Latinos In The Industry

THE NEW NOW is excited to announce AMC's Gerardo "Gerry" Lopez will give conference keynote address

NALIP announced today that AMC Theaters and AMC Independent president and CEO Gerry Lopez will be the keynote speaker on Saturday, April 16, during THE NEW NOW conference in Newport Beach. AMC has a longstanding commitment to advancing independent film. The company has promised more distinct and unconventional films at their theatres around the country, bringing a diverse line-up of films that excite, encourage and engage. We are eager to hear what he has to say, and how this impacts the Latino content creator community.

Mr. Lopez, who joined AMC from Starbucks, believes that AMC will play a leadership role in the entertainment arena. His will share with us his management philosophy: hire good people, agree on a direction, provide the tools, and reward results. He is inspirational, visionary, and one of Hispanic Business' "Top 100 Hispanic Business Leaders." Don't miss this part of the exciting Saturday programming at NALIP's 12th conference.

Also on Saturday is NALIP's Annual Achievement awards and Gala Dinner! Ticket with conference registration is only $25. Please don't wait. Buy yours now before that evening is sold out! Information for registration is available at

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Call for Submissions: Bridging Cultures through Film - International Topics Grant

Bridging Cultures through Film: International Topics
June 29, 2011 (receipt deadline)
Bridging Cultures films will spark Americans' engagement with the wider world through the exploration of countries and cultures outside of the United States, and/or across nations. Two levels of support are available: Development (up to $75,000) and Production (up to $800,000).

Films might take a wide range of approaches to international and transnational topics:
- an examination of a critical issue in ethics, religion, or history, viewed through an international lens;
- an approach to a topic or subject that transcends the idea of traditional nation statehood and explores it across borders;
- a biography of a foreign leader, writer, artist, or historical figure; or
- an exploration of the history and culture(s) of a specific region, country, or community outside of the United States.

Projects must be analytical and deeply grounded in humanities scholarship. We encourage innovative nonfiction stories and creative formats that will reach broad audiences. Films must range in length from a stand-alone broadcast hour to a feature-length documentary.

Applicants should demonstrate international collaboration by enlisting U.S.-based and non-U.S.-based scholars and/or by working with an international media team.

Who is eligible? Any U.S. nonprofit organization with IRS 501(c)(3) tax exempt status is eligible. Grants are not awarded to individuals. Independent producers who wish to apply are advised to partner with an eligible organization, which can act as fiscal sponsor.

Deadline: June 29, 2011 (receipt deadline)
Notification of awards will be in April 2012.
Visit the Bridging Cultures through Film: International Topics webpage for more information.

For more information, please contact:
Division of Public Programs

All applicants, particularly first-time applicants, are encouraged to contact NEH program officers who will answer questions about the review process, supply samples of similar applications, and review preliminary drafts.

Call for Entries: Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival

The 15th Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) is now accepting entries for the 2011 festival, to be held in Hollywood from July 17-25. One of the most prominent Latino International Film Festivals in the USA, the festival promotes the richness and diversity of Latin Cinema by showcasing films from the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal. LALIFF celebrates the work of existing and emerging Latino talent while creating a bridge between filmmakers and the film industry in Hollywood. LALIFF serves as a catalyst for the promotion and distribution of Latino films.

LALIFF presents feature films, documentaries, shorts and special screenings. The films showcase a wide variety of themes by Latino filmmakers, producers, writers and actors, as well as movies that depict Latino culture. It is a competitive festival with prizes and a venue where filmmakers come together with buyers, distributors and Latino and general audiences. Our Industry Office facilitates meetings and keeps a video library for Hollywood executives. LALIFF also offers industry workshops, panels, networking receptions, educational programs, and hosts some of the best Galas in Hollywood. We hope you will join us this summer!

The Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival is a qualifying festival for the Narrative and Animated Short Film categories of the Academy Awards.

Submissions are now open; the new form is online.
The early bird deadline is May 2, and the final Submission deadline is May 27.

Submissions should be sent regular post to our P.O. Box. The P. O. Box address does not accept Federal Express or UPS deliveries. Please write us if you need a street address where to send it.

For more information call or write:
Att: Marlene Dermer, Program Department
P.O. Box 149
Hollywood, CA 90078-0149
323-446-2770 Tel/Fax

We encourage you to apply early space is limited.

Call for Entries: Rose Marine Latino Film Festival

The historic Rose Marine Theater, a landmark for Latino arts and culture, will host an independent Latino film festival May 19-21, 2011.

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. Winning short will be presented as the shorts program closer on Friday May 20th, 2011. The director will recieve membership to Lone Star Film Society.

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. Winning short will be presented in a panel for a feedback session with guest filmmakers and industry representatives on Friday May 20th, 2011. Director will receive membership with Lone Star Film Society. One crew member will be invited to intern with Endeavor Cinema Group�s ECG Review to document the festival.

The three day event features screenings of international award winning films, the Rose Marine Tejano Short Film Premiere, panels, networking events and an educational outreach collaborative.

Deadline for Submissions
April 24th, 2011. (Postmarked, Emailed by 11:59pm)

Submit by mail with cover letter and DVD to:
RMLFF Rose Marine Tejano Short Premiere
56 Fort Washington Ave #55
New York, New York 10032

Mentor a Teen Filmmaker (NYC)

Reel Works Teen Filmmaking, an award-winning youth media organization, is looking for professional filmmakers to volunteer as mentors for NYC teens as they write, plan, film and edit short documentary films about their lives and communities. Apply by April 8, 2011 to be a mentor for our spring 2011 season!

Reel Works Teen Filmmaking is seeking talented, experienced and committed filmmakers who are:
- Armed with at least two years of documentary filmmaking experience. Technical skills such as Final Cut Pro editing are not required, but are helpful.
- Dedicated to guiding the artistic, academic, and professional aspirations of young people.
- Willing to work collectively with Reel Works and to recognize the importance of a supportive community in creative expression.
- Able to commit to weekly one-to-one mentoring sessions, bi-monthly group workshops and special events from April 2011 to August 2011.

How to Apply:

- Complete the Reel Works Mentor Application at
- Email: 1) your resume; and 2) a sample reel to by April 8, 2011. Qualified applicants will be invited to an individual, in-person interview.

Questions? Email Mari at or call 718.768.9000

  Unprecedented Number of Latinos Cast During 2011 Pilot Season
(Latin Heat Online) - An unprecedented number of Latinos have been cast as leads this pilot season - twenty-nine (29) at last count, with a few more roles yet to be cast. FULL STORY

Benjamin Bratt Joining 'Private Practice' as a Cast Regular
(The Hollywood Reporter) - In a bid to lure more viewers to the primetime medical soap, ABC's Pricate Practice is adding Benjamin Bratt to its cast. FULL STORY

U.S. Hispanic Population Tops 50 Million
(Reuters) - The U.S. Hispanic population passed the 50 million mark for the first time and Latinos accounted more than half of U.S. population growth in the last decade, the Census Bureau said on Thursday. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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From the Editor
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Latino Writers Lab deadline March 25!

NALIPsters Eren Isabel McGinnis and Eddie Martinez win at SDLFF

Media Arts Center San Diegos 18th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival ended this past Sunday, March 20th, with an attendance just under 20,000. The festival screened 185 films and hosted over 145 special guests filmmakers and actors. Among the festival's award winners were two NALIP filmmakers:

Venemovies Audience Favorite, Documentary & Best Documentary Feature - Special Mention:
Eren Isabel McGinnis (LPA 2003), with Ari Luis Palos, for their documentary Precious Knowledge. The film illustrates what motivates Tucson High School students and teachers to form the front line of an epic civil rights battle.

Best Documentary Feature:
Eddie Martinez (LPA 2007), with Roland Legiardi-Laura, Deborah Shaffer, and Amy Sultan, for their documentary To Be Heard. The film follows the lives of three Bronx teenagers whose involvement with a radical poetry workshop transforms their lives.

Report on NALIP-NY's Spotlight on Documentaries

Article by Roman Suarez
Photo by Danny Indio

On the eve of March 22nd, I was privileged enough to attend The NALIP "Spotlight on Documentaries Conference." I welcomed the night as an NYC actor/writer & aspiring film producer. In appreciation of being invited to a very informative and poignant conference, I will expound on how NALIP dedicates to empowering and supporting independent FILM PRODUCERS. In attendance were producers and key members of the TV, film and media industry. Too many channels & networks to name and to add the venue, CULTURE FIX (9 Clinton Street, ask for Ari, Daniel or Coles) was proportioned and prepared to satisfy the Film industry in addition to their regular guests. Not a single impolite or crass soul in sight.

The highlight was solely on today's most prominent and abundantly sought after film style, The Documentary. Each element which comprised the event worked so well that to call the night a drag or even a disappointment would be a sin against the act and art of what NALIP sets out to conduct. If I were to call a spade out it would have been the audio but then again the attendees were so attentive and compelled by what the panelists had to share that using a PA system was an add on.

The night treated me to listen to five panelists and one featured guest, thus enabling me to understand and reaffirm why I've transitioned to the world of films. Starting off with William Caballero, an amazingly talented and well rounded prodigy of film making. Caballero was the recipient of the BILL GATES MILLENNIUM SCHOLARSHIP. His first documentary, AMERICAN DREAMS DEFERRED premiered at the NY Int'l Latino Film Festival and he's been twice nominated for MTV Movie Awards. His upcoming documentary film: SPEAK! So The World Will Listen: UGANDA, is complete and ready to premier. He was the opening theme of the night.

What followed next was the main course of Documentary films "Who's Who & Guess Who" formed and informative. From important figures of major network programmers, acquisitions and distribution, in addition to producers of 2010

3 Latino Films Invited to Film Independent's Documentary Lab

Three Latino films have been invited to Film Independent's new Documentary Lab, sponsored by Latino Public Broadcasting. Taking place in Los Angeles, the Documentary Lab is an intensive seven-week program, with a main focus of assisting documentary filmmakers on their works-in-progress and providing creative feedback. Its mentors include Sundance's Caroline Libresco, the IDA's Eddie Schmidt, and The Garden's Scott Hamilton Kennedy.

Latino films invited to the program:

Roberto Gudiño (LPA 2008), whose film Above the Fold is about a group of young Latino journalists who responded to negative portrayals of Latinos in the Los Angeles Times by writing their own stories, and became the first Latino group to win the Pulitzer Prize.

Jose Asuncin and Brian Davis, whose film Sick Mick and the Boys tells the story of the Charlton brothers in their pursuit to break the motorcycle land speed record. Once estranged by prison, drugs and unemployment, the four brothers band together to build a jet-powered motorcycle in their Cleveland garage. And

Nicole Karsin, whose We Women Warriors follows three brave and remarkable native women in Colombia as they nonviolently defend their autonomy amid ongoing warfare, and who has just been invited to NALIP's 2011 Latino Media Market.


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