The World of MIEDO: The Business of Horror

Saturday, June 4, 2011 - Noon-1:30pm
The Poet's Den
309 East 108th Street (bt. 1st and 2nd Avenue) in East Harlem, NYC

LATIN HORROR, in partnership with the East Harlem International Film Festival, takes a look at the business of horror with a comprehensive multimedia panel that explores the almost limitless opportunities available to HORRORphiles within the genre of fear. Panelists include creative entrepreneurs and filmmakers working within various niche horror markets, whose insights will help you take your passion for the macabre and transform it into a viable business venture in one of the most successful genres in entertainment.

The panel will take place as an exclusive part of EHIFF's 1st annual film festival @ The Poet's Den located in historic East Harlem. Panel tickets can be purchased HERE

Co-sponsored by East Harlem International Film Festival.

SPEAKERS (in formation):

Edwin Pagán, founder, LATIN HORROR, Filmmaker [moderator]

Edwin Pagán, founder, LATIN HORROR, Filmmaker [moderator]

Edwin Pagán is a filmmaker, cinematographer, screenwriter, photographer, and cultural activist with a rare blend of creative and administrative experience, including over 20 years in community organizing, organizational capacity building and initiative-based/event programming, as well as extensive production experience in the narrative and documentary film sectors. Edwin is the founder-in-chief of LATIN HORROR (, an online niche market website specializing in Latin-influenced horror, and its documentation and promotion as a distinct genre. Currently, he is penning a book entitled MIEDO - The History of Latin Horror, and is a board member of the Hispanic Organization Latino Actors (HOLA).

Leonardo Zelig, Filmmaker

Leonard Zelig, Filmmaker

Leonard is an award-winning film and theater director with more than 15 years of experience in the industry.

Leonard is a graduate of the distinguished "Escuela De Cine y TV" in Venezuela. He also attended the New York Film Academy and the American Film Institute. He has been named one of the most promising directors by the Venezuelan magazine "5to Dia."

His opera prima subHysteria was theatrically released in his home country of Venezuela as well as in Colombia, and is seeking domestic and international distribution.

A.D. Calvo, Filmmaker

A.D. Calvo, Filmmaker

A.D. Calvo has written, directed, and produced two feature films. His first, The Other Side of the Tracks, went on to win multiple film festival awards and is currently airing on Showtime Networks and other international Pay TV channels. He recently completed his sophomore feature, The Melancholy Fantastic, and is preparing for his third film.

Pepper Negron, Filmmaker, Illustrator, Photographer

Pepper Negron, Filmmaker

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the Bronx, Pepper is an award-winning filmmaker, writer, photographer with an unconventional take on life and art. Mesmerizing and captivating his work is anything but traditional. His taste for the bizarre shows in many of his film and photographic works. Such is the case of his shorts 'In Stillness I Lie', 'Blood Drips' and 'Me, I'm Not Dead'.

Pepper has completed two feature scripts with co-writer Corina K. Ayala: 'High Hats' and 'Torn Signpost,' which are currently being negotiated to go into production.

In October 2010 he published a calendar of his 'dark' photos entitled 'PEPPER'S DARK GLAMOUR CALENDAR 2011.'

Julio Antonio Toro, Filmmaker, Illustrator

Julio Antonio Toro, Filmmaker

Julio is a Bronx-born award-winning writer, director who has been combining his writing and drawing abilities since early childhood, became obsessed with the art of storytelling, and attended the School of Visual Arts' Illustration/Cartooning program.

He co-founded the movie production company, HollyHood Productions and went to work quickly co-writing, directing, and editing two suspense/horror films, "The Reckoning," and "Repentance," for which he received Best Suspense Short Film Award and the Best Short Film Director Award, respectively, at Long Island Latino International Film Festival (08/09). Julio also co-directed HollyHood's most recent short film, "Trouble Child."

He is currently working on his first feature script, a horror/detective procedural entitled "Silence the Evil" centered around a serial killer.

This panel is not for the faint of heart... ;)



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