The Pitch
Jun
22
to Aug 21

The Pitch

Filmmakers across the nation will have the opportunity to pitch their feature film projects to

a jury of experts comprised of entrepreneurs, directors, actors, and film producers. The

selected pitch will be awarded the Grand Prize and will have the opportunity to work with

Duke & Sterling to bring the project to life.

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Die Formel
Sep
9
5:30pm 5:30pm

Die Formel

  • Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

An exemplary employee in an old Swiss archive starts responding to all orders with, "I would prefer not to." Melville's famous phrase has fatal consequences in this hermetic world stocked with off-kilter characters and odd obsessions.

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Mano a Mano
Sep
9
5:00pm 5:00pm

Mano a Mano

  • Edinburg Conference Center - Meeting Room 2 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In the dark of the night, a group of undocumented immigrants cross into the United States, unnoticed by the Border Patrol. Their journey, however, takes a dangerous turn when gunshots ring out and bodies begin to drop.

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NALIP & NOSOTROS Panel Discussion
Sep
9
12:00pm12:00pm

NALIP & NOSOTROS Panel Discussion

Latinos have been underrepresented in film and television for many years and for many years they have been coming together to help each other break barriers and build bridges. Join us for a discussion and Q&A session with members of NALIP and NOSOTROS two key Latino Arts advocacy organizations helping advance the carriers of latino artists in the film and television industry.  

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JauJa
Aug
22
5:30pm 5:30pm

JauJa

  • UTPA Academic Performing Arts Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Synopsis An astonishingly beautiful Western starring Viggo Mortensen, JAUJA (pronounced how-ha) begins in a remote outpost in Patagonia during the “Conquest of the Desert” in the late 1800s. Captain Gunnar Dinesen has come from Denmark with his fifteen year-old daughter to take an engineering job with the Argentine army. Being the only female in the area, Ingeborg creates quite a stir among the men. She falls in love with a young soldier, and one night they run away together. When Dinesen realizes what has happened, he decides to venture into enemy territory, against his men’s wishes, to find the young couple. Featuring a superb performance from Mortensen, JAUJA is the story of a man’s desperate search for his daughter, a solitary quest that takes him to a place beyond time, where the past vanishes and the future has no meaning. The Legend The Ancient Ones said that ‘Jauja’ was a fabled city of riches and happiness. Many expeditions tried to find this place. With time, the legend grew disproportionately. People were undoubtedly exaggerating, as they usually do. The only thing that is known for certain is that all who tried to find this earthly paradise got lost on the way

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White God
Aug
22
3:30pm 3:30pm

White God

Thirteen-year-old Lili fights to protect her dog Hagen. She is devastated when her father eventually sets Hagen free on the streets. Still innocently believing love can conquer any difficulty, Lili sets out to find her dog and save him.

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Make It Official
Aug
22
1:30pm 1:30pm

Make It Official

The Make It Official panel discussion will feature professional filmmakers discussing the steps they took to go from a hobby filmmaker to a professional in the entertainment industry. Attendees are welcome to participate in a Q&A session and are encouraged to prepare questions for the panel members on this topic. The Panel will be moderated by Kim LeBlanc who is the production and community relations specialist for the Texas Film Commission and served previously as the executive assistant to Mr. Robert Rodriguez at TroubleMaker Studios. 

The panel will be moderated by:

 

Kim LeBlanc

The Panel will be moderated by Kim LaBlanc. Since 2009, Kim LeBlanc has been on staff at the Texas Film Commission helping to spread the good word about all of the wonderful resources available for creative industries in Texas. As a Production & Community Relations Specialist, she works closely with Writers, Directors, Producers, Production Designers, Studio Executives and Community Representatives, promoting Texas as a statewide destination for filmmaking, television production, commercials, music videos, video games, animation projects and still photography. Her travels have taken her to the far corners of the state and her efforts have been put forth on projects such as TRUE GRIT, MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN, TOP CHEF TEXAS and BERNIE among many others.

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Production 101
Aug
21
6:30pm 6:30pm

Production 101

Production 101:

Entertainment Industry Workshop 

Attendees of the Production 101 workshop will learn about entertainment industry standards and resources when organizing film, television or new media productions. Attendees will receive information, step by step instruction and inspiration for their future in the entertainment industry. Topics that will be covered include:

  • How to break in to the industry
  • How & why to apply for SAG-AFTRA Indie status
  • Project funding
  • Production bibles
  • Production scheduling 

The workshop will be hosted by:

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Ali Naqvi

Ali Naqvi is a producer and director living in Los Angeles. Ali, a native of South Texas, has worked with Warner brothers, HBO, Funny or Die and others. He has written SAG AFTRA  Indie Contracts for multiple projects and coordinated production on numerous projects.

 

 

 

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As I Walk Through the Valley
Aug
21
5:30pm 5:30pm

As I Walk Through the Valley

A panel discussion with the filmmakers behind "As I Walk Through The Valley".

 "As I Walk Though The Valley" is a documentary film about the history of the underground rock scene of the Rio Grande Valley in deep South Texas. Audience members will get to view sequences from the unreleased documentary and participate in a Q and A session with filmmakers Charlie Vela and Ronnie Garza.

As I Walk Through The Valley documents 40 years of musical history and Mexican-American culture. It is the first comprehensive look at rock music in the Rio Grande Valley. The film is an oral history of the popular music of The Valley told by the musicians, promoters, producers, and scenesters who lived it.

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