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NALIP Sponsoring Free Panels at Delray Fest
(released 2/24/2006)

NALIP Florida and the Delray Beach Film Festival are sponsoring free panels on pitching, funding, and distributing films.

Sunday March 12th, 2006

Embassy Suites Hotel-Boca Raton
661 NW 53rd Street
Boca Raton FL 33487

10:30am-11:45: You have your Script...Now what?
Noon-1:00pm: Luncheon & Kodak Equipment Demonstration - Sponsored by KODAK
1:15pm-3:00pm: Budgeting your Film
3:00pm-4:30pm: Pitching and Funding

Participants will include fellow Nalipsters Maria Bures, Michael Gavino, and Vincent Batista among others.

Michael Gavino, Writer-Actor: After earning his Bachelor and Master's of Art from FAU and continued his studies by attending The New York Film Academy and studying under several prestigious private teachers. As an actor, Michael has acted in over 30 films and played the lead in 16. As a writer, he has been invited to the highly regarded Latino Writer's Lab twice, and he has been invited to the exclusive Latino Producers Academy.

Vincent Batista, Nuestro Orgullo, Inc.: Vincent Batista started Nuestro Orgullo inc. to provide technical assistance, training, scholarships, and mentoring programs to Latino youths in the fields of media, broadcasting, journalism, online entertainment and film production.

Bill Garcia, Director of Photography: From the ruins of the Soviet empire to the space shuttle, Bill Garcia has photographed many of the most noteworthy events of the late 20th Century. Beginning his career in Miami, as a news journalist (and nominated for numerous awards for his work) Garcia transitioned from television to commercials, music videos and features working with the likes of Lenny Kravits, Ricky Martin, Emilio Estefan and Christina Aguilera.

Maritza Guimet, Producer: Maritza Guimet was born in Lima-Peru. When she arrived to Miami she began working at the Miami Beach Film and Print office assistant coordinating high profile projects such as The Birdcage, Pronto and Too Much. She has also participated in the production of numerous films and TV Projects. She has been the Florida Chapter Director the National Association of Latino Independent Producers and was recently awarded "Best of Florida" PSA for creating and producing the first PSA for NALIP in Miami, FL.

Maria Bures, Filmmaker-Producer: Growing up in Little Havana, Maria Bures had nostalgia for an island she barely remembered. Yet, as an adult, Bures made the taboo trek to Havana -- and took along her video camera. The result is the half-hour documentary Lilly and I. The movie is about Bures' trip with two other Cuban-American women, her friend, singer Lilly Blanco and Lilly's 84-year-old grandmother. The film was the San Francisco Art Institute graduate's pet project. As executive producer for the Coconut Grove-based Pigeon Productions, she has made more than 500 commercials, including spots for AT&T, Sears Roebuck and Co., and Kraft Foods.

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