Latinos In The Industry

THE NEW NOW is proud to announce James McNamara to speak at opening keynote lunch, Friday, April 15!

NALIP's THE NEW NOW: Defining the Future Together conference begins at lunch on Friday, April 15 at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach with a keynote conversation with Pantelion Films chair, James McNamara. Don't miss this opportunity to hear about the most important and exciting development in Latino media this year. Jim is not only building a company with great opportunities for our content creators, he has a wealth of information on "the new now" of bicultural Latino/as as a market. He is a pioneering Hispanic media executive and producer of quality Latino content who brought together Spanish media powerhouse Televisa with leading independent Lionsgate. We are excited to hear from one of the foremost experts in our industry. Pantelion Films' first credits include Abel (Diego Luna), From Prada to Nada, and Ansiedad (Patricia Riegen).

Everyone registered for the THE NEW NOW conference is invited to lunch. This is the first of many great informational and networking sessions over the weekend. The best way to take advantage: register now Go to And remember: early bird registration ends on February 25.

10 Tips to Put You on the Leading Edge in Your Life and Career

By Suzanne Lyons, Co-Founder of Snowfall Films, Inc., Windchill Films, Inc. the Flash Forward Institute, and an LPA Mentor, with over 25 years experience in television and film.

1) RESPONSIBILITY/ACCOUNTABILITY: I admit, this one is painful. It is so much easier to think that someone else is partly responsibility. Much easier to blame and pass the buck. YOU are 100% responsible for every and all aspects of your life. Not 90%, not even 99%. 100% responsible! Listen to your conversations with yourself and others, take a look at your actions on a daily bases. Are you really taking 100% responsibility? Are you really being 100% accountable? Anything less renders you powerless.

2) SEE AND BE THE BIG PICTURE: I was reading the February issue of Oprah's magazine and loved what she said, "The thrill is to keep envisioning what can be and then have the guts to go for it and make it real. Imagine that!" If your focus is on the way it is and not on the way you say it's going to be then there's a good chance you'll stay where you are. That is not leadership. Look 25 (or more) years into the future and write down your accomplishments, vision, dreams, goals, desires. This exercise will take you out of the daily content of your life and will put everything in a context (a bigger picture). As you make the commitment to who you're going to "be" and what you're going to "do" in the future, it actually alters who you are in the present... today... right now.

3) PLAY THE GAME: There is a quote in the lyrics of a song by the pop band 'Reverend & the Makers' that really says it all, "If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much room." Isn't that the best? It's all about getting up to bat... to risk... to create the next gap for yourself and be willing to stand on the abyss... on nothing. As a leader you no longer get to sit on the sidelines and have an opinion about the way it should be. Get on the field, play the game, live on the edge, risk!


Deadline Approaching: Sundance Institute Creative Producing Fellowship

The Sundance Institute Feature Film Creative Producing Fellowship is a year-long program for emerging American producers ready to take their next project to the screen. The Fellowship focuses on supporting the next generation of independent producers to help develop their creative and strategic skills for a complex marketplace and encourage a holistic approach in their collaboration with directors and writers. Fellowship includes:

- Feature Film Creative Producing Lab
- Creative Producing Summit participation
- Sundance Film Festival attendance
- Sundance Industry Meetings at the Festival
- $5,000 living stipend
- $5,000 pre-production grant
- Year-round mentorship from 2 industry Advisors
- Community building among Producing Fellows
- Year-round support from Sundance Institute staff

Deadline to apply: February 14, 2011
Click here for the Application and Guidelines.

Deadline Extended: Reel Rasquache Art & Film Festival

The 2011 Reel Rasquache Art & Film Festival (RRAFF) extends its early film submission deadline to February 21, 2011 to allow filmmakers to take advantage of the lower submission rates. The festival will take place at the Regency Academy 6 Cinemas in Pasadena, California from May 13 – 15, 2011 and will be presented in association with Latin Heat Entertainment. The Reel Rasquache Art and Film Festival is the only festival of its kind that focuses primarily on films from US Latino independent filmmakers, as well as art from Latino artists.

Regular Deadline: Feb. 21 - $15 Shorts, $20 Features
Late Deadline: Mar. 14 - $25 Shorts, $30 Features

Submission forms can be downloaded online at

  Interview: 'También La Lluvia' Director
( - Director Iciar Bollain's political drama También La Lluvia is up for fourteen Goya Awards, Spain's equivalent of the Academy Awards, and now American audiences will be able to see the must-see Spanish import. FULL STORY

Maya Entertainment Acquires Int'l Rights to 'La Mission'
(The Wrap) - Maya Entertainment has acquired international rights to La Mission, a drama starring Benjamin Bratt and written and directed by the actor's brother, Peter Bratt. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Casting: Tengo Talento Much Talento
Do you have talent? Do you dance, act, or sing? Now casting for the 4th season of "Tengo Talento Mucho Talento," winner gets $100,000 and a shot at fame. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

From the Editor
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Latino Media Market Application Deadline Feb. 14!

Time is running out to apply for the Latino Media Market™ at THE NEW NOW! Visit the LMM webpage for details and an application, and don't miss the Feb. 14 postmark deadline.

How to Write & Create Outside the Box
Friday, April 15 (4:30-7pm) at THE NEW NOW conference!

This special conference workshop brings back renowned writer/teacher Josefina Lopez, (Real Women Have Curves), and is by pre-signup only. It is designed to help writers overcome all sorts of writer's block. It will teach you how to tap into creativity very quickly: how to come up with original themes, ideas, and plots that are not predictable, giving you an edge over the competition. Josefina will work with 10-12 writers, discussing how take stories from the present or from newspaper headlines and give them original spins that will make them unique and get film producers' attention. Expect a very hands-on workshop!

Pre-requisite: All students must have written a full length screenplay already and have an advanced understanding of screenplay structure.

To apply:
* Be registered for The New Now conference
* Submit two pages of your screenplay via email
* Include a short cover letter in the body of the email, explaining your interest in the workshop and the subject of your full-length completed screenplay

If Accepted: You will be assigned an article and a script to read, pre-conference.

Deadline to apply is March 30th, 2011!! Register early to benefit from the best rates. Email all materials to Luis De Vega to:

Take advantage of this opportunity to work one-on-one in Newport Beach with Josefina Lopez!

More details visit

Miguel Picker
NALIPster's film to premiere in NYC and LA

NALIP member Miguel Picker's (LPA 2006) film The Price of Pleasure will be having its New York City premiere at the QUAD Cinema (34 West 13th Street, NY, NY 10011) on Friday 2/18 at 1pm and Monday 2/21 at 9:55pm as part of Cinema Libre Studio's "Celebrating Sex in Cinema." The film's Los Angeles premiere will follow starting on 2/25 at the Laemmle's Sunset 5 (8000 W. Sunset Blvd.). Click here for more information.


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