LALIFF Announces HERMANO as Opening Night Gala Film

Posted in film festivals, Latino by johnwildman on August 17, 2010

14TH LOS ANGELES LATINO INTERNATIONAL

FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES

“HERMANO” TO MAKE NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE AS OPENING NIGHT GALA PRESENTATION

VENEZUELAN DRAMA RECENTLY SWEPT TOP AWARDS AT 2010 MOSCOW INTL FILM FEST

HOLLYWOOD CONNECT PROGRAM ALSO ANNOUNCED

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

A CONVERSATION WITH SCREENWRITER MATT LOPEZ (THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE)

DIRECTORS ROUNDTABLE WITH “NEW FEMALE VOICES”

A DIALOGUE ON IMMIGRATION WITH THE DIRECTORS OF IMMIGRANT NATION AND RABIA

LOS ANGELES, CA August 9, 2010 – The 14th Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) announces Marcel Rasquin’s HERMANO will be the Opening Night Gala presentation on Thursday, August 19 at the legendary Grauman’s Chinese Theater (6925 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA).

Written by Rasquin and Rohan Jones, and featuring Rasquin’s directorial debut, HERMANO tells the story of ‘Daniel,’ an exceptional soccer player and ‘Julio,’ the team’s captain and a born leader. Raised as brothers, they play football in their slum, La Ceniza as Daniel dreams of playing professional soccer and Julio feeds the family with dirty money; having no time to dream. The opportunity of their lives arrives when a soccer scout invites them to tryout with the city’s best team: Caracas Soccer Club. But tragedy intervenes bringing everything back to the soccer field, where they must choose what is more important: family, revenge or their lifelong dreams. Produced in Venezuela, the film stars Eliú Armas, Fernando Moreno, Gonzalo Cubero, Marcela Girón.

HERMANO will make it’s North American premiere at LALIFF after having swept the trio of top awards at the 2010 Moscow International Film Festival, including the Golden George Award for Best Film, the Critics Award and the Audience Award.

LALIFF Executive Director Marlene Dermer said, “This year our Opening Night film, HERMANO, will be the gateway to wondrous worlds of tales from far away places made by some of the masters, as well as the new voices of cinema. We are honored to once again introduce these talented filmmakers to our public.” Dermer continued, “This is a classic story of the paths two young men raised as brothers take, as they face what men they will ultimately become. HERMANO is an exhilarating drama and is an Opera Prima that exemplifies that good stories are universal stories. HERMANO was the Grand Prix winner at the Moscow International Film Festival in its World Premiere. I know you will find it as exhilarating and entertaining as I did.”

The Los Angeles Latino International Film festival Opening Night Gala presented by Egada & Filmotech will include an excusive after party at The Highlands (6801 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA).

LALIFF also announced the schedule for its Hollywood Connect program.

A series of events, receptions, industry panels, discussions, conversations and presentations created to build bridges between filmmakers and professionals from the Hollywood film community, Hollywood Connect works to do exactly what the title implies: Create events and a forum to encourage interaction with and instruction from prominent experts, financiers, filmmakers, talent, and industry executives. These include indie and studio executives responsible for development, financing, production, and distribution and marketing.

Hollywood Connect program events include:

Friday, August 20

12:30PM – 3:30PM

The Advantages of International Co-Production

Presented by: EGEDA

Moderated by: Leon Ichaso, Director

Panelists:

Rafael Sanchez, Managing Director, EGEDA-SGR

Manuel Soria, Managing Director, Madrid Film Commission

Julia Steinweg, Founder/Producer, Steinweg Emotion Pictures

Gabriela Tagliavini, Director/Producer

This panel will discuss the “ins and outs” and the “dos and don’ts” with industry professionals that have worked in and around the field of International Co-Productions.

Location:

EGEDA U.S. Offices

681 Trenton Drive

Beverly Hills, CA  90210

Saturday, August 21

1:00PM – 2:00PM

Café con… MATT LOPEZ

Presented by: WGA, West

Moderated by: Ligiah Villalobos, writer UNDER THE SAME MOON (LA MISMA LUNA)

Matt Lopez (BEDTIME STORIES & RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN) discusses his latest film, the Walt Disney Pictures action adventure, THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE with fellow screenwriter Ligiah Villalobos (LA MISMA LUNA).

**Special Bonus – A Special FREE Screening of THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE at 10AM at the Mann Chinese 6 Cinemas will precede Café con… MATT LOPEZ.

Location:

Renaissance Hotel & Spa, 3rd Level

Hollywood & Highland

1755 North Highland Avenue

Hollywood, CA 90028

Saturday, August 21

2:30PM – 4:00PM

BEFORE THE CAMERA ROLLS/MAXIMIZING YOUR TAX INCENTIVES

Introduction by: Leimomi Coloretti, Outreach and Development Director ,

Media Services / Showbiz Store

Dealing with a key element of film producing and budgeting, this seminar aims to serve as a definitive look at pre-production and tax incentives planning, presented by Media Services and Showbiz Software.

Panelists:

Otter Huntley, VP of Business Development, Media Services

Steven Fishman, VP of Sales, Media Services

Roger Jones, Business Development/Software Support, Media Services

John Robertson, Tax Incentives Specialist, Media Services

Alan Bailey, West Coast Production Consultant to Tax Credits, LLC

Location:

Renaissance Hotel & Spa, 3rd Level

Hollywood & Highland

1755 North Highland Avenue

Hollywood, CA 90028

Sunday, August 22

2:00PM – 3:00PM

A DIRECTORS ROUNDTABLE

Moderated by: Sydney Levine, Sydney’s Buzz-Indie wire

The panel features a roundtable dialogue with six exciting new voices whose films are being showcased in this year’s Festival. Each filmmaker will share their stories on what it took and the roads they each travelled to get their current films made.

Participants:

Fina Torres – Director, HABANA EVA

Carmen Marron – Director/Producer/Writer, GO FOR IT!

Consuelo Alba – Director , EL ANDALON

Isabel Cueva – Director, IN THE NAME OF FREEDOM

Yvette Edery – Director, JILLIAN DILLON

Sarah Vaill – Director, WOMEN WITH ALTITUDE

Location:

Renaissance Hotel & Spa, 3rd Level

Hollywood & Highland

1755 North Highland Avenue

Hollywood, CA 90028

Sunday, August 22

3:30PM – 4:30PM

NEW MEDIA AND YOU

Moderated by: Sydney Levine, Sydney’s Buzz-Indie wire

The panel focuses on using social networking, DIY and Hybrid Models to market and distribute your film.

Panelists:

Orly Ravid, The Film Collaborative

Vanessa Arteaga, Jaman

Sheri Candler, Marketing & Publicity

Location:

Renaissance Hotel & Spa, 3rd Level

Hollywood & Highland

1755 North Highland Avenue

Hollywood, CA 90028

Monday, August 23

4:00PM – 5:00PM

A GUILD EXPLORATION

Presented by: SAGindie

Moderated by: Darrien M. Gipson, Director SAGindie

Representatives from SAG, SAG Indie and Writers Guild of America, West speak on this panel about independent film and new media – how to work with the Guilds and why.

Panelists:

Kim Myers, WGAWest, Director of Diversity

Mark Friedlander, SAG, National Director, New Media

Elisabeth Flack, WGAW, Contracts Administrator, New Media

Location:

Renaissance Hotel & Spa, 3rd Level

Hollywood & Highland

1755 North Highland Avenue

Hollywood, CA 90028

Monday, August 23

5:00PM – 6:00PM

FROM FINANCING TO NEW MEDIA DISTRIBUTION: DECONSTRUCTING FILM

Presented by: Ethos Group

Moderated by: Ivan Cevallos, CEO, Ethos Group

This panel takes a start-to-finish look at film production to distribution with top executives within the independent film arena.

Panelists:

Adrian Ward, SVP, Entertainment, Sports & Media, NBCal

Howard Cohen, Co-President, Roadside Attractions

William Wu, Entertainment Attorney

Marcos Cruz Gonzales, Partner, MCG & Co.

John Kuri, CEO/President, Elixir Entertainment

Location:

Renaissance Hotel & Spa, 3rd Level

Hollywood & Highland

1755 North Highland Avenue

Hollywood, CA 90028

Tuesday, August 24

5:00PM – 7:00PM

A DIALOGUE ON IMMIGRATION ISSUES: WE ARE AMERICA/NOSOTROS SOMOS AMERICA

Presented by: UCLA Latin America Institute

Moderated by: Lalo Alcaraz, (comic strip “La Cucaracha”, host KPFK “Pocho Hour of Power”)

This panel will address the issue of immigration as a civil rights crisis impacting the Latino immigrant community that has culminated with Arizona’s anti-immigrant law, SB1070.

Panelists:

Esaú Meléndez, LALIFF Filmmaker, Director of IMMIGRANT NATION

José Jacques  Medina, Federal Deputy, LX Legislature, 2006-09, Mexican Congress

Professor Justin Akers Chacon, San Diego Community College, Chicano Studies

Thomas Saenz, President & General Consul of MALDEF

Sebastian Cordero, LALIFF Filmmaker, Director of RABIA

Location:

Renaissance Hotel & Spa, 3rd Level

Hollywood & Highland

1755 North Highland Avenue

Hollywood, CA 90028

Festival passes and tickets are available for purchase at latinofilm.org.

LA LATINO INTL FILM FEST Announces Filmmaker Panel on Immigration Issues

Posted in film festivals by johnwildman on July 16, 2010

14TH LOS ANGELES LATINO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL and the

UCLA LATIN AMERICAN INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES

FILMMAKER PANEL TO DISCUSS IMMIGRATION ISSUES

EDWARD JAMES OLMOS TO HOST DISCUSSION

MODERATED BY KPFK-FM’s LALO ALCAREZ

LOS ANGELES, CA July 13, 2010 – The 14th Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) announces that the filmmaker panel, A Dialogue on Immigration Issues:  We Are America/Nosotros Somos America will be featured as a centerpiece of the film festival’s planned panel series for this year’s edition of  LALIFF, the premier Latino international film festival in the United States.

Taking place at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel & Spa (1755 North Highland Avenue, Hollywood) Tuesday, August 24, 5:00PM-7:00PM, the anticipated event will be co-sponsored with the UCLA Latin American Institute.

Presented with LALIFF’s series of films on immigration including Esaú Meléndez’s IMMIGRANT NATION, the panel will address the issue of immigration as a

civil rights crisis impacting the Latino immigrant community that has culminated with  Arizona’s anti-immigrant law, SB1070.

Moderated by Lalo Alcaraz, creator of the nationally syndicated comic strip La Cucaracha and Host of KPFK-FM’s “Pocho Hour of Power,” the panel will take an incisive and critical look at the current plight of immigrant workers in the United States.

Following the passing of Arizona’s controversial law, some states have taken steps to isolate Arizona to voice their opposition, while others are preparing similar legislation in its wake. Meanwhile, as the nationwide debate continues to heat up this summer, immigrant workers, who have long been a part of our nation, are being subjected to racial profiling and harassment by law enforcement at the same time they are, increasingly, targeted for violent hate crimes.

Filmmakers like Meléndez will be joined by Latino minds such as Professor Justin Akers Chacon (San Diego Community College), co-author of the book, No One is Illegal, for a spirited discussion that will go beyond the politicians and media figures that have encouraged anti-immigrant politics by spreading false propaganda scapegoating immigrants for our nation’s problems. The conversation will then reach beyond the politics to delve into the civil rights crisis that has resulted in the separation of families, and increased violence against the immigrant community.

Actor, filmmaker and LALIFF Chairman, Edward James Olmos stressed the necessity for a substantial dialogue from the Latino point of view, saying “The current events in Arizona has delivered a potentially life changing moment at the doorstep of Latinos. The films we show at LALIFF this year and for years to come will be influenced by the actions of a country that so many in our community have embraced and adopted as their home. But this goes beyond art. This goes to a larger understanding of a very complicated issue.”

LALIFF Executive Director Marlene Dermer agreed, adding “From the beginning, LALIFF has sought to bring people and communities together through our films and the meeting of minds with our attending filmmakers. Central to that effort is a message of a crucial need for unity, comprehension and participation among cultures in this country. We see this particular panel as an opportunity for our film festival to spur and inspire a very timely dialogue from a viewpoint that we have yet to see from today’s pundits and politicians.”

LALIFF is scheduled for August 19-25, 2010 at the Chinese 6 Mann Cinemas, Last year, LALIFF drew an attendance in excess of 15,000 over the course of its 6 day run. In 2010, the film festival will include a full line-up of international award-winning features, short films, panels, workshops, musical performances and networking events.

Additional information can be found at latinofilm.org.

A DIALOGUE ON IMMIGRATION ISSUES

We Are America/Nosotros Somos America

Moderator:

Lalo Alcaraz, creator of the nationally syndicated comic strip La Cucaracha

Host of “Pocho Hour of Power” on KPFK 90.7FM

Confirmed panelists include:

Professor Justin Akers Chacon – San Diego Community College, Chicano Studies, Co-Author of No One is Illegal

José Jacques Medina – Diputado de la LX Legislatura, 4a Circunscripcion, Author of De Mojado a Diputado

Esaú Meléndez, – Director, IMMIGRANT NATION

Thomas A. Saenz – President and General Counsel, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)