Thursday, September 18, 2014


SOURCE Pantelion Films

Pantelion Films' "Cantinflas"  has been selected by the Mexican Academy of Cinematic Arts and Sciences to represent Mexico in the Academy Awards where it will compete for a nomination as Best Foreign Language Film, the company announced today.  Pantelion is a joint venture between next generation global content leader Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) and the world's leading Hispanic media company Televisa

Directed by Sebastian del Amo and produced by Vidal Cantu and Adolfo Franco of Kenio Films, the film "Cantinflas"tells the story of Mexico's most important comedian of all time, from his humble beginnings through his triumph inHollywood winning the Golden Globe for his acting in the film "Around the World in 80 Days."

"This film is a labor of love; it's very satisfying that it was selected to represent Mexico in the Academy Awards. I feel very pleased with the work achieved by everyone and by every single one of the actors and the whole crew," said co-producer Vidal Cantú.

"The selection of our film motivates us to continue producing inspiring stories and quality entertainment of the highest standards; it is a great opportunity that we hope will expose the film to an even broader audience," said co-producerAdolfo Franco.
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Urbanworld Festival places Latino films back in the spotlight

Talk about leaving a Latino imprint.
The variety of international films and programming targeting the Latino community during the 18th annual Urbanworld Film Festival is both prominent and inspiring.
"This year we wanted to make it special and fill the void the New York International Latino Film Festival left behind," Urbanworld programmer Juan Caceres tells Viva.
"We thought it was an opportunity to really bring back Latino films to New York and also represent New York and its vibrant colors," he says
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Cine + Mas presents the 2014 San Francisco Latino Film Festiva

The festival opens on Friday, Sept. 19th with the film "Cry Now" at the Brava Theater for The Arts starting at 7:30 pm.
The film will be followed with an opening night party featuring Buyepongo (from Los Angeles), Las Bomberas De La Bahia and DJ Kool Kyle at the Brick & Mortar, 1710 Mission Street at Duboce.  
KPFA is also sponsoring the showing of the music documentary "Rumba Clave Blen Blen Blen" with Pedrito Martinez, Candido Camero, Jerry Gonzalez and others will be shown on Saturday, Sept 27, 5 pm at the Mission Cultural Center.  
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SOURCE Pantelion Films

Mexican actor, director, writer and producer Eugenio Derbez, the star of Pantelion Films' breakout hit Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S., has signed an exclusive first-look deal with Pantelion Films, the collaboration between next generation global content leader Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) and Mexican media corporation Grupo Televisa, the parties announced today. Derbez, through his newly-launched 3Pas ('tripas") Studios production company, a partnership with former Pantelion President of Production Benjamin Odell, will focus on Spanish and English-language films targeted at Latino and crossover audiences in the US.

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Latinos In The Movies This Fall


The fall is always an exciting time for film as most releases involve strong, highly anticipated, award-contending movies. Yes, most of them come out seeking a glorified award season and mark the end of digital character blockbusters for younger audiences. It’s especially exciting for us when the season’s mainstream or indie pics involve Latino actors, directors, producers, etc. Critics are already raving about González Iñarritu’s epic movie “Birdman,” highly anticipating Gael García’s performance in Jon Stewarts directorial debut, “Rosewater,” and looking forward to see more about the beautiful tradition of ‘Día de Muertos’ in Guillermo del Toro’s “Book of Life.”
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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Director Robert Rodriguez Talks El Rey Network, Hispanic Films And Latino Movie Making

by Peter Black

Robert Rodriguez, director of "From Dusk Till Dawn," now has his own TV channel.
The El Rey network, which was launched with the help of $72 million loan from Univision, is now available on Comcast, DirecTV and Time Warner Cable. The network features grindhouse-esque content targeted at Hispanic viewers, although Rodriguez insisted that if the network's shows are to be effective they must "create storytelling that has universal appeal."
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Hispanic Actors React to Lack of Diversity, Opportunities in Hollywood Movie Roles

By Scharon Harding

In early August, the University of Southern California revealed that Hispanics are highly underrepresented in top Hollywood movies. Now, actors from the Hispanic community are reacting.
The six-year-long study, "Race/Ethnicity in 600 Popular Films: Examining On Screen Portrayals and Behind the Camera Diversity," examined over 25,000 characters in all of the top-grossing films from 2007-2013. The study found that Hispanics played a mere 4.9 percent of the characters studied, despite the group representing 16.3 of the U.S. population (according to the U.S. Census Bureau) and 25 percent of movie ticket sales.

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