Latinos In The Industry

Call for Submissions: KCET 2011 Programming

Effective January 1, 2011 KCET will be the largest independent public television station in the United States. Our plan is to become the media partner for the many diverse, creative voices in our community and provide Southern California with a fresh perspective with new programming. To that end, we welcome your completed and finished programs and your ideas. All content must be cleared for distribution worldwide, in any and all media, including, without limitation, electronic media and the world wide web, in perpetuity.

Our priorities in reviewing projects are:
- Fully-funded completed programs;
- Fully-funded uncompleted programs;
- Fully-funded concepts;
- Partially-funded programs;
- Partially-funded concepts; and
- Unfunded concepts.

In order to have KCET review your material, please click here and download our submissions form. Please send a signed copy of the submission form to or mail it to KCET Submissions, 4401 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90027. We will advise you by email if your project does not meet our current needs. If we are interested in your project, we will do our best to return a fully-executed submission letter to you via email within 90 days after receipt of your submission. Thereafter, you will be contacted to schedule a time for you to come in to meet with one of our creative executives. We thank you in advance for your patience.

INDUSTRY INSIGHTS: The People Whisperer

By Marvin V. Acuna, co-creator and the Executive Producer of a new elimination competition series for Bravo entitled, "Going Platinum," starring Jewel and Kara DioGuardi. It showcases undiscovered singers and songwriters as they battle through a series of songwriting challenges.

What The Dog Saw is the title to Malcolm Gladwell's newest book, but the title was derived from Malcolm's article in The New Yorker: an article about Cesar Millan, the dog whisperer.

Cesar has been regarded as a dog whisperer since he was a child living in Mexico. He lived as an illegal in the U.S. working odd jobs until he had his greatest epiphany. He recognized that he must commit to becoming a... People Whisperer.

In previous writings I suggested that you randomly engage people as you navigate your day, then I offered you tips on how to initiate a conversation. Assuming you have implemented the suggestions...

I'll offer you additional tools here to assist you as you embark on the mission to connect with professionals at upcoming live events.

Experts say it takes only three seconds to make a first impression. WTF?

HEAR ME: You have three seconds to dazzle an industry professional with your wit, professionalism, and polish.


INDUSTRY INSIGHTS: Screening Season - Insights from HotDocs Film Festival's Director of Programming

By Sean Farnel, Director of Programming for Hot Docs.

"Everyone knows what attention is. It is the taking possession by the mind, in clear and vivid form, of one out of what seem several simultaneously possible objects or trains of thought. Focalization, concentration, of consciousness are of its essence. It implies withdrawal from some things in order to deal effectively with others, and is a condition which has a real opposite in the confused, dazed, scatterbrained state which in French is called distraction, and Zerstreutheit in German." - William James, in The Principles of Psychology

I've likely screened, over the past decade, more documentaries then anybody else in the world. This is not a boast, it's a confession; or perhaps one of those moments of clarity that brings long term substance abusers to religion.

If curation can be compared to the culinary arts, then film festival programming is the fast food counter. It's all about volume, turnover, quick decision making, serving while it's hot. I only call myself a curator when I want a raise.

Screening, actually, is the perfect verb for the endeavour to which I devote much of my time whilst at film festivals. Watching the films would suggest that I gave attention to the beginning, middle and end of each of the five to seven films I see each session...with the video window on full screen. Screening implies sifting, sorting, or even testing for the presence or absence of disease. I do watch films, but would estimate of the 350 (ish) screenings I average per year, I actually watch, with full attention, about a third of those.


  Enrique Castillo: A Powerful Charactor Actor Next Seen in NBC's "Outlaw"
(Latin Heat Online) - Some of the most memorable character actors in film and TV are performers we love to hate, or who amuse us with their antics when paired with leading actors, or even steal the scene. FULL STORY

Uruguay's Oscar Hopeful "Fishing" Caught by Film Movement
(indieWIRE) - Uruguay's official submission to the Academy Awards, Alvaro Brecchner's directorial feature debut "Bad Day to Go Fishing," has been acquired by Film Movement for North American distribution. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Camera Operator
Los Angeles based camera person needed for project shoot of a single cable show. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting: Actors with Spanish Look for Horror/Fantasy Short Film
Casting several paid male and female roles of Spanish descent (or believable Spanish "look"), and able to speak with a believable Catalan accent. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Latino Actor in Early 20s for UCLA Thesis Film
Casting a young Latino actor in his early twenties for Child of the Desert, a UCLA MFA thesis film. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

From the Editor
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NALIP Member Discount on Fashion Apparel and Merchandise

Some of the many perks to being a NALIP member are the benefits offered exclusively to our members which can be found listed on our Membership page. In addition to our previous trade discounts, NALIP is proud to announce that will be offering NALIPsters a 25% discount on their products by entering the coupon code "naliporg" at checkout. has quickly evolved into the online frontier for Latino apparel and merchandise in the U.S., catering to the Latin urban culture by providing unique styles representing the Latin lifestyle and fashion trends. also announced this week that they are partnering with to launch a brand new collection of apparel to raise funds to help poor families in Latin America start and grow their own small businesses.

To join NALIP or renew your membership and take advantage of benefits such as this, visit our Membership page.

Theo Rigby
NALIPster's film Sin País screening at BLIFF

NALIP member Theo Rigby's recently finished film Sin País will be screening on opening night at the Boston Latino International Film Festival on Dec. 2. The film will also be screening in competition at IDFA (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam).

Sin País (Without Country) attempts to get beyond the partisan politics and mainstream media's 'talking point' approach to immigration issues by exploring one family's complex and emotional journey involving deportation.

To watch the trailer and find out more about the film, please visit the film's website.


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