Latinos In The Industry

Another great thing to do at The New Now: Network with an Industry Insider

Who do you want to meet? What company may be a resource for you? What legal or music questions to you have?

Come to The New Now, and take advantage of our "At The Table With..." program, to sit down at the table with a broadcaster like Vme or KCET, a funder like Fledgling Fund, Scripps Network or A&E, a distributor like SnagFilms or Get direct answers to your questions about guilds like the WGA, or talent development programs like ABC Disney.

Yes, yes - a lot of this is online. And great information will come out at the panels, workshops, seminars. Maybe you'll even meet these execs at coffee breaks or NALIP's great cocktail parties. But some quiet time, 'At the table with...' one of our conference guest speakers, is a great way to get started.

Register now at, and check out the ATTW signup page with descriptions of the topics and opportunities. You can pick one or two, and spaces are limited. Last call is April 11, but to get your top choice, go now! Questions? Email Janet Rojas, ATTW Coordinator, at

We look forward to seeing you at The New Now!

Register Now for "Doing Your Doc" - Boulder, May 13-15

NALIP, CPB, the NEA, Boulder Digital Arts, and the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in association with Documentary Cinema Institute, Rocky Mountain PBS, ITVS, Latino Public Broadcasting, Intercambio, CAAM, ITVS, NBPC, PIC, and NAPT present

Doing Your Doc:

May 13-15 in Boulder, Colorado
A Weekend Seminar in Boulder to Make your Documentary Happen

A unique chance to work with internationally renowned speaker Fernanda Rossi, story consultant to over 300 films including two Academy Award Nominees, and author of the book Trailer Mechanics. Also receive project mentoring on your documentary idea, proposal or trailer. This intensive 3-day workshop is right for you, whether you are just beginning, have already shot footage, or have a rough cut and are seeking finishing funds.

Doing Your Doc is designed especially for media makers in the diverse and local communities of Colorado, preparing you to receive production funding and apply to national professional programs while developing your unique stories and views.

Doing Your Doc: 3-day Workshop Fee
Early Registration by May 13 - $100; Student w/ Valid ID - $50
Includes lunches, workshop materials, books & private project mentoring
At the door Registration - $125; Students - $75
Register online here for DOING YOUR DOC - BOULDER

For more information including a full schedule visit the Doing Your Doc webpage, or call NALIP at 310.395.8880

INDUSTRY INSIGHTS: Strategic Producing - You Surviving Or Thriving?

By Stacey Parks, a workshop leader at The New Now. Sign up today!

Once again I find it really depressing reading blog post after blog post about filmmakers just scraping by in their lives and spending all their time trying to get more fans on facebook and more donors to their crowd funding campaigns, instead of actually earning more fans and donors. And I'm so tired of all the negative discussions happening about just scraping by and making films where everyone has to defer getting paid including you. Come on people... there's a whole world of opportunities out there!

I just returned from a month in Australia where it really struck me - there's so much opportunity all around us we just have to know where to look. Film is truly a global business and therefore it requires sometimes you look outside of your own country's borders to put together the pieces of the puzzle. Every film I'm personally working on right now - both my own and my clients' films - have multiple components in different countries. We don't stop at the borders of Hollywood, we look far beyond them and think so outside the box that most people wonder what we're doing (but believe me, it's very deliberate)

I call this Strategic Producing and what it means in a nutshell is this. Do you want to thrive in todays film business? Not just survive, but thrive (that's the level I'm aspiring to) .... then you have to be strategic on how you put together each project.


Call for Entries: SAG Foundation Short Film Showcase

The Screen Actors Guild Foundation is now accepting submissions for its next short film showcase which will be presented in late May 2011 in New York. The deadline for submissions for the next showcase is Friday, April 15th. Films received after this date will be placed into consideration for the September event.


Films must not be over fifteen minutes in length. We are open to all genres of cinematic expression, as long as it is not patently offensive. There is absolutely no cost involved in submitting the films, nor do we charge to attend the screening.

For more information please send an email, including a brief synopsis and the running time of your film to:

Deadline Extended: New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF)

Commemorating its 12th year anniversary, the New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF), presented by HBO announced that is has extended its open call for 2011 film submissions.

Deadline to submit U.S. and international films for the 2011 NYILFF is: March 30, 2011

Submission forms and complete information regarding eligibility for the 2011 NY International Latino Film Festival are available at:

Showcasing films that present a cross-section of the diverse Latino culture to an audience of over 20,000 film fans and industry executives from throughout the U.S., the NYILFF is now the premier marketplace for Latino film.

NYILFF will consider films featuring, about and/or for the Latino community. It will consider all forms and genres, including: feature narrative, short films, documentary and experimental. All projects must have been completed by no earlier than 2009. Projects in a language other English must have English subtitles. Films cannot have been broadcast (television or Internet) or distributed commercially in the U.S. prior to the festival. Exceptions are made for short films and documentaries.

  Crowd-Funding: How to Make it Work for Filmmakers
(The Wrap) - If you're unfamiliar with the concept of crowd-funding, let me explain. It's basically using the internet to raise funds from the public (i.e. the masses, the crowd) for the purposes of financing a movie, an album, a start-up, or whatever it is you and your crowd want to finance. FULL STORY

For Michael Pena It's All About Keeping it Real
(Latin Heat Online) - The Lincoln Lawyer is a courtroom action drama, and Michael Pena brings much of that drama in one scene alone, as the wrongfully incarcerated prison inmate Jesus Martinez. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Children's Content for Baja California TV Station
Local Spanish-language television station in Baja California is looking for half-hour or hour show, children's programming for Saturday morning spot. Estacion de television local en Baja California busca media hora o hora de programa para ninos por los Sabados en la manana. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Writers for TV Show
Cinemation is currently hiring writers to develop one of our shows. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

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Do you want to navigate the mainstream Entertainment Community? Come to THE NEW NOW and learn how!

Another great panel planned for NALIP's national conference is "Navigating the System: Inside the Entertainment Industry." Whether you want to become a career creative executive or you need strategies for setting up a project at a major network or studio, this is the panel for you.

Come hear from some top execs who can help you to navigate either paths in our industry, or both! Get valuable advice on how to polish your pitch and build the relationships that help you to advance. Speakers include Frank B. Gonzalez, director of talent development & diversity for The Disney/ ABC Television Group; Chris Mack, creative executive at Warne Bros; Jon Mora, creative executive at Quadrant Pictures; and Shana Waterman, vice president, programming at Fox! Only at

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Evangeline Griego
NALIP Board of Advsors member's film airing on PBS starting April 2

NALIP Board of Advisors member Evangeline Griego's documentary God Willing will air on public television stations nationwide beginning on April 2, 2011. Check local listings or visit the film's website for broadcast dates and times.

God Willing begins with a letter from the filmmaker's nephew: "Dear Family - I've gone off with the missionaries, the bearded ones remember? To serve the Lord. Don't fill out a missing person's report. The Lord comes first - Daniel."

God Willing is the wrenching story of families who have lost their sons and daughters to the Jim Roberts Group, a nomadic Christian cult also known as the Garbage Eaters, The Church and The Brethren. Told through the journey of filmmaker Evangeline Griego's own family, as well as Sandi and Marsha, two moms whose daughters also joined the cult, the film chronicles the struggles of families whose children turn away from them to become "Brothers" and "Sisters" in the group - renouncing their past lives and the world often without ever turning back.

Founded in 1971 by the mysterious messianic figure Jim Roberts, the group has survived for decades as a separatist society that preaches a strict path to salvation, proselytizes for new members, adheres to strict ascetic values, subsists on discarded food and refuse, and shuttles its members from town to town, often on the run from concerned parents and family members who try to see or communicate with their children.

God Willing offers a rare inside look at the group through interviews with both family members and former members of The Church. The film shows how Roberts' message appeals to the sincere spiritual yearnings of many young people, and the struggle that some converts face with fellow members and themselves when they find little more comfort in the fold than in their previous lives. It also grippingly presents the anguish of parents and other loved ones who grapple with the urge to pursue and rescue their children, and the psychological, emotional and tactical impediments that so often get in the way of reconciliation. Featuring extensive surveillance footage of the group and rare, candid on-camera encounters with its members, God Willing is a powerful examination of families torn asunder, belief systems at war, and the perilous balance of futility and hope.

Rafael Agustin
NALIPster's touring comedy returns to LA in April

NALIP member Rafael Agustin's nationally-acclaimed touring comedy N*gger Wetb*ck Ch*nk, that takes on three wicked words, opens its new Los Angeles theater run Friday, April 1st at the Barnsdall Gallery Theater for 8 shows only. Rafael co-created, co-wrote and co-stars in the play.

Three tour-de-force performers blend theater, hip-hop, stand-up comedy, slam poetry and real-life stories to take on racial slurs, stereotypes and the concept of "race" itself in this 95 minute stage production.

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