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Q: What does Zokalo mean?
A: Zokalo, in Spanish, is actually spelled "Zocalo." It is a plaza with a cathedral and a government building. In some Latin and Arabian countries, Zocalo is referred to the center of commerce. A place where people from all walks of life gather to sell and buy goods and exchange ideas.
Jesus named the company Zokalo because he plans for it to be open to
people from all walks of life, a place where filmmakers can freelance
A: Zokalo's goal is multi-fold. It aims to produce original and fresh films that will intrigue all audiences, satisfy the filmatic needs of the ever-increasing Latino population, reach all viewers eager to see a wide range of characters, and tell new stories in profoundly unique ways.
With the production of No Turning Back, Zokalo has already taken one
bold step in the direction of its goals.
A. No. Latin America is a huge market, with a potential cinema audience of 390 million Spanish-speaking people. In the U.S. Spanish is the co-official language. The Latin American community in America, now at 13 percent, is predicted to surpass 25 percent by the year 2050. Stats like those cannot be ignored.
However, we've taken an all-encompassing world view in relation to the
language of our films. Just as people of Latin descent are intrigued by
films from all over the world, people from all over the world are intrigued
by films that incorporate Latin culture. Good scripts come in all languages.
No Turning Back, our most recent production, is in English.
A. Zokalo will always have a defined Latin base. For example, both Jesus Nebot, the head of the company and Chris Sablan, the Vice President of Production, hail from Spain. However, our Director of Development is was raised in the U.S. and is part Latino, part African-American, and part Cherokee.
Zokalo's team, support staff, and extended family share Jesus' filmatic
goals and humanistic sensibilities. Those are the defining characterics.
Not one's country of origin.
|Q: How do I submit literary material?
A: Do not send us scripts. If you are sending literary material, first
send us (via e-mail) a short synopsis of your story along with your name,
phone number and address. If it excites us, we will contact you.
|Q. How do I submit a demo reel if I want to be considered
A. Currently, Zokalo is not seeking directors. So, it would not be worth
your hard-earned money to send a demo reel. If that situation changes
in the future, you will be the first to know.
|Q. What about actors? Can we get consideration at this point
A. Definitely. Not only are we keeping a file of actors for future projects.
But, we're always looking for good actors to refer to the many other producers
who we run into on a daily basis.
|Q. What are your film budgetary restrictions?
A. We don't have any. However, keep in mind that we want to do independent character-driven pieces. So, although many of us with Zokalo love the kind of kick-butt films that Schwarzenegger embraces or even a wonderful Mission Impossible IV type of film, we don't lean towards that type of action-oriented fare.
Think low-budget, high-quality and we're on it.
|Q. What about books? Are you interested in book adaptations?
A. Yes, certainly. Some of the greatest movies come from novels and biographies.
But, do the homework first. Make sure the film rights to the book are
available and unencumbered. And of course, make sure no one else is or
has made a film based on the particular book you are pitching.
|Q: Where does Jesus Nebot live?
A: Jesus lives both in Santa Monica, California and in Spain. Once he established himself as an actor in Spain and Latin America, producers in the United States wanted him to be more accessible for auditions. So, he responded to their wishes and found a place in Santa Monica.
However, he maintains a residence in Spain because he is frequently there
to both do business and spend time with his family. Jesus is a citizen
of Spain with permanent residency status in the United States.
A. Zokalo is special because the founder of the company, Jesus Nebot, is special. He's a highly talented actor-filmmaker with a rare blend of compassion and sensitivity.
And unlike many other actors who have created their own companies, Jesus
has proven that he has the business savvy to see a film project through
from beginning to end, from when the concept is pitched to the point at
which it sails triumphantly into your neighborhood theater.
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