Shine Global joins LA Collab for more Latinx representation in film

Shine Global joins LA Collab for more Latinx representation in film


Shine Global joins LA Collab for more Latinx representation in film


(L-R) Ivette Rodriguez, Ivana De Maria, Beatriz Acevedo, Eric Garcetti and Eva Longoria attend Non Profit Launch Of “LA Collab” With Mayor Garcetti at The Boyle Heights Arts Conservatory on January 13, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.

Shine Global is proud to be a part of LA Collab, an initiative to connect Latinx talent, executives, and creators to opportunities in the entertainment industry with the goal of doubling Latino representation in Hollywood by 2030.

Launched today by LA mayor Eric Garcetti, who co-founded LA Collab with Mitú  founder and Acevedo Foundation president Beatriz Acevedo and Ivette Rodriguez, president of theatrical marketing PR firm AEM. The program already has garnered support by the likes of Eva Longoria, J.J. Abrams, Eli Roth, Devon Franklin, Jason Blum and Zoe Saldana. Initial funding comes from organizations including the Annenberg Foundation, WarnerMedia and Endeavor Content.

According to the MPA, Latinos represent nearly 25% of the box office. But a USC Annenberg study found that despite Latinos making up 20% of the U.S. population, representation (Latino leads and co-leads in movies) has actually declined in the last decade (about 3%).

“The radical decline of Latinos in Hollywood was the catalyst to rally Hollywood behind this crisis to create change together,” said Acevedo. “By facilitating unprecedented collaborations between the creative community, studios, buyers and other influential allies, LA Collab will ultimately drive exponential growth for the industry and our community.”

“As a Latina, I want to see more actors who look like me onscreen and behind the camera,” Longoria said in a release ahead of the press event. “I started my own production company to create content from our community, and I became a director/producer to be in a position to hire people who look like me. With LA Collab, I want to open the door for many more Latinx creators and fuel the emergence of a better entertainment industry that elevates and celebrates the diversity and richness of my culture.”

“Shine Global believes in fostering diverse voices behind the camera as well as on screen,” said Shine Global Executive Director and Co-founder Susan MacLaury. “The majority of Shine Global’s projects feature first-time directors and are always women-produced and majority female-directed. That’s why we are joining LA Collab and offering a chance to tell new, documentary style, Latinx stories – sharing factual depictions of what life is really like for a historically marginalized community.”

Shine Global previously worked with Longoria on the 2011 documentary The Harvest (La Cosecha) about child migrant farmworkers in the US, which she Executive Produced, including campaigning on Capitol Hill to update child labor laws. Shine Global also produced the Oscar-winning short documentary Inocente about a homeless and undocumented teen living in San Diego, who is also an artist.

The Shine Global development deal is for a documentary project that embraces Shine Global’s mission to give voice to children and families by sharing their stories of resilience to raise awareness, promote action, and inspire change.

Where to Watch This Year’s Oscar Shortlisted Documentary Shorts

Where to Watch This Year’s Oscar Shortlisted Documentary Shorts


Where to Watch This Year’s Oscar Shortlisted Documentary Shorts

We love short docs – and have especially fond memories of winning the Oscar for Best Documentary Short ourselves for our 2013 film Inocente. So we always look forward to the announcement of the Oscar’s shortlist – and to watching the films.

A whopping 96 films qualified in the short documentary category for this round. Members of the documentary branches whittled it down to the shortlist – 10 films vying for the final nominations for Best Documentary Short Subject in the 92nd annual Academy Awards.  The nominations will be announced on Monday January, 13th ahead of the February 9th awards ceremony.

Shorts still don’t get the same publicity and exposure as feature docs do – so it’s a great way to learn about powerful documentaries to add to our watch lists. And the good news is – 9/10 of them are available to stream right now – so you can get a leg up on your friends for the Oscar ballot.

After Maria

Directed and shot by Nadia Hallgren
Producer Lauren Cioffi
Executive produced by Roger Ross Williams (whose own film The Apollo is one of the shortlisted doc features this year) and Ariane Wu
What it’s about: Displaced by Hurricane Maria, three Puerto Rican women navigate their families’ uncertain futures as their federal housing aid in New York expires.
Length: 37 minutes

Stream it now on Netflix.

Fire in Paradise

Directed by Zackary Canepari and Drea Cooper
Produced by Gary Kout
Executive produced by Canepari, Cooper, and Ariane Wu
What it’s about: Survivors recall the catastrophic 2018 Camp Fire, which razed the town of Paradise and became California’s deadliest wildfire.
Length: 40 minutes

Stream it now on Netflix.

Ghosts of Sugar Land

Directed by Bassam Tariq (These Birds Walk)
Produced by Bassam Tariq and Farihah Zaman
Executive produced by Charlotte Cook and Laura Poitras (Oscar-winning director of Citizenfour)
What it’s about: A group of suburban Muslims attempt to reconcile the disappearance of a close friend and must learn to live with the consequences of his actions.
Length: 21 minutes
Oscar-Qualifying Festival Wins: Sundance and Hamptons

Stream it now on Netflix.

In the Absence

Directed by Seung-jun Yi (Planet of Snail)
Produced by: Gary Byung-Seok Kam and Seung-jun Yi
Executive produced by Charlotte CookLaura Poitras (Oscar-winning director of Citizenfour), and Oh Hyun-Ju
What it’s about: When the passenger ferry MV Sewol sank off the coast of South Korea in 2014, over three hundred people lost their lives, most of them schoolchildren. Years later, the victims’ families and survivors are still demanding justice from national authorities.
Length: 28 minutes

Watch it via Field of Vision

Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)

Directed by Carol Dysinger
Produced by Elena Andreicheva
Executive produced by Colleen Conway GroganLiz GateleyMarissa GrassoChristine KecherMolly Thompson, and Orlando von Einsiedel (Oscar-winning director of The White Helmets and nominee Virunga)
What it’s about: In the war-torn city of Kabul, a class of young girls from disadvantaged neighborhoods learns to read, write–and skateboard–in director Carol Dysinger’s love letter to a place she has filmed in for the last fifteen years.
Length: 40 minutes
Oscar-Qualifying Festival Wins: Tribeca

Stream it now via A&E Networks.

Life Overtakes Me

Directed by Kristine Samuelson (Oscar nominee for the short Arthur and Lillie) and John Haptas
Produced by Haptas and Samuelson
Executive produced by Bonni CohenLisa Kleiner-Chanoff, and Ariane Wu
What it’s about: In the grip of trauma, hundreds of refugee children in Sweden withdraw from life’s uncertainties into a coma-like illness called Resignation Syndrome.
Length: 40 minutes

Stream it now on Netflix.

The Nightcrawlers

Directed by Alexandra A. Mora
Produced by Abigail Anketell-JonesDoireann Maddock, and Joanna Natasegara (Oscar-winning producer of The White Helmets and nominee Virunga)
Executive produced by Carolyn BernsteinRyan HarringtonRebecca LichtenfeldLisa Marie Russo, and Sandra Whipman
What it’s about: A small group of determined photojournalists is on a mission to expose the true cost of the deadly war on drugs waged by Philippines president, Rodrigo Duterte.
Length: 40 minutes

Watch it via National Geographic

St. Louis Superman

Directed by Sami Khan and Smriti Mundhra
Produced by Khan and Mundhra
Executive produced by Fiona Lawson-Baker and Sheila Nevins
What it’s about: Bruce Franks Jr., an activist and now state representative from St. Louis, Missouri, as he overcomes political obstacles and personal trauma.
Length: 28 minutes
Oscar-Qualifying Festival Wins: Big Sky

Coming soon via MTV Documentary Films.

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Directed by Luther Clement and Shuhan Fan
Produced by Nevo Shinaar
What it’s about: The underdog story of Keeth Smart, an African American fencer from Brooklyn who overcomes a gauntlet of hardships on his road to the Olympics.
Length: 19 minutes

Stream now via NYT’s Op-Docs or via PBS’s POV.

Walk Run Cha-Cha

Directed by Laura Nix (The Yes Men are Revolting)
Produced by Colette Sandstedt
Executive produced by Davis Guggenheim (Oscar-winning director of An Inconvenient Truth), Nicole Stott, and John Turner, and Kathleen Lingo
What it’s about: Two Vietnamese Americans rediscovering themselves on the dance floor.
Length: 20 minutes

Stream now via NYT’s Op-Docs.

And don’t forget to check out the DOCUMENTARY FEATURE shortlisted films:

American Factory
The Apollo
Apollo 11
The Biggest Little Farm
The Cave
The Edge of Democracy
For Sama
The Great Hack
Knock Down the House
Midnight Family
One Child Nation