Latinos In The Industry

HBO Announces 2011 HBO-NALIP Documentary Grant Winner and Finalists!

With great pride, NALIP announces this year's HBO Documentary Grant winner and finalists. Social change has been at the core of HBO's critically acclaimed and award-winning documentary programs, with a myriad of issues presented in uncompromising quality and honesty. A long-term sponsor of NALIP, HBO created in 2009 this $10,000 cash award for Latino filmmakers to focus its lens on the Latino experience. With this award HBO supports the growth of social commentary by Latino documentarians. Films were judged based on the uniqueness of their topic/subject matter, the professional quality of the film, and the structure, tone and style planned for presenting the topic to an audience

Out of the many high quality submissions this year, a winner and two finalists were selected by a panel of professional filmmakers and the HBO Documentary Films executives.


PequeñasVoces (Small Voices)
Jairo Eduardo Carrillo Peña

The animated documentary Pequeñas Voces is a tale about children, ages 8 to 13, internally displaced by the war and violence in Colombia. Told with first-person interviews, each of the four children's story is a chronicle of his or her family's history. Using their drawing, the film focuses on their memories, dreams and hopes for the future.


Code Of The West
Francisco Bello (LPA 2007, NALIP Estela Documentary Award 2011)

Code of The West follows the life a contentious medical marijuana bill through the Montana state legislature. It is a film about the many lives and fraught emotions tied to the most challenging drug policy reform debate in the country today.

Guests of Space

Alba Roca Mora

Guests of Space explores the encounter between the Nukak Maku people and the white man in 1988. Known as the last nomads to be contacted in South America, this film observes the collision of two alien worlds where settlers, missionaries, armed groups and Colombia's drug war unexpectedly meet and confront.

Call for Applications: ITVS Diversity Development Fund

The Independent Television Service (ITVS) seeks applications to this year's Diversity Development Fund (DDF)! Please note that this year, the DDF deadline has changed - the new deadline is Friday, November 11, 2011.

The DDF provides up to $15,000 in research and development funding to independent producers of color to develop single documentary programs for public television. Projects should speak to the ITVS mission to serve under-served audiences with programs that take creative risks, explore complex issues, inspire dialogue and express points of view seldom seen on commercial or public television.

For more information about guidelines and how to apply, visit:

Funded activities may include travel, research, script development, preliminary production for fundraising/work-in-progress reels, or other early phase activities.

The Diversity Development Fund supports:
* Producers that identify themselves as belonging to one or more of the following communities: African American, Arab American, Asian American, Latino/Latina, Native American/Native Alaskan and Pacific Islander.
* Single documentaries or creative genre combinations
* Projects that have not yet begun production

On November 1, 2011 at 1pm PT / 4pm ET Program Manager Karim Ahmad will be taking your questions LIVE on Beyond The Box, the ITVS blog. Please RSVP using Eventbrite and save the date.

Call for Entries: San Francisco International Film Festival

The San Francisco International Film Festival is recognized throughout the world for bringing eclectic, intelligent and adventurous programs and events to the Bay Area. Works in all genres, forms and lengths are considered.

$70,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to Golden Gate Award recipients.

Regular deadline: received by November 7
Final deadline (shorts): received by December 5
Final deadline (features): received by December 12

Submit your film now to avoid paying a higher entry fee. Enter online at or

Call for Entries: Gimme Credit International Screenplay Competition

Calling all screenwriters! Accepting shorts and features for our 10th cycle. Final Deadline is Friday, October 28th!

Now in our 5th year, Gimme Credit International Screenplay Competition was founded by NALIP members Monica Winter Vigil (LWL and LPA 2008, LMM 2010) and Erica Engelhardt (LPA 2008, LMM 2010).

All entrants receive FREE script feedback!

For more information or to enter visit:

Latin Horror Screening Series, Oct. 26 (NYC)

Latin Horror, in association with NewFilmmakers and My Latino Voice, cordially invite you to the NewLatino Filmmakers Screening Series at Anthology Film Archives - "The HORRORphiles #8 - MIEDO MASHUP 3."

Come out and join us in celebrating the work of emerging Latino/a directors working within the genre of horror, and help us celebrate our 3rd anniversary with a pre-Halloween 'costumed cocktail reception' with the filmmakers.

Have complimentary spiked, bloody Jell-O shots, h'orderves, and brain-shaped flan cake on us!

When: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 (Miedo Mashup 3) - 5:30-9:45PM
Where: Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue at Second Street, Lower East Side, NYC
Price: $6 admission - at the box office - general seating

Click here for details.

  NBC's 'Grimm' Executive Producer Norberto Barba on Going Mainstream
(Latin Heat Online) - Piercing through the typically dismal stats of Latinos working in television, Norberto Barba has broken the mainstream TV nut by executive producing Law and Order: Criminal Intent, and now, on NBC's new series Grimm. FULL STORY

Magnolia Takes U.S. Rights to Fernando Meirelles' All-Star '360'
(indieWIRE) - Magnolia Pictures has acquired U.S. rights to Fernando Meirelles' ("The Constant Gardener," "City of God") "360," starring Rachel Weisz, Anthony Hopkins, Jude Law and Ben Foster. The company plans a theatrical release in 2012. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

VP, Diversity at NBCUniversal (NYC)
The position will support all diversity and inclusion initiatives and reports directly to the Chief Diversity Officer. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

VP, Diversity Communications at NBCUniversal (NYC)
The Vice President, Diversity Communications, NBCUniversal is responsible for managing the external communications strategy in support of NBCUniversal’s Diversity efforts. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting: Two Latina Roles in AFI Film
AFI film Ojalá is casting two Latina roles, one bilingual 16-24 years old, the other 27 years old. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

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Jim Mendiola
NALIPster directs new Girl in a Coma music video, premiering on

NALIP member and award-wining filmmaker Jim Mendiola (LPA 2005) goes old school in his latest music video collaboration with indie rock band Girl in a Coma. Shot on Super 8 film, and hand-processed, the first video from Girl in a Coma's new CD release Exits And All the Rest features a gritty interpretation of the band's new single, "Smart" (watch on

In keeping with the '80s influenced sound of the song, the band wanted Mendiola to evoke the tone and look of some of their favorite music videos from the decade. "During my research, I was struck by the amazing video work Derek Jarman did with the Smiths, very nostalgic and melancholy and incredibly textured, a perfect match for this song."

Another artistic choice was to shoot the video on Super 8 film. "The girls recorded their album all analog. I followed their non-digital lead and decided to shoot the piece in Super 8. I even hand-processed some of the footage myself. Just dunked the film in buckets of developer in my dark bathroom at night. It gave it this nice texture and look to the finished footage that could never had been duplicated digitally."

The filmmaker has had a long collaboration with Girl in a Coma, beginning with documenting the then-unknown group for a cable TV series focusing on new bands. "I literally shot them playing for Joan Jett and then seeing her offer the band a deal to join her label, Blackheart Records." Since then, Mendiola has directed five of the band's official eight music videos. "Smart" is the filmmaker's sixth video for the Girl in a Coma.

Shot in San Antonio, hometown of both the filmmaker and the band, the video utilized locations "off the map," away from the usual tourist depictions of San Antonio. No Alamo or Riverwalk here. Locations included the abandoned Lone Star Brewery, an old grain elevator near downtown, and a rail road crossing in Southtown, a working class neighborhood. The black and white performance scenes were shot in the basement of the historic Maverick Building.

Mendiola is an award-winning filmmaker based in Los Angeles. He has attended the Sundance Filmmaker's Lab, directed narrative films and documentaries for cable TV and PBS, and is currently developing a feature film based on a short story by best-selling writer Sandra Cisneros.

Christian Ramirez
NALIPster exhibiting graphic novel at Comikaze Expo in LA

Filmmaker, writer and NALIP member Christian Ramirez will be exhibiting his graphic novel Americana: The Book Series at the Comikaze Expo, November 5-6 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Comikaze Expo a multi-media pop culture convention bringing together comics, video games, original art, movies, television and more.

The graphic novel Americana is about a revolutionary textile billionaire who buys his way to the Governorship of California to instill a New World Order beginning with his administration.

Christian Ramirez, writer/filmmaker, founded Winestone Entertainment soon after his year at The Los Angeles Film School. In 2006, Christian was honored a Fellowship in Film Independent's Project: Involve, a program that supports diversity in the entertainment industry. Since then, Winestone Entertainment has completed several bodies of work which includes Americana: The Book Series.

Jaime De Villota
NALIPster's film I, Omega premiering Nov. 12 in LA

NALIP member Jaime De Villota's film I, Omega will have its world premiere on November 12, 2011 at 7:00pm at the Charles Chaplin Theater in Raleigh Studios, Los Angeles. RSVP to

Based on a true story, the film is about a man whose life is overturned when his eight year old daughter is raped and murdered by a convicted sex offender. Furious with the failings of the judicial system, he launches his own violent crusade against predators.


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