Latinos In The Industry

Nominees for 26th Annual Imagen Awards Announced

The Imagen Foundation has announced the nominees for the 26th Annual Imagen (Spanish for "image") Awards, honoring positive portrayals of Latinos and Latino cultures in entertainment. The awards will be presented at a gala black-tie dinner on Friday evening, August 12th, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel International Ballroom.

On hand for the announcement at the Foundation's headquarters in Pasadena was actress Maria Canals-Barrera, star of Disney Channel's Emmy award-winning "Wizards of Waverly Place," who has been chosen to host the annual awards gala. The actress, who plays Selena Gomez's mother in the series, won an Imagen Award last year in the category of "Best Supporting Actress - Television" for her work in "Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie." Her latest role, which has her working alongside Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, is in Universal Pictures' upcoming feature "Larry Crowne," opening this Friday, July 1st. "We are thrilled to have Maria Canals-Barrera serve as host of this year's Imagen Awards. She is an extremely talented actress who is truly representative of our mission of promoting more positive Latino roles in front of the camera, as well as more opportunities for Latinos as a whole throughout all aspects of the entertainment industry," said Helen Hernandez, president and founder of The Imagen Foundation.

Winners will be selected by an independent panel of entertainment industry executives and Latino community leaders and announced at the awards gala. Following are the finalists for this year's Imagen Awards in their respective categories; please note that there were no nominees for Best Feature Film Director but a new category, Best Young Actress/Television, was added:

Best Primetime Television Program or Movie-of-the-Week: Law & Order: Los Angeles (NBC); Lies in Plain Sight (Lifetime Television); Off The Map (ABC); Latin Billboards Music Awards (Telemundo); The Glades (A&E); Best Actor/Television: Freddy Rodriguez, CHAOS (CBS); James Roday, Psych (USA); Jon Seda, The Pacific (HBO); Victor Rasuk, How to Make It in America (HBO); Best Actress/Television: Cote de Pablo, NCIS (CBS); Martha Higareda, Lies in Plain Sight (Lifetime Television); Alana de la Garza, Law & Order: Los Angeles (NBC); Rosie Perez, Lies in Plain Sight (Lifetime Television); Best Supporting Actor/Television: Carlos Gomez, The Glades (A&E); Raymond Cruz, The Closer (TNT); Marc Anthony, HawthoRNe (TNT); Clifton Collins Jr., The Event (NBC); Luis Jose Lopez, Hallmark Hall of Fame Presents "Beyond the Blackboard" (CBS); Jonathan Castellanos, Off The Map (ABC); Best Supporting Actress/Television: Eva la Rue, CSI: Miami (CBS); Jenny Gago, Southland (TNT); Lisa Vidal, The Event (NBC); Diana Maria Riva, The Good Guys (Fox); Maria Canals-Barrera, Wizards of Waverly Place (Disney Channel); Best Young Actress/Television: Selena Gomez, Wizards of Waverly Place (Disney Channel); Bella Thorne, Shake It Up (Disney Channel); Victoria Justice, Victorious (Nickelodeon); Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, The Fresh Beat Band (Nickelodeon); Best Children's Programming: Dora The Explorer (Nickelodeon); Handy Manny (Disney Channel); Go Diego, Go! (Nickelodeon); El Perro y El Gato (HBO);Best Documentary/Film or Television: Sins of My Father (Red Creek Prods.); The Fence (La Barda) (HBO); mun2 News Special: The New America (mun2); The Longoria Affair (Latino Public Broadcasting); Monica and David (HBO); Best National Informational Program: Black in Latin America with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (PBS); Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One (WGBH); LatiNation (LATV); American Latino TV (LATV); Best Local Informational Program: Everglades Aventura y Diversion (Univision 23); SoCal Connected (KCET); Eye on Our Community (KCBS-TV); Vista L.A. (KABC-TV); Best On-Air Advertising: Dora 10th Anniversary Campaign (Nickelodeon); "Es el Momento" Univision PSA (Republica/Univision); Padres Heroes (NBCUniversal Telemundo52-LA); FOX Deportes "All Leagues" (FOX Deportes); Best Variety or Reality Show: Lopez Tonight (TBS); Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (HBO); I Love Jenni (mun2); Mexican Made Easy (Food Network); Hammer Heads (HGTV); Best Feature Film: Gun Hill Road (Mi Alma Films); Tropico de Sangre (Maya Entertainment); Spoken Word (New Mexico Media Partners/Luminaria Films); Best Actor/Feature Film: Esai Morales, Gun Hill Road (Mi Alma Films); Ruben Blades, Spoken Word (New Mexico Media Partners/Luminaria Films); Kuno Becker, Spoken Word (New Mexico Media Partners/Luminaria Films); Eugenio Derbez, No Eres Tu So Yo (Pantelion Films/Rio Negro); Best Actress/Feature Film: Judy Reyes, Gun Hill Road (Mi Alma Films); Michelle Rodriguez, Tropico de Sangre (Maya Entertainment); Penelope Cruz, A Matador's Mistress (Viva Pictures/Iberoamericana Films Produccion); Alexa Vega, From Prada to Nada (Pantelion Films/Lionsgate); Best Supporting Actor/Feature Film: Miguel Sandoval, Spoken Word (New Mexico Media Partner/Luminaria Films); Wilmer Valderrama, From Prada to Nada (Pantelion Films/Lionsgate); Best Supporting Actress/Feature Film: Adriana Barraza, From Prada to Nada (Pantelion Films/Lionsgate); Gina Rodriguez, Go For It! (Pantelion Films/Go For It!); Best Theatrical Short or Student Film: The Big Deal (Lucy Rodriguez); The Nanny (Valor Prods.); I Delivered You (Nahum 17 Prods.); Primos (Belinda Salazar); Best Web Series: Chismex (mun2); I Once Was Lost - The Series (Nahum 17 Prods.); Encounters (Angel Flight Media); No Kids. No Cry. A Baby Mama Drama. (Fanny Veliz).

What Does the WGAW Offer Documentary Screenwriters and Filmmakers?

What does the Writers Guild of America, West offer documentary screenwriters and filmmakers?


What is it?
It's a contract designed to meet the demands of the documentary film business as well as ensure the rights and benefits for writers of theatrically released documentaries budgeted at $1.2 million or below.

How does it work?
Many documentaries are financed by filmmakers themselves. Before this contract, working under the WGA agreement was cost-prohibitive to most filmmakers who stretch every dollar to create their works of passion. Now writer-directors and writer-producers can work under the protection of the WGA without having to pay writing fees upfront. Under this new contract, such writers can defer payment until their film recoups its budget or is commercially distributed.

In addition, the agreement makes it easier on theatrical documentary producers who want to hire writers under the WGA agreement by allowing for partial deferments of writing fees in accordance with various budget breaks. And in the event that a screenplay or treatment for a documentary is purchased prior to the start of principal photography, fees for the purchase of such literary material may also be deferred.

What are the benefits?
By working under this contract you may receive premium health care coverage; earn money towards a pension plan; obtain residual payments when your work is rebroadcast on television and distributed on other media; qualify for WGA membership and the benefits that most film and television writers have known for over 70 years.

We offer the NONFICTION WRITERS CAUCUS... are you eligible?

The WGAW Nonfiction Writers Caucus was formed to enhance and protect the rights of documentary filmmakers, writers writing basic cable nonfiction programs and writers writing reality programs. The caucus is open to WGA members and non-members who have worked in the nonfiction arena.

Nonfiction Writers Caucus members:

Shall receive all WGAW mailings and communications, including Written By, WGAW Member News, the WGAW Membership Manual and its periodic updates.
May serve on the Nonfiction Writers Caucus Steering Committee and certain other WGAW committees as designated by the Board of Directors.
May use the WGAW Script Registration Service at a reduced rate.
May join the WGAW Film Society subject to availability.
Can become members of the Inter-Guild Federal Credit Union or its successor subject to the discretion of that entity's governing body and may be entitled to participate, if otherwise eligible, in employment access programs administered by the WGAW Diversity Department.
May be eligible for participation in the WGA self-pay health insurance. The program is administered through The Entertainment Industry Group Insurance Trust (TEIGIT).

The 2010 Documentary Screenplay Award was presented to INSIDE JOB - Produced, Written and Directed by Charles Ferguson; Co-written by Chad Beck, Adam Bolt.

Have you taken writing credit on your theatrical documentary? If so, you may be eligible to submit your documentary screenwriting work for this award. Our documentary award call for submissions will be go out in mid-September.

Further information on all of these programs can be found at

Where are the Latinos on the Sunday Morning News Shows?

By Felix Sanchez

Yesterday, an initiative was launched that draws attention to the lack of Latino voices on the four broadcast television network's Sunday morning news talk shows: ABC's This Week; CBS's Face the Nation; FOX News Sunday; and NBC's Meet the Press. This social impact project called "The Art of Politics" is a joint effort by the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts (NHFA), together with the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), The LIBRE Initiative and Being Latino.

Hispanics are the largest and fastest growing minority group in the United States, numbering 50.5 million or just over 16 percent of the entire population (54 million if you include Puerto Rico). Latinos participate as leaders and influencers in every sector and topic covered by network news programs, yet on the networks' Sunday political opinion shows, the presence of Latinos is negligible.

From March to May 2011, among the 234 total guests and commentators featured on all four broadcast networks, 5 (2.1 percent) were Hispanics and 16 (6.8 percent) were African Americans. While women have been making inroads over the years, totaling 46 (19.7 percent) during the documented three month time period, political punditry in America is still dominated by white males. The virtual absence of Latinos on the week's most influential political and policy news shows depicts a news industry that has not evolved with the changing U.S. demographics.

The 2012 Presidential elections are just over 16 months away. The Latino vote is expected to play a critical role in electing or reelecting the next President of the United States. Yet a Latino perspective conveyed by Latino contributors is missing from all political network shows.

The principal broadcast news organizations have a responsibility and a duty to include Latino voices on these critical news shows. The Art of Politics impact project has requested a meeting with each network and will continue to update data every three months. More than 16 National Latino organizations have also endorsed this initiative. For more information see: and click on "Art of Politics."

Felix Sanchez is is the Chief Executive Officer of TerraCom, a government and public relations firm in Washington, DC, and serves as the pro bono Chairman of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts (NHFA). He is one of the founders of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, a non-profit, 501 (3) organization dedicated to promoting Latinos both in front of and behind the camera. Its co-founders include Jimmy Smits, Sonia Braga, Esai Morales, and Merel Julia. He is a former legislative assistant to then Senator Lloyd M. Bentsen, Jr.; former director of congressional relations for the American Gas Association and former vice president for government relations for the American Methanol Institute. Felix Sanchez can be reached at

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NALIPsters Invited to Sundance Summer Labs

From an article by Brian Brooks, indieWIRE

Eighteen Documentary Fellows from nine projects will take part in the 8th Documentary Edit and Story Lab (June 24 - July 2) and ninth Composers + Documentary Lab (July 6-12) at Sundance Resort in Sundance, Utah, Sundance Institute said Wednesday.

Documentary Film Program (DFP) provides a "global resource for contemporary independent documentary film," including the Sundance Documentary Fund, Labs/Workshops and other support opportunities. The DFP supports nonfiction storytelling about a broad range of contemporary social issues, and promotes the exhibition of documentary films to audiences.

The group of 18 were selected from a pool of 40 - 60 active DFP-supported projects and participate in what's described by Sundance Institute as an "intensive, residential retreat focused on creative support around issues of story and structure. Renowned film professionals join with Institute staff as Creative Advisors to the Fellows and their projects.

Two of the four films selected for the 2011 Sundance Institute Composers + Documentary Lab are directed by NALIPsters. Bernardo is on the NALIP Board of Directors:

Cesar's Last Fast (U.S.)
Director: Richard Ray Perez
Composer: Heather Schmidt
Cesar's Last Fast is a multi-platform feature documentary film about the private sacrifice behind Cesar E. Chavez's struggle for the humane treatment of farm workers, and the impact Chavez's inspirational and complex legacy has on new generation of organizers fighting today.

Gardens of Paradise (U.S.)
Director: Bernardo Ruiz
Composer: Ben Goldberg
A veteran reporter and his colleagues at an embattled news weekly challenge the drug cartels and corrupt local officials during a wave of unprecedented violence against journalists in Mexico.

Of the five films selected for the 2011 Sundance Institute Documentary Edit and Story Lab, Maria Teresa Rodriguez was invited with her project:

Donde Estan? (U.S./El Salvador). Her film documents the search for children who disappeared during the Salvadoran civil war. Told through the eyes of three individuals searching for their family, identity and justice in post-conflict El Salvador, it asks how a post-war society can right the wrongs of the past.

Also, Latino editor Ricardo Acosta was invited to attend with The House That Herman Built (Canada/U.S.) at both the story and composers lab.

Noemi Torres
NALIPster launches Film Festivals App for iPhone

NALIP member Noemi Torres and Inc just announced the launch of their first iPhone app called Film Festivals. This application is a simple, easy to use and up to date database of the most influential Festivals worldwide with over 1000 listings in more than 80 countries, including Cannes, Los Angeles Film Festival, Sundance, Tribeca, Berlin Film Festival just to name a few. Our staff keeps in close contact with the Festivals in order to have accurate and up to date information including submission deadlines.

"Whether you're a producer, actor, screenwriter or moviegoer, now you can make sure you have all the information you need in the palm of your hand. A one stop shop for all the top film festivals worldwide just a click away", says Noemi Torres, application creator. "We hope users will enjoy this innovative way of searching and contacting festivals within this application. I'm confident it will make it easier to manage film festival schedules and buy tickets through the film festival link."

The Film Festivals app is the first tool of its kind on the market. This app allows its users to quickly search, read about and contact film festivals within the app, with the capability to sync the festival dates to their iCal calendar and create a list of favorites within the app. For the moviegoer, it will make it fast and easy to compare the schedules for different film festivals and buy tickets through their site.

This application is now available through iTunes for $1.99 USD. Please visit iTunes or click here. As a special for Independence Day weekend, the iPhone app will be on sale for $0.99 USD, July 3rd and 4th only.


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