Latinos In The Industry

2011 ALMA Awards Nominees Announced

The nominees for the 2011 NCLR (National Council of La Raza) ALMA Awards were revealed today along with details for "Vote Your Way to VIP," a new online voting system and contest. For the first time, fans will be able to vote for their favorites and the winners will be revealed during the one-hour primetime special airing Friday, September 16 from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. EDT on NBC.

Nominees include Jessica Alba, Christina Aguilera, Antonio Banderas, Cameron Diaz, Selena Gomez, Jennifer Lopez, Sofia Vergara, Bruno Mars, Ricky Martin, Pitbull, and more.

The NCLR ALMA Awards show is dedicated to honoring the spirit and accomplishments of some of the most prolific Latinos in the entertainment industry, spanning music, television, and film. Co-hosted by Eva Longoria and George Lopez, the telecast will celebrate the entertainers who have upheld and promoted a socially proactive image of Hispanic culture in today's media.

The nominees are:

Favorite Movie Actor
• Antonio Banderas—You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger
• Demián Bichir—A Better Life
• Bobby Cannavale—Win Win
• Michael Peña—Battle: Los Angeles
• Danny Trejo—Machete

Favorite Movie Actress—Drama/Adventure
• Jessica Alba—Machete
• Penelope Cruz—Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
• Rosario Dawson—Unstoppable
• Michelle Rodriguez—Battle: Los Angeles
• Zoë Saldana—Takers

Favorite Movie Actress—Comedy/Musical
• Christina Aguilera—Burlesque
• Cameron Diaz—Bad Teacher
• Selena Gomez—Monte Carlo
• Eva Mendes—The Other Guys
• Alexa Vega—From Prada to Nada

Favorite TV Series
• CSI: Miami (CBS)
• Desperate Housewives (ABC)
• Modern Family (ABC)
• Wizards of Waverly Place (Disney Channel)

Favorite TV Reality, Variety, or Comedy Personality or Act
• Christina Aguilera—The Voice (NBC)
• George Lopez—Lopez Tonight (TBS)
• Jennifer Lopez—American Idol (FOX)
• Mario Lopez—Mario Lopez: Saved By the Baby (VH1)
• Cesar Millan—Dog Whisperer With Cesar Millan (National Geographic Channel)

Favorite TV Actor—Leading Role
• Ricardo Chavira—Desperate Housewives (ABC)
• Ian Gomez—Cougar Town (ABC)
• Joshua Gomez—Chuck (NBC)
• James Roday—Psych (USA Network)
• Adam Rodriguez—CSI: Miami (CBS)

Favorite TV Actor—Supporting Role
• Oscar Nuñez—The Office (NBC)
• Rico Rodriguez—Modern Family (ABC)
• Michael Trevino—The Vampire Diaries (CW)
• Tristan Wilds—90210 (CW)
• David Zayas—Dexter (Showtime)

Favorite TV Actress—Leading Role in a Drama
• Cote de Pablo—NCIS (CBS)
• Eva La Rue—CSI: Miami (CBS)
• Francia Raisa—The Secret Life of the American Teenager (ABC Family)
• Sara Ramirez—Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
• Sarah Shahi—Fairly Legal (USA Network)

Favorite TV Actress—Leading Role in a Comedy
• Selena Gomez—Wizards of Waverly Place (Disney Channel)
• Victoria Justice—Victorious (Nickelodeon)
• Demi Lovato—Sonny With a Chance (Disney Channel)
• Naya Rivera—Glee (FOX)
• Sofía Vergara—Modern Family (ABC)

Favorite TV Actress—Supporting Role
• Maria Canals-Barrera—Wizards of Waverly Place (Disney Channel)
• Constance Marie—Switched at Birth (ABC Family)
• Aubrey Plaza—Parks and Recreation (NBC)
• Sarah Ramos—Parenthood (NBC)
• Lauren Vélez—Dexter (Showtime)

Favorite Male Music Artist
• Taio Cruz
• Enrique Iglesias
• Bruno Mars
• Ricky Martin
• Pitbull

Favorite Female Music Artist
• Christina Aguilera
• Selena Gomez
• Jennifer Lopez
• Naya Rivera
• Shakira

With the new online voting system, fans will now have the power to drive in enough votes to see their favorite stars, musical performers, and shows receive the recognition and prestige that have become hallmarks of the famed awards show. Additionally, with the "Vote Your Way to VIP" contest, fans who cast their votes will get the chance to win a VIP experience for two including airfare, hotel, VIP tickets to the show, and an invitation to the VIP Post-Party. To vote, please go to On August 22, 2011, the Favorite Movie Category will be added to the voting form. All voting ends on September 5, 2011.

INDUSTRY INSIGHTS: Why James Schamus Believes There's a Business in Very Low-Budget Features

By Brian Brooks, indieWIRE

In May, Focus launched the first annual Story Camp. Conceived by Focus CEO James Schamus, Story Camp is designed to bring something rarely seen to Focus' development slate: Filmmakers with projects budgeted under $1 million. There's no application process or specific qualifications; participation is by invitation only.

Similar to Focus' four-year-old short films initiative, Africa First, Story Camp is a three-day laboratory and workshop for six emerging filmmakers and producers.

Story Camp's inaugural filmmakers and projects are writer/director (and Africa First alumna) Jenna Bass with her Cape Town-set supernatural tale "Tok Tokkie," writer/director Damien Chazelle and his L.A.-set musical romance "So Long, Jupiter," writer/director Janus Metz with an untitled NYC-set thriller of sexual identity; writer/director Daniel Mulloy and immigrant drama "A Cold Day," writer/director Sasie Sealy, with her online-themed thriller "SarahN_12"; and the U.K.-set youth gang drama "Grass," written by Malachi Smyth and to be directed by Tom Green.

indieWIRE sat down with Schamus and got his take on why, after 10 years in business, he wanted Focus Features to get into ultra low-budget feature filmmaking.


"Fundraising for Independent Filmmakers" Free Panel (NYC)

Get concrete advice and ideas from experienced filmmakers about fundraising for your independent projects.

There are many ways to raise funds for the multiple stages of producing and distributing an independent film project, and none of them are easy. Added to this, unstable markets and uncertain economic prospects are making traditional funding sources less dependable. What to do? We suggest listening to the experts and learning from their successful (and sometimes, not successful) experiences. Topics include best practices for crowd-source funding, as well as viable private investment options, among others.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm / Check-in: 5:00 pm

Panelists include Julia Bacha, director/producer, Budrus; Randall Dottin, film director/faculty, New York Film Academy; and Edwin Pagan, founder-in-chief, Latin Horror (and former NALIP board member). Pagan will discuss "Genre Filmmaking as a Launchpad for Emerging Filmmakers." The panel will moderated by Natalie Difford, senior program officer, Chicken and Egg Pictures.

Space is limited. Register online:

  Maya Indie Film Series Scrambles Ethnic Identities
(Los Angeles Times) - "Without Men" hails from the female-friendly genre of magical-libidinal-realism that begat "Like Water for Chocolate" and "The House of the Spirits." Director Tagliavini thinks her film's romantic interludes between Kate Del Castillo and Eva Longoria will concentrate the minds of female and male viewers alike, starting at Friday night's U.S. premiere as part of the Maya Indie Film Series at the Laemmle Sunset 5. FULL STORY

"From Beyond," mun2's Latino Take on Paranormal Programming
(Monsters and Critics) - mun2 has partnered with Ford Motor Company on a new multi-platform integrated entertainment concept for "From Beyond," mun2's take on paranormal programming with a Latin twist, premiering Sunday July 31 at 10pm ET/PT. FULL STORY

America Ferrera joins 'End of Watch'
(Variety) - America Ferrera has been recruited to "End of Watch," and will play a female cop opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Highlander Research & Education Center Seeks Documentary Film Makers
Highlander serves as a catalyst for grassroots organizing and movement building in Appalachia and the South. We are actively soliciting proposals from documentary/video production teams interested in contracting with Highlander to produce a documentary on time, on budget, and with film festive-worthy storytelling. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

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NLMC 2011 Television Writers Program Application Deadline Extended

The National Latino Media Council (NLMC) Television Writers Program submission period has been extended to August 19, 2011. The program will take place in Burbank, CA from October 15, 2011 to November 18, 2011. Details online here.

J.W. Cortes
NALIPster starring in Off-Broadway musical Soldier's Song

The new Off-Broadway musical Soldier's Song has debuted in Manhattan at the Poet's Den Theater (309 E. 108th Street). It is directed by Angelica Torn and stars actor and NALIP member J.W. Cortes in the lead role. Soldier's Song will run in this limited engagement July 28-31, August 17-21 and August 24-28.

Soldier's Song is a romantic musical centered on a Puerto Rican soldier, Jose (J.W. Cortes). The poor, but handsome and talented, Jose is an aspiring singer/songwriter performing at a nightclub in Puerto Rico when he meets the elegant and wealthy Erica. They fall in love and continue an incredible 4- month love affair until Jose is sent off to serve in Iraq. While on a military mission, he is caught by Al-Qaeda and no one knows if he is alive or dead. When Erica, who is pregnant, learns that Jose is missing she marries the wealthy boy next door, at her mother's insistence. The play works out, in story and song, how the lives of these young people develop. Soldier's Song features 15 wonderful original songs.

The intriguing twist here is that Brooklyn, NY native J.W. Cortes, also Puerto Rican, actually served in the U.S. Marines in Iraq. Just like the story of Jose in Soldier's Song, Cortes participated in dangerous, life-threatening missions while fighting in Iraq. He too always dreamed of being a singer/performer, which he went on to do after finishing his tour of duty.

For tickets and more information, visit

Alfonso Aráu
Mexican filmmaker to be featured at Expo Mexico Emprende in LA

Alfonso Aráu will be at Expo Mexico Emprende One of the most prominent filmmakers of the Latino community in Hollywood will be featured at Expo Mexico Emprende, August 19, 20, 21 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. A renowned writer-producer-director-actor in theater and films for the past twenty years, He has received 6 Arieles, the Mexican equivalent to the Oscar, and numerous international film awards. He will present the Plenary Session titled, "Franchises in the Film Industry," on the second day of the Expo. For more information visit the Expo's website.


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