Published 14 hour ago on 21 Aug 1919
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, NewFilmmakers Los Angeles NFMLA will put the spotlight on the Latinx and Hispanic community this year at their annual festival on September 14 at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood.
NFMLA has partnered with for their annual NewFilmmakers Los Angeles Film Festival InFocus: Latinx & Hispanic Cinema Festival. The fest will include a lineup of local and international films by world-class emerging filmmakers from Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Spain, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Australia, Canada and the United States across three short film programs.
The day-long event will include a pre-reception where attendees can meet the filmmakers and industry professionals. It will be followed by three film programs that will feature moderators Claudia Puig of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and Rosy Cordero from Entertainment Weekly.
The complete lineup and details about the filmmakers for the program can be read below.
InFocus: Latinx & Hispanic Cinema Shorts Program #1
Argemira &ndash Directed by Bosco da Costa Brazil/Canada US Premiere A visually rich documentary narrating the life of an 85-year-old nun who had to overcome numerous obstacles to achieve her childhood dream.
About the Director – Bosco da Costa is a Brazilian filmmaker born in Recife, Pernambuco. Da Costa studied Law at Faculdade de Direito do Recife but decided to switch careers in order to follow his true passion in life: filmmaking. Da Costa moved to Toronto, Canada in 2017 to study Film and Television at Centennial College.
Taylor and Vanessa &ndash Directed by Christina Santa Cruz USATaylor and Vanessa examine what it means to be in danger.
About the Director – Christina Santa Cruz is a filmmaker and installation artist. She has showcased her work in various festivals and exhibitions, such as Chicago Underground Film Festival, Portland Unknown Film Festival, Norcal Nosiefest, Other Places Art Fair and Sunspots Cinema. Her education includes a bachelor’s degree in Film from the University of Central Florida and a master’s degree in Art and Technology from the California Institute of the Arts.
Insomniac &ndash Directed by Anna Victoria Salinas USAA journey through one sleepless night.
About the Director – Anna is a graduate of UCLA’s MFA program in screenwriting and a 2018 Sundance New Voice Lab Fellow. She’s produced numerous shorts and performs in the all-latina sketch duo John Baxter, whose film Sync has screened the LA Scripted Comedy Festival and the Funny Women Fest.
We Vanish &ndash Directed by Astrid Dominguez Mexico/AustraliaIn a country where violence against women has been normalised, a young mother will put her own life in danger to get legal justice over her daughter’s brutal murder.
About the Director – Astrid is a director and writer from the State of Mexico. Her career began in advertising, directing over seventy commercials. In 2018, she graduated with an MFA in directing at VCA in Melbourne, Australia, where she developed her graduate short film We Vanish/ Las Desaparecidas. Her recent work as a director is focused on female subjectivity, human rights, gender issues.
Something to Believe In Algo en lo Que Creer &ndash Directed by Fany de la Chica USA/SpainWorld Premiere Alba is about to make communion and asks Jesus Christ to kill her sick grandfather.
About the Director – Fany de la Chica is an award-winning filmmaker, singer and educator originally from Andalusia south of Spain and based in Harlem – New York. She studied the MFA in Directing/Screenwriting at Columbia University in New York. Her films have been selected in more than one hundred international film festivals, broadcast on television and awarded. Her work has been published in CINEWOMEN and The Hollywood Reporter. She won a College Emmy Award for her short film “Something to Believe in“ and the New View Award from Glamour Magazinefor her short film “The Looking Ceremony“.
InFocus: Latinx & Hispanic Cinema Shorts Program #2
Thank You for Calling &ndash Directed by Priscila Torres USAWorld PremiereTrapped in a never-ending immigration process, a Salvadoran immigrant makes a snap decision that could put her marriage and future in jeopardy.
About the Director – Priscila Torres was born and raised in El Salvador. In 2013, she earned a BFA in Graphic Design from Universidad Don Bosco in San Salvador, El Salvador. That same year, she was chosen as Robert Redford/Milagro Initiative Unique Voice recipient to study film in Santa Fe, New Mexico. During that time, she also volunteered on multiple occasions for the Sundance Film Festival and The Sundance Labs. She graduated in 2016 with a BFA in Film Production from Santa Fe University of Art & Design, and since then has worked on a number of productions as a production assistant, and as an assistant for Carmen Ejogo on The Girlfriend Experience S2 and Rattlesnake. Her feature screenplay “Undercurrent“ was selected for the Sundance Screenwriters Intensive Macon 2019.
La Casita Rosa &ndash Directed by Elvin Herrera Mexico/USAAn exploration of the humanitarian work done by Las Patronas, group of Mexican women determined to help feed the immigrants riding on top of cargo trains heading north to the U.S.
About the Director – Elvin Herrera is a documentarian and video editor. He received his B.A. in Cinema and Television Arts from California State University Northridge CSUN in 2015 and a M.F.A. in Film and Television from Mount Saint Mary’s University in 2017. Herrera has worked in post-production for the National Association of Latino Independent Producers, Spotify, and Compathos TV.
This happened to you? Esto Le Paso a Usted &ndash Directed by Ana Maria Estrada PeruAn elderly couple coming back to their country thirty years after emigrating discovers how much everything has changed and how vulnerable they are.
About the Director – Peruvian by birth, Ana Maria Estrada currently resides between the cities of New York, Lima and Miami, which allows her to work on various artistic projects. Her love for the performing arts started at an early age and she decided to polish her talents by studying acting in New York, Los Angeles, and London. She also studied film at the prestigious New York Film Academy.
Finding Shelter &ndash Directed by Marissa Chibas USAThis documentary captures the stories of several unaccompanied minors seeking refuge in the United States and how their real-life experiences were made in to the 2016 internationally acclaimed play.
About the Director – Marissa Chibas is a writer, performer, filmmaker. Her solo show Daughter of a Cuban Revolutionary, has toured the U.S., Europe, and Mexico. Her silent film/performance piece, Clara's Los Angeles, was presented at REDCAT's NOW festival and the San Diego Latino Film Festival. She conceived and wrote the play Shelter, which premiered in Lincoln Park and was presented at the Kennedy Center and has been made into a documentary, Finding Shelter.
Processing Station &ndash Directed by Rodrigo Espinosa USAWhen an optimistic man gets run over and dies, he finds the afterlife is run like the DMV, and a religion-based written test will determine his fate.
About the Director – Rodrigo is a Mexican director focused on comedy. He lives and works in Los Angeles.
InFocus: Latinx & Hispanic Cinema Shorts Program #3
Kiss Me Malibu &ndash Directed by Mikel Arraiz SpainA horror-comedy music video about the insecurities and overthinking that TV shows, religion, culture and belief systems create in us during male-female relationships and in courtship.
About the Director – Mikel Arraiz is a director and editor who studied Telecommunications at Public University of Navarre UPNA. He has created several music videos for Spanish bands, broadcast on MTV, and has written four scripts, which earned him several awards.
And The Brave Shall Rise &ndash Directed by Adam Schlachter USACindy Polo, stay-at-home mom and social activist, runs for office after the Parkland high school massacre to help inspire change in the Florida Legislature.
About the Director – Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Miami, Adam Schlachter graduated with an MFA in Directing from AFI, completed a Screenwriting Certificate at UCLA, and earned a BFA in Production from FSU. His thesis, “My Backyard Was A Mountain”, qualified for the Oscars, won an Imagen Award, earned grants from Kodak and Panavision, and screened at over two hundred film festivals. Adam was selected for the CBS Directing Initiative, the NBC-Universal Writers Showcase, the WGA IWC, the HSF/McNamara Arts Grant, the Caucus Foundation Grant, and the MMPA Diversity Scholarship. He is in post-production on a feature, “Hair In A Bag“.
Caminante, Caminante: La Leyenda del Huay Chivo &ndash Directed by Luis Quijano Mexico/USAIn a rural village in Yucatan, Mexico, two young missionaries in search of the town’s religious conversion go against the people’s beliefs and awaken a monster from a folk legend.
About the Director – Luis Quijano is a Mexican filmmaker born and raised in Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico. At the age of 18, he moved to Mexico City, to study “Media and Communication“ where he made his first short film “Me Gusta Más Crudo“ with two fellow students. In 2015, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in filmmaking, where he studied at the New York Film Academy in Burbank, CA and graduated in 2018. His latest project, the horror short film “Caminante, Caminante: La Leyenda del Huay Chivo“ is rounding up at film festivals around the world. Meanwhile, he is developing two feature films: “Caminante, Caminante“, based on this short film, and “Esto es lo que Somos“, a cannibal horror road film.
Until Dawn Comes &ndash Directed by Aaron Acuna Costa RicaAn unexpected message from the past makes Carmen get off a bus and rush to the city to sing a song to an old lover. With the reluctant help of her sister, she will embark looking for the pieces of her past she thought were behind her.
About the Director – Aaron earned a degree in Film and TV from Veritas Film School, a Bachelor’s in Psychology from University of Costa Rica and a Web Development Associate’s from CENFOTEC. Aaron has experience in filmmaking, producing, screenwriting and editing. He has directed and written 3 Award winning short films and produced several feature documentaries.
A Low-Budget Film &ndash Directed by Paulo Leierer Brazil West Coast Premiere A mixture of corporate film, archive footage, documentary and making of, the film is an attempt of the scientists from the “Brazilian Institute of Alternative and Secondary Importance Research” to fight the lack of funding, the closure of the institute and to keep their dreams alive.
About the Director – Paulo Leierer is a Brazilian director and scriptwriter who works developing and writing projects, especially comedies, with major Brazilian production companies. He directed a comedy series screened on Comedy Central and Netflix and has had short films screened at festivals such as the São Paulo International Film Festival, the Durban International Film Festival, Hanover International Film Festival, Bogotá Short Film Festival Oscar Qualifying and more.
Published 15 hour ago on 21 Aug 1919
WGA West presidential candidate Phyllis Nagy is accusing the guild's leaders of “electioneering“ in their latest legal maneuver against Hollywood's talent agencies. WGA West president David Goodman has fired back, calling her claims “reckless and inflammatory.“
Their exchange comes after the guild dropped its lawsuit against the Big 4 talent agencies and filed counter-claims in the federal antitrust case that CAA, WME and UTA had previously brought against the guild.
“This is electioneering, pure and simple,“ Nagy said in a statement posted on her WGA Forward Together website. “On September 5, rulings on the motions and demurrers to dismiss those state claims&mdashincluding the WGA's standing in the cases&mdashwere to be handed down. From reading the briefs filed in this matter, it was clear that one or more of those motions would have ended in the Guild's claims being dismissed outright or dismissed with leave to amend. Leadership saw the writing on the wall.“
“Leadership attempted to use this hearing as an election ploy,“ she wrote, “when it attempted to move the date of this hearing to several days after the results of the current election. Faced with defeat, and having wasted hundreds of thousands of dollars, leadership retreated to a September 5 date, well before the voting would be done.
“Read the filings in the case. You'll see what happened. Whatever the merits of the newly consolidated federal claims, there is no way these new claims will have any bearing on the election results. Leadership made sure of that. Make no mistake about what's going on here. It has nothing to do with just and righteous lawsuits and everything to do with a bald desire to win an election by hiding the truth from all concerned.“
Read the WGA's counterclaim filings here:
Goodman, in a fiery response, told Deadline: “Ms. Nagy, whose résumé does not suggest that she has any form of legal education, has made some extraordinary claims. She determined that the agencies would have prevailed in state court having read only the agencies' briefs, and not the Guild’s responses, because the Guild's responses have yet to be filed. This would be absurd on its face, not to mention an embarrassment, had she simply said these things in private. Stating these claims in public, with a certainty that defies explanation, is reckless and inflammatory, and makes one wonder from whom she is getting her legal advice.”
“The Guild’s legal strategy,” he said, “is crafted with advice from counsel who operate under a fiduciary duty to the entire membership and without regard to Guild politics. The reasons for the change of venue are described fully in the materials the Guild sent to the membership today. I will not repeat those reasons here. I will say this: the Guild expects to prevail in federal court, as it expected to prevail in state court. Our counsel has made it clear that consolidation of claims is a standard and unremarkable legal practice. Running for president gives Ms. Nagy a pulpit. But that comes with a responsibility to be careful and accurate. Her statements today fail on both counts.“
In response, Nagy said: “It does not take legal training to read the leadership’s written arguments to postpone the state court judge’s hearing on the motions to dismiss. The only reasonable interpretation is that the WGA leadership did not want the issue of its ill-considered action to file suit against the major agencies coming up before voting on the WGA election had been completed. The WGA counsel and its leadership clearly knew it had a losing case in state court and is now trying to spin the matter to justify dismissing its expensive suit in search of a new court. In legal terms, if you will, avoiding the Latin language &lsquothe thing speaks for itself.'”
To support her argument, she pointed to Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William Highberger's July 23 written finding that the guild did not have reasonable cause to delay a hearing on the agencies' demurrers and motions to dismiss the suit until after the guild's upcoming elections. “You can't start a fight and then expect a recess,“ he wrote.
It’s the second time this month that members of her slate of running mates have accused guild leaders of electioneering - using guild resources to further the candidacies of incumbents. That charge was first raised after the first of three WGA membership meetings about the agency campaign - a charge Goodman vehemently denied.
On Monday, Nagy said that the guild's ongoing standoff with the Association of Talent Agents threatens to “permanently destroy the primacy writers have enjoyed in television,“ and will lead to a strike next May against the major studios.
Published 15 hour ago on 01 Aug 1919
BET Networks has given a series green light to Sistas, a drama executive produced by Tyler Perry, starring KJ Smith The Fix, Ebony Obsidian If Beale Street Could Talk, Mignon Von 42 Seconds and Novi Brown Spider. The series is the second to be greenlit, joining The Oval, under Perry's exclusive, multi-year content partnership deal with Viacom. Principal photography is underway at Tyler Perry Studios. Premiere is slated for this fall.BET
Written, directed and executive produced by Perry, Sistas follows a group of single black females from different walks of life who bond over their one common thread: why am I single? In this bold new series, viewers watch these women navigate their “complicated love life“ status, careers and friendship through the ups-and-downs of living in a modern world of social media and unrealistic relationship goals. The hourlong drama takes viewers on a roller coaster ride of emotions and hilarious moments that are the epitome of #squadgoals.
Smith will play Andrea “Andi“ Barnett. The “common sense one of the group,“ Andi is a successful divorce lawyer focused on taking her career to the next level. She is confident, driven, ambitious, clever, witty, and accomplished. She is reliable and the emergency call if ever needed.
Obsidian will play Karen Mott. Owner of an up and coming hair salon, Karen is street-smart, head strong and independent. Tired of being mistreated by men, she is beginning to take a very close look at the relationships in her life. Karen is the “tough love“ girl of her “sistas“ group.
Von will portray Daniella “Danni” King, the kind of woman who doesn’t hold back. She is the “ride or die“ girl. Although she tends to be very involved with everyone else's business but her own, she means well and has the best intentions. Danni is comical, fearless and marches to the beat of her own drum. She always has her girls' back. Danni is the unbiased supporter of the group and works in customer service at the airport.
Brown will play Sabrina Hollins. Sabrina is stylish and smart. She works as a bank teller and is intrigued when one of her customers asks her out. Although she tends to be reserved and plays it safe, she goes against the grain and tries something new but doesn't know how she feels about it. Sabrina is supportive of her girls and is the peacemaker of the group.
Michelle Sneed also will serve as executive producer for Tyler Perry Studios.
Published 15 hour ago on 10 Jul 1919
Snapchat is adding more shows and contributors to its creator community, a list headlined by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Serena Williams.
The first of the newly conceived Creator Shows premieres Wednesday, with debuts scheduled through the rest of the summer and into the fall.
Also on the Creator Shows roster is comedian Kevin Hart, plus digital-native creators like Emma Chamberlain, Loren Gray, Rickey Thompson, Baby Ariel and FaZe Banks. Exclusive shows will also come from Maddie Ziegler, Keke Palmer, Mackenzie Ziegler, Jordyn Jones, Denzel Dion and Chantel Jeffries.
The social network is aiming to capitalize on its strong ties to young viewers. Snapchat says it reaches 90% of all 13-24 year-olds – more than Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger combined – and 75% of all 13-34 year olds.
Snapchat Shows have gained traction, the company says, with view time more than tripling in the past year.
Snap recently launched the Scripted Comedy Creator Initiative. The program is designed to inspire the best and funniest up-and-coming comedy writers, performers and directors to invent new ways to produce scripted comedy for the mobile audience. The results - seasons of eight to 10 episodes of three to five minutes in length - will start airing this summer on the Discover page where the Creator Shows will also be found.
On Wednesday, Snap announced a followup to the comedy effort, a short-form Animated Comedy Creator Initiative. Submissions are open through August 26. Creators in the U.S. are invited to pitch a one-page treatment including storyboards, animatic or full pilot for an animated comedy series. The network will greenlight up to 10 shows from this pool of submissions.
Here are more details about the Creator Shows, with loglines from Snapchat:Trend or End with Rickey Thomspon – Camo pants are so 2018&hellip but flamin' hot cheetos are a major trend. Rickey Thompson is the judge, jury, and executioner of all things fashion and lifestyle in this Snapchat series. Premieres July 10. Glow Up with Loren Gray – Gen Z icon Loren Gray is sharing her expert advice by weaving heartfelt affirmations into practical beauty tutorials. Premieres July 11. Throwback Toys with Jordyn Jones – Jordyn Jones is going way back in time to unbox her favorite toys from growing up and give them a real talk adult review! Premieres July 12. Keepin' It Real with Keke Palmer – Dive into Keke's mind for advice on all of life's crazy situations&hellipit's a Dear Abby in the DM's. Premieres July 13. Get Creative with GeeohSnap – Amazing artwork awaits when creator and illustrator GeeOhSnap teaches you all his tricks to create incredible art with the Snap Camera. Premieres July 14. Rules of Success with Arnold Schwarzenegger – It's Arnold in your pocket! Tune-in every episode for motivational advice from the legend himself. Untitled Creator Show with Serena Williams Untitled Creator Show with Kevin Hart In partnership with Laugh Out Loud, Hart's comedy brand and multi-platform network. Untitled Creator Show with Maddie Ziegler Untitled Creator Show with Emma Chamberlain Untitled Creator Show with Baby Ariel – The internet's own Baby Ariel unpacks transformative life events with famous guests from all walks of life. Untitled Creator Show with Chantel Jeffries Untitled Creator Show with Mackenzie Ziegler Chasing Clout with Spencer Pratt – Who's chasing clout and who's making it? Only pop culture oracle Spencer Pratt can decide. Untitled Creator Show with FaZe Banks Untitled Creator Show with Denzel Dion In The Wild with The Real Tarzann – Things are getting WILD in Miami! Join exotic animal expert Mike Holston AKA The Real Tarzann to meet a new animal friend every episode. Untitled Creator Show with Teala Dunn  Untitled Creator Show with Jibrizy
These new Scripted Comedy Creator Shows will start airing this summer, with additional shows to follow:Apocalypse Goals Olivia DeLaurentis & Sydney Heller Sydney and Olivia return home from a bachelorette party to find out&hellip it's the end of the world. Equipped with only a basic millennial skillset and the things Sydney bought while she was drunk in Vegas, the two girls go on a cross-country road trip to escape the alien apocalypse. Premieres July 10. All Dog$ Get Money Gerald Grissette – Animated parody of the rap world following a mid-tier rapper through the absurd ins and outs of his life and career. Premieres July 11. Relationship Goals Ben Waller – The story of two vain people coming together and coming unglued, all told through the POV of their closest confidante and must trusted companion: their phones. A found-footage You’re The Worst. The Daily Realness Skyler Fulton A mockumentary series about a clickbait-driven website.
Published 15 hour ago on 30 May 1919
Brie Larson has said she wants Marvel Studios to "move faster" when it comes to LGBTQ representation. The actress might be getting her wish with a possible relationship between her Carol Danvers character and Tessa Thompson's Valkyrie. It is something that Captain Marvel producer Mary Livanos and the rest of the studio have been thinking about since fans have been championing it after the release of the movie earlier this year. Marvel Cinematic Universe fans have even caught the attention of Larson and Thompson on social media with their relationship goals.
Some romantic fan art featuring Valkyrie and Carol Danvers started making the rounds when Captain Marvel hit theaters and both Tessa Thompson and Brie Larson shared or commented on said art. It appears this excitement has led to some additional thinking within Marvel Studios behind-the-scenes. MCU producer Mary Livanos had this to say about the possible impact on the future of Carol and Valkyrie.
"And then, of course, there's the Brie Tessa Thompson love going on online which is fun to see. It's so charming and so fun to see the actor's themselves get excited about the potential mashup so that as a creative makes you start thinking."
Obviously, this is far from a confirmation that a relationship between Carol Danvers and Valkyrie will appear in the MCU's upcoming Phase 4. However, it is interesting to see how fan reaction to a possible same-sex relationship has some thinking going on behind-the-scenes. There has already been a lot more talk about LGBTQ representation in the MCU's Phase 4 over the past several months with speculation on The Eternals introducing the first openly gay superhero character after the first openly gay human character was introduced in Endgame, played by co-director Joe Russo.
Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige has also talked about more LGBTQ representation on the way for the MCU. However, part of his job is to keep the secrets as to not spoil anything for the millions of fans from all over the world. But, the safe bet seems to be on The Eternals at this point in time for the big reveal. Feige had this to say.
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"You look at the success of Captain Marvel and Black Panther. We want the movies to reflect the audience and we want every member of our global audience to see themselves reflected on the screen."
Representation will continue in the MCU's Phase 4, but will that involve a relationship between Valkyrie and Carol Danvers? Tessa Thompson portrays the character on the big screen as bi-sexual, which has yet to be explored outside of the comics. And when it comes down to it, the fans will be ready for it and if Marvel Studios does it first, the rest of the studios will begin to follow, which is pretty much a guarantee. Marvel Studios is an unstoppable juggernaut at this point in time and it's continuing to blaze trails. The interview with Mary Livanos was originally conducted by Comic Book.