Latinos In The Industry

INDUSTRY INSIGHTS: How Much to Reveal in a Fundraising Trailer

Story Consultant Fernanda Rossi answered the following question for our NALIPsters in anticipation of the upcoming program Doing Your Doc to take place in Durham, NC, October 14-16. In addition to the two full day workshops on story structure and trailers, funders and industry professionals will be in attendance for lectures and one-on-one mentorship sessions. All info and registration online here.

Q: Should my trailer reveal the entire narrative arc of the story (where it's headed) or focus only on the premise and characters?

Fernanda: The eternal dilemma of how much is too much and how little is too little. You're spot on that you need to make sure the narrative arc is explicit, yet not fully developed till the end. Because if funders get closure and they feel it works as a nice tidy short film, why would they give you money for a longer piece? They'll pat you on the back, thank you for sharing and wish you good luck.

Definitely introduce the premise right from the start as well as the characters or host/narrator, the character's goals and some obstacles if any. As far as cliffhangers go, there are three techniques I found that work well to create some suspense: aposiopesis (literary term that means "unfinished action"), purpose (when the character establish an intention) and questioning (narrator or character question the very premise or status quo). I'll discuss four opening techniques at the workshop. For now I hope these tips walk you through the bare essentials!

NHMC Announces Writers Selected for 2011 Television Writers Program

The National Hispanic Media Coalition, NHMC, and the National Latino Media Council, NLMC, congratulate the writers selected to the 2011 class of its Television Writers Program out of nearly 200 applicants:

Diana Mendez
Joseph Ferrante
Aldo Pisano
Judalina Neira
Omaira Galarza
Yvonne De La Rosa
Sarah Hernandez
Joseph Vargas
Kenneth Yovanovic
Gabriel Vallejo

The NHMC/NLMC Television Writers Program is an intensive scriptwriters workshop which prepares and places Latinos in writing jobs at major English language television networks.

The NHMC/NLMC Television Writers Program is designed to familiarize participants with the format, characters and storyline structure of specific shows that are currently on the air. This five-week, total immersion workshop is mentored and guided by former NBC V.P of Script Development, Geoff Harris. The workshop is conducted in Burbank, CA, and a total of 10 writers are recruited nationwide from established network of NHMC chapters, other non-profit agencies, schools, universities, guilds and media organizations.

The goal is to provide writers with the skills necessary to obtain employment in the industry. "The program directly responds to the lack of diverse writers in primetime network TV with the idea that if there are more diverse writers present at the writer's table, more diversity will be reflected on the screen," states Alex Nogales, President and CEO of the National Hispanic Media Coalition. The NLMC Writers Program was created in accordance to NHMC's mission to improve the image of American Latinos as portrayed by the media and increase the number of American Latinos employed in all facets of the media industry.

The NHMC/NLMC Television Writers Program was created in 2003 and is sponsored by ABC and NBC networks.

Free Legal Services for Independent Filmmakers

The Working with Filmmakers Legal Clinic at Chapman University School of Law provides production legal services for selected independent filmmakers. Services provided by the law students include: forming a company, agreements for underlying rights, filing for copyright, and drafting the contracts associated with the production (director, producer, crew, actors, location, releases, etc.). The law students are supervised by experienced entertainment attorneys and all legal services are free of charge.

Films are considered for the Clinic legal services if they meet the following criteria:
- Fully funded
- Low or ultra low budget independent feature (not a documentary)
- Start date in the near future

Interested Filmmakers are welcome to contact:
Professor Kathy Heller
Chapman University School of Law / 714-628-2675

  'Right' Man for the Job
(Variety) - Spanish helmer Paco Cabezas ("Neon Flesh") is attached to direct "Mr. Right," produced by David Alpert and Lawrence Mattis' Circle of Confusion (AMC's "The Walking Dead"). Cabezas' third feature, "Mr. Right" is about a girl falling in love with the "perfect guy, whose only flaw is that he kills people for living," Cabezas told Variety at Spain's Sitges Festival on Saturday. FULL STORY

Eva Longoria-backed Migrant Doc 'The Harvest' Out on DVD
(AP) - Eva Longoria says she lent her support to "The Harvest," a documentary about child migrant laborers, not just because of her Latin American roots but also because she wants to know where her food comes from and take responsibility for it. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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From the Editor
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Maria Agui Carter
NALIP Chair previews new film Rebel at White House American Latino Heritage Forum, Oct. 12

Filmmaker Maria Agui Carter will present her new film Rebel at the American Latino Heritage Forum being hosted by the White House and the U.S. Department of the Interior on October 12. President Barack Obama will deliver remarks and confirmed guests include Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki, Members of Congress, Latino community leaders from across the country, and King Juan Carlos of Spain. Hispanic Heritage month celebrates the contributions of American Latinos who have helped shape Americas rich and diverse history.

Ms. Agui Carter will sneak-preview scenes from Rebel, coming to PBS in 2012, uncovering one of the most dramatic untold stories of Latino American contributions to a pivotal event of American history the American Civil War.

Rebel, a feature documentary about a Cuban Woman soldier and spy of the American Civil War, is a lush dramatic period piece set in the 19th Century, based on the memoir of Loreta Velazquez who disguised herself as a man to fight in the American Civil War. Loreta, a Cuban immigrant who thrived in the bustling Latino community of 19th Century New Orleans, left a memoir about her experiences so ahead of her time that many have considered it a hoax. But in the past decade, historians have discovered documents in the National Archives, newspaper articles, and letters showing that Loreta Velazquez did indeed exist, and was one of over a thousand women soldiers who fought for the North and the South.

Loreta's memoir gives us a rare insight into war from a womans and a Latinas point of view and serves as a basis for this film. She was an immigrant serving her country by fighting for it, as so many generations have done. She grew up in New Orleans and joined the Confederacy as a patriotic southerner, but records show she also spied for the North. Maria's film and new media project explores her story in the context of our national memory. She was a complex woman who ultimately turned against war as a solution to the worlds problems, says Writer/Director Maria Agui Carter.

To keep apprised of Rebel's festival and broadcast launch, please like the project on Facebook or go to for information on this and other films made by Maria Agui Carter.

Ricardo de Montreuil
Promoted to VP, Creative Director at mun2

Ricardo de Montreuil has been promoted to Vice President, Creative Director for Telemundo cable network mun2. He joined the Spanish-language outlet in 2005 from MTV Networks Latin America.

In his new role, de Montreuil will continue to direct the cable network's award-winning creative department, overseeing the creation of mun2's on-air and off-air promotional spots, image campaigns and mentions for mun2 originals including "I Love Jenni," "RPM Miami," and "From Beyond," as well as mun2 music programs including "mun2 Presents."

"Ricardo is a visionary executive and director who continues to create authentic, engaging and stimulating visuals for the Young Latino American audience that mun2 serves," said Mogollon. "His award winning work has set a creative bar for not only mun2 but also cable television overall. He owns a vital role in the visual definition of the channel and our audience, and his results drive and lead the imagery surrounding our growth. He is a creative, artistic and compelling director and well-respected executive who will continue to lead and grow our brand; this promotion is very well deserved."

Chelo Alvarez-Stehle & Lorena Manriquez
NALIPsters' micro-doc featured on Huffington Post

NALIP members and documentary filmmakers Chelo Alvarez-Stehle and Lorena Manriquez's micro documentary on Occupy LA has been featured on the Huffington Post. Click here to watch the video online.


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