Making the Cinematic Connection

Workshop links writers, directors with agents & managers, July 27

By David Jordan
Published on LatinoLA: July 23, 2003

Making the Cinematic Connection

Agents and managers are essential to a writer and director's start and success as a filmmaker. Professional Latinos In Entertainment (PLIE), in association with Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF), has produced a workshop for writers and directors interested in meeting with agents and managers. It will take place on Sunday, July 27, from 12:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. The workshop is free to writers and directors and will be held at Le Deux Caf?, located at 1638 North Las Palmas Ave. (between Hollywood Boulevard and Selma Avenue).

Writers and directors will spend an afternoon with agents and managers to discover what is needed to jumpstart their career. In a panel format, guests will hear directly from agents and managers reveal what it takes to get representation, besides good writing. The panel will discuss how to get an agent, what agents are looking for, how to submit your material, and how to present yourself.

"Guests will engage in personal discussions with other wise hard to get to professionals in the area of representation," said German Torres, founder of PLIE "They will have the opportunity to ask questions and talk to them in an intimate but casual setting."

Panelists include Lourdes Diaz, manager/producer of Catch 23; Eddie Borges, ICM agent; Brad Rosenfeld, agent at Preferred Artists; Trevor Engelson, manager/producer of Mission/Underground Management; and Carlos De Los Rios, writer. Workshop moderator will be German Micheal Torres, founder of PLIE.

The event provides another outlet for Latino filmmakers to network with other professionals, furthering PLIE's goal to showcase and encourage these Latino talents. LALIFF is also proud to have a workshop that covers an area often times missed by the entertainment industry, and yet is so important. The workshop is just another example of LALIFF's dedication to their mission that creates awareness by and for Latino filmmakers.

The PLIE is dedicated to supporting, informing, and acknowledging, professional Latinos in the entertainment industry. We believe writers and directors, who are Latino, along with all other professional positions held by Latinos, need the means to progress in their discipline and the acknowledgment of their talent. Our goal is to create a truthful viewpoint of Latino writers and directors, one that states that they are exceptional filmmakers who happened to be Latino.

For more information or to reserve a space, e-mail German Torres at germanmtorres@aol.com

About David Jordan:
David Jordan is at jordanmuze@hotmail.com

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