January 27, 2010

Win VIP tickets to the 2010 NYILFF Opening Night!

Latina Magazine and Pantene have partnered to offer YOU and a guest the amazing opportunity to attend the Opening Night of the 2010 New York International Latino Film Festival - red carpet style!

Enter to win so you can "Experience the Red Carpet":


Remember to mark your calendar: 2010 fest dates:
August 03 - 08

We are now accepting all film submssions AND, in partnership with GlobalHue Latino, are conducting a contest for this year's :60 NYILFF trailer. YOU COULD MAKE OUR TRAILER!

CLICK HERE for details about how to submit a film to the festival AND how to enter to win the trailer contest.

Good luck and see you in August!


January 25, 2010

Now Accepting 2010 NYILFF Submissions!

Hey, hey filmmakers... it's on!

The New York International Latino Film Festival is NOW accepting submissions (feature length narratives, documentaries, shorts) for this year's event, scheduled for August 03 - 08, 2010.

Click HERE for submission guidelines and info.

I have a vibe this year will be our strongest yet. PROVE ME RIGHT! Send in your films so we can share your stories and show the world how talented you all are. Also, remember, the submission fee goes up the later you wait. So, don't delay!

Click HERE for submission guidelines and info.

Good luck!


January 22, 2010


This has been the most bizarre, insane, interesting week I've had in quite some time. Here's a little sample of SOME of the work I got done:

1. Ideated and wrote a sizable proposal for a major cable network
2. Ditto for a spirits company (HUGE proposal that basically included a new business channel)
3. Edited and partially wrote our newsletter (coming on Monday!)
4. Edited 2 press releases and wrote a quote for each
5. Edited a business plan (announcement coming soon!)
6. Had a conference call with the 2010 NYILFF creative agency about this year's campaign
7. Had a 4-hour meeting with our new Manager, Sponsor Partner Services (yay!)
8. Had a 2-hour conference call with our new Managing Director (yay!)
9. Wrote both consulting agreements and had them fully executed
10.Had a VERY interesting conversation with a potential strategic partner
11. Took care of bills.

And, that doesn't even include the basic calls, emails and little stuff we all do all day long. I mean, seriously... wha what?!

Meanwhile, amidst all of this work, I also ended up in an inane legal battle with some pernicious agency guys. Bad, bad men. Sic lawyer, sic!

The weird thing is, I feel great. I still feel tremendous positive energy and momentum. Not even those nasty agency men can stop the universe or bring me down. What goes around, comes around. That's all I have to say about that.

I'm a Giants fan, but since that's clearly irrelevant right now, I choose to support the local team. Plus, I like Mark Sanchez, so... GO JETS!


January 19, 2010

Let's Help This Film!

Two very dear friends of mine have been working on an indie movie for a very long time. They are two of the most talented, dedicated, kind guys I know, so, on behalf of Cinedulce, ima gonna try to help them get this movie financed.

Check it...

"Elliot Loves", written and directed by Terracino

Combining elements of fantasy and farce with domestic drama, "Elliot Loves" tells two seemingly disparate stories: that of nine-year-old Dominican-American Elliot Ayende and his emotionally on-the-edge, single mother; and, one summer in the life of Elliot, now 21-years-old and enduring a string of comically bad relationships. Both stories explore the universal need to be loved and understood. "Elliot Loves" is daring and new, yet ultimately embracing of the human condition and all its frailties. As Elliot himself teaches us, we can survive almost anything life throws at us, just "Keep it cute, Papi".

2004 Vito Russo Award, New York Newfest
2003 Outfest Script Development Lab
MTV Films/NYILFF Script Contest Finalist


"Elliot Loves" Fundraiser
Wednesday, January 27
7:00pm - 9:00pm

IOC Gallery

606 West 26th Street
$20 admission (pay at the door)

Gift bag includes delicious Cafe Bustelo coffee and "Dexter" season 3 DVD!
RSVP: elliotloves@yahoo.com

There are 4 ways to support "Elliot Loves" financially. They are :

1. Attend the fundraiser!
2. Click on this PayPal link and donate!

3. Write a check to Third World Newsreel, including in the memo "Elliot Loves". Mail to:
Gary Terracino
P.O. Box 290
NY, NY 10113

4. Contact the filmmakers directly about an equity investment in Papi Chulo, LLC (equity investments start at $2k): elliotloves@yahoo.com

You can also become a fan of "Elliot Loves" and follow the production's status!


January 14, 2010

Help Haiti!

We all have been watching, hearing and reading about the devastation in Haiti. The numbers are up to 100,000 dead. Just think about that. 100,000. Truly tragic.

If you're like me (as I suspect you are), you're wondering how you can help the people of Haiti in these terribly tough times of need. Here's one way...

Yele Haiti is a grassroots movement that builds global awareness for Haiti while helping to transform the country through programs in education, sports, the arts and environment. Yéle’s community service programs include food distribution and mobilizing emergency relief. Grammy-Award winning musician, humanitarian and Goodwill Ambassador to Haiti Wyclef Jean founded Yéle Haiti in 2005.

January 13, 2010

New on Cinedulce This Week: Emmi, Elliot Loves, a new drama and a new doc!

Life Of A Struggling Actor, Ep. 41

Joseph Fiero at work.

Hanging Out With Emmi, Ep. 5: 'Burning Down the Stage'

In this episode Emmi Grullon welcomes special guest, model/television personality Jessica Perez from Models Latina. Together they hang out with Rap artists 88-Keys and Mikealis.

"Elliot Loves": Bathroom Opening
(Excerpt) (2:10)

Check out the opening scene from upcoming feature film "Elliot Loves" directed by Gary Terracino. Become a friend on Facebook by visiting: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Elliot-Loves-a-film-by-Terracino/63986112388?ref=ts

This War At Home (7:18)
In this short tribute to his uncle, Bronx Native, Ivan Sanchez explores the connection between the black and brown men who never made it home from Vietnam, and the sons, nephews, and younger siblings they left behind in urban enclaves like the Bronx. Produced by Kay Shaw and Nonso Christian. Courtesy of the National Black Programming Consortium (www.blackpublicmedia.org).


Nicholas, a married man, tries to confront his complex childhood past but in doing so it may be too late to save his marriage. Written and Directed by Rolando Sanchez.


January 12, 2010

When It Rains...

I know I wrote this about a week ago, but this truly is the fastest beginning to a new year I can remember. Ever. It's unreal. I am slammed. It feels more like June (when the NYILFF kicks into high gear) than January. But, it's kind of a good way to start the year (and decade); the energy feels incredibly powerful and positive. Come on, Universe - hook me up!

Yesterday, I had two very long, very excellent meetings - both about potential sponsorship.

In the first mtg, we discussed what could amount to a major strategic partnership (including Cinedulce!) vs. a one-off event sponsorship. This was an in-person f/u to last Friday's call, after which I did some serious thinking (which is pretty impressive considering how much I drank this weekend...). Needless to say, the agency that brought me the client is psyched about my ideas, so now it's time to write the proposal and light a candle... or two.

My second meeting was with some folks at an agency I've known for years. They have a couple of new clients that may be PERFECT for the NYILFF. Woo-hoo! I have a bit of follow-up work for them, but much less than the first meeting.

All sorts of cool announcements coming soon. Stay tuned...


January 11, 2010


Do you love watching independent films?!
If so, this is your lucky day!

The HBO New York International Latino Film Festival is looking for volunteers to join the screening committee for our 2010 edition! Help shape our 11th year with the best in Latino filmmaking.

If you are interested, please send an email to Programming@NYLatinoFilm.com and let us know: 1) Your favorite film; 2) Why you would make a great screener; and, 3) Your availability January - April, 2010.

There are only a few spots available, so don't delay! Good luck!


January 8, 2010

Random Thoughts Before the Weekend

Can you believe Elvis wold have been 75 this year?! Rock on, Houndog...

Last weekend, I went to TD Bank with a year's worth of collected coins - love that "Penny Arcade"... $89!

On 101.9 RXP, Matt Pinfield just played Joan Jett and the Blackhearts' "I Hate Myself for Loving You". Genius.

I've had some very big calls and meetings this week. I can't remember having such a fast, strong start to the new year. Hopefully, this is a reflection of not only a new year, but a new decade full of exciting adventures and continued personal and career expansion and growth.

My workweek will continue through Sunday evening, when I have a drinks meeting to discuss a potentially
VERY interesting partnership. No guarantees, but you know I wouldn't take a Sunday meeting unless I really thought it was worth it. He and I danced around the issue in Fall '09, but this is our first opportunity really to discuss in detail the strategic synergies (which, quite frankly, are clear as day).

It's going to be another freeze this weekend. Stay warm and watch some movies!


January 7, 2010

New on Cinedulce: HBO Latino's Epitafios! Elliot Loves! Emmi! And Much More!


Life Of A Struggling Actor Ep #40 (pt. 3 of 4) (6:18)
Joseph Fiero, The Director.


"Hanging Out With Emmi" Ep. 4 (5:01)
Check out the 4th episode of Hanging Out With Emmi, featuring fashion model Miguel Perdomo. Enjoy!

"Good Morning Ghetto"
Music video for song by Hicoup ft Akir. Directed by David "Drizz" Rodriguez.

Elliot Loves - 2 minute excerpt (1:48)
Check out a 2 minute excerpt from upcoming feature film "Elliot Loves" directed by Gary Terracino.


Epitafios Season 2 Ep.1 (51:00)
Watch the FULL FIRST EPISODE from the second season of HBO Latino's hit series "Epitafios." For more information, log onto HBO.com

Epitafios Critic Spot (0:31)
For more information, log onto HBO.com

Epitafios BTS part1 (9:37)
Watch behind the scenes clips from the second season of HBO Latino's hit series "Epitafios." For more information, log onto HBO.com

Epitafios BTS part2 (9:41)
Watch more behind the scenes clips from the second season of HBO Latino's hit series "Epitafios." For more information, log onto HBO.com


WWJD? (What Would Jesús Do?) (20:03)
A comedy about two friends, Rene (Silvio Cuadra) and Jesús (Andres Miranda), looking to return over the Mexico - U.S. boarder after a confusing and tequila-fueled night in a Tijuana tranniebar. Directed by Victor Martin.


January 5, 2010

One of Our Filmmakers Needs Your Help!

A fantastic short film, "REPLAY", directed by the talented triple hyphenate (director-writer-producer) Reynier Molenaar, has a rare second chance to air on PBS in NYC and you can help!

Reynier has to collect as many NEW VOTES as possible in order to win. All you have to
do is click this link which automatically places your vote for the film:

Last time, REPLAY lost by only 65 votes (it received 645) -- every vote counts!! So please help Reynier by forwarding this link to your friends via email, Facebook, etc.

Remember, we need to support one another and come together as a community if we plan to succeed. Pay it forward, folks, and one day you will be on the receiving end of the community's goodwill.

The poll ends tomorrow afternoon!


January 4, 2010

Purge, Baby, Purge!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope you had a great holiday and are excited to start working on your 2010 resolutions! You know you can make it happen, so start the new year (and decade) strong and get crackin'!

I am typing from a spotless desk alongside a spotless windowsill above a spotless floor adjacent to spotless, reorganized shelves down the hall from a spotless, redesigned living room and next door to a spotless bathroom and bedroom, both with far less 'stuff' than just a week ago (adios 3 bags of give-away!). Give me one more day to tie up some miscellaneous loose ends, and "Operation: Apartment Clean and De-Clutter" will be complete. Needless to say, I had a very productive last week of 2009.

Next Step: body cleanse. Anyone have a recommendation for a good one (and, no, Marvin + Dennis, I don't want to do that hideous Tabasco one you guys do... Blech!)? I'm not looking to lose 10 lbs in 2 days or anything extreme like that; I just want to give my insides a chance to detox and reboot. Then, I'll begin the retox with a celebratory glass of wine. ;)