Latinos In The Industry

ITVS Introduces Women and Girls Lead, a Public Media Initiative

ITVS President and CEO Sally Jo Fifer announces the Women and Girls Lead campaign -- a major public media initiative that uses independent films to focus, educate, and connect audiences in support of women and girl's leadership and development around the world.

It's no secret that the competitive sea in which ITVS and independent filmmakers paddle is not getting any calmer. Over the last year, more than 1,000 proposals came to us for funding. The Sundance Film Festival received 841 documentary submissions. Public broadcasting is grappling with marketplace and demographic challenges. New metrics and "theory of change" frameworks have shifted foundations' approaches to individual films. The public clicks like crazy between 120 television channels and 300 million websites vying for their attention -- and that same public flunks miserably at any basic test of civic knowledge.

Yet some favorable winds and currents for independent filmmakers are popping up within the storm. Social media and crowd-funding are formidable tools for many DIY efforts. Engagement networks have created new funding and promotion partners in organizations and communities that value media. No less a commercial titan than Oprah herself has carved out new television real estate for documentaries. And independent champions like Chicken and Egg, Women Make Movies, The Fledgling Fund, and so many others continue their ongoing invaluable support for filmmakers.

Over the last decade of technological change, ITVS too has sought out these currents, working to serve filmmakers, public television, and the public -- with more funding, more programs, and more ways to find and engage viewers. The creation of Independent Lens brought in 22-27 new broadcast slots for independents. Amid globalization and a zeitgeist for cultural exchange, ITVS International funded international programs and took the work of U.S. indies abroad. IndiesLab helped open doors and set fair terms at iTunes, Amazon, Hulu, and beyond; Global Voices opened a second or third window for older programs; the reboot of Community Cinema alongside social media opened 100 markets where local partners and stations come together around the power of independent film; FUTURESTATES and Project 360 created opportunities for makers focused on new media.

Our newest initiative, Women and Girls Lead, represents another current, one that brings together many of the last decade's opportunities and builds on our work around powerful storytelling. A multiyear initiative to focus, educate, and connect citizens worldwide -- Women and Girls Lead provides a frame to highlight 50 compelling documentaries, both premieres and archive selections. These documentaries represent a groundswell of stories about the leadership of women and girls facing tremendous challenges.

For public television and the public we serve, this effort will stand beside system-wide efforts like the American Graduate initiative, which raises awareness of the high school dropout crisis, and the mortgage town halls, using the power of media to start and sustain conversations around a widely shared set of issues. Details will emerge in the coming weeks on how we will do this work, with which partners and films, and with what goals. What is more important, right now, is to make clear what we believe this initiative can do for filmmakers in the 21st century marketplace.

First, Women and Girls Lead will help bring back to the limelight some "evergreen" films that are as relevant today as the day they premiered, finding new audiences for work online, through live engagement, and even rebroadcasts. There will also be valuable cross-promotion, cross-distribution, and cross-engagement opportunities for films linked and grouped together. Pulling together independent work as a content block has been critical to claiming real estate in the past; it's worked with buckets like P.O.V., Independent Lens, and even online with IndiesLab.

Now, technology, and opportunity have gelled to connect the dots that too often go unconnected. Most importantly, we believe Women and Girls Lead as a model will provide an undeniable case for the social value of documentary film -- not just for the occasional documentary "blockbuster" but for the whole collective of independent work that thousands of filmmakers do on every important issue facing civil society here and abroad, with each film a contributor to long-term conversations that benefit all.

Read more about the Women and Girls Lead campaign in Monday's edition of The New York Times

NALIP Discount for Produced By Conference 2011

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) in association with the Association of Film Commissioners Int'l (AFCI) will hold the third annual PRODUCED BY CONFERENCE June 3-5, 2011 at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, CA.

For one weekend only, you will learn from the greatest producers in film, television and digital media. Plus, for the first time can meet with over 300 film commissions from six continents and forty countries with more than 2 billion dollars in financing, development funds and tax incentives. The Conference also features extraordinary panels and workshops, as well as incomparable networking opportunities.

You will have access to the best and brightest in the filmmaking community at one of the most useful conferences you will attend all year. Confirmed speakers include: Harvey Weinstein (The King's Speech), Marshall Herskovitz (Love and Other Drugs), Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead), Mark Gordon (Saving Private Ryan), Barry Jossen (Sex and the City), Lauren Shuler Donner (X-Men franchise) Sean Bailey (TRON: Legacy) and many, many more!

We are pleased to offer NALIP members a special affiliate rate of $495 (regularly $995) to attend the Conference. Please visit, click Register Now and select Affiliate Partner. This conference SOLD OUT last year, so sign up today!

PromaxBDA Promo Bootcamp, June 28-30 (NYC)

PromaxBDA Promo Bootcamp is the only intensive two-day professional development workshop focused on helping you develop and enhance your technical, creative and cognitive skills critical for success in the fast-paced world of television promotions returns from June 28-30. 2011 in New York, NY.

Targeting promo producers, writers, editors and preditors of all experience levels and taught by the industry's most prolific experts, Bootcamp is the best way to learn the creative insights, trade secrets and critical skills you need to be more effective and efficient in the promo industry.

Whether you are new to the business or a seasoned professional, Promo Bootcamp provides you a hands on refresher course, new tools and new insights into driving your daily business.

Visit the Bootcamp website for details
NALIP members can register at the early registration rate of $199.

Bootcamp registration includes complimentary entry to the first day of PromaxBDA: The Conference on June 28. The conference is where the world's most innovative creatives, marketers, strategists, designers and thought leaders gather to give you unprecedented insights, business secrets and revolutionary tools that will help your company grow. Visit the Conference website for details.

Jerome Foundation's New York City Film and Video Program Fund Orientation (NYC)

The Media Coalition of Artists of Color (NALIP, AV, AWIC, BDC, BFF, CAPE, and Tribeca All Access) invites you to participate in an exclusive funding orientation for the Jerome Foundation's New York City Film and Video Program, taking place at Time Warner Center at One Columbus Circle on Thursday, May 12th from 7:30pm-9:30pm. The special guest speaker will be Robert Byrd, program director, Jerome Foundation.

Robert Byrd will explain the application process via a detailed step-by-step review of the application and outline the kinds of projects that fit within the foundation's grant guidelines and core values. During the session, participants are encouraged to ask questions that directly relate to their projects in order to better prepare their application.


Individual filmmakers who reside who reside within the five boroughs of New York City who work in film and video. The grant favors emerging filmmakers in the early stages of their careers and whose work shows promise of excellence.

This grant is NOT for beginners. Applicants must demonstrate an escalating body of work (production record/history, exhibition record, awards, grants, peer recognition, and critical response to the work) where as directors, they are the principal content creators of the work . This grant is not designed for students or people with little to no background as principal creators in film and video. This program serves production in film and video genres of experimental, narrative, animation and documentary production. It also does not support commercial, industrial, informational or educational work. Full-time students are not eligible to apply.

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NALIP Discount for Hollywood Networking Breakfast with "Two And a Half Men" Director James Widdoes

Sandra Lord invites you to the award winning Hollywood Networking Breakfast, with special guest speaker director, producer, and actor James Widdoes - a series director on "Two And a Half Men" for CBS. He has also served as the series director for two winners of the People's Choice Awards for Best New Comedy, "My Wife & Kids" starring Damon Wayans and "8 Simple Rules," for which he received a DGA Award nomination for the 'Goodbye' episode dealing with the death of John Ritter's character.

MAy 26 from 8:00-10:30am
Beverly Hills Country Club, 3084 Motor Avenue, LA
Ontime Deadline: 5/19/11

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(only $37 for NALIP members who are first-time attendees!). Mail your check or money-order, along with the completed Reservation Form, made payable to: Changing Images In America, P.O. Box 2688, Hollywood, CA 90078.

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5 Great Moments in Mexican-American Cinema
(indieWIRE) - In light of the oddly US-centric form that Cinco de Mayo has taken in recent years, I thought I’d take a look at some of the brilliant contributions the Mexican-American community has made to cinema. Here are 5 close-ups of particularly noteworthy films and filmmakers, from the earliest days of Hollywood to just last year. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Development Director, LA Public Media
We are seeking a Development Director to lead fund development for L.A. Public Media (LAPM). FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Transmedia Producer, Writers for Webseries
Webseries in development about Latino teens living in Los Angeles is seeking a Transmedia Producer and Writers. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

PSA in Support of Undocumented Students
We are looking for a few camera men, lit green screen and soundstage to shoot the final scene for the California DREAMin PSA featuring Michelle Phillips. FULL OPPORTUNITY DESCRIPTION

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DOING YOUR DOC in Boulder, May 13-15

Join us in Boulder, Colorado, May 13-15 for our NALIP signature program Doing Your Doc: Diverse Visions, Regional Voices. Don't miss this unique chance to work with story consultant Fernanda Rossi, story consultant to over 300 films including two Academy Award Nominees. Also receive project mentoring on your documentary idea, proposal or trailer. Click here for more information!

Raymond Telles
NALIP founding Board member's doc airing on PBS, May 15

The Storm That Swept Mexico is a vibrant new two-hour PBS special by NALIP founding Board member Raymond Telles that tells the epic story of the Mexican Revolution of 1910, the first major political and social revolution of the 20th century. Fueled by the Mexican people's growing dissatisfaction with an elitist ruling regime, the revolution produced two of the most intriguing and mythic figures in 20th century history - Emiliano Zapata and Francisco "Pancho" Villa.

Capturing the color, drama, intrigue, and tragedy of the era, The Storm That Swept Mexico also explores how the Mexican Revolution not only changed the course of Mexican history, transforming economic and political power within the nation, but also profoundly impacted the relationships between Mexico, the U.S. and the rest of the world. Narrated by actor and playwright Luis Valdez, directed by Raymond Telles and written and produced by Raymond Telles and Archivist Kenn Rabin, The Storm That Swept Mexico will air nationally on PBS on Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 10 PM (check local listings).

Yolanda Cruz
NALIPster selected for Sundance Institute June Directors Lab

Sundance Institute today announced the 14 projects selected for its annual June Directors Lab, taking place at the Sundance Resort in Utah May 30 - June 23, 2011. Among the participants selected for the 30th Anniversary of the Directors Lab is NALIP member and Estela finalist Yolanda Cruz, with her new project La Raya. Destined to follow in the footsteps of the other men in his village, enterprising 11-year-old Papio has his heart set on emigrating north to the U.S.; after an abandoned refrigerator fortuitously appears, he tries to exploit its value to finance his journey, only to find that it may not ultimately be his destiny to leave.

Yolanda Cruz is a filmmaker from Oaxaca, Mexico. She has produced seven documentaries on Native people in the U.S. and Mexico. Her work has screened at film festivals and museums around the world including the Sundance Film Festival, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, Park la Villette in Paris, and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, among others. Her work received the Audience and Best Feature Documentary Award from the National Geographic All Roads Film Project in 2005 and the Expresin en Corto International Film Festival in 2009. Cruz is a Sundance Institute Native Lab Fellow.

Over the course of the Directors Lab, Fellows work with an accomplished group of Creative Advisors, professional actors, and production crews, shooting and editing key scenes from their screenplays. Through this intense, hands-on process, the Fellows workshop text, collaborate with actors, and find a visual storytelling language for their films in an atmosphere where experimentation and risk-taking is encouraged. Fellows also join in the week-long Screenwriters Lab with six additional projects to participate in individualized story sessions under the guidance of established screenwriters.

Jaguar X
NALIPster's film having LA premiere at Reel Rasquache Film Festival

The Myth of Time by NALIP member Jaguar X will have its Los Angeles premiere as the closing ceremony headliner for the Reel Rasquache Film Festival, the evening of Sunday May 15 at the Regency Academy Cinemas in Pasadena, California.

The Myth of Time has been playing festivals since its acceptance into NALIP's Latino Media Market in 2009, debuting at Atlanta International Film Festival, then onto El Festival Icaro de CentroAmerica and Cine Las Americas in Austin, TX.

David Bianchi
NALIPster appears in Priest, in theaters May 13

Actor and NALIP member David Bianchi (LPA 2007 & 2008) is supporting in the latest Screen Gems release Priest starring Paul Bettany, Karl Urban, Maggie Q and Cam Giganet. Priest will open May 13 in 3D and IMAX in theatres everywhere.


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