• Kevin Lally Nov 11, 2016

    "Belize Film Festival opens strong"

    The opening short, "Yochi", is a Belize/USA co-production, shot in Belize by the talented American director Ilana Lapid.

  • Adrian Gomez Nov 4, 2016

    "NMSU Prof's film focuses on endangered parrots in Belize"

    Ilana Lapid set out to tell a compelling story. And people are listening.Her latest short film. "Yochi", will be the opening-night film at the 2016 Belize International Film Festival.

  • El Paso Herald-Post Oct 20, 2016

    "Yochi, a film written and directed by Las Cruces filmmaker Ilana Lapid, will premiere at the 2016 Belize International Film Festival, in Belize City, November 10-13. In an additional honor, Yochi was selected as the opening night film."

  • Dir. Roland Joffe Oct 16, 2016

    "Wonderful trailer. Beautifully shot. you're in good hands with come on people tally up:"

    From Director of Photography, Robert Dugan:

    "This just happened -- Roland Joffe, the director of The Mission, with Robert DeNiro and Jeremy Irons (one of the best shot films of the '80s, in my opinion), just retweeted the Yochi Kickstarter and complimented my cinematography. I'm elated. This film and Ilana Lapid keep getting me into the most unexpected scenarios. So excited!"

  • Mike Cook Sep 2, 2016

    Go to: http://lascrucesbulletin.nm.newsmemory.com and navigate to Editions: Sept 2, pages A52-53

    "In her latest short film, “Yochi,” New Mexico State University Creative Media Institute (CMI) Assistant Professor Ilana Lapid brings together her interest in making socially relevant films with the beauty of the Belize jungle and pine savannah."

    "Lapid said she hopes that, in addition to entertaining, "Yochi" will be screened for educational purposes and will encourage dialogue about pressing conservation issues and the illegal wildlife trade."

  • Sun-News Reports Aug 25, 2016

    LAS CRUCES - A celebratory fundraiser in support of the film "Yochi," by Ilana Lapid, an award-winning filmmaker, and New Mexico State University assistant professor, will be at 5 p.m. Wednesday in Mesilla.

  • Fred Martino, KRWG-FM Aug 25, 2016

    "NMSU Professor Raises Funds For Film Shot In Belize"

    Fred Martino interviews New Mexico State University Professor and award-winning filmmaker Ilana Lapid.

  • Charles Horak, On Film Aug 13, 2016

    "Their performances are so natural and fit so well, at times I felt like this is a real window into, not only life, but it has this really classical feel to it. While it’s set certainly in a very specific place and time, it’s also a very universal story and really resonated with me and drew me back to some children’s classics and coming of age stories from the 40s and 50s."

    "This is one of the most beautiful films I think people will see this summer. It's just not only a beautiful film, but a beautifully shot film. [...] It has such has such a beautiful rhythm to it."