Monday, November 07, 2005


The Puerto Rico chapter of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers Association (NALIP), in conjunction with the San Juan Cinemafest and the Puerto Rico Film Corporation, will sponsor a full day of free panels on feature film pitching, finance, and distribution for indie filmmakers, beginning at 10 a.m. on Thursday, November 10, at the Normandie Hotel in San Juan, according to Frances Lausell, president of NALIP-PR.

Participants will include NALIP Executive Director and independent producer Kathryn Galán, veteran entertainment attorney and producers’ representative Mark Litwak, long-time personal manager and award-winning producer Marilyn Atlas, financing executive Pamela Peak, and Venevisión International Film and Theater Division Manager Julio Noriega.

Kathryn Galán has established NALIP as the preeminent national Latino media organization in the U.S., dedicated to increasing the quality and quantity of Latino/a film, television and documentary projects by supporting Latino/a writers, producers, directors and creative talent and advocating on their behalf. NALIP runs regional programs plus four national Signature programs: the Latino Writers Lab™ held in New York each spring and Santa Monica, California each fall; the intensive 10-day Latino Producers Academy™ held in Tucson, Arizona each summer; a national Conference that welcomes over 600 makers and funders each spring, and the Latino Media Resource Guide™, the go-to source for information on Latino directors, writers, producers, craftspersons, funders, diversity opportunities, distributors, and film programs.

Mark Litwak’s entertainment law practice includes work in the areas of copyright, trademark, contract, multimedia law, intellectual property, and book publishing (“Dealmaking in the Film and Television Industry,” “Risky Business: Financing and Distribution of Independent Film”). As a producers’ rep, Litwak assists filmmakers in the marketing and distribution of their films through such renowned film festivals as Cannes, Toronto, Telluride, and others. At this year’s Sundance Film Festival, three of his clients had films acquired for distribution: HUSTLE & FLOW, which won the Audience Award (Paramount), THE MATADOR (Miramax), and MARILYN HOTCHKISS BALLROOM DANCING AND CHARM SCHOOL (Goldwyn).

Equally at home in the worlds of film, television, and live theater, Marilyn Atlas is a founding member of Women in Film’s Luminas Committee, which supports the portrayal of women in non-stereotypical roles in film and television, and is committed to finding projects that reflect diversity and non-stereotypical characters. Among her credits as a film producer are REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES for HBO, which won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, A CERTAIN DESIRE, starring Sam Waterston, and ECHOES, which won the Gold Award at the Texas International Film Festival.

Julio Noriega heads up the film and theatrical division for Venevisión International, which over the past 30 years has been one of the most important providers of Spanish language programming for Latin America and the world, positioning its productions in more than 20 languages and currently reaching 97% of the entire U.S. Latino population, thanks to its association with Univisión Communications.

“NALIP-PR’s mission is to help develop and expand Puerto Rico’s film industry and film community,” said Lausell. “By organizing activities such as this one, we hope to provide an opportunity for local filmmakers to obtain practical information directly from working professionals in the industry, as well as a giving them a chance to network and establish contacts which could prove of great value in the future.”

Contact: Frances Lausell
Phone: 787-268-0063
Cell Phone: 787-640-5290

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