of news outlets around the world.

More than 250 attendees are expected to attend, including top executives with the major studios, independents, distributors, key retailers and other industry leaders.

The event is open to the trade only. Advance registrations fees are $245 for DEG and EMA members and The Hollywood Reporter subscribers, and $295 for all others. Advance registration ends April 3, 2007. After this date, registration fees are $295 for DEG/EMA members and The Hollywood Reporter subscribers, and $345 for nonmembers and nonsubscribers. Special press registration is available to credentialed media by contacting Vicky Bui at vbui@questex.com or 714/338-6734..

Latino DVD 4 brings three Mini Sessions packed with information about the booming Latino home entertainment market:

The Evolution of Latino Content
What makes a Latino film "Latino"? Is it the stars, subject matter or cultural innuendo? Does it matter what country it was made in or who directed it? The answer seems to evolve as we see a broadening variety of Latino-themed films from the non-Latino written and directed Quinceañera to the Spanish-language Pan's Labyrinth Panelists talk about how to best define, categorize and merchandize Latino DVDs for maximum exposure, sales and success.

Marketing Films to Latinos
Increasingly, film studios are hiring marketing teams to specifically target their marketing efforts to Latinos in the United States . Panelists talk about general strategies that work, the effect of the theatrical marketing of a film on DVD sales, how marketing effects consumer purchasing and preferences, and more.

Tuning in to TV: Novelas, Serial Comedies, Reality TV and More
As seen in the general DVD market, the TV DVD genre is booming. It's one of the DVD genres that is showing no signs of slowing down. Novelas are moving a healthy share of units, as are other popular current and classic programs. Panelists will discuss what does well in this niche and why, as well as who is buying what kinds of TV programming, what is being streamed online and what areas have more room for growth.

For more information or to register, visit us at
http://latinodvd.homemediaconferences.com/ or call 888/544-8008


CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: COMEDY SHORTS FOR COMEDYNET.COM

ComedyNet Wants to Feature Your Funny Short Film! ComedyNet (www.comedynet.com) is a new broadband comedy channel that's looking for great funny shorts to feature on our site on a non-exclusive basis.

Submit your latest comedic short films and the best ones will be chosen to be featured on our home page at and seen by and audience of thousands (potentially millions)!

Send us your FUNNY short films, filmed sketches, sitcoms, animation, mockumentaries, original music videos and other funny filmed material!

TO SUBMIT: email ALL the following information to acquisitions@comedynet.com

* Name
* Phone number
* Email address
* Mailing Address
* Title of the short(s)
* URL of the short(s) (and/or indication that you are sending hi-res media via snail mail):
* Credits for the short(s)
* Web site (if you have one)
* 120 character description of your short(s)
* 1 paragraph description of your short(s)
* Confirmation that you are the original creator and owner of the material you have submitted
* Confirmation that you have signed releases for all talent, and rights and clearance for all music used

If you have hi-res, high quality tapes or DVDs of your work, send those via snail mail to:

Featured Videos
ComedyNet
444 Broadway, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10013

Please DON'T Send
* Videos of your cat falling off a table (save that for America's Funniest Videos)
* Pitches, scripts or treatments
* Anything that includes media for which you don't own the rights (e.g. clips from TV shows or films, or anything including music you don't have rights and clearance for).

PLEASE NOTE: You must have signed releases for all talent that appears in your submission and rights and clearance for any music that is used, in any capacity.

For questions and more information, please visit:
www.ComedyNet.com
or email:
erink@comedynet.com


CALL FOR ENTRIES: FILMAKA.COM APRIL CONTEST "THE SECRET"

The topic for Filmaka.com's April contest is "The Secret."  All entries must be 1-3 minutes in length, and must be uploaded by midnight PST, April 30, 2007.  The top 15-20 filmmakers each month have a chance at the annual grand prize:  a feature film contract.

Filmaka.com is an international competition, which accepts films in 10 different languages.  Our award winning jury includes Werner Herzog, Neil LaBute, Paul Schrader, Wim Wenders, and John Madden.

Entry is free for students: email info@filmaka.com from your school issued email for more information.

Visit www.filmaka.com to view past contest entries, and for complete contest rules.

 

 

PRIMERA COMUNION receives Jury’s Special Mention at the Guadalajara International Film Festival

PRIMERA COMUNION, written and directed by Daniel Eduvijes Carrera was selected from a competitive slate of thirty Mexican short films to receive Special Mention and an additional post-closing screening at the XXIInd annual Guadalajara International Film Festival. In PRIMERA COMUNION, a dark, stylized drama that harkens back to classical Mexican cinema, a young outsider is confronted with the harsh rituals of a rustic Mexican village where cruelty underlies street-life and Catholicism alike. Filmed on location in historic Atlatlahucan, Morelos, the film is Daniel’s graduate thesis film from Columbia University in the City of New York.

Tune into KPFK 90.7 Pacifica Radio, Sunday April 8 from 2:00-3:00 pm for “For the Record” where Daniel will be discussing his film, Film Independent’s Project: Involve and an upcoming Director’s Showcase which will feature PRIMERA COMUNION in Downtown LA’s Redcat theater!


ANTONIO RIVERO'S "ELECTRONICA" IN iPOD FILM FEST

The 2007 iPod Film Festival selected 25 films from 7 different countries and one of those chosen films was "Electronica", which was Directed by Antonio Rivero. NALIP member Antonio Rivero (aka Anthony Rivero Stabley) was also the Writer-Producer and is best known as the Production Designer of Sergio Arau's "A Day Without A Mexican".

"Electronica" is a musically charged journey into the seedy side of Hollywood starring Amy Rose Drucker and Najarra Townsend (Me and You and Everyone We Know). It was was Produced by Super Grande Films and is up for "Best Indie Film" in the competition.

You can show your support for "Electronica" by visiting the Festival website here.

Also keep an eye out for Antonio Rivero's Pop Art Comedy "Marta's Sex Tape". It stars Pilar Padilla (Bread & Roses) and will be out later this year. Final touches for its release are in the works. MST was Produced by Mariana Kahlo, Marco Niro and Mario De Mendoza in Mexico City.

UNAUTHORIZED AMERICAN IDOL DVD DOC FROM NALIPSTER

Considering the media's feverish discussion of all things American Idol (Go, Sanjaya!), I thought it worth mentioning a documentary I wrote and produced for Associated Television International entitled, American Idol: Unauthorized. The 4 hour two disc DVD includes interviews with Corey Clark, Kimberly Caldwell, Scott Savol, Ed McMahon and more. The project kicks up more than a little dirt and dust.

Check out the website for more information.

This project is on the heels of two other "Unauthorized" documentaries on NASCAR and the WWE.

Carlos Aguilar
Producer
Associated Television International
www.associatedtelevision.com

 

"GRINDHOUSE" WILD CARD AT BOX OFFICE

Apr. 4, 2007 - (Variety) - Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez's "Grindhouse" will aim to grind out the B.O. bucks this weekend for the Weinstein Co., but the movie's three-hour-plus runtime and unorthodox two-pics-in-one format may flummox some auds. Core fans of the directing duo should give the film a solid launch for TWC, which said Wednesday it is adding 10 p.m. Thursday shows of "Grindhouse" in 13 markets to meet demand from ticket buyers. Hard R-rated pic, budgeted at about $53 million, includes Rodriguez's zombie movie "Planet Terror" and Tarantino's action-horror pic "Death Proof," separated by a string of fake trailers and ads by guest genre helmers. But it remains to be seen whether younger auds will respond to an ode to exploitation pics from an era they don't remember. And the movie's runtime means fewer screenings over the frame for exhibs. Full Story here


"GOLDEN DOOR" OPENS FOR SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Apr. 3, 2007 - (indieWIRE) - The San Francisco International Film Festival announced a robust lineup for the festival's 50th edition during a press conference Tuesday at the Westin St. Francis Hotel, with 200 films on the roster from 54 countries, and awards in more than 13 categories showing at a variety of locations, but centered at the new Sundance Cinemas Kabuki. As described by San Francisco Film Society executive director Graham Leggat, director of programming Linda Blackaby, and programming associates Sean Uyehara and Rod Armstrong, the festival kicks off April 26th with a screening of Emanuele Crialese's Venice award-winning "Golden Door," followed by a party in San Francisco's City Hall.

SFIFF's golden edition closes May 10th with Olivier Dahan's Edith Piaf biopic, "La vie en rose," which opened the Berlinale '07 in February. The fest's centerpiece film is Tom DiCillo's satire "Delirious" with Steve Buscemi and Michael Pitt as paparazzi. As reported earlier, its slate of awardees includes Bay Area heavyweights, up-and-comers, and literati, including George Lucas (one-time-only Irving M. Levin Award), Spike Lee (Film Society Directing Award), Robin Williams (Peter J. Owens Award), Peter Morgan (Kanbar Award), Rosario Dawson/Sam Rockwell (Midnight Awards), Heddy Honigmann (Golden Gate Persistence of Vision Award), and film historian Kevin Brownlow (Mel Novikoff Award). Full Story here


SLEEPLESS NIGHTS AHEAD

Apr. 4, 2007 - (indieWIRE) - Foreign-language cinema got another vote of no confidence yesterday, with the announcement of Dreamachine, a new film company formed out of the merger of international sales outfit Celluloid Dreams with U.K.-based HanWay Films. While the fusion of the two entities creates a formidable global financing, producing and sales outfit, lead by two of the brightest cinephiles in the business (Celluloid Dream's Hengameh Panahi and HanWay's Jeremy Thomas, producer of "The Last Emperor," "Sexy Beast," and "Naked Lunch," among others), the union also signals a move away from the foreign art cinema that defined Celluloid, long a destination for both burgeoning and veteran auteurs, from Francois Ozon and Jia Zhang-Ke to Takeshi Kitano and Abbas Kiarostami. Full Story here

 

PROJECT MANAGER, FAMILY LITERACY (NEW YORK)

Job Title: PROJECT MANAGER, FAMILY LITERACY
Organization: Thirteen/WNET New York
Location: New York, NY
Salary: FT Regular

Job Description: Thirteen/WNET New York has an immediate opening for a Project Manager, Family Literacy in its Education unit. The individual selected will be responsible for project management activities for a number of Thirteen's Education projects, including Ready to Lead in Literacy, the Reading Partnership Project, and a new Ready to Learn initiative.

The Project Manager chosen will be expected to perform project management activities including program reach, reporting, budget and scope. He or she will supervise an administrative assistant and other Family Literacy project-based staff, volunteers, and unit interns; supervise the scheduling of direct-service workshops, both on- and off-site; and develop, facilitate and deliver professional development trainings using established public television programming and early literacy elements. The Project Manager chosen will be expected to write, or supervise the writing of, monthly lesson plans; supervise website maintenance and updates; and research and develop a comprehensive "Parent Involvement" component to expand education mission and goals. He or she will represent the Family Literacy unit to professional groups and associations in the New York City area (NYCDOE Office of Parent Engagement, Office of School Improvement, Head and Even Start supervisory groups); explore and obtain new areas of funding, project development and institutionalization of current projects with new and existing partners; provide bilingual and translation skills to reach targeted low-income and English Language Learner (ELL) families and children; and co-lead Thirteen's participation in at least one large-scale event per year involving families and children in our targeted communities.

Candidates must have a Bachelor's degree, three (3) years of project management experience or an equivalent combination of academic and professional experience, and some supervisory experience. Excellent presentation, oral and written communication, and organizational skills and a knowledge of multimedia platforms are a must. Candidates must be able to work weekends and evenings as necessary to fulfill unit goals. Additionally, they must be willing to travel to Long Island and surrounding metro-area for trainings. Fluency in another language, preferably Spanish, both written and spoken forms, is a must. Candidates preferred are those with experience in early childhood education and literacy, children's media and/or curriculum development; experience creating partnerships/community coalition building and familiarity with the grant writing/reporting process.

TO APPLY: please send resume and cover letter with salary requirements to:
Manager, Employee Recruitment & Communications
Thirteen/WNET New York
450 West 33rd Street 6th Floor
New York, NY 10001-2605
Fax: (212) 560-1350
jobs@thirteen.org

Tell us how you were referred to us!

When applying via e-mail, please indicate the title of the position for which you wish to be considered in the subject line of your message.

No phone calls, please.

Organization Web Site: www.thirteen.org


SCRIPTS WANTED - LOW BUDGET SCI-FI

London Pictures, Ltd. is looking for completed sci-fi screenplays. The only criterion is that the budget for shooting the film will be about 200K.

Previous credits include: 'Burning Light' (2006) and 'Blinded' (2004).

TO SUBMIT:
1. Please go to www.InkTippro.com/leads
2. Enter your email address (you will be signing up for InkTip's newsletter - FREE!)
3. Copy/Paste this code: dmfzwsr98z
4. You will be submitting a logline and synopsis only, and you will be contacted to submit the full script only if there is interest from the production company.


CASTING: LATINA TO HOST MAJOR CABLE NETWORK SHOW

I am looking for a new face, to be the Host for a Major Nework...(can't say which one yet) trying to find someone NEW!!

BREAKDOWN:
FEMALES, Must be LATINA 18 to 25, Bi-lingual, sexy "J.Lo" type.
More important than experience are good improv skills, witty, charismatic and a good knowledge of Hispanic music and pop culture.

This is a well paid position.

TO APPLY: email headshot, compcard, or other pictures, with your contact phone number to:
realitycasting2001@yahoo.com


MAKE-UP ARTIST FOR SHORT

For a short film, "Look at Me". No makeup effects, only basic women's makeup. Some pay. Shoot dates: beginning of May, approx. 2 weekends.

Sleepy Lagoon Productions
Jaime Avelar

TO APPLY: send Resumes or portfolios, websites etc. to jimfilm13@yahoo.com or call 323-218-8192

 

 

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