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Ventana Sur: Alebrije’s Monica Lozano and Mórbido’s Pablo Guisa Koestinger Announce Latin America Partnership (Exclusive)

Ventana Sur: Alebrije’s Monica Lozano and Mórbido’s Pablo Guisa Koestinger Announce Latin America Partnership (Exclusive)
Buenos Aires — Mexican uber-movie producer Mónica Lozano, whose credits include “Instructions Not Included,” and Morbido Horror and Fantasy Film Festival founder Pablo Guisa Koestinger have closed an exclusive production alliance, aimed at exploring different ways of developing, producing and release genre films in Latin America.

The announcement was made at Ventana Sur’s Blood Window, one of Latin America’s most important fantastic film industry meets.

Films created under the alliance will enroll themes that resonate across the region, while creating a new horror experience for movie-goers across Central and South America, the partners said in a statement.

Since she broke through producing Alejandro Iñárritu’s “Amores Perros,” Lozano has been one of the most influential voices in Mexican cinema, heading its producers’ association, participating in many of the territory’s most successful international productions including Berlinale Crystal Bear winner “Innocent Voices,” and backing Eugenio Dérbez’s directorial debut “Instructions Not Included,” the highest U.
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Isa of the Day: Shoreline Becomes Latin American Talent & Literary Manager

Isa of the Day: Shoreline Becomes Latin American Talent & Literary Manager
Isa of the day is a continuing series of profiles of very special international sales agents. Shoreline Entertainment, one of the longest running independent film production companies and international sales agencies, has expanded its management arm to foster Latin American and women driven projects. You can see its Cannes lineup here.

The company was founded in 1992 by CEO and film producer Morris Ruskin whose production “Glengarry Glen Ross” launched him into the top level of indie producers. Shoreline’s Latin American Division for Management and Production is meeting with great success in repping over 25 directors, writers, actors, DPs and more.

Two interviews here, one with Alex Flores, the head of the division and the other with Diana Elizabeth Torres, a California based actress and writer illuminate their strategy and mission.

Alex and Morris’s friendship dates back 20 years, and their professional relationship flourished with films “Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing & Charm School” starring Robert Carlyle,
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20 Latin Americans Making a Difference for American Independent Film Today

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Latin American filmmakers have done well in the Oscar race over the last three years: Awards have gone to two Mexican directors, while films from Colombia and Chile have landed nominations. Meanwhile, revered auteurs from these region have maintained their positions on the world stage, and American-based Latino filmmakers and actors have become outspoken advocates for the need of inclusion and opportunity. But many others receive far less attention even as they toil away on the sidelines to make sure these artists receive the attention they deserve.

The unsung heroes of Latin American cinema’s success work in film journalism, distribution companies, film-oriented nonprofits, festivals, and even major studios. Behind the scenes, Latinos are paving the way for filmmakers and others who are fighting to be heard, seen, and understood. This crowd of influencers includes U.S Latinos, Latin Americans and Hispanics, all of whom are represented in the following overview.
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10th Los Angeles Greek Film Festival Announces Annual International Project Discovery Forum Details

Now in its fourth edition, the International Project Discovery Forum (Ipdf), Los Angeles Greek Film Festival’s Industry Section and development workshop will present six impressive new projects by filmmakers from the Balkans and the Middle­ East region.

Ipdf Director A​raceli Lemos,​ in talking about this year’s selections remarks,"For this edition,we chose projects which are bold, diverse and thought­provoking. We are excited to meet all the filmmakers in person and work with them."

The 20​16 Ipdf projects a​re from both new and established filmmakers. They are A​lexis Alexiou'​s (“Wednesday 4:45”) third feature project "As Long As You Bleed." V​assilis Katsoupis ​and producer G​iorgos Karnavas ​present "Inside," ​​Katsoupis'debut fiction feature. His documentary “​My Friends Larry Gus” i​s s​creening o​n F​riday, June 3rd.​Karnavas is a prominent Greek producer, whose previous work “The Eternal Paraskevas of Antonis Paraskevas” and “Boy Eating Bird’s Food” were worldwide festival favorites and screened in past editions of Lagff.

Sol Goodman,​an American producer with projects in the Middle East and NorthAfrica, will present "The Taste of Apples is Red," ​a S​yrian ​film by E​hab Tarabieh.​

Three debut features will also be pitched: from T​urkey,​ N​azlı Elif Durlu and​and her producer A​nna ­Maria Aslanoglu ​present​

"Zuhal." ​From G​reece's ​H​arris Raftogiannis,​comes "The River," ​​and Serbia’​s S​tefan Malešević​ will offer up​ "Usud."​

A f​our­ member jury​ of entertainment professionals will decide the winning project after hearing the final pitches on Sunday, June 5th. The 2016 Ipdf J​ury member s​are producer at Gunpowder & Sky, David Harris,​ R​ebecca Katz ​from the Creative Producing Initiative of the Sundance Institute; Participant Media’s​ Ioanna Varikos, a​nd producer and co­founder of Extraordinary Renditions, K​elly Thomas ​(“Spa Night”).

The ​winners​of the competition will ​receive ​the ​Aegean Award ​and a ​scholarship ​to attend the ​Mfi Script2Pitch​ Workshops ​during the ​Orpheus Award Ceremony on Closing Night, June 5th.

Before the Jury pitch​, each filmmaker will receive ​group training a​nd ​one­-on-­one meetings​with a diverse group of professionals sharing expertise in financing, directing, writing, producing, marketing and distribution. This year's ​experts​ include​: K Street Pictures' president​ Charles Agron​; writer/producer David Ariniello ​(“Arcadia Lost”), acclaimed director and cinematographer ​Steven Bernstein ​(“Decoding Annie Parker”), co­founder of L.A.­based La Panda Productions ​Pau Brunet​, director of creative initiatives for technology leader Bittorrent ​Missy Laney​, film festival programmer and strategist Kathleen McInnis, ​manager for the feature film program’s international work at Sundance Institute Matthew Takata,​ and writer/Producer of the award­-winning “Innocent Voices” (Voces Inocentes), Oscar Torres.

"We strive to change and grow every year, looking at what is happening in the independent film world around us, and pair our filmmakers with the best experts that can help them. Not only with these projects but for their careers as independent filmmakers," adds Ipdf Producer​Giulia Caruso.

The ​Ipdf Industry Events, free​ and open ​to the public​, take place on Saturday, June 4.

At 12:30 p.m. the ​Writing for Diversity in TV ​panel will take place. During this group session esteemed television writers, and personalities discuss and share their experiences, challenges and efforts to promote diversity on TV – both within the writer’s room and the characters they create. Panelists are; writers ​Aida Croal ​("Luke Cage"), ​Julia Fontana ​("Lucifer"), ​Maikiko James​ from the newly launched Women In Film's Women Writing Lab, musician/ writer ​Our Lady J ​("​Transparent")​, producer Benoni Tagoe ​(​"Awkward Black Girl"​) and director/ producer ​Greg Yaitanes ​(​"Banshee," "House M.D."​).

At 3:00 p.m. ​How a Director Finds Her Characters ​presented by writer/director ​Athina Tsangari​. Tsangari, one of the principal instigators of the New Greek Wave, offers a unique Masterclass on directing. Her latest award­winning feature "Chevalier" is screening at the festival on Thursday, June 2. The masterclass will be moderated by film critic ​Carlos Aguilar, who has written for outlets such as Indiewire, MovieMaker Magazine, and Variety Latino.

"Every year we are amazed at the variety and quality of projects that filmmakers submit for consideration to Ipdf. It's a complicated selection process, and we always struggle to let some great projects go. To best serve the participants and their projects, we select only six films from the hundreds we receive each year.," notes Lemos.

For more information on the Ipdf projects and filmmakers go to http://lagff.org/festival/international­project­discovery­forum

The International Project Discovery Forum is the industry program of Los Angeles Greek Film Festival

The International Project Discovery Forum is a Los Angeles pioneer in the promotion of international independent film development and co­production. Utilizing the innumerable resources that exist in Los Angeles, the festival aims to create a bridge between two very different worlds – the American Independent Film and the Greek/Balkan Independent Film.

They look for films that have an original approach, made by independent producers and filmmakers that have a unique voice. The stage of development of the selected projects varies from inspiring and promising scripts in an early stage, which they want to nurture through their journey, to more advanced projects in the financing stage that they connect with producers, distributors, sales agents and programmers that can actively support the film. The festival wants to create a circle of collaborators who share the same vision – a network of creative professionals from Greece, the Balkans and the Us that share the same idea of how they want to make films.

Besides their open call for entries, they look for projects in other industry forums in the Balkan region such as Thessaloniki Iff’s Crossroads, Sofia Meetings, Mfi Script Workshop.

The Forum includes a development lab only for Ipdf selected Filmmakers and a series of roundtables that are free and open to the public.

The goal is not only to promote Greek and Balkan filmmakers by helping strong, local stories with international appeal get told, but they also want to create an occasion for a true and lively exchange between European and American cinema. The forum provide a venue where dialogue is encouraged and creative collaborations are formed
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Mundial, Monica Lozano Strike Exclusive Sales Pact (Exclusive)

Mexico City – Mundial, the sales venture of Stuart Ford’s Im Global and Mexico and L.A.–based Canana – headed by Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna and Pablo Cruz – has closed an exclusive sales pact with Monica Lozano, one of the most important producers in Mexico and indeed Latin America.

Based since 2008 out of Mexico City’s Alebrije Cine y Video, Lozano’s production credits include Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu’s debut “Amores Perros” and Eurgdenio Derbez’s “Instructions Not Included,” a title that, with Gaz Alazraki’s “The Noble Family,” consolidated a double market for Mexican films in the U.S. and Mexico.

“Instructions” proved the highest-grossing Mexican film in Mexico, with a $46.1 million trawl, and the biggest Spanish-language hit ever in the U.S. punching $44.5 million.

Mundial and Alebrije will co-rep the films in the U.S. and Latin America; Mundial will be the exclusive sales agent in the rest of the world.
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Cannes Film Review: ‘Alias Maria’

A sobering social-issue movie set in a milieu so different from our own that it practically feels like science fiction, Jose Luis Rugeles’ “Alias Maria” embeds audiences among a group of Colombian guerrillas, where children are forced to fight alongside adults, and where the young ladies in the group are used for sexual recreation, but forbidden to bear children. Stories like this can be arduous to watch, and here, the unease is amplified by long, dialogue-free passages in which a small squad of fighters — including teenage Maria, who protects an obvious secret — find time to reevaluate their allegiances while undertaking a dangerous mission. The movie itself falls short of its objective, failing to engage as a straightforward thriller, but represents the iceberg-tip of a far larger effort, a grass-roots re-educational campaign the sheer importance of which should land “Alias Maria” countless more fest berths after Cannes.

Compelled by a noble
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Watch Bravetown trailer: Josh Duhamel is a lifeline for a troubled kid

Watch Bravetown trailer: Josh Duhamel is a lifeline for a troubled kid
Josh Duhamel is a lifeline for a troubled teen in the trailer for Bravetown.

Stoker and X-Men: Days of Future Past star Lucas Till has the lead role in Bravetown as musically-gifted teen Josh Harvest, who is forced into counselling in the wake of hard times.

Josh has to face up to his troubled past in order to explore his passion for music and find love with a local girl (Katrina Norman).

Tom Everett Scott, Laura Dern and Maria Bello all have supporting roles as the adults whose lives are impacted by Josh on his journey of self-discovery.

This will be the feature film directorial debut for Daniel Duran, who is bringing Innocent Voices writer Oscar Orlando Torres's screenplay to life.

Bravetown opens on May 8 in the Us. A UK release is yet to be set.
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Fantastic Fest 2014: 15 Projects Heading to the Fest's Latin American Genre Film Market

Fantastic Fest 2015 will include the second edition of the international co-production market Fantastic Market | Mercado Fantastico, and this year 15 projects have been selected. Read on for the full list!

The Fantastic Market | Mercado Fantastico runs September 18-20 in Austin, Texas. Fantastic Fest lead programmer Rodney Perkins and festival director Kristen Bell are heading up the effort. For more info on all of the below projects, visit FantasticFest.com/Projects.

Canana - the Mexican production outlet helmed by Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna, and Pablo Cruz - is co-producing the market alongside filmmaker Robert Rodriguez's El Rey Network. Cristina Garza, Vice President of Mundial, Canana's sales joint venture with Im Global, is sourcing projects from the region.

"The public response to this year's call for submissions was astounding," says market director Perkins. "The 15 selected projects represent a diverse mix of talent from the United States and abroad. We are extremely
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Adrien Brody to star in biopic of Wind in the Willows author

Blending live action and CGI, the long-delayed Banking on Mr Toad to look at author Kenneth Grahame's relationship with his wife, his autistic son and his writing

Oscar-winning actor Adrien Brody is attached to star in Banking on Mr Toad, a biopic that looks at The Wind in the Willows author Kenneth Grahame's relationship with his wife, his autistic son, and his writing.

The biopic, which will blend live action and CGI, has been delayed numerous times due to pre-production issues and cast changes.

British actor Brian Blessed is set to play Grahame's best friend, the eccentric William Furnivall.

Brody said of the role: "I was moved to tears by this compelling tale of a father's love for his child, and how the obstacles in life sometimes provide the spark of creativity to conquer them. This beautiful script has the power to remind us of our humanity and
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Adrien Brody banks on Mr Toad

  • ScreenDaily
Exclusive: Oscar-winner attached to star in and produce live-action and CGI Kenneth Grahame biopic, Banking on Mr Toad.

Adrien Brody is newly attached to star in and produce a biopic of Kenneth Grahame, the creator of renowned children’s tale Wind in the Willows.

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Banking on Mr Toad

Long-gestating biopic Banking on Mr Toad will chart Grahame’s relationship with his wife Elspeth and young son Alastair - who was plagued by a number of health problems - and the birth of his iconic, best-selling fiction The Wind in the Willows, which he wrote while holding the position of secretary at the Bank of England.

UK actor Brian Blessed (Flash Gordon) is attached to play Grahame’s best friend, the colourful William Furnivall.

Brody said of the role: “I was moved to tears by this compelling tale of a father’s love for his child, and how the
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Del Toro accepts horror 'Call'

Del Toro accepts horror 'Call'
Guillermo Del Toro has come on board to executive produce Jorge Olguin's horror film The Call of the Sea. The film, which marks Chilean helmer Olguin's third feature, stars Leonor Varela (Innocent Voices) and Santiago Cabrera (Empire). Chile Films is financing. Penned by Olguin, Call of the Sea is based on a legend about a ghost ship that navigates the cold waters of a mysterious Chilean island in search of the souls of local fisherman. The story centers on a marine biologist (Varela) who discovers that many of the legends are related to her family's past.

BB secures N.A. rights to 'Voices'

BB secures N.A. rights to 'Voices'
BB Entertainment Marketing has acquired North American rights to Luis Mandoki's Innocent Voices, BB CEO Ben Barbosa said Monday. The film, which will be released in major markets nationwide Sept. 23, will be distributed by Slowhand Cinema Releasing under the BB Entertainment banner. Produced by Lawrence Bender Prods. and Alatvista Films, Innocent Voices won the Golden Space Needle Award as best film at the 2005 Seattle International Film Festival.

Lions Gate Int'l 'Voices' spread

Lions Gate Int'l 'Voices' spread
Lions Gate Films International, the international theatrical arm of Lions Gate Entertainment, has announced multiple sales on Luis Mandoki's Voces Inocentes (Innocent Voices), which had its European premiere at the Kinderfilmfest section of the Berlin International Film Festival. Lions Gate International president Nick Meyer and LGFI co-president Sergei Yershov said sales included Metropolitan in France, Solo Film in Germany, Content Film in the United Kingdom, New Select in Japan and Nordisk in Scandinavia. 20th Century Fox had earlier acquired rights for Latin America from the producers, Altavista Films. The film is based on the experiences of co-screenwriter Oscar Torres as an 11-year-old child who suddenly becomes the "man of the house" after his father abandons the family during the Salvadoran civil war.

Ariel noms order up 'Duck'

Ariel noms order up 'Duck'
MEXICO CITY -- Indie film Temporada de Patos (Duck Season) and war picture Voces Inocentes (Innocent Voices) emerged as this year's front-runners for Mexico's top movie prize, capturing 12 and 10 Ariel nominations, respectively. The two films, plus Jose Buil's thriller Manos Libres, will contend for best picture and director honors at the 47th Ariel Awards, which will take place March 29 at Mexico City's Palace of Fine Arts. The relatively unknown Manos Libres, which is yet to be released commercially, racked up nine nominations.

Mexico taps 'Voices' for Oscar look

Mexico taps 'Voices' for Oscar look
MEXICO CITY -- The Mexican film academy has selected Luis Mandoki's Voces Inocentes (Innocent Voices) as its foreign-language submission for the 77th Academy Awards, while indie picture Temporada de Patos (Duck Season) will contend for a Goya nomination in Spain. Innocent Voices, an Altavista Films-Lawrence Bender production, tells the story of a boy growing up in war-torn El Salvador in the 1980s. Twentieth Century Fox will distribute the film in Mexico; Lions Gate is handling stateside distribution. The project marks helmer Mandoki's return to Spanish-language filmmaking after he worked in Hollywood for about 17 years. Among his English-language movies are Angel Eyes and Message in a Bottle. Innocent Voices will hit screens here in January, said distributor Fox Mexico.

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