DISCUSSION PANEL 1

Saturday September 24

@ 4:30pm BLOCK 12

 

 

EVOLUTION OF MINORITIES IN FILM

 

 

NANCY DE LOS SANTOS

Nancy De Los Santos.  Screen writer and Producer.  Guest Film Judges 2016 at Festival De Cine Latino AmericanoWriter/Producer/Director Nancy De Los Santos, began her career in Chicago as Producer for Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel’s film review program At The Movies.  She is the Associate Producer on the films Selena and My Family, Mi Familia.  She wrote One Hot Summer for the Lifetime Movie Network, and one of The Disney Channel’s highest rated original films, Gotta Kick It Up!  Her work on the Showtime series Resurrection Blvd.  was nominated for an Alma Award. She’s also written for the PBS series American Family and the HULU drama series, East Los High.

She’s co-writer and co-producer of the Cinemax/HBO feature documentary, The Bronze Screen: One Hundred Years of the Latino Image in Hollywood Cinema.  Nancy has been on the writing staff for The NCLR Alma Awards, hosted by Eva Longoria, for seven shows.

One of her stories, “My Gang Sweater,” is included in “Love, Loss, and What I Wore,” written by Delia Ephron and Nora Ephron, being staged in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Paris and Mexico City.  She is also one of the writers of the book “Eight Ways to Say I Love My Life,” published by Arte Público Press.  The stage presentation of the book received the “Imagen Award for Best Live Theatrical Production.” She’s written five plays for the Plaza de la Raza Youth Theatre Workshop, including the 2015 production “UAC ETA TBD,” about Central American youths fleeing their homeland for the U.S.

Nancy De Los Santos is a member of the Writer’s Guild of America West, The Latino Writers Committee, and is the first Latino to serve on the Writers Guild of America Board of Directors (2006-08). She was recently presented with the ALMA Award for Community Service and Industry Excellence.

 

 

DANNY DE LA PLAZ

Danny De La Paz was born on April 3, 1957 in Whittier, California, USA as Daniel R. De La Paz. He is an actor and producer, known for Miracle Mile (1988), Border Cop (1980) and Picking Up the Pieces (2000). American Me and Boulevard Nights!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARTHUR MUHAMMAD

Arthur Muhammad is a rare breed of filmmaker and exceptional visionary. He studied Cinema at Southern Methodist University and has been involved with video and film production professionally for 16 years. His contributions have been instrumental in the development of movies, commercials, television shows and music videos.

Muhammad's first short film C'Ya won Best Film in the Dallas Black Film Festival and the 21st Annual Scottsdale Film Festival. His first feature Solitaire, also won Best Film in the Dallas Black Film Festival, and went on to be internationally distributed by Maverick Entertainment.

Arthur Muhammad gained much experience with some independent counterparts, whom unfortunately ran into financial obstacles, and never completed their films. He has taken those opportunities to create a professional platform for his own works. He is equipped to be an asset in just about every facet of making a film- from writing, shooting, editing, directing, scoring, and producing. Through knowledge gained from past encounters, be it successful or unsuccessful, Muhammad has vowed to make sure that the completion of his own films will never be an issue.

With this dedicated energy and unwavering mentality, C'Ya was produced on 16mm film for $1,000 dollars and his first feature film Solitaire, was produced on 16mm film for $6,000 dollars. Arthur Muhammad has been honored as a writer for his screenplay, Carter High at the 2009 Cinema City International Film Festival’s Screenwriter Awards, in Los Angeles.

Carter High is the long awaited true story of the 1988 Carter High Cowboys, the most feared high school football team in Texas during this period. It is the Carter High story that inspired the blockbuster football movie Friday Night Lights and the later produced TV series. His feature film, Black Angels (originally Sweet Justice), the story of a private child support agency that believes in collecting payment by any means necessary, sold out the Studio Movie Grill theaters throughout Dallas, TX and received international video distribution through Wells Go, USA. Arthur wrapped two films in which he directed, Paradise House which was filmed in Dallas and most recently- First Impression, which was filmed in Atlanta. First Impression was selected as an Official Selection in the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) 2014 and is now managing international distribution offers.

Arthur Muhammad is a force on the move creating projects that force the audience to think, while attracting a worldwide presence to the film industry. He is the true voice and his works are the accurate vision of an independent filmmaker.

 

 

BART WEISS

Bart Weiss is an award-winning independent film and video producer, director, editor and educator, who has lived in Dallas since 1981.

He is mostly known as the director and founder of the Dallas VideoFest. He produces the TV show “Frame of Mind” on KERA TV in Dallas, and is the artistic Director of 3 Stars Cinema. He has traveled to Nigeria Pakistan and China to show American Documentaries for the US State Department.

He has taught film and video at Texas A&M's Visualization Lab, Southern Methodist University, the University of Texas at Austin, and West Virginia State College, and is currently an Associate Professor at UT Arlington.

He is a former President of the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers (AIVF), former (and founding) board member Dallas Artists Research and Exhibition (DARE), past Vice President of the Texas Association of Film and Tape Professionals (TAFTP), founder and past President of the West Virginia Filmmakers' Guild, and co-founder of the Dallas Video Festival and the Video Association of Dallas.  He has been a video columnist for The Dallas Morning News, Dallas Times Herald, and United Features Syndicate.

Bart received an MFA in Film Directing from Columbia University

in 1978 and a B.A. in Radio TV and Film from Temple University in 1975.

 

 

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Nancy De Los Santos.  Screen writer and Producer.  Guest Film Judges 2016 at Festival De Cine Latino Americano

Danny De La Paz was born on April 3, 1957 in Whittier, California, USA as Daniel R. De La Paz. He is an actor and producer, known for Miracle Mile (1988), Border Cop (1980) and Picking Up the Pieces (2000). American Me and Boulevard Nights!

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