Latinos In The Industry

NALIP and Over Three Dozen Diverse Organizations Urge the FCC to Reinstate Collection of Equal Employment Opportunity Data

This evening more than three dozen organizations filed a letter calling on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reinstate collection of equal employment opportunity, or "EEO", data. The letter was submitted in support of National Hispanic Media Coalition's (NHMC) reply comment filed in mid-September.

From 1970 through 2000, every broadcast station was required to report the number of employees in each of nine job categories by race and gender. Members of the public could gain access to this data by visiting the station and looking at the public file or by going to FCC headquarters. The FCC used this data to compile annual "trend reports" tracking the aggregate percentage of people of color and women employed in each job category. Although the Commission decided to reinstate this data collection in 2004, that decision has never been implemented.

"The FCC's aspiration to be an agency that is open, transparent, and driven by data, is significantly undermined by its continued failure to implement its 2004 decision to collect statistics needed by the FCC and the public to assess whether minorities and women are being afforded equal employment opportunities in the media," said Professor Angela Campbell, director of Georgetown Law's Institute for Public Representation, who has been representing NHMC on this matter.

Angelo Falcon, Executive Director of the National Institute for Latino Policy based in New York, added, "EEO data is an indispensable tool that people in local communities can use to hold their media organizations accountable." In the past, Falcon, a longstanding member of NHMC's Board of Directors, utilized this data to produce a diversity report on New York City television broadcasters.

"The large number of prestigious organizations lending their support on this letter illustrates that this is an issue that the public cares about a great deal," stated NHMC's President and CEO, Alex Nogales. He added, "We hope very soon to be congratulating the FCC for ending this unnecessary delay."

The organizations signing onto the letter include: Access Humboldt; AfterDark CATV PRO; Alliance for Community Media; Alliance for Women in Media; Asian American Justice Center; Benton Foundation; Center for Media Justice; Chicago Media Action; Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, Inc.; Common Cause; Communications Workers of America; Dr. Clara E. Rodriguez, Professor, Fordham University, Department of Sociology & Anthropology; Free Press; Future of Music Coalition; Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU); Hispanic National Bar Association; Industry Ears; Media Access Project; Media Alliance; Media and Democracy Coalition; Media Working Group; Minority Media and Telecommunications Council; National Association of Hispanic Federal Executives; National Association of Hispanic Journalists; National Association of Hispanic Publications; National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP); National Conference of Puerto Rican Women, Inc. (NACOPRW); New America Foundation, Open Technology Initiative; National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI); National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC); National Institute of Latino Policy (NiLP); Office of Communication, United Church of Christ, Inc.; Public Knowledge; Reclaim the Media; SueWilsonReports; The Transmission Project; United States Hispanic Leadership Institute; UNITY: Journalists of Color; and Women in Media & News (WIMN)

From Prada to Nada Slated to Premiere January 2011

From Latin Heat Online

Coming in January the debut film of Pantelion, the new venture between Televisa and Lionsgate, From Prada to Nada is a Latina twist to the classic Jane Austen novel, Sense and Sensibility. The cast includes, Academy Award nominee Adriana Barraza (Babel, Drag Me to Hell, Amores Perros), Alexa Vega (Spy Kids), Wilmer Valderrama ("That 70's Show"), Kuno Becker (Goal), and Camilla Belle (When A Stranger Calls) . The film is directed by first time feature film director Angel Gracia and co-written by Fina Torres, Luis Alfaro and Craig Fernandez.

From Prada to Nada follows two spoiled sisters when they are left penniless after the sudden death of their father. Forced to move in with their estranged aunt in East Los Angeles, this is a fish-out-of-water story where the girls ultimately find romance, as well as a love for their culture. Watch the trailer online here.

Call for Submissions: Toluca Lake Film Series

Sidewalk Studio Theater presents the Toluca Lake Film Series, an ongoing showcase. The Toluca Lake Film Series is committed to bringing independent filmmaking to Los Angeles audiences. Our film series spotlights several films at a time and provides independent filmmakers a year-round venue to showcase their work to public audiences.

The series focuses on narrative; documentary; and animated short films; music videos; and webisodes. In selecting films to participate in the Toluca Lake Film Series, we look for those that express an independent style and vision.

As films struggle to reach audiences, we hope to provide a home for artists to gain exposure and for audiences to revel in adventurous new works.

Click here to download a PDF with detailed submission requirements.
Click here to download a PDF of the submission form.
There is no submission fee.

Actors, Don't Miss Actorfest LA on Nov. 6

Actorfest LA will be held November 6, 2010 a the California Market Center, LA. Be There. Be Seen. Get Noticed.

Basic Registration is FREE and includes:

TELEMUNDO (Bilingual and Spanish-Speaking actors)
Males and Females, all ages; union and non-union talent welcome

MUN2 (Bilingual and Spanish-Speaking actors)
Males and Females, all ages; union and non-union talent welcome

NBC (union talent - SAG or AFTRA members only)
Males and Females, who can play ages 18 to 45; all ethnicities. Bring a current SAG or AFTRA card in order to sign up for the NBC auditions

Males (5'9"-6'2") and Females (5'0"-5'8") to portray popular lead characters made famous in the following Disney features: "Aladdin," "Alice in Wonderland," "Beauty and the Beast," "Cinderella," "Peter Pan," "Pirates of the Caribbean," "Sleeping Beauty," "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," "The Little Mermaid," "Tinker Bell," "The Princess and the Frog," and the upcoming "Tangled."

Boys and Girls, ages 13-20, all ethnicities

With top businesses in the performing arts industry where you can get knowledge on all of the tools available.

Where you can network with your peers and industry professionals.

There are also some fantastic career advancing workshops at Actorfest with top agents, managers, teachers, and casting directors. Please NOTE: there are fees for workshops. Single workshops are $35 and package deals are available.

Some of the casting directors scheduled to be at Actorfest LA are:
-- JUNIE LOWRY-JOHNSON, Casting Director, "True Blood" and "Big Love"
-- APRIL WEBSTER, Casting Director, Film: "Star Trek," "2012," "Mission: Impossible III" TV: "Lost," "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "Criminal Minds," "Leverage," "Dark Blue."
-- BRAD GREENQUIST, Actor, Acting Teacher, guest star: "Cold Case," "Heroes," "Medium," "ER," "CSI," "Alias," "NCIS," and many others.
-- BRAD HELLER, Actor, Acting Teacher, Producer, worked with TV and film actors such as Masi Oka ("Heroes") and Jeffrey Dean Morgan ("Grey's Anatomy," "Watchmen"), as well as actors who have been on Broadway
-- CAROL GOLDWASSER, Casting Director, "Hannah Montana"
-- CATHY REINKING, Casting Director, "Frasier," "Arrested Development," and "According to Jim,"
-- CHRIS GAME, Casting Director, (commercials, indie film)
-- DONNA MORONG, Casting Director, "Princess Diaries," "10 Things I Hate About You," and "Gone Baby Gone,"
-- HEIDI LEVITT, Casting Director, "JFK," "Nixon," "Nurse Betty," "The Rock," and "Lakeview Terrace."
-- JACKIE APODACA, Actor, Teacher, Back Stage Columnist
-- JASON LA PADURA, Casting Director, "The Event" and "Heroes"
-- JOE GRESSIS, Owner, Secret Handshake Entertainment, Emmy-Nominated Editor and Producer and an Award-Winning Filmmaker and Screenwriter
-- JOHN FRANK LEVEY, Casting Director, "ER" and "Southland"
-- KEN LERNER, Actor, Acting Teacher (TV appearances: "Two and a Half Men," "Desperate Housewives," "Castle," "Weeds," "CSI," and "Without a Trace"; Film roles: "The Fabulous Baker Boys," and "Project X")
-- KERRY BARDEN, Casting Director, "Winter's Bone," "The Visitor"
-- LORI OPENDEN, Senior VP of Casting, CW Network
-- MARC CASHMAN, Voice Actor, Voiceover Teacher, Commercial Producer and Casting Director (clients: Kroger, Charles Schwab, Quizno's, and Pella Windows)
-- MARK ATTEBERRY, Actor, Award Winning Photographer, Acting Teacher, "The Hulk," "The Shield," "24," "Nip/Tuck," "The Closer," and "Dexter."
-- MATTHEW BARRY, Casting Director, "John Q," "The Notebook," "Alpha Dog," and "Rush Hour 2"
-- MARCI LIROFF, Casting Director, "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial," "Mean Girls," and "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past"
-- MARK TESCHNER, Casting Director, "General Hospital"
-- PAM DIXON, Casting Director, "Green Lantern"
-- PAULO ANDRES, Manager, RPA Entertainment
-- RICK PAGANO, Casting Director, Pagano/Manwiller Casting
-- SCOTT SEDITA, Acting Coach and Author of the International Best Seller, "The Eight Characters of Comedy"
-- SHARON LIEBLEIN, VP of Talent, Nickelodeon
-- SUZANNE SENA, TV Host, News Personality, and Teacher
-- TJ STEIN, Manager, Stein Entertainment Group
-- TONY MARTINEZ, Talent Agent, GVA
-- WILLIAM BARTOLI, Talent Agent, Bobby Ball Agency

WHEN YOU PURCHASE ANY WORKSHOP, you will get a free ticket to attend the Meet & Drop sessions with top casting directors and get your face-to-face time .

The Meet & Drop at Actorfest provide you with the opportunity to have a 1-2 minute one-on-one meeting with a well-know casting director, and drop off a copy of your headshot and resume. This is a great opportunity to meet a knowledgeable casting director, ask questions you have been eager to know answers to, and get critical feedback on your pix & resume presentation.

Meet & Drop sessions are only available to attendees who have purchased one or multiple Actorfest workshops which include panels, the master series, intensives, and focus sessions. When you purchase a workshop you will be given a pass to attend a Meet & Drop for FREE.

will be held at J LOUNGE in Los Angeles and hosted by ACEFEST & WARDANCE
YOU MUST BE 21 to attend the after party.
Register at:

Be There. Be Seen. Get Noticed.

For full details and the complete schedule of workshops and speakers, check out:
Click on LA, then the workshops tab of the tool bar for workshop pricing and more detailed information and get the skills you need to take your career to the next level.

Documentary Track at the Filmmaker Forum, Oct. 29-31

Making a documentary is a huge undertaking. The time and financial commitments can often seem overwhelming, but the payoff after telling a great story is more than worth it. The documentary track at the Filmmaker Forum provides you with the tools and information you need when preparing your documentary. Learn strategies for budgeting and financing your film, hear how established documentary filmmakers craft and film their stories on limited budgets, and find out the current legal issues documentarians are facing.

Filmmaker Forum Documentary Track:

This intensive workshop will help you create a practical budget and strategic plan for completing your documentary.

Representatives from key financing sources will give you specific advice on where and how to get the money you need for your doc.

Filmmakers from A Small Act and Thunder Soul share their experience and wisdom on keeping their vision and budget on track.

An in-depth look at common legal issues faced by today's documentary filmmakers and the recent developments in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which allows for documentarians to rip DVDs under "fair use" terms.

Documentary Track speakers include...
Karim Ahmad (ITVS), Jen Arnold (director, A Small Act), Robert Bahar (writer/producer, Made in L.A.), Keith Calder (producer, Thunder Soul), Dan Cogan (Impact Partners), Michael Donaldson (Donaldson & Callif), Lisa Erspamer (Oprah Winfrey Network), Mark Landsman (director, Thunder Soul), Lisa Leeman (director, One Lucky Elephant), Caroline Libresco (Sundance Film Festival), Patti Lee (producer, A Small Act), Stephen Nemeth (executive producer, Climate Refugees), Eddie Schmidt (International Documentary Association)

* Documentary filmmakers will also be featured in additional marketing and distribution panels

Click here to see the full schedule.

October 29-31, 2010
Directors Guild of America
7920 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90046

$300 for FIND and NALIP Members / $350 for General Admission
Register online here

All prices include opening night film and reception, lunch on Saturday and Sunday, closing night cocktail reception, and free parking all weekend.

  Latino Filmmakers' Work Airs on Comcast in Chicago
( - The International Latino Cultural Center, which produces the Chicago Latino Film Festival, has partnered with Comcast to launch the Chicago Latino Filmmaker Program. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Assistant to Reality TV Agents
An incredible assistant (prior agency experience a bonus) is needed for two reality TV agents. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Client Services Administrator
Management Office is looking for their next Client Services Administrator superstar with a dynamic personality. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Seeking Completed Feature Length Screenplays
SunCast Entertainment, LLC is currently looking for completed feature length screenplays of all genre with strong character development, strong point of view and strong commercial potential. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

From the Editor
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Santa Monica, CA 90401

Jorge Perez
Latin Slate interviews writer, director and producer about pitching to media execs

Tune in to the latest edition of Latin Slate as host Giovanna Aguilar interviews NALIP member Jorge Perez, who offers insight on the pitching process; shooting your own TV series with the Ultra-Low Budget SAG Indie contract; and working with a NALIP cast and crew. Jorge is the Winner of the HBO Latino Pitch Fest Industry/Audience Award for his independently produced spec TV pilot Bodies of Work-NYC (screening at Can Do Fitness in Edgewater, NJ on Oct. 23), and is the 2010 Semi-Finalist of the Creative Screenwriting Television Competition.

To listen, go to the NALIP Audiocasts webpage, scroll down and click on the Industry Series section, then choose Play to stream an audiocast or Download to download the MP3 to your computer.

Latin Slate is co-produced by Buttons NY sound recording studio, which is offering a 50% Discount on sound services to NALIP members who mention promo code BNY603. Expires 11/1/2010.

Joseph Julian Gonzalez
NALIP mentor's symphonic/choral piece to be performed in Escondido

NALIP mentor Joseph Julian Gonzalez's symphonic/choral piece Misa Azteca will be performed on Saturday, Oct. 30 at 8pm at the Escondido Performing Arts Center, Escondido, CA. Misa Azteca, is a staged musical concert piece for orchestra, 70-voice choir, soloists and percussion ensemble.

Having been performed at Carnegie Hall, The Sydney Opera House, the St. Denis Music Festival in Paris and the Cervantino Music and Arts Festival in Guanajuato, Mexico, Misa Azteca explores the spiritual journey of the Aztecs before and after the conquest. Based on the percussion rhythms of Aztec "danzantes", the piece aims to challenge our concepts of classical music, language, art, and religion.

Using the verses from the Latin High Mass and poems from the Codex "Cantares Mexicanos," Misa Azteca puts to song and orchestra the Aztec's fear of death, the brevity of life and the impending doom of the prophesized return of Quetzalcoatl. The Southwestern College Choir and Orchestra will be joined by Tijuana's eclectic Frontera Drum Fusion for this special event. For ticket information call (800) 988-4253.

Selections of the Misa Azteca will be performed at Carnegie Hall February 20, 2011.

Several NALIPsters Among 2010 Project:Involve Fellows

Several NALIP members are among the 33 filmmakers selected for Film Independent's annual diversity mentorship program, Project:Involve:

Carmen Cabana
Daniel Davila
Jana Diaz Juhl
Roberto Gudino
(LPA 2008)
Andres Torres-Vives
Sandra Varona

The signature program is dedicated to fostering the careers of talented filmmakers from communities traditionally underrepresented in the film industry.

Betsy Haley Hershey
NALIPster's film screening in LA on Sat.

NALIP member Betsy Haley Hershey's film Not Here, Not There is screening in LA this Saturday, Oct. 23 at 8:00pm at Golden Bridge. Click here for details, and watch the trailer online here.


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