Improving the Image of Latinos

Call for entries for the Nosotros American Latino Film Festival

By Henry K. Priest
Published on LatinoLA: July 24, 2004

Improving the Image of Latinos

Ricardo Montalban and Nosotros, a non-profit 501C3, announce the official call for entrees for the first annual Nosotros American Latino Film Festival. A goal set back in 1970 by Ricardo Montalb?n, "to improve the image of Latinos in the entertainment industry" comes to fruition at the newly named Ricardo Montalban Theatre in November, 2004. The theatre is located at 1615 N. Vine St., Hollywood, CA 90028.

From Chicanos in East Los Angeles to Cubanos in Miami, American Latino filmmakers represent the diverse Latino cultures found in the US landscape. The goal of the festival is to provide an opportunity to display the artistic creativity of the broad spectrum of American Latinos by showcasing films that share their life experiences, traditions, and culture. The festival committee seeks to showcase films that speak to mainstream audience and the growing American Latino population.

The event is produced by festival directors Henry K. Priest and Shawna Baca. They say it?s the ?answer to Hollywood?s diversity campaign which provides what Hollywood executives have sought after, more Latinos in front of the camera and behind the camera producing quality work that can reach ethnic and mainstream audiences. It?s the answer to Hollywood?s quest for Latin talent behind the camera.?

The Nosotros American Latino Film Festival has sprouted from the very successful Nosotros Latin Filmmakers Showcase produced November 2003. The event showcased films produced by members of Nosotros with production experience behind the camera. With the success for the event and expressed interest from the entertainment industry professionals, Nosotros will continue to showcase films made by Nosotros members and embrace the opportunity to showcase the work of non-members as well. Along with showcasing films the festival will come alive in an array of ways as it will present workshops for filmmakers and actors, a Latin talent showcase and other festive activities. It?s ?the place to be? for Hollywood professionals looking to meet the up and coming Latin filmmakers.

Over the years the organization has provided many resources for Latin talent in front of the camera such as acting workshops, talent showcases and production of the annual Golden Eagle Awards, which presents awards to Latinos that have made an impact in the entertainment industry.

In recent years, there has been a recent display of new energy and ideas from a new generation of Latinos in the entertainment industry. This inspired the development of a committee within Nosotros known as the US Generation. Under the leadership of the Nosotros board, the US Generation committee members have spearheaded many new programs for Latinos in front of the camera such as networking brunches, dancing classes, casting director workshops, and the distribution of the Nosotros Latin Talent directory. Also, the organization has implemented programs for members behind the camera such as writers workshops, directors workshop, producing workshops, and the new Nosotros Filmmakers Network, all in an attempt to meet the original mission statement of the organization and to fulfill the 34 year dream of its? founding member Ricardo Montalban.

With a new home located at the recently named Ricardo Montalban Theater, formerly known as the James A. Doolittle Theater, Nosotros continually provides services to it?s members on a daily basis and hosts weekly meetings to support it?s members that serve the organization at various capacities. On any given day there are a variety of resources provided by the organization to its? membership. The Nosotros American Latino Film Festival seeks to showcase the talent that the organization actively promotes through it various programs.


Early Bird Deadline - July 23rd
Regular Deadline - August 27th
Extended Deadline - September 5th

Information regarding submission guidelines, volunteer opportunities and sponsoships can be found online at: http://www.Nosotros.org

(213) 739-3385
Email: HenryKPriest@Nosotros.org

About Henry K. Priest:
Henry K. Priest is the original chair of the Nosotros Latin Talent Directory and the producer of the Nosotros American Latino Film Festival. As an independent producer he produced the award winning film "UnderDOG" (http://www.UnderDOGthefilm.com)

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