Latino Filmmakers Visit Tucson Again (and Again, and Again…)
For the fourth year in a row, the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) held its Latino Producers Academy (LPA) in Tucson, combining mentorship and hands-on production skills for an intensive ten-day course. Experts from the world of independent film and television guide participants through a curriculum modeled closely on the Sundance Filmmaker Labs, focusing on every facet of filmmaking including screenwriting, fundraising, directing and post-production, to name just a few (some of Tucson’s hardworking crewbase was tapped to assist with production duties, we’re happy to report.) Attendees found the time to take in the sights (the awe-inspiring San Xavier Mission was top of the list, of course) and relaxed under the stars during the closing party held at the desert jewel Hacienda Del Sol. A great time was had by all. Pictured at left is the LPA Signature Program Director, Octavio Marin with a friend.
The Modern Side of Tucson, Coming Soon To A Plasma Screen Near You
Tucson’s unending ability to snag commercial production shoots throughout the year isn’t always due to our year-round sunny weather or Old World Mexican neighborhoods. We also receive numerous calls for our unique modern buildings, as was the case when Ameritrade shot segments of their latest commercial at a sleek home designed by world-famous modernist architect, Tucson’s own Rick Joy. When a location is this beautiful, you can excuse it for being a bit of a show off.
Tucson Film Office Helps Build BABEL
We always watch the credits roll to the very end of a film to see who we know and where films were shot. Imagine our surprise when, making its North American premiere at the 2006 Telluride Film Festival, the upcoming feature film Babel thanked us in the credits. We had the pleasure of assisting director Alejandro Gonzales Inurritu (21 Grams, Amores Perros) and his producers Jon Kilik (Broken Flowers, Pollock) and Ann Ruark (Garden State) scout locations along the border for a few days last year. Technical considerations ended up moving these scenes to Rocky Point, Mexico, but getting a credit for doing a job we love is the next best thing to having them shoot here. The Oscar nominations have not yet been given out, but we wouldn't be surprised if this poignant film takes home dozens of awards, especially for the powerful performances by Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett and (pictured at left in a tense scene from the movie) Gael Garcia Bernal.