Latinos In The Industry

Brave Thinkers of Indie Film, 2010 Edition

By Ted Hope

We have a bit of a redundancy in the recognition of those that create good work, but that good work does not end with what is up on the screen – which is the part that everyone seems to want to write about. I feel however that we must recognize those that focus not just on the development and production of good work, but those that commit themselves to ALL of cinema, including discovery, participation, appreciation, and presentation – what I consider the other 4 pillars of cinema.

Last year at this time, I put forth a list of inspiring folks, people who by their acts and ideas were giving me the energy to keep striving for a better film culture and infrastructure, one that was accessible to all, and slave to none. We are closer to a truly free film culture this year than we were last year, and I remain optimistic that we can be a hell of a lot closer next year than we are today, thanks in no small part to the 40 I have singled out these two short years.


Cinelatino Kicks Off 2011 with a Marathon of Most Important Latin Films

Featuring Exclusive Premiere of Biggest Mexican Box Office Hit of 2009

The nation's leading Spanish-language movie channel, Cinelatino, rings in the New Year with a marathon of the biggest and most successful Latino films, including the exclusive U.S. premiere of El Estudiante (The Student), the biggest Mexican box office hit of 2009.

Considered the most successful Mexican theatrical release of 2009, El Estudiante presents the moving story of Chano, a 70-year-old man who returns to the University to study literature but ends up learning, and sharing, lessons about life. The film broke records in Mexico during its 21-week box office run as one of the best-selling Mexican films of all time and was featured at international film festivals across the world.

In addition to El Estudiante, on Saturday, January 1, Cinelatino will present a mix of films that include critically-acclaimed international megahits like El Laberinto del Fauno (Pan's Labyrinth), an extraordinary and imaginative fable that weaves reality and fantasy into a three-time Academy Award winning film directed by Guillermo del Toro; new releases like Recien Cazado (I Do... Knot), a romantic comedy starring Jaime Camil and Blanca Soto that was one of the top grossing Mexican films in 2010; and award-winning films like Amor sin Barreras (West Side Story), the classic tale of forbidden love between Puerto Rican and Irish gangs in New York City that won 10 Oscars in 1961.

"We are proud to start the New Year with an unbeatable lineup of some of the most important works in Latin film," said James M. McNamara, Chairman of Cinelatino. "We have an unparalleled library of acquisitions for the new year, and El Estudiante offers viewers a taste of what's to come. In 2011 Cinelatino will continue to be the exclusive destination for the best Latin films in the country, offering viewers U.S. premieres of award-winning films and box office masterpieces that have never been theatrically released in the U.S."

Full New Years Day schedule can be found on

Two Opportunities to Showcase Your Films: Cinedulce & NYILFF 2011 Call for Entries

NYILFF is now accepting entries for the following categories: Domestic and International Feature Films, Documentary Films, On The Edge Films (non-traditional genres, including horrror, sci-fi, animated films, among others), Short Films, and NYILFF Spectrum - the festival's first showcase of films from across the world not strictly limited to the Latino perspective.

Early Bird Deadline: February 11 Regular Deadline: February 25

In an effort to continue to support emerging filmmakers and build a wider film-loving community, we have decided to consolidate Cinedulce into the New York International Latino Film Festival to create a single, consistent online destination. In 2011, we will introduce a new video channel on that will feature a select, curated group of short films. If you're interested in having your short film showcased, please email NYILFF. If you're a filmmaker with a film or video currently showing here, feel free to contact Cinedulce with any questions you may have.

One outspoken Latino
(The Sun) The biggest challenge Edward James Olmos faced as a Hollywood actor is not looking like Kevin Costner or Tom Cruise. This is what the Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner said during a one-to-one interview with theSun recently. FULL STORY

Comcast Goes to the Movies with Maya
Comcast has partnered with Maya Entertainment to offer "Maya at the Movies," a dedicated video-on-demand channel offering an array of movie titles from the Los Angeles-based theatrical-film producer and distributor. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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From the Editor
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Adrian Martínez
Actor, Director, Producer, and NALIP member featured in December's Latin Slate

Tune in as Adrian Martinez chats with host Giovanna Aguilar about his experience at NALIP's Writer's Lab and the Latino Producers Academy, training at HB Studio with Uta Hagen, breaking into mainstream television and film, as well as working with NALIP Directors Cruz Angeles in Don't Let Me Drown and Derek Velez-Partridge in The Miracle of Spanish Harlem. He also offers tips on how to acquire your first agent and creating work for yourself as he has done through his own production company Zenitram Productions.

His range of movies goes from studio features like Morning Glory, Taking of Pelham 123, and The Interpreter to indie features like It's Kind of a Funny Story, Don't Let Me Drown, In America, Pieces of April, Mona, and The Miracle of Spanish Harlem. We have also seen him in a variety of TV roles on Law & Order, The Flight of the Conchords, and The Sopranos.

Click here to listen.

Rolando Sánchez
NALIP member directs Grammy nominated artist Eric Roberson

Director Rolando Sánchez announces the "Behind The Scenes" of the music video "She," which he made for 2010 & 2011 Grammy nominated R&B artist Eric Roberson.

The music video was produced by Sánchez's Onpoint Pictures in conjunction with Varona Productions. Follow the link below to see the "behind the scenes" footage:

Ralph Lopez
Producer and NALIP member's short nominated for 2011 Black Reels Award

"Katrina's Son," produced by Ralph Lopez, is nominated for Outstanding Indie Short Film for the 2011 Black Reel Awards.

"Katrina's Son" tells the story of a young boy who loses his grandmother during Hurricane Katrina, and travels to San Antonio, Texas in search of the mother who abandoned him years earlier.

The Black Reel Awards are presented by the Foundation for the Advancement of African-Americans in Film with a mission to target, identify and prepare candidates who will represent the next generation of filmmakers and potential film executives that will be able to provide a different sensibility to the stories currently told onscreen.

To view the list of nominations, click here.


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