of U.S. Latino Filmmaking and the Arts
the arena of U.S. Latino filmmaking, what are strategies for networking
and resource pooling among diverse Latina/o artistic talents? In other
words, how might Latina/o creative communities interface, collaborate,
and organize to advance the cause and support the production of U.S. Latino
independent filmmaking? What have been, are, can be or should be cross-fertilizations
of filmmaking with Latino influences in music, design, literature? Join
film director and music video producer, Albert Xavier (Festival opening
night's Red Passport/Pasaporte Rojo and For Her/Por Ella); Composer Joseph
Julian Gonzalez (Price of Glory, Chicano); Christoper Acebo, Costume Designer
(Electricidad; A Long Bridge Over Troubled Waters) in the film arts as
they explore these and other questions.
Albert Xavier was born in New York City and raised in Santo Domingo, Dominican
Republic. After graduating from the film school of NYU, his creative interest
in filmmaking, music and art became universal.
He devoted his time in the production of filmmaking and television creating
visual content primarily for the Latino market but exposed to the world.
One of many was the urban magazine show "GalaSCENE" (1999) for
Galavision Network and "RumbaCaliente" (2004/05) which is presently
airing on digital satellite on SuperCanal Caribe. Then he was added to
the directorial roster of Resurrection Blvd. (2000) for Showtime Networks.
Xavier continued to direct Latin music videos of various artists like:
La India , Frankie Negron, King Chango, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Fulanito,
Oro Solido and others. In addition to his reel, he has produced a series
of industrial commercials for Nike, Umbro, Diesel Clothing and Macy's
and others to mention.
He has written, directed, and produced 3 short films entitled "Por
Ella," "Quarter To Ten" and "A Different Man."
His First feature film entitled, "Red Passport/Pasaporte Rojo."
As a Consulting Producer, he committed his talents to the Spain/Dominican
Feature Film, "La Victoria" which was shot last year and premiered
at the San Sebastian International Film Festival.
"Red Passport" was presented at more than 30 international film
festivals in 2003/2004, winning the Audience Award at Lincoln Center,
Best Director Award at the Boston Latino Film Festival and the nomination
of a Cassandra Award in the Dominican Republic. This film has made Xavier
respectfully known in the Dominican Republic, Spain and the United States
for rising in the industry as a Latino independent filmmaker.
Xavier continues this year to produce and direct a series of projects
that range of feature and short films to television shows on a worldwide
level. To get updates of future projects in the works or completed, visit:
www.albertxavier.com. For information regarding his television show: www.rumbacaliente.com
Rodriguez graduated with a film studies B.A. from U.C.S.B. where he was
mentored by Tom Pollock, former head of Universal, he produced his first
feature length film "Misery Loves Company", which was quickly
sold to York Home Video.
after, in 2001 he co-produced with Ground-Zero Entertainment the feature
"The Blues", a urban comedy starring Deon Richmond (Scream 3,
Van Wilder) Merlin Santana (Steve Harvey Show, Showtime). At the same
time he was offered a full-time position as V.P. of distribution for Diamante
Films, the largest distributor of Spanish film in the U.S. Rodriguez took
the company within 18 months from doing 700k to 1.6m yearly revenue.
in 2001, Rodriguez was approached by Ground-Zero Entertainment to enter
into an agreement for them to handle all of Diamante's titles in their
mainstream nationwide market which they had access to via Ventura Distribution.
Thanks to his extensive experience in the Latino Market, in 2002 Rodriguez
resigned from his position at Diamante Films in order to launch a new
division for Ground-Zero. Ground-Zero Latino is launched in 2002 appointing
Rodriguez as it V.P
In late 2003 Rodriguez decided to depart Ground-Zero in order to open
up his own company. As an independent, he brokered several deals like
selling ten animated television series from BRB International to Sorpresa
TV (a new Spanish kids station), fifteen films from Diamante Films to
Telemundo and also become the exclusive agent for Icon Animation in the
mid 2004, in partnership with Mr. Geno Taylor, he established BellaVic
Entertainment, a production and distribution company, positioning it to
acquire, distribute and produce films in the U.S. A three year output
deal has been executed with Lightyear/Warner Home video. Also Rodriguez
and Taylor have finished in November of 2004 the principal photography
of "The Devil Inside" begins starring Danny Trejo(Spy Kids,
Desperado), B-Real (Platinum Hip-Hop lead rapper of Cypress Hill), that
now is in advanced stages of post-production.
2005 Rodriguez is positioned to place BellaVic Entertainment as a major
force in the mainstream entertainment market, with plans to acquire and
distribute a minimum of 25 films, as well as to produce and distribute
3 feature length films besides "The Devil Inside".
Filmography as Producer
distributed by Maverick Entertainment
Misery Loves Company(2000) distributed by York Video
The Blues(2003) distributed by Sony Red
The Devil Inside(2005) in post-production (www.devilinsidethemovie.com)
Joseph Julian Gonzalez has had a dynamic career as a music composer for
film, television and the concert music stage. As one of the busiest composers
today, he has worked on important and intensely creative audio and visual
projects as well as collaborated with some of the most talented artists
and directors of our time.
Hailing from the rural town of Bakersfield in California's San Joaquin
Valley, Gonzalez studied classical guitar from Theodore Norman and composition
for motion picture and television from legendary film composer David Raksin
(Laura, Forever Amber) at UCLA. After touring with several groups including
The New Christy Minstrels, Gonzalez became music director of Luis Valdez's
(La Bamba, Zoot Suit) much heralded theater company El Teatro Campesino.
There he composed the music score for La Pastorela, a PBS Great Performance
Christmas special and composed music for such mega-artists as Linda Rondstadt,
Freddy Fender and Los Lobos.
Since then he has composed a multitude of music scores for film, television
shows and documentaries including the academy award-nominated feature
documentary Colors Straight Up with director Michele Ohayon, the New Line
Cinema feature film Price of Glory with director Carlos Avila and Miramax's
Curdled with director Reb Braddok. He even composed the underscore for
Britney Spear's music video "Oops, I Did It Again." Gonzalez
also scored three seasons of Showtime's award-winning episodic Resurrection
Blvd with executive producer Dennis Leoni as well as the landmark Chicano:
The History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement with famed series
producer Hector Galán.
This past year Gonzalez worked again with Hector Galán in a six-part
miniseries entitled Visiones: Latino Art and Culture for PBS and Cinco
De Mayo for the History Channel. In October, 2004 Gonzalez' large-scale
work for Mariachi and Orchestra, Concierto Para Mariachi, had a successful
premiere in Visalia, California. In March, 2005, Cowboy Del Amor, another
collaboration with the academy award-nominated director, Michele Ohayon,
premiered at the South By Southwest Festival in Texas. Slated to be released
in May, 2005 on DVD, Lifeboat, by Alfred Hitchcock, will contain a 25
minute documentary scored by Gonzalez and directed by Peter Ventrella.
Nancy de Los Santos
A fifteen-year veteran of the Hollywood film Nancy began her career as
the producer for the Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel television series At
the Movies. Her career move into films began with director Gregory Nave
with whom she worked on A Time for Destiny and later was associate producer
on Mi Familia and Selena. She also work as an assistant to producer Gale
Ann Hurd on The Abyss and Alien Nation.
De los Santos directed a short film from her own script for the Universal
Television Film Project, Breaking Pan With Sol, which received the "Best
Short Film" award from the Chicago International Latino Film Festival.
She his co-producer of The Bronze Screen: The History of Latinos in Hollywood,
a documentary of the history of Latinos in the entertainment industry,
which has gone on to win several awards.
was one of the writers for the Disney television movie Gotta Kick It Up.
De Los Santos was named one of the Ten To Watch in Hispanic Magazine's
issue on Hispanics in Hollywood.
Set & Costume Designer
Christopher Acebo is a set and costume designer based in Los Angeles and
is currently represented on stage in the Mark Taper Forum's production
productions include Cornerstone Theater Company's A LONG BRIDGE OVER DEEP
WATERS at the Ford Amphitheatre, THE CHERRY ORCHARD at Yale Repertory
designs have been presented at major regional theatres in the United States.
Recent world premiere productions include THE CLEAN HOUSE by Sarah Ruhl,
directed by Bill Rauch (Yale Repertory Theatre); ELECTRICIDAD by Luis
Alfaro (The Goodman Theatre); LIVING OUT by Lisa Loomer directed by Bill
Rauch (Mark Taper Forum); CHAVEZ RAVINE by Culture Clash directed by Lisa
Peterson (Mark Taper Forum) As well as productions at the Guthrie Theatre,
South Coast Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, Portland Center Stage, Goodman Theatre,
East West Players, Missouri Rep, Pasadena Playhouse, Children's Theatre
Company of Minneapolis, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, San Diego Rep, Western
Stage, Magic Theatre, Sledgehammer, among others.
is an ensemble member of the nationally acclaimed Cornerstone Theatre
Company and a member of the faculty at CSULA. In 1999, he received a prestigious
NEA/TCG fellowship for emerging designers. He has also design consulted
for Disney Creative Entertainment. Christopher received his M.F.A. from
U.C. San Diego and his B.A. from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.