Latinos In The Industry

NALIP Hosting Screenings of Of love and Other Demons (Del amor y Otros Demonios) at LAFF

NALIP is hosting three screenings at the 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival of the feature film Of love and Other Demons (Del Amor y Otros Demonios) by Hilda Hidalgo. Based on Gabriel Garcia Marquez's novel, this is the heartbreaking tale of a young noblewoman in colonial South America believed to be possessed by the Devil. Imprisoned in a convent during the stranglehold of the Inquisition, she falls in love with the young priest sent to oversee her exorcism.

Of love and Other Demons (Del amor y otros demonios)
Costa Rica, Colombia | DIR Hilda Hidalgo
Fri., June 18, 9:45 p.m., Regal 9
Sun., June 20, 7:15 p.m., Regal 9
Mon., June 21, 4:45 p.m., Regal 8

Also at this year's festival, returning for a second year and sponsored by Hoy, Ambulante is a traveling documentary film festival produced by the non-profit organization Documental Ambulante A.C., in collaboration with Canana, Cinepolis, and the Morelia International Film Festival. It was created in 2005 by Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna, and Pablo Cruz to promote documentary culture across Mexico. Films in this section are eligible for Audience Awards for Best International Feature or Best Documentary Feature.


One Day Less (Un día menos)
Mexico | DIR Dariela Ludlow
Sat, Jun 19th 1:30pm, Regal 13
Sun, Jun 20th 7:30pm, Regal 10

This touching and lovingly observed Mexican documentary on the quiet daily routine of a spirited elderly couple in Acapulco explores what it means to grow old with the one you love. US Premiere

Presumed Guilty (Presunto culpable)
Mexico | DIR Roberto Hernández, Geoffrey Smith
Fri, Jun 25th 7:45pm, Regal 13
Sat, Jun 26th 1:45pm, Regal 9

In Mexico, where 92 percent of convictions are not based on any physical evidence, two lawyers use the documentary lens to expose an abominable justice system and free one innocent man.

The Toledo Report (El informe Toledo)
Mexico | DIR Albino Álvarez Gomez
Sun, Jun 20th 5:30pm, Regal 12
Thu, Jun 24th 10:00pm, Regal 12

This vivid collage of a film celebrates the life and art of celebrated Mexican storyteller, painter, and graphic artist Francisco Toledo, whose fantastic work is a singular fusion of nature and indigenous mysticism..

Now in its 16th year, Film Independent’s Los Angeles Film Festival, presented by Los Angeles Times, showcases the best of American and international cinema. The 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival takes place June 17-27, 2010 in downtown Los Angeles. The Festival screens more than 200 features, shorts, documentaries and music videos from more than 40 countries. The Festival connects the movie-loving public to critically acclaimed filmmakers, film industry professionals, and emerging talent in the heart of Los Angeles, the entertainment capital of the world.

For passes, tickets and full Festival details, please call 1-866-345-6337 or visit

Register Now for "Doing Your Doc" - St. Paul, July 18-20

NALIP, CPB, the NEA, MPR and the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in association with Native American Public Telecommunications, Native American Journalists Association, In Progress, St. Paul Neighborhood Network, IFP Minnesota, Intermedia Arts, UST, Latino Public Broadcasting, NBPC, ITVS, CAAM, PIC and Twin Cities Public Television Present

Doing Your Doc:

July 18-20 in St. Paul, Minnesota
A 3 Day Seminar in St. Paul to Make Your Documentary Happen

Don't miss this unique chance to work with story consultant Fernanda Rossi, the Documentary Doctor, author of the book "Trailer Mechanics," plus receive project mentoring on your proposal, trailer or documentary idea. This intensive 3-day workshop is right for you, whether you are just beginning, have already shot footage on a documentary project, or are seeking finishing funds.

Doing your Doc is designed especially for media makers in the diverse communities of Minnesota, preparing you to receive production funding and apply to national professional programs while developing your unique stories and views.

Doing Your Doc: 3-day Workshop Fee
Early Registration by July 18 - $100; Student w/ Valid ID - $50. Includes lunches, workshop materials, handouts & private project mentoring session.
Register online here for DOING YOUR DOC - ST. PAUL

For more information including a full schedule visit the Doing Your Doc webpage, or call NALIP at 310.395.8880

Deadline Approaching: NBC's Writers on the Verge

Writers on the Verge is a 12-week program focused on polishing writers and readying them for a staff writer position on a television series. We are looking for writers who are "almost there" but need that final bit of preparation with their writing and personal presentation skills. We particularly encourage writers of diverse backgrounds to apply. The program will consist of two night classes, which will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays (7-10pm), weekly at NBC in Universal City, CA. Once accepted, students must attend all classes and turn in all written assignments.

Classes concentrate on creating an exceptional spec script and understanding the dynamics of pitching oneself in the television industry. Writers are given the chance to interact with industry players ranging from network executives to showrunners to agents and receive valuable feedback on their work and pitch style. Writing assignments on a NBC television show may be available after successful completion of the program but are not a guarantee. Past participants have gone on to series including Community, Burn Notice, White Collar, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Friday Night Lights and Chuck.

Click here for more information.
Submission Deadine: June 30, 2010

Seeking Original Shorts from Spain to Premiere in U.S. Festivals

Are you Spanish and can't keep your hands off a camera? Are you a secret master of the short form? Do you have a family member or neighbor who makes short films? We are looking for daring, eccentric, fun and colorful short films by Spanish filmmakers, working in Spain or abroad.

We need to select our favorite 16 Spanish short films to program at Shortmetraje and the Festival of New Spanish Cinema (FNSC). Each project will exhibit 8 of these 16 short films.

Submission Deadline: July 5, 2010
For details and application information, please click here.

As you may already know, Shortmetraje is an annual program dedicated to the Spanish short film genre. It is part of Spanish Cinema Now, the legendary Spanish film festival organized by The Film Society of Lincoln Center every December. The Festival of New Spanish Cinema is our travelling festival that, since 2008, exhibits the latest Spanish productions all around the U.S. Now's your chance to gain an audience in North America!

  Fox Sports en Espanol taps Vincent Cordero
(The Hollywood Reporter) - Vincent Cordero, who was vp of Univision and Telefutura TV affiliates in Chicago before he joined Fox, was named executive vp and general manager of Fox Sports en Espanol on Monday. FULL STORY

Box-Office Blind-Sides: The Trouble with Tracking
(The Wrap) - How exact a science is movie tracking? Lately - not very. These days studio executives are not the only ones to wonder why the opening predictions of research firms - to which they pay millions of dollars each year - are so frequently off? FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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From the Editor

These are the thoughts and opinions of Alex Mendoza and do not necessarily reflect those of the organization, its board or staff.

Estimados Amigos,

If you had the opportunity to read my first ever political rambling in the last issue of this newsletter and you agree that we need to stand united and resolute against the forces seeking to de-franchise us because of our rising political power, please pick one or two of the Action Points below and act upon it, then when you are done with those two, pick another two and act upon those, and so forth until you exhaust the list and then... Start again!

Action Points:
1. Pledge to, maintain and promote the consumer Boycott of AZ Companies/Brands. For the companies to boycott and tips on how to, you can start by joining

2. Pledge to, maintain and promote the travel Boycott to AZ.
Let the AZ Office of Tourism know of the fact:

3. Campaign for those organizations planning to celebrate conventions and seminars in AZ to change their plans. You can find a comprehensive list at:

4. Demand from your elected representatives, from City Councils to the President, to declare themselves against SB1070 and to do whatever is within their power to force the repeal or overturn of the law, including, but not limited to a Boycott.
To find your representatives:

5. Promote adherence to our cause, talk to the media, join chat rooms and invite your friends to this and other like-minded forums, one good way of promoting the truth is when you read a published article (in pro or con of the laws) join the conversation, staying on one group limits our audience:

6. Support with cash those organizations that either are already challenging the law in courts or they will be soon. Some of them are:

7. Support with cash those candidates opposing those that sponsored, promoted or supported this law, like (more to be added as discovered):

8. Identify those like-minded individuals, which are citizens and make sure they have registered to vote and encourage them to do so. It is the hateful drive that motivates our opposition to get more people to the polls. We need to balance that; we need to encourage dropping the compliancy and apathy.

9. Inform yourself of facts and debate points available in the net, then SPREAD THE WORD. Do not stop talking about it. Any time you have the ear of anyone, talk about it, let people know about ALL the laws (SB1070, No-Ethnic-Studies, No-Accent-Teachers, Concealed-Weapons-w/no-Permit-Required), that are being passed one after the other in order to de franchise the Latinos at the polls. You can start picking debating points at:

Five myths about immigration
Despite Rhetoric, Illegal Immigration Provides Benefits to States
The myth of the anchor babies continues with some; an immigration attorney website:

10. If you like to debate, do so only with those opposing individuals that treat the issue seriously and rationally. DO NOT WASTE TIME WITH TROLLS, those that are determined to provoke, inflame and insult. We need our time to ACT against SB1070, most of these trolls are nothing more than deranged individuals looking for some attention and sickly fun, but some of them are professional provocateurs, hired to do specifically that, waste your time. If you really can not resist the temptation to exchange insults (and I am often tempted), just do it once and then get back to work.

Resolute, United and Strong we will prevail against this institutionalized affront to decency, civil rights, humanity and freedom for ALL.

Alex Mendoza
Alex Mendoza & Associates
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Temple City, CA 91780

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Carmen Oquendo-Villar
NALIP LPA Fellow named prestigious Guggenheim Fellow

NALIP LPA 2009 Fellow Carmen Oquendo-Villar has been appointed by the Committee of Selection and the Board of Trustees of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation as a mid-career 2010-2011 Guggenheim Fellow for her film work. Often characterized as "midcareer" awards, Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. Fellowships are awarded through two annual competitions: one open to citizens and permanent residents of the United States and Canada, and the other open to citizens and permanent residents of Latin America and the Caribbean. The Foundation receives between 3,500 and 4,000 applications each year. Approximately 220 Fellowships are awarded each year.

Carmen Oquendo-Villar has a PhD from Harvard, and is now an Assistant Professor, Cinema Studies, Media Theory, and Film Production at Suny, State University of New York. She is also a Jacob Javits Fellow in Film, TV & New Media at the Tisch School for the Arts, NYU

She is completing her LPA project The Needle/La Aguja, which also participated in the 2010 Latino Media Market.

NALIPster's film opened Revolutionary Latino Film Festival

NALIP member Vagabond's debut feature film Machetero opened the Revolutionary Latino Film Festival as part of a double feature with El Che. A post screening panel and discussion included Machetero writer, producer and director vagabond, former Puerto Rican political prisoner and prisoner of war Dylcia Pagan (who is featured in Machetero), and a special guest from the Cuban Mission.

In the tradition of Gillo Pontecorvo's Battle Of Algiers, Melvin Van Peebles Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song and Sam Greenlee's The Spook Who Sat By The Door, Vagabond's Machetero is a meditation on violence as a means toward liberation. French journalist Jean Dumont, played by Isaach de Bankole (Ghost Dog, Casino Royale, The Limits Of Control) interviews Pedro Taino a so-called "Puerto Rican Terrorist" played by Not4Prophet (lead singer of the Puerto Punk band Ricanstruction) in a New York prison. Pedro is a self-described Machetero fighting to free Puerto Rico from the yoke of US colonialism. Obsessed with freedom, Jean questions Pedro about his decision to use violence as a means to achieve that freedom.

Abby Ginzberg
NALIPster's film screening in Salinas, CA

NALIP member Abby Ginzberg's film Cruz Reynoso: Sowing the Seeds of Justice will be screening at the Maya Cinemas (153 Main Street) in Salinas, CA on Tuesday, June 29 from 6:00-8:00pm. Reception to follow screening. Justice Reynoso and filmmaker Abby Ginzberg will be present for Q and A. RSVP to, space is limited

During his extraordinary life, Cruz Reynoso, the son of farm workers who became the first Latino to be appointed to the California Supreme Court, has been one of those rare individuals who are not only shaped by history-they make history. Sowing the Seeds of Justice paints a portrait of Cruz Reynoso, a man who felt the sting of injustice as a child and later, as a lawyer, judge and teacher, fought for over five decades to eradicate discrimination and inequality for all.


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