Latinos In The Industry

Call for Applications: CPB/PBS Producers Academy

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) invite you to participate in the 2011 Producers Workshop at WGBH, an initiative of the CPB/PBS Producers Academy, which offers professional development activities designed to identify public broadcasting's next generation of creative talent. The Workshop will be held in Boston, October 15-21, 2011. The twenty-five producers selected will receive scholarships that pay for the cost of the Workshop and the week's travel and living expenses.

The Workshop provides an opportunity for producers to work intensively on the skills that will benefit them most, through classes and direct contact with some of public television's most talented personnel. It is open to both station-connected and independent producers; to producer/writers and producer/directors; to individuals who have worked locally as well as nationally, in all genres of programming; to producers working in video, film, and interactive media, and in studio-based as well as field production. Please note that the Workshop is not for beginners.

Those selected will be chosen for their production talent, commitment to public broadcasting and potential for success in the program. To learn more about past Workshoppers, visit

Information and applications:
Applications are due at PBS by 5:00 pm Eastern on Friday, July 8, 2011.

Call for Applications: Film Independent's Producers Lab

Film Independent's Producers Lab is an intensive seven-week program designed to help filmmakers develop skills as creative independent producers. Producers Lab Fellows develop a strategy and action plan for their projects, including a detailed budget, schedule, and business plan. Lab Fellows are introduced to film professionals who advise them on both the craft and business of independent producing, and have one-on-one meetings with established independent producers and other industry professionals who act as advisors on the their projects.

Producers Lab Fellows receive:
A one-year membership with Film Independent
A pass to the Filmmaker Forum, which kicks off the Producers Lab
A pass to the Los Angeles Film Festival
A pass to the American Film Market
One-on-one consultations with Film Independent's Filmmaker Advisor
Year-round support from Film Independent

Qualified Producers Lab applicants are eligible for the $25,000 Alfred P. Sloan Producers Grant. The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation will award one participant of Film Independent's Producers Lab the annual Sloan Producers Grant. The recipient will receive a $25,000 development grant. To be eligible for the Sloan grant the screenplay should have a scientific, mathematical, and/or technological theme and storyline or have a leading character who is a scientist, engineer, or mathematician. Science fiction projects are not eligible, nor are documentaries.

Application Deadline: July 11, 2011
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By Rodney Vance, Director of Film & TV Program at Pacific Union College.

Whether you use it in a pitch meeting or as a way to focus your story, a great log line takes you a long way toward selling your screenplay.

So what's a log line? And how on earth did it get that name?

A log line is a one-sentence summary of the story in your script. Major film studios such as Warner Bros., Universal Studios, and Disney used to have script vaults in which they stored screenplays. Script readers logged scripts into the vault along with a log line that was placed on the cover or on the spine of the script. This made it possible for studio executives to quickly scan the scripts in the library and select those that matched the type of story they wanted to film.

Since a log line is so short, a lot of information has to be communicated in just a few words. Who is the story about? What happens? Who benefits? These three questions are answered in the subject, verb, and direct object positions in a sentence.

Lets look at some examples.


Deadline Approaching: POV Broadcast Season 2012

Attention, all filmmakers! POV, public television's premier showcase for independent, nonfiction film seeks programs from all perspectives to showcase in its annual national PBS series in 2012.

All subjects, aesthetic approaches and lengths are welcome.

Check out the POV Filmmakers section to learn more about the process and the categories of submissions that we are looking for.

Please note: All entries must be received by Thursday, June 30, 2011.

Apply online:

Deadline Approaching: Bridging Cultures through Film - International Topics Grant

The Bridging Cultures through Film: International Topics program supports projects that examine international and transnational themes in the humanities through documentary films. These projects are meant to spark Americans' engagement with the broader world by exploring one or more countries and cultures outside of the United States. Proposed documentaries must be analytical and deeply grounded in humanities scholarship.

The Division of Public Programs encourages the exploration of innovative nonfiction storytelling that presents multiple points of view in creative formats. The proposed film should range in length from a standard broadcast length of thirty minutes to a feature-length documentary.

Deadline: June 29, 2011
For more information, please click here.

  Star of 'Gun Hill Road,' Esai Morales Gets Personal with the Ladies of Let's Talk!
(Latin Heat Online ) - Let's Talk! welcomes actor/activist Esai Morales as their special guest this Thursday, June 2nd on KJLA/LATV in Los Angeles at 7:30 AM. A graduate of New York's High School for the Performing Arts, Esai Morales made his film debut in Bad Boys opposite Sean Penn in 1983 and never looked back. FULL STORY

Conan O'Brien & George Lopez To Guest On Each Other's Shows
(Deadline) - For the first time in late night television two back-to-back hosts will guest on each other's shows on the same night on the same network when O'Brien appears on Lopez Tonight and Lopez on Conan on Thursday. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Director of Latino Media, Planned Parenthood Federation of America (NY)
Planned Parenthood Federation of America is hiring for the position of Director of Latino Media. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

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Ed Rivero, Marcos Cline-Marquez & Bernadette Rivero
NALIPsters' show Pati's Mexican Table now reaches 93% of all US TV households

The Cortez Brothers, a Los Angeles-based full-service production company, is pleased to announce that the carriage rate on its television cooking series, Pati's Mexican Table, has reached an astounding high of 93% of all US TV households nationwide as of June, 2011.

NALIPsters involved with the show include producer Ed Rivero, executive producer Marcos Cline-Marquez, and writer Bernadette Rivero.

The English-language program, produced by The Cortez Brothers and WETA Washington, DC, is distributed to American Public Television (APT). The show brings authentic Mexican flavors, textures and warmth into American kitchens. Mexico City native Pati Jinich, a former policy wonk focused on Latin American politics and history, is today a chef, food writer and (underneath it all) overloaded soccer mom with three kids and a powerful blender in the kitchen. But what she really loves doing is bringing true Mexican cuisine - the glorious tastes of her childhood and ongoing culinary adventures in the country where she was born and raised - to an American audience.

The show will go into production on its second season later this summer. A list of local stations currently airing the program is available online here.

Each half-hour episode focuses on a singular Mexican experience (the taste of traditional foods like avocado or vanilla; tropical sweets and popular street foods; mysterious and delicious ingredients used by the Aztecs; adventurous new foods and trendy restaurants all over Mexico) and then translates them into approachable dishes for the American table.

The Cortez Brothers filmed Pati's Mexican Table in both Pati's home base of Washington, DC and Mexico City. Cortez Brothers' Marcos Cline-Mrquez is the Executive Producer; Ed Rivero is the Producer.

Bernadette Rivero, the writer of the series, is also the head of the Cortez Brothers Storytelling Department. "When it came to writing individual episodes, we just focused on doing what we love... Creating little stories and segments that make audiences sit up, pay attention, and feel connected to what they see on the screen. Combining our experience in and love of Mexico with Pati's delicious recipes was a natural fit."

Adrien W. Colon
NALIPster wins Best Comedy at NM Filmmakers Showcase

The New Mexico Film Office announced the winners of the 2011 New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase, and NALIP member Adrien W. Colon (LWL 2011) won Best Comedy for Energy Tap Out. Over 50 local filmmakers from cities around New Mexico submitted their work to this annual four-day event, which took place May 19-22 at the Guild Cinema in Albuquerque.

The New Mexico Film Office will be traveling the winning films through theatres and public access channels across New Mexico as part of its 2011 Summer Showcase. Open and free to the public, details about the screenings are available on

Cynthia Brinkman
NALIPster's play Evolution of a Kiss opening in Hollywood

Evolution of a Kiss, written and performed by NALIP member Cynthia Brinkman, opens in Hollywood this week, presented by Hollywood Fringe Festival. Directed by Brian Mulligan and produced by La Picara Productions, this triumphant solo comedy chronicles three generations of Latinas as they experience their first kiss.

Show times are Mondays and Thursday nights @ 7:00 P.M. Preview Nights: June 9th, June 13th. Festival Nights: June 16th, 20th, 23rd.

The Ruby Theatre @ The Complex
6476 Santa Monica Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90038
Wheelchair Accessible

Tickets: $10 at the door or 2-for-$15 using special code "nalip" online here.

Synopsis: What would you do if, after years of keeping your own journal, you discovered the journals of your mam and your abuelita as teenage girls? You'd compare everyone's first kiss of course! In this hysterical and painstakingly honest comedy, we get to join three young women as they navigate the choppy waters of passion, desire, and teenage dorkiness from 1930s Mexico to modern day San Diego. Cynthia Brinkman brings these girls - and the hilarious characters that fill their worlds - to life in vivid color as we see a first kiss evolve through time and across the border. Based on the first-hand accounts found in journals and oral recordings, it just goes to show that nothing is funnier than the honest truth. Robert Avila of the SF Bay Guardian says "Sharp and consistently amusing...clever and charming, Brinkman is a confident and charismatic talent who lets nothing, including the fourth wall, stand between her and a good story" -and it's a juicy one!

Raquel Almazan
NALIPster's play The Hopefulness being read in NYC

NALIP member Raquel Almazan's (LWL 2004) play The Hopefulness (La Esperanza) will be read on June 22 from 7:30-9:00pm at the TEATRO IATI (64 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10003). The play is in English, and is written by Raquel Almazan and directed by Elise Hernandez. The reading is free, but online reservations are appreciated.

Synopsis: Two Sister prostitutes Anna and Jacqueline, trapped in a box on a ship leaving the Dominican Republic make their way to France to achieve their dreams of prosperity. Ana and Jacqueline's dangerous journey reveals secrets of their past, where their clients, father, lovers and mother's role become intertwined. Their violent escape prompts a challenging fight for identity and survival in the immigrant struggle to conquer the Old World.


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