Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Story on Independent filmmaker Mabel Valdiviezo

San Francisco based writer/director Mabel Valdiviezo, took her narrative script, “Soledad Is Gone Forever", to the prestigious Squaw Valley screenwriting workshop this past week. The most sought after workshop for emerging and established screenwriters in the US, Squaw Valley is a unique incubator where only 24 screenwriters in the country get selected every year based on their ability to write powerful stories that translate to the screen.

Mabel’s feature length script, is an intimate psychological portrait of a Chilean exile photographer in San Francisco, who goes back to Chile to bury her father’s bones and reconcile with her country's violent past. The script created great interest among the industry experts that came to Squaw Valley from Hollywood and the independent world to discover and nurture fresh voices.

“It was the most validating experience I have had so far as a writer and filmmaker,” says the Peruvian born filmmaker. During one of the sessions Mabel gathered with actors and together they stage-read a scene that she had been rewriting at the workshop. The results were dramatic. “It was the most truthful scene I have seen at Squaw,” declared Diane Fuller, program director of the Screenwriting Workshop.
Some mentors and guests at the program included: Tom Rickman (Squaw program co-founder/Coal Miner’s Daughter), Gene Corr (Waldo Salt), Pamela Gray (Walk on the Moon), Michael Lehmann (Heathers), Tom Schlesinger (Nowhere in Africa), Camille Thomasson (Ave Maria), Tamsin Orion (Tamzina Films), and esteemed guests Greg Beal, Sarah Ryan Beck, Gail Silva, Owen Prell, Peggy Rajski and Deborah Wettstein.

The dynamic filmmaker has launched her production company "Haiku Films", a diversity media company which is developing the narrative film "Soledad Is Gone Forever" (collaborating with the Film Arts Foundation). Also "Novo Latino", a unique TV show that features the culture, lifestyle and trends of the 3rd generation of Latinos living in the Bay Area and their impact on a multicultural US.

The project is currently seeking assistance from sponsors and donors, as well as an experienced bilingual lead actress. For more information about "Soledad", its progress and funding, please visit:

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