Latinos In The Industry

INDUSTRY INSIGHTS: 10 Tips on Goal Setting

By Suzanne Lyons, Co-Founder of Snowfall Films, Inc., Windchill Films, Inc. the Flash Forward Institute, and an LPA Mentor, with over 25 years experience in television and film.

1) THE BIG PICTURE: There is something very powerful and freeing about looking at where you are in the future before you start to look at your yearly and monthly goals. You get to have it be any way you want. It's the future and there is no past to influence it in any way. There are no rules, no restrictions. In the Flash Forward workshop I always start with this exercise and I tell the participants that the big picture is like being in a candy store where you can have anything you want. I suggest you look way way out in the future... 25, 30 or 35 years out and list the highlights of the outstanding career and life you've had. What contribution have you made to our industry?

2) 5 YEAR VISION: Moving back in time from your 25 or 35 years out in the future look to see where you are in five years. List those accomplishments. You are welcome to include your personal life here as well. What are you most proud of? What are some of the achievements that have happened at the five year point? Given where you are 25 years from now, where are you in five years. Also, take a look at this great question... who would you need to be in five years to fulfill on who you are in 25 years. Be bold here. Really play big.


Call for Entries: Hollywood Shorts

Hollywood Shorts is currently accepting submissions for our monthly industry short film screening series. We are programming our 14th year of our year round film fest, focusing on shorts and animation showcasing the outstanding talent of emerging filmmakers and their creative teams from around the globe. Our screenings are held at Dim Mak Studios (formerly Cinespace) - the movie lounge right in the heart of Hollywood. We continue our popular industry screening series with brand-new short films, music videos, webseries, documentaries & animation. Our signature programming celebrates award - winning films from festivals around the world, breakout new filmmakers and premiere screenings of our alumni filmmakers. Season 14 kicks off Oct. 2011.

Submission Deadline: July 15, 2011
Entry Form:

Call for Entries: The Indie Fest

The Indie Fest is an independent, top-tier international film awards competition. Our goal is to help independent filmmakers gain publicity and, when appropriate, exposure to distributors. Each year: $1000 cash prize, in-kind $1500 production studio opportunity, inkind $10,100 post production opportunity, and humanitarian award.

Please take a look at the Indie Fest website,, so you'll better understand the Competition. On the website you'll find lots of original content of interest to independent filmmakers including articles about indie-friendly distributors.

Deadline: July 29, 2011
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L.A. Events: How to Effectively Use a Casting Director & Hollywood Networking Breakfast

Two upcoming events for filmmakers in Los Angeles are coming up, with discount information below: (1) "How to Effectively Use a Casting Director" with top casting directors, Megan Foley and Chuck Marra. (2) The Hollywood Networking Breakfast with Richard Gladstein (Finding Neverland, etc.) and

Event #1: How to Effectively Use a Casting Director

Saturday, July 23 from 2:00-4:30pm

Pick a casting director's brain. Specifically for: Directors - Producers - Writers - Independent Filmmakers & Casting Directors -- with Tips for Actors (all others welcome).

Megan Foley & Chuck Marra
Award-winning, veteran casting directors, Megan Foley and Chuck Marra are two of the most sought-after casting directors for independent features, short films, television, theater and commercials in Hollywood. Full bios here.

Women Helping Women Members: FREE
Non-WHW Members from this list: Click here to register with a 15% DISCOUNT off the $45 rate - pay only $38.25

Event #2: Hollywood Networking Breakfast with Richard Gladstein

Richard Gladstein is Founder & President of Film Colony. Credits include: Finding Neverland, Bourne Identity, Killshot, Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, Nanny Diaries, Cider House Rules, She's All That, and Hurlyburly, among others.

Thursday, July 28, 2011 from 8:00-10:30am

First-time attendees only from this list: Get $3 DISCOUNT off the $40 on-time reservation price, pay only $37 (full breakfast) - mail-in only. Discount unavailable online.

  Mexican Stars Chasing the Hollywood Dream
(Los Angeles Times) - A few years ago, Eugenio Derbez, Mexico's most popular comic actor, got some well-meaning advice from a Hollywood executive that still makes him smile. "He told me, 'You should try comedy, because I think you have a lot of potential,' " recalled Derbez. FULL STORY

Director Chris Weitz on 'A Better Life'
(CBS News) - CBS News correspondent Russ Mitchell met up with director Chris Weitz ("American Pie," "New Moon") in East L.A. to discuss his new film, "A Better Life." FULL STORY

'Mad Men,' 'Modern Family' to Defend Emmy Wins
(Reuters) - Stylish 1960s advertising drama "Mad Men" and mockumentary comedy "Modern Family" will vie again for the top prizes at the 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards in a field packed with newcomers and veteran actors in new roles. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Writer for Nuyorican Iraq War Feature
Independent production company looking for interested writers to discuss an independent feature project with a Nuyorican hero's story that spans the Iraq War, to the capture of Saddam Hussein, to carrying home the burdens of PTSD and the killing fields, to war torn life and love in the West Bronx. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

From the Editor
Alex Mendoza
Alex Mendoza & Associates
AMARTE Design & Digital Printing
9513 Longden Avenue
Temple City, CA 91780

1323 Lincoln Blvd., #220
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Almudena Carracedo
NALIPster's new project receives development funding

Director and NALIP member Almudena Carracedo (LPA 2004, Estela winner) and producer Robert Bahar received development funding from the Catapult Film Fund for their new project, The Silence of Others.

The Silence of Others will tell the stories of tens of thousands of children stolen during - and after - Franco's dictatorship in Spain as, for the first time in 2011, they search for loved ones and attempt to confront the perpetrators. Their stories, interwoven with the delicate memories of the filmmaker growing up in Spain during its transition to democracy, will reveal the long shadows still cast by the dictatorship, more than three decades later.

Their previous film, Made in L.A., premiered on PBS' POV series and garnered numerous awards, including an Emmy, the Henry Hampton Award, the Hillman Prize for Broadcast Journalism and the Impact Award from the National Hispanic Media Coalition. Almudena is a 2010 United States Artists Prudential Fellow and the recipient of the 2008 Estela Award from NALIP.

Showtime's "Dexter" at LALIFF

The WGAW Latino Writers Committee invites you to an intimate talk with the Latinos in front and behind the camera for the Showtime series "Dexter." Executive producer and writer Manny Coto, and actors Lauren Velez and David Zayas, who help give "Dexter" its authentic Latin sabor. The panel will be moderated by Oscar Garza.

Saturday, July 23
Arena Stage
1625 North Las Palmas Ave.
Hollywood, CA 90028

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