Latinos In The Industry

INDUSTRY INSIGHTS: Anatomy of a Prescreen Launch

We've all been wondering if somebody would figure out a way to successfully release films online. Shari Candler's recent article mentioned that Prescreen was taking a stab at it. I sent in our movie Junkie Nurse (Boppin' at The Glue Factory).

Lee from Prescreen called and said they wanted Junkie Nurse. I was jazzed about being featured. I'd been mired in some contractual BS and this was the kick in the pants I needed to get back into the groove. I had an attorney review the contract, he gave me the thumbs up, and I got to work.

Shari Candler looked at our film's materials and gave detailed suggestions for preparing our release. Her biggest note was get our website up to speed. I'd met a web designer / filmmaker, John Irwin @Robison Hope Creative, through a FIND meeting in LA. He'd done the site for Jon Reiss' doc Bomb It. Irwin suggested a customizable Wordpress site which would be easy to update myself down the line.

I'd seen lots of sites that were very focused on selling. They felt empty -- if I wasn't ready to buy immediately there was little to snag my interest. A hard sell tone could be a turn off to a first time visitor. The "come explore" tone of our new site really suited Junkie Nurse's tone of dialoguing with the audience rather than just talking at them. This is the kind of film I loved to see, wanted to make, and our site reflected that. Check it out here: Junkie Nurse

People love movies! But they are carefully hunted by big budget marketing. It's a special animal who seeks out and takes a risk on a tiny film like Junkie Nurse. If indie filmmakers think of marketing their film as wooing their audience, as a flirtation, it becomes clear that you're not after a one-night stand, you want a deeper relationship with your audience.


Call for Submissions: DocsBarcelona Pitching Forum

You are invited to submit your project for the DocsBarcelona Pitching Forum 2012 , which gives you the opportunity to present your project to broadcasters and distributors. Moreover, you can participate in the Pitching Forum Workshop, which will give you the chance to prepare your project's exposition in front of the Financing Pitching Panel.

IMPORTANT DATES: The deadline to submit projects is December 1st 2011, 1.00 p.m.
Pitching Forum Presentations: 2nd and 3rd February 2012
Pitching Forum Workshop: 31st and 1st February 2012

And remember: to submit a project is free!
For details and the submission form, please visit our website.

CBS Announces Start Date of Comedy ¡Rob!

From an article by Lynette Rice, Entertainment Weekly

The wait is over! The new comedy ¡Rob! starring Cheech Marin, NALIP Lifetime Achievement Award winner Lupe Ontiveros, and Rob Schneider will bow Jan. 12 on CBS.
The comedy is about a lifelong bachelor who marries into a tight-knit Mexican-American family and also stars Claudia Bassols, Diana Maria Riva, and Eugenio Derbez.

The comedy replaces Rules of Engagement, which will return to its Thursday time period later this season.

Only Members Vote for the Film Independent Spirit Awards

Cast your vote to determine the winners of the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards.

Filmmakers, film lovers and industry professionals who join the Film Independent community by December 6, 2011 are eligible to participate in the voting process for the 2012 Spirit Awards and will be entered for the chance to win two tickets to the awards ceremony.

Contact Film Independent at 310.432.1264 or

Professional Latinos In Entertainment Mixer, Nov. 19

The Professional Latinos In Entertainment would like to invite you and a guest to our private end of the year mixer at the Chivas 1801 Mansion this Saturday, November 19.

Come and celebrate with us as we close off the year with music, appetizers and an open bar provided by Chivas. The night will also feature private scotch mentoring session led by a Chivas Brand Ambassador, along with a unique variety of Chivas cocktails.

Chivas 1801 Club, 11301 Bellagio Road, Los Angeles, CA 90049

You must RSVP to no later than Thursday, November 17.

This invite grants you and a guest a pass to get into this event. When you RSVP Please include your name, your guests name, date of birth and email address. All attendees must be 21 and over to attend.

  Netflix Goes Latino Via Deal With RCTV
(Deadline Hollywood) - The latest addition to Netflix’s content library comes from Latin America. The streaming company has licensed more than 1,500 hours of programming a year from Venezuelan cable network Radio Caracas Televisión. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

Visit the NALIP Job Opportunities page for all the latest listings.

Bi-lingual Television/Media Analyst
Computer Applications Development, Inc. is currently looking to hire a bi-lingual television/media analyst to use proprietary software to track international television programming and assist in Quality Assurance efforts. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Senior College Laboratory Technician (NYC)
The Department of Media Culture of the College of Staten Island seeks applications for the position of Senior College Laboratory Technician. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

From the Editor
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Harry Pachon Is Remembered for His Advocacy for Latinos From Within Academe

By Roberto Suro, The Chronicle of Higher Education

About 25 minutes into the news show Noticiero Univision on the evening of November 7, a somber-faced anchor announced, "California's academic community is in mourning." Professor Harry P. Pachon, a political scientist, had died.

The Noticiero is the most-watched national evening news broadcast in many American cities because of its reach with Spanish-language audiences. The show that Monday was a crisp rundown of major news stories as usual: the Michael Jackson-death trial, elections in Nicaragua and Guatemala, a Republican presidential minidrama. But the entire final segment of the show was a long tribute to a deceased academic.

A professor of public policy at the University of Southern California when he died of complications of pneumonia and Parkinson's disease at 66, on November 4, Mr. Pachon might not have merited that star treatment if he were judged in narrow academic terms. But, his career unfolded in a manner and at a moment that generated extraordinary influence and even a measure of celebrity for a man known to his friends as a retiring, private person with a soft voice and a gentle manner.


Hugo Perez
National Endowment for the Humanities invites Perez as guest speaker

The National Endowment for the Humanities has invited filmmaker and NALIP member Hugo Perez (Estela 2009, LPA 2008) as the guest speaker for the public component of their next board meeting on November 18th, 2011. Perez will give a presentation about his documentary film Neither Memory Nor Magic and the theme of 'poetry of witness' as represented by the life and poetry of the Hungarian poet Miklos Radnoti, the subject of his film.

Neither Memory Nor Magic was the recipient of an NEH Chairman's Grant in 2010. Perez joins an illustrious list of previous guest speakers including Henry Louis Gates Jr, filmmaker David Grubin, and Stephen Ennis, Chief Librarian of the Folger Shakespeare Library. In addition to his work as a filmmaker, Perez currently serves as a member of the board of the NY Council for the Humanities.

The National Council on the Humanities is a board of 26 private citizens charged, by statute, with (1) advising the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities with respect to Endowment policies, programs, and procedures, and with (2) reviewing grant applications and making recommendations to the Chairman. National Council members are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. They serve staggered, six-year terms.

November 18th at 9am
National Endowment for the Humanities
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue - Room 09.
Washington, DC

The presentation is open to the public but it is recommended that you RSVP if you intend to come. Please RSVP to:

Rakel Sosa
NALIPster's short Coherence now online

NALIP member Rakel Sosa's (LPA 2008) short film Coherence can now be watched online. The movie was shot in Poland as part of a festival where filmmakers had to produce a short in three days.

Description: Anna fell in love with Gregor and grapes. Her heart broadcasts audibly. Will a romance evolve?

Watch Coherence online here.


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