Panels and Workshops: Day One

Intersections of U.S. Latino Filmmaking and the Arts

In the arena of U.S. Latino filmmaking, what are strategies for networking and resource pooling among diverse Latina/o artistic talents? In other words, how might Latina/o creative communities interface, collaborate, and organize to advance the cause and support the production of U.S. Latino independent filmmaking? What have been, are, can be or should be cross-fertilizations of filmmaking with Latino influences in music, design, literature? Join film director and music video producer, Albert Xavier (Festival opening night's Red Passport/Pasaporte Rojo and For Her/Por Ella); Composer Joseph Julian Gonzalez (Price of Glory, Chicano); Christoper Acebo, Costume Designer (Electricidad; A Long Bridge Over Troubled Waters) in the film arts as they explore these and other questions.

Albert Xavier
Albert Xavier was born in New York City and raised in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. After graduating from the film school of NYU, his creative interest in filmmaking, music and art became universal.
He devoted his time in the production of filmmaking and television creating visual content primarily for the Latino market but exposed to the world. One of many was the urban magazine show "GalaSCENE" (1999) for Galavision Network and "RumbaCaliente" (2004/05) which is presently airing on digital satellite on SuperCanal Caribe. Then he was added to the directorial roster of Resurrection Blvd. (2000) for Showtime Networks.
Xavier continued to direct Latin music videos of various artists like: La India , Frankie Negron, King Chango, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Fulanito, Oro Solido and others. In addition to his reel, he has produced a series of industrial commercials for Nike, Umbro, Diesel Clothing and Macy's and others to mention.
He has written, directed, and produced 3 short films entitled "Por Ella," "Quarter To Ten" and "A Different Man." His First feature film entitled, "Red Passport/Pasaporte Rojo." As a Consulting Producer, he committed his talents to the Spain/Dominican Feature Film, "La Victoria" which was shot last year and premiered at the San Sebastian International Film Festival.
"Red Passport" was presented at more than 30 international film festivals in 2003/2004, winning the Audience Award at Lincoln Center, Best Director Award at the Boston Latino Film Festival and the nomination of a Cassandra Award in the Dominican Republic. This film has made Xavier respectfully known in the Dominican Republic, Spain and the United States for rising in the industry as a Latino independent filmmaker.
Xavier continues this year to produce and direct a series of projects that range of feature and short films to television shows on a worldwide level. To get updates of future projects in the works or completed, visit: For information regarding his television show: .
Danny Rodriguez

Danny Rodriguez graduated with a film studies B.A. from U.C.S.B. where he was mentored by Tom Pollock, former head of Universal, he produced his first feature length film "Misery Loves Company", which was quickly sold to York Home Video.

Soon after, in 2001 he co-produced with Ground-Zero Entertainment the feature "The Blues", a urban comedy starring Deon Richmond (Scream 3, Van Wilder) Merlin Santana (Steve Harvey Show, Showtime). At the same time he was offered a full-time position as V.P. of distribution for Diamante Films, the largest distributor of Spanish film in the U.S. Rodriguez took the company within 18 months from doing 700k to 1.6m yearly revenue.

Later, in 2001, Rodriguez was approached by Ground-Zero Entertainment to enter into an agreement for them to handle all of Diamante's titles in their mainstream nationwide market which they had access to via Ventura Distribution.

Thanks to his extensive experience in the Latino Market, in 2002 Rodriguez resigned from his position at Diamante Films in order to launch a new division for Ground-Zero. Ground-Zero Latino is launched in 2002 appointing Rodriguez as it V.P

In late 2003 Rodriguez decided to depart Ground-Zero in order to open up his own company. As an independent, he brokered several deals like selling ten animated television series from BRB International to Sorpresa TV (a new Spanish kids station), fifteen films from Diamante Films to Telemundo and also become the exclusive agent for Icon Animation in the U.S.

In mid 2004, in partnership with Mr. Geno Taylor, he established BellaVic Entertainment, a production and distribution company, positioning it to acquire, distribute and produce films in the U.S. A three year output deal has been executed with Lightyear/Warner Home video. Also Rodriguez and Taylor have finished in November of 2004 the principal photography of "The Devil Inside" begins starring Danny Trejo(Spy Kids, Desperado), B-Real (Platinum Hip-Hop lead rapper of Cypress Hill), that now is in advanced stages of post-production.

In 2005 Rodriguez is positioned to place BellaVic Entertainment as a major force in the mainstream entertainment market, with plans to acquire and distribute a minimum of 25 films, as well as to produce and distribute 3 feature length films besides "The Devil Inside".

Select Filmography as Producer

Hustlas(1999) distributed by Maverick Entertainment
Misery Loves Company(2000) distributed by York Video
The Blues(2003) distributed by Sony Red
The Devil Inside(2005) in post-production (

Joseph Julian Gonzalez
Joseph Julian Gonzalez has had a dynamic career as a music composer for film, television and the concert music stage. As one of the busiest composers today, he has worked on important and intensely creative audio and visual projects as well as collaborated with some of the most talented artists and directors of our time.
Hailing from the rural town of Bakersfield in California's San Joaquin Valley, Gonzalez studied classical guitar from Theodore Norman and composition for motion picture and television from legendary film composer David Raksin (Laura, Forever Amber) at UCLA. After touring with several groups including The New Christy Minstrels, Gonzalez became music director of Luis Valdez's (La Bamba, Zoot Suit) much heralded theater company El Teatro Campesino. There he composed the music score for La Pastorela, a PBS Great Performance Christmas special and composed music for such mega-artists as Linda Rondstadt, Freddy Fender and Los Lobos.
Since then he has composed a multitude of music scores for film, television shows and documentaries including the academy award-nominated feature documentary Colors Straight Up with director Michele Ohayon, the New Line Cinema feature film Price of Glory with director Carlos Avila and Miramax's Curdled with director Reb Braddok. He even composed the underscore for Britney Spear's music video "Oops, I Did It Again." Gonzalez also scored three seasons of Showtime's award-winning episodic Resurrection Blvd with executive producer Dennis Leoni as well as the landmark Chicano: The History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement with famed series producer Hector Galán.
This past year Gonzalez worked again with Hector Galán in a six-part miniseries entitled Visiones: Latino Art and Culture for PBS and Cinco De Mayo for the History Channel. In October, 2004 Gonzalez' large-scale work for Mariachi and Orchestra, Concierto Para Mariachi, had a successful premiere in Visalia, California. In March, 2005, Cowboy Del Amor, another collaboration with the academy award-nominated director, Michele Ohayon, premiered at the South By Southwest Festival in Texas. Slated to be released in May, 2005 on DVD, Lifeboat, by Alfred Hitchcock, will contain a 25 minute documentary scored by Gonzalez and directed by Peter Ventrella.
Nancy de Los Santos
A fifteen-year veteran of the Hollywood film Nancy began her career as the producer for the Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel television series At the Movies. Her career move into films began with director Gregory Nave with whom she worked on A Time for Destiny and later was associate producer on Mi Familia and Selena. She also work as an assistant to producer Gale Ann Hurd on The Abyss and Alien Nation.

De los Santos directed a short film from her own script for the Universal Television Film Project, Breaking Pan With Sol, which received the "Best Short Film" award from the Chicago International Latino Film Festival. She his co-producer of The Bronze Screen: The History of Latinos in Hollywood, a documentary of the history of Latinos in the entertainment industry, which has gone on to win several awards.

Nancy was one of the writers for the Disney television movie Gotta Kick It Up. De Los Santos was named one of the Ten To Watch in Hispanic Magazine's issue on Hispanics in Hollywood.

Christopher Acebo
Set & Costume Designer
Christopher Acebo is a set and costume designer based in Los Angeles and is currently represented on stage in the Mark Taper Forum's production of ELECTRICIDAD.

Upcoming productions include Cornerstone Theater Company's A LONG BRIDGE OVER DEEP WATERS at the Ford Amphitheatre, THE CHERRY ORCHARD at Yale Repertory Theatre.

Christopher's designs have been presented at major regional theatres in the United States. Recent world premiere productions include THE CLEAN HOUSE by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Bill Rauch (Yale Repertory Theatre); ELECTRICIDAD by Luis Alfaro (The Goodman Theatre); LIVING OUT by Lisa Loomer directed by Bill Rauch (Mark Taper Forum); CHAVEZ RAVINE by Culture Clash directed by Lisa Peterson (Mark Taper Forum) As well as productions at the Guthrie Theatre, South Coast Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, Portland Center Stage, Goodman Theatre, East West Players, Missouri Rep, Pasadena Playhouse, Children's Theatre Company of Minneapolis, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, San Diego Rep, Western Stage, Magic Theatre, Sledgehammer, among others.

Christopher is an ensemble member of the nationally acclaimed Cornerstone Theatre Company and a member of the faculty at CSULA. In 1999, he received a prestigious NEA/TCG fellowship for emerging designers. He has also design consulted for Disney Creative Entertainment. Christopher received his M.F.A. from U.C. San Diego and his B.A. from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.



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