Latinos In The Industry

Deadline Extended for the 2011 HBO-NALIP Documentary Competition!

The deadline has been extended for the 2011 HBO-NALIP Documentary Competition. The extended Postmark Deadline is June 17, 2011.

HBO has teamed with NALIP to find the next great Latino documentary film. They will award $10,000 to the winner of their 2011 Documentary grant.

Social change has been the consistent undercurrent for HBO's critically acclaimed and award-winning documentary programs, with myriad issues presented in uncompromising quality and honesty. The idea of this $10,000 cash award for Latino filmmakers is for HBO to focus its lens on the Latino experience, and to support the growth of social commentary by Latino documentarians.

Films will be judged based on the uniqueness of their topic/subject matter, the professional quality of the film, and the structure, tone and style planned for presenting the topic to an audience. Films may be works-in-progress, rough cuts, or completed features. Details for submitting available in the application. Winner and finalists to be announced in fall 2011.

Applications are available at to submit your documentary project. One Latino Filmmaker will win $10,000.
Postmark Deadline: June 17, 2011

Mary Kay Inspiring Stories - National Search for Women Participants

Make an impact through film! Help shine the light on the issue of Domestic Violence. Get involved with Mary Kay Inspiring Stories - inspire, educate, and create a conversation on the issue of Domestic Violence through the creation of three documentaries.

Use your passion for the cause and APPLY NOW to create the documentaries

- Work with inspiring female celebrities to narrate the documentaries.
- Your documentary will premiere at a Hollywood event and be promoted throughout Domestic Violence month this October.
- No experience necessary - you'll learn everything you need to know on set.
- Women ages 18-34 can apply to participate.


Program Timeline:
- June 1 - 30: Call for Women Participants
- July: Participant Selection and Pre-Production
- August 14 - 20: Production Week
- September: Purple Party Premiere
- October 1 - 31: Online Viewing and Voting

- Hollywood, CA - The exact location of our Head Quarters will be disclosed closer to the start of production.
- All selected participants will be provided with accommodations including hotel, airfare, ground transportation, and on-set food.

For more information, visit
For questions, contact

DisneyABC Television Group's Casting Project Holding Auditions

The DisneyABC Television Group's Casting Project will hold auditions for consideration for the 10th Annual Los Angeles ABC Talent Showcase as part of its ongoing effort to discover and develop culturally and ethnically diverse talent and actors with disabilities.

ABC's Talent Showcase has established an industry standard in creating opportunities for talent, with the majority of participants being given the chance to audition for a variety of ABC (and other networks') pilots and ongoing programming. Past participants include Jorge Garcia of Lost, Carrie Ann Inaba of Dancing with the Stars and Jesse Williams of Greys Anatomy.

Participants for the talent showcase must be at least 18 years old. Previous acting experience/training is required of all, but professional representation is not necessary.


ABC will contact selected actors to schedule an audition.


BURBANK, CA 91521-4637

SUBMISSION PERIOD: Now through July 1, 2011

Brilliant Soil Benefit Preview Screening in LA

On Thursday June 23rd Galatea Audio/Visual is hosting a special benefit preview screening of their newest documentary film titled Brilliant Soil, which addresses the problem of the use of lead in pottery from Michoacan, Mexico, and how this toxic element affects the health and lives of artisans. Watch film trailer online here.

After the screening there will be a Q&A session with the film director and producer, explaining the plans they have for distribution so the documentary can serve as a tool to eradicate the use of lead in Mexican handcrafts, thus reducing a major health problem in Mexico and making traditional pottery a safer one for all.

Thursday, June 23. 6:30pm Dinner, 7:15pm Screening.
Cisco Home - La Brea
440 N La Brea Ave,
Los Angeles, CA 90036


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Pascui Rivas
NALIPster's short film Jean Lewis screening at LA Film Fest

NALIP member Pascui Rivas' short film Jean Lewis will screen at the Los Angeles Film Festival next week.

Screening times:
Fri., June 17 @ 7:40pm
Sat., June 18 @ 4:00pm
Running Time: 10 minutes
Tickets online here

Synopsis: Upon being moved into a retirement home, a former Hollywood reporter leaves far more than her belongings behind giving us a glimpse into her past and her heart through her material possessions.

Pascui Rivas was born in New York City where he lived for several years. He then moved to Argentina and grew up in the province of Cordoba. He graduated from an intensive six-year-film program at Cordoba National University where he wrote and directed his short "El Sereno" ("The Night Watchman"). This film won the "Kodak Film School Competition" and was screened at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival where it obtained an honorable recognition from cinematographer Laszlo Kovacs.

Pascui moved then moved from Argentina to Los Angeles and since 2006 he has worked as both director and editor for films, documentaries and commercials.

At present time, he is represented by Santa Monica based production company D'Avant- Garde Media. He won a Silver Lion at Cannes Lions 2008 for a campaign he directed for Toyota Corolla with the prestigious ad agency, Conill Saatchi & Saatchi. The same year, this spot received the "Best of Show" award at the Ahaa/Ad Age Awards for best US Hispanic spot. His most recent campaign for UNICEF Tap Water project, called "Kid" received numerous international awards including a Gold Medal at the 2011 New York Festivals

Alysa Nahmias
NALIPster's feature doc Unfinished Spaces premiering at LAFF

NALIP member Alysa Nahmias co-directed and produced the documentary Unfinished Spaces, which will have its World Premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival in the Feature Documentary Competition. View the trailer online here.

Screening times:
Sun., June 19 @ 4:00pm
Fri., June 24 @ 7:00pm
Sat., June 25 @ 1:20pm
Running Time: 84 minutes
Tickets online here

Synopsis: In 1961, in the heady first days of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro asked three visionary architects to build the Cuban National Arts Schools on what had been the golf course of a country club. Before construction was completed, the Revolution became Sovietized, and suddenly the project was denounced as bourgeoise and counter-revolutionary. The story has many more fascinating twists and turns, as these radical, magnificent buildings become a prism through which we see the turbulent, ever-shifting history of Castro's Cuba and follow the fates of the three architects, now in their 80s, who would get a second chance to revitalize their utopian project.


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