The Latino Lens™: Narrative Short Film Incubator Women of Color, with the support of NETFLIX, commits to seeking up-and-coming women of color filmmakers and will also provide resources and knowledge in necessary areas. The incubator will work in conjunction with partners to empower a diverse woman content creator with resources, intensive mentorship, and empowerment through the successful completion of the intended project.
Check out the projects by fellows as part of the Latino Media Fest Programming. Congratulations to the fellows:
The Blue Drum, directed byAngelita Mendoza
Firecracker, directed byCaroline Guo
Mama Retreat, directed byEileen Alvarez
Ro and the Stardust, directed byEunice Levis
THE BLUE DRUM
directed by Angelita Mendoza
Angelita Mendoza is an award-winning, Mexican-American film director based in New York City but raised in San Diego, CA. Her passion for film started at her father’s video stores when she was a child. Angelita’s films have screened at HollyShorts, New York Film Festival, New York Latino Film Festival, and San Diego Latino Film Festival, among others. She is the recipient of the Grand Prize for the Moët Moment Film Festival 2018, a part of the Tribeca Film Festival. Judges included Laura Dern, Billie Lourd, and Annka Hoffman (the VP of the HFPA). The Blue Drum will be Angelita’s 5th short film as a director.
directed by Caroline Guo
Like any good Chinese-American daughter, Caroline Guo promised her parents she'd be a doctor or lawyer... only to become a diehard film nerd. Finalist for the 2021 NALIP & Netflix Women of Color Short Film Incubator and 2020 Women in Film & The Black List Feature Residency with FIRECRACKER, she wrote, directed and produced the award-winning short film “The Test” in Beijing, China. A graduate of Northwestern University, Caroline has published in academic journals and is featured in Criterion Collection’s new release of Johnnie To’s THROW DOWN. Hailing from Atlanta but having lived in Chicago, Paris, London and Beijing, Caroline is now based in Los Angeles and working at MACRO. As a writer and filmmaker, she’s most interested in telling personal stories, especially of Asian and Asian-American women, to shed light on larger social issues.
directed by Eileen Alvarez
Eileen Álvarez is a Latinx Writer/Actor/Director who grew up in San Francisco, and was raised by political activist parents from Argentina. Eileen received a degree in Philosophy from UCLA, an M.F.A from the Actors Studio, and made her directorial debut with Finding Mabel, an award winning feature about Argentina's 30,000 Disappeared. Her sophomore film Grit, won several festivals awards, and was picked up by Elizabeth Banks' Whohaha. In 2020, Eileen's comedy Pilot Güera took home first place during the Page International Screenwriting Awards, and in the same year she joined the writers' room for the adult animated series Close Enough, for HBOMax. She is managed by Stagecoach entertainment and repped as a writer by the Gersh Agency.
RO AND THE STARDUST
directed by Eunice Levis
Eunice Levis is a first-generation Dominican-American, born and raised in The Bronx, New York. She is currently developing several projects that combine her love of horror, sci-fi, thriller, and fantasy, many through a diasporic lens. She recently wrote and directed InVade, a sci-fi short film, which made the second round of the 2020 Sundance Episodic Lab with its pilot script. Her urban gothic horror feature script Keep also made the second round consideration for the 2021 Sundance Feature Development program. Eunice's latest work, a folklore horror micro short titled Fell Ends was an extraordinary selection at NYX’s 13 minutes of horror film festival and streamed on Shudder. Her upcoming film, an urban fantasy titled Ro and the Stardust, is part of the 2021 NALIP Latino Lens Women of Color Short Film Incubator, sponsored by Netflix. Eunice is represented by 3 Arts Entertainment.
Our TV incubation program centers around specific partnerships to generate talent and scripted projects directly developed, pitched, and placed. We aim to develop skills, pilots, talent and projects to the highest quality. Latino Lens Incubator includes mentorships with advanced TV writer/producers and executives. Check out the projects by fellows as part of the Latino Media Fest Programming. Congratulations to our fellows:
Bendecidas y Afortunadas,directed by Julieta Messmer and Marianne Amelinckx
KEEP, DELETE,directed by Kryzz Gautier
directed by Kryzz Gautier
Queer, Afro-Latina writer/director born and raised in the Dominican Republic. Since transitioning from undocumented to documented, she's been a writer on an HBO series and has sold shows and features to studios, some of which have her attached as director. Kryzz has been a fellow in prestigious programs like The Black List, Ryan Murphy's "Half Initiative", Joey Soloway's "Disruptors", the Sundance Institute, and The Academy's Nicholl Fellowship among others.
Bendecidas y Afortunadas
directed by Julieta Messmer & Marianne Amelinckx
Julieta Messmer: Screenwriter, Costume Designer and a Creative Activist for women empowerment, immigrant rights and LGBTQ visibility in arts & entertainment. She once had Gwen Stefani scream "My shoe! My shoe!" while she was on the floor holding said object.
Marianne Amelinckx: Queer Venezuelan Filmmaker who ran away from communism and landed in Trump’s populism. Writer/director of Salta (Tribeca Film Festival 2017) and Vuela (Through Her Lens Finalist 2017). Her soul is split in two: she loves the nostalgia found in Indie dramas and the healing power of TV Comedy.