NALIP Announces Inaugural Latino Lens: Producers Pipeline Incubator
The National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) announced Latino Lens: Producers Pipeline Incubator, a new program sponsored by the Walt Disney Company, the Motion Picture Association, Amblin Partners and Starz.
The incubator will accept 12 aspiring Latino producers and train them in the business of film, television and distribution while focusing on opportunities to advance inclusivity in entertainment. At the conclusion of the eight-week program, four participants will continue into a six-month paid fellowship at the Walt Disney Company, the MPA, Amblin Partners and Starz.
“It is important for our production companies to give access to diverse producers,” said Latondra Newton, chief diversity officer of the Walt Disney Company. “NALIP has proven to be a great source of talent and we hope to tap into their network and open more doors for the next Kathleen Kennedys and Lin-Manuel Mirandas.”
Further details about the program can be found at www.nalip.org/producers_pipeline_incubator
BAFTA Announces Winners of 2021 GSA Student Awards
BAFTA announced the winners of its 2021 GSA Student Awards on Friday in a digital ceremony hosted by actor Elliot Knight.
University of California student Yucong Rae Chen won the Special Jury Prize for her film about the tragic 2014 killing of USC student Xinran Ji, “Unfinished Lives.” She was selected by the committee, which comprises actor Kingsley Ben-Adir, actor and director Colman Domingo, actor Aasif Mandvi and costume designer Trish Summerville.
In addition to Chen’s “Unfinished Lives,” two more of the five winning projects focused on Chinese subjects, made by Chinese female directors. Olivia Hang Zhou’s “Apart, Together” tells an inter-generational story of pain and resilience in the wake of China’s one-child policy, while Yuxin Gao, Lillyan Ling, Gus Boehling and John Bruneau’s “Out for Delivery” follows Chinese migrant-workers in Beijing in January 2020, on the day that Wuhan first went into lockdown due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
The BAFTA Student Film Award for Animation was awarded to Hugo Caby, Antoine Dupriez, Aubin Kubiak, Lucas Lermytte and Zoé Devise from the French college Pôle 3D, for “Migrants.”
RePRO Film Fest Announces 2021 Lineup (EXCLUSIVE)
RePRO Film Fest has announced its 2021 lineup, which includes three feature films and 12 shorts exploring a range of topics including equal access to abortion, criminalization of bodily autonomy, gender stereotyping, reproductive health concerns, postpartum depression and reproductive justice for women of color.
Running from Aug. 9 to 18, RePRO, which is the only festival in the world dedicated to advocating for reproductive health care, justice and bodily autonomy for women (cis, trans and non-binary inclusive), said that all of the films are directed by individuals using she/her pronouns, and two-thirds are helmed by BIPOC or AAPI individuals.
The festival will also present the “ChangemakeHER” award to Jonelle Procope, the president and CEO of New York City’s Apollo Theater.
The feature films include Marion Lipschutz and Rose Rosenblatt’s “Bei Bei,” Celina Escher’s “Fly So Far” and Leah Galant and Maya Cueva’s “On the Divide.” The shorts are Maya Cueva’s “Ale Libre,” Haimy Assefa’s “Black Birth,” Yi Tang’s “Black Goat,” Satinder Kaur’s “Blood and Glory,” Maya Albanese’s “Freeze,” Aurora Brachman and Jessie Zinn’s “The Gallery That Destroys All Shame,” Lara Aerts’ “Girlsboysmix,” Sarah Ema Friedland and Alessandra Lacorazza’s “In Accordance With,” Henriette Rietz’s “Postpartum,” Susan O’Brien’s “Resist: The Resistance Revival Chorus,” Kate E. Hinshaw and Ebony Blanding’s “Ten Leaves Dilated” and Danski Tang’s “Umbilical.”
The full lineup can be found here https://www.reprofilmfest.com/.
IFC Films Releases Trailer for Neill Blomkamp’s “Demonic”
IFC Films released a second trailer for “Demonic,” the upcoming sci-fi horror film written and directed by Neill Blomkamp, premiering on Aug. 20.
The movie, centered around a simulation, follows a young woman who unleashes demons when supernatural forces at the root of a decades-old mother-daughter rift are revealed.
“Demonic” also uses a patent-pending new method of using volumetric capture (a three-dimensional video technology that turns actors into geometric objects). It uses the highest amount of volumetric capture in any feature film.
Tribeca Drive-In Returns to Los Angeles at Rose Bowl Stadium in Late July
Today Tribeca Enterprises announced that Tribeca Drive-in will run from July 28 to Aug. 26 at the Rose Bowl Stadium. Tribeca Drive-in will be the only drive-in for the Los Angeles area, showcasing acclaimed screenings of both new and classic films.
The Tribeca Drive-in delivers the nostalgia of “Grease” traditional drive-in experiences, while also bringing a modern take on the missed cinema experience after the pandemic. Last year, the Tribeca Drive-in became one of the first platforms to bring back performers to the stage safely for live entertainment, while applauding first responders and local businesses during lockdown. Tribeca was inspired to return to the Los Angeles area for a consecutive year. The drive-in will bring encore screenings, family matinees and a special sneak preview of an upcoming film.
“The Tribeca Drive-in program has always been a beloved staple of the Tribeca festival and after last year’s wildly enthusiastic reception, we’re thrilled to return to the iconic Rose Bowl,” said Jane Rosenthal, co-founder and CEO of Tribeca Enterprises and the Tribeca Festival. “Since its beginnings, this wonderful series has shown a unique ability to transport audiences to those magical summers when movies were experienced outdoors and on the big screen.”
Tribeca’s opening weekend will feature screenings of hit films celebrating milestone anniversaries, including the 20th anniversary of “The Royal Tenenbaums” and the 25th anniversary of “Fargo.”
Robin Williams will also be honored at Tribeca as the drive-in will spotlight the actor’s illustrious career with some of his most cherished films, including “Hook” and “Good Will Hunting,” for which Williams earned the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1998.
Tribeca will also showcase a special preview of Amazon Prime Video’s “Everybody Talking About Jamie” ahead of the film’s official premiere, and it will mark the end of the 2021 Olympics with “Go Big,” a collection of short films that highlight athletic risks, rewards and resilience. Tribeca will celebrate the final weekend of the series with a collection of films that highlight the power of music, such as “Mix Tape: Music Shorts,” “Fame” and “Little Shop of Horrors.”
SR Socially Relevant Film Festival Announces ‘Rejoice, Resist: Black Indigineous People of Color Films’ Series
SR Socially Relevant Film Festival has announced “Rejoice, Resist: Black Indigineous People of Color Films,” a film series celebrating BIPOC filmmakers and advocating for social justice, running from Aug. 29 to Sept. 2.
Taking place in Harlem, the event kicks off with a VIP cocktail honoring partners and sponsors, followed by a block party on Aug. 29, in-person film screenings, a panel and a film screening at Marcus Garvey Park.
Also, sponsor Rizzle is seeking submissions from BIPOC creators for content that reflects BIPOC and Black Lives Matter stories. Creators can submit three-episode series through the Rizzle app, and the top five vertical video submissions will be screened on Aug. 29, with the winners receiving cash prizes.
The American Film Institute (AFI) Conservatory Names Karen Schwartzman Senior Director of Innovative Programs
Karen Schwartzman has been named as Senior Director of Innovative Programs by the AFI Conservatory.
In her new role, Schwartzman will develop short-term programs to support a variety of initiatives, including curriculum-building pilot programs, and new and exciting community outreach and inclusivity programs for marginalized storytellers. Schwartzman will also oversee program management and strategic planning. AFI’s curriculum will create more inclusivity and champion greater cultural diversity in storytelling.
“As we look ahead and embrace emerging technology as tools for storytelling and democratization, AFI is dedicated to bringing technologists and storytellers together to create and impact social change,” said Susan Ruskin, dean of the AFI Conservatory and executive vice president of AFI. “In Karen Schwartzman, with her extensive experience in program development and centering diverse voices, we have found a great collaborator and look forward to pushing the boundaries for storytelling.”
Schwartzman added, “I’m thrilled to build upon AFI Conservatory’s stellar track-record of educating and preparing creatives for successful, award-winning careers in the entertainment industry, as well as supporting AFI’s world-class community of artists.”
Phillip W. Palmer Returns to Cinema Audio Society Board of Directors
Phillip W. Palmer returns to Cinema Audio Society’s (CAS) Board of Directors, a role he previously held as vice president. Palmer will be filling the empty seat of former board member Mary K. Ellis.
“We are delighted to welcome long-time contributor and generous volunteer Phil Palmer CAS back to the board,” said CAS president Karol Urban. “His unique institutional knowledge, gathered from years of service in various roles within the organization, greatly benefits the Cinema Audio Society.”
Palmer is currently the “Better Call Saul” sound mixer for AMC and has won an Emmy for his work on Fox’s “Glee.”
Endeavor Appoints Ursula Burns to Board of Directors
Endeavor Group Holdings, Inc. announced that Ursula Burns has joined its board of directors.
Burns was previously CEO of Xerox Corporation, where she helped move the company to a diversified global business services company. From 2009 to 2016, she served on the White House’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Coalition. In 2016, Burns joined telecommunications company VEON as chair and CEO.
“I’m thrilled to join Endeavor’s board at this exciting time,” Burns said. “Endeavor has long been a leading force in sports and entertainment and a true innovator in the content and events space. I’m looking forward to working alongside the leadership team to build upon the company’s incredible momentum and help lay the foundation for many more successful years to come.”
Burns joins a board that includes Endeavor CEO Ariel Emanuel, executive chairman Patrick Whitesell, Silver Lake co-CEO Egon Durban, Silver Lake managing director Stephan Evans, Uncle Nearest Inc. CEO Fawn Weaver and Tesla CEO Elon Musk.
“As a newly public company, we are honored to welcome Ursula to our board of directors at such a transformational time,” Emanuel said. “Ursula is no stranger to leading global companies through change by embracing innovation and harnessing the power of technology – exactly the type of experience that will prove invaluable to us as we start this next chapter.”
Prasad Corp and Colorlab Partner to Bring Scanity HDR 4K Film Scanner with WetGate
Film preservation, digitization and restoration company Prasad has formed a partnership with digital film laboratory Colorlab to offer film scanning services via its Scanity HDR 4K Film Scanner with WetGate.
Equipped with Prasad’s proprietary WetGate technology, the HDR 4K Film Scanner will be used to scan a wide range of archival media for preservation and monetization. Colorlab’s clients include major motion picture studios, institutional and private archives and independent producers.
“Our mission is to provide the best digital solutions in preservation and restoration of archival films,” Colorlab owner and president Thomas Aschenbach said. “Scanity HDR with WetGate is an exciting addition to our complement of solutions for archival film digitization.”
Aldis Hodge’s Artist Collective 9B Designs New “Tomorrow War” Poster, Featuring Brother Edwin Hodge
Amazon revealed an “out of this world” new poster for its hit action movie “The Tomorrow War,” starring Chris Pratt, Yvonne Strahovski, J.K. Simmons, Betty Gilpin, Sam Richardson and Edwin Hodge.
To create the new art, Amazon collaborated with the streamer’s “One Night in Miami” star Aldis Hodge (brother to Edwin) and his artist collective 9B. 9B Collective’s Kevin Tong created the final image, saying that the piece was inspired by the fact that the movie is “at its core, a story about everyday people from all walks of life coming together to fight against an overwhelming threat.”
The colorful poster shows illustrated versions of the movie’s stars falling through a portal into the future, which Tong says best exemplifies those core themes. “It is both a literal and figurative doorway to salvation and everyone goes through it and emerges at the same time, right into the action,” Tong explained. “The themes of diversity and using a doorway to drop into danger definitely informed this poster. To heighten that sense of danger and to create a stronger feeling of motion, I chose to make the direction of falling diagonal instead of just vertical.”
NewFilmmakers Los Angeles and WarnerMedia OneFifty Launch NewNarratives Content Program
NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA), supported by WarnerMedia OneFifty, has created NewNarratives, a content program built to identify emerging global artists by tapping into NFMLA’s community and extensive pool of artistic talent. The NewNarratives initiative will advance, fund, and amplify unique, innovative creators whose narratives, stories, and characters transcend borders and dismantle convention.
“We are thrilled and excited to be collaborating with NewFilmmakers LA on this exciting program. It truly captures the vision of the amazing artists involved and that of OneFifty,” says Head of WarnerMedia OneFifty, Axel Caballero.
NewNarratives seeks to discover original, authentic work with a strong point of view and identify compelling storytelling that speaks to contemporary themes in innovative and resonant ways. Free from any set parameters on theme and genre, episodic or feature film concepts that push convention are at the program’s core.
“Artists’ ability to be in tune with the world and present it through their eyes is a force that profoundly shapes culture. The creators who embrace risk in meaningful ways are going to be strong candidates here,” says NFMLA’s Programming Director, Bojana Sandic.
NewNarratives will award one artist a grant to support the development of a new project. The funded material will also be introduced by OneFifty to the WarnerMedia family of companies for further development consideration. Program applications will open up to members of NFMLA on July 19, 2021, with a submission deadline of August 27, 2021.
“There are a lot of programs out there for identifying talent, but there’s nothing quite like this. WarnerMedia OneFifty consistently leads the charge when it comes to investing in and advancing independent content by lesser known filmmakers. WarnerMedia OneFifty is serious about actualizing opportunities for creatives and NFMLA is thrilled to deepen our partnership in this way,” says NFMLA’s CoFounder and Executive Director, Larry Laboe.
Program and submission information is available at www.NFMLA.org/NewNarratives.