Latinos In The Industry

CBS Casting to Conduct Workshop at NALIP 2011 Actorfest Studio!

We are pleased to announce that Fern Orenstein, CBS Casting Vice President will come from Hollywood to present her acclaimed workshop at The New Now on Thursday, April 14. This is an intensive experience designed to help actors land roles. Ms. Orenstein will share her extensive knowledge of the casting process, and give actors her professional assessment of their headshots during the training workshops at Actorfest. She will offer specific critiques on how best to market yourself as a performer.

Also, don't miss the "Super Marketing For Actors" workshop presented by AFTRA, learn how to navigate New Media Platforms opportunities at the "Actors 2.0" workshop, presented by Geoff Fairbanks of NBC, and participate in the "Round Table Power Meetings" where you will have the opportunity to meet with Casting Directors, Managers, Agents, and other Executive Professionals!

So get those headshots and resumes ready, and Register Today!

Already registered for the Conference? You can attend all Actorfest classes, workshops and meetings for free! Can't come to the conference? No problem. Go ahead and register only for the Actorfest on Thursday, April 14th! Register today to secure your spot!

Call for Entries: Chicken & Egg Pictures

Chicken & Egg Pictures Call for Entries Is Now Open! Got a story to tell? Have an issue just burning up inside that you can tell like no-one has seen before, that has a unique access or angle to it geared to inspire audiences far and wide? Do you need to share a character the world needs to hear from, who will transform conversations with their unique sensibility/story/relation to the world... Apply here!

Deadline: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at MIDNIGHT PST

Don't forget to read the guidelines and FAQs before applying, always read the guidelines! Team Chicken & Egg looks forward to learning about your stories...good luck!

Chicken & Egg Pictures is a hybrid film fund and non-profit production company dedicated to supporting women filmmakers who are as passionate about the craft of storytelling as they are about the social justice, environmental and human rights issues they�re embracing, translating and exploring on film.

We match strategically timed financial support with rigorous, respectful and dynamic mentorship, creative collaboration and community-building to nurture women filmmakers whose diverse voices represent a range of lived experience and realities that have the power to change the world as we know it.

Call for Submissions: Roy W. Dean Grants

The Roy W. Dean Grants are taking applications for the NYC Grant (deadline April 30, 2011) and LA Grant (deadline June 30, 2011). Donations are goods and services that are close to $30,000.00 on each grant. We want docs and features budgeted under $500K.

Please see for application, guidelines and prior winners. Any questions email

TotalAXIS Presents DISCOVERY: A Conversation With Marc Hirschfeld

On Wednesday, March 30th, at 7:30 PM, you are invited to join us and special guest Marc Hirschfeld (Casting Director and former SVP of Talent at NBC) for DISCOVERY the first of a series of conversations with industry leaders poised and ready to educate, network and motivate our talent community to new heights. Helping you DISCOVER the best in you! The evening will be co-hosted by Yvette Yates, details on her and this event can be found at:

TotalAXIS is a community of progressive entertainment industry professionals who come together to inspire, share knowledge, and exchange ideas that entertain, elevate and serve society. NALIP members can enjoy a DISCOUNT ticket courtesy of Pepsi / Frito Lay by entering the code NALIP. Join TotalAXIS and get a promotional COMP ticket details online.

Hollywood's Latino Snub

By Ruben Navarrette

We already knew that Johnny Depp is one of the most gifted actors of his generation and capable of delivering memorable performances.

Now we also know he is a man of character. Depp recently turned down a prime film role that was his for the taking -- perhaps because, judging from his public comments, he realized that he never should have been offered the job in the first place and that it should have gone to someone else.

This reminds me. I bet you thought that Hollywood stopped making black-and-white films years ago. Not so. In fact, they are still the entertainment industry's stock in trade.

Just ask any of the small but growing number of Latino writers, directors, producers and actors who don't get a fair shot at jobs in show business even though the industry is based in a city that is nearly 50 percent Latino.

The latest insult was the casting of Depp to play Francisco "Pancho" Villa, the iconic Mexican revolutionary, in an upcoming film by Serbian director Emir Kusturica. The film -- "Seven Friends of Pancho Villa and the Woman with Seven Fingers" -- will co-star Salma Hayek, and it is set to begin production later this year.

There's only one problem: There is no leading man. Depp has dropped out of the project. The exit was probably a bit sticky, given the late notice and the fact that he and Kusturica are said to be friends.

The explanation, for public consumption, is that Depp had too many other commitments. But, if you want to know the real reason, just listen to what the actor said a couple of weeks earlier. At a news conference promoting his new film, "Rango," Depp was asked about the possibility that he might play Villa. He said that the project was "up in the air" and that he was facing a "dilemma" because, as he put it:

"I feel like it should be played by a Mexican," he told the assembled media. "Not some mutt from Kentucky. . . . I still feel very strongly about that."

Now that Depp has stepped away from the project, his possible replacements include two Latinos: Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal and Puerto Rican actor Benicio del Toro. Kusturica will soon meet with both men, and pick his Pancho.

This is good news, especially to someone who has a strong institutional memory of what Hollywood used to be like for Latinos and an unvarnished perspective on what it's like now.

Moctesuma Esparza has produced more than 20 films, many of them with Latino subject matter. For his labor, the filmmaker has received dozens of awards. His upcoming films include "Without Men" with Eva Longoria and Christian Slater.

And yet, Esparza said on a panel that we were both on recently that he didn't start getting the respect of his peers until he started making films about non-Latinos. Up to that point, I would imagine, he was seen -- unfairly -- by the Hollywood establishment as less of an artist and more of an activist.

Now the CEO of Maya Cinemas, a theater chain that caters to Latinos in the United States, Esparza casts himself in both roles. The artist appreciates, as he told me, "the potential of what human beings are capable of doing" in playing someone of a different race or ethnicity. But the activist sees things like boneheaded casting decisions in the context of what has been Hollywood's ugly history with Latinos. After all, for much of the 20th century, Latinos were depicted on film as either Latin lovers or border bandits.

"They made a whole series of movies where white people played Mexicans," Esparza recalled. "And they were generally evil characters."

It's this history that makes what the filmmaker calls "brown face" -- the practice of non-Latinos playing Latinos -- so very troubling.

"It says that they think we don't have the talent to play ourselves," he said.

And why is that?

"Hollywood is a very insular community," Esparza said. "They don't venture beyond their circles of acquaintances. We're the valets, nannies, messengers, security guards and maids. That's who they see."

It's a shame that, when it comes to Latinos, an industry built on imagination doesn't have much of it.

  Latino Family Cast in Rob Schneider's New CBS Pilot Sitcom
(Latin Heat Online) - Things are moving fast with the casting of the Rob Schneider untitled CBS pilot. Recent additions to the cast include Nadine Velazquez, Tony Plana, and Lupe Ontiveros. FULL STORY

LFF's Q&A With Rubén Martínez
(LFF Blog) - Ruben Martinez, the screenwriter and host of the documentary When Worlds Collide (2010), recently talked to LFF about his work on the film, his thoughts on the identifier "Latino", and more. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Bilingual Doc Editor/Preditor
Looking for a bi-lingual (English/Spanish) documentary short format editor or preditor for editing a web-series/interactive video blog being produced along side a very inspired feature film doc focused on following and witnessing the youth movement towards creating eco-sustainability in Latin America. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Bilingual Researcher/AP or PA
Looking for a bi-lingual (English/Spanish) documentary short format researcher/AP or PA for a web-series/interactive video blog being produced along side a very inspired feature film doc focused on following and witnessing the Youth movement towards creating eco-sustainability in Latin America. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Bilingual Post-Production Assistants
PBS funded documentary on Latina actresses working in Hollywood looking for production assistants to help log and transcribe tapes on a tape-by-tape basis. We need people who can write/log both Spanish and English. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION
Casting: Latino Teens for Short
We are currently casting two Latino teen roles for a short film executive produced by Film Independent, organizers of the LA Film Festival. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION
Casting: Actress for Spy Girl Web Series
A successful commercial director is looking for a female actress 21-34 for a spy girl web film series for lingerie client (reputable and sophisticated line - nothing trashy). FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

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Did you apply for the MTV Tr3s Pitch in NY or Newport Beach yet?

We know you've probably been busy and we don’t want you to miss this opportunity so we are going to give you few more days to apply for the MTV Pitch Tr3s in New York. New deadline is Monday, March 14. But don’t wait its only 5 days away! Download your application here. When complete email it to . If you are planning to apply for Newport Beach, don’t forget to register to THE NEW NOW conference at, the deadline is April 2.

Are you bilingual, bicultural with a passion for reality TV and wish to make a career of it?

Then don't miss this panel at THE NEW NOW on April 16 in Newport Beach, CA!

Sí TV the premiere lifestyle and entertainment brand that reflects and celebrates the lives of bicultural Latinos through compelling content on air, online and On Demand presents Bilingual Bicultural Reality TV: The Way to Make it a Career panel. How can Latinos make a living telling their own stories in reality television? Learn the tips for success to break in to this huge business. This panel will bring you Esther Reyes, "Passport"; Ann Rose, Sundance Channel; and Lily Neumeyer, AETN. Moderated by Marlene Braga, SiTV's Vice President of Programming. Come and be part of the reality television in the own words of the industry professionals.

Be part of this and other panels by registering to THE NEW NOW conference, go to:, our pre-registration rates for NALIP, AFTRA and SAG members of $275 ends on March 25.

Cynthia Jeannette Gomez
NALIPster receives NAPT R&D award for doc

NALIP member Cynthia Jeannette Gomez (LPA 2009) has been awarded a Research and Development Award by NAPT for her film Without A Tribe.

This documentary film unlocks the clandestine social, economic and political conditions of the late 1600s when Native youth and women were stolen from homelands and imprisoned, then ransomed into domestic servitude, hard labor and military training only to be labeled with lowest class identity as Genizaro Indians. Today's Genizaro descendants continue to struggle to maintain their communal homelands and recognize this Genizaro heritage shaped of Indigenous and Spanish cultures. For more information on the film go to Without A Tribe on Facebook.

Yvette Yates
NALIPster starring in Sorority Party Massacre

NALIPster Yvette Yates will dominate the screen in her upcoming role as the sexy dominatrix sorority girl Sloan, in the feature film Sorority Party Massacre, written by Chris W. Freeman.

In her role in the film, Yates plays one of five sorority sisters competing for the Fawnskin Grant. Winning the grant would give them the second highest post in the national conference of sisterhood. But while stationed at an isolated cove, the sorority girls find themselves being watched by a killer and when a body emerges from the lake, suspects literally crawl out of the hills.

Sorority Party Massacre comes on the heels of Yates' other recent film, Without Men, starring Eva Longoria and Christian Slater, which was picked up for theatrical distribution by Maya Entertainment and slated for a U.S. release in Summer 2011.

Yates will also star in Season Three of the award-wining web series YLSE. Yvette Yates is repped by Metropolitan Talent Agency's (MTA), Sarabeth Schedeen and Tom Markley and by Louisa Spring of Spring Management.

Dennis Bover
NALIPster launches self-produced web series

NALIPster and actor Dennis Bover has launched a self-produced web series with the goal of exploiting new media to become a widely known comedic actor in two years. His web series has two episodes online, with more on the way. Click here to watch the series on YouTube.


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