A Look at the Miami Film Festival

A Look at the Miami Film Festival

Posted by NALIP on March 10, 2017

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The Miami Film Festival, which kicked off on March 3, is now coming to a close. This is the 34th year the festival showcased content for the Ibero-American culture. Festival guests included Gloria and Emilio Esteban, Rossy de Palma, Richard Gere, Rashida Jones and many more.

This year the festival spotlighted Google in their panel, Google Talks: Gender & Racial Gaps in Film + Tech, which featured festival programmer Kiva Reardon moderating conversations with five women in the industry- Tilane Jones, Sarah Gadon, Rebecca Theodore-Vachon, Radhika Vaz and Nadia P Manzoor. The women in the panel spoke about their respective strengths and careers, telling audience members not to “wait for permission” in the industry. The master class for their seminar series included oscar-winning mentors, topics on adapted screenplay, Chinese society and what it is to produce in Florida and beyond the scope of The Sunshine State.

Other festival highlights included an evening with Spanish actress Rossy de Palma and a visit from renowned actor and producer Edward James Olmos, who will presented his co-production of 'Monday Nights at Seven.' In addition, special screenings from NALIP members were featured, Jokes Yanez film 'Toyed', which was showcased at the 2016 NALIP Latino Lens Fest & Showcase and Juan Martinez Vera's film 'Spark' which was part of the NALIP Official Selection and was screened at the Media Summit last June.

To view more of the programming visit: Miami Film Festival

Celebrating Women

Celebrating Women

Posted by NALIP on March 10, 2017

In celebration of Women’s History Month, NALIP is proud to highlight the careers and accomplishments of successful women who have been part of NALIP.  In particular to NALIP Board Member in new VP role and Diverse Women in Media Residency Lab at ARC (Artist Retreat Center) Fellows who continue to make strides in the industry.

 

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NALIP Board Member Julie Ann Crommett who at Google was educator-in-chief and advocated for more representation of women in science and technology roles on screen, for a newly created position focused on the promotion of diversity is now Vice President of Multicultural Strategies at The Walt Disney Studios. She leads outreach and market research with the goal of driving engagement with multicultural viewers and consumers. Congratulations on your new role and all the incredible accomplishments and thank you for moving Latinx content creators forward. 

To read more on Julie Ann's new role visit THR.com

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Xan Aranda who attended the NALIP Residency Lab (ARC) in 2014 is an award-winning director, producer, consultant, and speaker with clients ranging from producers of fiction and documentary film and television to emerging artists, international corporations, record labels, advertising and branding agencies, and festivals. She has worked alongside, Jill Soloway for Transparent’s "This Is Me", and most recently is working with Mark and Jay Duplass, where she 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 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.

“The ARC Residency enabled me to drill down to the film’s creative core and make decisions about the project that will affect the course of production and my career. Priceless.” -Xan Aranda (NALIP ARC Fellow)

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Ela Troyano was a 2015 NALIP Residency Lab (ARC) Fellow and is an award winning Cuban-born filmmaker. Her half-hour ITVS short, Carmelita Tropicana, won the coveted Teddy Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival as well as the Audience and Critics Award at the San Francisco International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. Her debut feature film, Latin Boys Go To Hell, remains a cult hit on the Web and was recently shown on Showtime. Both of these films were screened theatrically in the U.S. and at festivals in Europe, Australia and Japan. Her PBS documentary La Lupe Queen of Latin Soul, has garnered critical acclaim and select awards include funding from the Ford Foundation, Jerome Foundation, Latino Public Broadcasting, Independent Television Service, New York State Council on the Arts and United States Rockefeller Fellowship.

We look forward to see more incredible work from these talented women!

Big Things in Store for the Women of NALIP

Big Things in Store for the Women of NALIP

Posted by NALIP on March 10, 2017

Congratulations to NALIP members Rebecca Murga, Tery Lopez and Maria Corina Ramirez on their recent accomplishments!

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Long time NALIP member Rebecca Murga has been doing amazing work and we excited that as Program Director she will be shadowing director and series star Kevin McKidd starting this week on 'Greys Anatomy'.  She is an award-winning filmmaker who works in Los Angeles as a writer and director. Her work has been featured on Mundo FOX, ABC, and CBS and clients have included Comcast, ESPN, and FOX Sports Network. She was part of the Latino Lens Shorts Narrative Incubator and showcased her whorl film 'One Halloween' at the 2016 NALIP Media Summit. 

Rebecca served as a Captain in the US Army, and has been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2011 she was one of the first women attached to Special Operations Command in Afghanistan, working with NAVY SEALS and Special Forces. 
In 2015, Rebecca was one of ten filmmakers selected for the prestigious AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women.
Rebecca is a passionate advocate for veterans and women's issues with articles published in The New York Times, The Global Journal, and San Jose Mercury News,. She has appeared on ABC's "Good Morning America," and "The View."  Most recently, she was featured on NPR as the director of a short film “War Ink”.
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Congratulations to Director of Diversity at WGA West, Tery Lopez for her WOMEN’S CHOICE AWARD® SHOW nomination for the Voice of Women Award. In light of International Women's Day, the nominees were announced for the prestigious awards, Tery Lopez has been nominated for being a leader in shaping the positive portrayal of girls and women in entertainment and media.
At the WGAW, Tery works with producers, studio and network executives, and writers to increase employment opportunities and the availability of writing assignments for writers of color, writers over the age of 40, LGBT writers, women writers and those with disabilities. Prior to her work at the WGAW, she was conference director for NALIP. She began her career in the film industry as an assistant to producers, Moctesuma Esparza and Robert Katz. Thanks to Lopez's efforts, she has helped promote inclusiveness in storytelling and offer a unique pool of talent to industry influencers and decision makers.
To vote and view the rest of the nominees Click HERE
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After a three weekend sold out run in Miami, NALIPster Maria Corina Ramirez’ original one woman show 'Supa'Nova' has just been awarded a producer’s scholarship for the 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival. This coming of age story about overcoming the major hurdles in life and owning your voice promises to make our Latino community proud. This is a story about courage, about laughing at yourself, about being a woman in  a man’s world, about being an undocumented immigrant, a hybrid, a hyphen, a half this- half that. 

Maria Corina is a Venezuelan born and American raised actress, she earned her B.F.A in Acting from New World School of the Arts. Shortly upon graduating, she took on several leading and supporting roles in theatres all across Miami in both English and Spanish. She has starred in two NBC-Telemundo TV series, two Cine Latino films and over a dozen national campaigns and commercials. Combining her classical training with her voice as  a young Latina, she is constantly creating original content for the stage, film, television and new media platforms. Her original work has been seen in Miami, New York, the Cannes Film Festival 2012"Shorts Corner" and the 2015 American Black Film Festival, among others. Besides her second original one woman show coming to the Hollywood Fringe, she is currently developing her first feature film. She has been an active member of NALIP since last year, having been part of the 2016 NALIP Media Summit.

 

 

A Highlight of the Hollywood Creative Forum and the UCLA Hollywood Diversity Report

A Highlight of the Hollywood Creative Forum and the UCLA Hollywood Diversity Report

Posted by NALIP on March 07, 2017

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The 8th edition of the Hollywood Creative Forum took place on February 21-22 at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. The Forum brought together dozens of media and entertainment industry executives who shared valuable insight on industry trends and Hollywood’s changing environment.

NALIP’s Executive Director, Ben Lopez, spoke at the Forum alongside panelists from the Emma L. Bowen Foundation, VH1, Barcid Productions and “The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore.” The panel, titled “Why Images Matter,” was based on the unveiling of UCLA’s 2017 Hollywood Diversity Report. Panelists discussed why groundbreaking screen images matter and the value of implementing forward-looking projects and staffing practices that are in sync with an emerging and diverse America.

The 2017 Hollywood Diversity Report released by the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA, this year’s report is the fourth in the series. The report highlights findings regarding minorities, women, accolades, gatekeeping, diversity initiatives and the bottom line. According to the Los Angeles Times  “the news is good, but not great” as the report finds that although there have been some improvements, women and minorities continue to be “significantly underrepresented”. Some of the most interesting findings from this year’s study are:

  • People of color have posted gains relative to their white counterparts in five of the industry employment areas examined- they lost ground in four and merely held their ground in two.

  • Relative to their male counterparts, women posted gains in all Hollywood employment arenas since the previous report, with the exception of two- broadcast reality and other leads and cable reality and other leads- where they fell further behind.

  • The most prominent industry diversity initiatives are writers’ programs (film and television) and grant programs (film).

The 2017 report discusses many patterns in Hollywood and highlights both shocking and encouraging statistics in the industry. To read the full report, click here.

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This Year's Oscar Buzz

This Year's Oscar Buzz

Posted by NALIP · March 07, 2017

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Amongst all the buzz around the Oscars, the biggest news of the night was The Academy’s strides in diversity and inclusion, and the historic win for Best Picture. As many have seen or read, there was an envelope mishap during the announcement of Best Picture at the awards ceremony. The mistake, though unfortunate, should not take away from the victory of Barry Jenkins’ ‘Moonlight,’ a poetic coming-of-age film.

As a Miami-native, Jenkins has said various times that this film is a piece of himself. He grew up “a block away from the apartment in the film,” and connects best with Paula, Chiron’s mom because “there isn’t a scene with her that didn’t happen to either [himself] or Tarell (Moonlight’s co-writer),” Jenkins said in an interview with FimContent. Jenkins’ earlier work includes ‘Medicine for Melancholy’ and ‘Remigration,’ but ‘Moonlight’ is his breakout film. He recently published what his Best Picture speech would have been had the flub not happen, in which he encourages everyone and anyone to love themselves and chase their dreams because the only limitations in the world are those placed upon oneself.

‘Moonlight’s’ win shows that diverse stories with diverse characters are capable of resonating with a global audience, and that is something worth celebrating.  

‘Moonlight’s’ Mahershala Ali won Best Supporting Actor for playing an Afro-Cuban drug dealer in Miami. The Muslim actor credited the teachers who told him to honor the characters he plays. “You are a servant. You are in service to these characters, these stories,” Ali said. He is the first Muslim actor to win an Oscar. In the category of Best Adapted Screenplay, “Moonlight” also took home that Oscar.

Viola Davis, while accepting the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, made the night’s most stirring and memorable speech about loss of potential and her pursuit to tell the lost stories. The “Fences” actress’ Oscar win now makes her the 23rd member of what is known as the acting Triple Crown group, according to Fortune. Davis is known as a powerful speaker and she brought audience members to tears during her speech.

“People ask me all the time, 'What kind of stories do you want to tell, Viola?' And I say, exhume those bodies. Exhume those stories. The stories of the people who dreamed big and never saw those dreams to fruition. People who fell in love and lost,” Davis said.

Although Latinos left empty-handed, their work is still deserving of praise. Lin-Manuel Miranda came close to making history and becoming the 13th EGOT recipient with his original song ‘How Far I’ll Go.’ Cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto was also nominated for his work on ‘Silence.’ Lastly, Juanjo Gimenez’s ‘Timecode’ was nominated for Best Live Action Short Film.

Many are quick to blame The Academy for a lack of Latino representation at the Oscars, but the problem actually has a long history in Hollywood. Latinos command 16% of the US population and are one of the highest number of moviegoing audiences in the country, so how and why aren’t we where we need to be in terms of inclusion? How do we, that identify as Latinos, come out in waves to support our own community, our own films, our own content creators? These are the questions that must be answered as we move forward.

According to THR, this problem starts in casting calls, studios and executive suites. Angelenos see the numbers and the vitality of Latinos in their city everyday. However, that hasn’t moved them to find a place for members of this community in their movies. Though there has been progress, there hasn’t been enough to make a significant difference. Hollywood has made great strides in recent years, and we hope to see a change in picture in the near future.


View the full list of Oscar winners here.

NALIP Members Continue Making Moves

NALIP Members Continue Making Moves

Posted by NALIP · March 07, 2017

Congratulations to NALIP members Kimberly Bautista and Pilar Valdés!

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Kimberly Bautista’s short, ‘The SweetSpot,’ will premiere at the Outfest Fusion LGBT People of Color Film Festival! The short is a dramedy about a group of friends who are part of the SweetSpot Crew and who “never felt they fit squarely into a box.” The group struggles to keep it together as they approach their 30s and try to get closer to obtaining their dream careers and relationships. ‘The SweetSpot’ will be the headlining title in The LatinX Files: Queer Shorts Program.

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NALIP member, Puerto Rican writer and actor Pilar Valdés, has been selected as one of ten finalists for the Fox Writers Intensive 2017. She is also a finalist for NALIP’s Latino Lens Project Incubator, a program developed with Televisa and Univision to create a new generation of Telenovelas. This month, Women in Film also chose her as an official mentee for their Spring Mentee Circle Program. Pilar writes for the film and television section of remezcla.com and performs at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater with her sketch group WOCA.

Apply to Film Independent's Screenwriting Lab!

Apply to Film Independent's Screenwriting Lab!

Posted by NALIP · February 17, 2017

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Apply to Film Independent’s Screenwriting Lab, an intensive four-week LA-based workshop designed to facilitate each writer’s unique voice through the development of a single feature project.

Deadline is February 27.

More info on how to apply Click Here

Lin Manuel to Break Records!

Lin Manuel to Break Records!

Posted by NALIP · February 17, 2017

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Oscar nominee, Lin-Manuel Miranda, is set to perform at this year’s Academy Awards! Joined by Auli’i Cravalho, he will be performing his nominated “Moana” track “How Far I’ll Go.”

Miranda is on the edge of joining an exclusive group of people who have won the top awards in entertainment- Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony, also known as EGOT. His famous track has been nominated for best original song at this year’s Oscars, and a win would make him the lucky 13th EGOT recipient. At 37 years old, Miranda would be the youngest person to have won all four awards. Other Latino’s that have received that honor according to Business Insider are Rita Moreno and Robert Lopez.

Artists Justin Timberlake, Sting and John Legend, who are up against Miranda for the Oscar award, and are also set to perform their nominated tracks. “We’re thrilled to welcome these world-class artists to the Oscars,” show producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd said in a joint statement. “These performances will not only celebrate the five extraordinary nominated original songs, but also the integral part music plays in movies.”

Wishing Lin Manuel Miranda the best of luck!

 

 

Join the NALIP Media Summit Team!

Join the NALIP Media Summit Team!

Posted by NALIP · February 17, 2017

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The National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) is seeking highly-motivated, organized and hardworking individuals to fill open positions. As we prepare for our 2017 Media Summit and Latino Media Market, we are looking for creative and driven people to join our team!

As the premiere non-profit organization working to promote and advocate for Latinos in media, we are constantly searching for team members who will help us move forward. If you are interested in joining our team, check out our job board HERE.

For more information on NALIP Media Summit Visit: NALIP.org

 

 

 

NALIP at CSUF Media and Marketing International Conference

NALIP at CSUF Media and Marketing International Conference

Posted by NALIP · February 17, 2017

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NALIP’s Executive Director Ben Lopez will be participating in the 2017 Hispanic/Latino Media and Marketing International Conference! The 6th Hispanic/Latino Media and Marketing Conference is sponsored by Univision, and will feature presentations by professionals, scholars and academics in Latino media, communications, and marketing.

Ben Lopez will be taking part in the opening plenary panel. The topic of discussion will be the state of Latino/Hispanic media and marketing. Panelists in the plenary will discuss the current state of the industry, the challenges they face with competition and in connecting to stakeholders and their communities, opportunities they see in the near future and the job outlook for each of their respective industries.

The conference will be taking place today, February 17, and tomorrow, February 18 at California State University, Fullerton. For more information visit the conference website!