11 items from 2016
Madrid — Three major Latin American bows this late summer – Mexican Amat Escalante’s “The Untamed” and Christopher Murray’s “The Blind Christ,” both Venice competition contenders, and “X Quinientos,” from Colombia’s Andres Arango, which is slated for Toronto – have made the cut of the 2016 San Sebastian Horizontes Latinos showcase.
They are joined by a clutch of Latin American major 2016 fest standouts – Daniel Burman’s “El Rey del Once,” Alejandro Fernandez Almendras’ “Much Ado About Nothing, are just two” – a world premiere and majorly movies by emerging talents from Latin America which once again, as in San Sebastian’s Competition lineup, throws the fest focus solidly on a new generation of a new generation of filmmakers.
Of Horizontes Latinos’ 13 entries, nine are first or second features, all by directors who released their feature debut this decade. Only three directors are over 40. With 10 movies under his belt, more than twice that »
- John Hopewell and Emiliano De Pablos
In an early foray into Latin American talent, Studio Plus, Vivendi’s groundbreaking production label for mobile-first premium TV series, is producing Peruvian director Daniel Martin Rodriguez’s comedy “Aj Zombies.”
An adaptation of Martin Rodriguez’s same-titled web series, produced by Lima-based outfit La Pepa, “Aj Zombies” sets out to imagine a zombie apocalypse in Latin America. That adds some social edge to a fiction where the walking dead are confused with beggars or attacked by organ thieves.
Exec produced by Studio Plus’ Clementine Gayet, Catou Lairet-Jeanblanc and Yacine Boucherit plus Daniel Martín Rodriguez, Diego Vega and Javier Salvador at La Pepa, “Aj Zombies” has been transformed into a 10-minute, 10-episode series, in what looks like a standard format in Studio Plus drama production plans.
The series finished a near one-month shoot in Lima and environs at the end of July.
Unveiled at April’s MipTV by Vivendi Contents, »
- Emiliano De Pablos
2011’s Juan of the Dead is cited as Cuba’s first feature-length zombie film, and now the first English-language horror film shot in that country is heading our way: Havana Darkness, a Bulgarian-u.S. co-production being filmed on location in New York… Continue Reading →
The post More Details on Havana Darkness – First English-Language Horror Film Shot in Cuba! appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Debi Moore
Miramax and the El Rey Network have announced the list of directors set to helm the third season of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series.
The list includes several newcomers to the series including Eagle Egilsson, who is known for his acclaimed work as a cinematographer for The Wire and CSI: Miami, for which he was also a producer. Rebecca Rodriguez,sister and frequent collaborator of Robert Rodriguez, will make her television directing debut. Additionally, Executive Producer Diego Gutierrez (Warehouse 13, Without A Trace) will join the roster after having written episodes for season two.
Directors who will be returning from past seasons include creator and executive producer Robert Rodriguez, Dwight Little (Halloween 4: the Return of Michael Myers), Alejandro Bruges (Juan of the Dead, ABC’S of Death 2), Eduardo Sánchez (The Blair Witch Project), and Joe Menendez (Ladrón que roba a ladrón).
The specific episodes for each director are »
- Gary Collinson
The characters fortunate enough to survive the blood-splattered brawl at the end of Season 2 will return in the upcoming third season of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, and to help hold over fans with a culebra-like thirst for new episodes, Miramax and El Rey Network have revealed Season 3’s directors and additional cast members.
Press Release: June 7, 2016 (Los Angeles, CA / Austin, TX) – Miramax® and El Rey Network released today the list of directors that will helm the 10 episodes of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series season three. Additionally, Nicky Whelan (House of Lies, The Wedding Ringer) and Maurice Compte (Breaking Bad, Narcos) have joined the cast of season three. Compte will play Brassa a mysterious Rasputin-like figure who takes on the Gecko brothers. Whelan’s character will be revealed on air.
The list of directors includes several newcomers to the series including Eagle Egilsson, who is known for »
- Derek Anderson
Guadalajara — Cuban producer Claudia Calvino of La 5ta Avenida Prods. is taking scribe Arturo Infante’s feature debut, sci fi comedy “The Extraordinary Journey of Celeste Garcia” to Guadalajara’s Co-Prod Meet.
“The Journey…” centers on a lonely 60-year-old Planetarium tour guide who seizes the chance for a new life when an alien race invites earthlings to visit their planet. The only caveat is that it’s a one-way ticket. For Infante, who studied screenwriting at the European Audiovisual Writing Conservatory in Paris, Celeste’s character reps his parents’ generation who “gave their best years to build a utopian project” and are now “marked by disenchantment and skepticism.”
“Mexico seems a good fit for a co-production partner as “The Journey… »
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
Guadalajara, Mexico – “The Extraordinary Journey of Celeste Garcia,” Arturo Infante’s arresting sci-fi allegory for Cuba’s current state, joins “Unknown Family,” a project from Alex Garcia’s Itaca Films and “The Man From the Future,” produced by Chile’s high-flying Giancarlo Nasi, in the 30-project lineup at the Guadalajara’s Fest’s 12th Co-Production Meeting.
The Mexican fest’s centerpiece industry event – for its size; prize money: Pesos 11.9 million ($650,000) in sponsors’ services or equipment; and attending producers – the Co-Pro Meeting runs March 6-8. Argos Cine’s offer to co-produce three 12th Gdl Co-Production Meeting winners, investing $164,000 a shot, has greatly goosed prize money.
Two-thirds of its 30 projects are potential first features, among them, notably, “Rosa Maria,” from Colombia’s Diego Vivanco, scribe of “El Paramo” and “Alias Maria,” plus domestic repression drama “Another Lake” from Chile’s Francisca Silva, and the intriguing “My Favorite Birthday,” from Mexico’s Agustín Tapia Muñoz
More surprisingly, »
- John Hopewell
Latino television shows are on the rise.
After successes from shows revolving African-American experiences like “Power” and “Survivor’s Remorse,” Starz CEO Chris Albrecht announced at the Television Critics Association’s press tour that the cable programming network will push for a Hispanic initiative for new shows.
Starz will partner with Televisa USA, an arm of Grupo Televisa, to develop the English-language version of the telenova “El Malefico” that ran for 320 episodes in Mexico from 1983-1984. The story is about a powerful businessman who makes a deal with the devil.
Haxan Films’ Eduardo Sanchez teamed with Cuban writer-director Alejandro Brugues for supernatural drama “Santeria.” The story follows undercover agents investigating strange murders against the backdrop of Cuban faith tradition.
Brugues is known for “Juan of the Dead” and Sanchez »
- Gig Patta
Starz Chief Executive Officer Chris Albrecht announced at today's Starz Television Critics Association (TCA) presentation that Starz' diverse programming strategy continues with the development of "Santeria," a "supernatural series" from Cuban writer and director Alejandro Brugues ("From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series," "Juan of the Dead") and Eduardo Sanchez ("The Blair Witch Project," "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series") who will executive produce and direct, with Gregg Hale ("The Blair Witch Project") serving as executive producer. Per the press release, the description of the series reads: "Cuba, its doors finally »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Starz Chief Executive Officer Chris Albrecht announced at today's Starz Television Critics Association (TCA) presentation that Starz' diverse programming strategy continues with the development of "Santeria," a "supernatural series" from Cuban writer and director Alejandro Brugues ("From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series," "Juan of the Dead") and Eduardo Sanchez ("The Blair Witch Project," "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series") who will executive produce and direct, with Gregg Hale ("The Blair Witch Project") serving as executive producer. Per the press release, the description of the series reads: "Cuba, its doors finally open to the world. But a secret war brews there, a clash between opposing sects of Santeria, the ancient religion born on the island. Two undercover agents investigating a bizarre murder are pulled into this supernatural conflict and discover it's more dangerous and far-reaching than anything they...
- Tambay A. Obenson
Starz is looking to boost its profile with Latino viewers. The premium cabler has set three development prospects revolving around Hispanic themes and creative auspices that include Televisa USA and “The Blair Witch Project’s” Haxan Films.
The focus on Hispanic audiences comes after Starz has found broad success with shows rooted in African-American experiences, including the drama “Power,” which ranks as Starz’s most-watched original series, and comedy “Survivor’s Remorse.”
Starz CEO Chris Albrecht has been vocal about the void in premium cable programming featuring diverse casts and creative teams. The Hispanic initiative was unveiled Friday morning during Starz’s presentation at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour in Pasadena, Calif.
Starz has teamed with Televisa USA, an offshoot of Mexican media giant Grupo Televisa, to develop an English-language rendition of telenovela “El Malefico,” about a powerful businessman who makes a pact with the devil. The »
- Cynthia Littleton
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