Cafecito with NALIP: Producing in a Culture of Change and Innovation
Presented by Popflick
Wednesday, May 31 - 10:00 AM PT
Available on our Youtube Channel
Open to all festival pass holders
A conversation on the challenges and changes of producing for a global and digital age. Producers discuss their experiences and lessons from securing financing for projects, navigating the shifting independent landscape, and finding sustainability within the industry. Diving on topics of co-productions, the impact of streaming on packaging and distribution, and finding and supporting emerging talent.
Frida Torresblanco is a Film Producer based in MX and US. She has produced a variety of independent films including The Dancer Upstairs (directed by John Malkovich), The Assassination of Richard Nixon (starring Sean Penn), Disobedience (directed by Sebastian Lelio), Pan’s Labyrinth (directed by Guillermo del Toro). In 2002, Frida launched a New York-based film production company, Esperanto Filmoj, in partnership with Alfonso Cuarón. She produced Cronicas (directed by Jonás Cuarón), The Possibility of Hope(directed by Alfonso Cuarón), and Rudo y Cursi (directed by Carlos Cuarón).
Jamie Gonçalves was a Sundance Institute Creative Producing Fellow and Impact Partners Producing Fellow, both in 2018. His first documentary, Killing Them Safely(IFC) by Nick Berardini, premiered in competition at Tribeca in 2015. He has multiple Juan Pablo González’s films: Las Nubes (IFFR 2017), Caballerango (IDFA 2018), and his scripted feature debut Dos estaciones (Sundance World Narrative Competition 2022). He also produced Nathan Truesdell’s Balloonfest and The Water Slide, the most watched films on The Atlantic at 17 million views. Features he is currently producing include: The Monster and the Storm by Edwin Martinez and supported by Sundance and Concordia Studios, Eight Mysterious Qualities of the Ocean by Chy Chi a Sundance Intensive Screenwriting Lab project, and The Inventory by Ilana Coleman supported by Sundance, and the Berlinale. Previously, he served as a programming associate at the True/False Film Fest. Filmmaker Magazine named him as one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in 2015. He is a co-founder of Sin Sitio Cine, a collective based in Mexico and the US, focused on producing works by directors working within their own communities.
Carlos Lopez Estrada
Carlos López Estrada is an Academy Award-nominated filmmaker from Mexico City. Carlos’s debut film, BLINDSPOTTING, premiered opening night at Sundance 2018 and was subsequently released by Lionsgate Entertainment. Carlos was nominated by the DGA for Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film. His second film, SUMMERTIME, premiered opening night of Sundance 2020 and was released theatrically the following year. Peter Debruge from Variety called it “The most inspirational movie of the year.” Carlos’s third film, RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON was released by Disney in March of 2021 and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Estrada and actress Kelly Marie Tran announced that they were establishing a new production company called Antigravity Academy in November 2022, intending to help produce entertainment from and about people from historically excluded communities.
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