Latinos In The Industry

Media Coverage of NALIP's The New Now Conference

NALIP's annual conference The New Now may be over, but you can read about some of the highlights and check out the photos online!

From Red Alert Live's coverage:

Many prominent Latino filmmakers from across the globe came together for the 12th annual NALIP Conference that took place from April 15th to April 17th. R.A.L. correspondent Jovanny Venegas covered the event in Newport Beach, CA. NALIP's mission is to promote the advancement, development and funding of Latino/Latina film and media arts in all genres. NALIP is the only national organization committed to supporting both grassroots and community-based producers/media makers along with publicly funded and industry-based producers.

Read R.A.L.'s on-location coverage of the conference here, or their coverage of the gala dinner and awards presentation here.

indieWIRE featured some great red carpet photos here and here.

Call for Applications: NBCUniversal Casting Apprentice Program

The NBCUniversal Casting Apprentice Program is a career development opportunity for those individuals pursuing a career in casting. This is a rotational program designed for individuals with diverse backgrounds who aspire to join a Casting office. Apprentice will be given opportunity to work in both a Network and Freelance Casting Office.

Through rotational assignments, Apprentice will be exposed to working in both a Network and Freelance Casting Office. Apprentice will assist casting executives or Directors with the day to day management of casting activities for a television or film production. This will include review/uploading auditions, assist in diversity initiatives and programs, and attend casting sessions. The Apprentice will get exposure to top level programming executives and be expected to attend various departmental meetings. Apprentice will also attend talent showcase, comedy clubs and other venues where talent is showcased.

You may apply online through May 15, 2011.
Click here to apply

Tess Sanchez Named New Head of Fox's Casting Department

By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline Hollywood

Fox's long-time head of casting Marcia Shulman is stepping down as EVP casting after 11 years, to move back to New York. Tess Sanchez, a rising star at the network [and recently at the NALIP conference Actorfest Studio scouting talent], is set to make the leap from director to SVP and the new head of Fox's casting department beginning June 1. Sanchez, who will report to Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly, has hired the first new member of her bi-coastal casting team - independent casting director Seth Yanklewitz, who joins Fox as VP casting. In addition, Fox's Clint Alexander has been promoted to Director, Casting, and will work alongside Shulman in New York.

Sanchez "has been groomed by Marcia and is a natural leader with enviable industry relationships and an incredible eye for talent," Reilly said. Sanchez has worked under Shulman at Fox since July 2009. Prior to that, she was an independent casting director and served as VP of Talent and Casting at The WB. Yanklewitz's credits with casting partner Juel Bestrop include The Hangover, Due Date and HBO's Eastbound & Down, the pilot for MTV's The Inbetweeners and current Fox pilots Tagged and The New Girl as well as the upcoming feature Rock of Ages. Alexander joined Fox in 2005 and previously worked as an independent casting associate. Huber has overseen the casting of such Fox series as That '70s Show, Malcolm in the Middle, The Bernie Mac Show, Raising Hope, Fringe and the upcoming Terra Nova.

Deadline Approaching: Imagen Awards

Don't miss out on the opportunity to enter the 2011 Imagen Awards competition! If you had a project between May 1, 2010 and April 30, 2011 on a Latino theme, Latino characters, a documentary, student short, web series or any other category as outlined in the Call for Entries, you may be eligible for consideration for this year's Imagen awards.

The Imagen Awards Call for Entries Deadline is May 2, 2011.
For details go to the Imagen website at

The 2011 Imagen Awards gala is scheduled for August 12th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Call for Entries: Rose Marine Latino Film Festival

The historic Rose Marine Theater, a landmark for Latino arts and culture, will host the Rose Marine Latino Film Festival from May 19-21, 2011. The online submission deadline has been extended to May 2, 2011. Visit the festival's website for submission details.

Actor Julio Cedillo (Cowboys and Aliens, Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, Prison Break, The Good Guys) has recently been added as the Opening Night Guest Presenter. Click here to watch the festival's video promo.

The festival is accepting shorts in two categories:
The Rose Marine Tejano Short Premiere: Films must be directed and/or written by American-Latino Texas residents. Film length should not exceed more the 20 minutes.

Rose Marine Student Lone Star Award: Films must be directed or written by American-Latino Texas resident students that are registered and attending classes at a Texas University. Film length should not be less than 10 minutes and not exceed more the 20 minutes.

  Big Media Firms Make Census Count
(Multichannel News) - Two of media's largest players - News Corp. and NBC Universal - are taking the asendancy of U.S. Hispanics seriously. Earlier this month, both companies announced separate initiatives to better serve the needs of marketers and advertisers trying to reach what is now the largest U.S. minority group at some 50 million strong, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. FULL STORY

Discovery's New Hispanic Helmsman
(Multichannel News) Q&A with Ivan Bargueiras, the recently appointed general manager of Discovery Networks U.S. Hispanic. FULL STORY

Heineken and the Tribeca Film Institute Partner in Support of American Latino Filmmakers
(PRNewswire) - Heineken USA is expanding its longstanding partnership with the Tribeca Film Festival by establishing the Heineken Voces Grant in support of American Latino filmmakers. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Composer and Spanish Speaking Singer
Mindstorm Entertainment is looking for a female singer (must sing in Spanish), and composer. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Paid Internship at Production Company
Start-up indie production company is looking for a film student to intern 2-3 days a week to assist a producer. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

From the Editor
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Alison Sotomayor
NALIPster receives prestigious NEH grant

NALIP member and Emmy award winning producer Alison Sotomayor is being awarded a prestigious $50,000 research and development grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for the feature-length documentary, Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race. The film is also co-produced and directed by Academy Award nominated filmmaker and NALIP member Lyn Goldfarb.

Bridging the Divide examines the untold story of how Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley, the first African American Mayor of a major U.S. city elected without a black majority, united a divided city through an extraordinary multi-racial coalition, brought inclusion and access, and in the process, changed American politics. This film will also reveal the important role of Latinos in the Bradley coalition and how he paved the way for Latino political empowerment.

Bridging the Divide has also received major funding from California Council for the Humanities in partnership with the Skirball Center, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, California Community Foundation, Los Angeles DWP, and a number of generous donations from local foundations and individual sponsors.

To read more about Bridging the Divide, please visit

Noemi Figueroa Soulet
NALIPster's doc short screening at

The Priest's Wife, a short film by produced and edited by NALIP Member Noemi Figueroa Soulet will be presented at the Film & Animation Festival on Tuesday, April 26 from 7 to 9pm at the Paramount Center for the Arts, 1008 Brown Street, Peekskill, NY. Admission is free and hosted by the Paramount Center for the Arts and the New Media Group.

The documentary profiles the story of how Ilia, who was imprisoned for 10 years in a Cuban jail for religious persecution, and Patrick, a Roman Catholic priest, met and fell in love. Their love story represents the crisis that the Catholic Church now faces as they struggle to maintain the tradition of celibacy with a severe shortage of priests.

Judith Escalona
NALIPster wins journalism award for doc

At the Ippies Awards 2011 Dinner NALIP-NY member Judith Escalona won First Prize in the Best Video Category for her short documentary Color on the Great White Way.

The Ippies Awards is the only journalism awards in NYC to honor reporting in English and in languages other than English by the ethnic and community press. The Ippies are considered a benchmark of journalistic excellence and are a coveted prize for the publishers, editors, and reporters in New York City's ethnic and community press.

Tatiana Huezo
Filmmaker's doc The Tiniest Place screening at SFIFF

Centro de Capacitacin Cinematogrfica's documentar The Tiniest Place will be screening at the San Francisco International Film Festival. The movie is about how the civil war impacted a small town in El Salvador, and recently won the Best Feature Award at the Visions du Reel festival in Switzerland.

The filmmaker, Tatiana Huezo will attend the screenings on April 30th and May 1.

Saturday, April 30, 6:00 pm / Pacific Film Archive
Sunday, May 1, 4:15 / Kabuki
Thursday, May 5, 5:45 / Kabuki

The film's beauty would be more than enough to recommend it, but Huezo's work, supported by Ernesto Pardo's incandescent cinematography, is more than simply gorgeous. It manages a highly unusual synthesis of personal human stories.
- Robert Koehler, Variety

Indeed, the film is a revelation. It's one of those documentaries that does more than cogently impart information and exists as a work of art. This is the story of Ciquera, an El Salvador mountain village that was bombed into non-existence during the country's civil war. The director starts us off in the present day, rendering a tranquil, thriving village and the quotidian goings-on of its inhabitants... Captivating storytellers all, their personal tales escalate in horror as the film progresses, until it becomes nearly unbearable.
- Michael Hawley, Twitch Film


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