Latinas Advancing in Film and Production

Posted by on November 09, 2017

Yvette Yates to Become a Partner for New Production Company, Impossible Dream Entertainment


Latina producer, actress, and NALIPster Yvette Yates will be a partner at the new production and finance company Impossible Dream, or iDream Ent. for short. The company was launched by one of the Executive Producers of Get Out, Shaun Redick, and will be involved in the developing, packaging, producing, financing, sales, and distribution of a variety of films. It will also have an eye on Latino stories that can act as cross-over material. The company already has several projects in development, among them a Latino wedding comedy written by Jason O. Silva titled Always and Forever.

Yvette Yates recently wrapped production on the thriller, Malicious, as Emily Harper opposite Bojana Novakovic, Josh Stewart, and Delroy Lindo; written and directed by Michael Winnick. Previously, she was seen in the ensemble cast of in the Warner Bros. feature, Inherent Vice, directed by multi-Academy Award-nominated Paul Thomas. With its myriad of recognitions, it has also received 2 Academy Award nominations (2015), Golden Globe Best Actor nomination (2015), 4 Critics Choice nominations (2015) and has won the National Board of Review: Best Adapted Screenplay, Los Angeles Film Critics: Best Music Score and lastly, the Director, Casting Director, and Cast were honored with the Robert Altman Award during the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards. Yates also starred as Zabeth in the comedy vampire feature, Bloodsucking Bastards, opposite Fran Kranz, Pedro Pascal, Joey Kern, and Joel Murray and written by Dr. G-d Comedy Troupe. The film’s World Premiere was at the Slamdance Film Festival Opening Night 2015. Yates has also starred in the action thriller In the Blood, with a prominent cast: MMA fighter-turned- actress Gina Carano, Cam Gigandet, Danny Trejo, Stephen Lang, Luis Guzman, and Amaury Nolasco. Yvette was born in El Paso, Texas. Being from a border town, she grew up both there and in Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua. 



“We have been building this new platform to make critical decisions in voicing how Latinos and the new majority want to be represented,” said Yates. “Diversity will be constant at the forefront of conversations in all aspects of our television series and films. We will keep a lot of attention to the packaging and producing Latino-inspired feature films and television series for the growing American market.”

You can read more at The Hollywood Reporter

Latina Film Festival Wins 

NALIP is happy to congratulate members Juliana Schatz-Preston for winning Best Documentary Short for Los Comandos at the 2017 Austin Film Festival and to Florencia Davidzon for winning Best Student Film for The Marching Quixotes at the 2017 Oregon Film Awards. 

Juliana Schatz is a Colombian-American documentary film producer and director. She started her career at the award-winning investigative series Frontline, where she contributed to 11 public affairs documentaries -- including two Emmy Award winners and one Peabody Award winner. Her work with PBS FRONTLINE, The GroundTruth Project, Al Jazeera, and Sender Films has taken her from the peaks of Giza to the sky-high Rocky Mountains. In 2015, she completed two full-length, Spanish language documentaries for Canal Capital, Bogota's public television network, about Colombians exiled during the country's decades long conflict. Juliana's passion lies in creating non-fiction films and television, specializing in current affairs and investigative documentary in the United States and Latin America. Her films offer context and a human narrative to complex and often-controversial subjects, with fairness and the highest degree of ethical integrity.

Juliana's film Los Comandos tells the story of a civilian paramedic team, Los Comandos de Salvamento, in El Salvador facing the struggle against gang violence. The documentary follows sixteen-year-old Mimi who faces pressure to flee El Salvador and head north after a fellow commando is killed. Juliana presented this short at NALIP's Latino Media Market this past June and is a director and producer on the film. 



Florencia Davidzon is a writer, filmmaker, and producer. She was a NALIP Latino Producer Academy fellow in 2009. Recently, she was selected to be part of the Kino Magdalena Scriptwriters Lab, supported by the Instituto Sonorense of Culture, Mexico with her fictional project, Violeta (2016). The same script is now a finalist to participate at the Sundance Writers Lab in 2018. Her short script Chapina won first place at the West Field Screenwriting Awards and second place at the Yosemite Film Festival. The film was also a finalist at the 2016 Manhattan Short Film festival and at La Buena Pipa and was also a NALIP Latino Lens Program Finalist in 2015. The Marching Quixotes is her first feature-length work. The film has been part of the Vision du Reels market, the Guadalajara Film Market, and has been a finalist at the 2017 Stockholm Film Festival. Currently, she is continuing her work on Violeta whose script is now a finalist to participate at the Sundance Writers Lab in 2018. She is also developing a new documentary project, The Best Mourner, which was a finalist for the 2017 ITVS Diversity Fund and is a finalist at LPB development grand.

The Marching Quixotes tells the story of Silvia, a social worker, and David, an unemployed man, who join the 15M Movement in May 2011 in Plaza Cataluña, Spain. They decide to march 500 km on foot from Barcelona to Madrid with others from the movement as a way to confront the socio-political status quo and express their anger and frustrations. Even though the 15M would eventually inspire several groups, such as Occupy Wall Street, those first sets of individuals quickly learn about the difficulties inherent in changing the world while an unlikely fictional character, Don Quixote, whispers to them.


NALIP Member Jana Díaz Juhl's Production Company La Panda Presenting Spanish Films at AFI Fest

LA OLA, a Spanish contemporary cinema showcase, will host the two Spanish feature films selected at AFI Fest 2017: Summer 1993 (‘Estiu 1993’) directed by Carla Simón, and Life and Nothing More (‘La vida y nada más’) directed by Antonio Méndez-Esperanza. LA OLA is presented by La Panda Productions, where Jana is a producer. 

L.A. OLA proudly supports these two extraordinary independent films that represent some of Spain's most innovative and fresh talent. Moreover, ‘Summer 1993’ has been selected by the Spanish Film Academy to represent Spain in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 2018 Academy Awards.

You can get tickets to Summer 1993 here, screening on November 11 and 14, and Life and Nothing More here, screening on November 10 and 12.