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Panel Discussion & Film Screening - Emerging Latino Filmmakers

Saturday, October 4, 2008
2 pm
Auditorium

Panelists:

Sonia_González-Martínez Sonia González-Martínez
Sonia’s directing credits include the short comedy, Debutante and the feature-length, award-winning documentary Bragging Rights: Stickball Stories, which examines the history and players of the New York City game of stickball. Sonia has been an editor for over ten years. Her feature credits include Destination Unknown, El Circulo Vicioso, and Antonia Pantoja ¡Presente!. Sonia also produced DVD and Web content for such TV shows as Rescue Me, Damages, Canterbury’s Law, New Amsterdam and Cashmere Mafia.

A lifelong activist, Sonia is a co-founder and Board Member of Chica Luna Productions, an East Harlem-based organization whose mission it is to identify, develop and support women of color in entertainment media who strive to use popular media that engage social justice themes and is accountable to their communities.

Betty_García Betty García
Betty Marisol García was born in Brooklyn and grew up in the Dominican Republic. She returned to NYC to attend college, where she studied Political Science and French. Ms. García has worked extensively in TV and film production as staff coordinator for @radical.media, production manager for Hungryman, and as a freelance producer and casting director. At the same time, Ms. García has continually followed her passion for writing and directing. Her film, Firecracker, has been screened at major Latin film festivals across the USA and Canada where it has generated considerable interest and acclaim. Firecracker aired in the cable network SiTV for its “Not So Foreign Filmmakers Showcase” series in 2007. In addition, her latest short film Lola, is currently traveling the festival circuit after successful screenings in New York, London and at the New Latin Cinema International Film Festival in Havana. Ms. García is also associate producer of the independent film Love, official selection at the 2005 Venice International and Tribeca film festivals. Betty is a past honoree of IFP’s Project Involve and is presently completing a Master's in Media Studies at the New School University.
Edwin_Pagán Edwin Pagán
Edwin Pagán is a New York-based filmmaker, cinematographer, screenwriter and cultural- and community- activist with a rare blend of creative and administrative experience, including over 20-years in community organizing, organizational capacity-building, initiative-based/event programming, as well as extensive production experience in the documentary and narrative film sectors. He is president of Pagan Images, Inc. He has held key positions at the Bronx Council on the Arts, Association of Hispanic Arts, Black Filmmaker Foundation/DV Republic, and served as a Board member (vice-chair) of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) and is the former president of its New York chapter. He has curated conference/festival panels for the New York International Latino Film Festival (5-years), the 27th IFP Market & Conference, and the New Latino Filmmakers screening series at the renowned cinematheque Anthology Film Archives (6-years). More recently, Pagán founded LATIN HORROR (www.latinhorror.com), an online publication geared to the genre, and is currently penning a book on the subject entitled MIEDO: The History of Latin Horror.
Adel_Morales Adel Morales
Adel was born and raised n the Bronx. He received his BA. from Pace University and M.A. from the City University of New York at Lehman College. Adel combined forces with his cousin, Julio Antonio Toro, and childhood friend, Frankie Villanueva to form HollyHood Productions, Inc. in June of 2003. Soon after, Adel became a member of both SAG and the New York chapter of NALIP. Almost immediately, he began working with the President, Edwin Pagan on several projects, including HollyHood’s first short film, The Reckoning, which Adel produced and co-wrote. The second project he produced, Repentance, was shot in the summer of 2007, just as the Archdiocese of Los Angeles was settling a case with victims of pedophile priests. The dark subject matter of Repentance and it’s unique story of an elderly priest dealing with his sinful past will hopefully help uncover a truth that is all to often hidden. He has also served as a peer judge for the 2007 New York Emmy awards and presently a member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences New York Chapter. In February of 2008, Adel became the President of NALIP NY and along with his ambitious Board Members has accepted the challenge of bringing the New York urban Latino filmmaker to the attention of mainstream America. Adel has several projects in various stages of development and has completed the feature length screenplay, Achilles’ Heel. He and his partners are currently working on a supernatural thriller, which will be shot in Fall 2008.
Francisco_Bello Francisco Bello
Francisco Bello studied at the Cooper Union School of Art, and after starting work in the art department for a film by Francis Ford Coppola, moved into post-production on films by Kevin Smith, Michael Moore, and George Butler among others. His recent editorial work includes Summer Sun Winter Moon (ITVS), Neither Memory nor Magic (2008 Full Frame Film Festival), Betty la Flaca (HBO), and Julieta y Ramon (Showtime). He launched Ropa Vieja Films LLC in 2007 with Salim Baba, which he shot and produced in Kolkata, India. Salim Baba has screened at festivals worldwide including Sundance, Telluride, IDFA, and Tribeca, and in 2008 was Nominated for an ACADEMY AWARD® for Best Documentary Short Subject. He has been awarded fellowships from the PBS/WGBH Producer's Academy, the NALIP Producer's Academy, Tribeca All Access, and a grant from the Urban Artists Initiative. He has taught Final Cut Pro editing and post-production at the Cooper Union and continues to balance his time between freelancing as an editor and developing upcoming projects from Ropa Vieja Films LLC. Francisco is currently at work producing and editing the feature length documentary War Don Don, about the U.N War Crimes Tribunal in Sierra Leone.

Moderator:

Louis_E._Perego_Moreno Louis E. Perego Moreno
An Interactive Content Producer for the past 26 years, Louis is the President of SKYLINE FEATURES, an English and Spanish-language multimedia production and educational company focusing on trans-cultural, multicultural and youth edutainment projects, which feature Latinos, Blacks, Urban Youth, Women, Gay & Lesbian Youth and Children with Disabilities. Louis custom tailors his content to a variety of media: television, Internet, Podcasting, print, radio and public venues.

Fluently bilingual and bicultural, Louis was born and raised in the South Bronx of Cuban-Argentine parentage and raised within the Puerto Rican community. He is a member of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) and International Documentary Association (IDA). He serves on the Board of Advisors of the Center for Latino Arts & Culture at Rutgers University. He has previously served on the Board of Directors of Northern Lights Alternatives (HIV/AIDS-infected children and their families), Women in Cable & Telecommunications, National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications and was one of the founders of Young Professional Latinos for Community Empowerment. Louis was selected as one of five Latino documentary filmmakers nationally and is a graduate of NALIP & UCLA’s "Latino Producers Academy" with Latina Confessions.

Skyline’s work has been featured at and received awards from: The National Association of Black Journalists, World Population Film Festival Global Vision Award, Pinch Award for Hispanic Community Service and the National Education Media Network Gold and Silver Awards, to name a few. Skyline has been featured on NPR, CBS, NBC, Fox TV, Univision, PBS, and other national radio and television stations.

 

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