Latinos In The Industry


By Marvin V. Acuna
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If only I had an agent; if only I had a manager; if only I had a relative in the business; if only I were younger; if only I lived in LA; if only I had the money to invest in my professional pursuits; if only I were luckier; if only I had more time; if only I didn't work a full time job.


While all the aforementioned statements undoubtedly feel very true for the screenwriter uttering them at the time, it's a trap. A mental trap!

It's the mental state of an aspiring screenwriter infected with "If Only" Disease. I assure you that it's common in every industry, but rampant in the business of show. Typically the screenwriter is not even aware that their mind is invested in this vicious belief system. But, once the screenwriter of this disease has selected a "rock solid" excuse, they live with it. Then they rely on it to explain away to themselves and to others why they are not moving forward or are any closer to realizing their dream. It serves to insulate the screenwriter from addressing the real problems. So anytime they can't figure out a solution to a challenge they encounter they just pull out old reliable... "if only!"


Call for Submissions: Latino Public Broadcasting's Public Media Content Fund

The Public Media Content Fund (formerly Open Call) is an open invitation to independent producers to submit proposals for a program, series or short digital video (no longer than 20 minutes) on any subject that relates to or is representative of Latino Americans that is appropriate for public television and/or one of its platforms.

Deadline: June 7, 2010 - 5 PM
*this is not a postmark date - Packages must be received in house by June 7, 2010

For Guidelines click HERE
For Applications click HERE
For FAQ's click HERE

Producing For Public Media: Programs should bring new audiences to public media and have a recognizable impact on a broad range of viewers, presenting a range of subjects, viewpoints and forms from a variety of Latino producers across the country that complement and challenge existing public television offerings. An LPB-funded program must be the only version of the program. (A re-edited version of the LPB funded program cannot be re-packaged for another network). All funding requests must be submitted in accordance with LPB's Guidelines. You may submit only one application, for one project or series, per review period. If your proposal is among those advanced to the panel, you may be asked to submit additional supporting materials.

Applicant Eligibility: An independent producer or production entity (a partnership or organization of the individual producer or producers), which is/are creating programs on the Latino experience is/are eligible. These programs must be independent of the support of a film studio, commercial broadcast or cable entity, whether on a for hire, commission or employment basis. The producer or production entity must retain the copyright and have artistic, budgetary and editorial control over the proposed project.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, be citizens or legal residents of the United States or its territories, and have previous film or television experience demonstrated by detailed personnel bios or resumes, and by sample tapes upon request.

If this is your first full-length media project, you will be required to submit a video sample upon request only of a shorter finished work that demonstrates your ability to tell a story using a visual medium. If applying for new media, producers must have been producing other short format productions for at least three years.

Funding Categories and Requests: LPB funding will average between $5,000 and $100,000 for programs of most genres, including drama, comedy, animation, documentary, mixed genre or new media. LPB will consider funding projects at any production stage. You may submit only one application, for one project or series, per review period. LPB Funding for each stage ranges as follows:

Research and Development: $5,000 - $20,000
Production: $25,000 - $100,000
Post-Production: $25,000 - $100,000
Outreach: $10,000 - $25,000
New Media: $5,000 - $20,000

For more information, please visit the LPB Website at:

Deadline Extended: HBO/NYILFF Short Film Competition

The deadline has been extended for the
HBO/NYILFF Short Film Competition. The competition seeks to foster films by Latino filmmakers and/or about the Latino experience.

The Extended Submission Deadline is May 14, 2010

One winner will be chosen to receive $15,000 in funding from HBO to produce and direct a short film based on an original script entry. As in the past, this year's winner will receive prominent placement during screenings at the New York International Film Festival, July 27 - August 1, and considered for broadcast on one of HBO's programming services.

For official rules, regulations and submission forms, visit

Call for Entries: Loisaida Cortos Latino Film Festival

Loisaida Cortos Latino Film Festival (LCLFF) is proud to announce the call for submissions for the 9th annual outdoor festival in New York!

Beginning with the main screening in New York City's Lower East Side at the end of each summer, followed by additional screenings at select domestic and international locations throughout the year, LCLFF continues its tradition of producing magical nights consisting of high quality short films, set off by a balance of photography and vibrant live performances.

Just like the Latinos represented in this festival, LCLFF is a multi-media art mosaic, focusing on short films with an audience reaching out from all corners of the world.

Be part of our experience and submit your materials to the 9th annual LCLFF by July 31, 2010! Please join us at being kind to our environment with our new submission options.

Go digital:

The competition for the short film selection is tight with only movies of the highest quality from all categories making "The Official Selection"... the movies to be screened in our beautiful outdoor venue in NYC, La Plaza Cultural Community Garden! With the number of excellent movies being submitted on the rise each year and only a limited number of slots in "The Official Selection", LCLFF has created an additional channel for select movies to make the cut -- the "On the Move Selection" for shorts to be screened subsequently in Barcelona (since June 2005) and Brasil (since January 2009). Previous international screenings have been held in Spain - Madrid and Antwerp - Belgium.

  NBC Entertainment Names Three Latinos to Drama & Comedy Exec Positions
(Latin Heat Online) - Four executives have been named to key program posts in NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios, including Lourdes Diaz, who joins the company as Vice President, Drama Programming. FULL STORY

'Babel' Writer Reteaming With Brad Pitt
(The Hollywood Reporter) - Guillermo Arriaga, the writer behind Brad Pitt's fractured drama "Babel" as well as indie darling "Amores perros," is reteaming with Pitt for "The Tiger," a drama that Darren Aronofsky is developing as a potential Pitt vehicle. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Interns for Fernando Valenzuela Doc
ESPN "30 for 30" documentary project about Fernando Valenzuela is looking for unpaid interns to work in the office and on set. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

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Paola Mendoza, Gloria La Morte, & Joseph La Morte
NALIPsters' Entre Nos opening in NYC and on VOD on May 14

Concluding a year of screenings in national and international film festivals, marked by enthusiastic audience reception, overwhelming critical acclaim, and receipt of numerous awards, IndiePix will release the acclaimed film Entre Nos, slated for a May 14th New York City theatrical release (Quad Cinemas) - day-and-date with Film Movement's Cable VOD Movies on Demand release. Theatrical presentations will continue in Miami and Los Angeles. USA in Spanish with English subtitles.

Entre Nos was produced by NALIP member Joseph La Morte, co-directed and edited by NALIPster Gloria La Morte, and written, directed and starring NALIPster and Estela Award finalist Paola Mendoza.

Entre Nos is based on the inspiring true story of a Columbian woman and her kids whose husband abandons them shortly after they immigrate to New York. Against all odds she finds a way to thrive in this strange land.

Co-written and co-directed by the Colombian filmmaker team Paola Mendoza - named one of "Filmmaker Magazine 25 Fresh Faces to watch for 2009" - and Gloria La Morte - an award winning editor for Autumn's Eyes - Entre Nos is the story of Mariana (Paola Mendoza) and her children Gabriel, 10, and Andrea, 6. Together, they take us on a remarkable journey where we bear witness to a family's commitment to survival and their unrelenting hope for the American dream. Entre Nos is inspired by the real life drama of Paola Mendoza's mother's arrival in United States. After years of hearing the account and absorbing its implications, Paola realized she was ready to bring the heartbreaking but ultimately inspiring tale to the screen.

IndiePix President, Bob Alexander, remarked that: "From audiences at the Pusan Festival in Korea, to the Birds' Eye Festival in London, and from Deauville, France to Havana, Cuba, this intensely personal view of what it takes to carve out a niche in the new world has struck a responsive chord. Paola Mendoza performing and writing with her creative partner, Gloria La Morte, have given us a timely, insightful and moving gift."

Since its Tribeca Film Festival debut last year Entre Nos earned the following mentions and awards: Honorable Mention, 2009 Tribeca Film Festival; winner of the Audience Award at the Newport International Film Festival; Special Jury Award at the Traverse City Film Festival; winner Best American Film, Festoria International Film Festival; Crystal Heart Award, Heartland Film Festival, winner Best of Fest & Presidents Award, Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival and Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cancun International Film Festival.

Chelo Alvarez-Stehle
NALIPster selected to CPB/PBS Producers Academy

NALIPster Chelo Alvarez-Stehle (LPA 2008) has been selected to participate in CPB/PBS Producers Academy. Chelo, LPA Fellow, is a documentary/new media producer and her current cross-platform project is Sands of Silence: Fighting Sexual Slavery and Trafficking.

James Garcia Sotomayor
NALIPster's film screening at festivals

NALIP member James Garcia Sotomayor is the director, executive producer, and co-writer of the short film Taught to Hate, which was inspired by hate crimes against two Ecuadoreans in New York: Marcelo Lucero and Jose Sucuzhanay.

Taught to Hate has won the Award of Excellence from the Indie Fest and has screened at the Long Island Latino and Queens International Film Festivals. The film has also officially been selected to screen at the Hoboken International Film Festival and Manhattan Film Festival.

For more information visit or the film's Facebook page.


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