Latinos In The Industry

INDUSTRY INSIGHTS: Empowering Filmmakers

By Tom Bernard, co-president of Sony Pictures Classics. Tom Bernard delivered this speech at the first indieWIRE Filmmaker Toolkit Series event in New York City.

You can't be dependent on somebody else to put your film into the marketplace. "Empowered filmmaker" is the mantra for today's indies.

If you look back in the late 70's/early 80's when the modern day independent film movement started, filmmakers like John Sayles, Allison Anders, Spike Lee, Michael Moore, Jim Jarmusch, Victor Nunez, Steven Soderbergh and Bob Young, etc., all had extensive knowledge of the business of film that went hand in hand with their filmmaking skills. You can look today and see that all of these filmmakers still have very independent operations where they are very much a part of the distribution and business process for their movies.

They established very early in the creative process what they wanted to happen with their films and then each plotted a course using to their advantage festivals, sales agents, producer's reps, lawyers, critics, distributors, publicists, etc., as their tools to bring to fruition the goals they set for their film.

With so many distribution options available today you as a filmmaker are the one person that will be able to successfully control the destiny of your film. I say this because of all the carpetbaggers that exist feeding off of the fruits of your labor have their own interests ahead of you. Sure they will perform the services you have hired them to do, but without your direction they will weave your movie into the goals that serve their company.

Read the Full Story for a list of indie theatrical distributors.


IFP Filmmaker Conference - Buy Passes Now to Pitch Your Film to Execs

Taking place during the 32nd annual Independent Film Week, IFP's five-day Filmmaker Conference: The Future of Film, is the must-attend event that welcomes the independent film community to participate in discussions on financing for docs and narrative films, finding an agent and manager, outreach and audience building, working on a micro-budget and much more during a full week of case studies, panels and debates. The IFP Filmmaker Conference will be held September 19-23, 2010 in New York City.

Buy passes by Wednesday, September 8 at midnight for a chance to pitch your film, TV or new media project to top executives.

In addition, NALIP constituents get a 20% discount to the Conference, using the discount code NALIP10. Please make sure to choose "NALIP" in the How Heard drop-down menu.

Don't pass up your chance to learn the ins-and-outs of financing, producing and distributing your movie and sustaining a career with reps from BBC, BMI, Cinereach, College Humor, Cinetic, HBO, Impact Partners, Kickstarter, Magnolia Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Roadside Entertainment, Sony Picture Classics, Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, Tribeca Film Festival and many more.

For more information about the Conference and to purchase passes go to:

Free Call-in Seminar with Machete Writer Alvaro Rodriguez and Hollywood by Phone invite you to join a call-in interview with screenwriter Alvaro Rodriguez, co-writer of Machete (the new film from Robert Rodriquez, starring Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Cheech Marin, Steven Seagal, Lindsay Lohan, Don Johnson, Jessica Alba, and Robert De Niro).

This FREE EVENT will be held on Thursday, September 9 at 5:30pm PST / 8:30pm EST.

Don't miss this call-in seminar for the behind the scenes story of how a mock trailer featured in Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino's film The Grindhouse was expanded into a feature length film!

To Register for this Free Event:
Simply enter your name and email at the link below, and you'll be given access to this one-time event with top screenwriter Alvaro Rodriguez! Register at:

Free Live Video Event on Writing Scripts for Web-Fame and Fortune

On Thursday, September 9th at 7:30pm PST, Marvin V. Acuna from The Business Of Show Institute will be hosting a live, streaming video event with the foremost authority on "screenwriting for new media" - Frank Chindamo.

Frank Chindamo is the President and Chief Creative Officer of Fun Little Movies - and during this FREE 90 minute presentation he will reveal how screenwriters can get paid handsomely to write for the Web and mobile devices! Plus, he will reveal how Web and mobile writing can transition into lucrative opportunities for film and T.V. writing!

Best Part? The live, streaming event is absolutely FREE as gift from Media Services, Showbiz Software, and The Business of Show Institute. PLUS - you get to ask your questions live and in real time! Even if you can't make the live event, register anyway, because only registrants will receive a copy of the video replay. So register now!

  Robert Rodriguez Talks Machete Sequels
( - Robert Rodriguez's just-opened film Machete ends with a message to stay tuned for Machete Kills and Machete Kills Again, and that may not just be a grindhouse in-joke. FULL STORY

AFI Latin American Film Fest Opens with Revolution
(indieWIRE) - The 2010 AFI Latin American Film Festival in Silver Spring, MD will open on September 21 with "Revolution," a shorts compilation featuring some of Mexico's leading contemporary directors exploring themes and stories inspired by the Mexican Revolution, in honor of its 100th anniversary. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Coordinator, Sundance Documentary Film Program
This position will provide administrative support to the Director, Documentary Film Program as well as coordinate research and data collection/reporting activities. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

From the Editor
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Bel Hernandez
Community leader to receive NHMC's Outstanding Service to the Latino Community Impact Award

The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) announced honorees for the 8th Annual Local Impact Awards to be held on September 9, honoring those individuals or entities whose achievements, generosity of spirit, or courage-under-fire have greatly benefited Latinos in the Southern California community. Among the honorees of this prestigious award is publisher and co-founder of entertainment industry news publication Latin Heat Entertainment, Bel Hernandez.

Bel Hernandez will receive the Outstanding Service to the Latino Community Impact Award. For years Bel has tirelessly publicized, promoted and advocated for Latinos both in front and back of camera. In 1992 she co-founded and published Latin Heat, the only English-language entertainment trade publication focused on Latino Hollywood; Bel serves as publisher of the print version and the internet magazine, Bel travels across the country speaking about Latinos in the entertainment industry and co-created Let's Talk!, a Latina point-of-view talk show available on

The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) will present its 8th Annual Local Impact Awards at its luncheon on Thursday, September 9th at the Westin Hotel in Pasadena, California. This year's honorees will receive Impact Awards for Lifetime Achievement in Television Broadcasting, Outstanding Theater Company and Outstanding Service to the Latino Community. "Over the past year Latinos have faced increasing hate in the media and on the streets. In these trying times it is important that we celebrate individuals that are using the power of the media and arts to unite, rather than divide," said Alex Nogales, NHMC President and CEO.

Vikki Vargas will receive the Lifetime Achievement in Television Broadcasting Impact Award. Vikki is one of the longest-serving and most successful reporters in Southern California. She joined NBC 4 in July 1982 as a general assignment reporter, and has been stationed in Orange County since 1984 covering the major news stories in the area. Vikki has received numerous prestigious awards to include a Golden Mike, an Avance Award and has been honored by countless organizations including the Orange County Press Club for Best News Reporting and by the State Bar Association for Outstanding Reporting.

José A. Ronstadt, well known in the Latino community not only for his achievements in television but also for his life-long activism on Hispanic causes, will also receive a Lifetime Achievement in Television Broadcasting Impact Award. He has worked as a reporter and anchor for KVEA TV 52 Telemundo and for KWHY TV Telemundo and has been awarded several Golden Mikes that underline his journalistic versatility.

The Latino Theater Company will be honored as an Outstanding Theater Company as they celebrate twenty-five years of creating some of the most exciting, thought-provoking theater in Los Angeles. After over twenty years of exploring the U.S. Latino experience in bold and contemporary terms, the Latino Theater Company became the new operators of the Los Angeles Theater Center (LATC) and embarked on a new vision. In January 2006, the Latino Theater Company was awarded a twenty year lease for the LATC from the City of Los Angeles and in this historic setting continues to showcase theater that provokes and entertains all segments of our community.

This year's Luncheon Sponsors are Google and Univision. CBS 2 news anchor, Laura Diaz, and radio personality, "Big Boy," from KPWR-FM radio will co-host the luncheon.

David Bianchi, Rene Rosado & Ryan Le Masters
NALIPsters' film premiering at DFFLA

The short film Our Vows - written/produced and starring NALIP member David Bianchi (LPA 2007 & 2008), co-starring Isabella Cascarano and NALIPster Rene Rosado, and directed by NALIPster Ryan LeMasters (LPA 2007) - will have its world premiere at the Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles and will open for the award winning feature film Bedrooms on Friday, Sept. 10 at 7pm at the Civic Center theatre in Downtown Los Angeles.

Two lovers trapped in their addictions discover the true value of loss in their conquest to quell their crack cocaine habit.


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