Latinos In The Industry

How are we being covered in the media? Who is covering us? Check out Covering Latinos.

Hate speech. Under-representation. Over-index in unflattering stories. Terms and frames of reference. How are Latinos covered in news and other media, and who is engaged in defining that dialogue? THE NEW NOW invites Ivan Roman, executive director of The National Association of Hispanic Journalists to look at Covering Latinos on Friday, April 15. Ivan, with over two decades work in professional journalism, will speak with representatives of CNN, NPR, the Orange County Register and a nationally syndicated Latino political cartoonist about how we are presented, in news and information media. Bring your questions, and examine how we can realize important change on every radio, television, and newspaper page in our country.

For more information on this and other panels please visit:

Deadline Approaching: Film Independent Screenwriter's Lab

Film Independent's Screenwriters Lab is an intensive five-week program running two to three evenings a week in Los Angeles in August and September. The Lab is designed to help screenwriters improve their craft, develop their voices as writers, and take their current scripts to the next level. During the Lab, Fellows receive feedback on their scripts from the Lab instructor, outside advisors, and the other writers in the program.

Deadline: March 28
Click here for details and application.

Past Screenwriters Lab projects include Suzi Yoonessi's Dear Lemon Lima, (2009 Los Angeles Film Festival), Beth Schacter's Normal Adolescent Behavior (2007 Tribeca Film Festival), Scott Prendergast's Kabluey (2007 Los Angeles Film Festival), Minh Nguyen-Vo's Buffalo Boy (Vietnam's entry to the 2007 Academy Awards), and V. Prasad's Ocean of Pearls.

Call for Entries: Aesthetica Short Film Competition

The Aesthetica Short Film Competition 2011 is now open for entries! It's a fantastic opportunity to get your work broadcast to a wider audience and Aesthetica are keen to see entries from both new and established filmmakers who are driving short film forward. The winning film receives a fantastic prize package including:

- 500 prize money (apx. $800)
- Screenings at film festivals across the UK, including Rushes Soho Shorts (London), Glasgow Film Festival (Glasgow) and Branchage (Jersey)
- A weekend filmmaking course, courtesy of Raindance
- 12 months membership to Shooting People, the international film network
- Inclusion on a DVD that will be distributed to all Aesthetica readers (60,000 viewers)

The runner-up will also receive 250 (apx $400), as well as DVD publication. Films should be no longer than 25 minutes but can be any genre including artists' film, music videos, dance films, horror and comedy or anything you can think of!

Entry is 15 per film (apx. $24). No limit to the number of entries permitted. Please visit for more information and to submit. Deadline April 30, 2011.

Call for Entries: Best Shorts Competition

The Best Shorts Competition is now accepting entries. Those filmmakers who win Best Shorts laurels will be invited to participate in compilation DVDs and organize local events to screen not only their own films but also the films of other Best Shorts winning filmmakers.

$1000 Cash Award ... Annual Humanitarian Award ... $1500 Studio Award

It is an excellent venue for new and experimental media, television pilot programs, animation, educational programs, remixes & mashups, movie trailers, music videos, webisodes and tube length works.

Deadline: March 25, 2011
Entry form and additional information at:

Free Legal Services for Independent Feature Filmmakers

The Working with Filmmakers Legal Clinic at Chapman University School of Law provides production legal services for selected 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
- Low or ultra low budget independent feature (not a documentary)
- Start date in the near future

Interested Filmmakers are welcome to contact:
Professor Kathy Heller
Chapman University School of Law

  Michelle Rodriguez Prefers Tough Chick Roles
( - CineMovie sat down with Michelle Rodriguez, who discussed preferring tough-chick roles and how Rita Moreno and Jennifer Lopez paved the way for her in Hollywood. FULL STORY

Constance Marie Returns to TV on New ABC Family Sitcom
(Latin Heat Online) - Constance Marie, the actress audience have come to love for her portrayals of loving mothers beginning in the film Selena to her latest gig on television as George Lopez’s wife on George Lopez, is back as mom Regina Vazquez in the ABC Family sitcom Switched at Birth. FULL STORY

Theater Chains Dive Into Distribution
(The Wrap) - With the 2011 box office down sharply and studios threatening the traditional theatrical window through new home-viewing schemes, theater owners are taking matters into their own hands. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Several PBS Positions (Arlington, VA)
PBS is hiring for several positions including: Chief Content Officer; Controller; Director, Station Development Services; Director, Treasury Operations; Senior Director, Ready to Learn Program; Senior Manager, Online Fundraising. FULL JOB DESCRIPTIONS

Bilingual Crew for Reality Show
Hiring experienced, bilingual crew for reality show. Traveling is involved. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

From the Editor
Alex Mendoza
Alex Mendoza & Associates
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Music in movies is magic. How will you make yours happen?

Join our Interactive Dialogue on "Making Your Music Happen" at NALIP's THE NEW NOW national conference.

Moderated by Lisa Feldman, Senior director of film/television relations for BMI, this entertaining and practical workshop will bring you a director brainstorming with his composer. Then the role of their music supervisor to clear songs, based on a budget from their producer. All will make beautiful music together - at the end of the day. This panel bring you 2011 Estela Award winner Francisco Bello, Telemundo's Margaret Guerra Rogers, who has worked on Heathers and Real Women Have Curves, documentary and theatre composer Richard Martinez, whose recent scored work includes Passionate Politics: The Life and Work of Charlotte Bunch, The Longoria Affair, Antonio Pantoja Presente!, The Last Conquistador and the film The Miracle of Spanish Harlem, and El Cantante producer Julio Caro.

Don't miss this and all our other terrific informative panels. Visit and register now!

Pedro Ultreras
NALIPster's doc The Beast (La Bestia) released on DVD

NALIP member Pedro Ultreras' documentar film The Beast (La Bestia) was released on March 8 on DVD. It is being distributed by Venevision Internacional in the US and Puerto Rico, in English and Spanish. Watch the trailer here, or buy it on Amazon here.

Synopsis: For close to two decades, thousands of Central Americans have lost their dreams, limbs and lives trying to cross illegally the Mexican territory hanging from cargo trains known as "The Beast." Mexico represents a great challenge for those whose only goal is to reach the northern border hoping to cross into the United States. Migrants become easy prey to all levels of Mexican authorities, assailants, gang members, train drivers and Mexican mafia members.

In order to film this documentary, Pedro Ultreras risked his own life by riding this cargo trains across Mexico with hundreds of Central American migrants.

Patricia Perez
NALIPster's doc premiering at International Family Film Festival

NALIP member Patricia Perez's documentary Mistura - The Power of Food will have its world premiere at the International Family Film Festival at Raleigh Studios in Los Angeles on March 20 at 10:15am. The film has also been selected for the Festival of Latin American Cinema in Montreal.

Synopsis: In Peru, cooking and eating go beyond the kitchen. The nation's passion for food transcends pots and pans, Peru finds in its cuisine its missing ingredient: A way to celebrate being Peruvian. A way to love, show respect and be proud. Mistura, the gastronomic fair that happens in Lima every September, is the best example. This documentary captures a slice of the immense spectrum of experiences that are simmered in Mistura every year. A place where cooks and patrons passionately teach us not only about food but most importantly about life.


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