Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Latino Producers Academy, now in NM

From the NM Business Weekly, a nice comprehensive article on the move of NALIP's Latino Producers Academy to New Mexico...

Latino Producers Academy moves to New Mexico

Tucson’s loss is Santa Fe’s gain.

The nonprofit National Association of Latino Independent Producers, or NALIP, has moved its Latino Producers Academy to the state after holding it for five years in Arizona and it has big plans to grow the training program here, along with the New Mexico Filmmakers program.

“We want to make this a Latino Sundance and a real year-round professional development for Native New Mexican and Latino talent here,” said Kathryn Galan, executive producer of NALIP. “We felt we could continue and expand our mission to New Mexico filmmakers by bringing the program here and we could dovetail with the Film Office and the governor’s mission of developing above-the-line talent and stories, and also participate in their commitment to training below-the-line New Mexican Latinos and Natives in the production and intern part of our program.”

Below-the-line is an industry phrase that refers to crews on films. Above-the-line generally means the creative teams behind productions, such as writers, producers, directors and actors. New Mexico’s film industry has been successful in working with schools here to train crews for film productions, but state officials also want to focus on promoting more creative talent here, such as writers and directors.


Gov. Bill Richardson has an ambitious agenda to build a sustainable media community in New Mexico, Delaney added, and this dovetails well with that strategy.

The New Mexico fellows in this year’s Latino Producers Academy include: Darryl Deloach and Marcos Ramirez whose film is “The Liberation of Taos Ski Valley”; Claudio Ruben, who is making “Salaam Shalom”; Kelly Kowalski with “Spoiled”; Jerry Angelo and his film “Something Evil in the Apple Orchard”; Conrad Gomez, who is making “Sabino Days”; and Monica Winter, whose film is “Highway 101.”

Key New Mexico advisors to the academy include: Carlos Peinado with the Institute of American Indian Arts; Jon Hendry with IATSE Studio Mechanics Local 480; actor Gary Farmer; Dyanna Taylor, director of photography; Chad Davis, program director for KNME; Ted Garcia, former KNME station manager and now senior vice president for TV content with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting; and writer/director Joan Tewkesbury.

The state’s New Visions/New Mexico program is accepting applications through Sept. 5 at 5:00 p.m. It provides a total of $160,000 in contracts for New Mexico-based producers and directors to create narrative films, documentaries, animated and experimental works.

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