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hiland named #1 of 10 latino filmmakers to watch!
Director of La Loteria named the number one spot for latin filmmakers to keep an eye on. This notice comes from Remezcla, a company that strives to "put emerging latin content on the map." This is a huge honor and giant leap for the film as we move forward in funding and distribution efforts. Congratulations to all the following filmmakers who made the list!
Lexi Hiland, Chris Valdes and Theodore Griswold, Gabriela López de Dennis and Jeremiah Ocañas, William Caballero, Gloria Morán, Adam Valencia, Kat Castaneda and Reko Moreno, Katia Gomez, Ángel Estrada Soto, Guillermo Escalona and Pau Brunet.
PARA MI MAMA, the short film preview for La Loteria is officially a part of the Official Selection!
Official Selection is a unique showcase of short form content by NALIP members. Together, these works feature a variety of subjects, voices and viewpoints that attest to the rich and talented diversity of the NALIP community. The top submissions have been added to our NALIP Official Selection YouTube playlist. A winner from the selection will be announced at the Latino Media Fest on June 25th!
DIRECTOR & PRODUCER TAKES THE STAGE FOR A TED TALK!
Pulled from the TedxPurdueU site:
"If you haven’t seen the promos by now, our main event, Meraki, is all about living life with soul and putting a piece of ourselves in our work. Lexi Hiland (Purdue ’13) has dedicated her personal and professional life to this ideal and will take the TED stage April 11th to share her story.
Lexi spoke on her passion for making the film and discussed how the process of film production can be valuable in real life and in the work that is produced from one person to the next. VIDEO COMING SOON!
RETURNING TO NEW YORK CITY! 2.13.15
Director of Photography, Tom Shannon and Director/Writer/Producer Lexi Hiland are heading to The Big Apple to continue filming for the documentary. The duo will also be joined by Matt, a native New Jersey resident who also had interned at Grassroots Film at the same time as Lexi and producer Paula.
This crew is hoping to capture the essence of New York through Lexi's eyes. The ins--the outs-- the ups---and most certainly the downs. The time will be spent between Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan.
I mean really, what better was is there to spend Valentine's Day?
The story begins in a small town of Pamplona, Colombia at SAN juan de dios hospital. Lexi Hiland was born on a thursday. her birth mother, a deaf wanderer of the outskirts of pamplona, decided she could not keep her child. she then left her baby with the nurses at the hospital.
Lexi was later adopted to a nice couple from the united states but had no idea whose care she was in for the first year of her life. twenty three years later, she meets a family who saved her life. a family she had no idea even existed.
P A M P L O N A,
C O L O M B I A
Pamplona is a small city in Norte de Santander, Colombia. It hosts a population of around 51, 928 people. From Cúcuta, that capital of Norte De Santander, it's a one hour drive up the windy mountainous terrain. Back in 1990, Lexi's parent's weren't able to go and get their newly adopted baby because the roads were too dangerous to travel. This time, however, Lexi and the crew were able to rent a taxi van and travel up to the town of her birth.
10.18.2014/ It's here it's here! The official release of Part I, Para Mi Mama that is in the form of a letter to Lexi's birth mother. The short film captures the essence of the film and it's characters and will be used in various social media outlets to help promotion. You may want to grab a box of tissues before you begin watching. Enjoy.