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As a leading organization in the advancement of Latinx creators across many media platforms, NALIP has been a constant support in assisting content creators like writers, directors, producers and other industry professionals to find their passion and get their step in the industry. With the help of NALIP, many people have the ability to find their voice and voice their opinions.
The roundtable conversation will be conducted across the United States of many types of content creators that came from a variety of different types of background. They have became the inspiration all over the world in the media and other entertainment platforms. We hope you are inspired by these content creators’ stories as much as they have inspired us!
From its conception, NALIP has been motivated by the way in which content creators in public media play a vital role in society in that they help audiences engage in a broader and more nuanced view of the world. Throughout our 19 years at NALIP, we have honored filmmakers in public media through a variety of core programming such as our Public Media/Documentary Labs which dates back from our Santa Fe days to our more current initiatives such as the Beyond Graduate Digital Incubator. This round table discussion will explore the different ways in which NALIP has strived to create a community within the unscripted space in the past, ways in which NALIP is engaging with the speakers in present day, and what those who work in non-fiction landscape hope to see within the coming years as they develop new content in a changing industry
Pamela A. Aguilar is Senior Director of Programming and Development for PBS. She identifies, develops and oversees the production of original Primetime content in arts, culture, nature, science, history and independent film. She works closely with Latino Public Broadcasting, to develop the nationally broadcast documentary series, VOCES and with co-producing partners like VOX Media, the BBC, and with producing member stations like WGBH, WNET and TPT. Her latest project, No Passport Required with Chef Marcus Samuelsson (VOX), is a multi-platform docu-series that celebrates America’s diverse cultural mosaic. Other credits include, Big Pacific, narrated by Daniel Dae Kim (NHNZ), The Wonders of Mexico, narrated by Anthony Mendez, 9 Months That Made You (BBC), and the Emmy nominated In Defense of Food. Pamela a member of NALIP’s Diverse Women in Media Advisory Committee, a graduate of The New School University in New York City and hails from the Golden State of California.
Lorena Manríquez is an award-winning independent filmmaker based in Los Angeles. While living in Jackson, Mississippi, Lorena volunteered to serve as president of the board of the Crossroads Film Society in the early 2000s, and became inspired to make films herself. She began working on her first feature documentary, Ulises’ Odyssey, and was the recipient of a number of film industry fellowships, including the NALIP Producers Academy, the CPB/PBS Producers Academy, the IFP Rough Cut Lab, and Firelight Documentary Lab. Ulises’ Odyssey screened at international festivals, and had its broadcast premiere on PBS in 2015 on WTTW Chicago. Ms. Manríquez’ film Siqueiros: Walls of Passion was awarded two California Documentary Project grants by Cal Humanities, ITVS Diversity Development Fund, ITVS Open Call funding, Latino Public Broadcasting Public Media funding, and Firelight Media Next Step funding. She has directed and produced two short documentaries for Field of Vision: Hopewell (2016), featured in The New Yorker magazine website, and Here I’ll Stay (2017) for the ‘Our 100 Days’ documentary series in partnership with Firelight Media.
In addition to her work as a filmmaker, Ms. Manríquez is a Senior Professional Engineer at Shannon and Wilson Inc. in Los Angeles. She is a native of Santiago, Chile, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geophysics and Physics Engineering from Washington and Lee University, and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech.
Alan Dominguez (founding partner, Loco Lane Filmworks) recently wrapped production on a documentary short for the Beyond Graduation series in conjunction with NALIP, World Channel, and Corporation for Public Broadcasting. He also directed a short doc, Clever (2016) - about the journey of a former MS13 member and his current work with youth. The film has been shown throughout the US as well as the Morelia International Film Festival in Mexico and was executive produced by Oscar winning documentary filmmaker, Daniel Junge. Domínguez also finished a short doc, Borderball (2016), about the difficult journey of Mexican-born baseball players to the Major Leagues in the USA. He also directed and edited Photos of Angie (2011), an hour-long documentary about the murder of Angie Zapata, a transgender teenager whose murder was the first successful prosecution of the murder of a transperson as a hate crime. He is also a film educator and founder of Loco Lane Filmworks, which produces content for non-profits, educational institutions, and political candidates.
As a reporter and documentary filmmaker, Chelo has worked for over two decades exposing stories of sexual exploitation and trafficking. Born in Spain, she worked in Japan in documentaries for NHK Enterprises and became Tokyo’s and then Los Angeles’ correspondent for Spain’s El Mundo daily. In 1995, she moved to California and in 2002, Canal+ Spain turned her first reportage on child trafficking in the Himalayas into the documentary film Tin Girls. She created several short documentaries, producing/directing Sol in America: A Modern-Day Tale of Sex Slavery, and producing Through the Wall, a short documentary about a family divided by the US/Mexico border, official selection at Doc NYC and winner of the 2106 Imagen Awards. As an impact producer, Chelo has presented the award-winning Sands of Silence: Waves of Courage documentary on sexual violence and trafficking she produced/directed at the United Nations, the European Parliament, colleges from Oxford to Yale, deported moms and refugees in Mexico, and prisons in Spain and California, to both survivors and perpetrators. Chelo is pre-production of a documentary on sexual violence offenders serving time. Her work has been published, among others, by Geo, El Mundo, El País, The Malibu Times, The Huffington Post, Documentary magazine, and The Guardian.
Iliana is a filmmaker based in Austin, Texas and Mexico City. She was born and raised in El Paso, Texas by Mexican immigrant parents. A former Bill Gates Millennium Scholar, she holds an MFA in film production and directing from UCLA. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Steven Bochco Fellowship, the Hollywood Foreign Press Award, the Edie and Lew Wasserman Fellowship and the National Hispanic Foundation of the Arts Scholarship, among others. Her MFA thesis film, Child of the Desert, won Best Short Film and the Texas Award at the Oscar qualifying 2012 USA Film Festival. She was a 2013 Film Independent Project Involve Directing Fellow and was selected for the 2013 TransAtlantic Talent Lab in Reykjavik, Iceland. In 2014, she was selected for the Sundance-sponsored Latino Screenwriting Project with her script, Paper Birds Learn to Fly. Iliana has directed short documentaries, fiction shorts and a narrative fiction feature, Detained in the Desert, which had its world premiere at the 2012 Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival. In 2017, Firelight Media awarded her an Impact Producer Fellowship. In 2018, she was selected as a Berlinale Talent and most recently co-directed a short documentary, An Uncertain Future, with Chelsea Hernandez. The short has screened at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival and won a Jury Award for Best Texas Short. It has also screened at the 2018 Aspen ShortsFest where it won the Youth Jury Award. Iliana is currently in early production of her first feature documentary, Julian.
Not only are Latinx producers prominent, loyal and important in today’s industry, but they have become one of the largest demographics in the society. They’re ability to tell a story and connect to their audience are unteachable. The stories that they created like Coco and Jane the Virgin are so relatable that it creates a deep impact on the audience and outside the Hispanic culture as well.
NALIP has been helping the Latinx producers by constantly building and promoting their content all across the media platforms. For over 18 years, NALIP continues to provide professor development, community building and mentoring to help start many content creators.
Emmy nominee Xan Aranda is an award-winning director, producer, and consultant with projects ranging from fiction and documentary film and TV to branded content, commercials, and music videos. Xan’s Emmy nomination was alongside Jill Soloway for Transparent’s This is Me, a collection of short films for which she served as Producer and Co-Executive Producer. With Mark and Jay Duplass, Xan developed and serves as an Executive Producer of HBO’s Room 104. She also produced Blue Jay with Mel Eslyn, starring Mark Duplass and Sarah Paulson, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. After its world premiere at the New York Film Festival and Lincoln Center, Xan’s directorial debut Andrew Bird: Fever Year screened in over 90 festivals and took home nine awards. Her clients have included Focus Features, Amazon, Epitaph Records, Starbucks, the U.S. Department of Education, and a wide variety of acclaimed independent content creators.
Jaime Dávila is President of Campanario Entertainment, a Los Angeles-based production company that develops content driven by Latinos in front of and behind the camera. Since co-founding the company in 2013, Dávila oversees the day-to-day operations and manages the scripted, unscripted and digital content teams. Recent Campanario Entertainment productions helmed by Dávila include the docuseries Mexican Dynasties (working title) for Bravo that highlights elite families in Mexico City, the cultural mecca of Latin America, an untitled musical drama inspired by the legacy of Selena Quintanilla for ABC, the scripted drama Bandolero, directed by Kenny Ortega (High School Musical and Descendants), which uses music and dance to explore gentrification in East LA, and Laugh Factory en Español, a stand-up series with comedian and founder of the Laugh Factory Jamie Masada that celebrates the brightest in comedic talent from Latin America. Additional projects include Campanario Entertainment’s first production Camelia la Texana, a scripted Spanish-language telenovela that aired on Telemundo and Netflix Mexico.
Previously a development executive at Bravo, Dávila specialized in creating original series and adapting international formats. He spearheaded the development and green light of many hit shows, including Best New Restaurant, a food competition series starring Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio, The People’s Couch, a hit reality series adapted from the popular UK format, and docu-series The Extreme Guide to Parenting, which he created.
Dávila received a Master of Science degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Oxford and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University.
Deborah Calla, born and raised in Brazil, is a writer, producer, speaker, and activist. Among her film credits are: A Beautiful Life (writer/producer), Beat The World (producer), Lost Zweig (co-producer), Dream House (producer). TV: Carnival in Rio (Travel Channel, producer), Chicano Artists (HBO Latino, producer), Fox Club Kids (Fox Latin America, producer), Romeo & Juliet Redux (in development @ Freeform, writer), 500th Anniversary of Brazil (TNT, producer). Deborah has been the chair of the PGA for the past 14 years, is an advisory board member of the Geena Davis Institute and a member of the WGA. She is also the chair of the Media Access Awards, a yearly awards event started by Norman Lear which celebrates people in the industry who advance the portrayal and employment of people with disabilities. Deborah is a regular guest speaker at AFI, USC, Globo Network, among others. She also works as a script consultant and travels to such countries as Taiwan, Jordan, and Brazil to teach script development and production. She’s working with Ben Lewin on a TV series project and is pre-production on The Case of the 10.001 Women in Brazil.
Rodo Sayagues was born the 20th of February 1980 in Montevideo, Uruguay where he grew up. His father, a prominent lawyer, and his mother, an English teacher, were devoted art and culture consumers— inspiring their children to appreciate a variety of art forms; from classical literature and music to theatre and films.
At an early age, Sayagues developed a passion for cinema and music. First growing musical abilities, he studied classical guitar and eventually modern music. He founded several rock bands with which he played until early adulthood, achieving a career in the local Uruguayan music scene. Music forged his friendship with his long-time creative partner, Fede Alvarez. Soon, they discovered a shared interest beyond music and began shooting homemade short-films with a simple VHS camera.
Sayagues’s two passions eventually mixed, and he started shooting music videos for local rock bands, and in time, for more prominent Uruguayan musicians. Filming, which had been a hobby, gained real estate in his creative life. By 2007, Sayagues was directing commercials in the Uruguayan market, receiving several awards. Simultaneously, he and Alvarez were making more short-films for which they won many awards, both locally and abroad.
After graduating film school, he and Alvarez started pursuing their lifetime dream: making a real movie. They wrote a script called “CORNED BEEF,” which earned them a scholarship at the BINGER INSTITUTE in Amsterdam, Netherlands. There, they improved their script and attended screenwriting master classes. The script went on to THE ROTTERDAM, BERLINALE and MAR DEL PLATA film festivals, allowing Alvarez and Sayagues to further hone their writing and storytelling skill sets. It was during this time, the idea for the short-film “PANIC ATTACK” was born.
In November 2009, “PANIC ATTACK” was uploaded to YouTube and in a matter of days went viral. The short caught the attention of acclaimed filmmaker SAM RAIMI, who offered Sayagues and Alvarez a deal. After relocating to Los Angeles, they began working on a re-imagining of the cult horror classic, “THE EVIL DEAD.” The movie premiered at the SXSW Festival with horror critic acclaim and became a box office success scoring $100 million worldwide. Since the release of “THE EVIL DEAD,” Sayagues and Alvarez have continued developing high-priority, feature films with staple Hollywood studios including Sony, Universal, and MRC.
The duo quickly embarked on their next feature ”DON”T BREATHE” through Sony pictures, which went on to become a huge success both at a critics level and at the box office, raising 90 Million dollars domestic and 160 million worldwide. The film went on to win several awards, including the SATURN AWARD for Best Horror Movie in 2016. Rodo Sayagues continued working Along Fede Alvarez on the upcoming SONY release THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER WEB. A new installment on the GIRL WITH DRAGON TATTOO saga. In 2017, Rodo Sayagues and Fede Alvarez created BAD HOMBRE, a production company focused on producing high octane genre movies. Rodo Sayagues is also a dedicated musician, playing drums and guitar. He also teaches a screenwriting workshop once a year in South America and Europe.
Nalip published Telemundo is Creating A New Bilingual Digital Production Studio called Fluency Plus in Members 2017-11-02 20:28:40 -0700
Telemundo is creating a new bilingual digital production studio called Fluency Plus. Fluency Plus’s vision is to create a mixture of Spanish and English content to tap into what marketers called the “200-percenters”, which are 100 percent Latino and 100 percent American.
Fluency Plus will produce content such as web and social-first series, miniseries, alternative, comedy and 360-degree virtual reality experiences. Fluency Plus will create two dramas called Love Clicks and Quinceañera. They will include a telenovela called Much Ado About Nada. For the foodies, they will produce Secret Salsa and Today’s Special. For those that enjoy the latest gossip and keeping up with celebrities, they will create a daily celebrity show MVTO. Lastly, for those that want to stay up-to-date with the latest in tech and innovation, Fluency Plus will produce a show that will focus on Hispanic inventors called No Inventes.
To read more about Fluency Plus, click HERE.
Nalip published Google Releases Jorge Gutierrez’s VR Short ‘Son of Jaguar’ on HTC Vive in Members 2017-11-02 20:28:29 -0700
Taken at the 2017 Latino Media Fest
If you attended the 2017 Latino Media Fest, hosted by NALIP, this past September, you probably got a chance to experience ‘Son of Jaguar’ in VR. If you weren't able to attend, here's your chance to experience Jorge Gutierrez’s ‘Son of Jaguar’. It was released for the HTC Vive VR headset this past Monday. You can now experience this in the comfort of your our home, on a flight, or where ever you choose to use your VR headset.
‘Son of Jaguar’ is the longest Spotlight Story piece to date, lasting between 8 and 10 minutes. Its dialogue features Jorge Gutierrez as the voiceover for the main character, and his own wife Sandra Equihua does the voiceover for the wrestler’s wife. ‘Son of Jaguar’ is about an aging Mexican wrestler who comes back from previous defeat, while losing his leg in a match, to support his family in need facing financial struggle.
If you don’t already own a VR headset, go get the HTC Vive to see and experience ‘Son of Jaguar’ for yourself. Read more HERE, for more details on ‘Son of Jaguar’.
AFI FEST 2017 presented by Audi will be held on November 9th-16th, 2017 at the Dolby Theatre, TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre, Mark Goodson Screening Room, and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. A program of the American Film Institute, AFI FEST presented by Audi is a celebration of global cinema and today’s Hollywood, an opportunity for master filmmakers and emerging artists to come together with audiences in the movie capital of the world. AFI FEST is the only festival of its stature that is free to the public. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes AFI FEST as a qualifying festival for both Short Film categories for the annual Academy Awards®.
NALIP will be presenting the following two films:
APRIL'S DAUGHTER (LAS HIJAS DE ABRIL)
Director: Michel Franco
Screenwriter: Michel Franco
Producer: Michel Franco, Lorenzo Vigas, Moises Zonana
Executive Producer: Tim Roth, Rodolfo Cova, David Zonana, Gabriel Ripstein
Director of Photography: Yves Cape
Editor: Jorge Weisz, Michel Franco
Cast: Emma Suárez, Ana Valeria Becerril, Enrique Arrizon, Joanna Larequi, Hernán Mendoza
World Cinema Section
In AFI FEST alum Michel Franco's latest feature, a domineering mother suddenly arrives to assist with her teenage daughter's pregnancy. But her true motives will soon emerge.
Seventeen-year-old Valeria is pregnant and lives with her sister Clara. She wants to keep her pregnancy a secret from her absent and domineering mother April. When Clara tells April about her sister’s condition, their mother suddenly arrives, full of loving support and promises to help Valeria through this life-changing event. But once the baby is born, April’s true intentions are revealed and it becomes clear why Valeria wanted to keep her mother away. Anchored by fantastic performances from acclaimed Spanish actress Emma Suárez (JULIETA, AFI FEST 2016) and newcomer Ana Valeria Becerril, AFI FEST alum Michel Franco crafts a tense drama that explores how the complexities of family dynamics can lead to chaos. – Jenn Murphy
More Info: http://afifest.afi.com/2017/sections/aprils-daughter
Director: Carla Simón
Screenwriter: Carla Simón
Producer: Valérie Delpierre
Executive Producer: Maria Zamora, Valérie Delpierre
Director of Photography: Santiago Racaj
Editor: Didac Palou, Ana Pfaff
Production Designer: Mireia Graell
Music: Pau Boïgues, Ernest Pipó
Cast: Laia Artigas, Paula Robles, Bruna Cusí, David Veraguer, Fermi Reixacha
New Auteurs Section
In this unforgettable and autobiographical debut, a six-year-old girl goes to live with her extended family in the Catalan countryside following her mother's death from an AIDS-related illness.
When her mother dies of an AIDS-related illness, six-year-old Frida has to leave her home in Barcelona to live with her uncle, aunt and four-year-old cousin in the Catalan countryside. Though surrounded by loving and understanding family members, with visits from her religious grandmother, the adjustment is hard for everyone. Amid the film’s striking lack of sentimentality and sun-kissed imagery that belie the heartbreak under the surface, Frida and her new family deal with the complex and contradictory emotions of an orphaned child that unpredictably arise every day. Written and directed by Carla Simón, and based on her own life story, SUMMER 1993 is an unforgettable reminder that the only certainty in life is not only death, but that life itself continues. – Sudeep Sharma
More Info: http://afifest.afi.com/2017/sections/summer-1993
Connect with AFI FEST at facebook.com/AFIFEST, twitter.com/AFIFEST (@AFIFEST),instagram.com/americanfilminstitute(@americanfilminstitute) and youtube.com/AFI.
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Congratulations to our NALIPsters who will be screening their films this Saturday at the Guadalajara International Film Festival (FICG) in Los Angeles, taking place in the TCL Chinese 6 Theaters in Hollywood.
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Elisa Lleras (co-producer) and Pau Brunet (producer) will be screening "Nobody's Watching" (Nadie Nos Mira).
Elisa Lleras has extensive experience both as a creative and line producer in scripted content. Having graduated from Columbia University with a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Producing, Elisa has line produced features such as Frankenstein, , Camino, and the upcoming We Are Boats. Elisa has produced for La Panda Productions and Spectrevision / Company X.
Pau Brunet is the co-founder of LA-based La Panda Productions, and a producer with over 10 years of experience in development, international sales and production. Pau is executive producer on the films "Open Windows", "10,000KM" and "People You May Know". Pau doubles his work as a producer with the box office, marketing and development analyst in Spain and States.
The film "Nobody's Watching" tells the story of an actor in Buenos Aires who moves to New York City for a promised role and a new start. When the project stalls he chooses menial work rather than give up on his acting dreams, a decision that puts him on the level of any other struggling undocumented immigrants, despite his whiteness and connections to the privileged. When he loses the trust of a generous friend, his life unravels, ultimately leading him to reconcile his imperfect situation back home with the harsh reality of an uncertain future in the U.S. "Nobody's Watching" will be playing on Friday, November 3, at 6:45pm. You can get tickets here.
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Yelyna De Leon (writer) and Luis Iga (director) will be screening their film "Murder in the Woods", a film starring Danny Trejo.
Yelyna De Leon is an award winning Writer, Producer and Actress. As an actress she can be seen in several television series such as Shameless, Bones, Ray Donovan, A Better Life and East Side Story. Behind the scenes Yelyna is committed and her work focuses on non-stereotypical characters for Latinos and strong female characters. Yelyna is a 16/17 NALIP, Univision writing fellow where her one hour drama, Las Fresas de East L.A. is a finalist in contention for an 85 episode order. She is also a 2015 NHMC, ABC/NBC writing fellow. You can read more about her in our #WeAreInclusion profiles here.
Luis Iga is an award winning filmmaker born in Saltillo Mexico. Mr. Iga received an MFA in Film and Television Production from the renowned School of Cinematic Arts at USC. Mr. Iga founded the production company REZINATE Entertainment where he holds many projects in TV and Film and is in talks with productions companies and studios to make them a reality.
"Murder in the Woods" tells the story of a murder that occurred on a dark, cold night in 2006, in a cabin in the woods. The Police called it a murder suicide. The case was closed but the dark secrets surrounding this horrible incident are still very much alive in the haunted cabin to this day. Nine years later, a group of teens plan a weekend, birthday trip to the very same cabin where the murder happened. Creepy omens start to arise as soon as they leave for their trip. "Murder in the Woods", will be playing on Saturday, November 4 at 2:15pm. You can get tickets here.
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Laura Plancarte (director) will be screening "Siblings" (Hermanos).
Laura Plancarte has worked in a diverse range of mediums including; film, performance and video installation creating interdisciplinary live projects displayed in Museums and cultural spaces in Mexico City, Barcelona, Florence and London. In 2006 and 2007 she was awarded a grant from BNP Paribas and she has also been sponsored by the Mexican cultural institutions: La Colección Jumex, La Fundación del Centro Histórico, UNAM and Secretaría de Cultura del Estado de Jalisco. Today her main working medium is film.
The film tells in parallel narrative the story of two Mexican brothers that want to return to the US after being deported and the story of an American woman who lost her house due to the worldwide economical crisis and believes she can get it back through Trump’s promises. Both journeys lead them to their past and relatives who they believe can help them achieve their american dream. Immigration has been shown in many ways, but it has never been presented through the lives of Mexicans and Americans who live similar situations due to poverty and lack of family structure. "Siblings" will be playing on Saturday, November 4, at 2pm. You can get tickets here.
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Ángel Estrada Soto (director) and Inti Cordera (producer) will be screening "They Called Me King Tiger / Me llamaban King Tiger" on Friday, November 3, at 3:30pm. The film is set in June of 1967, where the court of Tierra Amarilla, New Mexico, was assaulted by armed men under the command of Chicano leader, Reies López Tijerina. The outcome of such bold action, was the largest manhunt in the recent history of the United States. Tijerina managed to survive prison, a psychiatric hospital, and several assassination attempts. The Chicano movement faded away, and everyone thought the same of Tijerina. People speak of him as a saint, an illuminated man, a man looking for a fair cause through violence.
Nalip published Alejandro G. Inarritu Receiving a Special Award for VR installation ‘Carne y Arena’ in Members 2017-11-02 20:26:06 -0700
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Mexican director Alejandro G. Iñárritu's virtual reality installation, “Carne y Arena (Virtually Present, Physically Invisible)” will be receiving a special oscar from the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences at the 9th annual Governor's Awards on November 11.
Iñárritu is best known for his recent Oscar wins in 2015 for "Birdman" and in 2016 for "Revenant". The Academy doesn't often give special oscars, with the last being given to Pixar's "Toy Story" over 20 years ago. Many of the special awards are given to visual effects artists throughout the years who have introduced technological innovations that change the way filmmaking can be done and experienced.
The 6-minute installation can be viewed at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) until January 15, 2018. The installation is based on true accounts, and puts audiences in the experience of being a refugee crossing the US-Mexico border.
You can read more at Variety.
Nalip published NALIP Latino Media Awards Creates Outburst of Cultural Pride in Members 2017-06-27 17:36:07 -0700
Mariah Carrillo for NALIP
Dozens of Hollywood’s leading Latino figures, from independent film producers to trailblazing actors, gathered Saturday night to celebrate the milestones achieved within the industry over the past year. The first of its kind since the presidential election, the ceremony not-so-subtly teemed with political references and inspiring communal support.
“I’m going to use this to smash all the walls they build around us,” said The Book of Life director Jorge Gutierrez, referring to his award for Tech Arts Innovator. Gutierrez, among others, praised the recent yet incremental wave of Latino visibility in the media, which he attributes to a stronger generational desire to be represented onscreen.
One of the main honorees, Zoe Saldana, who received the Outstanding Achievement in Film award for her roles in Guardians of the Galaxy, Avatar and Star Trek, among others, gave an emotional speech that silenced an otherwise animated atmosphere, stressing the importance of surpassing race and ethnicity when it comes to talent.
“For any person of color that looks in a TV and doesn’t see a positive reflection of who they are, I want them to feel like they don’t have to be singled out because they're exotic or ethnic, but because they're powerful,” she said.
Along similar lines were remarks made by Kate Del Castillo, who won the award for Outstanding Achievement in Television, as she called out the business for limiting Latina roles to stereotyped or sexualized characters. Castillo’s public decrial of the Mexican government, as well as her controversial correspondence with kingpin El Chapo, notably brokering an interview with Sean Penn in October 2015, placed her under high scrutiny and surveillance, ultimately preventing her from returning to the country.
Despite the outcome, Castillo’s candor and appreciable conviction left no doubt regarding her intentions to continue using her fame and success as a political platform, appearing to broaden her scope of criticism.
“It is no time to be silent; we must fight against any administration that manipulates and tries to distance us all from our humanity,” she said as the crowd erupted in cheers.
Another salient theme throughout the evening was the celebration of a gradual induction of Latino actors into traditionally white-dominated roles. From the beloved butler in Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel to the geeky teen in Dope, and now Flash Thompson in Marvel’s up-and-coming Spider-Man: Homecoming, Tony Revolori has been paving a path for young Latino actors by broadening and diversifying casting opportunities.
“I'm playing a traditionally 6'2" blue-eyed white guy, and there's not a single line of exposition in this Marvel movie to explain why that is — and that's amazing,” he said of his new role.
Revolori was awarded the Lupe Ontiveros award, honoring his efforts to expand the character landscape for Latino actors.
Ben Lopez, executive director of NALIP, made note of the same phenomenon across major blockbusters.
“How do you engage an audience that’s typically seen you as the maid, the gangster, the gardener? Now we’re looking at a badass like Zoe battling monsters in space, or Diego Luna as a a rebel leader in Rogue One,” he added, “All doors are starting to open; a woman heroine just saved an entire franchise.”
Check out this article at Hollywoodreporter.com
Nalip published NALIP Announces Finalist for the Latino Lens Fest & Showcase Shorts Program in News & Updates 2016-10-29 14:50:02 -0700
NALIP is proud to announce the finalists for the Shorts Film Program of the second annual Latino Lens Festival and Showcase taking place October 30th at the Avalon Hollywood. After hundreds of submissions and much consideration, NALIP has chosen the four films to be featured during our Shorts Presentation. They are: 'Toyed' by Jorge "Jokes" Yanes, 'Mosca' by Lizette Barrera, 'Disco Inferno' by Alice Waddington and 'Blast Beat' by Esteban Arango.
In 'Toyed' a young graffiti artist in Miami circa 1991 risks it all to compete against a mysterious new rival in Jorge "Jokes" Yanes' film. Yanes is a writer and Emmy-winning editor, specializing in music videos, narratives and documentary form. 'Toyed' was written by Yanes and J. Bishop.
Lizette Barrera's 'Mosca' tells the story of a wayward teen who revisits her hometown to reconnect with her cousin, despite her aunt's wishes. Barrera co-wrote the script with Renier Murrillo and the film is produced by Jazmin Diaz and Rebecca Jackson.'Mosca' was featured in the 23rd Annual Austin Film Festival and was an official selection of the Women in Texas Film Festival 2016 where Barrera won the Filmmakers to Watch award.
A weary hell minion is on a mission to rescue her boss. But the Devil is not ready to get back to her daily routine in Alice Waddington’s ‘Disco Inferno.’Writer-Director Alice Waddington’s profoundly vivid vision pours itself into her creations and evidently so in ‘Disco Inferno’. The film is making the rounds at festivals around the world.
Two Colombian immigrant brothers, Carly and Mateo, try to tackle the culture shock of the United States, a family member's deportation and their mother's affair in 'Blast Beat.' Esteban Arango cowrote the film with Erick Castrillon. The short was an official selection for The International Competition at Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival 2016.
The Latino Lens Festival & Showcase aims to display a wide range of voices and narratives that are crafted by Latino content creators, in the hopes of advancing the exposure and accessibility of Latino-crafted cinema, television and art forms. This year the event will feature workshops, panels and screenings aimed to prepare content creators for the future of entertainment.
NALIP and The Producers Guild of America are proud to present this year's Producers' Master Class, a continuation of our master class series, led by powerhouse industry experts, Mike Medavoy (producer, Phoenix Pictures) and Sergio Aguero (producer, Campanario) and new addition Vice President of Theatrical Motion Pictures, David Friendly.
Jairo Alvarado Manager/Producer at Circle of Confusion, will be on hand at the event to introduce and moderate the LLFS Producer’s Master Class. The master class will focus on producing within the industry and the lessons these professionals have learned along the way.
If you've seen it chances are he's produced it. Mike Medavoy has worked on over 300 feature films, seven of which have won Best Picture Oscars. Joining International Famous Agency as vice president in charge of the motion picture department in 1971, he worked with such prestigious clients as Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Terrence Malick, just to name a few. As chairman and co-founder of Phoenix Pictures, Medavoy has brought films such as “The People vs. Larry Flynt,” “The Mirror Has Two Faces,” “All the King’s Men,” “Zodiac,” and more to the big screen. He is currently working on an eight-part mini-series for National Geographic, “The Long Road Home,” about the battle of Sadr City in Iraq on April 4th, 2004.
Sergio Aguero is coming off the FOX series “Red Band Society” which he executive produced. He has produced/exec-produced studio and indie movies that have grossed $180 million worldwide, such as “Y Tu Mama Tambien” and Warner Brother’s “No Reservations”. He is currently working on a family dramedy based on a Spanish hit series at Twentieth Fox Television.
David Friendly, is executive producer of USA’s new drama “Queen of the South,” he is an Academy Award-nominated producer who has produced over twenty-five films to date and worked with some of the most prestigious directors including Ron Howard, Ed Zwick and the team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris.
NALIP is pleased to have the support and participation of the PGA during our long fought battle for diversity in entertainment. NALIP’s Latino Lens Festival and Showcase aims to display a wide range of voices and narratives that are crafted by Latino content creators, in the hopes of advancing the exposure and accessibility of Latino-crafted cinema, television and art forms.
We invite you, directors, writers, cinematographers and all content creators, especially the producers to #CreateWithUs and learn from masters of this industry.
Nalip published Carlos Yorvick and Sandra Vergara Named Co-Presenters at Latino Lens 16 in News & Updates 2016-10-29 14:35:41 -0700
Co-presenting the awards ceremony this year are Sandra Vergara and Carlos Yorvick best known for his work as Juan Gabriel in the TV series Hasta que te conocí. These two incredibly talented and young visionaries will join NALIP as we celebrate amazing Latino artists and their accomplishments.
At age 17, Sandra Vergara moved from Colombia to Los Angeles with her cousin, Modern Family actress Sofia Vergara. She studied FX make-up design and theatre, though it was the latter that captured her heart. In addition to numerous hosting appearances, she has appeared on shows like CSI: Las Vegas, NIP/TUCK and The Bold and the Beautiful. Most recently, Sandra co-hosted a show on E! with RuPaul called Good Work. She has also done several films, including starring opposite Colin Farrell in the Dreamworks’ feature Fright Night.
Carlos Yorvick is a Mexican actor best known for his recent work on the bio-series Hasta que te conoci, where he portrays a young Juan Gabriel, "El Divo de Juarez." Yorvick has also worked on commercials, music videos, theater productions as well as films such as 21 Outs, Black Water and Angela's Mask. He is currently working on his first album under the direction of music producer Toby Sandoval who's worked with other talented artists like The Black Eyed Peas, Paulina Rubio and Pedro Fernandez.
Be sure to catch these talented presenters in action at this year's Latino Lens Festival and Showcase, Oct. 30th at the Avalon Hollywood!
The Cross Cultural Video Summit is a special half-day event presented by NGL Media and the Disney ABC Television Group taking place Thursday, Nov. 10th on the Walt Disney Studio Lot. Co-founded by actor, John Leguizamo, NGL Media is focused on creating premium video content and innovative multicultural video marketing solutions since it's inception.
The summit will focus on how multicultural Gen-Zr’s and Millennials are influencing media, marketing and entertainment through video, and will bring together a unique set of attendees and panelists consisting of TV and web show producers, digital video content distributors, new mainstream media companies, Fortune 500 advertisers, media and entertainment companies, and celebrities and influencers. Melissa Fumero ('Brooklyn 99'), Danay Garcia ('The Walking Dead') and NALIP's Executive Director, Axel Caballero, are among the featured speakers at this year's Summit.
Click here for more information and to RSVP!
Nalip published Pablo Larrain to Accept Latino Lens Award! in News & Updates 2016-10-29 14:34:15 -0700
Director Pablo Larraín to Accept Best Latin American Film for NERUDA and Filmmaker of the Year Award.The 2016 Latino Lens Festival and Showcase, sponsored by NBCUniversal, to present awards to best Latin American work by Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín for his film NERUDA, starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Luis Gnecco, and Chile’s official Academy Award® selection for Best Foreign Language film, as well as best LatinX work by filmmaker Fede Alvarez for Don’t Breathe. Larraín also directed the upcoming biopic Jackie. The Latino Lens Award for Larraín will be presented by Pablo Cruz, who established Canana with Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna. The awardees were selected from a nomination tier panel of experts and the winners were voted by the NALIP membership of Latino creators and producers.
Nalip published Latino Lens Fest program available NOW on NALIP App in Members 2016-10-21 09:13:44 -0700
Get the NALIP Events app and take all your 2016 Latino Lens Festival & Showcase information on the go. The app has everything you need to know about our event and is designed to enhance your experience at the Fest & Showcase. It’s super easy to use! Below are some tips to get you started.
1. Make a Profile
Making a profile allows you to make a schedule and game plan for the event, as well as see who else is attending! It’s a great way to ensure you don’t miss any sessions and be on the lookout for familiar faces during all the commotion and excitement.
Once you open the app, click on “Latino Lens Showcase”. From there, select the hamburger menu at the top left hand corner and press “Login” at the very top. Fill out all your information and select “Submit.” You’ll get a notification saying an email is being sent to create a password, don’t worry too much about it (it’s optional!).
Now that your profile is set up you can check everything out. The hamburger menu features sessions, speakers, exhibitors and venue map. Make sure to get familiar with the information and email email@example.com for any questions.
3. Schedule Your Day
We are presenting master classes, screenings and interactive booths, make sure to strategize and be efficient with your time! We recommend going through the event and adding your favorites to your in-app schedule or personal calendar, both options are listed at the top of each session.
4. Edit Your NALIP Business Card
Afraid you’ll run out of business cards at the event? We have you covered! Under the hamburger menu, click “Contacts” then “My Card” and customize yours! Now you can exchange digital business cards with other attendees, just press the plus sign on the top right corner.
You're all set! Check back on the app during the 2016 Latino Lens Fest & Showcase for pictures, videos, and social media updates. We’ll see you at the Avalon Hollywood NALIPsters!
Nalip published The LLFS Short Film Directors in Their Own Words in Members 2016-10-19 18:51:55 -0700
Last week NALIP announced the short films that will be screened at this year’s Latino Lens Festival and Showcase on October 30th at the Avalon Hollywood. This week we bring you a closer look into the minds of directors, Lizette Barrera 'MOSCA', Esteban Arango 'BLAST BEAT' and Jorge “Jokes” Yanes 'TOYED', in an exclusive interview. We asked these content creators about their short films and the obstacles attached to being a short film director, the importance of organizations like NALIP and what the future holds.
NALIP: What did you hope to accomplish with this short? Why this movie? Why now?
Lizette Barrera (LB): “In MOSCA, I try to tell a complex and nonjudgmental story of Kari, who is a teenager trying to figure out her sexuality...What’s important about MOSCA is that is blends the usage of (mainly) English and Spanish. It depicts acculturated Latin@ in Texas. The film crew also consisted a majority of people of color and LGBT individuals. So why this movie? Not only is it personal for me, but as to everyone who worked on the film. MOSCA is a way for us to identify with others stuck in ‘The Borderlands’ and give ourselves a way to make our voices heard.”
Esteban Arango (EA): “With BLAST BEAT I wanted to capture the feelings of a generation that I haven’t seen on screen in an entertaining, hollywood-style narrative. The feelings of a generation of immigrants who stand on a blurry line of identity as Americans and Latinos.”
Jorge “Jokes” Yanes (JY): “It became my mission to bring it [TOYED] to the screen when one day, when I was moving from one home to another, I found the original story tucked in an old binder. From that point on my writing partner J.Bishop and I have been relentless to bring this story about a group of underdog kid artists fighting to be recognized, while being lumped in with the gang culture of the early 90’s.”
Lizette Barrera director of 'MOSCA'
NALIP: What are some challenges you’ve faced?
LB: “Being a Latina and – young – woman, I’ve always had to push harder for people to believe in my work, especially when my work deals with Latinx families and don’t carry the ‘stereotypical’ facade.”
EA: “I uprooted my whole life in Miami to relocate to LA last year in pursuit of my dream of making films. I knew it had to start with my short BLAST BEAT. We faced so many challenges to get that production together, all while adapting to a new environment in a new city. It was humbling from the beginning, doing the Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds, getting the attention of our actors to come and join our project, and shooting in LA, which can get so expensive, fast!”
JY: “I grew up in a turbulent time when nobody I knew ever made it out my neighborhood. It took a lot of will and some really great influences to break out of that mold. But specifically for the film the biggest obstacles we faced were finding locations that still had that 90’s feel, and casting the great kid actors with a very limited amount of time. Besides that we faced the mountain of obstacles that comes with every production and made it to the other side with something we are proud of.”
Esteban Arango director of 'BLAST BEAT'
NALIP: What are some of the challenges shorts filmmakers face these days in general?
LB: “Noticeability. Accessibility has gotten easier for short filmmakers, but finding distribution deals, credibility, and/or financing is tough.”
EA: “As a diverse filmmaker I feel lucky to be working during a time where finally the space has opened up for our stories. With that opportunity comes the challenge of creating work that is compelling, fresh, and that keeps pushing the boundaries of what is possible in filmmaking. If filmmakers are able to do this today, then more opportunities will come up.”
JY: “I think shorts are challenging because it is rarely a commercial endeavor so it requires a gathering of like-minded individuals to pool their limited resources and create. Although I do believe it is an incredible time to be a filmmaker. Today, you can make shorts that can actually capture an audience outside of just festivals. So testing the waters with a story and characters is easier than ever, but the financing is going to be skin in the game.”
Jorge "Jokes" Yanes director of 'TOYED'
NALIP: Why do you think organizations like NALIP are important?
LB: “Organizations like NALIP are extremely imperative for Latinx filmmakers to get their voices heard and get their work shown. We need these hubs to have as a support system, build alliances with one another, and become a familia, especially when we live in a world that generally doesn’t support voices from people of color.”
EA: “Organizations like NALIP are instrumental, I would say essential, for the industry because they safeguard upcoming talent and give them valuable exposure. But also because they unite a community of like-minded creators to keep pushing our message out as Latinos at the forefront of the new wave of multicultural cinema.”
JY: “They are important because they highlight voices that need to be shared and as Latinos in America we have an important voice. People should have access to them. NALIP is one of the few organizations that is listening and going to bat for us Latino’s, and every year it’s track record speaks for itself.”
NALIP: Where do you see yourself in five years?
LB: “I see myself having made my first feature, MOSCA. I would like to be working in the Casting Department to help change the game plan as well as making documentaries that urge for justice/reflection to individuals. I also hope to be a lecturer at a university to help minorities in film.”
EA: “I’d like to be creatively active, directing films and television. On a personal level, I could see myself as a dad… But I don’t know, that’s a scary thought right now.”
JY: “In five years I hope to be consistently delivering new and unique creative content filled with integrity on various platforms, from series to theatrical features, and raising a family as well as being a positive force in my community.”
Join us for a chance to meet and hear more from these short film directors, and other creators, at the Latino Lens Festival and Showcase on Oct. 30th at the Avalon Hollywood.
Nalip published Producer's Master Class with Mike Medavoy and Sergio Aguero in Members 2016-10-19 18:51:25 -0700
NALIP and the Producers Guild of America (PGA) are proud to announce that this year's Producer's Master Class will be led by powerhouse industry experts, Mike Medavoy (Producer, Phoenix Pictures), Sergio Agüero (Producer, Campanario) and David T. Friendly (Producer, Imagine, Friendly Productions). This will be a continuation and part of our master class series. All three panelists have produced Oscar nominated films and will share their knowledge with our NALIP members at the Latino Lens Festival & Showcase. This master class will focus on producing within the industry and the lessons they have learned along the way. We invite you, directors, writers, cinematographers and all content creators, especially the producers to #CreateWithUs and learn from masters of this industry. Jairo Alvarado (Producer, Circle of Confusion) will be on hand to present and moderate this session.
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Nalip published Call for Volunteers - Latino Lens Festival & Showcase in Members 2016-10-19 18:51:02 -0700
The National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) is seeking highly-motivated, creative, and can-do volunteers for the upcoming Latino Lens Festival & Showcase, to be held on October 30 at the Avalon Hollywood.
We’re looking to build an exceptional team of volunteers to make the Latino Lens Festival & Showcase a remarkable experience for all those interested in celebrating Latinos across all media! Get involved, meet new people, and discover all the Latino talent that surrounds you.
We have different areas you can contribute when joining our team:
Communications and PR
To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org. The subject headline must include your name and Latino Lens Fest VOLUNTEER.
According to the Indian Country Today Media Network, Alex Zacarias’ new documentary, “Taino Daca (I Am),” reveals “new truths about the history, survival and identity of the Taino people, the first indigenous contact for Christopher Columbus.” Zacarias’ 10-year project will be released this fall and, as Zacarias explains, has a universal story for many tribes, not just for Taino. “The intent of the documentary is to bring awareness of our Taino story that we might be able to engage with government,” he says.
The Puerto Rican director faced many challenges making the film but as the Network reports, “one of the biggest challenges Zacarias faced was documenting the story over a decade and following the documentary’s main character, Roberto Mukaro Borrero.” Borrero was a consultant on the film and says, “the film shares the reality that Taino are still here.”
“Sands of Silence” will be featured at the Awareness Film Fest 2016 this weekend. NALIP member Chelo Alvarez-Stehle’s film takes us on a 15 year journey to uncover the underworld of sexual exploitation and trafficking throughout Asia and the Americas. “The making of ‘Sands of Silence’ pushed me into a new journey of introspection,” says Alvarez-Stehle, “As I set to tell the story of our main subject, Virginia, who struggles to break the cycle of sexual exploitation in her family and her life.
“I saw my own story - in a very small way - in hers.”
The film will make it’s west coast premiere on Sunday, Oct. 16th at the L.A. Live Regal Cinemas in Downtown L.A. NALIP members can save on tickets using the code: 8675309. For tickets visit awarenessfestival.org.
Also featured at the Awareness Film Festival is Marisol Gonzalez’s “Children Behind the Wall.” The film exposes the cruel effects of the drug epidemic among children and young adults in Tijuana, Mexico. Gonzalez, who serves as the film’s producer and director, called upon accomplished Director of Photography Rachel Morrison, who lensed films like “Dope,” “Cake,” and “Fruitvale Station.”
“I’ve made it my mission to bring awareness about the harms of drugs from the perspective of children fending for themselves,” says Gonzalez. “We need to be compassionate and understand that people who use drugs are not monsters; they are our children, our parents, our cousins, our best friends.”
The film will be screened on Sunday, Oct. 16th at the L.A. Live Regal cinemas in Downtown L.A. There will be a Q&A following the film with the director. For tickets visit awarenessfestival.org.
Nalip published NALIP and CBS Engage in Diversity Dialogue with Adam Rodriguez and Wilmer Valderrama in Members 2016-10-19 18:15:51 -0700
In a conversation tackling the diversity problem in Hollywood, Wilmer Valderrama and Adam Rodriguez dove deep into their own careers to give a more personal point of view and insight on what it means to be Latino in the industry. In an intimate setting on Thursday night, hosted by CBS and moderated by NALIP’s Projects Director Ben Lopez, the two talented actors came together to talk about their roles in CBS’s leading drama series, NCIS, and Criminal Minds. They provided anecdotes, advice and hardships they encountered throughout their careers and the place of Latino content creators and artist in the future.
When it comes to rejection, Valderrama, who co-stars with Ashton Kutcher on Netflix's "The Ranch," finds the positive in it and “keep[s] it moving” something he credits to being Latino. He came to the U.S. at a young age without knowing to speak english but he worked, was persistent and patient. Both men grew up without having someone to relate to on TV “no one that looked like me” mentions Rodriguez, which made it more difficult to consider acting but “you just don’t quit” he says. Change is happening now, with actors out there on different TV series and in film, it has taken over 20 years but “these conversations use to happen outside of auditions for gangster #1” jokes Rodriguez and now they happen in studios and the hope is there “won’t be a need for these diversity discussion in the future”. It takes patience, but the work is being done, and as things are changing what we need to do is keep these conversations going, and “support one another” as both of these men do, Wilmer considers himself to be Rodriguez’s biggest fan. When asked by Ben Lopez about roles or characters writers should create both agree it should be about the story and Rodriguez looks for “characters [he] can root for”, irregardless of the ethnicity. Wilmer argues that Latinos live in the same world as everyone else therefore there is no need to make those characters so different, “it’s a lot more simple than what they make it”.
The themes of the night were inclusion, persistence, patience, community and support. Wrapping up the night with an insightful Q&A where the audience, touched on the issue of diversity including a 12 year old boy, who asked why studios always cast Anglo actors, to which both Rodriguez and Valderrama responded “we’re working on that”. Ben Lopez concluded the night by thanking the networks that are opening these doors and giving equal opportunities and reminding everyone that it is about the mentoring and promoting CBS’s #eachoneteachone. The important take away of the night for Valderrama was, “we are not alone”, both actors expressed how proud they were to be present in the dialogue and to represent Latinos.