Latinos In The Industry

12th Annual New York International Latino Film Festival Winners Announced

The HBO New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) presented its 2011 awards at a ceremony on Sunday August 21. NYILFF presented over 100 features, documentaries and short films in English and Spanish, reflecting America's cultural diversity as well as the global urban experience.

2011 NYILFF Winners

Director/Writer: Aaron Burns
Producers: Elizabeth Avelln, Aaron Burns, Sandra Condito, Andy Kleinman, Carlos Rincones
Cast: Dona Dye, Jeff Fahey, Austin Marshall, Devyn Raye, Michelle Rodriguez, Tiger Sheu, Danny Trejo

A coming of age story reflective of our cynical times, Blacktino gives an honest -- and hilarious -- depiction of high school life as seen through the imaginative eyes of a bi-racial computer nerd. Presented by HBO. Winner receives $1,000 and an Avid Media Composer 5.5 worth $2,295.

Judges Statement:
This year's festival was especially strong. All the films were directed beautifully. The jury has chosen this year's best director because of his unique voice and execution of a quirky yet evocative story. Films that make us laugh rarely get recognized during award ceremonies. We want to make sure that we encourage filmmakers to explore their unique voice no matter how serious, funny, scary, or quirky it is. We present this year's award for best director to Aaron Burns for Blacktino.

99 MIN.
Director/Writer: Jasmine McGlade Chazelle
Producers: Jasmine McGlade Chazelle, Jennifer Glynn, Tiana Matthews
Cast: Karen Black, Lauren Fales, Judy Marte, Brian Reiger

Reeling from her mother's death, and filled with resentment over her father's mistakes, Ana feels disconnected from everyone around her - and herself. As she finds an unlikely friend and confidante, Ana finds herself in an emotionally complex relationship that reveals some uncomfortable truths about herself as well. Presented by HBO. Winner receives $1,000 and an Avid Media Composer 5.5 worth $2,295.

96 Min/CHILE
Director: Macarena Aguil Marchi , Susana Foxley

At the end of the 1970's, the militants of MIR, exiled in Europe, decided to return to Chile in order to support the fight against the Pinochet dictatorship. Many had children they were forced to leave behind. It was then that the idea of a community center to shelter these children was born. Project Home gathered 60 kids who were left in the care of people who assumed the responsibility of their upbringing for years to come. This is their remarkable story. Presented by CNN. Winner receives $1,000.

Judges Statement:
On behalf of the 2011 Documentary Jury at the New York International Latino Film Festival, congratulations all the filmmakers for their tremendous accomplishments! We're pleased to announce that the winner of the Best Documentary Award goes to "The Chilean Building" (El Edificio de los Chilenos), directed by Macarena Aguilo and Susana Foxley. This remarkable film, about children left in communal care overseas while their militant parents fought against the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile, impressed us with its meticulous research and fascinating, informative interviews. "The Chilean Building" brings heartfelt, personal and political characters from the historical world to life onscreen, and makes a significant contribution to the historical record. We all thought about the film long after it ended and we look forward to seeing more films by these gifted filmmakers in the future.

Director/Writer: Hernan Jimenez
Producers: Manuel Granda, Hernan Jimenez and Amanda Pham
Cast: Andre Boxwill, Luis Fernando Gomez, Barbara Jimenez, Hernan Jimenez

After a decade of living in New York, 30-year-old Antonio returns to his native Costa Rica for a short visit. When events force him to stay, he is confronted with everything he has desperately struggled to put in the past. Presented by El Diario-La Prensa. Winner receives $1,000.

10 Min/CHILE
Director: Maria Jose San Martin

Elisa and Manuela have lived together for five years, but now they must separate. On their last morning together, they will pass through emotions of love, anger, guilt, joy and punishment, as they try to capture the last fragments of their relationship before it dissolves forever. Presented by Sprint. Winner receives $1,000.

Judges Statement:
It's hard to deny the power of La Ducha, directed by Maria Jose San Martin. In one complete shot the story about the end of a relationship had us spellbound. Because of the film's clear and precise direction shot all in one room executed by phenomenal actors, La Ducha exceeded as the best short film---hands down.

Call for Submissions: NALAC Fund for the Arts

The NALAC Fund for the Arts (NFA) is a national grant program which provides financial support to U.S.-based Latino working artists and ensembles and small and mid-sized Latino arts organizations that demonstrate creative and artistic excellence in communities across the country. Now in its seventh year, the NFA has awarded nearly $1 million to artists and organizations representing every discipline and region of the country.

The NALAC Fund for the Arts is designed to help Latino artists and Latino arts and cultural organizations develop their creative capacity and make lasting contributions to their communities and to society as a whole. Latino artists and arts organizations are often at the forefront of social change and have made significant contributions to social justice efforts. The NFA supports this work and serves as a catalyst for innovation in the Latino arts field, providing Latino artists and Latino arts organizations with critical funding to assist in their development.

Deadline: September 24, 2011
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Deadline Approaching: Transnational Cultural Remittances Grant

The Transnational Cultural Remittances (TCR) program is a competitive grant program available to individuals, collectives and community-based organizations in the United States, Mexico and Central America that are engaged in the practical exchange and sharing of culture through transnational artistic connections developed and maintained between linked communities in two or more of the following countries: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and the United States. Artists, collectives and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in any of these countries may apply for projects taking place between December 15, 2011 and December 15, 2012.

Deadline: September 2, 2011
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Deadline Approaching: NEA Arts in Media Grant

Grants are available to support the development, production, and national distribution of innovative media projects about the arts (e.g., visual arts, music, dance, literature, design, theater, musical theater, opera, folk & traditional arts, and media arts including film, audio, animation, and digital art) and media projects that can be considered works of art. Grants generally range from $10,000 to $200,000.

Deadline: September 1, 2011
For more information, please visit the NEA website at:

NALIP Discount for IFP Filmmaker Conference

Last issue's announcement about IFP's five-day Independent Filmmaker Conference failed to mention that NALIP members receive a special discount to attend the conference. Simply select Org NALIP from the drop down menu when purchasing a conference pass, to receive the special IFP member discount. The conference will be held from September 18-22 in New York City.

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Hector Galan & Nancy De Los Santos
NALIP mentors' films screening at Smithsonian Latino Center

Join the Smithsonian Latino Center and Latino Public Broadcasting for a three-part documentary series presented in connection with the exhibition "American Sabor: Latinos is U.S. Popular Music" currently on view in the Smithsonian's International Gallery in the Ripley Center.

American Sabor Matinee Series, Pt.1 features the screening of Accordion Dreams by NALIP mentor and founding member Hector Galan and Lalo Guerrero: The Original Chicano by Dan Guerrero and NALIP mentor and founding member Nancy De Los Santos. The program will be held on Saturday, August 27 from 2pm-4pm at Lecture Hall, S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW Washington, DC. Free and open to the public. Doors open 30 minutes before the show. Click here for more information.

Accordion Dreams
Producer: Hector Galan
Documentary/60 minutes

Accordion Dreams is a musical journey into the heart and soul of conjunto, a unique musical tradition born in the 19th century that continues to thrive today. Conjunto, like jazz, blues, and rock and roll, is a distinct American musical genre that has had a major impact on the Mexican American community of the United states and one that is gaining fans around the world. From its early German origins and humble beginnings at the turn of the 19th century in South Texas, Accordion Dreams showcases period recordings as well as rare archival footage and photographs of the distinguished pioneers.

From lively polkas to smooth waltzes, Accordion Dreams captures an exhilarating musical style that is rapidly gaining fans worldwide. This program looks at today's young rebel accordionists who have expanded this musical style to the fringes of rock, blues, and pop, while paying homage to its pioneers.

Lalo Guerrero: The Original Chicano
Producers: Dan Guerrero/Nancy De Los Santos
Documentary/60 Minutes

Lalo Guerrero: The Original Chicano is an hour long documentary that celebrates the life and career of Lalo Guerrero, while documenting the contemporary history of Mexican Americans through his music. Taped interviews with Linda Ronstadt, Paul Rodriguez, Edward James Olmos, Ry Cooder, UFW co-founder Dolores Huerta, Cheech Marin and others, will describe the influence and impact of Lalo's music from a personal and professional point of view.

Taped re-enactments and historic news footage illustrate the times he lived and the music he wrote. Lalo, himself, tells his story as no one else can - with insight and humor. Rare photographs from the Guerrero Family Trust and clips of both television and live performances complete the tapestry.

Richard Martinez
Doc scored by NALIP mentor screening in Pleasantville, NY

The documentary From The Ground Up, scored by NALIP mentor Richard Martinez, is screening at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, NY on Sept. 8 at 5:15pm. This event is free and open to the public, RSVP to this email required.

On Sept. 11, 2001, 343 New York City firefighters died in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Most were husbands. From the Ground Up is the story of their widows, forced to mourn their losses and attempt to make sense of the madness while the world watched. Focusing on five brave women-including Pleasantville resident Andrea Garbarini-the film shows us how they emerged from grief to make a difference in the world.


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