Latinos In The Industry

Register Now for "Doing Your Doc" - Chicago, Feb. 25-27

NALIP, CPB, the NEA, Instituto Cervantes of Chicago, and the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in association with IFP Chicago, WTTW, Latino Public Broadcasting, CAAM, ITVS, NBPC, PIC, NAPT, and Women Make Movies present

Doing Your Doc:

Feb. 25-27 in Chicago, Illinois
A Weekend Seminar in Chicago to Kick-Start Your Documentary

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 Illinois, 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 Feb. 25 - $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 - CHICAGO

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

Organizations Renew Long-Outstanding Requests for Examination of Hate Speech in Media

Yesterday, the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC), joined by a robust and diverse collection of other organizations including NALIP, reached out to leaders at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to urge each entity to act on NHMC's long-standing requests to study the effects of hate speech in media.

NHMC sent letters to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and Assistant Secretary Lawrence Strickling of the NTIA. In the letter to FCC Chairman Genachowski, NHMC requested prompt action on its two-year-old petition for inquiry and urged the FCC to examine the extent, nature and effects of hate speech in media, and possible non-regulatory ways to counteract or reduce its negative impacts. All four FCC Commissioners have been receptive to opening the inquiry. As the only person with the power to add the petition to the FCC's agenda, Chairman Genachowski is solely responsible for the delay. In the other letter, NHMC renewed another two-year-old request, and urged the NTIA to promptly update its 1993 report, The Role of Telecommunications in Hate Crimes. Assistant Secretary Strickling has agreed to update the 1993 report. However, he says that he cannot do so until he receives funding from Congress.

These letters follow almost two weeks of public conversation about the effects of violent rhetoric in media. A recent Washington Post/ABC News poll found that 82% of Americans feel that the tone of political discourse is "negative" and 49% believe that this negative tone creates or could create a climate that encourages violence.

"For many years, NHMC has been alarmed that irresponsible and hateful words create an unnecessary risk for everybody - from the President of the United States and members of Congress, to the day laborers in our communities and students in our schools," said NHMC's President and CEO, Alex Nogales. "Now that this topic has entered the national dialogue, it is all the more important that we have the facts to determine the extent of this problem."

Organizations that signed on to the letters include: NHMC; Media Alliance; Benton Foundation; Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU); National Puerto Rican Coalition (NPRC); SER - Jobs for Progress; National, Inc.; Center for New Community; National Conference of Puerto Rican Women, Inc.; Center for Media Justice; Media Literacy Project; Free Press; Reclaim the Media; Industry Ears; National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP); Media Working Group, Inc.;; National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP); National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI); Main Street Project;; Media and Democracy Coalition; Web Wise Kids; Sarasota Alliance for Fair Elections; Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of Florida; National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts (NHFA); Media Access Project; Prometheus Radio Project; United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI); and United Church of Christ, Office of Communication, Inc.

To read the letter to the FCC, please click here. To read the letter to the NTIA, please click here. To learn more about NHMC's campaign against hate speech in media, please click here. If you would like to join our plea for government action, please visit

Call for Entries: Guanajuato International Film Festival (Expresion en Corto)

The primary objective of the Guanajuato International Film Festival (Expresion en Corto) is to provide more opportunities for the exhibition and appreciation of films, rewarding their quality so as to allow the artists to continue producing film. At the same time, we hope to bring together newcomers alongside the industry's most seasoned professionals, combining forces in a very open, accessible and competitive environment.

The XIV edition of the Guanajuato International Film Festival (Expresion en Corto) will be celebrated from July 22nd - 31st, 2011, in the two host cities of Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico.

Recipients of the festival's prizes in the categories of Short Fiction and Short Animation will qualify for consideration in the Short Films category of the Annual Academy Awards provided the film complies with the Academy rules.

Submission Deadline: May 1, 2011
For details and submission information, please visit the festival website.

  Academy Announces Foreign Film Shortlist
(indieWIRE) - Denis Villeneuve's "Incendies," Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's "Biutiful," Susanne Bier's Golden Globe winner "In a Better World," and, in a bit of a surprise, Yorgos Lanthimos's critically acclaimed but rather challenging "Dogtooth," were among the films shortlisted by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences for the 2011 Foreign Language Film category. FULL STORY

'From Prada to Nada' Premieres at L.A. Live
(Variety) - The premiere of "From Prada to Nada" Tuesday night at L.A. Live's Regal Cinemas marked the first film for Pantelion, the newly formed venture between Lionsgate and Televisa, and the event had plenty of Latin flair. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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INDUSTRY INSIGHTS: Crowdfunding Draws Crowds

NALIP will be offering a panel about crowdfunding at our upcoming National Conference The New Now: Defining the Future Together, to be held April 15-17 in Newport Beach, CA. Look for details in this newsletter and on The New Now website launching soon!

Article by Gordon Cox, Variety

Allison Anders has always been a low-budget filmmaker, but on projects like "Gas Food Lodging" and "Four Rooms" she was at least working in the low seven figures. For her next project, "Strutter," the helmer needed a mere $17,500 to make the microbudget digital feature, so she turned to crowdfunding website Kickstarter, where a six-week campaign netted her and partner Kurt Voss about $20,000.

Anders, who has been making films for some 25 years, offered prizes for contributions that were a step up from public radio totebags: Her longtime connections came through with vinyl record-store gift certificates and Quentin Tarantino-curated swag.

In an arts funding environment where coin is still scarce and investors risk-averse, crowdfunding is gaining traction not only for film but also for legit projects.

Sundance feature entry "The Woods" was already shot, but filmmaker Matthew Lessner needed another $10,000 or so to finish the film for submission to the fest; Donavan Seschillie's short "The Rocket Boy" also secured coin via crowdfunding. Simon Helberg, a star of "The Big Bang Theory," went out to his Twitter followers to raise funds for "I Am I," a movie from writer-director Jocelyn Towne in which he hopes to star.

Kickstarter, IndieGoGo and RocketHub are some of the higher-profile websites creatives are turning to solicit small individual donations from the public in the hope that contributions will add up to significant coin.



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