Latinos In The Industry

Invitation to Screening of Eva Longoria's Documentary on Oct. 21

Eva Longoria Parker's special invitation to Latinos In The Industry readers is below. Seating is limited, and please mention NALIP when you RSVP.

Dear friend,

I am happy to invite you to the premiere of my documentary, "Latinos Living the American Dream." My Latino heritage has always inspired me to bring to life the unique and powerful stories in our culture. That is why I produced and directed a documentary for the Pepsi YO SUMO initiative, to celebrate how we are refreshing the landscape of this country, everyday.

I am immensely proud of this undertaking, and would love to have your support and attendance on this special evening.

Eva Longoria Parker

Join me in celebrating the incredible contributions that Latinos have made and continue to make to this great country.

When: Thursday, October 21st, 2010, 6:00-9:00pm. Feature begins at 7:00pm.
Where: Grauman's Chinese Theater, Hollywood, CA

Kindly RSVP by Friday, October 15, to Jorge Vega or 212-819-4881

Miami International Film Festival Unveils New Programming Team

Miami International Film Festival (MIFF) and Miami Dade College (MDC) unveiled its programming team for the 28th edition of the annual festival, which runs from Friday, March 4, to Sunday, March 13, 2011. Joining newly appointed Executive Director Jaie Laplante will be Thom Powers, Diana Sanchez and Andres Castillo, with former MIFF director Nicole Guillemet returning to provide additional guest curatorship duties.

"I am thrilled to be able to announce this superb team on my first day as MIFF's new director," said Laplante, who officially takes the reins of Miami's oldest film festival today. "These programmers are among the finest film minds currently working in the festival world, and through their existing relationships with directors, producers, distributors and studio executives they are committed to delivering an incredible line-up of films and special programs for Miami audiences in 2011."

Diana Sanchez, new senior program consultant for Spanish- and Portuguese-language films, will also reprise her role as director of the festival's industry-renowned Encuentros initiative, a mentorship and film development program for emerging filmmakers and projects from Spain, Portugal and Latin America. Sanchez launched Encuentros in 2003 and managed the program through 2008. Now entering its 9th year, Encuentros will bring six new projects to MIFF under Sanchez's direction in 2011. Sanchez, a native of Canada, currently serves as an international programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival, specializing in Latin American cinema, a role she has held since 2002. She is also a programming consultant for the Rotterdam International Film Festival, and has been involved in a variety of other festivals and cinematic presentations, notably in Argentina, Colombia and Ecuador.

Thom Powers, new senior program consultant for documentaries, currently serves as an international documentary programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival, which he joined in 2006. He is also artistic director for the weekly documentary series, "Stranger than Fiction" at Manhattan's IFC Center and for DOC NYC, a new festival launching in November, 2010. Powers, a Detroit native currently residing in Canada, also has family connections in the South Florida area and travels frequently to the region.

Nicole Guillemet, guest curator, has worked in the arts for more than 25 years, including 15 years as the vice president of the Sundance Institute and the co-director of the Sundance Film Festival and five years as Director of the Miami International Film Festival (2002-2007). She recently founded the Salt Lake City Film Center, has recently developed a new film festival, the Dominican Republic Global Film Festival, and serves on the national boards of a number of arts organizations. In 2005, Guillemet, a native of France, was decorated as Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by France's Minister of Culture.

Andres Castillo, programmer, has worked with Miami International Film Festival since 2007. He previously served as a film services coordinator and contributed to MIFF's program in 2010, including the very popular REEL Music Scene series of films and live-music and performance videos. Promoted to the role of official programmer this year, the Ecuador native represented MIFF during the 2010 San Sebastian International Film Festival in September.

The complete program of the 2011 Miami International Film Festival will be announced in January 2011.

About Miami International Film Festival The Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), celebrating its 28th edition March 4-13, 2011, is considered the preeminent Ibero-American film festival in the U.S. The annual festival, produced and presented by Miami Dade College, attracts more than 70,000 film enthusiasts and more than 400 filmmakers, producers, actors and industry professionals. During the past five years, the festival has screened films from more than 60 countries, including 300 East Coast, U.S. and world premieres. Through Encuentros, the festival's mentorship and film development programfor emerging filmmakers and projects from Spain, Portugal and Latin America, MIFF has become the natural gateway for the discovery of Ibero-American talent. Additionally, the festival's REEL Education Seminar Series for film students, industry professionals and the community at large, consistently attracts top Hollywood and independent film executives from Sony Pictures Classics, Warner Bros., IFC Films, Fox Searchlight, DreamWorks Animation, HBO Films/HBO Latino and William Morris Endeavor, among many others. For more, visit or call 305-237-MIFF (3456).

POV Call for Video Submissions: This is My Family

POV's This is My Family Project is seeking video submissions! Tell us about your family! POV wants to hear real stories about your family from you. Send us your videos, and you might receive an iPad or an iTouch!

Who is your "family"? Maybe your family is your group of friends, or your extended family. You could be an adoptee, an adoptive parent, part of a single-parent family, be an LGBTQ parent or child or a member of a foster family. Help us expand the definition of "family" by submitting a video - no longer than 5 minutes - to This Is My Family. Deadline is November 15.

Check out user-generated videos submitted so far for ideas, or create something completely new:

Call for Entries: The Indie Fest

The Indie Fest is an independent, top-tier international film awards competition. Our goal is to help independent filmmakers gain publicity and, when appropriate, exposure to distributors. $1000 cash prize and in-kind $4500 production studio opportunity.

Deadline: October 29, 2010
Download the entry form at:

Please take a look at the Indie Fest website so you'll better understand the Competition. On the website you'll find lots of original content of interest to independent filmmakers including articles about indie-friendly distributors.

NALIP Discount for Making Media Now Conference (Boston)

The "Making Media Now" 2010 conference - the must-attend event for filmmakers, producers and new media makers - is coming to Boston, MA this November 5 & 6. Hosted by the Filmmakers Collaborative, the 2010 theme is "The Changing Media Landscape," offering sessions on distribution, new media platforms, catalyzing social change, and pitch sessions for your project. "Making Media Now" features top media makers and industry leaders such as David Grubin (David Grubin Productions, award-winning documentary and narrative producer/director), Diana Ingraham, (SilverDocs), Cynthia Lopez (PBS's documentary series, P.O.V.), Peter Rhodes (editor), Beth Hoppe (Discovery), Arin Crumley (OpenIndie), and many more! Events include a kickoff networking cocktail reception on Friday, November 5th, at the Microsoft Center, Cambridge, MA, and the full-day "Making Media Now" conference on Saturday, November 6th at Boston University.

Space is limited so register now online here.
NALIP members can have a $10 off discount - sign up using the "MPC/CID/WIFV/NE" price and write a note to them saying you're a NALIP member.

  Professor Looks at Role of Latino Families in 'Ugly Betty,' Other TV Sitcoms
(PressZoom) - For Kansas State University professor Tanya Gonzalez, television sitcoms such as "Ugly Betty" provide more than an hour of entertainment. They also offer an analysis of the Latino family structure and its increasing prominence in sitcoms during the past decade. FULL STORY

How HBO's 'Gasland' Documentary Hit the Natural Gas Biz Where it Hurts
(The Los Angeles Times) - Amid my column Monday talking about the latest hot-button documentaries, I found myself wondering, for all the media attention lavished on controversial documentaries like "Fahrenheit 9/11," do they really change anyone's minds - or do they just preach to the converted? FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

From the Editor
Alex Mendoza
Alex Mendoza & Associates
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9513 Longden Avenue
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Santa Monica, CA 90401

Antonio Cisneros
NALIPster wins Best Cinematography at FirstGlance Film Fest.

NALIP member Antonio Cisneros (LPA 2006) won Best Cinemtography at the FirstGlance Film Festival in Philadelphia. Antonio shot the short Love Me Tender.

Named one of the "Best Film Festival Investments" by Movie Maker Magazine and "One of the Festivals for the Rest of Us" by Time Magazine, FirstGlance has become a leader in mid-sized film festivals. Antonio has just moved to Los Angeles from New York City, and is getting his MFA in cinematography at AFI.

Francisco Ordonez
NALIPster's short film a finalist in the NBC Universal Shortcuts Film Festival

NBC Universal Shortcuts has selected NALIP member Francisco Ordonez's short film Cookie as one of 7 finalists (chosen from among 1,400 entries) to be screened at a V.I.P. showcase for key industry players on Wednesday October 20 at the DGA Theater in Los Angeles. The event will be hosted by Craig Robinson of NBC's "The Office" and "Last Comic Standing."

As a finalist Francisco is being given the opportunity to pitch NBC Digital Studios and meet with NBC Universal's top network studio, cable and film executives. The winning filmmaker, announced after the screening, will receive a pilot script deal with Universal Media Studios, and an NBC Talent Holding Deal will also be presented to the Best Performer.

Art Zapata
NALIPster's film screening at two LA area festivals

NALIP member Art Zapata is the writer, principal producer, co-director (with Emre Korkmaz), and actor in The Last Musketeer, a drama about a Latino family and their struggle with alcoholism. The film will be screening at two upcoming festivals in the Los Angeles area:

Sat. Oct. 23 at 8 pm
The Beverly Hills Film, TV & New Media Festival
At the Laemmle Music Hall Theatre

Wed. Oct. 27th at 2pm
The Reel Recovery Film Festival in Hollywood
The festival focuses on films and issues regarding alcoholism and drug addiction. Tickets are free.

Josefina Lopez
NALIP mentor's play Detained in the Desert extended

By popular demand, NALIP mentor Josefina Lopez's new play Detained in the Desert has been extended until November 21. Visit for details.


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