Latinos In The Industry

Advice from Joel: Tools for Connecting with Bloggers, Twitterers, Superfans and Groups

Indie producer and editor Joel Heller ran a great lunch discussion at last month's Distribution U. event in Los Angeles, focused on developing a powerful online outreach strategy. Joel worked on the digital marketing strategy for the excellent doc "Winnebago Man," which premiered at South by Southwest in 2009 and was recently released on DVD and on iTunes.

Joel was nice enough to share the notes from his session, along with a collection of links that'll benefit anyone planning an Internet marketing campaign for a forthcoming film, especially as you think about finding existing sites and communities that are likely to be aligned with your theme — what I call "going where your audience is." (I learned a lot from Joel's notes; who knew it was possible to search people's Facebook walls?)


2011 Sundance Institute Feature Film Creative Producing Fellowship

Now accepting applications through February 14, 2011.

The Art of Producing
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


Candidates must have produced at least one short or feature-length narrative or documentary film (no more than two narrative features total) and have a legally-optioned scripted narrative project in hand with a director attached. Candidates may not be the writer or director of the submitted project.

Deadline to apply: February 14, 2011

Click here for the Application and Guidelines.

Film Independent's Directors Close-Up

Now in its 10th year, Film Independent's Directors Close-Up shows an intimate look at the craft of directing straight from the visionaries behind the camera.

This unique series provides the opportunity to hear, first-hand, from prolific film directors whose originality, ingenuity, and talent have set them apart as the leaders in their craft. Join us for five weeks of inspired conversations about the craft, the collaboration, and the art of filmmaking.

February 2 - March 2, 2011
The Landmark - West Los Angeles
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Register by January 14 to receive our early bird rates
$99 for FIND Members | $130 for Non-Members

Regular series pass rates after January 14:
$150 for FIND Members | $180 for Non-Members

Learn more at

Concussed Actress Natalie Mendoza Is Quitting Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark
(NYMag) Natalie Mendoza — the actress who plays Arachne, a major villain invented by Julie Taymor - is leaving Spider-Man. FULL STORY

Library of Congress Selects Film Preserves
Among the 25 picks is Luis Valdez's "I Am Joaquin" (1969), a 20-minute short about Chicanos, based on the epic poem by Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales.FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Seeking Surfing Video to be Included in "Momentum"
Seeking produced, existing 2-4 minute short story about a surfer who tells about the momentum of catching waves. This short story will be used to kick off a National Sales Meeting. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting Female Models for Herbalife Shoot (LA)
Seeking produced, existing 2-4 minute short story about a surfer who tells about the momentum of catching waves. This short story will be used to kick off a National Sales Meeting. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Spanish-Speaking Female Radio Host at Playboy Radio Español (LA)
Playboy Radio is searching for a female Radio Host to be part of our launch of a new national Spanish language radio station on Satellite Radio, with sexually themed material and explicit language. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting Notice - "The Talisman" (NYC)
Casting "The Talisman," a screenplay written by cult, short horror film master Drew Daywalt. Directed by Edwin Pagán. Produced by Leonardo Rodriguez and Edwin Pagán. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Families of Four Wanted for Disney World Commercial (Miami)
We are casting a national Disney World commercial and seeking: Attractive real families of four in the Orlando, FL area who's children are between 4 and 14 years old. Open to ALL ethnicities. NO ACTING EXPERIENCE NEEDED! FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

From the Editor
Alex Mendoza
Alex Mendoza & Associates
AMARTE Design & Digital Printing
9513 Longden Avenue
Temple City, CA 91780

1323 Lincoln Blvd., #220
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Dora & Manuel J. Peña
LPA 2003 Fellows film now available on DVD

Dream Healing, an LPA 2003 project directed by Dora Peña (LWL 2003) and co-produced by Manuel J. Peña, is now available on DVD. The film tells the story of Clara, a young girl with the ability to heal insomniacs who is being exploited by her aunt, Marta. When Omar, a new neighbor befriends Clara, they spawn a friendship that causes events beyond their control to set in motion.

In addition to her participation in NALIP's programs, Dora Peña is an alumna of the 2007 Creative Capital Artist Professional Development Workshop and the 2001 recipient of a Latino Public Broadcasting Emerging Digital Producers Grant. Her first short film "Crazy Life," funded through a Directors Award from the San Antonio Office of Cultural Affairs is now in distribution through Vanguard International Cinema.

To learn more about Dream Healing and purchase a copy, visit the official website.

Payaso Entertainment
NALIP member company's show premiere's tomorrow night on Showtime

Tom Arnold's first ever stand-up comedy special, That's My Story and I'm Sticking to It, is a Payaso Entertainment production, produced by Scott Montoya and Neal Marshall and directed by Scott Montoya. The one-hour special premieres Friday, December 31st at 9:00 PM (ET/PT).

That's My Story is part of the Showtime Laugh out Loud series of comedy specials for which Payaso Entertainment has produced numerous shows, including The Original Latin Kings of Comedy and The Original Latin Divas of Comedy.

For more information on the Tom Arnold special visit the official page. website.


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