Latinos In The Industry

NALIP Hosting Screenings of Of love and Other Demons (Del amor y Otros Demonios) at the Los Angeles Film Festival

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 screening at this year's festival is Revolución. NALIP 2008 Estela Award winning director Patricia Riggen, along with nine of Mexico's finest young directors, mark the centenary of the Mexican Revolution in this omnibus of ten short films, documentary and fiction, that culminates in a poetic vision of Los Angeles' Olvera Street. As each director presents their distinctive take on their homeland, our appreciation for the country deepens. From the quiet to the fierce, the poignant to the political, Revolucion casts a colorful, sometimes caustic eye on Mexico today, a country bursting with social contradictions and bold cinematic talent.

Mexico | DIR Various
Tue., June 22, 8:00 p.m., Regal 1
Wed., June 23, 5:00 p.m., Regal 9

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 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

Letter From Ben and Peter Bratt on Arizona

The following letter was sent out this week by Peter Bratt (NALIP 2010 Estela Award winner) and Benjamin Bratt:

Good Morning, Relatives!

Like many of you, we are deeply disturbed and saddened by the recent developments in Arizona which deny the rights of our immigrant brothers and sisters. As sons of an indigenous immigrant mother from Peru, the immigration issue directly affects members of our family. In the spirit of solidarity, we join the many friends, relatives and allies around the country and beyond to denounce SB 1070 and HB 2281.

As many of you know, SB1070 will allow law enforcement to question people about their immigration status during everyday police encounters and criminalizes immigrants for failing to carry their "papers." The unconstitutional law encourages racial profiling, endangers public safety and betrays our most basic American values.

Signed into law three weeks after the new immigration bill, HB 2281 would ban ethnic studies in Arizona public schools. The law would shut down a popular Mexican American studies program in the Tucson school district. It will also endanger specialized courses in African American and Native American studies.

Both laws are based in fear and can only foster more hatred and intolerance. We support a national immigration reform policy that not only recognizes the important contributions of immigrants to the economy through their work and the taxes they pay, but also examines how past and current U.S. foreign and trade policies contribute to the problem.

We have been approached by national and local Latino non-profits to use the film as a social tool to raise awareness. Organizers feel that La Mission's message of tolerance, non-violence and Latino cultural pride is needed in Arizona now more than ever. On Sunday, May 30th following the national day of protests, free screenings of the film will be made available with support from, as well as, NDLON - National Day Laborer Organizing Network and the Cesar Chavez Foundation. We will post all updates on our website and Facebook page.

La MISSION will open in Phoenix on Friday, June 11th and we will be there opening weekend for a series of Q&A's. On Friday night, we will be joined by our good friend George Lopez, who has been speaking out about Arizona's extreme new law. We will also be coordinating our efforts with Dolores Huerta to encourage and mobilize people to take direct action.

In the meantime, legal residents should become citizens and register to vote so they can participate in the electoral process. Please contact your congressional representative and senators and urge them to support National Immigration Reform. Your voice is important and needs to be heard!

In Solidarity, Love and Respect,
Peter and Benjamin Bratt


* Get contact information for your Congressperson: ssorg/dbq/officials/

* Register to vote:

* For more information on the bills...

* To take further action....
- Donate to Alto Arizona/National Day Labor Center who are coordinating the May 29th Action

- Send a message to President Obama to ask him to intervene in Arizona and reform immigration policy

- Donate to MALDEF who are fighting this battle in court

- Donate to to get a sticker and tell the world how you feel about SB1070

Call for Entries: NBC Universal Short Cuts Film Festival

NBC wants your short film! The 5th Annual NBC Universal Short Cuts Film Festival is now accepting submissions! NBC Universal is seeking submissions for a unique showcase of short films and videos produced with a diverse production team, case or theme.

Semi-finalists' films will be screened before an industry audience in New York in asosciation with the New York Television Festival, and finalists will be sent to Los Angeles for an exclusive industry screning at the Directors Guild of America (DGA).

The winning filmmaker will receive a pilot script deal with Universal Media Studios. An NBC Talent Holding Deal will also be presenting to the Best Performer. All finalists will have the opportunity to pitch to NBC Digital Studios and meet with NBC Universal's top netwohrk, studio, cable and film executives.

Short Cuts is much more than presenting films, our goal is to display and celebrate diversity in entertainment!

Go to to submit your film.

Final Submission Deadline is August 13, 2010!

La Caja Café - A Latino Self Distribution System

La Caja Café is a self-distribution DVD system that offers Latino films directly for purchase to the Latino consumer. We are extending an invitation to all NALIP filmmakers who have DVD rights in the USA to their short or feature films. For more information check the web or contact Aldo at 1-213-434-1899 or at e-mail Dalia Tapia at

La Caja Cafe es un sistema autonomo de distribucion de DVD's que ofrece peliculas Latinas directamente al consumidor. Estamos extendiendo una invitacion a todos los cineastas de NALIP que poseen los derechos de DVD's de su corto/largometraje para distribucion en los EEUU. Para mas informacion visitanos al sitio o comunicate con Aldo al 1-213-434-1899 o a Dalia Tapia a

Deadline Approaching: LALIFF

The extended deadline for the 14th Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) is May 31, 2010.

One of the most prominent Latino Film Festivals in the USA, LALIFF promotes the richness and diversity of Latin Cinema by showcasing films from the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal. LALIFF celebrates the work of existing and emerging Latino talent while creating a bridge between filmmakers and the film industry in Hollywood. LALIFF serves as a catalyst for the promotion and distribution of Latino films.

For details and submission information visit:

Call for Entries: Film Counseling Series (NYC)

The Film Counseling Series is a local pilot program in New York City specifically designed for NALIP members that gives Latino filmmakers direct access to established film industry professionals. Chosen participants will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with these professionals and receive constructive feedback in the development of their projects.

Do you have a story waiting to be told? Does your project demonstrate an abundance of creative talent? If so, we encourage you to submit your feature project for consideration.

The program will take place Late July - November 13, 2010. 5 professional development sessions will be offered in the following order: Story development, Legal, Budgeting and scheduling, Production, Marketing and distribution.

Deadline: June 10, 2010
Please visit the Film Counseling Series webpage for details and an application.

  Survival of the Dead with George Romero
(Boston Latino TV) - Boston Latino TV film critic Tim Estiloz interviews legendary horror film director and visionary, George Romero in-depth about his new zombie epic, "Survival of the Dead." FULL STORY

Disney Embraces Tween Telenovelas
(The Hollywood Reporter) - A tween telenovela titled "Patito Feo" purportedly has Disney's internationally minded president and CEO Robert Iger agog, knocking the company's franchises like "Hannah Montana" off the top of local ratings and soundtrack charts across southern Europe. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Bilingual Documentary Production Internship
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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Kristy Guevara-Flanagan
NALIPster's doc funded by California Council for the Humanities

NALIP member Kristy Guevara-Flanagan's (LPA 2004, LMM 2010) film The History of the Universe as Told by Wonder Woman was recently funded by the California Council for the Humanities. This feature length independent documentary charts how America's most iconic superheroine's rise and fall has reflected - and continues to reflect - our mixed feelings about female capacity, desires and achievement. Director, Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, and Producer, Kelcey Edwards, were invited to pitch the project at the Tribeca Film Festival's All Access On Track program.

Also funded for R&D in this round was Lorena Manriquez (LPA 2006, LMM 2007) for her project Siqueiros and His América Tropical.

Sarah Vaill
NALIPster's doc premiering at DocMiami 5/28, screening in LA 6/5

The 2010 DocMiami International Film Festival will feature the World Premiere of NALIP writer and director Sarah Vaill's one-hour documentary Women With Altitude.

The screening will take place at 6 pm on Friday, May 28 at the Doral Ballroom at the Doral Golf Resort in Miami, Florida. The director, Sarah Vaill, will be present for a Q&A after the screening. Tickets are available at

"Women With Altitude" tells the story of a women's mountaineering team, including Sarah, which sets out to climb three high-altitude mountains in the Bolivian Andes up to 20,000 ft. But they are not just seven young women - they are survivors and activists on domestic violence.

Beset by severe winter storms, struck by rockfall and altitude sickness, and braving the failure and fatalities of other teams on the mountain, the final climb emerges as a breathtaking visual metaphor for the strength women find in themselves to overcome life's colossal ordeals. Newfound support comes in the form of local Bolivian activists who join their trek, having climbed uphill battles of their own.

The film is edited by NALIP member Mabel Valdiviezo and co-produced by Sarah Vaill's twin sister Susan Vaill, an editor for five seasons on ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" and director of webisodes for "Seattle Grace: On Call."

Women With Altitude will screen next at the Dances With Films 2010 Festival in Los Angeles on Saturday, June 5, at 10 am at the Laemmle Sunset 5 Theatres, 8000 Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood. Get tickets now online here.

Conchita Nora Villa
NALIPster's feature released on DVD June 1

NALIP member Conchita Nora Villa's film Alondra Smiles: A Quinceañera Story will be released on DVD worldwide on June 1 at and also available June 5th at

The multi award-winning feature film Alondra Smiles: A Quinceañera Story has garnered the Dove Family-Approved Seal from The Dove Foundation. The Dove Seal has been a symbol of trust assigned to family-friendly entertainment since 1991.

Alondra Smiles: A Quinceañera Story is a modern-day Cinderella story with a modern spin. Two cousins prepare to have their 15th birthday celebrations. Alondra (Natalie Gomez-Robinson) is a sweet, hard-working fourteen-year-old student who's planning to have a very special quinceañera, and her spoiled cousin Tatiana (Paloma Rodriguez) wants to ruin Alondra's plans.


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