Latinos In The Industry


THE NEW NOW Pre-Conference Event Exclusive for Latino Performers:

Join us for an exciting day full of engaging workshops, conversations, and networking opportunities with casting, acting, and auditioning professionals! This special day will include workshops from SAG, AFTRA, and NALIP executives.

This new edition of the ACTORFEST will combine the best elements of previous years. You will have the opportunity to learn new skills through acting workshops such as "Acting 2.0," "The Truth about Commercial Auditions," "Pitching Yourself to Hollywood," and "Surviving the Industry," as well as have intimate conversations with well-established actors that will share their career experiences with you.

In addition, performers will also have the opportunity to meet with casting directors, agents, managers, directors, producers, and executives during the all new Round Table Power Meetings where 8-10 actors will spend 15-20 minutes with each professional, discussing specific topics and, most importantly, have the opportunity to be seen!

Don't forget those headshots and resumes - every casting director, network, studio, manager, and agency attending will take home your latest picture and resume, and may invite you for follow-up meetings! DO NOT miss this unique day of training, skills building and industry connections that will propel your career to new heights!

NALIP's THE NEW NOW ACTORFEST STUDIO is open to Latino/Latina, Native American, and performers of color, of any age or level of experience! THE NEW NOW Actorfest Studio begins when you register online to secure your place.

The day begins on April 14 with your arrival and check-in, 8:30 am - 10:00 am at: The Island Hotel, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660. Once you arrive, follow the signs for NALIP's THE NEW NOW ACTORFEST STUDIO!! This is a PRE-CONFERENCE EVENT and is FREE to registered conference attendees, $20 in advance through on-line registration, $30 for on-site registration and $10 SAG/AFTRA member special rate.

INDUSTRY INSIGHTS: Producer René Bastian on Crowdfunding and Independent Filmmaking

NALIP Board of Advisors member Vangie Griego, who recently completed two successful crowdfunding campaigns, will lead a practical and lively discussion of this topic at the upcoming THE NEW NOW conference.

By Josh Welsh, Film Independent

Over the years, Spirit Award-winning producer and NALIP-NY Film Counseling Series mentor René Bastian has worked to make a name for himself in the independent film world. Named one of Variety's 10 Producers to Watch in 2005, René, under his banner Belladonna Productions, which he runs alongside producer Linda Moran, has produced films including L.I.E., Transamerica, A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, as well as Michael Haneke's American remake of Funny Games. He is currently in pre-production on Neither the Veil Nor the Four Walls, by writer/director Afia Nathaniel.

Let's start with Neither the Veil Nor the Four Walls. This is a remarkable project, set in post 9/11 Pakistan, about a young woman who fights to keep her young daughter from an arranged marriage. The writer/director, Afia Nathaniel, is a Pakistani-born filmmaker who has made some great short films, and this will be her first feature. Could you talk a bit about the project?

Neither the Veil, Nor the Four Walls is inspired by two separate true events, which happened to two women in Pakistan: One was the successful kidnapping and escape of a young mother with her two daughters from the tribal region in Pakistan to prevent them from the fate of an arranged, forced marriage. The other one was the story of a woman who was shot by her own mother in the office of a prominent female women's rights lawyer in Lahore for the perceived dishonoring of their family. The film tells the story of Allah Rakhi, a woman who is seeking freedom from cultural customs for herself and her daughter and dies for it.


Deadline Approaching: Fast Track and Financing Market

Film Independent is accepting submissions to its 2011 Fast Track. The deadline for submissions is February 28, 2011.

Fast Track, sponsored by Kodak, is a film financing market that takes place during the Los Angeles Film Festival designed to help narrative and documentary filmmakers move their current projects forward. During three days of intensive meetings, Fast Track connects filmmakers with financiers, production companies, and other industry professionals. This highly selective program is open to established as well as up-and-coming filmmakers with exceptional projects still seeking funding. Participants accepted into Fast Track are also eligible for a $10,000 production grant awarded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

For details and application information, please visit the Fast Track webpage.

Deadline Approaching: Los Angeles Film Festival

The final feature film submission deadline for the 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival is approaching. Select films participate in the Festival's three competitive sections, the winners of which are chosen by special juries. Submitted films must have been completed after January 1, 2010, and must not have had any public or festival screenings in the greater Los Angeles area.

Final Deadline, feature-length narrative and documentary films: February 24, 2011

Click here for a full list of eligibility requirements and submission information.

California Tax CheckOff for the Arts

Arts lovers can directly support the arts on their 2010 California Income Tax Returns. Funds go to the state agency that provides arts funding in schools and local communities throughout California.

Minimum donation: $1. If all California taxpayers donated just $1 to the California Arts Council on their taxes this year, there would be $15 million for the arts for children and communities.

Contributions may be made on either the Form 540 or Form 540EZ, or through e-filing systems like TurboTax. See line 415 "California Arts Council" on the "Contributions" section. Please consider donating today. For more information, contact the California Arts Council at

  Film Festival Gatekeepers
(The Los Angeles Times) - A pre-screener's lot is double-sided. Yes, there's the possibility of being the one to discover a great new movie. But there are a lot of movies out there. FULL STORY

Warner to Trim New Line Further
(The Wrap) - As Warner Bros. embarks on its strategy to make more tentpoles but fewer movies, New Line is on the chopping block to become an even slimmer version of its already much-reduced self. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Casting: People With Paranormal Activity in Home for Docu-Reality Show
Fellow NALIPsters are in search of stories of people currently experiencing paranormal activity in their home for a new mun2 docu-reality television show. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Editing Interns (NYC)
Editing interns needed for feature-length documentary, Oscar Gomez: The Rise & Fall of a Modern Day Bandido. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

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Apply Now to NALIP's 2011 Latino Writers Lab

NALIP is now accepting applications for the 2011 Latino Writers Lab program! Presented by HBO, this professional development intensive offers top-level skills development as well as specific, one-on-one mentoring for your work-in-progress. This is not a program for beginning writers: you must have at least one complete screenplay under your belt.

The Latino Writers Lab is taught in two parts. The first session takes place in Santa Fe, NM, May 18-22. With the techniques and specific notes you will receive, we know that you will have great tools and ideas to rewrite your screenplay over the summer. When we meet again in Santa Monica, CA, September 21-25, the program will discuss scene structure and rewriting strategies using your own work, plus give you a new set of notes on your draft.

Click here to download the Latino Writers Lab application (save it to your computer before filling it out). Deadline to apply is March 25.

Moctesuma Esparza
NALIP Trustee receives The Henry L. Lacayo Lifetime Achievement Award

Maya Entertainment founder, Co-chairman and CEO, Moctesuma Esparza - a NALIP Trustee and founding board member (retired) - has been awarded the Henry L. Lacayo Lifetime Achievement Award from the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI). The honor was bestowed upon Esparza, an award-winning producer, entertainment executive, entrepreneur and community activist well known for his contributions to the movie industry and commitment to creating opportunities for Latinos everywhere. The award was presented to Esparza during the 29th Annual Conference of the USHLI which tookplace in Chicago February 17-20.

A lifelong community activist, he has dedicated his career to creating more opportunities for emerging Latinos and transforming the images of Latinos in Hollywood. Among his many honors are an Academy Award nomination, a Golden Globe nomination, an Emmy Award, a Clio Award, and a Cine Golden Eagle Award.

Esparza has produced numerous films including Walkout for HBO, Price of Glory (2000), Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999), Selma, Lord, Selma (1998), Selena (1997), The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca (1997), The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (1994) and The Milagro Beanfield War (1988), among others.

Moctesuma founded the Los Angeles Academy of Arts and Enterprise Charter School, is a founding Board Member of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers, Co-Founder of the Smithsonian Latino Center, and founding Member of the Cesar Chavez Foundation. He has served on the Corporate Board of Directors of the Motion Picture Television Fund, the Board of Directors of the Museum of Latin American Art, and as a Trustee of the California State University System. Additionally, Moctesuma served as a commissioner to the Los Angeles City Retirement System.

Currently, Moctesuma serves on various Boards including the National Hispanic Cultural Center Advisory Board, the Latino Coalition Against Aids Advisory Board, the National Hispanic Media Coalition Advisory Board, the Toigo Advisory Board, the Minority Media Telecommunications Council Board of Advisors, the American Film Institute Board of Trustees, and the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television Dean's Executive Board. He is a Board Member and former Chair of the New America Alliance, co-Chair of The Marathon Club, and Chairman of the Board of the Latino Theater Company in Los Angeles. Most recently, he was appointed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, and was also appointed by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to the planning commission of the National Museum of the American Latino.


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