Latinos In The Industry

INDUSTRY INSIGHTS: New and Compelling Options for DIY Distribution

By Orly Ravid, founder and co-executive director of The Film Collaborative. Orly is committed to helping artistically and intellectually rigorous and important films reach their respective audiences via a financial model that is sustainable for filmmakers.

In a new media world in which people sometimes conflate distributor with platform and buyer with online/digital store, I want to draw that distinction and highlight a few new and compelling DIY options (platforms or toolkits) for filmmakers to sell or rent their films to audiences / consumers directly. TFC always encourages filmmakers to develop their own brands while also noting the importance of being connected to other brands that generate significant traffic and indie film consumption. In other words, sell direct to your fans off your site and other sites and social networking platforms and/or via other DIY platforms or tools but also recognize the usefulness of being available where average film consumers go, i.e. via Cable VOD if you can manage it, and other key platforms/online digital stores (depending on the nature of the film) such as: Amazon, Netflix, iTunes, Vudu, Hulu, Sony Playstation, Xbox etc.

The few DIY platforms or toolkits highlighted in this blog are: Distrify, EggUp, Groupees, Stonehenge's iPhone Apps. Next time we cover this topic, we'll investigate more into DIY platforms FansofFilm and Open Film (7,000 films, 70% shorts).

Let's begin.


Call for Documentary Entries: duPont Awards at Columbia

Call for Entries: Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards. Honoring Outstanding Documentary & Long Form Journalism

WHAT MAKES A DUPONT WINNER? The duPont Jury honors outstanding journalism. We look for excellence in reporting and evidence of commitment to important stories.

ELIGIBILITY Programs must have appeared on air, on line or in theaters for the first time between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011.

ENTRY DEADLINES Entries must be submitted by July 1.
Enter at:

Free Legal Services for Independent Filmmakers

The Working with Filmmakers Legal Clinic at Chapman University School of Law provides production legal services for selected low budget independent filmmakers. Services provided by the law students include: forming a company, agreements for underlying rights, filing for copyright, and drafting the contracts associated with the production (director, producer, crew, actors, location, releases, etc.). The law students are supervised by experienced entertainment attorneys and all legal services are free of charge.

Films are considered for the Clinic legal services if they meet the following criteria:
- fully funded
- ultra low budget independent feature (not a documentary or a short)
- start date in the near future
- producer or director available to meet once with the law students and serve as the point person for drafting and reviewing documents.

Interested Filmmakers are welcome to contact: Professor Kathy Heller Chapman University School of Law, / 714-628-2675

A film that has used the services offered by Working with Filmmakers, Mamitas, will be screening at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June. The feature film is based upon the student short film created by the writer/director and producer when they were students at Chapman's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. Information on the film and screening times and dates are available here.

Filmmakers who have used the services offered by the Working with Filmmakers Legal Clinic have won numerous awards and honors, including: Newport Beach Film Festival Audience Award for Best U.S. Film; Netflix Find Your Voice Film Competition winner; Denver International Film Festival People's Choice Award; LA Film Festival premier film; Tribeca Film Festival Official Selection; AFI Film Festival Official Breakthrough Selection; Urbanworld Film Festival Narrative Audience Award; Chicago International Film Festival Official Selection, and a premier at the LA Film Festival.

Produced By Conference - Diversity Event

If you're planning in attending the Produced By Conference (June 3-5, 2011) don't miss the opportunity to meet and talk to the diversity representatives of all the major Hollywood unions, guilds and studios.

Join the Community Bag-Lunch:
June 4th from 12:45pm to 2:15pm
June 5th from 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Diversity is important to all major Hollywood guilds, unions, organizations and companies as talent and consumers grow more and more diverse. Are you aware of all the programs, initiatives and resources available to promote diversity in the entertainment industry? Bring your lunch and pull up a chair for an informal conversation with diversity representatives from such groups as PGA, SAG, AFTRA, WGA, Film Independent, ABC Disney, The Fox Group, CAPE, AFI NALIP materials and more. It's a casual setting to meet with organizations and learn about the wide variety of information and resources available to you.

NALIP-NY Spotlight on Fiction Films, May 25 (NYC)

NALIP-NY is back with an event you don't want to miss! Every other month we feature a discussion with industry insiders, showcase NY-based filmmakers work, and provide an opportunity for attendees to network. Last time, the spotlight was on documentaries. This month, it's all about fiction films. Join us!

WHEN: Wednesday, May 25, 2011
WHERE: Centro Español, 239 West 14th St, 2nd Floor (between 7th & 8th Ave)
EVENT START: 7:30 pm
DIRECTIONS: Trains L/A/C/E to 14th St/8th Ave or 1/2/3 to 14th St/7th Ave

- Gloria La Morte - Writer, Co-Director and Editor of the award-winning film Entre Nos, which premiered at Tribeca
- Mario Rosales - Director of El Regreso de Lencho and Emmy Award-winning producer of Nueva York on CUNY-TV

- Tatiana Suarez-Pico - Actress, Writer, Producer, and Co-Creator of the bilingual web comic Bodega Ave

Moderated by Rosa V. Alonso, Founder and CEO of My Latino Voice

FREE for all current NALIP members. $7 suggested donation for non-members. RSVP and invite your friends on Facebook!

More info here and here. Open to all filmmakers and film fans! Come early for food and drinks at La Nacional Tapas Bar (downstairs). Check out their site for menu and prices.

  Edward James Olmos Joins 'Dexter'
(The Hollywood Reporter) - Edward James Olmos, known for playing William Adama in Syfy's Battlestar Galactica, has joined the cast of Showtime's Dexter. The Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actor will play a brilliant, charismatic professor of religious studies. FULL STORY

Maya Entertainment Buys Sundance Title 'All She Can'
(indieWIRE) - As part of its indie film series, Maya Entertainment has acquired the Sundance US Dramatic title "Benavides Born" for US theatrical release. The film, recut after its Sundance debut, will be released under the title "All She Can." The film chronicles a young girls attempts to outgrow her small South Texas town by becoming a powerlifting champ. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

From the Editor
Alex Mendoza
Alex Mendoza & Associates
AMARTE Design & Digital Printing
9513 Longden Avenue
Temple City, CA 91780

1323 Lincoln Blvd., #220
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Submit to the 2011 HBO-NALIP Documentary Contest!

NALIP is accepting applications to its 2011 HBO-NALIP Documentary Contest. HBO has teamed with NALIP to find the next great Latino documentary film. They will award $10,000 to the winner. Deadline is June 10 to submit. Details and application are available online. Submit today!

Dennis Leoni
NALIPster's web series Los Americans premiering May 26

NALIP founding trustee and writer/director Dennis Leoni's new web series Los Americans will premiere on May 26, 2011 on the Public Internet Channel, The drama focuses on a multi-generational middle income Latino family living in Los Angeles and dealing with issues that many families face today including unemployment, cultural identity, and alcoholism. The series features Latino-Americans in a realistic and complex manner seldom seen on television.

While the series portrays some of the experiences unique to the Latino community, such as the challenges of straddling two cultures, the series also shows that much of the familys struggles can be identified with families from various socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds. Following each episode of Los Americans, viewers will be directed to resources and information that take into account diverse perspectives on dealing with issues portrayed in the program. Providing relevant online content through is a part of production company One Economys holistic approach to encourage people to adopt technology and use it to improve their lives.

The series is written and directed by Dennis Leoni, who is best known for having created and produced the award winning television series Resurrection Blvd. for Showtime. Los Americans feature Esai Morales ("Caprica," "Jericho," La Bamba), Lupe Ontiveros (NALIP Lifetime Achievement Award winner, "Southland," "Family Guy") Raymond Cruz ("The Closer," "Breaking Bad") and Tony Plana ("Ugly Betty," "24").

Also be sure to catch Dennis Leoni discussing the new web series on Let's Talk!, this Thursday on KJLA (Channel 57 on Direct & Dish) at 7:30 am (or DVR it). Let's Talk! is the first and only daytime talk show on TV with a Latina POV.

J.W. Cortes
NALIPster's film Conscientious Objector in East Harlem Int. Film Fest.

NALIP member J.W. Cortes' film Conscientious Objector has been accepted into the first ever East Harlem International Film Festival. On June 4th, 9:30pm at the newly renovated Poets Den Theater located on 309 East 108th Street, NYC -

Conscientious Objector tells the story of Jason Cruz, an Iraq war veteran arrested amidst allegations of murdering unarmed Iraqi children. The film was shot primarily in New York, New Jersey with key locations in the South Bronx and Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The short film marks the directorial debut of the film's lead actor, screenwriter and producer J.W. Cortes. It also features a multifaceted production team with the likes of Edwin Pagan (, Carlos Berrios (The Found), Richard Martinez (Frida) and Martin Chavez.


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