Latinos In The Industry

NALIPsters On Screen at NYILFF!

Once again the New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) is filled with movies by NALIP Members. The festival runs from Monday, July 27 through Sunday, August 1, 2010. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to see these great NALIPsters' films in the Big Apple!

For tickets, screening locations, and additional information, visit the NYILFF website.

SHORT Films:

APPLES 13 min/COLOR Producer: Camillia Sanes
Thursday, July 29th @ 6:30 PM & Friday, July 30th @ 10:30 PM

COOKIE 12 min/COLOR Director: Francisco Ordonez
Friday, July 30th @ 2:00 PM & Sunday, August 1st @ 11:30 AM

16 min/COLOR Director: Fidel Arizmendi
Wednesday, July 28th @ 10:00 PM & Friday, July 30th @ 12:00 PM

17 min/COLOR Director: Isabel Cuevas
Thursday, July 29th @ 2:30 PM & Sunday, August 1st @ 2:00 PM

MAGO 13 min/COLOR Director: Maria Ponce
Thursday, July 29th @ 4:30 PM & Sunday, August 1st @ 3:30 PM

S&M 3 min/COLOR Director: Daniela De Carlo
Wednesday, July 28th @ 3:00 PM & Saturday, July 31st @ 2:00 PM

SEED 15 min/COLOR Director: Hugo Perez
Thursay, July 29th @ 2:30 PM & Sunday, August 1st @ 2:00 PM

TAUGHT TO HATE 28 min/COLOR Director: James Garcia Sotomayor
Thursday, July 29th @ 2:30 PM & Sunday, August 1st @ 2:00 PM

URBAN LULLABY 9 min/COLOR Director: Sonia Gonzalez
Thursday, July 29 @ 4:30 PM & Sunday, August 1 @ 3:30 PM

WORST CASE SCENARIO FEMME 4 min/B&W Director: Mary Guzman
Wednesday July 28th @ 4:00 PM & Saturday, July 31st @ 1:00 PM


Tuesday, July 27 7:00 PM
Dir/Writer: Ryan Piers Williams

James (Ryan O’Nan) returns from Iraq to face a new battle—reintegrating into his small- town life in Texas. His wife (America Ferrera), his mother (Melissa Leo), and his friend (Jason Ritter) provide support, but they can’t fully understand the pain and suffering he feels since his tour of duty ended. Lonely, James reconnects with an army buddy (Wilmer Valderrama), who provides him with compassion and camaraderie during his battle to process his experiences in Iraq. But their reunion also exposes the different ways that war affects people—at least on the surface.

This moving, taut story of redemption and reconstruction extends beyond a post traumatic-stress-disorder narrative. O’Nan is heartbreaking as he explores the depths of his internal struggle; Ferrera fearlessly tackles her role of a young wife in turmoil. The Dry Land is about one man’s fight within his own terrain—his country, home, and mind—and his journey to rebuild what he’s lost.

Cast: America Ferrara, Melissa Leo, Ryan O'Nan, Jason Ritter, Wilmer Valderrama
Director: Ryan Piers Williams
Writer: Ryan Piers Williams
Producer: Sergio Arguero, Jason Berman, America Ferrera, Margo Johnston, Mark G. Mathis, Heather Rae

Thursday, July 29th 2:00 PM & Saturday, July 31 1:30 PM
Director: William Caballero

A young Latino man, William Caballero, juggles unconditional family love with the challenges of breaking the cycle that has kept so many relatives from reaching their dreams. Set against a backdrop of Coney Island and Fayetteville, North Carolina, an NYU graduate student turns the camera on his Puerto Rican-American family plagued by social, medical and public health issues. U.S. health care and culture is examined through this young man's lens, which also explores both his and family’s dreams. Many immigrants in the U.S. aspire to achieve the American dream and this Latino family comprised of immigrants to second-generation Americans is no different. As subjective as the barometer of reaching this goal is, the film begs the ultimate question: who attains their American dream?

Thursday, July 29th 3:30 PM & Saturday, July 31 6:00 PM
Dir/Writer: Fernando Lebrija

Alejandro is the heir to his father's banking fortune, but he sees this wealth -- embodied by his controlling father and his corrupt cronies -- as a burden rather than a blessing. One night, in an act of rebellion, he goes drag racing on a Mexico City street and a horrible accident results. Badly shaken, he flees to an impoverished seaside village. But when he falls in love with a troubled local girl, who is entangled with a gangster, Alejandro must finally find the courage to fight for the life he wants.

Director: Fernando Lebrija
Writer: Fernando Lebrija and Harrison Reiner
Producer: Miguel Angel Boccaloni, Matthias Ehrenberg, Radu Ion, Paula Jaramillo, Harrison Reiner, and David Wisnievitz

Thursday July, 29th at 6:00 PM
Director: Rafi Mercado

An artist caught between reality and fantasy. A friend with a dangerous thirst for adrenaline. And, a beautiful girlfriend with wild desires. “Miente” is a psychological thriller with a triangle relationship that takes you to the edge.

Cast: Oscar Guerrero, Frank Perozo, Mariana Santangelo
Director: Rafi Mercado
Writer: Javier Avila, Jose Ignacio Valenzuela
Producer: Ileana Ciena, Sonia Fritz, Frances Lausell, Eric Mathis

Thursday July, 29th 7:00 PM & Friday July, 30th 12:30 PM
Dir/Writer/Producer: Carmen Marron

Night after night, Carmen and her friends tear up the dance floor at the local club. By day, she works at a grocery store to put herself through junior college and fulfill her immigrant parents’ dream for her to get an education and have a better life. But when one of Carmen’s professors catches her dancing, he challenges her to embrace a new destiny: that of a trained dancer at a formal dance school. Soon Carmen finds herself torn between her family’s working-class ways and her dream to dance.

Cast: Aimee Garcia, Al Bandiero, David Hernandez, Gina Rodriguez, Rene Rosado, Andres Perez-Molina
Director: Carmen Marron
Writer: Carmen Marron
Producer: Sid Idris and Carmen Marron

Friday July 20th, 7:00 PM
Dir/Writer/Producer: Nicolas Entel

Pablo Escobar, the most notorious and brutal drug lord in Colombia's history, was gunned down in 1993. After his father's death, Juan Escobar fled to Buenos Aires, changed his name and assumed a new identity to escape his father's dubious legacy. For the first time since Escobar's death, Juan comes forward to tell his father's story. With heartfelt honesty, he recounts what it was like to grow up loving a man whom he knew was his country's number-one enemy. Seeking to heal wounds decades old, Juan requests to meet with the sons of two celebrated political leaders who were among his father’s hundreds of victims.

Director: Nicolas Entel
Writer: Nicolas Entel, Pablo Farina, Alan Hayling
Producer: Carolina Angarita, Hans Robert Eisenhauer, Nicolas Entel, Ivan Entel, Juan Giraldo, Michael Giorelli, Alan Hayling, Tabitha Jackson, Angela Sondon

Friday July 30th 1:00 PM, Sunday August 1st 12:00 PM
Director: Alan Jonsson Gavica

Mateo Cruz, desperate to save his family from a notorious drug dealer, causes absolute pandemonium when he kidnaps Mexico’s and Latin America’s most adored religious icon, the Virgin of Guadalupe, and demands a ransom.

Screenwriter: Ozcar Ramirez

Monday July 26th 8:30-10:30pm
Director: Francisco Bello

Get ready for a night of Salsa as HBO Documentaries and The New York International Latino Film Festival present "El Espiritu de La Salsa". A night of Salsa, live music, film and dance.

In this invigorating documentary, lonely hearts from all over New York City— from an ER doc and an equities trader to a construction contractor and a cop—meet in Spanish Harlem once a week at Santo Rico Dance School, where they learn the rich art of salsa. Under the great salsa dance teacher Tomas Guerrero's tutelage, they have only six weeks to rehearse for a public performance. Featuring music by Tito Puente, Eddie Santiago, Héctor Lavoe, Norah Jones, and more.

Director: Francisco Bello, Tim Sternberg
Executive Producer: Jon Alpert, Sheila Nevins
Producer: Francisco Bello, Matthew O’Neill, Tim Sternberg, Sara Bernstein (Supervising Producer)
Editor: Paula Heredia

Saturday July 31st 5:00 PM, Sunday August 1st 5:00 PM
Director: William Wedig, Writer: Manny Perez

After serving time for manslaughter, Chuco (Manny Perez) returns from prison to the cold and rusted steel town of Scranton, Pennsylvania. His crime was among the most horrific imaginable: the murder of his son's mother. Ten years later, Chuco must now grapple with avoiding his vengeful son (David Castro) and trying to be the father he never was. In “Forged”, a father’s quest for redemption and connection may end up taking far more than he has to give.

Director: William Wedig
Writer: Manny Perez and William Wedig
Cast: Manny Perez, David Castro, Jaime Tirelli, Kevin Breznahan, and Margo Martindale
Producer: Josh Crock and Steven Holtzman and Josh Van Wie

Friday July 30th 7:00 PM
Director: Jessy Terrero

In the face of rising gun violence, the Detroit Metro Police Department, led by DETECTIVE ROGERS, launches a full-scale war against gun runners. Top of ROGERS’ list is the charismatic RICH (Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson), a runner scarred by the childhood memory of his parents’ brutal shooting. When RICH reconnects with his old friend, ex-con ANGEL (Val Kilmer), he grows distant from GABRIELLA (AnnaLynne McCord), his supplier and lover. After one job goes bad, ANGEL becomes increasingly more paranoid while RICH looks to make one big score and leave the business. We soon discover, in the world of corruption, no one can be trusted – not even your closest allies.

Starring Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, who wrote the screenplay, and Val Kilmer, “Gun” is a fast-paced, action film with an original perspective on gun violence and crime.

Director: Jessy Terrero
Writer: Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson
Cast: Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Val Kilmer, AnnaLynne McCord Producer: Randall Emmett, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, George Furla, Richard Jackson

Thursday July, 29th 2:00 PM & Sunday, August 1st 12:00 PM
Director: Essau Melendez

"Immigrant Nation!" tells the story of the modern immigrant rights movement and the struggle of single mother, Elvira Arellano, who fought against her deportation, eventually seeking refuge at Adalberto United Methodist Church in Chicago. In what became a national groundswell, organizations, activists and community leaders came together not only to protest on behalf of Elvira, but also to oppose the anti-immigration bill HR4437 passed by Congress in Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, July 28th 7:00 PM & Friday, July 30th 3:00 PM
Director: Rodrigo Montealegre

Rodrigo Montealegre wants to make a documentary about Pedro, a Dominican shoe-shiner he has known since he was four years old. Far from flattered by the idea, Pedro, with his own script and cinematic ambitions, is opposed. When Montealegre agrees to help Pedro get his own project going, an uneasy – and, at times, hilarious -- collaboration is born, as the college student with the textbook ideas quickly collides with the autobiographical madness of a film-buff.

Academy of Television Arts & Sciences "Prime Cuts" Free Editing Seminar

For the fourth consecutive year, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is proud to present this unique seminar that focuses on the art of editing. Prime Cuts is a premiere event where the editors from top television shows discuss their work. Don't miss this inside-only discussion with editors from some of this year's Primetime Emmy-nominated shows.

August 14 from 10:00am - 12:00pm
American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue at 14th Street
Santa Monica, CA

This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! No reservations will be taken. Seating is on a first-come first served basis so arrive early to guarantee admission.

Click here for the Official Facebook Event Page

Previous Panels have included Emmy Nominated Editors from the following programs:
The Office
Breaking Bad
Mad Men
Battlestar Galactica
Project Runway

This year's panelists and moderator to be decided upon nomination announcements.

  Film Executives Scoff at Notion of '3D Fatigue'
(The Hollywood Reporter) - The sky isn't falling, but theatrical 3D may be finding its natural water level. That in an extra-dimensional nutshell is how film distribution execs feel about recent signs that the ratio of 3D-to-2D grosses for pics has settled into a range just below that marked by early 3D releases when the format was a consumer novelty. FULL STORY

Wilmer Valderrama Stars in "Dry Land," Opening NYILFF
(NY Daily News) - When Wilmer Valderrama was doing press tours for "That '70s Show," in which he played the sweet-natured and often clueless immigrant Fez, he would run across military personnel in airports who told him they watched the program on DVD while overseas - and thanked him for all the laughs it had given them. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Assistant Professor of Professional Practice of the Arts and Director of Production (NYC)
Columbia University School of the Arts seeks to attract an experienced film producer to teach producing to MFA students while providing meticulous production and risk management oversight of all film produced by MFA students, including non-thesis and thesis films. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Film Independent Grants Coordinator
The Grants Coordinator coordinates grants from a variety of private foundation, and governmental sources-both at the local, national, and international level. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

From the Editor
Alex Mendoza
Alex Mendoza & Associates
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Temple City, CA 91780

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Santa Monica, CA 90401

Art Zapata
NALIPster's film The Last Musketeer finding success on festival circuit

NALIP member Art Zapata is the writer, principal producer, co-director (with Emre Korkmaz), and actor in The Last Musketeer, a film that has found success in the 2010 film festival circuit. It won "Best So Cal Film" at the 2010 Riverside International Film Festival, it was an "Official Selection" at the 2010 16th Annual San Antonio Film Festival, "Finalist" at the 2010 So Cal Film Market Contest, and it received "Award of Merit" at the Los Angeles Cinema Film Festival Hollywood (online festival).

With a background in writing and acting, The Last Musketeer is Zapata's first project as a producer and director. He originally began writing the The Last Musketeer to perform as a one-man play. It was after performing an excerpt of his play in an acting showcase that Zapata was encouraged to develop his story into a screenplay. The Last Musketeer is loosely based on a true story.

After losing another job due to drinking, Joe promises to quit. While sober, Joe gains back the love and respect of his family as well as a job working for the city. Just when everything is going right, Joe falls off the wagon , only this time it's different. Christine leaves Joe for the first time. Eventually the pain and isolation bring Joe to his knees prompting him to seek professional help for his alcoholism. Not knowing what to think of his parents problems, Johnny fantasizes he's the Musketeer D'Artagnan after seeing the movie The Three Musketeers, in hopes of saving his family. The Last Musketeer is loosely based on a true story.

Paco José Madden
LWL Fellow''s play 1001 Days at the Capital Fringe Festival

NALIP member Paco José Madden's (LWL Fellow) play 1001 Days is playing at the Capital Fringe Festival in Washington DC this summer, and will have its final show on Saturday July 24 at 7:30pm at The Clinic (1003 6th Street NW, DC).

DC Theater Scene rates 1001 Days a 4 out of a possible 5, and the show continues to get better with each performance. Click here for ticket information.

Fanny Veliz
Second episode of NALIPster's comedy web series now online

Episode 2 of NALIP member Fanny Veliz's comedy web series "No Kids. No Cry." is now online. This episode features a cameo by NALIP mentor Josefina Lopez.

The series is a humorous look at the issue of child support through the eyes of three single dads. On this episode the guys hire an Irish lawyer to help them deal with their child support issues. Meet baby mamas Josefina, who has a peep show on the internet, and Jessica who has found her calling in life being a trashy baby mama.

Watch it now on YouTube.


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