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    Guadalajara Film Festival (FICG) and Eva Longoria

    Eva Longoria Debuts The Harvest at Guadalajara International Film Festival|Actress Eva Longoria, the "Desperate Housewives" actress, premiered her new documentary The Harvest at the Guadalajara International Film Festival. While in Guadalajara, Mexico she expressed how she hopes for the Unites States and Latin America will approve laws which will protect minors who work in farms. The documentary follows three migrant boys as they work 14-hour days in U.S. fields along the border with Mexico.Longoria says she wants "to be the voice of these children no one listens to."“This is a worldwide problem and I hope we can change the law in the Unite...

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    Guadalajara Film Festival (FICG) and European Film Promotion (EFP)

    Guadalajara Film Festival (FICG) and European Film Promotion (EFP) are working together in several interconnected ways. This one focuses on strengthening the presence of European films in Latin America. EFP's Film Sales Support (FSS) helps support promotional campaigns of 10 European films origina...

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    Interview with Me!

    You've all seen my face, now you can hear my voice. To hear an interview with me talking about my life in film and basic world sales and U.S. distribution, live on the air, tune in now. I just listened to it and it's kind of an interesting look back to the beginning of the independent film busines...

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    San Diego Latino Film Festival

    As the 2010 Census has predicted, the Latino population has grown to over 30% in San Diego County and is the fast-growing population in U.S.. What better way to CELEBRATE & spotlight this new data & sweeping change in our Country, than at the 2011 San Diego Latino Film Festival in its 18th year. Lisa Franek joined the festival almost straight out of college and has been given such leeway by the San Diego Media Arts Center to create the festival as she sees it and has shaped it into an event that brings out the Latino community in a way that art house theaters showing similar Latino films envy. Plus she gets to travel to the best festivals. ...

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    Rights Roundup Winter Season: Sundance, Rotterdam, Berlin

    You can download and access Winter Rights Roundup (Deals done in Berlin, Rotterdam, Sundance) here. Ventana Sur is thrown in for good measure along with whatever else until we begin the 2011 Spring and Cannes Rights Roundup.

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    Gun Hill Road

    I am finally catching up with some of what I missed at Sundance -- just in time for Cannes!. This one I had heard about from a acting school colleague of Rashaad before Sundance was announced. Now I have finally seen the film! Wow! It is so strong and uncompromising, I actually had a tough time staying with these characters, so strongly into their own world were they. The realism of their characters, flaws and strengths, the realism of those rough South Bronx streets, the grittiness and proximity were palpable. This film will remain with me for a long time to come. Esai Morales and Judy Reyes were great. And the young man...who is he?...

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    Hot Docs' Sean Farnel

    Sean Farnel – The present and future of documentary films

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    International Sales Agent of the Day: Figa

    Figa Films Marimbas From Hell just won the $20,000 Ibero Grand Jury Prize in the Miami International Film Festival. This premiered at San Sebastian 2010 and went on to play TIFF 10. Directed by Julio Hernández Cordón, whose Gasolina made an international splash, is now in production on another film to keep in your sites. Marimbas tells the story of Don Alfonso, a deliveryman who also plays marimbas, the traditional Guatemalan instrument who approaches an underground heavy-metal legend, Blacko, suggesting the two fuse their styles. What results is a distinct Guatemalan story that represents one of the things that the Miami International Fil...

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    Zanzibar International Film Festival Honors Guests

    Zanzibar International Film Festival has been a participant of the course I teach yearly at Deutsche Welle Akademie. Film festival directors from Africa and Asia come for five weeks to learn the business and are taken into the Berlinale fold to help them overcome obstacles they always hit, like how...

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    Miami International Film Festival: Encuentros

    Diana Sanchez hails from Toronto where she worked at the Fest there, the great TIFF. She worked there as Latin American Programmer in 2002 and before that was an Assistant. She worked as a consultant for Latin American and Spanish cinema for Rotterdam Film Festival. Here in Miami she worked since 2003 as an international advisor (consultant) having come in with former Sundance Film Festival organizer Nicole Guillemet. This from 2003-2008. Now she's back with MIFF as Encuentros Director and Senior Programming Consultant.'My inspiration for Encuentros is Rotterdam Cinemart.'Diana's partner in this event is the talented and experienced Span...

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