First up is Premiere of Mediation at NewFilmmakers LA
Los Angeles, CA – This year saw a slew of noteworthy films made independently by U.S. Latino filmmakers, and the trend doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon. Rather it is gaining momentum.
Top Rebel Productions is the brainchild of Francisco Lorite, Freddy Rodriguez and producer Bill Winett who have joined forces together around their desire and passion to tell stories they care about on their own terms, and inspire audiences. The trio is already at work, developing a slate of film and TV projects for 2014 and beyond. Their first project Mediation, a short film will have its world premiere at the upcoming NewFilmmakers LA Film Festival on January 11, 2014 at the AT&T Center, the presenting venue, in downtown Los Angeles.
Mediation tells the story of a divorce mediation that spirals completely out of control for a husband (Freddy Rodriguez), his soon-to-be ex-wife (Marley Shelton) and their court-appointed mediator (Marilyn Sanabria). The short, written and directed by Lorite, will also screen in New York a month later, on February 11, as part of the NY edition of NewFilmmakers.
As their first project, Mediation sets the tone for the Top Rebel Productions stable of projects; setting the creative tone for the company’s overall production direction focusing on dark films & TV series including crime dramas and thrillers.
Lorite is no stranger to success working in the realm of dark comedy. He received critical acclaim for writing and directing the ten-minute dark comedy called Cuco Gomez-Gomez is Dead! The no-budget piece ended up screening over 150 times in the U.S. alone and got sold for broadcast. It also won five awards –including the prestigious Imagen Award for Best Theatrical Short, “Best Cine Latino” at the DC Film Festival, “Best Edited Short” at the 2005 Manhattan Short Film Festival, and a Special Jury Honor presented by Edward James Olmos at the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival.
NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) is a non-profit organization, which began over ten years ago in New York at the famous Anthology Film Archives, designed to showcase innovative works by emerging filmmakers from around the world. The fest provides the Los Angeles community of entertainment professionals and filmgoers with a constant surge of monthly screening program rich with selective documentaries, short and feature films delivered from the next generation of filmmakers. Many well known films have debuted and been discovered at NewFilmmakers including Too Much Sleep, Zero Day, & Blair Witch Project.