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  • Hey, Students! Kodak Wants to Send You to School—And Fund Your Next Film

    Posted by on April 09, 2016

    Kodak is offering up to $5k in tuition and production grants for students.


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    If you are a current or prospective college or graduate student, this could be your lucky day. Kodak is offering $2-5,000 tuition scholarship awards and $3-5,000 production grants to students nominated by their schools for having demonstrated both academic excellence and a penchant for filmmaking.

    "With Kodak’s new Super 8 Camera launching soon, a new generation of young motion picture artists will have the opportunity to become filmmakers," said Steve Bellamy, President of Motion Picture and Entertainment at the Eastman Kodak Company. "Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan, J.J. Abrams and many of the world’s greatest motion picture artists learned on Super 8mm. Nothing parallels the aesthetic of film or the process of creating a film."

    Leading the judging panel once again is the world-renowned cinematographer John Bailey, ASC (A Walk in the Woods, The Way Way Back, He’s Just Not That Into You, recipient of the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Cinematographers).

    KODAK Student Scholarship Awards

    • Gold Award — $5,000 Tuition Scholarship Award & $5,000 KODAK Motion Picture Product Grant
    • Silver Award — $3,000 Tuition Scholarship Award & $3,000 KODAK Motion Picture Product Grant
    • Bronze Award — $2,000 Tuition Scholarship Award & $3,000 KODAK Motion Picture Product Grant

    KODAK Student Cinematography Scholarship Awards

    • KODAK Vision Award — $3,000 Tuition Scholarship Award & $5,000 KODAK Motion Picture Product Grant
    • To qualify for this award, a minimum of 50 percent of the submission must be shot on film

    Below, watch director Trevor Stevens and DP Nico Aguilar's film Run, which won last year's Kodak Film School Cinematography Award:


    This year's deadline is May 27, 2016, and winners will be announced August 3, 2016.

    Submissions must be made online and must include Vimeo or YouTube links to samples of the student’s work. All entries are assessed on three criteria: sample reels, faculty recommendations, and academic achievement.

    To submit, head over to Kodak's website.       


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  • Meeting Exchange Opportunity with BANFF World Media Festival

    Posted by on April 09, 2016


    The BANFF World Media Festival (June 12-15) has just released the first round of confirmed Buyers and Development Executives – Meeting Exchange. The meeting exchange program is a series of face-to-face meetings where NALIP members can make new contacts, find production partners and green lit new projects. Attracting over 150 Executives annually, this list is only a teaser of many more announcements to come! REGISTER NOW to reserve your spot to book meetings with these Buyers. The BANFF Festival is proud to offer NALIP members an additional $400 discount off the regular rate. To register, simply use code BANFFNALIP on our registration page - See you in June!


    About BANFF:

    For 37 years, the Banff World Media Festival has brought top leaders from across the evolving media landscape to the heart of the Canadian Rockies for a totally unique experience. The Festival began as an intimate space where unparalleled access and cutting-edge insight could combine to forge relationships, launch new business and aid the ambitious members of a dynamic industry in reaching their goals.


  • Richard Cabral's 'Fighting Shadows' to Premiere at Rosenthal Theater

    Posted by on April 09, 2016


    Jami Gertz in Association with Homeboy Industries and The Rosenthal Theater at Inner-City Arts are thrilled to present the world premiere of a new play with music, FIGHTING SHADOWS, co-written and performed by 2015 Emmy nominee Richard Cabral (“American Crime”), with musical collaboration by Rocio Mendoza and directed and co-written by Robert Egan.  FIGHTING SHADOWS will preview on Friday, April 15 at 8pm and will open on Saturday, April 16 at 7pm and run through Sunday, May 8 at the Rosenthal Theater at Inner City Arts, 720 Kohler Street in Los Angeles, 90021.


    FIGHTING SHADOWS is a one-man show co-written and performed by Richard Cabral, who was recently nominated for an Emmy for his work on the ABC series “American Crime.”  Richard grew up in East Los Angeles, where he was first incarcerated at the age of 13.  Cabral spent the next twelve years involved in gang life and in and out prison. When he was released from prison at age 25, Cabral was introduced to Father Greg Boyle the Founder of Homeboy Industries - the largest gang rehabilitation program in the world. Through his time at Homeboy, where he developed the strength and skills to transform his life through Homeboy’s job-training and comprehensive therapy programs, Richard was able to break the intergenerational cycle of gang violence, transform his life, and pursue his passion for the arts.

    This truthful, uncompromising and highly theatrical play uses storytelling, poetry and music to communicate the ability of marginalized lives to reclaim life, love and possibility through art.


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  • Verizon to Acquire 24.5% Stake in AwesomenessTV for $159 Million

    Posted by on April 09, 2016


    DreamWorks Animation to remain majority owner, with Hearst holding remaining 24.5% stake

    Verizon will pay about $159 million to acquire a 24.5% stake in AwesomenessTV, the youth-focused digital media company owned by DreamWorks Animation and Hearst, and the telco announced a deal with AwesomenessTV to launch a new premium mobile-video brand.

    With the Verizon investment, AwesomenessTV will be valued at approximately $650 million. DreamWorks Animation, which acquired AwesomenessTV in 2013, will remain the company’s majority stakeholder with an approximate 51% ownership of outstanding shares, while Hearst will own the remaining 24.5%.

    Brian Robbins, AwesomenessTV founder and CEO, and Brett Bouttier, AwesomenessTV’s president, will continue to lead the company.

    Verizon, in addition to the equity investment, is pacting with AwesomenessTV to create a premium short-form mobile video service featuring leading talent in front of and behind the camera. The yet-to-be-named service will operate as an independent brand, and feature premium transactional content for a variety of audiences — which the companies claimed will rival the quality of high-end TV shows.

    The new service will launch as part of Verizon’s Go90 free, ad-supported video service, and Verizon will fund the initiative through a multiyear agreement with AwesomenessTV (which is in addition to the $159 million equity investment). Initially, the content will be available exclusively on Verizon platforms in the U.S., and AwesomenessTV will have rights to sell the content in the rest of the world.

    “Now we’re going to sort of play in the same field as the premium subscription services, the HBOs and Netflixes of the world, with big-name talent,” Robbins said. AwesomenessTV expects to deliver the the first content under the pact by the end of 2016.

    With the Verizon deal, AwesomenessTV’s annual revenue is expected to more than double in the first 12 months after content delivery, according to Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation. “The creation of this new branded service represents a transformational step, not just for AwesomenessTV, but also for the entire mobile video landscape,” Katzenberg said in a statement.

    AwesomenessTV has already sold several shows to Verizon for Go90, and shows such as “Guidance” and “Top Five Live” have “exceeded all our expectations,” said Marni Walden, executive VP and president of product and new business innovation for Verizon.

    “In addition to delivering compelling scripted and non-scripted series with high production values, AwesomenessTV has demonstrated an ability to zero in on programming that Gen Z and millennials want to watch,” Walden said.

    The premium content from AwesomenessTV on Go90 will be available for a monthly subscription fee, while individual episodes and full series will be available to purchase a la carte, according to Brian Angiolet, Verizon’s senior VP of consumer product and marketing.

    The parties currently expect that Verizon’s investment in AwesomenessTV will be completed within the next 60 days.

    AwesomenessTV produces content for YouTube and other platforms, and also operates Big Frame, a digital talent management company and produces feature-length movies through Awesomeness Films. “Our goal is to be the media company of the future, where content and distribution go hand in hand,” said AwesomenessTV’s Robbins, and with Verizon’s backing “we are now one giant step closer to that future.”

    Separately, last month Verizon and Hearst announced the formation of a 50-50 joint venture to create and launch digital-video channels with original programming aimed at younger, mobile audiences. The newly formed Verizon Hearst Media Partners plans to launch two channels on Go90 this spring:, a lifestyle brand aimed at millennials in “red states,” and Seriously.TV, a news-comedy channel styled on late-night TV formats.

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  • NALIPster Film to Premiere at Havana Film Festival

    Posted by on April 09, 2016

    NALIPster Kimberly Bautista's documentary film 'Obsesión: Hip Hop del Otro Lado' will premiere this Saturday April 9 at the 17th Havana Film Festival of New York. The film follows Magia Lopez and Alexey “el Tipo Este”. The two are pioneers of hip hop in Cuba; over the last 20 years they have promoted expression among youth as a tool to address and eliminate discrimination.
    Congratulations Kimberly!
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  • Sicario 2 is Happening, Benicio del Toro Returning

    Posted by · April 09, 2016

    by Jacob Stolworthy



    A follow-up to the cartel thriller will focus on del Toro's mysterious Alejandro.

    Sicario centred on idealistic FBI agent Kate Mercer (Emily Blunt) who is signed up by a shady task force made up of Josh Brolin's government official and the mysterious Alejandro (Benicio del Toro) for an assignment affiliated with the war on drugs.

    A sequel has been rumoured since its release last year but according to Aceshowbiz, producers have officially greenlit the project that will see Blunt, Brolin and del Toro reprise their roles for a film focused on the latter's character.

    Co-producer Molly Smith said: "We're in full development with the studio. I just got a draft and we're really excited."

    Sicario 2 will see the original's screenwriter Taylor Sheridan (Sons of Anarchy's Deputy Chief David Hale) return to pen to follow-up although Canadian director Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Enemy) is not yet attached to return.

    "We would love it if Denis could [direct]," said Smith's fellow producer Thad Luckinbill. "He's a busy man, but he's certainly part of the process with us right now."

    Luckinbill did confirm the return of the core cast, however, honing in on del Toro's character.

    "You have such a great character with Benicio, who was as dark as he was and still so loved. That character resonates so well with audiences. People want to know what happened to him, so it's a perfect foray for us to explore."

    Sicario was released in the UK back in October 2015 and earned three Oscar nominations for Original Score and Sound Editing.


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  • 'Desierto' Trailer: Jonás Cuarón Film Starring Gael García Bernal Uses Trump's Offensive Remarks

    Posted by · April 09, 2016


     gael-garcia-bernal.jpgLA Times

    A couple of trailers have made the rounds on the Internet after Jonas Cuaron's movie "Desierto" premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival in Canada. With its official theatrical premiere around the corner, a new trailer has dropped, featuring the voice-over Donald Trump's offensive remarks against Mexicans. 

    The film, starring Golden Globe winner Gael Garcia Bernal, shows a powerful 46-second clip of Bernal, along with a group of migrant workers crossing the border and a U.s. vigilante shooting at them and killing them. The trailer, which was released earlier this week, is voiced by part of Trump's harsh speech given June of last year when he announced his presidential candidacy. "The U.S. has becoming a dumping ground for everybody else's problems. When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best," the Trump voiceover says in the trailer. "They're sending people that have lots of problems. They're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime, they're rapists and it's gotta stop, and it's gotta stop fast," states the video. 

    According to Hollywood Reporter, the official movie trailer is longer and does not include Trump's audio insert. In fact, it features the Mexican actor doing the voiceover. 

    Jonas, son of Academy Award winner Alfonso Cuaron, is producer, screenwriter and director of this film that tackles the issue of Mexican border-crossing. "Desierto" is released in Spanish and English and was written over five years ago by Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s grandson, Mateo Garcia and produced by Cuaron's uncle Carlos, and his father, director of "Gravity." The film was well-received and even garnered the Special Presentation Prize, handed out by the International Federation of Film Critics at the Toronto Film Festival. 

    "Immigration is a part of life. We all come from immigrants," Garcia Bernal said in a Q&A during the film festival last year, reports Variety. The Mexican actor also states that Cuaron's film pays homage "to all the people who make this journey.” "Desierto" hits theaters April 15.  



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