Latino Producer’s Academy

August 20th, 2011 @   -  No Comments

Wednesday I arrived in Santa Fe, NM to attend the Latino Producers Academy, and program of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP). For 10 days I’ll be working with editor Hashem Selph and a talented pool of mentors and advisors, working on advancing our film to the next step by fine tuning scenes and editing new one.

Rick Editing a scene at the Latino Producer's Academy

Day 5 at the Latino Producer’s Academy. Our editor Hashem Selph is editing a new sequence about today’s farm workers who regularly work in temperatures above 100 degrees Fahrenheit, conditions that, sadly, are too often fatal.

Rough Cut Screening at the Latino Producer's Academy

Day 8 at NALIP’S Latino Producer’s Lab. I thought I knew a lot about websites and social media campaigns until I heard veteran documentary filmmaker Jilann Spitzmiller break it down. Thanks Jilann!

Rick Perez with Jiliann Spitzmiller at the Latino Producer's Academy

Final day of the Latino Producer’s Academy. It was a intense of fruitful experience where I had productive meetings with senior staffers from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, WGBH Boston, and senior mentors, all of whom are ecstatic about Cesar’s Last Fast. Ray Telles (pictured with me above) was among one of the Academy mentors. Ray was the co-director of Fight in theFields, a 1996 documentary about the farm workers movement Cesar helped create and lead. In addition to my meetings, editor Hashem Selph put together an entirely new sequence that featured former California Rural Legal Aassistance Community Organizer Alma Alvarez conducting field inspections to ensure growers were complying with laws to protect today’s farm workers from potentially fatal heat and other job-related hazards.

Rick Perez
Producer/Director

Rick Perez and Ray Telles at the Latino Producer's Academy

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