Latinos In The Industry

NALIP Mentors Ray Telles and Gregory Nava Receive Special Recognition at ALMA Awards
Don't forget to watch Friday, Sept. 16 at 8/7C on NBC

Includes excerpts from an article by Cindy Vanegas

On Friday, September 16 from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. EDT some of the biggest names in entertainment will appear on the 2011 National Council of La Raza (NCLR) ALMA Awards on NBC, a one-of-a-kind tribute to the spirit of pioneering Latinos in television, film, and music. Tune in to your local NBC station to applaud the incredible, enriching contributions that Latinos make to American culture and celebrate our shared Hispanic heritage

The awards ceremony took place on September 11 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, where Latinos from all walks of the entertainment industry dazzled on the red carpet in a lively display of achievement and support. As expected, co-host Eva Longoria outshone George Lopez in a beautiful mermaid strapless dress with an exaggerated tail. Starlets like Jessica Alba, Marcia Cross, Eva La Rue, Naya Rivera and Demi Lovato added to the night's glamour in floor length gowns. Power couples Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith, Mario Lopez and Courtney Laine Mazza and Maria Canals-Barrera and David Barrera flirted across the carpet alongside Benjamin Bratt, Sophia Milos, David Zayas and Tristan Wilds.

While the night catered to the glitz and glam of entertainment, red carpet chatter turned political as producer, director and screenplay writer Gregory Nava (a NALIP LPA mentor), who received the evening's Outstanding Career Achievement Award for directing, commented on domestic immigration policy. "The immigration situation has gotten much worse since 9-11. The attack against the undocumented is now an attack against all Latinos," said Nava, "This is an attack on all our culture. We have to know that this is what is happening and we have to fight against this because it is an injustice." Nava, known for El Norte and Selena, revealed that he finished the script to Garden of Eden which will examine our current immigration issues.

NALIP Founding board member and LPA mentor Ray Telles was recognized for his Outstanding Career Achievement as a leading documentary filmmaker. His recent film The Storm that Swept Mexico, premiered on PBS, and helps to explain the complicated relationship between Mexico and the U.S.. Also honored was writer Cynthia Cidre, whose television ("Cane") and screenwriting (Mambo Kings) career draws heavily from her background as a Latina, as will her new project this fall, the update of "Dallas."

A special achievement award was presented to the new Roberto Romano documentary The Harvest, and its executive producer Eva Longoria, applauding its spotlight on the harsh realities of children working in agriculture.

Danny Trejo, whose suit jacket was lined with embroidered daggers, rejoiced about what the evening meant to him. "I love being Latino in Los Angeles," said Trejo, "Right now is the time for Latinos. We have moved quite forward in the entertainment industry with people like Robert Rodrguez, Jessica Alba, Michelle Rodrguez that have really pushed us in the main stream. We are movie stars, for lack of a better word, but we are out there with all of them and I thank God for that."

Despite the festive mood, the event, held on the eve of September 11th, spurred stars to recognize the bravery of first responders. Actor/director Edward James Olmos, commented "We must try to help all the people who are sick because they went first to try to help when the buildings collapsed. That is my big understanding of what ten years of remembering is all about."

Since 1995, the NCLR ALMA Awards has promoted fair, accurate, and representative portrayals of Latinos in entertainment. As we honor the incredible talent of our community, we expect new generations to learn from the examples set by awardees such as Salma Hayek, Shakira, Narciso Rodriguez, America Ferrera, Edward James Olmos, and many more.

If you can't wait a week to catch the show, here are the winners:

Favorite Movie
"A Better Life"

Favorite Movie Actor
Antonio Banderas
"You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger"

Favorite Movie Actress - Drama/Adventure
Jessica Alba

Favorite Movie Actress - Comedy/Musical
Alexa Vega
"From Prada to Nada"

Favorite TV Series
"Desperate Housewives"

Favorite TV Actor - Leading Role
Adam Rodriguez
"CSI: Miami"

Favorite TV Actress - Leading Role in a Drama
Cote de Pablo

Favorite TV Actress - Leading Role in a Comedy
Demi Lovato
"Sonny With a Chance"

Favorite TV Actress - Supporting Role
Maria Canals-Barrera
"Wizards of Waverly Place"

Favorite TV Actor - Supporting Role
Rico Rodriguez
"Modern Family"

Favorite TV Reality, Variety, or Comedy Personality or Act
George Lopez
"Lopez Tonight"

Favorite Male Music Artist

Favorite Female Music Artist
Naya Rivera

Outstanding Career Achievement - Documentarian
Raymond Telles

Outstanding Career Achievement - Writer
Cynthia Cidre

Outstanding Career Achievement - Director
Gregory Nava

Special Achievement
The Harvest

The 2011 PepsiCo ALMA Adelante Award
AltaMed Health Services Corporation

Call for Entries: 2011 Directors Guild of America Documentary Award

The 2011 DGA Documentary Award is open to all DGA Documentary and non-DGA Documentary Directors. The five nominees are announced on Monday, January 9, 2012 and the winner is announced on Saturday, January 28, 2012 at the 64th Annual DGA Awards in the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles.

Deadlines for Receipt of all Documentary Entry Forms and DVD Submissions are as follows:

For Documentary entries with a theatrical release or broadcast during the period of January 1 through September 30, 2011.
The deadline is; Friday, September 30, 2011

For Documentary entries with a theatrical release or broadcast during the period of October 3 through December 31, 2011.
The deadline is; Monday, October 31, 2011

Click here to download the 2011 DGA Documentary Award PDF Entry Form
(Note: This is a type-able PDF form, but it requires a signature by hand.)

Should you have any questions, please contact the DGA Awards Office at 310-289-2038.

Call for Entries: Speak Out Against Domestic Violence Short Film Contest

The Guanajuato International Film Festival and Avon Mexico join forces in the Speak Out Against Domestic Violence Short Film Contest, which aims to raise awareness against domestic violence around the world.

Categories are Short Fiction, Animation, Experimental and Documentary films with a theme of speaking out against domestic violence, produced in any year, in any film or video format, of up to 20 minutes in length. The Awards Ceremony will be celebrated on November 22nd, 2011 in Mexico City.

Deadline for Entries: October 1st, 2011
Submit your film online here.
No registration fee will be charged for participation in this competition.

Call for Entries: Best Shorts Competition

The Best Shorts Competition is not a traditional film festival; rather it is an avant-garde worldwide competition. It discovers and honors the achievements of filmmakers worldwide who produce high quality shorts and new media. It is an excellent venue for students and faculty. Works of 57 minutes or less are invited.

$1000 Cash Award ... Annual Humanitarian Award ... $4800 Post Production Award ... $1500 Studio Award

It is an excellent venue for short films, documentaries, new and experimental media, television pilot programs, animation, educational programs, remixes & mashups, movie trailers, music videos, webisodes and tube length works.

Deadline: September 30, 2011
Entry form and additional information at:

Fox Buys Family Dramedy From 'Ugly Betty' Creator Silvio Horta and Jennifer Lopez

By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline Hollywood

Fox is expanding its relationship with American Idol star Jennifer Lopez to the scripted side. The network has bought a family dramedy project from Ugly Betty creator Silvio Horta, which he is executive producing with Lopez. Sony Pictures TV, where Horta is under an overall deal, is producing the dramedy, which has landed a script commitment with penalty.

The project, inspired by an idea of Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly, had been earmarked for Fox ever since Horta started developing it at Sony several months ago. It is about a Latino family and centers on three sisters and their interlinked lives. Horta will write the script and executive produce with Lopez and her producing partner at Nuyorican Prods Simon Fields. Lopez, who started in TV as a dancer on In Living Color and actress on several series, has stayed connected to the small screen as a producer and now as judge on Idol. Nuyorican Prods' reality series South Beach Tow was recently renewed for a second season by TruTV. Horta is with WME, Lopez with UTA.

Luna Marches on Chavez Biopic

By John Hopewell and Diana Lodderhose, Variety

Actor-director Diego Luna will direct "Chavez," a portrait of farm laborers leader Cesar Chavez that is set up as a Mexico-U.S. co-production. Producers include John Malkovich's L.A.-based Mr. Mudd; the Mexico-based shingle Canana, founded by Gael Garcia Bernal, Luna and Pablo Cruz; and "Juno" producers Lianne Halfon and Russell Smith.

Shooting in English and budgeted at $10 million-$12 million, "Chavez" rates as Canana's most ambitious movie ever, Cruz told Variety. It also marks the first attempt by Mexico's top production shingle to produce out of the U.S., addressing its Latino markets in particular.

A charismatic civil-rights leader and labor activist, Chavez founded the United Farm Workers, which used strikes, pickets, boycotts, marches and Chavez's personal fasts to progressively wrestle rights for work contracts, collective bargaining, better pay and safer conditions beginning in the 1960s. "The life of Chavez has been chased by a lot of filmmakers in history," Cruz said.

Canana secured rights to Chavez's story from the Chavez family, and screenwriter Keir Pearson ("Hotel Rwanda") has delivered a screenplay. "We're delighted to be making a film which goes directly to the heart of the Mexican and Latin community" in the U.S., Cruz said.

Cruz added that the U.S. market also allows for far larger budgets and "Chavez" is a big film. "We're talking about a man who worked with thousands of workers, organized boycotts across the U.S."

A driving force behind Mexico's new wave cinema as both a producer and distributor, Canana has produced most recently omnibus feature "Revolucion" and Cannes Un Certain Regard player "Miss Bala," sold by Fox Intl. Prods. Canana teamed with Mr. Mudd to produce Luna's fiction feature directorial deb "Abel," its biggest commercial hit to date.

Malkovich directed in 2008 a Spanish-language Mexico City version of Zach Helm's play "The Good Canary," which starred Luna. Mr. Mudd's production credits include "The Dancer Upstairs," "The Libertine" and "Juno.

  Pimstein to Sony TV Post
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Marita De La Torre
NALIPster's films screening at Cine Sol Film Festival in Texas

Actress and NALIP member Marita De La Torre will make an appearance at the Brownsville screening of her short film, When I Grow Up on Friday, September 23rd at 2:00 p.m. at the University of Texas Student Union La Sala, 80 Fort Brown, Brownsville, Texas.

De La Torre has two films in the Cine Sol Festival: A Man Made Early directed by NALIP Estela winner Cruz Angeles (Don't Let Me Drown, 2009) and produced by Scenarios USA, a nonprofit organization that uses writing and filmmaking to foster youth leadership, advocacy and self-expression in under-served teens; and When I Grow Up, a film by NALIPster Sharon Arteaga, an official selection of the Napa Valley Film Festival Shorts Competition coming up this November, the Audience Award Winner of SXSW 2011 Reel Women Showcase and the Winner of the 2010 Cine Las Americas Texas Archive Moving Image Award.

A Man Made Early screens on opening weekend, September 10th at 3:00 p.m. at the TSTC, Cultural Arts Center Theater Room as part of the Scenarios USA line up.

When I Grow Up screens on opening weekend, September 10th at 1:15 p.m. at the TSTC, Cultural Arts Center Theater Room as part of the Shorts #1 line up. And it will also screen at the University of Texas Union Center La Sala on September 20th and 21st at 9:00 am and on Sept. 22nd and 23rd at 2:00 p.m.

Sara Seligman
NALIPster's short Hawkins Hill screening at Shriekfest

The short film Hawkins Hill, directed and produced by NALIP member Sara Seligman and produced by NALIP member Romina Prieto Sacre, will have its LA premiere at the Shriekfest in Los Angeles on Sunday, October 2 at noon. The screening will be at Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Ave, Hollywood, CA.

Synopsis: Karla and Sam break in to what they think is an abandoned house. Sam had found a series of impressive murals that he wanted to show his girlfriend Karla, because she loves art. Once inside the house, they hear sounds from downstairs; someone else is now in the house. Not knowing who it is and afraid to getting caught, Sam and Karla hide in a closet... and witness something that will change their lives forever.

Fabio B. Herrera
NALIPster's film Una Y Otra Vez playing in Chicago on Oct. 21

NALIP member Fabio B. Herrera's film Una Y Otra Vez (Over and Over Again) will be playing at two Chicago area theaters starting on October 21, 2011: Cicero 14 (4779 W. Cermak Rd, Cicero, IL) and Galewood 14 (5530 W. Homer St., Chicago, IL 60639).

The movie was filmed in Colombia (Narino) and in Chicago, and it was based on the book "Over and Over Again" written by Fabio Herrera. The movie was written and directed by Ricardo Islas, producer by Mark Harris and Executive Producer Fabio B. Herrera and stars Paola Valdes, Jenny Sanchez and Fernando Patino. Una Y Otra Vez was in NALIP's 2011 Latino Media Market.

For more information visit the film's website.

Paco de Onis
NALIPster's doc Granito begins Oscar qualification run in NYC

Producer and NALIP national conference speaker Paco de Onis' documentary Granito: How to Nail a Dictator, directed by Pamela Yates, will kick off its independent Oscar qualification theatrical run in New York, at the IFC Center in Greenwich Village from September 14-22. It will be followed by the Los Angeles theatrical run starting September 30 at the Laemmle Sunset 5 theater, and then a national rollout.


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