Latinos In The Industry

RSVP Now for the 25th Annual Imagen Awards

The Imagen Awards are just around the corner! You don't want to miss out on this unique opportunity to mix and mingle with Hollywood movers and shakers while celebrating 25 years of the best of the best of Latinos in Entertainment. Have you bought your ticket, yet? RSVP now while space is still available! See below for details on the event.

25th Annual Imagen Awards
The Century Plaza Hotel
Sunday, August, 15th 2010
Red Carpet starts at 11:30am
Lunch at 12:30pm
Ceremony at 1:30pm

Confirmed attendees include (partial list): legendary television producer Norman Lear, Peter Bratt, America Ferrera, Hector Bustamante, Lisa Vidal, Gregory Cruz, and Naya Rivera. To view a full list of the nominees, click here.

Preferred seating to the Awards is $300 per person. General seating is $175 per person. The Imagen Foundation is a not for profit 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization and all ticket purchases are tax deductible donations.

To RSVP: Download the form, fill it out, and fax it to (626)628-1854. Deadline to purchase tickets is August 9th.

If you have any questions, contact Yani at (626)376-9751 or email

IDA DocuWeeks Theatrical Documentary Showcase (LA & NYC)

Screening in Los Angeles and New York City, July 30th through August 19th, 2009, IDA's 14th Annual DocuWeeks Theatrical Documentary Showcase will present 18 feature films and 10 short films, a collection of some of the best groundbreaking documentary films from around the world.

DocuWeeks runs at the ArcLight Hollywood (6360 W. Sunset Blvd.) in Los Angeles and the IFC Center (323 Sixth Avenue at West Third Street) in New York City.
For films you might be interested in, please click here.

Included in DocuWeeks are two Latin American films:

Colombia | 72 min.
Apaporis takes us on a journey through the untrodden, war-locked Northwest Amazon, where we discover the secret knowledge of of Cabiyari and Cubeo indigenous cultures and their insight into nature, life and medicinal and psychotropic plants. With breathtaking images, millenary secrets are revealed such as the preparation of Yage ("the vine of the Gods"), pulverized coca, and curare, alongside a magical practice to revive dead animals. These communities, besieged by the looming death of their sacred languages and cultures, must now come together to preserve their very survival.
New York tickets:
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UK/Brazil | 99 min.
Waste Land follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world's largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio. There, he photographs an eclectic band of catadores--self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz's initial objective was to "paint" the catadores with garbage. However, his collaboration with them, as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage, reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to re-imagine their lives. Waste Land offers stirring evidence of the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit.

Call for Nominations: Latino Books into Movies Awards

The International Latino Book Awards presents a new, stand-alone literary competition, the Latino Books into Movies Awards. Many of us would love to see more movies being produced that star Latinos and feature Latino themes. Realizing that many movies start with a great book, Latino Literacy Now has created a second competition within the framework of its International Latino Book Awards: the Latino Books Into Movies Awards.

Judges for these awards will include screenwriters, playwrights, producers, and other entertainment industry professionals. Winning books will be distributed to pertinent Motion Picture Studios, Producers, and Agents, depending on genre.

The awards will be presented during the Los Angeles Latino Book & Family Festival, another Latino Literacy Now program, that takes place annually at California State University, Los Angeles. The awards will be given out on Saturday, October 9, during An Evening with the Authors, a buffet dinner get together with the authors participating in the Festival.

Deadline: All entry forms and copies of books must be received in the Latino Literacy Now office by August 13, 2010.

Click here to download the Nominating Procedures and Entry Form.

Call for Entries: Lone Star International Film Festival

The Lone Star Film Society is proud to announce its call for entries for the 4th Annual Lone Star International Film Festival. Feature and short lengths are accepted for Narrative, Documentary, and Animation films of any genre. In addition, Mexico has been selected as the International Focus for this year's festival.

Regular Deadline: August 1
Late Deadline: September 5
Withoutabox Extended Deadline: September 12

All winners will be awarded with goods and services that will help them make their next film. Rewarding filmmakers for their art is of paramount importance to our festival. To enter, please click here to go directly to our festival's page on Withoutabox.

The LSIFF is committed to bringing the best in international independent cinema to Fort Worth, Texas. The LSIFF has succeeded in doing this in part due to the strong relationships our organization has built with the world class cultural institutions of Fort Worth such as the Kimbell Art Museum, the Modern Art Museum, and the Van Cliburn Foundation.

Our Competition Jury has consisted of such notable industry professionals as Christian Gaines of IMDb, Melonie Diaz, Betty Buckley, and Harris Dew of the IFC Center in New York. Past winners have received packages of services and software such as Autodesk Maya 2010, Final Draft, and Gorilla Film Production Software. This year's Best Narrative Feature winner will again receive an assortment of goods and services that will assist the winner in producing their next feature film, including a $50,000 35mm Panavision camera package.

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Broadway International Film Festival Los Angeles, 7/29-8/1

The Broadway International Film Festival Los Angeles launches with an opening ceremony at 6pm on Thursday, July 29 at the Million Dollar Theater in downtown LA and runs through Sunday, Aug. 1. The ceremony highlights include a ribbon cutting with local leaders of the community and festival board members and a special speech from Angelica Maria and Angelica Vale.

Submissions have been accepted from local and international filmmakers. This is a competition for short and full length films. The Festival will award trophies to the winning films in the following categories: Animation, Drama, Romance, Documentary, Comedy, Horror and Action. View the full program online or visit the festival's Facebook page.

NALIPsters with films in the festival include:

Taught to Hate
July 29 @ 8:55pm
A film by James Garcia Sotomayor
The film is about Hispanic day workers who are harassed by teens who, filled with the hatred taught to them by their families, perceive the day workers to be a threat to their livelihood.

Love Equation (world premiere)
July 31, red carpet @ 6:30pm, film @ 7:00pm, reception following
A film by Miguel Mas
The film features an exceptional story line of love counting issues of friends that are involved in such particular feeling: sensibilities and weaknesses of human beings are two critical elements in the film. We are connected to love.
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"I'm very excited that this year's festival has attracted filmmakers from Europe as well as South America. Not only is this a competition for films but we're also here to promote art, culture, and education through various workshops offered throughout the day and in between screenings" said Emilio Vega founder of Arco del Triunfo Productions and Executive Director for Biff-LA.

BIFF-LA will culminate with a forum entitled "The Present and Future of Independent Cinema and Hispanic Cinema in North America." This moderated forum will have as guest speakers members of the national and international film industry, politicians, as well as artistic philanthropists to answer questions on different topics of today.

The festival is the main fundraising mechanism for the non-profit organization the donwtown LA Renaissance Project (SCRP), which will provide funding for art and technology-based programs for children in Orange County. Funds obtained from the film festival and the business sponsors allow the organization to provide art programs for the community's youth and help to inspire them to choose careers in art, film and encourage literacy.

  The Future is a Scary Place for Guillermo del Toro
(AP) - Oscar winner Guillermo del Toro is developing a new "Haunted Mansion" movie for Disney, planning to shoot a horror movie in May, hopes to do a version of "Frankenstein" and is working on an "anthology horror series" for cable TV. FULL STORY

Anjelah Johnson: From Raiders Cheerleader To Funny It Girl
(CineMovie.TV) - Professional football cheerleaders don't typically trade in their pompom's for a stand up routine but Latina actress Anjelah Johnson did and it's paying off. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

WriteGirl Seeks Mentors and Volunteers
WriteGirl is looking for mentors and volunteers for their 10th season of creative writing workshops and mentoring for teen girls. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Bilingual Production Intern for Cuentame'
Join the fast-paced team at the helm of Brave New Foundation's Cuentame' , the exciting, innovative bilingual Facebook project at the cutting edge of the Latino community. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

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NALIPster's shorts airing on SiTV, playing in festivals

NALIP member Camillia Sanes-Monet (LPA 2009) produced the short film The Winged Man, written by Jose Rivera (Oscar nominated for The Motorcycle Diaries) and starring Anna Ortiz (Ugly Betty). The short is airing through out the month of August on SiTV, and Camilla, Jose and director Marya Mazor were all interviewed on-camera by the network.

Camilla and her company Esperanza Productions also recently completed a short film called Apples, written and directed by Gary Perez and starring Bobby Cannavale and Efrain Figueroa. The film will be screening at NYILFF on July 29 @ 6:30pm and July 30 @ 10:30pm, and at the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival in August.

Apples synopsis:
A down-on-his-luck man, Nino (Bobby Cannavale), meets for lunch with his estranged father, Ricardo (Efrain Figueroa), who seems to glide through life. Nino tries to come clean about his recent misfortunes, but plagued with a series of interruptions, Nino's plan takes a detour. And while Ricardo makes his way home, it seems, perhaps the apple doesn't fall to far from the tree.

The Winged Man synopsis:
In this work of Magical Realism, the only thing we know for certain is that Daisy, a Latina high school girl ,is pregnant. Is the conception the son of a mystical winged man, as Daisy insists? Or the result of a one -night stand, as the girl's mother claims?Written by Academy -award nominee Jose Rivera, asks what it means to hold fast to a belief, and what it takes to let it go.

Alex Ferrari
NALIPster's short Red Princess Blues premiering at HollyShorts

NALIP Member and LPA Mentor Alex Ferrari's (LPA 2006) new short film Red Princess Blues will have its world premiere on the opening night of the HollyShorts! Film Festival, August 5 starting at 6:00pm at the DGA Theatre (7920 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles). Click here to buy tickets to the opening night party and screening.

In this twisted modern day fairy tale Zoe, a young teenage girl, is lured into an after hours carnival tent by the sleazy rock n roll carnie Rimo, she then gets more then she bargained for. It is up to the mysterious Princess, the star of the new knife show at Roscoe's Freak Show & Carnival to pull her out of the wolf's den that she has fallen into.


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