2014 KATRA FILM SERIES – 3RD & FINAL ROUND

November 18, 2014 in Event

***** 2014 KATRA FILM SERIES 3RD ROUND*****

SQUADUP

Join us Wednesday, December 3rd for the 3rd & Final Round of the 2014 Katra Film Series. A panel of judges will select 2 shorts to move on to the Grand Finale in January and the Audience will vote for one film to move on as well. A $500+ prize courtesy of our generous sponsors PULP NYC, Filmmaker Magazine, Pond5, Katra, CM4A will be shared amongst the 3 winners.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Dare2B, an organization focused on educating and empowering homeless children through out NYC. To find out more visit their website at dare2b.org.

Launched in the Summer of 2012, Katra Film Series screens a selection of quality short films by emerging and award-winning filmmakers in NYC and provides a great networking platform for industry professionals. In partnership with Everyone Matters and Rhino Films the 2014 Grand Prize Winner will be awarded a one-on-one meeting with acclaimed Producer Stephen Nemeth from the Academy-Award Nominated The Sessions and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

2014 Katra Film Series Saturday, December 3rd, 2014 5pm–11:00pm KATRA – 217 Bowery St. Btw. Rivington & Prince St. New York, NY 10002 Official Website: http://www.katrafilmseries.com/ Follow Us: Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: @KatraFilmSeries

Film Lineup (lineup subject to change):

The Desk – directed by George Gaffney

Schlock Fish – Esteban Uribe

Lily in the Grinder – directed by Michael Morgenstern

SIX – directed by Frank Jerky

The Audition – directed by Christopher Williams

To Be Strong – directed by Ken Spooner

Iko – directed by Joanna Cabello

One Past – directed by Juli Kobayashi

Meet Mario – directed by David Joseph

Barrio Boy – directed by Dennis Shinners

Destroying Angels – directed by Hannah Reimann

Pots&Lids – directed by Giulio Piodomani

House of the Rising Sun – directed by Inga Moren

Burning Up – directed by Mark Philip Lichtenstein

Bless Me – directed by Christian LaMorte

Tears of a Phoenix – directed by Mo Brown

Long Island Divas – directed by Katie Maguire Edri & Catherine Callahan

KATRA Film Series
217 Bowery St. between Rivington & Prince St. New York, NY 10002 – 2 for 1 house drink specials from 5p-7p $20 advance online ticket sales (includes screenings, Q&A, after party) $25 cash only door price (includes screenings, Q&A, after party) Full dinner & hookah menu available.

Do you have a short film, web series, short doc, music video you’d like to submit? We’re looking for quality short content of any genre/form no longer than 45 minutes in length for the 2015 season. From NO BUDGET to BIG BUDGET. JUST WOW US! Visual art, experimental, animations are welcome! Submit via Film Freeway https://filmfreeway.com/festival/KatraFilmSeries

***** 2014 Final Edition of The Year*****

November 3, 2014 in Event

Join us Saturday, November 8th as we feature 11 original short content in the capital of the world! Each Filmmaker will compete for the opportunity to move on to the 3rd round in December and win a prize valued over $400.

Tickets are still available at the door: https://www.facebook.com/events/1499814663638491

Launched in the Summer of 2012, Katra Film Series screens a selection of quality short content by emerging and award-winning filmmakers in NYC and provides a great networking platform for industry professionals. In partnership with Everyone Matters and Rhino Films the 2014 Grand Prize Winner will be awarded a one-on-one meeting with acclaimed Producer Stephen Nemeth from the Academy-Award Nominated The Sessions and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

Film Lineup (lineup subject to change):

The Story of M – directed by Anna Arlanova
Indigo – directed by Paul Jerndal
Not Guilty – directed by Jabari Clarke-Pennegan
Barrio Boy – directed by Dennis Shinners
Firefly – directed by Matthew Charof
A Sand Grain’s Dream – directed by Angi Ali
NYC Raw – directed by Aaron Lehmann
Jane St – directed by Matilde Ascheri
Kiko’s Paradise – directed by Paco Gisbert, Roman Alos, Paqui Ramirez
Beat – directed by Inhye Lee
Long Island Divas – directed by Katie Maguire Edri & Catherine Callahan

KATRA Film Series
217 Bowery St. between Rivington & Prince St.
New York, NY 10002
2 for 1 house drink specials from 6p-8p
$15 advance pre-sales (includes after party)
$20 door admission (includes after party)
Full dinner & hookah menu available.

2014 Arts & Entertainment Industry Mixer – w/ Special Guests

October 25, 2014 in Event

Join us this Wednesday, October 29th for a special Fall Industry Mixer and meet some heavy hitters in the industry.

Katra Film Series will be hosting different events throughout the year to connect actors, writers, producers, directors, casting directors, et al, with likeminded industry professionals.

Launched in 2012, Katra Film Series has connected countless people in the entertainment industry. Some of our sponsors include Everyone Matters, Rhino Films, Seed&Spark, Bright Ideas, Carpingo AllCar Rent A Car, Filmmaker Magazine, Museum of the Moving Image, Project Catalyst, 30under30 Film Festival NYC, Rated SR Socially Relevant Film Festival New York, Film Interchange and more.

SQUADUP

Featured Industry Guests:

Student Academy Awards Winner TAL S. SHAMIR Ph.D. has experience and achievements in both film/media production and theory. His production experience includes creating and commanding the Video Team in the Navy; working as a production coordinator in Hollywood; creating and producing RUFF CUTS The New School’s Media Studies department central and established ongoing screening events; writing a Ph.D. dissertation (awarded Suma Cum Laude) on how cinema offers a new platform for philosophical thinking, to directing, video shooting and editing dozens media and films projects. Tal’s recent films and exhibitions were presented in a wide range of film festivals, galleries, museums and won many awards including the 2011 Student Academy Awards (Gold Medal).

JUAN CACERES is an independent multi-media producer whose latest credit is ‘Elliot Loves’, an award winning feature film that was released through TLA and can be seen exclusively on HBO Latino as of July 2013. He served as an associate producer on ‘Emoticon’, a feature film that just made its festival debut and set for release in 2014. Juan’s greatest pride is being a founding member and Director of Programming for the HBO New York International Latino International Film Festival where he also produced trailers and promotional videos. He is also a programming associate for Tribeca All Access, an initiative of the Tribeca Film Festival that aids and supports underserved minorities in the film industry. He has recently started subjecting his filmmaker friends to his craziness in his blog ‘LatinoBuzz’ on IndieWIRE.com, the leading source for independent-minded filmmakers, the industry and moviegoers alike where he covers Latino indies in a weekly column.

MARLENE RHEIN graduated from Ithaca College’s Film Department with a Rod Serling Screenwriting scholarship. Since then, she has directed over fifty music videos, including hip hop legend 2Pac Shakur’s last, the humorous ‘F-Me Pumps’ video for Amy Winehouse as well as commercials for Diesel, Verizon, and Avaya Communications. Her self-starring, Cindy Sherman-esque short film, Let Me Tell You A Story won several Audience Awards at film festivals nationwide in 2000, as well as the BEST ACTRESS AWARD at the Long Island International Film Festival. She was subsequently chosen for Filmmaker Magazine’s “TOP 25 NEW FACES OF INDEPENDENT FILM.” She was selected as an Independent Feature Project “Project Involve” Fellow in 2005 and an “Emerging Narrative Director Lab” Fellow in 2006. She has written two off-off-Broadway plays that were performed at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre; Telling Yourself It Doesn’t Matter in 2005 and Customer Service in 2006. Marlene’s first feature film, THE BIG SHOT-CALLER, a story inspired by her younger brother’s vision disability and his extraordinary passion for Salsa dancing, opened theatrically at The Quad Cinema in New York City in May 2009 and is now available on DVD from distributor Vanguard Cinema. It received four stars from film critic Kam Williams, who called it an “absolutely appealing little gem of an indie, which marks the impressive writing, directing, and acting debut of Marlene Rhein.” Stephen Holden of the New York Times called it “authentic.”

Marlene currently resides in New York City, where she continues to direct music videos, commercials, films and her comedy YouTube series “My Parents are Crazier than Yours” and “Angry Gladys.” She recently wrapped production on her new web series, “I Don’t Care About the Assholes, With Dr. Rita Gatswani.”

See videos here: https://www.youtube.com/user/MsGrooveChic

GEOFFREY GUERRERO is an award-winning writer, director, producer. He was selected as a finalist for the 2006 Film Your Issue National Film Competition for his provocative short “Here to Stay,” where the Jurors included Walter Cronkite, Brian Williams, then Senator Barack Obama, George Clooney, and others. In 2007 he guest-directed a short film called “Rewind” and won Best Short Film “On The Edge” Award at the 2007 HBO New York International Latino Film Festival. His original short film “The New McCarthyism,” which he wrote, directed, produced and acted was an Official Selection at the 2007 Long Island Latino International Film Festival. In 2008, his short film “Baile (Dance)” won the Best Short Film “Fruit of the Vine” award at the Vine Shorts Film Festival in Santa Monica, CA and also screened at the 2009 HBO New York International Latino Film Festival and 2009 Babelgum Online International Film Festival as an Official Selection. Guerrero’s latest film “J-1” premiered at the 2013 Coney Island Film Festival, was an Official Selection at the 2014 Rated SR Socially Relevant Film Festival, 2014 Palm Beach International Film Festival and made its European Premiere at the 2014 Let’s All Be Free Film Festival in Brixton, London and recently screened at the Oscar-qualifying 18th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival.

In June 2012, Guerrero launched the Katra Film Series – a monthly festival showcasing short content by emerging and award-winning Filmmakers. In partnership with Everyone Matters and Rhino Films the 2013 Grand Prize Winner was awarded a one-on-one meeting with acclaimed Producer Stephen Nemeth from the Academy-Award Nominated The Sessions and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

SEBASTIAN REA is an award-winning writer, director, producer. His first short film (Early Morning Nostalgia) garnered him the Smithsonian Institute’s Latino Artist Award in 2007. His next film, a short documentary (No LEGAL Child Left Behind) was picked up by the Associated Press from the MYSPACE Film Your Issues contest in 2009.

Sebastian has a Bachelors of Arts in Film and Political Science from SUNY Purchase College, where he also founded TheLONGTAKE, Purchase’s first cinema journal. In 2011, he wrote, directed, produced, and edited his next short, Afectación, in Madrid, Spain, which won the Best Acting award at the 2012 Columbia University National Undergrad Film Festival. While in Spain he also shot a behind the scenes feature for Marea, a Spanish rock group produced by Bajocero Produciones, LUPANAR: Making of Marea.

His first feature film, and college thesis project, LONE PROPHET, won the Best Feature Film Director award at the 2013 Phenom Film Festival in Louisiana. It was also part of the Official Selection at the 2013 Golden Door International Film Festival of Jersey City, NJ, and the 2014 Queens World Film Festival, where he won the Emerging Filmmaker award for LONE PROPHET. This film is also being screened as educational supplemental material at select universities nation wide.

In December 2013, Sebastian founded the 30UNDER30 FILM FESTIVAL, which celebrates 30 films from filmmakers under 30 years old. He is an active member of the Latino Film Summit, an organization empowering the community with resources and networking opportunities for filmmakers. He also mentors a student part of the Tribeca Film Institute’s film fellows program. Sebastian is also the Content Operations Manager for Tribeca Enterprises since 2012.

FERNANDO CUESTAS is a New York based filmmaker and photographer. With over fifteen years of experience, he has worked on award winning independent films (both short and feature length) and in high fashion photography with such companies as Conde Nast China, Cirque Du Soleil, Apple Bottom Jeans, Hush Hush Entertainment, GQ Taiwan, and Vogue Taiwan. He has also provided casting and auditioning services for a variety of projects and in the process developed a great respect for anyone who puts him or herself in the spotlight. A native New Yorker, Fernando grew up in Queens and is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts.

Katra
217 Bowery btw. Rivington & Prince St.
New York, NY 10002
$7 advance tickets
$10 cash door cover
(includes 2 for 1 mixed drink specials, $5 beers, $6 wine)

2014 Katra Film Series – October Edition – Penultimate Event Of The Year!

October 11, 2014 in Event

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Join us Saturday October 18th as we screen 12 original short content in the capital of the world! Each Filmmaker will compete for the opportunity to move on to the 3rd round, win an audience-voted prize valued over $400 courtesy of Seed&Spark, All Car Rent A Car, Pulp NYC, Carpingo and the Museum of the Moving Image.

Launched in the Summer of 2012, Katra Film Series screens a selection of quality short films by emerging and award-winning filmmakers in NYC and provides a great networking platform for industry professionals. In partnership with Everyone Matters and Rhino Films the 2014 Grand Prize Winner will be awarded a one-on-one meeting with acclaimed Producer Stephen Nemeth from the Academy-Award Nominated The Sessions and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

2014 Katra Film Series Saturday, September 27, 2014 – 6pm–10:30pm KATRA – 217 Bowery St. Btw. Rivington & Prince St. New York, NY 10002 Official Website: http://www.katrafilmseries.com/ Follow Us: Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: @KatraFilmSeries

Film Lineup (lineup subject to change):

3’30″ DK – directed by Daniel Diosdado

No Matter What – directed by Shaza Irfan

Ephemeral – directed by Diego Modino

Meet Mario – directed by David Joseph

Pride: The Series – directed by Brandon Polanco

One Sun: Over That – directed by Jesse Price

Twin Burners – directed by Joshua Eichenbaum

Shirley’s Kids – directed by Michael Paulucci

Pickman’s Model – directed by Mark Philip Licthenstein

One Past – directed by Juli S. Kobayashi

The Audition – directed by Christopher Williams

The Slip-Up – directed by Matt Brandenburgh

KATRA Film Series

217 Bowery St. between Rivington & Prince St.
New York, NY 10002
2 for 1 house drink specials from 6p-8p
$15 advance online ticket sales (includes afterparty)
$20 door price (includes after party)
Full dinner & hookah menu available.

Do you have a short film, web series, short doc, music video you’d like to submit? We’re looking for quality short content of any genre/form no longer than 45 minutes in length. From NO BUDGET to BIG BUDGET. JUST WOW US! Visual art, experimental, animations are welcome! Submit via Film Freeway

CALL FOR ENTRIES: LATE DEADLINE OCT. 15 – Do you have what it takes?

October 9, 2014 in Event, News

CALLING ALL FILMMAKERS, WRITERS, PRODUCERS, DIRECTORS, ACTORS: The 2014 Katra Film Series Season is Coming to a Close and we’re still looking for short content for our Final Edition of the year before the 3rd Round. Do you have what it takes to screen at NYC’s Premier Film Series & Networking Party? Then show us what you got! Late Deadline Oct. 15th. Submit now below:

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Crowdfunding For Independence – Join us this Wednesday, Oct. 8th for a Special Workshop Course Brought to you by Seed&Spark

October 7, 2014 in Event

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CROWDFUNDING TO BUILD INDEPENDENCE:

The only proven path to independence as an artist is a direct connection to your audience. Crowdfunding is becoming a fundamental piece of most financing plans for independent film. However, many filmmakers miss the opportunity to turn their film funding campaigns into audience-building opportunities that can last an entire career — and provide the groundwork for theatrical distribution that you control. Seed&Spark and Tugg are combining forces to invest in the future of independent film by offering a comprehensive Crowdfunding to Build Independence workshop. This two-hour session for film-related projects will provide the crowdfunding action plan most likely to create a lasting, flourishing, direct relationship with your audience.

OUR COURSE WILL COVER:
1. FINDING YOUR AUDIENCE
2. SUCCESSFUL MESSAGING
3. ELEMENTS OF A GREAT PLAN
— Pitch Video
— Partners and Outreach
— Organization
4. EXECUTING A GREAT PLAN
— Day-to-Day Campaigning
— New Outreach Materials
— Pro-tips
5. AFTER CAMPAIGN AUDIENCE GROWTH
6. FESTIVALS & DISTRIBUTION

SCHEDULE
6-6:30pm: MEET & GREET
6:30-8:00pm: WORKSHOP + Q&A
7:30-9:00pm: 2 FOR 1 DRINK SPECIAL!

OUR HOST:
Katra Film Series spotlights new talent and provides a platform for emerging filmmakers to showcase their work in front of a live audience and to network with likeminded industry professionals. Every month we screen a selection of quality short films and the audience votes for one film to move on to the 2nd and 3rd Competitions. Regardless of who the audience chooses, all films will be considered for the Year-End Grand Finale Event where the top films will vie for prizes worth over 1K and the chance to meet with a Major Hollywood Producer.
In partnership with Everyone Matters & Rhino Films, the 2014 Grand Prize Winner will be awarded a one-on-one meeting with acclaimed Producer Stephen Nemeth from the Academy-Award Nominated The Sessions and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

In Partnership with Seed&Spark, the 2014 Grand Finale Audience Choice Award will take home a prize worth over $500, a membership to the Museum of the Moving Image.

Showcasing a Record 14 Original Short Content! 2014 September Edition is one not to be missed!

September 24, 2014 in Event

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***** 2014 SEPTEMBER EDITION *****

Join us Saturday SEPTEMBER 27 as we showcase 13 riveting short content! Each Filmmaker will compete for the opportunity to move on to the 3rd round, win a $400 prize from Seed&Spark, All Car Rent A Car, Pulp NYC, Carpingo and the Museum of the Moving Image.

Launched in the Summer of 2012, Katra Film Series screens a selection of quality short films by emerging and award-winning filmmakers in NYC and provides a great networking platform for industry professionals. In partnership with Everyone Matters and Rhino Films the 2014 Grand Prize Winner will be awarded a one-on-one meeting with acclaimed Producer Stephen Nemeth from the Academy-Award Nominated The Sessions and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

2014 Katra Film Series Saturday, September 27, 2014 – 6pm–10:30pmKATRA – 217 Bowery St. Btw. Rivington & Prince St. New York, NY 10002 Official Website: http://www.katrafilmseries.com/ Follow Us: Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: @KatraFilmSeries

Film Lineup (lineup subject to change):
The Desk
Meet Mario
Tradeoff
Iko
Repercussions
Searching for Paradise
Destroying Angels
My Father’s House
To Be Strong
NCQR- MV
Dark Mechanism
Awake
Open Mic
Strangers

KATRA Film Series
217 Bowery St. between Rivington & Prince St.
New York, NY 10002
2 for 1 house drink specials from 6p-8p
$15 advance online ticket sales (includes afterparty)
$20 door price
Full dinner & hookah menu available.

Do you have a short film, web series, short documentary, music video you’d like to submit? We’re looking for quality short content of any genre/form. Music videos, short docs, visual art, experimental, animations are welcome! Submit via Film Freeway https://filmfreeway.com/festival/KatraFilmSeries

30UNDER30 Film Festival UNITES FORCES w/ Katra Film Series

September 14, 2014 in Event

This is your chance to get a taste of and learn all about the 30under30 Film Festival NYC! We will be celebrating the launch of our Seed&Spark campaign, and you will be helping us build our festival and all at the same time. Great networking opportunities with NYC’s film community!

The event is FREE – but we will be accepting donations throughout the evening. Also 2-for-1 drink specials!

http://www.seedandspark.com/studio/30under30-film-festival

RSVP HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/30under30-film-festival-campaign-party-tickets-13008985225?ref=estw

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2014 KATRA FILM SERIES – AUGUST EDITION

August 11, 2014 in Event

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Join us Saturday AUGUST 23RD as we showcase 10 riveting short films by NYC’s top emerging filmmakers! Each director will compete for the opportunity to move on to the 3rd round, win a prize from Seed&Spark Pulp NYC Carpingo Corfu Grill and more.

Launched in the Summer of 2012, Katra Film Series screens a selection of quality short films by emerging and award-winning filmmakers in NYC and provides a great networking platform for industry professionals. In partnership with Everyone Matters and Rhino Films the 2014 Grand Prize Winner will be awarded a one-on-one meeting with acclaimed Producer Stephen Nemeth from the Academy-Award Nominated The Sessions and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

2014 Katra Film Series Saturday August 23, 2014 – 6pm–10:30pmKATRA – 217 Bowery St. Btw. Rivington & Prince St. New York, NY 10002Official Website: http://www.katrafilmseries.com/Follow Us: Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: @KatraFilmSeries

Film Lineup (lineup subject to change):

House of the Rising Sun – directed by Inga Moren
Immerse in a surreal hospital, Chloe’s wish to die becomes an exchange for a new life that is all but ordinary.

Here’s looking at you, Kid – directed by Karen Goldfarb
In war-torn Casablanca, anything can happen when two lovers reunite in this spoof of the classic film…

Schlock Fish – directed by Esteban Uribe
After witnessing death of a stranger, a recluse finds the truth about himself. Attached some film stills.

Love, Death, and Hipstery – directed by Stanislav Lavrik
After witnessing death of a stranger, a recluse finds the truth about himself. Attached some film stills.

Otaku – directed by Juliet O’Reilly
Alistair, an anime character impersonator, receives treatment he never expected after his act catches the attention of two young women.

Six – directed by Frank Jerky
SIX is a short film that deals with the issue of gun control – told through the story of a child who finds a gun

Singhing Bee – directed by Aby Rao
Harjinder (Honey) Singh is a 10-year-old Indian-American boy poised on the brink of a major turning point in his life.

Pink Out – directed by Keith Haitkin
John, the owner of “Sauna Sensations,” is at a crossroads in his profession when one of his employees decides to leave. The recycling is also really starting to pile up.

Lily In The Grinder – directed by Michael Morgenstern
Ryan struggles to find meaning in his provisional existence, exploring sex and death and the idea of ‘becoming something.’

Pots & Lids – directed by Giulio Poidomani
Nick loses his dog and looks for him in the neighborhood. On his journey, he will find love.

KATRA Film Series
217 Bowery St. between Rivington & Prince St.
New York, NY 10002
2 for 1 drink specials from 6p-8p.
$15 advance online ticket sales (includes afterparty)
$20 door price
Full dinner & hookah menu available. All ticket sales are final.

Do you have a short film, web series, documentary, music video you’d like to submit? Katra Film Series is looking for quality short content of any genre/form no longer than 15 minutes in length. However, we make exceptions based on quality, storytelling, and production value. Music videos, short docs, visual art, experimental, animations are welcome! To submit your film, click here

FREE NETWORKING MIXER – Featuring Special Industry Guests

August 2, 2014 in Event

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Join us next Thursday, August 7th in the heart of midtown for a free networking mixer with special industry guests.

Katra Film Series will be hosting different events throughout the year to connect actors, writers, producers, directors, casting directors, et al, with likeminded industry professionals.

Launched in 2012, Katra Film Series has connected countless people in the entertainment industry with job opportunities. Katra Film Series is partnered up with Everyone Matters Seed&Spark Carpingo AllCar Rent A Car Filmmaker Magazine Museum of the Moving Image RHINO Project Catalyst Bait & Hook Pulp NYC 30under30 Film Festival NYC Rated SR Socially Relevant Film Festival New York Film Interchange and more.

Featured Industry Guests:

TAL SHAMIR:
Student Academy Awards Winner Tal S. Shamir Ph.D. has experience and achievements in both film/media production and theory. His production experience includes creating and commanding the Video Team in the Navy; working as a production coordinator in Hollywood; creating and producing RUFF CUTS The New School’s Media Studies department central and established ongoing screening events; writing a Ph.D. dissertation (awarded Suma Cum Laude) on how cinema offers a new platform for philosophical thinking, to directing, video shooting and editing dozens media and films projects. Tal’s recent films and exhibitions were presented in a wide range of film festivals, galleries, museums and won many awards including the 2011 Student Academy Awards (Gold Medal).

DANIEL DIOSDADO:
Daniel was born in Madrid, Spain. Since he was a kid he knew that stage arts were his passion. As a little boy he already developed interest for theatre at school and with his friends which whom he used to write and perform their own plays during the early summers.

It was in 1999 when Daniel’s career took a leap forward when he was awarded with one of the bursaries of the European Broadcasting Union to develop his first professional script entitled Nacional IV (Highway IV).

Since then, Daniel worked directing and writing his own material. At first, he made short films, some of them won several awards like Lo siento, chicos, pero no puedo (Sorry, guys, I can’t do it) which received the best actor award at the San Pedro Alcantara Festival and ¿Dónde queréis vivir esta noche? (Where do you want to live tonight?) which won the best short film award at Festival de Cine Los Cielos. One of Daniel’s last short films, Con cara de gilipollas (Such an asshole face), has become a major hit with international film festivals selections such as III Concurso de Cortos RNE (Spain), 20th Festival de Madrid-PNR (Madrid, Spain), Maipu Cortos (Argentina), La Claqueta (Entre Ríos, Argentina), 1st International Film Festival of Providencia (Santiago, Chile), Corta Corto (Barcelona, Spain) and SGAE en Corto (Spain).

But the real turning point for Daniel as a director was the Award of Excellence at the Indie Fest (La Joya, California, USA) for his experimental film SESIóN (SESSIoN). That final turning point made him start a company named Nomada Films. Their first production was El ataque de los Zumbas (The attack of the Zumbas), a great webseries success, and the challenging, risky and innovative short called 3’30″DK.

Daniel taught screen writing at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and, in the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, he conducted an on-set workshop for actors with students of Creative Studios of Atlanta.

His last feature, La Reina de Tapas (Queen of the bar) premiered in 2013 Malaga’s International Film Festival and received a best picture nomination at Madrid’s Film Festival-PNR 2013.

He has just finished shooting his first New York based production titled Chromosome 4.

JOANNA CABELLO
Joanna began her career five years ago when she worked on the 13 episode webseries Six of One. From there she continued working as a 1st and 2nd AD in Film, TV, and Music Videos including the film “Second Bakery Attack” starring Kirsten Dunst and Brian Gerahty (Hurt Locker) and directed by Academy-Award Nominee Carlos Cuaron, brother of acclaimed director Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity, Children of Men) and co-writer of Y Tu Mama Tambien.

Joanna directed her first short film at age 23, Half Lotus and later Le Petit Sac Plastique, but it wasn’t until she directed her off-beat romantic comedy Moo! that she finally began to see film festival success. While Joanna was in graduate school at City College she was mentored by Chantal Akerman who aggressively encouraged Joanna to produce and direct Moo! which was an official selection at the Senorita Cinema Film Festival, was featured at the City Visions annual showcase, and was a finalist at the 2013 Katra Film Series Grand Finale.

Joanna freelances as a film producer. She recently Produced “Only Solomon Lee” which received five nominations at the CineEuphoria Film Festival in Portugal and was an official selection of the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival. She also recently wrapped her most recent short film, Iko. Iko is a short film about a young runaway who discovers an unlikely guardian angel when the building she’s hiding in is chosen as a location for a mob hit.

GEOFFREY GUERRERO:
Born and Bred in NYC, Guerrero is an award-winning writer, director and producer. He was selected as a finalist for the 2006 National Film Your Issue Competition for his provocative short “Here to Stay,” where the Jury Members included Walter Cronkite, George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and then-Senator Barack Obama. In 2007 he guest-directed a short film called “Rewind” and won Best Short Film “On The Edge” Award at the 2007 HBO New York International Latino Film Festival. His original short film “The New McCarthyism,” which he wrote, directed, produced and acted in was an Official Selection at the 2007 Long Island Latino International Film Festival. In 2008, his short film “Baile (Dance)” won the Best Short Film “Fruit of the Vine” award at the Vine Shorts Film Festival in Santa Monica, CA and screened at the 2009 HBO New York International Latino Film Festival and 2009 Babelgum Online International Film Festival as an Official Selection. Guerrero’s latest film “J-1” premiered at the 2013 Coney Island Film Festival, was recently selected to screen at the 2014 Socially Relevant Film Festival, 2014 Palm Beach International Film Festival, 2014 Hispanicize Film Festival and had its European Premiere in April at the 2014 Let’s All Be Free Film Festival in London.

In June 2012, Guerrero launched the Katra Film Series – a monthly festival featuring quality short films by emerging Filmmakers. In partnership with Everyone Matters and Rhino Films the 2013 Grand Prize Winner was awarded a one-on-one meeting with acclaimed Producer Stephen Nemeth from the Academy-Award Nominated The Sessions and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, as well as a 1K rental package. The Audience Choice Winner took home a $500 Prize from Seed&Spark.

ADRIAN MANZANO:
From Queens NY, graduated Cum Laude from Albright College with a BA in Film & Literature. Directed many short films & documentaries that played at film festivals nationally. As an Actor, nominated at the American College Theatre Festival 2004. Has worked with various theaters in New York including Intar, German Jaramillo’s ID Studio, Teatro Teba.
Sex, Love & Salsa his first feature film as Writer/Director/Actor has won numerous awards at various film festivals including the Audience Award at the Montreal Latino & Harlem Film Festival. Best Film and Best Actor (Adrian Manzano) at the Reel Independence Film Festival DC.
A new play written by Adrian, “La Conquista” is in pre-production for a NY theatrical run. Graduao a new film with John Leguizamo in production for shooting August 2014.

TRAFFIC – August 7th – 630pm-10pm
986 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10022
between 52nd & 53rd (northeast corner)
(4, 5, 6, F train)
New York, NY 10022
Free Admission

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