Latinos In The Industry

Maya Entertainment Nabs Eva Longoria, Christian Slater Comedy Without Men

By Gregg Kilday, Hollywood Reporter

Maya Entertainment has acquired worldwide rights to Gabriela Tagliavini's comedy Without Men, starring Eva Longoria, Christian Slater, Oscar Nunez, Kate Del Castillo, Maria Conchita Alonso, Paul Rodriguez, Camryn Manheim and Judy Reyes.

Maya will release the film theatrically in the U.S. as part of its Maya's Indie Film Series, and its Elias Axume unit will handle foreign sales at the upcoming Berlin International Film Festival.

Based on James Canon's "Tales From the Town of Widows: A Novel" and adapted for the screen by Tagliavini, Men focuses on the women of a small, remote Latin American mountain village that's forever altered the day all of its men are recruited to go fight in the country's civil war. When the men, led by an American reporter (Slater), return to try to reclaim their power, a battle of the sexes follows.

The movie was produced by Indalo Production's Anthony Moody with Lucas Jarach and Jason Price. The deal was negotiated Moody and Jarach on behalf of Indalo and Tonantzin Esparza, Maya Entertainment's director of acquisitions.

INDUSTRY INSIGHTS: New Indie Film Paradigms - Five Ways to Survive

By Anthony Kaufman, Variety

Now that the indie finance model has collapsed, with foreign presales and hedge funds scarce, intrepid helmers have been forced to come up with new ways of survival, everything from slashing budgets to cultivating well-heeled allies and tapping crowd-funding websites. Scrappier than in the past, this year's incoming crop of Sundancers are emblematic of a changing landscape.

Fest programming head Trevor Groth notes one of the obvious shifts at the Fest this year is that the high-profile Premieres section "has fewer films with distribution in place than it ever has."

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Groth points to the festival's new Next section, devoted to low- and no-budget filmmaking. "I believe the films represent the true innovation in American independent filmmaking," he says. "They give me encouragement about where we are right now."

From independently financed star-studded entries to micro-budget indies, then, here are the new paradigms.


Call for Entries: PUMA.Creative Impact Award

UMA.Creative and Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation announced the launch of the PUMA.Creative Impact Award, a major new annual award to honour the documentary film creating the most significant impact in the world, this 50,000 Euro award acknowledges the film's makers and will help the continuation of the film's campaign work.

"With a financial reward that encourages best practice in the filmmaking community, the aim of the PUMA.Creative Impact Award is to draw attention to the finest creative, social justice, peace and environmental filmmaking in the world" said Jess Search, CEO, Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation."

The call for the PUMA.Creative Impact Award opens on January 21 during the Sundance Film Festival, and closes on April 1, 2011. Anyone can put a film forward from any country-filmmakers, distributors, film festivals, partner organisations including NGOs and Foundations, film critics and journalists. Each filmmaking team must submit data demonstrating evidence of the film's social impact and if shortlisted additional data and verifications will be requested. Films can be put forward any time up to three years after release (where the release is defined as first film festival screening, TV broadcast, cinema release or internet release).

Filmmakers interested in applying for the PUMA.Creative Impact Award should go to

The PUMA.Creative Impact Award will be selected by a jury which includes Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan; Morgan Spurlock, Academy Award nominated Director of Super Size Me; Orlando Bagwell, Director of the Ford Foundation Social Justice Media Initiative; and Emmanuel Jal, musician and activist.

Submissions close on April 1, 2011 when Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation will assess applications and produce a shortlist to be assessed by an international Peer Review Committee including: Carol Cone, Executive Vice President of Cone@Edelman; Diana Barrett, President and Founder of Fledgling Fund; Yvette Alberdingkthijm, Executive Director of WITNESS; Pat Aufderheide, Director of Center for Social Media, American University; Isabelle Schwarz, Head of Strategic Programmes at European Cultural Foundation; and Sarah Hunter, Head of UK Public Policy at Google.

Five final nominated films will then be put forward to the Jury for consideration. The PUMA.Creative Impact Award will be given in London in October at the annual PUMA.Creative and Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation Gala and Awards Ceremony.

The Imagen Foundation's Entertainment Industry Speakers Series

The Imagen Foundation presents the Entertainment Industry Speakers Series beginning February 1. All workshops will be approximately 2 hours long and will be held at: 150 S. Arroyo Parkway, Suite 102B, Pasadena, CA 91105. Fee: $15 per workshop. Space is limited. You MUST pre-register in order to attend at or email Yanira Leon at

February 1, 2011 - 6:30pm
Diane Medina, Vice President, Diversity & Community Relations, ABC7
Ever wondered why you never got a call back after submitting a resume for a job? Learn the important points on how to write an effective resume from an industry professional who has been an HR specialist for over 35 years.

February 15, 2011 - 6:30pm
Julio Garcia, Director, Human Resources, SiTV
Learn how to interview and give the best impression. Get pointers on appropriate interview attire, effective body language, giving a dynamite presentation, and how to follow-up successfully.

March 1, 2011 - 6:30pm
Speaker TBD
Did you know that most jobs are never posted? Learn tips on where to look, and how to network and create relationships that will help you in your entertainment business career. *Please note that this is NOT a presentation for talent. This is not an audition.*

Parking is available across the street at the Del Mar Gold Line Station. First 90 minutes are free, $2 per hour, thereafter.

NALIP Discount for Film Independent's Directors Close-Up

Now in its 10th year, Film Independent's Directors Close-Up offers five weeks of inspired conversations about the craft, the collaboration, and the art of filmmaking. Featuring speakers including David Ansen (The Los Angeles Film Festival), Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are All Right), Jay & Mark Duplass (Cyrus), William Friedkin (The Exorcist, The French Connection), James Gray (Two Lovers), Matt Reeves (Let Me In), Billy Ray (State of Play), Robin Swicord (The Jane Austen Book Club), and many more, this event is an intimate look at the craft of directing straight from the visionaries behind the camera.

Film Independent's Directors Close-Up
Wednesdays, February 2 - March 2 | 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM | The Landmark - West Los Angeles
$150 for FIND and NALIP Members | $180 for Non-Members

Learn more and register today at

  Javier Bardem Oscar Nominee after Being Ignored by Golden Globes
(Latin Heat Online) - Academy Award winner Javier Bardem, who won best supporting actor in 2008 for No County for Old Men, will have a second opportunity this year to take home another Oscar, this time in the Best Actor category for his performance as a low-life seeking reconciliation in his relationships as he faces death in director Alejandro Inirrutis Biutiful. FULL STORY

How 'The Woods'' Unique Financing Model Could Shake Up Sundance
(The Hollywood Reporter) - The Woods is a satire about globally conscious young adults who head out into the wilderness with the hope of changing the world. But perhaps more importantly, it also may be a film that could be looked back on as one that changed Sundance. FULL STORY

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NALIP New Latino Media History Calendar Launches with CSER
"Made in America: This Month in Latino Media History"

NALIP is not just a membership and professional development organization. We also advocate for diversity in our industry, and for inclusion of Latino content creators throughout media. Despite our ongoing efforts to increase Latino representation, we have made significant accomplishments over the course of history. Last week, NALIP launched "Made in America: This Month in Latino Media History," an illustrated on-line calendar collaboration with Columbia University's Center for the Study of Ethniciy and Race (CSER). The project, directed by scholar and filmmaker Frances Negrón-Muntaner, is part of a partnership between NALIP and CSER focused on examining the persistent marginalization of Latinos in the media industries over the last four decades, despite a significant increase in population and talent pool.

Fully illustrated and annotated, the calendar offers a window into the achievements and challenges of Latinos in the mainstream and independent film and television industries. "The idea is to highlight both the breadth of Latino contributions and efforts to change the media in a visually compelling way," says Negrón-Muntaner. "The calendar also hopes to drum up interest in our upcoming report, and invite people to collectively think of ways to enhance the participation of all in the mass media."

For reasons of space, the calendar is not exhaustive. Our main selection criteria included: thematic innovation, social impact, and cultural recognition. As the calendar is meant as a living resource, NALIP and CSER invite readers to send us suggestions, ideas, and corrections that we will incorporate in the project's archives for future reference. Click here to talk back on TuTube about these stories and insights.

In addition, if an organization or individual is interested in running the calendar as part of their site, please write to us for further details.

NALIPsters' films screening at NY Short Buzz Film Festival

Several NALIP members' films will be screening at the NY Short Buzz Film Festival at the Nuyorican Poet's Cafe on Thursday, February 3 from 7-9pm. Visit the festival's event page for details.

Urban Lullaby by former NALIP board member Sonia Gonzalez-Martinez (LPA 2003, LWL 2003) tells the story of an unemployed artist, Nina, who is at her breaking point in her noisy Bronx neighborhood. She is too intimidated to step to Mateo, her young, thuggish neighbor and source of the noise. They finally have a confrontation that forces them to examine how to navigate the space they both occupy.

Lola by Betty Marisol Garcia is a stark statement about the immigration experience in a country that sometimes can't guarantee equal opportunities, or success.

Cookie by Francisco Ordonez is about an interaction between three boys and a streetwalker that leaves one of the boys believing that he has been pickpocketed. When he convinces the other two young men to return to the prostitute's street to reclaim his wallet, the result is a night that will change the boy's lives forever.

Choices by Rashaad Ernesto Green explores a young man's thought process as he makes love to his girlfriend, and how a person's upbringing can affect him/her in many ways.


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