May 22, 2007

NATPE-FOX 2007 DIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

Expanding on the success of the NATPE TV Producers’ Boot Camp we are now entering our 5th year and launching the inaugural LATV Festival. This three day festival takes place July 25 –27, 2007 at various L.A. locations. As part of the LATV Festival, NATPE is also building on last year’s successful Diversity Fellowship Program.

With this program our goal is to provide up-to-date information, case studies and coaching on best practices within the TV industry, so producers and writers from diverse backgrounds can better navigate this business and continue their career development.

SCHOLARSHIP AWARD

For this year’s event, NATPE in partnership with FOX Entertainment would like to extend a scholarship to one NALIP member for the 2007 Diversity Fellowship Program.
The chosen fellow will be awarded the following:

  • A customized program of workshops and meetings with Fox Networks Group executives on Wednesday, July 25
  • A registration to the 2007 NATPE TV Producers’ Boot Camp on Thursday, July 26 and Friday, July 27 including the following activities:
    • Panel discussions, presentations and workshops on traditional and new platforms and genres led by working television executives and producers
    • Roundtable chats with development executives
    • Interactive clinics where attendees will receive coaching on pitching, strategy and project development
    • Access to the NextGen TV Competition celebration reception, where the best short form content created by emerging producers will be showcased
    • Pitching opportunities with networks, production and distribution companies
    • Invaluable networking opportunities (Last year’s event had over 65 TV executives and over 50 studios )
  • Three night stay at the Orlando Hotel in West Hollywood, CA for the nights of Tuesday, July 24, Wednesday, July 25 and Thursday, July 26.

** The chosen fellow is responsible for his/her own transportation, including flight to and from Los Angeles.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

FOX will select the finalist from the top three candidates previously chosen by NALIP.
Interested applicants must submit before Monday, June 7th, 2007:

  • A Complete Application form  
  • A Letter of recommendation from a  source in the entertainment industry
  • A One Page maximum resume outlining their background and recent production credits.
  • A One Page, Double-spaced statement explaining what they would hope to accomplish and learn by participating in the Diversity Fellowship Program and the TV Producers’ Boot Camp.

** DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION HERE **


SILVERDOCS: AFI / DISCOVERY CHANNEL DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL

June 12-17, 2007

100 Films…Premieres…Galas
Music Docs, Live Performances, Filmmaker Parties
Mingle with your peers from around the globe

REGISTER NOW
Discounts available to NALIP members!

Take a peek at our Passes and Packages:
http://connect.afi.com/site/PageServer?pagename=silverdoc_splash
 
Featured programs in 2007:
The Charles Guggenheim Symposium honoring Academy Award–winning director, Jonathan Demme Thematic Program: “Beyond Belief: Religion Politics and Film
A special preview of the landmark international series “Why Democracy?”

Plus, the Fourth Annual International Documentary Conference
Created to provide independent filmmakers with professional development opportunities in the context of a world-class festival, the 2007 Conference explores “the Future of Real 2.0” – where the web meets non-fiction storytelling – and “filmanthropy” exploring intersections between the non-profit community and documentary film.
 
An engaged audience of executives are scheduled to participate from organizations such as ABC News, Al Jazeera, Animal Planet, AOL True Stories, ARTE-France, BBC, Cactus Three, Current TV, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Discovery Channel, Discovery PlanetGreen, Discovery Studios, The Documentary Channel, First Run Features, Ford Foundation, HBO, IFC Films, ITVS, Jaman, Koch Lorber Films, LinkTV, National Geographic, Netflix, One World TV, Open Media Network, Palm Pictures, Participant Productions, PBS, POV, Pump Audio, Re:New Media, STEPS International, Submarine Entertainment, Sundance Channel, Sundance Institute/Documentary Fund, THINKFilm, Thirteen-WNET, WGBH, YLE-Finland, Women Make Movies.
 
* New For 2007:  Participating Sponsorship Package *
Interested in promoting your film or business to the film industry?
Get VIP access plus a full-page advertisement in our new Conference Guide!
 
Other great Pass and promotional opportunities are available at SILVERDOCS.com.


FLASHPOINT COMEDY RETURNS TO LOS ANGELES WITH N*GGER WETB*CK CH*NK

After an extensive national tour, Speak Theater Arts brings N*GGER WETB*CK CH*NK, the smash comedy with the title no one wants to say, back to its Los Angeles roots with the original cast and a fresh take on the hottest topic of the day - race.

Seven performances a week will headline Hollywood’s Ivar Theatre from June 7th through July 29th. N*GGER WETB*CK CH*NK, finds the absurdities in the complex issues surrounding race relations in modern America by mining new ground – the intersections of cultures. The laugh-out-loud comedy traces the impact these derogatory terms had on the three tour-de force performers through real-life stories and send-ups of American icons.

Blending theater, hip-hop, stand-up comedy, slam poetry, history and true-life stories with their own original style, Miles Gregley, Rafael Agustín and Allan Axibal, the actors and co-writers of N*GGER WETB*CK CH*NK, go head-to-head with the notion that “those words” can’t be discussed without inciting anger, raising defenses, causing a riot, or losing your job in this 90-minute performance.

N*W*C – as the performers refer to themselves – find that bringing diverse audiences to a point of convergence called a punch line is the best way to tackle the issue that’s tripped up Michael Richards, Don Imus, and others like them. “Humor breaks down walls. Laughter smashes through barriers,” say the co-creators, “That’s what we’re about. We want people to get over the paranoia surrounding these terms and continue the dialogue about race. What better way to do that than through a forum where everyone can laugh about something that’s supposedly socially forbidden?”

Due to language (obviously), N*GGER WETB*CK CH*NK is recommended for mature audiences.
Ivar Theater is located at 1605 Ivar Ave. Hollywood, CA 90028.
The Tickets are available at www.plays411.com/NWC

For more information on the show, visit www.NWClive.com, or contact Lucila Garcia at 323-646-2150 for interviews.


ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS: BRASS BRAD MENTORSHIP AWARDS 2008

The application period is now open for this unique award. Award recipient recieves a full year of mentoring by a produced screenwriter and WGA member, Kimberly Seilhamer. This one year of mentoring includes bi-weekly phone conferences, script editing, trade publications and screenwriting software.

For eligibility see website. www.brassbrad.com/mentorship.htm
Awards: Sponsored by Write Bros. Software ( MovieMagic Screenwriter, Dramatica Pro. Writers's DreamKit, Storyview, Word Menu, Etc. Dave Trottier Screenwriters Bible and others
APPLY NOW! www.brassbrad.com/mentorship.htm

 

NALIPSTER SELECTED FOR SPIELBERG'S "ON THE LOT"

NALIP member Shawna Baca was selected to be part of Steven Speilberg's new FOX reality show, ON THE LOT. It is like American Idol but for filmmakers. The winner of the show gets a one million dollar development deal with Dreamworks Entertainment.

"It's so exciting to be chosen, I've worked very hard to get to this point and I'm happy to be a part of it."

After receiving a record-setting 12,000 video submissions at TheLot.com from aspiring filmmakers around the globe, 50 semi-finalists have been selected for the new filmmaking competition series ON THE LOT from Mark Burnett, Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks Television.

"As the only American Latina chosen as one of the fifty, I feel even stronger to push forward and continue to make leaps. Our voices are important and are stories are compelling. I hope this is the start which leads to a promising future. "

The show premieres with the two "audition round" episodes airing Tuesday, May 22 9/8c and Thursday, May 24 9:30/8:30c on FOX. These semi-finalists will discover the magic of moviemaking when they are brought to Los Angeles to visit a real-life film set for the first time and must endure a rigorous "Hollywood Boot Camp." The celebrity judges are Garry Marshall, Carrie Fisher, John Avnet and Brett Ratner.


LWL/LPA FELLOW SANTIAGO ACQUIRES FILM RIGHTS TO NOVEL

Volarefilms, LLC acquires the feature film rights to 'How to Cope with Suburban Stress,' by David Galef, a satirical and disturbing take of life in the suburbs of New York.

Acquired by independent producer, Marco Santiago, "How to Cope with Suburban Stress" brings together the disturbing and the satirical in this fractured tale of suburban angst and ennui, which revolves around the marital difficulties of Michael Eisner, a psychiatrist who constantly squabbles with his domineering executive wife, Jane, at the expense of the mental health of their prepubescent son, Alex, who slowly sinks into a depression. The story intersects that of Ted Sacks, a budding child pedophile who loses his job as a data recovery specialist and slips further into the seedy chatroom-centric realm of would-be child molesters. He soon grows tired of chatting about molesting "boyz" and begins stalking them in Alex's neighborhood.

"I'm very excited about adapting this challenging novel," says Marco. "The subject matter is not an easy one to bring to the big screen; however, most things worth doing require a good measure of risk. If the adaptation of this book is executed with finesse and sensitivity, then I believe it will make for a great piece of cinema," he continues. Published by The Permanent Press, New York, 'How to Cope With Suburban Stress' is David Galef's third novel. He is represented by Jeff Aghassi of The Alpern Group.

The film project was selected for development at the 2007 Writers Lab of the National Association of Latino Independent Producer (NALIP) www.nalip.org. The Lab is sponsored and supported by the Writers Guild of America East / West, Time Warner, The Rockefeller Foundation, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the ABC Entertainment Group Writing Fellowship Programs, 20th Century Fox, AT&T, Nick Writing Fellowship, and Final Draft.

The novel was listed by Kirkus Reviews as one of the Best 30 Books of 2006, and as of this press release the Russian translation rights have been sold. Thomas Leitch, of the Hollywood Reporter said of the novel, "...Galef's tough-minded book may well be too explosive for a mainstream filmmaker to touch. But its volatile combination of whiplash plot and two frighteningly real, flawed characters ought to appeal to the industry's more creative mavericks. And if Tom Hanks really wants to change his aw-shucks image..." -- Hollywood Reporter, August 14, 2006

Marco Santiago is a former fellow of the 2006 NALIP Writers Lab and the 2006 NALIP Producers Academy for his first feature film screenplay, '86', which was also selected for final consideration to the Sundance Writers Lab for 2007, and has since been optioned.

Volarefilms LLC is an Arizona based independent film company engaged in the development and production of feature length motion pictures, film shorts, and documentaries with the aim of creating works that are commercially viable, culturally significant, intellectually satisfying, and emotionally impacting.


LOUIE OLIVOS JR AT CANNES!

AFTERGLOW a short film starring NALIPster Louie Olivos Jr will be screening at the Cannes Film Festival’s Short Film Corner. The film, a dramatic film noir yarn that explores the life of a Mafioso, had its world premiere at the New York Film Festival last winter. Congratulations Louie!

The Short Film Corner, located in the Palais des Festivals, presents an international program of short films and organizes meetings open to all professionals who have registered with the Festival de Cannes and the Marché du Film. For more information about the Short Film Corner please visit www.shortfilmcorner.com

 

THE GORY ROAD

May 22, 2007 - (New York Post) - Antonio Banderas, who's been making family films lately ("Shrek," "Spy Kids"), will go ultraviolent in the movie adaptation of "Leopard in the Sun," Laura Restrepo's prize-winning 1993 thriller about the bloody rivalry between two Colombian drug families. Muse Film mogul Chris Hanley - whose offbeat flicks include "American Psycho," "The Virgin Suicides" and "Buffalo 66" - sees the picture, which starts filming in August in Colombia, as a gorefest in the style of Sergio Leone, Sam Peckinpah and Quentin Tarantino. Read Online here


RODRIGUEZ TO DIRECT "BARBARELLA"

May 21, 2007 - (Variety) - Robert Rodriguez will helm the "Barbarella" redo for a 2008 Universal release. The "Planet Terror" helmer is working with scribes Neal Purvis and Robert Wade on the remake of the 1968 film starring Jane Fonda as a futuristic mercenary. That version was produced by Dino De Laurentiis, who is producing the remake with Martha De Laurentiis. Barbarella first appeared seven years earlier in a French comicbook written and illustrated by Jean-Claude Forest. De Laurentiis recently completed an acquisition deal with his son Julien (Daily Variety, April 12). Full Story here


"SHREK" OPENING WEEKEND PULLS IN $121.6M

May 21, 2007 - LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Shrek the Third" was rolling in green with a $121.6 million weekend, smashing the franchise's own record for best animated opening ever and delivering the third-best debut of all time. The animated comedy trails only the $151.1 million first weekend of "Spider-Man 3" this month and last summer's $135.6 million debut of "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest." "Shrek the Third" hurtled past the $108 million debut of "Shrek 2," which had been the record-holder for biggest animated opening. Full Story here


DIAZ AMONG PRESENTERS AT MTV MOVIE AWARDS

May 21, 2007 - LOS ANGELES (AP) - LOS ANGELES -- Victoria Beckham, Cameron Diaz, Lindsay Lohan and Robin Williams are among the stars set to present "golden popcorn" trophies at the 2007 MTV Movie Awards. Other famous faces expected at the June 3 ceremony include Jessica Biel, Mandy Moore, Bruce Willis and John Krasinski, MTV announced Monday. They will join previously announced presenters Samuel L. Jackson, Jessica Alba, John Travolta and Shia LaBeouf. Sarah Silverman will host the show, which is to feature performances by Amy Winehouse, Rihanna and Jay-Z. Among the films vying for top honors are `'300," "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," "Blades of Glory," "The Devil Wears Prada" and "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan." Full Story here

 

RUSSIAN ACTRESS FOR FEATURE

Mare Films is producing the Feature Film "SIN DOCUMENTOS" directed by the NALIP Member Walter Rodriguez. We are looking for a young Russian Actress (18 - 26) for a main character on the film.

TO APPLY: please submit reel, photos or resume at info@sin-documentos.com


SCREENWRITER FOR WRITING GROUP

ScriptWrights has an opening for one writer.

Established in March 2004, this professional script development group is limited to eighteen writers who meet on Monday nights in Studio City. Work is cold read by our troupe of professional actors.

Applicants must have completed at least 3 screenplays. Dues are $30 a month.

TO APPLY: email your writer's resume along with one script in PDF format to:
Scriptwrights@sbcglobal.net


MUSICAL THEATER DIRECTOR FOR CHILDREN'S PRODUCTION

Upstage Theatre Arts Schools is seeking an experienced musical theater director for a production of Disney's "High School Musical" which will be presented as a part of the acclaimed Upstage Summer Camp.

Candidates should have experience in directing musicals with large numbers of children and working in collaboration with a musical director and choreographer.

The pay is $800 per week.

The dates are July 9th - July 20th (9AM-3 PM).

TO APPLY: email your cover letter and resume to Suzan at:
suzan@upstageschools.com

 

 

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