13 Ways to Cast A-List Actors in Microbudget Films

By Dan Mirvish for Filmmaker Magazine

My film Between Us recently came out in theaters and one of the questions I've been asked at some of the 22 festivals in seven countries I've been to is how the hell I got a cast like Julia Stiles, Taye Diggs, Melissa George and David Harbour in a movie that according to Kickstarter only cost $10,000? So let me explain...

1. Choose Castable Material. One reason I chose to adapt an Off-Broadway play in the first place is I knew I'd find good, castable material that no one else was turning into a feature. With Between Us, I knew it was four parts that were incredibly well written, with great chew-the-scenery moments for each actor.


Paramount Launches Division For Acquiring Indie Films

By Eric Kohn, Indiewire

Paramount announced today that Syrinthia Studer has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Marketing and Acquisitions for Paramount Home Media Distribution, effectively launching a new division at the studio for acquiring and releasing independent films from the festival circuit. 

In addition to Studer's promotion, Paramount has hired former IFC Films acquisitions director Jeff Deutchman to serve as Director of Acquisitions for the initiative.


Entertainment Lawyer Q&A: What to Do Before Attending a Film Market

By Brandon Blake, entertainment attorney at Blake & Wang P.A.

Question: Dear Sir, I have a completed feature film and I would like to know what I need before I attend a film market? 

Answer: Having worked with feature filmmakers for more than 13 years, I know that perhaps the busiest time is during post-production as a producer begins to think about the successful distribution of the project. Typically the producer and director will be focused on getting the picture editing just right while the audio is second, the legal contracts are somewhere in the back of the producer's mind, and the promotional materials end up only lightly considered.


Call for Entries: Catapult Film Fund

Catapult Film Fund provides development funding to documentary filmmakers who have a compelling story to tell, have secured access to their story and are ready to shoot and edit a piece for production fundraising purposes. Their mission is to enable filmmakers to develop their film projects to the next level at a stage where funding is hard to find....

New Guillermo Arriaga Short to Open HollyShorts Fest

By Steve Pond, The Wrap

The ninth annual HollyShorts Film Festival will open on Aug. 15 with "Zero Hour," a film written by "Babel" and "21 Grams" screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga and directed by his protégé Dan Carrillo Levy, and will also feature an opening-night screening of "Punisher: Dirty Laundry," directed by Phil Joanou ("Three O'Clock High," "Rattle and Hum") and starring Thomas Jane, HollyShorts organizers told TheWrap on Tuesday.



'Sleepy Hollow'/'Star Trek' Producer Roberto Orci on Fantasy Displacing Sci-Fi
(The Wrap) - "Star Trek" and "Sleepy Hollow" producer Roberto Orci says television is turning to fantasy in part because "sci-fi has slightly hit a stumbling block." Fox's upcoming Icahbod Crane update follows a trend that also includes HBO's "Game of Thrones" and ABC's "Once Upon a Time." READ MORE

Google Glass on Loan as Movie-making Tool
(CNET) - Will Google Glass soon flood the world with documentary filmmakers? That's one possibility the company is encouraging through a partnership with film and design schools dubbed the "Glass Creative Collective." READ MORE



Visit the NALIP Job Opportunities page for all the latest listings.

Camera Operators for Reality Show (Honduras)

Reality TV show shooting in the Bay Islands of Honduras is seeking camera operators for a 28 day shoot in September and October. Salary is limited, but producers will provide flights, hotel, food and other accommodations.

Casting: Hosts for Tech Web Series (NYC)
Casting one female and one male on-screen hosts for cutting edge and fashionable show about new technology.  ...

Assistant Professor, New Media Program (Purchase, NY)
The New Media program in the School of Film & Media Studies at Purchase College seeks candidates for a full-time, Assistant Professor beginning in the fall of 2014. The successful candidate will teach research-based art and design practice within the New Media curriculum with an emphasis on the visual language of new media, social responsibility and cross-media literacies. ...


Francisco Bello's 'Our Nixon' Airing on CNN

Our Nixon, a found footage documentary edited by NALIP member Francisco Bello (Estela Award 2011, LPA 2007) will air on CNN/U.S. on Sunday, Aug. 4 and Saturday, Aug. 10 at 9:00pm, 12:00am, and 3:00am Eastern.

After that, the film begins its theatrical rollout across the US:
Aug. 30 - NYC - IFC Center
Sept. 6 - LA - Cinefamily Theater
Sept. 13 - SF - Roxie Theater
Sept. 16 - Portland, OR - Hollywood Theatre
Sept. 19 - Palm Desert, CA - Cinemas Palme d'Or

Synopsis: Three of Nixon's top aides - H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman and Dwight Chapin - documented their experiences with home movie cameras during their time in the White House. A few years later, they were all in prison. Now, that footage seized by the FBI during the Watergate investigation is presented in a new documentary along with other rare footage and interviews to reveal a new look of the Nixon presidency as never seen before. 

Joe Hernandez-Kolski's 'Tender Love' Now Online

NALIP Gala Awards host Joe Hernandez-Kolski has a new short film available for viewing online. Tender Love marks the third collaboration between filmmaker Peter Alton and writer/actor Joe Hernandez-Kolski. Their last short film, Afterschool'd, premiered at the NY International Latino Film Festival and was a finalist in the first annual NBC Comedy Short Cuts Festival.

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