Imcine Director Maria Novaro Ramps Up Outreach, Diversifies Incentives (Exclusive)

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Morelia, Mexico – A year after taking on the role of Mexican Film Institute (Imcine) director, Maria Novaro addressed rumors about cuts to current audiovisual incentives in Mexico.

Contrary to reports, the budgets for each of the three incentives – Fidecine, Foprocine and Eficine – have not been reduced as a result of the new government’s austerity measures, she pointed out.

“The cuts were across all government departments although we did see a 30% reduction in personnel but only among contractors,” said Novaro.

In Morelia to mainly present the two-day Mexican Indigenous Filmmakers: Identity and New Narratives forum for women directors during the 17th Morelia Film Festival, Novaro pointed out: “We have actually introduced two additional calls for projects this past year.”

Fidecine, the incentive for mainstream projects which normally holds one call a year, held two rounds for the first time. The first round awarded 13 fiction projects of which 11 were in production and two in post.
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Netflix’s Ted Sarandos Unveils Mexican Office, Announces More than 50 Projects

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In a much-anticipated move, giant streaming service Netflix has confirmed the launch of a Mexico City office this year. Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos was in Mexico City at a Netflix forum to also announce that the company had more than 50 projects in different stages of production in Mexico, some original content, others co-productions.

“The richness of talent in front of and behind the camera in Mexico was key in our decision to begin our local production strategy with ‘Club de Cuervos’ four years ago,” Sarandos said. “Since then, we have continued to expand our local investment and continue providing a platform for Mexican talent to be recognized around the world,” he added.

Four local films in the pipeline are destined for Netflix’s slate over the next two years. These include “Como Caído del Cielo,” a musical comedy inspired by the songs of Mexican legend Pedro Infante, starring
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AFI Docs Unveils 2018 Lineup: ‘Personal Statement’ to Open Festival

Washington — AFI Docs has unveiled the lineup for this year’s festival, which kicks off with the world premiere of “Personal Statement.”

The fest — held from June 13 to June 17 in Washington and Silver Spring, Md. — will include five world premieres and feature 92 films representing 22 countries.

“Personal Statement,” directed by Juliane Dressner and Edwin Martinez, is about three high school seniors in Brooklyn who take it upon themselves to become college counselors in their schools in their determination to earn a higher education.

“United Skates,” about the fight to save roller skating rinks — a staple of African American culture — will close the festival. The project is directed by Dyana Winkler and Tina Brown.

The centerpiece screening will be Rory Kennedy’s “Above and Beyond: Nasa’s Journey to Tomorrow.” It tells the story about the workforce of Nasa in its exploration of the solar system and of Earth.

“While this
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Hot Docs 2018 Women Directors: Meet Trisha Ziff — “Witkin & Witkin”

“Witkin & Witkin”

Trisha Ziff has worked for the last 25 years as a writer, editor, curator, and documentary filmmaker. Her feature credits include “The Mexican Suitcase,” and “The Man Who Saw Too Much,” which won two Mexican Academy Awards.

“Witkin & Witkin” will premiere at the 2018 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival on May 1.

W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words.

Tz: “Witkin & Witkin” is a film about identical twins, both acclaimed artists — a painter, and a photographer. I wanted to make a film that looked beyond their work to their relationship with each other and the world around them.

We see Joel and Jerome in their homes, not only making work in their studios. The models they work with speak about their experiences, and these are voices we don’t often hear — the studio assistant, the collector, their sister — as well as their partners. The women
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The 7th Annual Cinema Tropical Award Nominees: ‘Embrace of the Serpent,’ ‘Neon Bull’ and More

The 7th Annual Cinema Tropical Award Nominees: ‘Embrace of the Serpent,’ ‘Neon Bull’ and More
The Cinema Tropical Awards, which honor the best in Latin American film production, have announced the nominees for their seventh annual ceremony. They feature 23 films from eight countries nominated in six different categories: Best Feature Film; Best Documentary Film; Best Director, Feature Film; Best Director, Documentary Film; Best First Film and Best U.S. Latino Film.

Read More: LatinoBuzz: Nominees Announced for the 6th Annual Cinema Tropical Awards

The winners will be announced at a special evening ceremony at The New York Times Company headquarters in New York City on Friday, January 13. The winning films will be showcased as part of the Cinema Tropical Festival at Museum of the Moving Image this winter.

The jury for the festival this year includes the following: Carlos Aguilar, film critic and journalist; Fábio Andrade, film critic and screenwriter; Ela Bittencourt, film critic and programmer; Eric Hynes, Associate Curator of Film, Museum of the Moving Image; Toby Lee,
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'Minezota', 'Plaza de la Soledad' triumph in Morelia

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Carlos Enderle’s Minezota and Maya Goded’s Plaza De La Soledad shared the Impulso Morelia awards as the 13th Morelia International Film Festival concluded in Michoacán, Mexico, at the weekend.

Cinépolis gave a prize of approximately Usd $12,100 (200,000 Mxn) for post-production services to Minezota, while Plaza De La Soledad earned a guarantee of national distribution via Cinépolis and a P&A commitment of at least Usd $15,100 (250,000 Mxn)

The Guerrero Press Award for Best Mexican Feature Length Documentary went to El Hombre Que Vio Demasiado, by Trisha Ziff.

The prize of Best Mexican Documentary Made By A Woman, given by the Association of Women in Film and Television of Mexico, was presented to Los Reyes Del Pueblo Que No Existe, by Betzabé García.

The Guerrero Award for Best Mexican Feature Film went to Te Prometo Anarquía byJulio Hernández Cordón.

Jana Raluy won the best actress in a Mexican feature award for Un Monstruo De Mil Cabezas while [link=nm
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Robert Capa and Gerda Taro: love in a time of war

Capa and Taro lived, loved and died on the frontline, becoming the most famous war photographers of their time. As a new novel about them is published, we explore their real relationship

It begins with a photograph. In 1934 a struggling Hungarian photographer, André Friedmann, living in exile in Paris, is commissioned to take publicity pictures for a Swiss life insurance company's advertising brochure. On the lookout for potential models, he approaches a young Swiss refugee, Ruth Cerf, in a café on the Left Bank and convinces her to pose for him in a Montparnasse park.

Because she does not entirely trust the scruffy young charmer, Ruth brings along her friend Gerta Pohorylle, a petite redhead with a winning smile and a confident manner. So begins the most iconic relationship in the history of photography, and an intertwined and complex story of radical politics, bohemianism and bravery that, in the intervening years,
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The 2012 Seattle Film Festival Line-Up is the Best I've Seen in Years

I can't remember a time I went to the Seattle International Film Festival (Siff) press launch and looked over the list of films and saw so many I was interested in seeing. The claim to fame for over the years is to call it the largest and most-highly attended festival in the United States. This is a fact I've often taken issue with as I don't equate quantity with quality. Granted, there has been a large number of quality features to play the fest over the years, including Golden Space Needle (Best Film) winners such as Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985), My Life as a Dog (1987), Trainspotting (1996), Run Lola Run (1999), Whale Rider (2003) and even recent Best Director winner, Michel Hazanavicius's Oss 117: Nest of Spies in 2006. That said, looking over this year's crop of films I see a lot of films I will be doing my absolute best to see.
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DocuWeeks: "The Mexican Suitcase" Fascinates on Multiple Levels

A major surprise for me this week is Trisha Ziff's documentary "The Mexican Suitcase," which begins an Oscar-qualifying run at NYC's IFC Center today as part of DocuWeeks (the Los Angeles run begins September 2). Fascinating on multiple levels, the film tells the story of a case (in reality three cases) of negatives legendary to photo historians and found in Mexico City in the 1990s. Inside are 4500 photographs taken by famed war correspondents Robert Capa, Gerda Taro and David "Chim" Seymour during the Spanish Civil War, all thought completely lost for almost 70 years (they weren't recovered and revealed…
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AFI Latin American Film Festival Selects "The Mexican Suitcase" For Opener

AFI Latin American Film Festival Selects
AFI has selected "The Mexican Suitcase (La Maleta Mexicana) as its opening night feature for the 2011 AFI Latin American Film Festival in Silver Spring, MD. "The Mexican Suitcase" is the latest from documentary filmmaker Trisha Ziff, whose 2008 film, "Chevolution," explored the iconography behind the well-known photo of guerilla revolutionary Che Guevara. "Suitcase" follows the discovery and preservation of thousands of photo negatives, thought to be lost, but found ...
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DVD Round Up, Feb. 1, 2010: ‘B-Girl,’ ‘Wushu,’ ‘Fireball’

Chicago – The DVD Round-Up is back with a collection of foreign films, indie flicks, a documentary, and a Kathy Griffin stand-up special. The key word for 2010 is diversity and there’s no DVD column more embracing of the variety of titles at your local store than the Round-Up.

Kathy Griffin: She’ll Cut a Bitch” and “You, The Living” were released on January 12th, 2010.

Chevolution” was released on January 19th, 2010.

B-Girl,” “Fireball,” “Import Export,” and “Wushu” were released on January 26th, 2010.

Kathy Griffin: She’ll Cut a Bitch”

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Synopsis: “The Emmy-Nominated special comes to DVD! Two-time Emmy Award-winning and self-proclaimed “D-Lister” Kathy Griffin’s latest comedy special takes you backstage in Hollywood — from the Emmys to the Grammys and even to Cher’s Malibu mansion! Appearing before a sold-out crowd at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, Oregon, Griffin is in top form
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Gerry Adams featured in new Che Guevara documentary (IrishCentral)

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams is starring in a new documentary about the famous Che Guevara portrait. The film, entitled “Chevolution,” is a “story of the power of a single image,” referring to the famous headshot of the iconic revolutionary, and features interviews with Che admirers such as Adams and actor Antonio Banderas. “Chevolution” was made by one of Adams’ friends, Trisha Ziff, who worked with the Northern Irish politican in the past on a Bloody Sunday photo exhibit. The film, which will have its British premiere this Friday, looks at the worldwide impact of the famous photo of the guerilla warrior wearing a single-starred beret and staring intensely into the distance. The photo, which represents resistance and revolution, can be seen on posters and t-shirts around the world. In his interview, Adams states that the revolutionary spirit of the iconic image inspired civil rights marches in Northern Ireland in 1968 before the Troubles began.
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Tribeca '08: Trisha Ziff on "Chevolution"

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By Stephen Saito

[For complete coverage of the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival, check out Ifc's Tribeca page.]

Che Guevara probably never envisioned his image on a crystal-encrusted T-shirt as he traversed the Cuban countryside with thoughts of political upheaval. But there's the rub of featuring front and center in the most reproduced photograph of the 20th century.

"Che died, but thousands of Ches were born," remarks Diana Diaz during "Chevolution," a documentary making its world premiere in the Encounters section of this year's Tribeca Film Festival. Diaz is the daughter of Alberto "Korda" Diaz, a Cuban photographer who took the iconic shot of the revolutionary that originally went unused by the newspaper it was commissioned for and existed only as a print on Korda's wall. It wasn't until after Guevara's death in 1968 that the image called "Guerrillero Heroico" found its way into his memorial service and became the inspiration for protests and pop art the world over. For the past three years, Trisha Ziff
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