Latinos In The Industry

31 Fellows Invited to NALIP's Eighth LPA, Aug. 3-20 in Santa Fe, New Mexico

The National Association of Latino Independent Producers has selected 19 Documentary Fellows and 12 Feature Fellows from six states to attend the 2010 Latino Producers Academy this summer. The LPA is funded through the generous support of the New Mexico Film Office, Time Warner, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Walt Disney Company, Univision, Nielsen Media Research, POV, the IAIA, the Academy Foundation and the HFPA. The LPA is an 18-day intensive residential program designed to develop the skills, projects and relationships of select Latino, Native and New Mexican documentary and narrative producers and directors with projects in development or production. For the third year, it returns to Santa Fe, New Mexico.

2010 Documentary Fellows are Raquel Chapa (Ruidoso, NM), Cynthia Jeanette Gomez (Albuquerque, NM), David LIndblom (Santa Fe, NM), Daniel Valerio (Santa Cruz, NM), Suzanne Joe Kai (Corona del Mar, CA), Viviana Rivero Madronero (Littleton, CO), Carol Ann Short (Santa Fe, NM), Jacqueline Torres (La Reina, Chile), Kimberly Bautista (Pasadena, CA), Mike Flores (Los Angeles, CA), Eric Maddox (Santa Fe, NM), Katie Cook (Santa Fe, NM), Neyda Martinez (Brooklyn, NY), Laura Checkoway (New York, NY), Cristina McCandless (Medanales, NM), Dave Marquez (Santa Fe, NM), Jovanny Venegas (Santa Ana, CA), and Rocco Rodriquez (Los Angeles, CA).

2010 Feature Fellows are Eduardo Letamendi & Armando Hernandez (Norridge, IL), Aldo Romero (Ozono Park, NY), Christian Vinces (Los Angeles, CA), Sandy Baumann (Plano, TX), Omar Avila( Los Angeles, CA), Ryan Maldonado ( Los Angeles, CA), Ilana Lapid (Las Cruces, NM), Erin Ploss-Campoamor (Culver City, CA), Cristina Ibarra (New York, NY), Gil Gastelum (Los Angeles, CA), and Jim Mendiola (Los Angeles, CA). Narrative projects in advanced stages of development attend with their directors. Cristina, Jim, Eduardo, and Ilana will be provided professional crews and SAG actors to rehearse, shoot, edit, and score scenes from their upcoming feature films, along with a full complement of professional mentors.

For more information on the 2010 LPA, please go to

Sundance Institute Presents the Inaugural ShortsLab: L.A., July 31

Want to make short films? Join Sundance Institute for an inaugural workshop offering filmmakers first-hand insight into the world of short film on July 31 from 9:30am-7:30pm at the Downtown Independent Theatre.

Get tips from industry professionals including experts from Funny or Die, Kickstarter, Paramount Pictures, SAGIndie, UTA, YouTube, and more.

Plus get feedback on your short! If you participate in ShortsLab: L.A. and submit your short film to the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, a Festival programmer will give you individual feedback on your film post-Festival.

Space is limited, so sign up today!

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Call for Submissions: AFI Fest

AFI FEST 2010 has announced its call for submissions. Filmmakers are invited to submit narrative, documentary, experimental, animated and short films at or through The final submission deadline for shorts (under 30 minutes) is July 30th, 2010, and the final deadline for feature length films (documentary and narrative) is August 13th, 2010. Decisions will be announced no later than October 8th, 2010.

Filmmakers can call 1.866.AFI.FEST or access for more information.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes AFI FEST as a qualifying festival for the Short Films category of the annual Academy Awards. AFI FEST is the only film festival in the United States to hold the prestigious FIAPF accreditation (, assuring a high standard of quality and reliability for the international film community.

AFI FEST 2010 edition will feature a new section and award to highlight films discovered solely through the submissions process. Films in this new section are eligible for a cash award of $5,000, which will be decided by the audience at AFI FEST.

Deadline Approaching: FIND's Producers Lab & $25,000 Production Grant

The deadline is approaching for Film Independent's Producers Lab. Apply by July 12, 2010.

Film Independent's Producers Lab is an intensive seven-week program designed to help filmmakers develop skills as creative independent producers. Producers Lab Fellows develop a strategy and action plan for their projects, including a detailed budget, schedule, and business plan. Lab Fellows are introduced to film professionals who advise them on both the craft and business of independent producing, and have one-on-one meetings with established independent producers and other industry professionals who act as advisors on the their projects.

Applicants to the Producers Lab are also eligible for a $25,000 Sloan Production Grant. To be eligible for the Sloan grant the screenplay should have a scientific, mathematical, and/or technological theme and storyline or have a leading character who is a scientist, engineer, or mathematician.

Click here for more information about the Producers Lab and Sloan Producers grant.

  Amador Bustos to Pull Plug on Radio, TV Stations
( - Amador Bustos, a farmworker's son and Mexico native, built a Sacramento-based media empire that reached Spanish-speaking listeners around the nation through 28 radio and TV stations. It all came crashing down this week. FULL STORY

10 Outstanding Shorts at Outfest '10
(indieWIRE) - With 87 short films scheduled to play Outfest 2010, culling a list consisting of only ten must-see shorts is extremely difficult due to the impressive roster put together by the fest’s programmers. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Director of Photography With HD Camera
Production company looking for Director of Photography with his or her own HD camera. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting: ITVS Futurestates Short Film (NYC)
Casting several roles in the short film WHITE - a part of the 'Futurestates' series by ITVS - which explores themes of race and identity in a futuristic world.. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

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DOING YOUR DOC in St. Paul, July 18-20

Join us in St. Paul, Minnesota, July 18-20 for our NALIP signature program Doing Your Doc: Diverse Visions, Regional Voices. Don't miss this unique chance to work with story consultant Fernanda Rossi, the Documentary Doctor plus receive project mentoring on your proposal, trailer or documentary idea. Click here for more information!

Natalia Almada
Broadcast premiere of NALIPster's doc El General on POV, July 20

NALIP member Natalia Almada's (LPA 2003, Estela winner) documentary El General will have its national broadcast premiere on Tuesday, July 20 at 10 p.m. on PBS as part of the 23rd season of the series POV (Point of View). Visit the film's POV page to watch the trailer and learn more about the film.

Past and present collide as award-winning filmmaker Natalia Almada brings to life audio recordings she inherited from her grandmother, daughter of Plutarco Elias Calles, a revolutionary general who became Mexico's president in 1924. In his time, Calles was called El Jefe Maximo (Foremost Chief). Today he is remembered as El Quema-Curas (Priest Burner) and as a dictator who ruled through puppet presidents until his exile in 1936. Airing during the centennial of the Mexican Revolution, El General moves between a daughter's memories of her father as she grapples with history's portrayal of him and the weight of that same man's legacy on Mexico today. Winner of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival U.S. Directing Award: Documentary. A co-production of ITVS in association with Latino Public Broadcasting.


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