Tribeca Film Institute – TFI giving grant for American Latino Movie Makers

The Tribeca Film Insitute is a non-profit organization benefitting the arts. It was founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff in the wake of September 11, 2001.  TFI benefits filmmakers through professional development and grants. TFI is a resource for and supporter of individual artists in the field.

The grant given to American Latino movie makers is unique in that it is targeted at the Latin American community, and provides a unique opportunity for those interested in motion pictures.  The Heineken Voces Grant will be awarded to Hispanic moviemakers, for the specific purpose of creating films that reflect the unique culture of the Hispanic community.

TFI’s Documentary Programming Director, Ryan Harrington thinks “Through this partnership with Heineken we are able to address the needs of the thriving and talented community of American Latino filmmakers. We look forward to helping the selected grantees by providing benefits that will include rough and fine cut screenings, notes sessions, buyer screenings and festival and distribution planning, among many other elements.”

The following video contains information about the Tribeca Film Festival which is put on every year by the Tribeca Film Institute. The company’s mission is to provide artists with original platforms to grow the audience for their works and to broaden the point of access for consumers to enjoy independent film and other media. One way that the institute accomplishes this goal is through the Tribeca Film Festival.

The Tribeca Film Institute has really shown that they are dedicated to both the film, and the Hispanic community with this grant. Hopefully this move by TFI will be a catalyst to creating more avenues for the Latin American movie makers to flourish.

By asitton

Cruzando – A must see movie for those looking for a good laugh.

So these past two weeks I have been working on a PR plan for the DVD release of Cruzando. It is a movie about a man named Manuel trying to reach Huntsville, TX  before he is executed. Meanwhile his Manuel’s very pregnant wife is at home expecting the baby any day. I did the research and read the story synopsis but I didn’t really get a feel for the movie.

Luckily we were able to view the movie after class. I have to say that I was very surprised at how much I liked the film. Although the story seemed interesting I didn’t anticipate the film being my cup of tea. But what i found out was that this film is hilarious! I don’t usually like dark comedies, but this film was really funny. Most of all I liked that it had a lot of heart to go along with the humor.

My favorite character in the movie is Manuel’s best friend, Diego. Diego has a childlike personality that makes the two friends adventure across the border quite interesting. The many misfortunes of the pair make for a hilariously tragic tale. Sadly, we didn’t get to finish the film, but I’m really looking forward to watching the end after my class next week. I’m hoping that everything works out for Manuel and Diego, but I will have to wait to see.

So I guessed I learned that sometimes things can surprise you. I thought I wouldn’t like Cruzando, but I ended up really enjoying it. The DVD release of the movie is May 24th. So if you are looking for a laugh and to be entertained by a movie that is original, Cruzando is your movie!





By asitton