Latinos In The Industry

NALIP Welcomes 31 Fellows to the Ninth LPA, Aug. 9-19 in Santa Fe, New Mexico

In its ninth year, the National Association of Latino Independent Producers' Latino Producers Academy has selected 24 Documentary Fellows and 7 Feature Fellows from 6 states, Guatemala, Costa Rica and London. The LPA is funded through the generous support of HBO, cpb, The Rockefeller Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, Univision, The Walt Disney Company, The Fledging Fund, Southwest, and HFPA. The LPA is a 10-day intensive residential program designed to develop the skills, projects and relationships of select Latino documentary and narrative producers with projects in development, production or post-production, and for the fourth year we are happy to return to Santa Fe, New Mexico.

2011 Documentary Fellows are: Jenny Alexander (Maiden, MA) The Vigil/La Vigilia, Betty Bastidas (Brooklyn, NY) and Maia Monasterios (Brooklyn, NY) Dreamtown, Arisleyda Dilone (Jersey City, NJ) Returning to the Dominican Republic, Miguel Najera (Los Angeles, CA) and Gabriela Estrada (Los Angeles, CA) Felix, Monika Navarro (Guatemala) Abdi and Bolota, Federico Reade (Albuquerque, NM) American Blowback: NM Black Berets, Sandra Salas (Berkeley, CA) Recovering Irma, Camilo Silva (Los Angeles, CA) After 68, Nicole Karsin (Los Angeles, CA) and Cristina Malavienda (Los Angeles, CA) We Women Warriors, Gabriela Jerez (Jackson Heights, NY) and Adrian Manzano (Jackson Heights, NY) Cumbia York, Jenni Monet (Brooklyn, NY) and Dax Thomas (Casa Blanca, NM) The Untitled Kivalina Documentary, Gloria Moran (San Francisco, CA) and Jesus Rosales (Pasadena, CA) The Unique Ladies, Richard Ray Perez (Los Angeles, CA) and Hashem Selph (Los Angeles, CA) Cesar's Last Fast, Sophie Rousmaniere (Santa Fe, NM) and Jay Minton (Santa Fe, CA) Yellow Fever.

2011 Feature Fellows are: Julia Grob (Brooklyn NY) East Willy B, Nina Juliano (Santa Monica, CA) Sicilia, Lizbett Perez (New York, NY) Act Your Age, Jesse Quinones (London) Callused Hands, Elizabeth Ai (Los Angeles, CA) The Idea of Time, Erika Bagnarello (Costa Rica) January First, and Jessica Montalvo (Ft. Huachuca, AZ) Animas.

Kenny Ortega To Direct Dirty Dancing Remake

By Jeff Sneider, Variety

Lionsgate has tapped "High School Musical" helmer Kenny Ortega to direct its remake of "Dirty Dancing," the 1987 romance pic for which he choreographed stars Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. Ortega and Debra Martin Chase ("The Princess Diaries") will produce the pic, which is a modernization that will incorporate songs from the original, as well as classic songs from the 1960s and new compositions.

Story chronicles a teen girl's forbidden romance with a dancer.

"The opportunity to direct 'Dirty Dancing' is like returning home for me," said Ortega. "Growing up in the '60s on the dance floor helped define me as a person and as an artist. I am looking forward to assembling a great creative team and an exciting cast to bring 'Dirty Dancing' to the screen for a new generation."

"Patrick Swayze set the bar for men dancing in the movies as Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire did before him," added Ortega, who also thanked Bergstein "for originally choosing me to choreograph 'Dirty Dancing' and for her continuous support."

"The fans remain legion and engaged more than ever with a brand that is special and vital to them," said Lionsgate prexy Joe Drake.

"This remake of Dirty Dancing presents an exciting opportunity to both celebrate what has made this movie so beloved and refresh and enhance it so that new audiences can claim it as their own," said Chase.

Ortega, who helmed two episodes of the 1988 "Dirty Dancing" TV series, last directed Sony's Michael Jackson pic "This Is It," which grossed more than $260 million worldwide.

Eleanor Bergstein, the writer and co-producer of the original film, is in discussions with Lionsgate to be involved in the remake in a producer capacity. Lionsgate's Alli Shearmur will oversee the project for the studio.

Ortega is repped by Paradigm, McDonald/Selznick Associates and attorney Steve Warren, while Chase is repped by attorney Michael Gendler. Lionsgate's Rob McEntegart negotiated their deals on behalf of the studio.

Cristina Saralegui Finds New Home at Telemundo

By Julio Martinez, Latin Heat Online

Cuban-American talk show host Cristina Saralegui, who for 21 years was a mainstay of the Spanish language network Univision, garnering 12 Emmys along the way, is being introduced at the NBC/Universal portion of the Television Critics Association (TCA) as the producer/host of "Pa'lante con Cristina" ("Moving Forward with Cristina"), a two-hour primetime series, scheduled to air Sundays, beginning this fall.

The former editor-in-chief of Latin American Cosmopolitan is not only anxious to talk to this roomful of English-speaking TV scribes, she has brought along a show-and-tell. She waves a cucumber as she beams out a cheerful, "Hi there."

Pointing the tubular vegetable upward, she declares, "I'm probably the only person here that brought a prop. This has got a story attached to it. On an episode of my former show, a gynecologist friend of mine, Dr. Alisa Luces and I showed how to use a condom on national television for the first time. Why? Because I got letters from little boys who did not know how or when to use this 'pepino.' Little girls would write and ask, 'Can you get pregnant through your clothing?' I believe nothing is taboo if it truly helps people. And that's the kind of television I want to continue to do. I am so grateful to Telemundo for giving me a home so I don't have to live under a bridge after 21 years."

Actually, Telemundo, a division of NBCUniversal, has big plans for Cristina's new program. As to be expected, the show will cover topics, issues and personalities making headlines, promising to unleash big exclusives, candid celebrity interviews and live musical performances while keeping its star connected in Spanish and English with fans through social media platforms as well as through In coordination with her fall debut of the television show, National Latino Broadcasting is launching The Cristina Channel, a 24/7 radio network for Sirius XM.

When the members of TCA begin asking Saralegui questions, there is a natural curiosity about this lady's colorful, if not always smooth climb to the top of her profession, which many journalists liken to Oprah's. One journalist asks what was the most difficult aspect of her journey. "Well, when I started doing TV in 1989, the first thing my boss, who's Chilean, told me is that I had to get a coach to get rid of my accent. And I told him, 'No, I'm not going to get rid of my accent because Julio Iglesias speaks his Spanish from Spain, and Don Francisco speaks Chilean. I'm Cuban, and Caribbeans speak like I speak.'

"I told him, my parents brought me to this country so I could have freedom of speech in my accent. So, if that's a condition, I stay in the magazine world (Cosmopolitan).

That was really hard because I really needed the money. And he understood. And thanks to him, I joined Univision. And thanks to Univision and all the years they put up with this big mouth that does not have a connection with a brain, I am now with Telemundo. So that was the hardest.

Also, having small kids and having to eat a sandwich in the car while I was doing all the freelance work in the world was hard. Now, I want to enjoy what I have earned and I hope you will enjoy me. By the way, the show will be like me, in Spanglish, because it is not scripted. It's whatever comes to mind. And when necessary, there will be captions. I truly want to capture an English speaking audience as well as Spanish only viewers."

Call for Entries: Boston Latino International Film Festival

The Boston Latino International Film Festival (BLIFF) is pleased to announce the call for entries for feature films, documentaries, and shorts. Submission forms can be downloaded from, or by submitting on Withoutabox directly. BLIFF's 10th annual festival will take place on November 2011.

Deadlines to submit U.S. and International films for the 2011 Boston Latino International Film Festival are:

REGULAR DEADLINE: September 24, 2011
LATE DEADLINE: September 30, 2011

Completed (screeners) U.S. and international films may be submitted and must arrive in office by for early consideration and a reduced submission fee by August 20.

The submission link and complete information regarding eligibility and entry rules for the 2011 Boston Latino International Film Festival are available on the BLIFF website at

Call for Submissions: SAG Foundation Short Film Showcase (NYC)

The SAG Foundation launches year three of its short film showcase on October 3rd. This event is presented three times a year, in New York. The showcase is not a competition, so it does not infringe on festival rules that require exclusivity.

All submissions must be produced under a SAG contract, and must not be more than fifteen minutes in length. We are open to all types of cinematic expression.

There is no submission fee, nor is there is no charge to attend the event which includes a Q+A with the filmmakers, as well as networking opportunities.

The deadline for the upcoming presentation is August 24, 2011. Entries received after that date will be placed in consideration for the January 2012 showcase.

For more information please send an email to:

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The Top Grossing Directorial Debuts of All-Time
(indieWIRE) - Today, we're taking a look at the track record of directorial debuts, in honor of a trio of opening films: Rashaad Ernesto Green's "Gun Hill Road," Larysa Kondracki's "The Whistleblower," and Evan Glodell's "Bellflower." FULL STORY

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Openings at PBS (Arlington, VA)
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Rashaad Ernesto Green
NALIPster's film Gun Hill Road takes #1 indie box office slot

Grassroots marketing, Facebook postings and tweets have helped boost director and NALIP member Rashaad Ernesto Green's Gun Hill Road, a story of a family in transition, to the top of the indie box office charts.

Gun Hill Road which had its initial roll-out on three screens in New York (Angelika Film Center and AMC Empire 25 in Manhattan and the AMC Bay Plaza Cinemas in the Bronx) had an outstanding first weekend, playing to sold out houses and averaging $12,600 per-screen, for a total of $37,800, landing it in the number one indie spot, according to Rentrak, an entertainment measuring media company.

The story, based one of Rashaad's family members, is about a young man exploring his sexuality in an intolerant and judgmental world and his exploration's impact on his father who returns from prison to find his son's new life unacceptable.

Gun Hill Road was a finalist for the esteemed Jury Award at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and played at festivals globally in Spring 2011.

The star power of Esai Morales (La Bamba, Caprica) and Judy Reyes (Scrubs), and powerful and rave reviews of Harmony Santana, have played an important part in getting audiences to support the film.

The film expands to the AMC Stony Brook 17 in Stony Brook, NY and three theaters in California the AMC in Burbank and Santa Monica; the Laemmle Sunset 5 in West Hollywood and the Regal University 6 in Irvine. To request the film in a theater near you and for more information on how you can hellp spread the word on this film go to

Gayla Jamison
NALIPster's film In Our Son's Name to air in September

Al Jazeera English has picked up a half-hour version of NALIP member Gayla Jamison's documentary, In Our Son's Name, to air September 6-11 as part of their award-winning series, "Witness."
The airing is a direct result of Gayla's participation in NALIP's Latino Media Market in 2010. Al Jazeera English channels reach millions of viewers in the Middle East, North Africa, UK, Canada and Australia. US viewers may find the film on LinkTV.

In Our Sons Name is an intimate portrait of Phyllis and Orlando Rodriguez, whose son's death in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, leads them to question conventional ideas of justice and retribution. Their quest for healing crosses cultural, religious and national boundaries as they speak out against war in Afghanistan and Iraq, support the defense of Zacarias Moussaoui convicted of conspiracy in the attack, and befriend Moussaouis mother, Acha el-Wafi. This powerful story of personal courage challenges conventional concepts of justice and healing in the aftermath of violence.

In the NYC area Al Jazeera is carried on Time Warner Cable Channel 92, and in the Washington, DC , area on Comcast Channel 275, Cox Channel 474 and Verizon FIOS Channel 457. The program will be available streaming on the Al Jazeera English website.

Viewers may also find the film on LinkTV, premiering September 11. LinkTV can be viewed on Channel 375 on DirecTV and Channel 9410 on Dish Network, as well as on a number of cable channels around the country that may be found by visiting here. For the LinkTV program schedule check airtimes online here. Viewers may also find the film online here.

Gayla would like to recognize and thank our major funders, the Catholic Communication Campaign and Sarah Peter, and thank all of you who have supported the film in so many ways.

Cristina Kotz Cornejo
NALIPster's film screening at NYILFF and Montreal World Film Fest

Writer/director and NALIP member Cristina Kotz Cornejo's (LWL 2004) short film Despertar will be screening at the New York International Latino Film Festival and the Montreal World Film Festival in August.

Synopsis: Rosa, a domestic worker in Mexico City, is at a crossroads in her relationship, her job - and her life.

NYILFF screenings:
Wed., Aug. 17 @ 3:00pm
Thurs., Aug. 18 @ 3:30pm
Details online here


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