Latinos In The Industry

Call for Submissions: 2011 WGA Documentary Screenplay Award

Submissions are now being accepted for the 2011 WGA Documentary Screenplay Award. To be eligible for entry, films must have been exhibited theatrically in Los Angeles or New York for at least one week during 2010. Scripts need not be written under WGA jurisdiction. A writer who wrote the script and received credit on the film may submit a script for consideration. Please refer to these eligibility rules. At the time the script is submitted, all credited writers on the film must be or apply to become members of the WGAW Nonfiction Writers Caucus or the WGAE Nonfiction Writers Caucus. If you are not a member of the Nonfiction Writers Caucus, please complete the application below and include it with your submission. The deadline for submission is 5:00p.m. on Tuesday, November 23, 2010.

Download the Documentary Screenplay Award entry form here. (.pdf)
Download the Nonfiction Writers Caucus application here. (.pdf)

The award will be presented at the 2011 Writers Guild Awards to be held on Saturday, February 5, 2011, at simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York.

Questions may be directed to Melissa Gage at:

Call for Submissions: SAG Foundation Short Film Showcase

The Screen Actors Guild is now accepting submissions for its next short film showcase which will be presented in late January 2011 in New York. All films must be produced under a SAG contract.

Films must not be over fifteen minutes in length. We are open to all genres of cinematic expression, as long as it is not patently offensive. There is absolutely no cost involved in submitting the films, nor do we charge to attend the screening.

For more information please send an email, including a brief synopsis and the running time of your film to:

Peter Broderick Presents Distribution U. (NYC & LA)

Peter Broderick has announced Distribution U's one-day crash course on the New Rules of Crowdfunding, Audience-Building & Distribution. This intensive workshop will empower participating filmmakers and media producers to design customized strategies for getting their films distributed, marketed, and seen by the largest possible audiences. This year it's an entirely new edition in both New York (Nov. 13th at NYU) and Los Angeles (Nov. 20th at UCLA). The Los Angeles workshop is co-sponsored by UCLA's School of Film, Theater and Television.

This one-day crash course, will feature:
- Broderick and journalist Scott Kirsner giving new presentations of the latest techniques in hybrid distribution, audience-building, and crowd-funding
- Breakthrough filmmakers presenting case studies of successful marketing, funding, and distribution strategies
- Leading-edge experts sharing off-the-record lessons in small group sessions
- Kirsner, Broderick, and key resource people leading an interactive brainstorming session to develop marketing and distribution strategies - tailored to individual projects being developed by participants
- Participants sharing resources and exploring potential collaborations during networking breaks, the networking lunch, and the after workshop get-together

DISTRIBUTION U. New York, November 13th - Click here to register

DISTRIBUTION U. Los Angeles, November 20th - Click here to register

Distribution U. is back by popular demand. Last year's workshop was such a great success that we have received countless requests to do a new version. Filmmakers from across the country who attended Distribution U. in 2009 found it invaluable. The energy level in the room was even higher at the end of the workshop than when it began. Manohla Dargis of the New York Times attended last year's Distribution U. workshop and wrote: "the 200 filmmakers inside the conference room laughed, soaking up Mr. Broderick's pitch as if their careers depended on it, which perhaps they do. Independent filmmaking has never been for the faint of heart." The event was sold out, generating useful strategies and valuable new connections for the filmmakers and producers who participated.

I've teamed up again with cutting-edge journalist Scott Kirsner for this in-depth, no holds barred workshop. Distribution U. Version 2.0 will follow the same innovative format. It is panel-free and hype-free; information is candid and real, coming from filmmakers and key members of their distribution teams. The Distribution U. audience is active -- film industry professionals and emerging filmmakers absorbing new ideas and sharing their experiences.

This course is designed for independent filmmakers and artists determined to get their work seen widely and earn a real living in the digital age. Don't miss this chance to get up to speed on the very latest distribution and marketing strategies. Discover how to apply these techniques to your projects so you can maximize audience and revenue.

NALIP Discount for Filmmaker Forum - Lionsgate's Joe Drake to Deliver Keynote

Film Independent announced that Joe Drake, Lionsgate's Co-Chief Operating Officer and President of its Motion Picture Group, will be the keynote speaker at the 6th annual Filmmaker Forum, presented by indieWIRE. Additionally, Summit Entertainment's Fair Game has been selected as the opening night film, with a Q&A with director Doug Liman. Click here for the full list of speakers.

Covering production, distribution, documentary, and emerging media, Film Independent's Filmmaker Forum is three days you can't afford to miss. Forum participants have access to today's leading independent filmmakers through panels and discussions, one-of-a-kind networking sessions and case studies, and get the specific tools needed to reach their audience and work smarter when making their film.

WHEN: Friday - Sunday, October 29 - 31, 2010
WHERE: Directors Guild of America - 7920 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
PRICE: $300 for FIND and NALIP Members! $350 for General Admission

RESERVATIONS: Email, call 310.432.1222, or visit

NALIP Discount for No Budget Film School's "Cinema Language"

No Budget Film School's "Cinema Language" explores the written and unwritten language of cinema. These tenets are some of the most cost-effective ways to improve the quality of a production no matter what the budget. Whether you're spending $100 million or $100, you're going to be pointing your camera at something. Cinema Language teaches you how to get the most out of what you shoot, independent of budget. This class is the most comprehensive study of advanced cinema grammar and film form to be found in Los Angeles. If you want to make great movies - or if you are a fan of great movies - then this class is NOT to be missed.

Four Great Courses Rolled into One Weekend:
Day One - "Mastering Film Grammar" & "From Script To Screen"
Day Two - "Introducing Your Character" & "Disclosure of Information"

Saturday & Sunday, November 6 & 7, 2010 * 9:00am - 6:00pm
Raleigh Studios - Chaplin Theater * Los Angeles, CA

NALIP members are eligible for a special discount: 20% off the regular prepaid price! Sign up before midnight Oct. 23rd and take advantage an additional Early Bird discount. And students with a valid Student ID save even more. Attend both days or either day individually.

To get the discount:
1. Go to CINEMA LANGUAGE Event Registration/Payment page:

2. Click ENTER DISCOUNT CODE at the bottom right-hand corner of the Ticket Information section. Type NALIP and click APPLY DISCOUNT. You will see the prices adjust for your discount.

* Course 103: "Mastering Film Grammar" - gives you the tools to make your low budget films artful and persuasive, allowing you to articulate your ideas with power and skill.

* Course 204: "From Script To Screen" - reveals the anatomy of the entire filmmaking process, using a real world film, The Presence, starring Mira Sorvino.

* Course 104: "Introducing Your Character" - one of the most difficult and important tasks to accomplish with your film.

* Course 105: "Disclosure of Information" - no matter what kind of story you tell, how you reveal information to the audience is the essence of effective storytelling.

Tom Provost wrote Under Suspicion (starring Morgan Freeman and Gene Hackman) and wrote and directed The Presence, starring Academy Award winner Mira Sorvino, Shane West ("ER"), Golden Globe Nominee Justin Kirk ("Weeds"), and Tony Curan (Pearl Harbor, Gladiator). He has been a sought-after instructor all across the country for many years.

  Art Films Come With Challenges
(The Hollywood Reporter) - Mainstream movie circuits have sought to incorporate art films into their programming mix in recent years, but with specialty product comes special challenges. Lionsgate and Televisa recently launched Pantelion Films to tap the huge Hispanic moviegoing market in the U.S. "There are 50 million Latinos in the U.S.," Pantelion chief Paul Presburger said. "That's more than there are Canadians in Canada or Spaniards in Spain." FULL STORY

WGAE, IFTA Warn About Dangers in Verizon-Google Net Neutrality Plan
(The Wrap) - A Hollywood guild and independent film and TV producers separately expressed concern Tuesday about a proposal that would apply net neutrality conditions to most wired broadband Internet connections but apply far lighter approach to mobile web connections. FULL STORY

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Kirk Whisler
NALIP Board Member launches first Latino Books into Movies Awards at 2010 LA Latino Book and Family Fesitval

The Latino Books into Movies Awards were held during the 2010 Evening With The Authors at the Golden Eagle Ballroom, California State University, Los Angeles, on October 9 as part of the 2010 Los Angeles Latino Book & Family Festival.

The judges included a wide variety of entertainment industry professionals including producers, directors, screenwriters, marketing professionals, and film financers. The judges were Carla Aragon, Kevin Bender, Benjamin Esparza, Paul Espinosa, Evelina Fernandez, Jackie Gil, Marcos Gonzalez, Danny Haro, Bel Hernandez, Dave Mendez, Luis Orozco, Gabriel Reyes, Baldemar Rodriguez, Carlina Rodriguez, Jose Luis Valenzuela, and Margarita de la Vega-Hurtado. NALIP Board Member Kirk Whisler and Jim Sullivan oversaw the awards process.

The awards are designed to help change the way Hollywood views Latinos and were awarded by Edward James Olmos, Dennis Hernandez, and Kirk Whisler.

In the movie category of Action & Adventure First Place went to America Libre by Raul Ramos y Sanchez, Grand Central Publishing, Hachette Book Group. A real favorite with the judges. One stated, "I would really like to see this book asa movie. I liked this book a lot and think that it can definitely be a movie with many interesting characters and conflicts. Very thought provoking and in many ways educational." Second Place went to Piloto, Migrant Worker to Jet Pilot by Henry Cervantes, Hellgate Press/PSI Research. Judges stated they would like to see Jesse Garcia or Esai Morales in the lead. Honorable Mentions went to Mr. Clean & the Barrio by David Bueno-Hill, Urbano Books and True Tales from Another Mexico by Sam Quinones, University of New Mexico Press.

In the movie category of Animation First Place went to There's a Coqui in My Shoe! by Marisa de Jesus Paolicelli, Chi Chi Rodriguez Books. The judges suggested Jose Feliciano and Rita Moreno as voices for this movie.

In the movie category of Comedy First Place went to Hungry Woman in Paris by Josefina Lopez, Grand Central Publishing, Hachette Book Group. The judges suggested America Ferrera or Eva Mendes as the lead.

In the movie category of Documentary First Place went to Day of the Dead: A Passion for Life by Mary J. Andrade, La Oferta Publishing Company. This book was favored by all judges - including one producer that said she'd love to film this project. Second Place went to Aim High Extraordinary Stories of Hispanic & Latina Women by Laura Contreras-Rowe, Laura Contreras Rowe Inc.

In the movie category of Drama First Place went to Across a hundred mountains by Reyna Grande, Atria Books, Simon & Schuster. One of the judges stated, "Across a hundred mountains is a compelling, must see story that would make for a perfect movie." Another stated they could see Selena Gomez in the lead. Second Place went to Homeboy's Soul: Pride, Terror & Street Justice in America by Don Armito and Fred Stawitz, Publish America.

In the movie category of Kids & Family First Place went to Meant to Be: The Right Place, The Right Time by Rutino Lara, Tate Publishing. One judge said that A. Martinez would be good in the role of Tino. Anther stated, "This book could definitely be a movie. Lots of interesting parts and it is insipiring." Second Place went to Soccer's Story & A Futbol Fable by Gil Sperry, Amigo del Mar Press.

In the movie category of Romantic Comedy First Place went to The Heartbreak Pill by Anjanette Delgado, Atria Books, Simon & Schuster. Second Place went to Operation Familia by Donna Del Oro, Floricanto Press.

In the movie category of Suspense or Mystery First Place went to The Case Runner by Carlos Cisneros, Arte Publico Press. One judge saw Jacob Vargas in the role of Alex. Another judge stated, "John Grisham movies have done well, no reason this shouldn't if it is done the right way. Plus the setting of South Texas and the cultural bent would make it interesting."

The 2010 Los Angeles Latino Book & Family Festival with 56 seminars, 52 entertainment presentations and over 180 Latino authors was a success with the many attendees both days.

The Latino Books into Movies Awards is a Latino Literacy Now & Latino Book & Family Festival Awards Program. Latino Literacy Now is a 501(c)3 program that operates the Latino Book & Family Festivals in Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston, as well as the International Latino Book Awards. The organization is founded upon increasing reading, education and financial literacy amongst Latinos as well as empowering authors in different mediums.

The photos are by Patrick Ben Oviedo, Jr. and the Festival logo was created by Ignacio Gomez.

Kevin Tostado
NALIPster's Monopoly doc premiering Oct. 15 at Anaheim Int. Film Fest.

Tostie Productions announces the World Premiere of its feature-length documentary, Under the Boardwalk: The MONOPOLY Story, directed and produced by NALIP member Kevin Tostado. Under the Boardwalk will be premiering at the inaugural Anaheim International Film Festival on October 15 and 17, followed by screenings at the Austin Film Festival the following week.

A classic board game that has been played by over a billion people in the last 75 years, MONOPOLY(R) is a worldwide cultural phenomenon. Under the Boardwalk is a feature-length documentary that captures fascinating stories about the game and those who play it. Zachary Levi, star of NBC's Chuck and the upcoming Disney animated film Tangled, provides the narration for the film.

Few people realize that the game began as an anti-capitalist political platform thirty years before it evolved into a game about getting rich and took the world by storm in the depths of the Great Depression. This documentary looks at how MONOPOLY was transformed and why it has become so popular. The game is now sold in over 110 countries around the world in 40 languages. The filmmakers investigate the psychology of the game, and game experts let viewers in on the best strategies for winning.

As a cultural phenomenon, MONOPOLY has a colorful history of secretly helping WWII POWs escape, influencing movies and television since 1936, and being part of all kinds of interesting world records and trivia. (The longest underwater game is over 72 hours, and the longest continuous game lasted 70 straight days.) Quirky collectors of all things MONOPOLY complete the cultural survey.

The film also features footage of MONOPOLY national and world championships from all over the world, starting with the first World Championship in 1973 and leading up to the exciting coronation of a new champion at the most recent World Championship in Las Vegas in 2009.

MONOPOLY began by bringing friends and families together, and now, through its universal language and World Championships, helps bring the whole world together. Filming locations included the U.S., Canada, Mexico, U.K., Norway, Japan, Singapore and Australia. Anchoring the film is Phil Orbanes, a former Sr. VP of Research & Development at Parker Brothers and current Chief MONOPOLY Judge. For more information on the film and how to buy tickets, visit the film's website.

Consuelo Alba
NALIPster's film wins Honorable Mention at LALIFF, heads to Mexico

Director and NALIP member Consuelo Alba won an Honorable Mention award for her first short documentary El Andalón at the film's world premiere at the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival. The festival called it, "One of the most inspirational stories in the 14 years of LALIFF... A true to heart documentary." Next, she'll be taking the film to DOCSDF in Mexico City and the Oaxaca Film Festival.

Synopsis: Don Sergio Castro follows his own path. For more than 45 years, he has worked the land with the indigenous people of Chiapas, built schools and treated burn and wound victims at no cost. But Don Sergio operates on the edge of an economic precipice. Can he continue to serve the people who depend on his good works?


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