Sundance entry plays in Next Film
Maya Intl., the sales and distribution arm of L.A.-based indie Maya Entertainment founded by executive co-chair Moctesuma Esparza, is at Sundance handling worldwide rights to Next Film selection “Mosquita y Mari,” Aurora Guerrero’s helming debut.The coming-of-age tale is about two 15-year-old Latinas coming to grips with the sexual undercurrent in their friendship. Pic is a co-production between Chad Burris’ Indion Entertainment and Maya Intl., which will manage foreign sales. The Film Collaborative handles domestic sales of the pic at Sundance. Pic has also been accepted for the Sundance Selects selection at Berlin’s European Film Market, which Maya Intl. prexy Elias Axume will attend. “Mosquita y Mari” was recently awarded the 2011 SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grant and an LG Cinema 3D Fellowship. Guerrero is a former Sundance Institute/Ford Foundation Film Fellow and was recently named a Time Warner Fellow. Maya Intl. is selling rights to pics including Indion Entertainment’s “Ass Backwards,” starring Alicia Silverstone; “It’s a Disaster,” toplined by Julia Stiles and America Ferrara; “Cafe,” starring Jennifer Love Hewitt and Jamie Kennedy; and “Without Men,” led by Eva Longoria Parker, Christian Slater and Oscar Nunez. Axume will also be looking out to acquire international rights to new titles at Sundance. Parent company Maya Entertainment Group, Inc. is a multi-platform content and distribution company that has built a library of more than 100 titles aimed at American Latino as well as global auds. Led by Esparza, whose credits include “Selena” and HBO’s “Walkout,” and prexy Jeff Valdez (founder of SiTV, now nuvoTV), Maya has been expanding its reach via evolving distribution technologies.