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Sunday
Apr032011

OUR THOUGHTS ON KICKSTARTER...A MUST READ!

On April 15th Mosquita y Mari will launch its Kickstarter campaign. A few of you may already know about Kickstarter and understand how vital it is to the life of a film project, while most of you are probably asking yourselves, “What's this Kickstarter thing all about?” Because there is so much riding on this campaign for MyM, I thought it would be extremely helpful to break it down to all our supporters so when April 15th hits, Mosquita y Mari will get the boost it needs to make its goal!

Okay, first I'll breakdown how it works and then I'll share the game-changing impact its having on independent film.

1) Kickstarter is a crowd funding source that allows inventors and artists of all genres (music, fine arts, visual arts) to post their ideas online and invite their family, friends, fans of the project, and complete strangers to donate $ to help realize the dream. Every project on Kickstarter sets a fundraising goal (that depends on what the artist is trying to accomplish) and a timeframe for when they hope to meet that goal.

2) Every Kickstarter campaign has its own web page that includes a video to learn more about the project, written information, explaining what the campaign is trying to achieve with raising X amount, and reward incentives...this is where it gets fun! Each project on Kickstarter comes up with its own unique list of rewards for every level of donation. In other words, the reward incentives connect the donors in very direct and exciting ways to the project. Examples of rewards: filmmaker will go to your community and conduct a special screening of the film; learn what it takes to make a low budget film by visiting the set and hanging out with the crew; own a unique element of the filmmaking process like an autographed copy of the script.

3) Kickstarter is all or nothing which means that if the goal is met then the artist will access the funds. Otherwise none of the pledges are cashed...so meeting the goal is a must!! In no way does Kickstarter own the rights to any of the projects/ideas on their site! They are simply providing the space and the online traffic for each project to have a chance at making their passion project come true! Kickstarter, however, does take 5% of the project's fundraising goal but that's funneled back into Kickstarter to keep it going (we're cool with that)

So that's Kickstarter in a nutshell. Now, how is this going to impact MyM?

Kickstarter has many success stories since its inception in 2009. According to Kickstarter, on a daily basis about 80 new projects are launched a day and $1 million pledges are made in a week. That's what our MyM team straight up calls HOPE! With small projects like Mosquita y Mari that isn't looking to cast big names or tell an empty Hollywood story finding the funding is TOUGH! We've been working on funding for a few years now and unless we can guarantee a profit no one wants to take the “risk.” In other words, our passion project is forced into a business model that ultimately deems Mosquita y Mari meaningless because it can't promise a profit. That's the world we've been subjected to. In turn, Kickstarter is about the public; the consumer saying, “Hey, this is something I want to see. This is something I want my kids to experience. This is a story I believe should be told, manifested, birthed and released into the world.” You, the audience, now get to determine the future of these projects that struggle to see the light of day. And, Kickstarter takes out all the middle men, the agents and hollywood film companies, that not only want to profit from the art, but also want a say in how it's made. Through Kickstarter, the support is no-strings attached. Your donations support the vision of the artist with the hope that you'll be able to enjoy the end product in your local theaters, Netflix, etc.

Ultimately, through Kickstarter, you, the donor, walk away knowing that whatever amount you gave you helped an artist tell their story and share their talents with the world. You get to say, ”I helped make that happen!” Kickstater is changing the way independent films are made!

I hope all of this information helps paint a vivid picture of what is at stake when Mosquita y Mari launches its campaign on April 15th. On our end, we're doing everything we can to make MyM happen, including creating an exciting Kickstarter campaign video and designing the coolest rewards. How about you? What are you willing to do on your end? Donate? Spread the word when the campaign launches? We hope so cuz all I know is that me and my crew of artists are ready to get down-n-dirty and deliver an exciting film to you!  Check out some of the projects that have found success on Kickstarter:

http://www.Kickstarter.com/projects/2115598587/i-am-i-feature-film

https://www.Kickstarter.com/projects/2128223578/save-blue-like-jazz-the-movie- 0?ref=live

https://www.Kickstarter.com/projects/2024077040/neil-gaimans-the-price

Peace, Aurora Guerrero
Tuesday
Nov092010

MyM Awarded 2011 LPB Production Grant



LATINO PUBLIC BROADCASTING ANNOUNCES THE RECIPIENTS
OF THE 2010 PUBLIC MEDIA CONTENT FUND

Awards Go to 20 Different Projects for Broadcast, New Media and Community Engagement

Los Angeles, CA (November 8, 2010) - Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB), a non-profit organization funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, announces 20 newly funded programs as part of its twelfth annual Public Media Content Fund, formerly Open Call. The funding initiative invites independent producers to submit proposals for funding on Latino-themed programs or series.

“For the first time, LPB is supporting digital media projects as well as broadcast content that will appeal to diverse, younger viewers on the big screen as well as the small screen, with stories that unearth our past and point the way to our country’s future,” said Edward James Olmos, LPB Chairman. “Now more than ever, these stories are crucial to helping us understand each other, across generations and geographies, beyond culture and class.”

“We are proud to support such a wide range of important topics, from gay teens in Los Angeles, to the struggles over the curriculum and immigrant rights in Arizona, the historical significance of Cesar Chavez and the cultural legacy of Puerto Ricans and Cubans. These stories will touch viewers’ hearts.” said Patricia Boero, LPB Executive Director.

Every year LPB invites independent filmmakers to submit proposals in various stages, from research and development, to production, post-production, new media and community engagement. All proposals are reviewed by a selected group of public television professionals, local stations programmers, independent filmmakers, academics, and executives from other funding organizations.

This year, twenty (20) proposals were selected for funding. Emerging filmmakers comprise 35% of total funded producers; mid-level producers make up 45%; veteran filmmakers constitute 20%. Over half of the awarded programs have never been funded by Latino Public Broadcasting before - a direct result of an extensive outreach program for independent filmmakers throughout the nation. As far as funded producers, 52% are women.

The funding category breakdown is as follows: Research and Development – 15%; Production – 40%; Post-production – 25%; New Media – 15%; Community Engagement – 5%. The final slate of programs represents filmmakers from different regions within the U.S. including California, New York, Virginia, Florida, Texas, Oklahoma and Arizona.

The 2010 awarded projects (alphabetically) are as follows:

Broadcast

Above the Fold
Producer: Roberto Gudiño
Category: Production; 1 Episode/60 Minutes

A one hour documentary about a group of young Latino journalists who respond to negative portrayals of Latinos in the Los Angeles Times by writing their own stories. They were vindicated in 1984 when they became the first Latinos to win the Pulitzer Prize.

The Arizona Project
Producers: Carlos Sandoval/Catherine Tambini
Category: Research & Development; 1 Episode/90 Minutes

A feature-length verité documentary that will chronicle the emotionally charged battle over SB1070, Arizona’s controversial immigration law.

El Béisbol: The Story of Latinos in Baseball
Producers: A.P. Gonzalez/Nancy Oey
Category: Production; 2 Episodes/60 Minutes

A two-hour documentary that takes an in-depth look at Latinos and Baseball, emphasizing the rich history, social struggles, phenomenal growth and eventual triumph of Latino players of Latin American and Caribbean heritage.

El Bús
Producer: Maria Hinojosa
Category: Research & Development; 4 Episodes/60 Minutes

A mosaic of the stories found along the way as Maria Hinojosa journeys through America; providing a snapshot of communities that are increasingly diverse and coping in creative ways to survive in the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.

Cesar’s Last Fast
Producer: Richard Ray Perez
Category: Production; 1 Episode/90 Minutes

A multi-platform, cross-media documentary film about the private sacrifice behind Cesar E. Chavez’s struggle for the humane treatment of farm workers and the impact Chavez’s legacy has on a new generation of organizers fighting today.

¡Coquito!
Producers: Bienvenida Matias/Sonia Gonzalez-Martinez/Tami Gold
Category: Research & Development; 1 Episode/60 Minutes

More than bragging rights, the Coquito Master contest gives Puerto Ricans a platform to put their imprint on their culture through the making of this traditional Christmas drink.

Farewell, Ferris Wheel
Producers: Miguel Martinez/Jamie Sisley
Category: Production; 1 Episode/60 Minutes

An examination of the endangered American carnival and the small Mexican town of Tlapacoyan, which provides one third of America’s carnival labor.

El Jardin
Producer: Natalia Almada
Category: Production; 1 Episode/90 Minutes

Through the night-watchman’s vigilant eyes we enter into the world of El Jardín, a cemetery in the drug heartland of Mexico where the lives of guilty and innocent intersect in the shadow of this bloody conflict that has claimed nearly 30,000 lives.

Making Viva Max
Producer: Jim Mendiola
Category: Post-Production; 1 Episode/60 Minutes

In 1969, a Hollywood movie crew making a comedy about Mexicans retaking the Alamo, fights the Daughters of the Republic of Texas for permission to shoot their film on the historic grounds of the “sacred shrine.”

¿Más Bebes?
Producers: Virginia Espino/Renee Tajima-Peña
Category: Post-Production; 1 Episode/60 Minutes

A one-hour documentary that reveals the disturbing history of hundreds of Mexican-origin women who were coercively sterilized at Los Angeles County Medical Center – USC during the late 1960s and 1970s, often based on little more than the question “More babies?”

Mosquita y Mari
Producer: Aurora Guerrero
Category: Production; 1 Episode/90 Minutes

In a fast-paced immigrant community where dreams are lost to economic survival, two young Chicanas contemplate life when they stir sexual desires in each other.

Now en Español
Producer: Andrea Meller
Category: Production; 1 Episode/60 Minutes

In a feature documentary that chronicles the ups and downs of being a Latina actress in Hollywood, Now en Español addresses issues of Latino identity and representation through the lives of five dynamic women who dub “Desperate Housewives” into Spanish.

Precious Knowledge
Producer/ Director: Eren Isabel McGinnis/Ari Luis Palos
Category: Post-Production; 1 Episode/60 Minutes

Tucson High School students engage in a historic civil rights battle to save Mexican American Studies at their school as state lawmakers fight back.

Rainbow Coalition
Producer: Ray Santisteban
Category: Post-Production; 1 Episode/60 Minutes

The exploration of the rise and fall of a multi-ethnic political movement in Chicago comprised of African Americans, Latinos, and poor southern Whites.

Ruben Salazar: The Man in the Middle
Producer: Phillip Rodriguez
Category: Production; 1 Episode/60 Minutes

The story of the life and mysterious death of one of the most prominent Mexican American journalists of the 20th century.

Unfinished Spaces
Producer: Alysa Nahmias
Category: Post- Production; 1Episode/60 Minutes

Fifty years after the Cuban Revolution, three architects resume their first project – Cuba’s National Art Schools – left unfinished in 1965 when their creative visions came head to head with the political realities of the Revolution.

New Media

CaminosMedia.org
Producer: Juan Carlos Zaldivar

A web-action project that takes a pro-active approach to citizen journalism and the immigration reform, allowing web visitors to create their own media and enabling them to forward short media content to their representatives in congress.

Clara como el Agua – Clear like Water
Producer: Fernanda Rossi

A ten-minute film about the origins of Clara, a light-skinned black girl with kinky, blond hair and gray eyes, who is teased by her dark-skinned peers; until she ventures into the magical waters of a bay to change her skin color, and possibly herself.

New American Girls
Producer: Mitchell Teplitsky

A new media project that follows a year in the life of a group of smart teen Latinas in Denver aiming for careers in medicine, science, engineering – if they don’t get deported first.

Community Engagement

Cruz Reynoso: A Man for all Seasons
Producer: Abby Ginzberg
1 Episode/60 Minutes

A one hour documentary that chronicles the life and work of Cruz Reynoso, including his commitment and struggle for equality and justice, working in the fields as a youth and presiding on the California Supreme Court.



About Latino Public Broadcasting
Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB) supports the development, production, acquisition and distribution of public media content that is representative of Latino people, or addresses issues of interest to Latino Americans.  These programs, including the series ‘VOCES’, are produced for dissemination to the public broadcasting stations.  Edward James Olmos is founder and Chairman of the LPB Board of Directors.

For more information please visit www.lpbp.org and www.voces.tv.

CONTACT
Luis Ortiz, Managing Director
Latino Public Broadcasting
818-847-9656
luis.ortiz@lpbp.org

Friday
Aug132010

MYM Fundraiser - AUGUST 28, 2010 OAKLAND CA

The wonderful folks at Butterfly Productions who have had success with club Butta in Oakland are expanding their efforts to provide another fun and positive space for bay area folks!  On August 28th they are launching MANTEQUIILLA, the Latina version of Butta with an impressive line-up of Latina djs spinning cumbia, salsa, reggaeton, hip-hop and whatever makes the spirit groove! And the best part about this?? A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the making of Mosquita y Mari.  Writer/Director Aurora Guerrero will be present screening a couple of her films and giving away a few free DVDs of her short films.  We hope you can squeeze this event into your summer schedule and show your support - it promises to be a great party!!!
Wednesday
Aug112010

Adventures in Activism - SB1070

Protestors in San Francisco's Mission District

On July 29, 2010, people all across the United States gathered in cities to voice their concern about Arizona's infamous law SB 1070.  I proudly spent that chilly, windy Thursday evening in San Francisco's Mission District, with people of all ethnicities, young and old, protesting against this ridiculous and vicious law.

SB 1070 is an Arizona law that would require all immigrants to carry alien registration documents and enable police officers to question and perform checks on anyone they believe to be in the United States illegally, based on "reasonable suspicion." If someone, stopped by an Arizona police officer, did not have the proper ID and papers to prove his or her immigration status, SB 1070 would also allow the police officer to arrest that person for not having the proper ID. Being caught without the required ID, under this law, is a misdemeanor crime. If the person without the proper papers is arrested, they would remain detained until they are proved, with the proper identification, that their status is legal.

The controversial law poses many concerns and questions; what is "reasonable suspicion?" Is it having an accent? Is it a type of behavior? Without this being clearly defined, it is easy to conclude  that this kind of legislation not only enforces, but encourages racial profiling. With 7, count 'em, folks, 7 lawsuits challenging SB 1070, a partial injunction was set to block certain provisions of the law, by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton. So although the law is on hold for now, the injunction was promptly appealed (less then 48 hrs, after the injunction was announced) by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer. The fight is clearly not over.

So why care about a law in a state that I don't even live in? For one, MOSQUITA Y MARI, deals with these issues. Mari and her mother struggle to provide a better life for themselves, sometimes by any means necessary. When I first read the script, I was touched by how much their struggle reminded me of my parents and how difficult it must have been for them. It is important to share these stories, to give a voice and face to the people behind them, to connect one another in solidarity, and to support one another beyond race and class.



Its simple, really. We are all immigrants. None of us, except my Native brothers and sisters, are originally from the United States. In fact, I'm only here as a by-product of good old-fashioned American Imperialism. But my parents decided to live here so that I could have better opportunities than they had, a decision most immigrants have made, in order to provide a better life and future for their families.

This decision has come with decades of sacrifices, struggle, and worst of all shame for many immigrants and their families. It is tough, very tough, to legally immigrate here and it is also very tough to illegally come here, and risk your life everyday in order to provide a better life for your family. I'm not advocating for lawlessness with immigration, what I am advocating for is fairness. I just don't think it fair to continually marginalize immigrants (legal or illegal) through legislation. I think there are far better solutions than building a wall, and it starts with the simple realization that "immigrants" are humans.  I'm not just for "immigrant rights," I'm for human rights.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUEozy81xKA]

Alex Hernandez of LA MISSION, joins the protest

For more information on SB 1070, visit:


http://tinyurl.com/2epsy4g


And for information on how you can get involved:


http://tinyurl.com/ykusmp9


This Adventure in Activism was brought to you by:


Charlene Agabao

Wednesday
Aug112010

Update

Protestors in San Francisco's Mission District

On July 29, 2010, people all across the United States gathered in cities to voice their concern about Arizona's infamous law SB 1070.  I proudly spent that chilly, windy Thursday evening in San Francisco's Mission District, with people of all ethnicities, young and old, protesting against this ridiculous and vicious law.

SB 1070 is an Arizona law that would require all immigrants to carry alien registration documents and enable police officers to question and perform checks on anyone they believe to be in the United States illegally, based on "reasonable suspicion." If someone, stopped by an Arizona police officer, did not have the proper ID and papers to prove his or her immigration status, SB 1070 would also allow the police officer to arrest that person for not having the proper ID. Being caught without the required ID, under this law, is a misdemeanor crime. If the person without the proper papers is arrested, they would remain detained until they are proved, with the proper identification, that their status is legal.

The controversial law poses many concerns and questions; what is "reasonable suspicion?" Is it having an accent? Is it a type of behavior? Without this being clearly defined, it is easy to conclude  that this kind of legislation not only enforces, but encourages racial profiling. With 7, count 'em, folks, 7 lawsuits challenging SB 1070, a partial injunction was set to block certain provisions of the law, by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton. So although the law is on hold for now, the injunction was promptly appealed (less then 48 hrs, after the injunction was announced) by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer. The fight is clearly not over.

So why care about a law in a state that I don't even live in? For one, MOSQUITA Y MARI, deals with these issues. Mari and her mother struggle to provide a better life for themselves, sometimes by any means necessary. When I first read the script, I was touched by how much their struggle reminded me of my parents and how difficult it must have been.



Its simple, really. We are all immigrants. None of us, except my Native brothers and sisters, are originally from the United States. In fact, I'm only here as a by-product of good old-fashioned American Imperialism. But my parents decided to live here so that I could have better opportunities than they had, a decision most immigrants have made, in order to provide a better life and future for their families.

This decision has come with decades of sacrifices, struggle, and worst of all shame for many immigrants and their families. It is tough, very tough, to legally immigrate here and it is also very tough to illegally come here, and risk your life everyday in order to provide a better life for your family. I'm not advocating for lawlessness with immigration, what I am advocating for is fairness. I just don't think it fair to continually marginalize immigrants (legal or illegal) through legislation. I think there are far better solutions than building a wall, and it starts with the simple realization that "immigrants" are humans.  I'm not just for "immigrant rights," I'm for human rights.

For more information on SB 1070, visit:

http://colorlines.com/arizonas-sb-1070/

And for information on how you can get involved:

https://secure2.convio.net/pep/site/SPageServer?pagename=ANS_homepage