Latinos In The Industry

Deadline Approaching: Fundación Cuba Avant-Garde Funding

Fundación Cuba Avant-Garde is an independent, private foundation dedicated to advocating, promoting, supporting, and fostering connoisseurship of contemporary Cuban art and culture. Fundación Cuba Avant-Garde supports the work of US-based nonprofit cultural organizations by providing strategic funding, up to $5,000, to advance and promote their efforts to explore Cuban art and culture.

To aid in fostering broader international recognition of Cuban art and culture, Fundación Cuba Avant-Garde also maintains the website Cuban Art News. Cuban Art News offers news and updates on Cuban art and cultural activities worldwide, with a mix of original coverage, aggregated content, and links. It covers art exhibitions, film festivals, dance performances, new books of interest, and other cultural topics.

Applications are accepted once a year, on a deadline of November 1.
For more information, and to learn more about the application process, visit:

Fundación Cuba Avant-Garde...
- Values the role that nonprofit institutions and organizations play in society and seeks to support their work in the field of Cuban art and culture.
- Looks to foster greater opportunities for audiences to learn about and better understand the rich contribution of Cuban art and artists to international contemporary culture.
- Trusts that through the arts, people from all walks of life can benefit from the inclusive and rich exchange of ideas about Cuban art and culture, and the creativity they can inspire.
- Seeks to advance this dialogue by providing resources to innovative nonprofit organizations engaged in this work.

Call for Entries: Five Under 5

Are you a filmmaker with something to say about an issue of our time? And can you be brief? If so, here's your chance to get Hollywood feedback on your work. Splashlife is looking for the best Five Under 5 - five videos under 5 minutes long - that speak to the pro-social concerns of this generation.

Entries can be of any genre, as long as they're original work. Want to make a mockumentary on noise pollution? A day-in-the-life about someone doing inspiring work in their community? How about an animated short on global warming? As long as it's under 5 minutes, (almost) anything goes. Be creative, dramatic, original.

The best Five Under 5 (as selected by a panel of Hollywood judges and the Splashlife editorial team) will be featured on The winners will also receive:
- A 30-minute mentoring session with Hollywood insiders Peter Samuelson, Jonathan Prince and John Schimmel.
- A new Flip Slide HD - the world's first shoot and show camcorder.
- 50,000 Splashpoints.

Entry is free, submission deadline is December 1, 2010, 6 p.m. PST.
Click here for details and submission information.

Vistas Film Festival, Oct. 28-31 (Dallas)

The 11th annual Vistas Film Festival - celebrating and showcasing Latino filmmaking - will be held October 28-31 at the Angelika Film Center at Mockingbird Station in Dallas.

The event will feature up to 40 culturally relevant feature films, shorts and documentaries by and about Latinos and will include Q&A sessions with the audience after film screenings, opening night and closing night receptions as well as nightly after parties to chat with filmmakers.

Films screening this year include Revolucion, Tocar y Luchar, Regresa, El Estudiante, Depositarios, Navidad S.A., and Seres Genesis.

For more information and tickets, please visit

  Redwood City Hosts Latino Film Festival
(The Daily Journal) - Redwood City will host the International Latino Film Festival from Nov. 5 through Nov. 7, focusing on women and film and offering free screenings of selected award-winning documentaries. FULL STORY

Betty Kaplan Options Book Rights to Igrid Betancourt's Life
(Latin Heat Online) - Betty Kaplan has optioned the rights to the two books written by the ex-husband of Ingrid Betancourt, the Colombian senator and presidential candidate who was held hostage by terrorists for six years in the South American jungle. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Three Jobs in Film and Media Studies at Arizona State University
The Film and Media Studies Program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University announces one tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Digital Culture, as well as two non-tenure Lecturer positions. FULL JOB DESCRIPTIONS

From the Editor
The story in last Thursday's newsletter about From Prada to Nada listed the incorrect director. The film is directed by first time feature film director Angel Gracia and co-written by Fina Torres, Luis Alfaro and Craig Fernandez.

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Hugo Perez
NALIPster's new doc receives NEH Chairman's Grant

NALIP member Hugo Perez' (Estela, LPA 2008) documentary Neither Memory Nor Magic, which tells the story of the Hungarian poet Miklos Radnoti, has been named the recipient of a prestigious Chairman's Grant given by the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to help with the final post-production and distribution of the film. Hugo hopes to soon announce a multi-platform official release date for late Spring 2011.

Neither Memory Nor Magic will screen in NYC on Nov. 14 at 2pm at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Manhattan. Hugo will be present to lead a discussion after the film and to present a reading of Radnoti's poetry after the screening by special guests to commemorate the anniversary of Radnoti's death.

Cris Abrego
CBS orders celebrity-themed reality pilot from EP Abrego

By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline Hollywood

CBS has greenlighted "The Same Name," an hourlong pilot from one of the masters of comedic celebreality, [NALIP community member] Cris Abrego. The project, which Abrego executive produces with Eugene Young, is a fish-out-of water comedic series involving regular people and celebrities they happen to share the same name with. Each self-contained episode of the show, produced by Endemol-owned 51 Minds, will feature a celebrity as he/she trades life and careers with his/hers name doppelganger and will follow both as they see what it�s like to live in each others shoes.

"The Same Name" is part of an expansion for UTA-repped Abrego who had done most of his business at VH1 so far. Along with frequent collaborator Mark Cronin, Abrego has been the go-to guy for the channel's core celebreality fare with such series as "The Surreal Life," "Flavor of Love" and "Rock of Love." For CBS, "The Same Name" adds to the network's growing slate of shows about celebrities or other rich people posing as regular folk, which includes reality hit "Undercover Boss" and series of specials "I Get That a Lot."

Karim Ahmad & Daniel Dávila
NALIPsters' film Harrison Montgomery released on DVD

Harrison Montgomery, recently written and produced by NALIP mentor Karim Ahmad was released on DVD this Tuesday, Oct. 26. Starring Oscar-winner Martin Landau (Ed Wood), Melora Walters (Magnolia, HBO's "Big Love"), and breakout hit Octavio Gómez Berríos (Che, Choking Man), Harrison Montgomery is directed by Karim's long-time creative collaborator and NALIP member Daniel Dávila, and was shot on location in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood.

Synopsis: Deep in the Tenderloin, the worst neighborhood in San Francisco, a drug dealer on the run discovers an old man's magical secret and must choose between using the secret to save himself or his only friends.


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