Latinos In The Industry

Fall 2011 Letter from Executive Director Kathryn Galán

Dear NALIP members and friends:

As many of you know, I have the great fortune to have a contractual sabbatical as part of my benefits for working at NALIP. After 10-1/2 busy, exciting years, I am going to take three months to refresh, reflect, and return to the organization in mid-December with new ideas and energy. In the interim, former board chair Beni Matias will step into my role. We are very fortunate that she is able to serve for these three months as NALIP's managing director, supervising our development and enewsletter, and working with our fantastic staff to plan for our 2012 conference. You may reach her at the Santa Monica or New York number any time, or at Please welcome her!

We have many exciting things in store for you this fall. After a busy summer at our ninth Latino Producers Academy, the NALIP team will be wrapping the end of our five month Latino Writers Lab with a terrific group of writers. You will be able to see the talent and read about the projects of all our 2011 Fellows in the new Alumni profiles at when we lanch our new site this fall. We are thrilled about the new look, feel, videos, connectivity, and opportunities to showcase our artists and their work in this new site. We are eager for you to use and enjoy it -- you'll find new resources, an easy archive of the jobs and opportunities, and an updated interface for the LMRG community directory, funding resources, and diversity jobs.

Second, we have big changes coming in our membership and community program. As part of our 10-month strategic planning and review process, the NALIP board has revised the membership levels and terms in a way we know that you wil love. Starting in 2011, you will only need to pay a one-time fee to be a member of NALIP rather than an annual one; membership will still give you excellent discounts at the annual conference and access to our programs. Those of you who are lapsed members, program alumni, LITI readers, mentors, advisors, and otherwise part of the extended NALIP family will be permanent Affiliate Members as long as you would like to be. Organizations are still warmly welcome to join for 3 members. We think that this will simplify your life and ours, and remind you that you are always included in the important professional creative community that we are here to represent and serve. Details will come soon.

Many of you met our wonderful new Membership & Community Coordinator Vanessa Gonzalez at the April national conference this year. She is the author of our Facebook and Twitter postings, keeping you current with what is going on. She also helps me and our kick-ass webmaster Zach Evans put together Latinos in the Industry each week with your stories and successes. As she moves away from processing renewals and sending out reminders, she will become more involved with staying in touch with our alumni, and with expanding our presence in social media. She will still maintain the many terrific member discounts for you, and is always eager to add more benefits for our filmmaker community.

Octavio and Carlos are wrapping the LPA and LWL, but already looking ahead to the next big national conference. Our 2012 annual conference and Latino Media Market will be held in Universal City, right next to Citywalk, and will include great new developments for both industry professionals and performers. We are polling some of you this fall for more ideas: anything you would like to share with the conference staff and committee, please know that Octavio's door is always open -

We welcome three new board members to the NALIP team as we launch our 2012-2014 Strategic Plan. Rosa Alonso was a moderator at The New Now conference, and is CEO of My Latino Voice - we hope you check out this terrific, informative site online. Attorney Dennis Hernandez joined the board this summer, as well, and has already helped us spruce up our bylaws. Producer Julio Caro (El Cantante) was on that wonderful movie music panel that many of you enjoyed at our conference - you can hear it on the new website under our podcast section. He joined us this August as a mentor to our producers at the LPA in Santa Fe, and brings great ideas and enthusiasm to NALIP's work getting more Latino producers, writers and directors into production and on to jobs. Any board member can be contacted through our website, so feel free to share your thoughts, and welcome them, as well!

As always, I love most hearing about your projects and progress. Six LPA Fellows launched successful crowdfunding campaigns for their films this summer; two features are in production, while three documentaries used their fundraising to push their projects further in shooting and post. We anticipate a fantastic new crop of Latino films in festivals, theatres, and broadcasts come 2012. We hope to see ALL of you at the April conference as we celebrate transformation, awakening, and a Universal City-style vision for us all.


Kathryn F. Galán
NALIP Executive Director

TEDxWashingtonHeights Featuring Latino Thought Leaders (NYC)

TEDxWashingtonHeights, a premiere event organized by NGLC and sponsored by Telemundo, is coming to New York City's The Hispanic Society of America on Monday, October 24, 2011. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Five dynamic Latino thought leaders combined with TEDTalks videos will be featured throughout the event that is intended spark deep discussion and connection among those who attend.

Similar to TED, an organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, each of the following TEDxWashingtonHeights speakers will be asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes.

* Maria Teresa Kumar (Executive Director & Co-Founder, Voto Latino)
* Flavio Morales (SVP, Programming & Production, mun2)
* Frances Negrón-Muntaner (PHD, Dir. Of Columbia University's Center of Ethnicity & Race)
* Juan Sepulveda (Director White House Initiative On Educational Excellence For Hispanics)
* Alisa Valdes Rodriguez (Best Selling Author, The Dirty Girls Social Club)

Known for featuring the world's leading thinkers and doers, TED speakers have included the likes of Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

"The NGLC is honored to have been given this opportunity to organize such a special event as TEDxWashingtonHeights which brings together an impressive line-up of speakers who believe in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. All with a passion for Latino culture," said David Chitel, NGLC Chairman and Founder.

"Telemundo is proud to be sponsoring TEDxWashingtonHeights. As a company we believe strongly in what the TED brand stands for, and subscribe to the concept of spreading dynamic ideas and thinking to affect change in the Hispanic media, marketing and entertainment worlds. This special event is a testament to the incredible thought leadership that exists in our community," said Jacqueline Hernandez, Telemundo COO.

TEDxWashingtonHeights is a half-day event hosted by The Hispanic Society of America located at 155th and Broadway in New York City. Registration begins at 1pm followed by the main event and cocktail reception. Attendance is limited to an intimate group of 100 people. $99 tickets are currently available online at For additional information about TEDx events visit

Kennedy Center Honors Locks Out Latino Artists for Ninth Consecutive Year

By Felix Sanchez, co-founder National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts

Last year, the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts (NHFA) and Being Latino, along with 18 other National Latino Organizations, wrote David Rubenstein, Chairman of the John F. Kennedy Center; Leslie Moonves, President and CEO of CBS; and Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg to express our disappointment with how few U.S. and international Latinos have ever received recognition by the Kennedy Center Honors. George Stevens, Jr., the creator and producer of the Kennedy Center Awards, currently serves as the Co-Chairman of the President's Committee on Arts and Humanities. This pattern and practice of categorically locking out Latinos from being honored by the Kennedy Center Honors is an embarrassment to the Kennedy name and the administration.

The Kennedy Center has now announced its 2011 honorees, and another year passes without a Latino being named to this prestigious American award. Since 1978, when the Kennedy Center Honors began, only two Latinos have received this recognition: Placido Domingo in 2000, and Chita Rivera in 2002. After 33 years, 165 artists have received the Kennedy Center's lifetime achievement award.

It is particularly regrettable that Rita Moreno was not named an honoree this year, despite the 50th Anniversary of West Side Story, for which Ms. Moreno won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. In addition to Ms. Moreno, below I have outlined the names of Latinos more than worthy of the Kennedy Center Award.

Literature: Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Sandra Cisneros, Nilo Cruz, Isabel Allende, Victor Villasenor, Oscar Hijuelos, Junot Diaz

Music: Julio Iglesias, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Jose Feliciano, Joan Baez, Carlos Santana, Linda Ronstadt, Willie Colon, Ruben Blades

Dance: Kenny Ortega, Amalia Hernandez, Priscilla Lopez, Jose Manuel Carreno

Actors/film/TV: Cristina Saralegui, Sonia Braga, Rita Moreno, Raquel Welch, Edward James Olmos, Antonio Banderas, Hector Elizondo, Luis Valdez, David Valdes, Gregory Nava, Pedro Almodovar

A number of current Latino performers would undoubtedly welcome the opportunity to pay tribute to the above-mentioned icons of the Latino community, including Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Jimmy Smits, Salma Hayek, Eva Longoria, Esai Morales, Sofia Vergara, Shakira, Christina Aguilera, George Lopez, Adam Rodriguez, Los Lobos, Los Tigres del Norte, Javier Bardem, Benicio del Toro, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Roberto Orci, Juanes, Penelope Cruz, John Leguizamo, Jessica Alba, Mario Lopez, Lynda Carter, America Ferrera, Rosie Perez, Eva Mendes, Fergie, Ricky Martin, Enrique Iglesias, Don Omar, Alejandro Fernandez, Juan Gabriel, Los Lonely Boys, Ozomatli and Luis Miguel, to name but a few.

The Kennedy family has a long history of working alongside the Latino community and valuing the contributions of the Latino community in building and strengthening our nation. From the moment the Latino community was first galvanized as a voting bloc in the 1960 presidential race electing John F. Kennedy as President of the United States, to the late '70s when Robert Kennedy worked with Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta and other Latino leaders during the civil rights movement, and most recently as the honorable Senator Edward Kennedy fought valiantly to his final days working on immigration reform and health care reform, the Kennedy family have been allies, partners and true friends to the Latino community. It's time for the Kennedy Center to carry forward the legacy of the family name extended in the Kennedy Center Honors by also acknowledging and including the artistic contributions made by both U.S. Latinos and international Latinos.

Rita Moreno On Her One Woman Show

Includes excerpts from an article by Lee Hernandez,

You might know Rita Moreno as Anita from West Side Story, the voice of Carmen Sandiego in the animated Fox show, Sister Pete in the HBO show Oz, or as the mega-performer who has won nearly every major award in the entertainment industry. This month, Moreno returns to the Berkeley Rep to star in a play about her own life - a life that includes a Tony, a Grammy, an Oscar, two Emmys, and a lifelong romance with manager Leonard Gordon. Life Without Makeup is the playwriting debut of Tony Taccone, the current artistic director of the Berkeley Rep and the man who commissioned Tony Kushner to write 1993's Pulitzer prize-winning play Angels In America.

During her spectacular career, Rita Moreno has portrayed some tough women, from Anita in West Side Story to Maria Callas in Master Class. Now this legendary performer takes on the toughest woman of all - herself. The star of stage and screen returns to Berkeley Rep for the first time since her sold-out run in The Glass Menagerie. Rita recounts her improbable life in an irreverent and entertaining new show that features a lively band and two expert dancers.

Written by Artistic Director Tony Taccone, developed by Rita Moreno and Tony Taccone, and staged by David Galligan, this spectacular production opened September 7, and runs through October 30.

"I am truly excited as I anticipate telling my story on the stage at Berkeley Rep," Moreno remarks. "Did I mention I'm terrified, happy, overwhelmed, ecstatic... so what's new, that's just me! It is great to be surrounded by such a supportive group of talented and dedicated people. I am amazed how Tony Taccone, the play's author, could fit 79 years of living into two hours yet capture the excitement, sadness, humor, surprise, and verve with which it was lived. Sharing my life in this place is fitting. After all, Berkeley is my port of call."

"It's fantastic to have Rita back on our stage," Taccone comments. "Her life story is both improbable and inspirational, so I've been trying to talk her into telling it for years. Once she embraced the idea, she threw herself into the task with the full measure of her talent and intelligence. The result is both entertaining and revealing - and it's particularly moving for anyone who was born into difficult circumstances and strives for more. As a writer, it's been great to work with such a skilled storyteller, and I'm sure our audience will be delighted by the result."

Sep 2 - Oct 30
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Rita Moreno has done it all. She's won an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy and a Tony, and she's already played the role of her dreams--the part of Norma Desmond in a London production of Sunset Boulevard..

Now, the 79-year-old Puerto Rican legend is ready to play the one role she's never played before: herself! "I'm going to play the great Rita Moreno!" declared the fierce actress, who on September 7th will world premiere her autobiographical one woman show, "Life Without Makeup," at the Tony-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre in Berkeley, California. The show, which is set to run through October 30th, will tell the story of Rita's personal and professional life--the good times and the bad.

During a phone conversation with last week, the astute and friendly Moreno spoke not only about her upcoming one woman show, but also about her interesting life, which serves as the inspiration for the theatrical memoir. She spoke candidly about what it was like growing up Puerto Rican at a time when Latinos weren't as accepted in America as we're today. She shared that when she was growing up, there wasn't a single Latino role model to look up to in Hollywood, which is why she wanted so badly to be accepted as an American. "First of all, you learn the language really well, as I did. And you try very hard to be thought of as an Americana," said Moreno.

The first Hispanic to ever win an Emmy also told us why she thinks more Latinos aren't winning awards at the Emmys and shared her thoughts on the career of fellow Puerto Rican actress, Jennifer Lopez.

On Her One Woman Show: "Essentially it's the story of a little girl who comes from another country. She's a foreigner and she finds out that it's not a good thing to be this particular kind of foreigner--which is Puerto Rican. She then goes on to spend too much of her life trying to be somebody she's not. It's about wanting to be someone else--because you've begun to believe that what you are is not good enough. It goes into all of my Hollywood experiences--some of which are hilarious and some of which are heartbreaking. I sing and I dance in the show, and I'm going to be 80 in December!" {Laughs}.

On Growing Up With No Latina Role Models: "My idol when I was a kid was Elizabeth Taylor. I had no role models from my own community--there was no such thing. Earlier on, there were people like Dolores Del Rio, but I was too young for that--that was before me. There was really nobody out there. So what do you do if you want to be in the business and there's nobody from your community? You pick the one that appears to be the most successful and the prettiest, and God knows Liz Taylor was certainly that!"

On Losing A Part of her "Latina" Self: "If you're in a business where Latinos only play Indian maidens and what I call "Conchita Lolita' parts--the little fiery spitfires--you do what you have to do. That's really what the story of my play is about--it's called "Life Without Makeup" for a very good reason--this is where I really talk about my life, I talk about how difficiult it was in Hollywood at the time for people like myself...I didn't lose it--it came back. But what you do is, you put it aside, and you hope that someday you'll be able to avail yourself of it again."

On the lack of Latino stars nominated for Emmys this year: "A lot of young Latino actors have said to me: 'Why can't we get an Oscar? Why can't we be nominated?' And the terrible truth is that if you don't get the right parts--you're not going to be. Are you going to get an Oscar nomination for one of those Judd Apatow movies? Not likely--no matter what nationality you are. And I think that until we as Latino actors get to do roles that have really serious meaning, it's going to be impossible to get nominated."

On Opportunities for Latinos in Hollywood: "As Ricardo Montalban once said--and I love him for saying this--he said, "the door is ajar." I love it because it means that it ain't wide open--it means you have to push it really hard to get it open."

On Jennifer Lopez: "I think Jennifer Lopez is a phenom. And as far as I'm concerned, she's really a very smart businesswoman. But she's not the same thing as...someone like Andy Garcia or Jimmy Smits--that's different. Jennifer has made a choice to do the kind of films that she thought would be popular and commercial, and that's perfectly fine. There's nothing wrong with that. Unhappily, they haven't had much success--which is really kind of peculiar in my way of thinking because she's such a HUGE star. It's crazy and it's kind of bizarre that her films haven't done that well. But you know what film I loved her in? The one she did with Marc Anthony--El Cantante. I thought she was fabulous in that! I also thought she was fabulous in that movie she made with George Clooney {Out of Sight}. But I think that maybe her choices have not been very wise.

On Whether J.Lo Deserved an Oscar nomination for El Cantante: "Oh absolutely! Absolutely! But you know, that {snub} would happen to someone who wasn't Latino also, because it was a very small movie. I wouldn't even call that any kind of bias or prejudice--the movie industry is pretty bizarre and if it's a little movie, I don't care how good you are--it ain't gonna happen. Am I right?"

On Her Latino Fans: "It means so much to me that my people--mi gente!--have affection for me and are proud of me. I can't tell you how often I run into people on the street or at the grocery store and they say, 'you put our names en alto!' That just knocks my socks off. Wow, me? I suppose that in the final analysis what has kept me going for years is that I am a stubborn person. As scared as I can be and as shy as I can get, it always amazes me. I've never looked at my background on Youtube or Google, but friends of mine have and they've said, "My God, I had no idea you had done that much work!' I have no interest at looking at that. I don't know why, but I don't. Maybe it's because I don't need to be reassured.

On her Dream Role in Hollywood: I've done it. I did it on stage. I played Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard in London and it was extraordinary. And now I'm going to play the great Rita Moreno! {Laughs}. It's terrifying and exciting!

  NBC Preps for First ALMA Broadcast
(Multichannel News) - Contrary to what George Lopez wants you to believe, "ALMA" is not an acronym for "A Lot of Mexican-Americans." In fact, ALMA is Spanish for "soul" and also the acronym for the upcoming American Latino Media Awards, honoring Hispanics in Hollywood; it will air on NBC on Friday, Sept. 16. FULL STORY

Comcast Introduces Multiplatform Hispanic Film Festival
(BusinessWire) - In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Comcast is offering its first-ever multiplatform Hispanic Film Festival, featuring 20 Spanish-language award-winning and independent films from Latin America and Spain on Xfinity. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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Low Budget Sci-Fi, Thriller, or Action/Adventure Scripts
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ALMA Awards: Friday at 8/7C on NBC

Don't miss the 2011 NCLR ALMA Awards, a one-of-a-kind celebrate of Latinos in television, film, and music! Airing this Friday, Sept. 16 at 8:00pm Eastern on NBC.

Jaime Escallon-Buraglia, Eren McGinnis, Ari Palos
NALIPsters' doc Arizona SB 1070: La Ley del Miedo airing on Discovery en Español

Starting September 18 Discovery en Español will premiere five of its most anticipated original productions during the popular Discovery Presenta block every Sunday. Leading the way is SB 1070: La Ley del Miedo, a documentary by NALIP members Jaime Escallon-Buraglia (LWL 2007), Eren McGinnis (LPA 2003) and Ari Palos (DYD Mentor). The show will air on Sunday, Sept. 18 at 9:00pm E/P.

Synopsis: La Ley del Miedo is a riveting documentary that takes an in-depth look at Arizona's controversial SB 1070 and the continuing fallout from this bill a year later. La Ley del Miedo provides viewers with a 360-degree look at a debate that has torn U.S. citizens apart from those who argue for compassion to those who prefer stricter enforcement. This impactful special focuses on the lives of those who are caught in the crosshairs, from the very real drama being lived by illegal immigrants and their families, to law enforcement agents, to everyday American citizens who are living in fear on the border.

Jaime Escallon-Buraglia also directed another documentary airing on Discovery en Español later this month. Operacion Sodoma: La Caida del Mono Jojoy can be seen on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 9:00pm E/P.

Discovery en Espanol brings viewers face to face with one of the most daring rescue missions of the past decade, with a dramatic reconstruction of the military raid organized by the National Army of Colombia to find and kill top rebel commander of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of that country (FARC) Jorge Briceno Suarez, aka Mono Jojoy, on September 22nd, 2010. Sodoma was a joint effort between the Police, the Army and the Air Force in the Macarena mountain range in the department of Meta in Colombia.

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NALIPster's feature screening at two Bay Area fests

NALIP member Alysa Nahmias co-directed and produced the critically acclaimed documentary Unfinished Spaces, which will screen at two festivals in the Bay Area this month:

AIA San Francisco Architecture and the City Festival
Sept. 21 @ 5:30pm
Free, registration required.

Santa Rosa Int. Film Festival
Sept. 19 @ 6:15pm - Deerfield Ranch Winery
Sept. 20 @ 4:30pm - Summerfield Cinemas


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