Latinos In The Industry

Call for Submissions: POV

POV, public television's premier showcase for independent documentaries, seeks programs from all perspectives for broadcast on PBS during broadcast season 2011. All subjects, aesthetic approaches and lengths are welcomed. Short films are welcomed and encouraged. Completion funding may be available for unfinished films.

For complete guidelines and the POV submission form, please visit our website at:

All filmmakers must complete the online form to submit their films. Submission arrival deadline: Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Questions? Call 212-989-8121 x380 or email

NALIP Announces 2010 Latino Writers Lab Fellows!

Co-presented by the New Mexico Film Office, the Writers Guild of America, and Time Warner, NALIP's 2010 Latino Writers Lab spring session will take place May 16-23, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The twelve selected screenwriters will then spend the summer rewriting their scripts, and return to Santa Monica in September for part two.

The New Mexico Film Office welcomes the NALIP Latino Writers Lab this year for the third time, as part of their effort to mature the above-the-line talents of New Mexicans, while introducing other Latino and Native writers to the opportunities and vistas of the state. NALIP created the program eight years ago to help writers advance a project for sale, a script towards production, and their skills towards a career in the industry.

Three writers from New Mexico, along with local speakers including writer/director Joan Tewkesbury (Nashville), and NM Filmmakers Program Director Trish Lopez. Four mentor/instructors will participate from Los Angeles including Carlos Bermudez, Ted Braun, Harrison Reiner, and Ligiah Villalobos.

Writers applied from around the country, and about 25% of applicants were accepted by a professional panel of readers. The full list of participating writers is:

Nicolas Calzada - Miami, FL - Sunset Bakery
Christopher Canole - La Jolla, CA - Felix the Flyer
Frederick Eberle - Albuquerque, NM - Finding Home
Verena Faden - Hialeah, FL - Believe
Armando Figueroa - Oakland, CA - Almost there Express
Mary Haarmeyer - Lovington, NM - The Extra's Extra
Michael Lausell - San Juan, PR - Dare
Rick Reichman - Santa Fe, NM - Seems Like Only Yesterday
Devorah Rubenstein - Los Angeles, CA - Santa Fe 7
Jedediah Silva- Keller, TX - Solitude
Christian Vinces - Los Angeles, CA - Cold Business
Xavier Zaragoza - Douglas, AZ - Gringo Pass

Call for Applications: Public Media Corps Fellowship Program (DC)

Are you interested in: 1) creating and distributing digital content; 2) creating web, gaming platforms, mobile apps or other tools; 3) training youth, adults or seniors to use the latest digital technologies; 4) organizing community programs and events; and 5) creating alliances for sustainable social networks to address the needs of under-served communities? National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC) seeks recent graduates, community organizers, web-based professionals, and others who share these same interests to apply for a fellowship with the Public Media Corps. Applicants for whom Spanish is a first or second language are highly desirable and encouraged to apply.

The Public Media Corps (PMC) is a new national service that supports creative, sustainable and community-initiated methods for addressing the digital divide in communities of color. NBPC is launching the beta phase of the PMC in Washington, DC starting in the summer of 2010. The PMC's focus is low-income African American and Latino communities. The PMC is a paid fellowship program and the fellows will be trained in various community engagement strategies and placed within public high schools, community organizations and public broadcasting stations to reach our target populations with information, content and services that utilizes digital media tools and content.

The deadline to apply is May 14. Learn the details and apply for the fellowship NOW!

Applicants MUST apply online at Applicants MUST be from or living in Washington, DC or the surrounding locales. The application closes on Friday, May 14, 2010 at midnight EST.

**National Black Programming Consortium is an Equal Opportunity Employer

  R-rated Trailer Released for Rodriguez's 'Machete'
(SCI FI Wire) - Whatever your feelings about Arizona's recently passed immigration law, one filmmaker has a clear position: Predators producer Robert Rodriguez, who has posted a special R-rated Cinco de Mayo trailer for his upcoming Machete. FULL STORY

Almodovar, Banderas team on 'Piel'
(Variety) - Twenty-one years after "Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!" Pedro Almodovar will re-team with Antonio Banderas on the Spanish director's new film, "La piel que habito." FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Busy Commercial Post House Seeks Producer
Well established and very busy post production house seeks experienced, charismatic, and preferably English-Spanish bilingual producer. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Media Intern & Communications Intern
Brave New Foundation is seeking interns or volunteers for two positions: a media volunteer for our new Facebook based campaign, Cuentame; a self-starter for our communications department help to research reporters covering a wide range of topics and assist with online research. FULL JOB DECRIPTIONS

From the Editor
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Elaine Romero
NALIP Executive Board member selected for playwriting residency

Arkansas Repertory Theatre announced that NALIP Executive Board member Elaine Romero has been selected to participate in prestigious Voices at the River II Playwriting Residency, with timely immigration play Wetback.

The program, underwritten by the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation and the National Endowement for the Arts and designed to support Latino- and African-American Playwrights nationally and in Arkansas, includes a two-week residency for playwrights, dramaturgs, directors and actors. The plays selected from the national arena are Solterona by Augusto Federico Amador, Wetback by Elaine Romero, Liddy's Sammiches, Potions, and Baths by Tearrance Chisholm, and Roses in the Water by La'Chris Jordan.

Romero is the Playwright-in-Residence at the Arizona Theatre Company and has taught at Linfield College and the University of Arizona. Romero's plays have been developed and produced at such theatres as Actors Theatre Of Louisville, the Magic Theatre, the Ford Amphitheatre, New Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Curious Theatre Company, Bloomington Playwrights Project, Kitchen Dog Theatre, Urban Stages, INTAR, the Playwrights' Center, Women's Project and Productions, the Working Theater, Su Teatro, the Lark Theatre, San Diego Repertory Theatre, Borderlands Theater, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, and Miracle Theatre.

Click here to read more about the program and the selected plays.

George Reyes
NALIPster awarded Elizabeth Pena Fellowship by Film Independent

Film Independent has announced that NALIP member George Reyes is the inaugural recipient of the Elizabeth Pena Fellowship in Project:Involve. The Fellowship recognizes an outstanding Latino filmmaker participating in Film Independent's signature diversity program, Project:Involve, and provides the winning filmmaker with a $10,000 production grant.

Reyes is currently in post-production on his film La Muneca Fea (The Ugly Doll), a documentary feature about a group of elderly sex workers in Mexico City who seek peace and find community behind the walls of Casa Xochiquetzal, a refuge established by one of their former colleagues.

Born to Colombian immigrants, Reyes graduated from Harvard University and New York University's graduate film school, where he directed, shot, produced and edited numerous short films that have been screened and won awards internationally. He went on to serve as director of the Cambridge, Massachusetts based Teen Media Program at the Community Art Center where he and a group of his students founded the "Do it Your Damn Self!! National Youth Video and Film Festival." In addition to participating in Project:Involve, Reyes took La Muneca Fea through Fast Track, Film Independent's film financing market that takes place during the Los Angeles Film Festival.

Pena (Lone Star, Nothing Like the Holidays) served on Film Independent's Board of Directors, and is a long-time advocate for and mentor in Project:Involve. The Elizabeth Pena Fellowship was established in 2009 through a contribution made in her name by Target. In 2009, she was featured in the Target "Dream in Color" initiative, which celebrates diversity, inspires audiences to dream without boundaries, and share culture in a unique and positive way.

"Elizabeth leads by example and inspires filmmakers from all backgrounds, but especially those from underrepresented communities, to pursue their artistic ambitions. We're so pleased to bestow this coveted award to George Reyes helping him reach that next step in his filmmaking career," said Film Independent's Director of Talent Development, Josh Welsh.

Chelo Alvarez-Stehle
NALIPster's project selected for pitch camp

NALIP member Chelo Alvarez-Stehle's (LPA 2008) cross-platform project SANDS OF SILENCE: Fighting Sexual Slavery and Trafficking was selected to pitch at Digital Hollywood's IndieGoGo Transmedia Pitch Camp. Chelo's transmedia project encompasses the documentary film SANDS OF SILENCE and SOS_SLAVES: Changing the Trafficking Game, an online portal that integrates a micro documentary series, a serious game, and digital tools for change. Her pitch won the unanimous acclaim of the panel and the audience.


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