HBO has teamed with The New York Interntaional Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) to foster the production of films by Latino filmmakers and/or about the Latino experience. The HHO/NYILFF short film competition is an opportunity where the winner will recieve $15,000 in funding to produce and deliver his/her original short film narrative. The completed final film will be considered for exhibiion this summer at the 2007 New York International Latino Film Festival and on any of the HBO programming serivces.
The HBO/NYILFF Short Film Competition is open to U.S. and international entrants 18 years and older. Only original scripts will be accepted and must be written in English by a person of Latino descent or focus on the Latino experience, and entrant must hold all rights to material. The screenplay cannot be more than twelve (12) pages long and final film cannot exceed a maximum running time of five (5) minutes. Screenplay and work produced must not have had previous cable, television or internet exhibition, won awards at any other festival or been previously submitted to the HBO/NYILFF Short Film Competition.
Each entry must be accompanied by two (2) completed submission forms, $10.00 fee, two (2) copies of screenplay, one (1) PDF of screenplay on CD-ROM, filmmaker bio and photo, director's reel or last short film produced (DVD NTSC only), and one (1) executed HBO/NYILFF Short Film Competition release form. There is no limit to the number of entries that can be submitted (see rules for more specifics). Entries must be postmarked by May 11, 2007 and mailed to HBO/NYILFF SHORT FILM COMPETITION, c/o The New York International Latino Film Festival, 419 Lafayette Street, 3rd Floor, New York, N.Y. 10003.
Applicants will be notified if their screenplay has been selected by May 26, 2007. For official rules, regulations and submission forms, log on to http://www.nylatinofilm.com/.
Last year, NALIPster Hugo Perez received the $15,000 grant from HBO to produce and direct a short film based on his original script "Betty La Flaca," a humorous take at a young Latina's efforts to change her body image. His film won praise throughout the festival's celebrations.
The Academy Foundation's Institutional Grants Program has awarded a total of $500,250 to 56 film-related nonprofit organizations, including universities, museums and career development programs, throughout the United States, in Canada and for the first time, in the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Organizations receiving grants include Outfest ($3,000); American Film Institute (LA) directing workshop for women ($20,000); Film Independent ($15,000) for a mentoring and training program; Writers Guild Foundation ($12,500) for educational programs; Film Arts Foundation, San Francisco ($10,000) for production workshops; IFP in New York ($10,000) for its "Rough Cut" film lab mentoring program; National Association of Latino Independent Producers, Santa Monica ($10,000); Toronto International Film Festival Group Foundation ($8,000) for its touring screening program; Austin Film Festival ($7,500); Brooklyn Academy of Music ($7,500); Film Forum, New York ($7,500); IFP/Chicago ($7,500); IFP/Minnesota ($7,500) among many others. For a full list of grants, visit the Academy's website.
Taller Boricua and Galleriacemi.com present Barrio Cinema
with a Special Sneak Preview Screening of
Thursday, May 3rd @ 7PM
@ Julia de Burgos Cultural Center
106th Street and Lexington Avenue in El Barrio, NYC
$7 with limited seating so please come early
Q&A with filmmakers to follow the screening
Post 9/11 definitions, ideas and notions of terrorism are challenged in this highly controversial and experimental film. Machetero is an allegorical narrative that follows French journalist Jean Dumont played by Isaach de Bankolé (The Keeper, Ghost Dog, Coffee and Cigarettes, Manderlay) to a New York prison where he interviews Pedro Taino a so called "Puerto Rican Terrorist" played by Not4Prophet (lead singer of the Puerto Punk band RICANSTRUCTION). Pedro is a self-described Machetero fighting to free Puerto Rico from the yoke of United States colonialism. He is obsessed with freedom, freedom for his country, his people and for himself. Jean questions Pedro about his decisions to use violence as a means to achieve that freedom. Jean utilizes a global perspective in questioning Pedro with examples of achieving his goals through more peaceful means but Jean soon finds that Pedro is well versed in liberation struggles from around the world and the debate over the use of violence as a catalyst for change continues between them.
As Jean and Pedro speak, another story unfolds. A ghetto youth played by Kelvin Fernandez (in his first starring role) grows up in the ghetto streets doing what he has to do to survive. The ghetto youth crosses paths with Pedro who sees the potential in him. Pedro tries to provide the means for him to grow into the next generation of Machetero by giving him a pamphlet Pedro wrote called the Anti-Manifesto. The ghetto youth reads the Anti-Manifesto and it reawakens a revolutionary spirit instilled in him from childhood by a mentor in Puerto Rico played by former Puerto Rican Prisoner of War Dylcia Pagan (who did 20 years in US prisons in the fight to free Puerto Rico). The ghetto youth becomes a young rebel and the cause to liberate his people becomes a driving force in his life. And while Jean and Pedro’s debate rages on, the cycle of violence that begins in the exploitation and subjugation of imperialism becomes complete in the life of another ghetto youth turned revolutionary.
The structure of Machetero is built around songs from the album, “Liberation Day”, a concept album centered on the liberation struggle of Puerto Rico, written and preformed by RICANSTRUCTION. The songs in the film took on the quality of a narrative voice becoming a modern day Greek chorus. RICANSTRUCTION also provides a completely improvised original score that moves from hardcore be-bop punk to layered haunting and abstract Afro-Rican rhythms.
Machetero is about terrorism and terrorists and how they are defined and by whom. It’s a film that’s asking us to challenge the way in which we view the events that play out in the world. It’s a film about the cyclical nature of violence that’s perpetuated by those who choose to oppress and those who no longer wish to be oppressed.
NALIP member, Begonya Plaza's 40 minute documentary film, "Gernika Lives" will air April 26, 2007, on the HITN TELEVISION NETWORK, (Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network) to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Bombing of Guernica.
Gernika Lives is a 40-minute documentary filmed on Hi8 and digital video, over the span of 20 years. This doc is about the bombing of Gernika and the Basque people of Euskadi in northern Spain. The Basques are the indigenous tribesmen of Europe and Gernika is the heart of Euskadi. Gernika was blazed mercilessly pre -Spanish Civil War by combined Nazi - Fascist forces, killing a third of the townspeople. It was the initial test of the Nazi strategy called blitzkrieg that prompted Picasso to paint the famous work of art. This film is made up of interviews with the survivors, as they remember that horrific day on April 26, 1937 and explore what it means to them being Basque and a part of a defamed culture. From New York, Basque writer and historian, Mario de Salegui and American actor/ activist, John Randolph, contribute their thoughts on that horrific historical attack, and The Spanish Civil War.
"This is my personal life long journey. As a child my father told me of the horrors he experienced when suddenly in midday, bombs were attacking his home, and his precious village, Gernika, the holy city of the Basques. Now, 20 years later and deeply affected by the events of 9/11, I realize the importance of this film and its relevance to our recent terror attacks. By exposing the impact and damage that violence inflicts on our fragile humanity, with this film I hope to stimulate compassion and peace throughout" Begonya Plaza
New York's Time Warner channel: 811 or National Satellite / Direct TV channel: 438 You can also visit: www.hitn.tv/getting_hitn_en.php
KINO.digital, the special-effects boutique of Nalipster filmmaker Joaquin "Kino" Gil is busy integrating the real world, shot on 24p NTSC 16:9 DV25 in the Joshua Tree desert, Marina del Rey and a green- screen room with the fantastic world required by the story, digitally created in the tiny Marina del Rey faciliy known for its contributions to documentary and feature indie work.
The Outsider is raw sci-fi myth: The story of a duel to the death between an unarmed, pregnant woman and a fully armed cyborg and how a whole race got erased in an instant. It is also, in typical fashion with this filmmaker, the story of a contest between creation and destruction and the kinds of things that are relevant to each.
Catie Boles is Gia Banner, an ace pilot doing long, solitary tours as a scout behind enemy space lines. Bitter over the loss of her best friend she refuses backup and gives chase to a lone alien explorer, but ends out in a strange, timeless environment where she has to face her enemy in the ultimate death match, species against species, for the right of a place in the Universe.
Most of the story is visual. Words, dialogue, when used, is a "time compressor" device, to accelerate the "showing" of new info, but image, with or without music is the thing. Miss Boles' "Banner" appears in almost every scene in the film, but her spoken lines add up to less than half a dozen pages. "the Director lets you do whatever you want, but you really have to bring subtle stuff up," she reflects. "Very intense. Some days it doesn't work at all. One has to feel just right for the camera to see it."
The support cast includes Sci-Fi's best voice, Mashari Laila Bain, "My Name is Earl"'s Lacy Baxter and NALIP's own Monica Espinosa along with actresses Kari Zander, Tracy Mueller and Gloria Rodriguez-Gil
Questioned on the choice of cast, which features only actresses and no actors, the filmmaker shrugs. "By the time we noticed, it was kind of a mythology thing in the film. A magic that grew by itself out of the people who were attracted to the project to begin with."
The film blends liberal doses of CGI with the live-action material, using a range of techniques that include every trick in the book. This is not simply an "effects-heavy" indie, every shot on the film has some elements created in animation, from the alien contender itself ("A sort of brain with an eye riding around on a little flying saucer, with more fold-out menace than a Swiss-Army knife") to the spaceships and future world around the main characters.
"A main condition is that the computer-animated elements must retain an animated look, sort of like a very high end video game, with very detailed and artistic cinematography but no attempt to "fake" reality but rather to integrate a fantastic look using symbols we all can agree on. In a previous century I might have added all those elements as hand-drawn animation rather than photographic effects to retain the style. We are getting a lot of good reaction. "
The film will premiere in the Summer, 2007.
The Silverlake Film Festival presents...
Future Estrellas Children’s Workshop Curated by Henry K. Priest
Saturday, May 5th 11:00am-1:15pm
Citibank Building 2450 Glendale Blvd. Silver Lake, CA 90039
Price: Free to pre-registered attendees.
Registration: This workshop is limited to 30 participants. If you are interested in participating you must pre-register by May 1st by emailing: CoachPriest@hotmail.com
ABOUT FUTURE ESTRELLAS Future Estrellas means Future Stars in Spanish. This workshop is designed to assist children who are beginning a career in acting or others that have already began their career and are looking to further developing their craft. The event is presented in English for any child actor and their parent to attend.
11:00am – 12:00pm Casting Director Workshop
The ins and outs of a casting session: Talent agent Jaime Ferrar of the JFA Agency will present a workshop where participants can learn the tricks to success during an audition as he shares his insight and guides students through a casting session. Parents are encouraged to attend.
12:15pm - 1:15pm Panel Discussion
Making your way as a child actor: Panelist will consist of representatives of reputable acting schools, theater companies, dramatic arts schools, and community organizations that will help young performers get the training they need. Also, young working actors and well known celebrities will share their knowledge and inspire the next generation by sharing their insight. Featured panelists include Emily Rios, star of Quinceanera (Grand Jury winner at Sundance Film Festival ’06), agent Jaime Ferrar (JFA agency), Casting Director Rosalinda Morales (Farmore Casting). Parents are encouraged to attend.
ABOUT SILVER LAKE FILM FESTIVAL
Silver Lake Film Festival, a nonprofit arts organization, was established in 2000 to provide a showcase for truly independent-alternative films in the entertainment capital of the world. Seven years later, the festival has evolved into Los Angeles’ leading independent film, music & art festival, and the only major media arts event in the city’s hip and burgeoning Eastside, which includes Silver Lake, Los Feliz, Echo Park, Hollywood and Downtown.
For more information on the 7th Annual Silver Lake Film Festival, please visit: http://www.SilverlakeFilmFestival.org
ARIZONA PREMIERE IN TUCSON: MAY 1ST, 2007 - 7:30PM
AT THE LOFT CINEMA - DOWNSTAIRS THEATER
Coinciding with Immigrants Rights Day.
"AMERICAN HARVEST" (the Real Truth About Immigrant America.)
FEATURE LENGTH DOCUMENTARY
THERE WILL BE A BRIEF INTRODUCTION AND Q&A TO FOLLOW THE SCREENING BY THE DIRECTOR, ANGELO MANCUSO.
TICKETS ARE $8.50 AND ARE AVAILABLE AT THE LOFT BOX-OFFICE. http://www.loftcinema.com
At the screening you may wish to make a donation to the AFSC's Tucson Office who was interviewed in this film. http://afsc.org/az/default.htm
THIS IS MORE THAN A FILM. IT'S AN ISSUE.
The filmmakers shot extensively on the Tohono O'Odham Reservation, Sonora Mexico and Tucson as well as 15,000 miles traversing the country from Florida to Arizona to New York.
This film explores illegal immigration as it relates to agriculture.
The objective of this movie is to educate while entertaining Americans of "the Real Truth About Immigrant America," the importance of immigration reform, immigrants to our country and their role on America's farms.
You can view our trailer and find more details at http://www.americanharvestmovie.com/
For further information contact:
White Hot Films
76 East Blvd. Suite B-4
Rochester, NY 14610
American Harvest - Synopsis
Anti-immigration sentiment sweeps across America. A journey from Florida to New York, including a trip to the Mexican border, reveals the lives and issues of legal and illegal migrants and farmers working toward a better life. Is the immigration system in America flawed? Immigrants are dying to feed America.
American farmers and agriculture rely on immigrants to do jobs that Americans won’t do or feel that are simply beneath them. Some only see the problems in the news from the perspective of those extreme points of view of the left and the right side of our political system.
Discrimination of immigrants has existed in the United States since the English persecuted the Irish. It was once generally considered that if you were Greek or Southern Italian you were not white. American Harvest points out the inconsistencies of the current policy on immigration. See the changing face of immigrant America as it relates to Agriculture. Follow legal and illegal farm workers and the farmers caught in the middle of a flawed immigration policy.
Who: Writer/Director Richard LaGravenese, Teacher Erin Gruwell
What: StoryMakers Studio presents “Freedom Writers”
When: Wednesday, May 9 – 7:30 PM
Where: Grauman’s Chinese Theatres Complex at Hollywood & Highland
Why: StoryMakers Studio salutes Erin Gruwell, the real teacher portrayed by Academy Award winning actress Hilary Swank. Gruwell is renowned educator whose experiences with a group of supposedly “unteachable” kids at Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach became the basis of the critically acclaimed motion picture “Freedom Writers.” She is also the founder of the Freedom Writers Foundation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to inspire and reach those students who might otherwise be left behind.
In light of the recent Don Imus debacle and his bigoted statements about the Rutgers women’s basketball team, it’s important to put light on the polar opposite of Imus’ disrespect.
“Freedom Writers” is about respect and empowerment. Here was a group of kids the so-called experts saw as unteachable losers. Thanks to the passion and dedication of a very real woman, every one of those “unteachable” kids got into college when everyone else around them saw a life of poverty and despair.
Many of the original Freedom Writers have graduated from colleges and graduate schools and are still in touch with Ms. Gruwell and the other Freedom Writers. Some are currently part of the staff at the Freedom Writers Foundation, and some currently teach in the Long Beach Unified School District.
One student, whose sole mission as a freshman was to “make Ms. Gruwell cry,” is now a teacher at one of Long Beach’s toughest high schools.
Richard LaGravenese is the Oscar® nominated screenwriter of such critically acclaimed films as “The Fisher King,” “The Mirror Has Two Faces,” and “Bridges of Madison County.” He reunites with “Freedom Writers” star Hilary Swank in the romantic drama “P.S. I Love You” coming this fall from Warner Bros.
Tickets are available online at http://www.StoryMakersStudio.com/freedom
When you reserve your tickets, you’ll also get to submit your question(s) for Richard and Erin.
The folks at StoryMakers Studio will pick the best questions and ask them for you on stage. There will also be gift bags for the first 100 people to reserve their tickets through the link below. This is a first come first served offer. All you have to do get started is click on the link below.
Through interviews taped in front of a live audience, StoryMakers Studio tells audiences the story of how a particular film got made, as told by the people who actually made the film. StoryMakers Studio’s interviews are with Hollywood’s biggest, brightest directors, actors, writers and producers – live and unscripted.