Each year at the Sundance Film Festival Awards ceremony, we all get a little overwhelmed with emotion and joyfully teary hearing the filmmakers who come up to accept prizes as they share their incredible experience on the mountain. I remember being quite moved by Brit Marling when she accepted a Special Jury Award for Another Earth in 2011. She was so eloquent, real and inspired. I’ve noticed that many of the filmmakers emphasize their deep gratitude for having been able to meet fellow filmmakers and their work, as a result imbuing them with a newfound charge and connection to the independent film community. Last night at the Awards ceremony it was Ryan Coogler, the writer and director of Fruitvale, winner of both the Audience AND Grand Jury Award in the US Dramatic Competition who in his acceptance speech marked that memorable and electrifying festival highlight, perfectly capping off the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. His words triggered a Niagara Falls flood of raw emotion remarking on the spirit and beauty of cinema and how vital a role it plays in reflecting, celebrating, studying and hopefully changing our society and culture – Oscar Grant will be remembered. Watch the clip below to see.
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We are only a week away from the avalanche of discovery that will unfurl at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, so let me give you a heads up on everything Latino. First, a slew of qualifications, caveats and disclaimers; I like to differentiate between U.S. born artists of Latino heritage and international artists. Second, keep […]
@ScarfaceREDUX directed by YOU – make a 15 sec video clip for @BorschtCorp screening party IN MIAMI!
I been out of touch on here for a while but I had to stop to pop this post up because my crazy vatos in Miami are prepping their sick @BorschtCorp Festival (Dec. 17-21) and YOU CAN BE A PART OF IT by participating in this insanely rad crowdsourced project remaking the iconic film #Scarface. […]
I nodded off at 3am with Orange is The New Black finale in the background while compiling my old yahoo contacts and email lists from the various film festivals I’ve worked in the past 12 years. Why? To prepare a Master email blast to ask people to back Ambulante California on Kickstarter. If I didn’t […]
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Originally posted on Variety:
Richard Montoya’s “Water & Power,” backed by Edward James Olmos, has set a May 2 launch through the AMC chain. Olmos came on board last year after seeing the film at the L.A. Latino Festival and approached AMC. The film will open in Los Angeles and several other cities. “‘Water &…