Latino Themed Movies Take the Spotlight at Sundance Film Festival
By S.J. Main, Film Producer and CEO of the Latino Film Fund
For The Huffington Post's Latino Voices
Aurora Guerrero won't claim she represents every Latino: "I don't want the film industry to label me as the 'one' Chicana filmmaker and expect me to be the only voice for our communities...No, no, no!"
It is undeniable that Latino voices are largely underrepresented and/or distressingly cliched through the current perspective of American media, therefore it is rare that a filmmaker like Guerrero has the opportunity to share her voice through moviemaking, and perhaps more profound is that her voice is getting the recognition it deserves.
Sundance Institute strives to serve as the premiere forum for unique voices in independent film: "[A] discovery festival that is committed to representing the wide spectrum of independent cinematic work being made today." The Institute's featured event, the Sundance Film Festival, opens today in Park City, Utah, to an expected snow flurry of celebrities, filmmakers, filmgoers, industry professionals and more.
Mosquita y Mari is Latina director Aurora Guerrero's first feature film and it will premiere in the "Next" category of the Sundance Film Festival 2012, a non-competitive program the festival defines as "films [that] stretch limited resources to create impactful art." Guerrero's acceptance to the festival is an accomplishment; of the nearly 12,000 films submitted to the festival this year, less than 2% were accepted. [Aurora participated in NALIP's Latino Producers Academy with Mosquita y Mari.]
The film Mosquita y Mari explores the complexities of a budding friendship between two Chicana high schoolers in Los Angeles' Huntington Park as they struggle to recognize the sexual undercurrent in their relationship.
Call for Submissions: The Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund & TFI New Media Fund
The Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund and TFI New Media Fund are now open for submissions! There is no application fee for either program, and the deadline for both is March 6th, 2012.
The Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund provides finishing funds to feature-length doc which highlight issues of social importance from around the world. Funded films are driven by thoughtful and in-depth storytelling, bolstered by a compelling visual approach. You can find out more about how to apply by reading the Rules and Regulations and FAQ.
The TFI New Media Fund provides funding and support to non-fiction, social issue media projects which go beyond traditional screens -- integrating film with content across media platforms, from video games and mobile apps to social networks and interactive websites. Check out the Rules and Regulations and FAQ.
Ready to apply? You can start an online application here.
New Executives Named as Part of TeleFutura Expansion
By Tim Molloy, The Wrap
Peter Griffin and company are about to cluelessly offend in a second language: Seth MacFarlane's "Family Guy" will air in Spanish in the U.S. for the first time on Univision's TeleFutura channel.
The airing is part of an expansion of TeleFutura announced Tuesday. It also includes a new talk show for TV host Charytin and the appointment of two new executives: Luis Fernandez-Rocha was named senior vice president of TeleFutura and Carlos Bardasano was named vice president of programming and original productions for TeleFutura, effective immediately.
Fernandez-Rocha, most recently the senior vice president and regional director of Univision Television Group in the southeast, will now oversee all operations of the network. He will report to Luis Fernandez, president of entertainment and Univision Studios. Bardasano, who was previously a managing director at Spanish media management company Kastuera, will handle entertainment programming for the network, reporting to Fernandez-Rocha. Both will be based in Miami.
"I am pleased to welcome two of the most talented executives in the business to our growing TeleFutura Network. Both Luis and Carlos bring extensive experience with an understanding of the U.S. Hispanic community that will be instrumental in their leadership of the Network and its continued development," said Fernandez. "With such strong track records, I am confident that these are the ideal executives to usher in a new era of programming prominence for TeleFutura, which builds on the momentum of the exciting lineup expansion announcements we made today."
Fernandez-Rocha has more than 25 years of experience in Spanish-language broadcasting, including serving as vice president and general manager of WLTV 23 and WAMI 69 since 2002.
Before working at Kastuera, Bardasano was executive vice president of entertainment for Telemundo. He also previously served as vice president of programming development for Univision Television Networks, where he developed pilot programs and co-productions. He started his broadcast career at Universal Studios, working on NBC primetime sitcoms.
Film Independent Directors Close-Up Begins February 8
Film Independent's Directors Close-Up gives you access to go behind the scenes with prolific film directors and their collaborators. You'll learn about their creative process and discover answers to your questions along the way. Beginning February 8, every Wednesday night for five weeks will cover essential filmmaking topics. Held at The Landmark in West Los Angeles.
Confirmed speakers include: Jeff Nichols (writer/director Take Shelter, Shotgun Stories), Will Files (sound designer, The Tree of Life, Take Shelter), Mike Mills (writer/director, Beginners, Thumbsucker), Jonathan Levine (director, 50/50, writer, The Wackness), Will Reiser (writer, 50/50), Phil Johnston (writer, Cedar Rapids) and more to be announced.
Moderators will be Robin Swicord (writer, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Jane Austen Book Club), Harry Lennix (actor, Man of Steel, Across the Universe) and Greg Ellwood (Editor-in-Chief, HITFIX.com).
Space is limited. Register before January 27 and receive the special early registration rate of $99 (regular price $149). Click here to buy your pass today