Member News 11/15/21
Posted by NALIP on November 23, 2021
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‘King Richard’: How Director Reinaldo Marcus Green Impressed Will Smith and Scored a Dream Gig
Smith's passion project needed a director. Here's what Green did to make the case for the job — and why he pulled it off.
In this interview, Reinaldo Marcus Green, director of the upcoming Warner Bros. Pictures’ King Richard, talks with IndieWire on how he landed the director’s chair for the biographical drama film about Richard Williams. Read more here.
‘Gentefied’ Co-Creator Linda Yvette Chávez Signs Overall Deal With 20th Television
Gentefied‘s Linda Yvette Chávez has signed a multi-year overall deal with 20th Television. She will create her own as well as supervise other writers’ dramas and comedies for all platforms. Read more here.
LIKE A ROLLING STONE: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF BEN FONG-TORRES directed by Suzanne Joe Kai.
We wanted to make sure that this invite is on your radar screen for the upcoming screening for the film LIKE A ROLLING STONE: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF BEN FONG-TORRES directed by Suzanne Joe Kai.
This Sunday November 21 at 4PM PT will be the special Museum of Tolerance screening. Q&A following the screening with Director, Suzanne Joe Kai, the films participant - Ben Fong-Torres moderated by Academy Award®-winning Writer/Director of Simon Wiesenthal Center's Moriah Films, Richard Trank.
From the time of its first premiere at Tribeca, audiences have been embracing the film and Ben Fong-Torres. he film has now been bestowed with the following honors:
*WINNER – AUDIENCE AWARD – BEST DOCUMENTARY
– SAN DIEGO ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2021
*WINNER – AUDIENCE AWARD – BEST MUSIC DOCUMENTARY
-NEWPORT BEACH FILM FESTIVAL 2021
* NOMINEE – ABC NEWS VIDEOSOURCE AWARD
– INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY ASSOCIATION 2021
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‘Raya And The Last Dragon’ Directors Don Hall And Carlos López Estrada & Writer Qui Nguyen On Creating Kumandra And Creating A Southeast Asian Hero
For Raya and the Last Dragon, the influences of a multitude of Southeast Asian cultures are apparent. For directors Don Hall and Carlos López Estrada, and writer Qui Nguyen, it was important to bring to light a culture that is often unseen at on a large scale. From the use of Thai martial arts to Filipino weapons such as the Arnis, the inclusion of specific aspects of Southeast Asian culture helped to bond the amalgamation that was Kumandra. Read more here.
Carmen Marrón shares her passion in being a voice for Latinos in the media industry
Carmen Marrón is passionate about representing the Latino voice in the media industry and is transparent about the challenges to becoming a female director. The Mexican-American writer, director and producer who grew up in the inner city of Chicago as a street dancer. Marrón especially relates with her community and is inspired to increase their representation in mass media through her storytelling. Some of her well-known works include her debut dance drama “Go For It!,” “Endgame,” and “Queen Sugar.” She believes in coexistence and the delivery of cultural authenticity. Read more here.
Vandal, produced by Maria B. Fernandez, is Now Streaming
Vandal is the story of Nick Cruz, also known as “Damage,” a young, highly talented graffiti writer and artist, struggling to justify the world of illegal graffiti as he experiences loss, love and the consequences he created for himself. Set against the back drop of the world famous Wynwood Arts District in Miami, the film explores the personal and societal struggles of an extremely talented underground graffiti writer living by a code that is no longer justifiable in the new world of globalized graffiti/street art.
For more information on the film and where to stream it, check out the official website.
Champion for Good: Rebecca Murga
Rebecca Murga is a writer-producer-director and U.S. Army veteran who recently directed veteran-focused spots for two current Ad Council campaigns, End Family Fire and Caregiver Assistance, all while advocating for women and veterans through her work with AFI, Heart and Armor, Veterans in Media and Entertainment other programs. (Since August, she has also worked in extraction efforts in Afghanistan.) Ad Council sat down with her to talk about what went on behind the scenes of her work, why she is so passionate about advocating for veterans, and why good stories have the power to create change.
Read the Ad Council interview with Murga here.