Latinos In The Industry

HBO Announces 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 of their 2011 Documentary grant. Applications are now online. Deadline is June 10 to submit

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. HBO created this $10,000 cash award for Latino filmmakers, and announced the third annual contest at The New Now conference this month.

The idea of this grant 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 now available at to submit your documentary project. One Latino Filmmaker will win $10,000.

Deadline is June 10, 2011

Sympathy For Delicious, Directed by Mark Ruffalo, Opens in Select Theaters

This Friday, April 29th, NALIP partner and sponsor Maya Entertainment releases Sympathy For Delicious, starring Mark Ruffalo, Orlando Bloom, Laura Linney, Juliette Lewis, and Christopher Thornton.

Sympathy For Delicious marks acclaimed actor Mark Ruffalos first foray into directing. This inspired and unusual film tells the story of Dean ODwyer (Christopher Thornton), also known as Delicious D, an up-and-coming DJ on the underground music scene in Los Angeles. When a motorcycle accident leaves Dean paralyzed, he abandons his turntables for a wheelchair as his once promising career disappears before his eyes. Forced to live out of his car on skid row, Dean begins his descent into depression when he meets Father Joe Roselli (Mark Ruffalo), a passionate young priest. Father Joe introduces Dean to the world of faith-healing, an unlikely way for him to begin his quest to walk again. He soon discovers that he possesses the otherworldly power to heal people, but in an odd twist of fate, he is utterly unable to heal himself.

Sympathy For Delicious is an edgy rock-and-roll spiritual journey that explores the lasting effects of tragedy, the search for meaning, and the ultimate redemptive power of compassion.

Sympathy For Delicious opens in Los Angeles (Laemmle Sunset 5) and New York (Village East Cinema) on April 29th, and then in Washington DC on May 6th (West End Cinema). And will also be available on VOD May 5th through Time Warner Maya at the Movies folder, and Comcast XFinity Maya at the Movies Folder.

There will also be a star-studded Q&A in both NY and LA: In New York, Friday April 29th after the 7:55pm show and intro for the 10:35pm show with Orlando Bloom and Chris Thornton, and Saturday April 30th after the 7:55pm show and intro for the 10:35pm show with Mark Ruffalo, Orlando Bloom, and Chris Thornton. In Los Angeles, Sunday May 1st after the 4:20pm show and after the 7:10pm show with Mark Ruffalo and Chris Thornton.

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INDUSTRY INSIGHTS: A "Career" In Indie Film? Better Have That Second Job Lined Up...

By Ted Hope, co-founder of New York production company This is that, which Thas produced seventeen features in six years.

I don't want to discourage anyone to not pursue their dreams. I just want to encourage people to do it in a realistic manner. On the other hand, I also don't think anyone should live their life dedicated to being safe and secure. We do need to pursue and push for better things. But then again, I also don't think anyone should be reckless in that pursuit. Cracking the code about trying the impossible (aka a life in the arts) is a back and forth proposition, and success is often based on good timing as much as merit.

If you ask me, pursuing a career in Indie Film these days requires one to have an alternative money stream to pay the bills, and there lies the rub.

Last week I tried to explain to a multi-hyphenate that I admire why I recently found it so hard to read scripts. The fear of falling in love with a new project haunts me. Such passion would lead to reckless behavior if I actually like what I read.


Call for Submissions: Television Writers Program

The NLMC Television Writers Program submission period is now open for those writers who can write at least one half-hour comedy or one-hour dramatic television script in English within a five-week period of time. The program will take place in Burbank, CA from October 8th to November 11th. Each participant is expected to complete at least one script by the end of the five-week session, which will then be read by network executives. Those writers whose scripts show promise will be interviewed and mentored by the network executives with the idea of placing them on a show. A stipend of $250 per week will be given to each participant. Flight, housing, and meals will be provided.

The NLMC Television Writers Program is an intensive scriptwriters workshop to prepare and place Latinos in writing jobs for the major television networks. This project is modeled after the previously successful Hispanic Film Project. The television scriptwriters workshop is designed to familiarize participants with the format, characters and storyline structure of specific shows that are currently on the air. This five-week, total immersion workshop is mentored and guided by former NBC V.P of Script Development, Geoff Harris. The workshop is conducted in Burbank, CA and a total of 10 writers are recruited nationwide from established network of NHMC chapters, other non-profit agencies, schools, universities, guilds and media organizations. The goal is that the writers garner the skills necessary to obtain employment in the industry. The NLMC Writers Program was created in accordance to part of NHMC's mission to improve the image of American Latinos as portrayed by the media and increase the number of American Latinos employed in all facets of the media industry. The program directly responds to the lack of diverse writers in primetime network TV with the idea that if there are more diverse writers present at the writer's table, more diversity will be reflected on TV.

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  Bardem to Star in 'Dark Tower' Show, Films
(UPI) - Spanish actor Javier Bardem has been cast as Roland Deschain in the TV and film adaptations of Stephen King's "Dark Tower" books, the New York Post said. FULL STORY

J.Lo and Anthony team up with Fuller for new show
(AP) - Jennifer Lopez is teaming up with "American Idol" creator Simon Fuller for a new TV show - and she's bringing husband Marc Anthony into the fold. The trio announced Wednesday that they are creating "Q'Viva! The Chosen." The show would feature the superstar couple as they travel 21 countries to find the best performers in Latin music, dance and other arts with the goal of creating a live extravaganza. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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Composer for NALIP-NY's Latin Slate Show
Latin Slate, NALIP NY's show will be reformatted for online video streaming, and the show's Producers are looking for new theme music. No pay, but composer's name will be in the credits of a popular series that reaches many filmmakers. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Interns and Web / Social Media Gurus
DreamTown is now currently looking for Interns to help support a new stage of development and fundraising that we are at on our inspiring independent Bi-lingual/ Bi-cultural Sports related Social impact/ cause driven feature documentary. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

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NALIP Board member's transmedia project opens May 14 in Miami

NALIP Board member Juan Carlos Zaldivar's Shifting Nature is a transmedia project that begins as a series of videos and an binaural sound installations and will develop into a feature film over the next year.

WHERE: Bernice Steinbaum Gallery in Miami, FL
WHEN: May 14th - June 4th 2011
Opening Saturday May 14th 2PM - 9PM
Artist will be present 6-9 PM

Shifting Nature challenges our preconceptions of physicality. In a dark room, attendants must discover and "catch" the video projections on the palm of their hands or on their bodies. They are also invited to listen to "3D audio" recordings of nature that have been acoustically "fitted" inside the gallery.

What is transmedia?
It has been generally agreed that the term transmedia was contextualized by Stephen Dinehart, who related it to Richard Wagner's concept of Gesamtkunstwerk ("total art work"; or a work of art that encompasses all art disciplines).

Many would argue that the birth of motion pictures realized this concept of a "total wok of art" at the turn of the nineteenth century. However, new technologies in the twenty first century have once again shifted our perception of actuality and what is real. Dinehart argues that the traditional "viewer" has simultaneously become a "user" of technology and a "player" interacting with these new technologies.

Transmedia works must then emerge from different incarnations of their core concept as these concepts manifest in different mediums or technological platforms. Ideas may be adopted or discarded but they do not die. Just because something is not visible, it does not mean that it is not there.

Shifting Nature is an experiment in transcendence, as well as an exploration of the physicality of an idea. At its core, however it encourages participants to accept different was to be.

Federico Chavez-Blanco
Make A Film Foundation movie premiering with NALIPster's original score

Make A Film Foundation (MAFF) proudly presents the world premiere and red carpet gala benefit of Deep Blue Breath starring Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings), Miguel Sandoval ("Medium"), Natasha Gregson Wagner (High Fidelity), Ernie Hudson ("Oz," Ghostbusters), directed by Patricia Cardoso and introducing Clay Beabout, with Original Score written by NALIP LPA Mentor Federico Chavez-Blanco. The event will be held at the Writers Guild Theater on Saturday, April 30th at 7:30 PM. You can listen to some samples of the music here.

Deep Blue Breath was written by Clay when he was 11-years-old. Clay has a rare, life-threatening disorder called V.A.T.E.R. Syndrome and will undergo his 40th surgery days after the screening. Clay's story is based on his true-life experiences.

On screen, while a medical team is battling to save his life in surgery, Clay fictionally travels into the animated world of his body to fight against characters that represent his disease. Supporting Clay on screen is a star-studded cast including Astin, who plays his father, and Hudson who performs as the voice of Clay's nemesis. Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (directors, Little Miss Sunshine), and actor Elijah Wood (from the upcoming film The Hobbit) were among the team members who mentored Clay through the filmmaking process. Make-A-Wish Foundation introduced Clay to MAFF.

Pablo Croce
Wins Best New Doc Director at Tribeca

The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival announced its jury prizes in a ceremony at the W Union Square on Thursday evening. US-born Venezuelan director Pablo Croce won the Best New Documentary Director award for Like Water, a film takes audiences on the journey of reigning UFC champ Anderson Silva. It's a look into the most private and honest day-to-day life of the man behind the fighter. It's a great doc that minimizes the use of talking heads to tell the story. Nothing can truly recreate reality as it is. We get close very close in arts, but the unpredicted chain of events of reality is never surpassed. This film uses a cinema verite approach to narrate the events, subtle moments and facts of this man's journey from one controversial fight to the other.

Click here to read Tribeca's interview with Pablo Croce about his film.

The prizes were the culmination of a day in which TFF and the Tribeca Film Institute, the non-profit year-round organization that puts on the festival, handed out a slew of different awards, honoring three dozen different films with cash prizes, grants and fellowships.


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