Latinos In The Industry

NBC Stand-Up for Diversity: Open Call for Comedians

NBC Universal Talent Diversity Initiative is searching the country for comedians from diverse backgrounds. It's an opportunity for talent to meet with a network executive from NBC live in Los Angeles, or online via Skype.

The Stand-Up for Diversity program has helped launch many comedians' careers through industry showcases and nation-wide events. All Top50 eligible most-voted member videos will be submitted to NBC for review, and at least one person will be selected for a live interview.

REQUIREMENTS: To be eligible, you'll need to upload your headshot and stand-up videos. Make sure to also include information about yourself in your profile. Candidates must provide own transportation to Los Angeles, or video camera for online interview. Non-applicable video submissions will be removed from the casting.

CASTING END: 5/31/2010 11:59:59 PM

Full details of the casting can be found on the NBC Diversity website.

LALIFF Extended Deadlines & New Festival Dates

The regular deadline for the 14th Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) is May 1, 2010. Additionally, the festival will be accepting Late Submissions (with a late fee) until May 19, 2010. Additionally, LALIFF has announced that this year's festival in Hollywood will now be held from August 19-25, 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:

NALIP Discount for Cine Gear Expo

Cine Gear Expo will be held June 3-6, 2010 at The Studios at Paramount, Hollywood, CA. Cine Gear Expo, in its 14th year is the premier film, video, digital media expo and conference for the entertainment industry.

Free Exhibit Pass Registration through May 28th
Premier seminars are complimentary. Seating is limited.
Register to attend, purchase conference packages & screening tickets and for a schedule of events go to:

NALIP Member Discount 15% on any seminars and screenings. Code: NALIP2010

Filmmakers... Call for Entries! Deadline May 5, 2010.
Competition in Feature Film, Indy & Student Short Film and Documentary
Over $130,000 in production goods & services awarded.

Discover the latest technology, get hands-on training, gain knowledge and skills from industry leaders, obtain the newest equipment, hear breaking trade news and network with peers and experts all within a studio environment.

Exhibits, Premier and Master Class Seminars, Film Competition screenings, 3D Symposium & Technology Salon, Content Conference, New Product Announcements, Demos, VIP Awards Party, Special Events and more.

Cine Gear Expo
June 3 - 6, 2010
The Studios at Paramount, Hollywood, CA

New Foundation Created to Promote Global Cuban Culture

Art collectors Howard and Patricia Farber announced today the establishment of Fundación Cuba Avant-Garde, an independent, private foundation created to support broader recognition and understanding of contemporary Cuban art and culture worldwide.

"Fundación Cuba Avant-Garde is committed to supporting US-based nonprofits and their international partners, whose programming and activities raise awareness of Cuban art and culture," said Howard Farber. "There is brilliant talent in all aspects of Cuban culture--including dance, music, cinema, literature, architecture, and the visual arts--both on the island and internationally. Our goal is to facilitate and bring needed attention to this global creative output."

In the current economic environment, Farber noted, cultural organizations are faced with tough financial decisions. "Through our strategic giving, we're looking to ensure that programs that make a difference--artist residencies and educational publications, for instance--can still flourish."

To help fulfill its mission of fostering broader international recognition of Cuban art and culture, Fundación Cuba Avant-Garde has established the website Cuban Art News ( Featuring a mix of original coverage, aggregated content, and links, Cuban Art News offers news and updates on Cuban art and cultural activities worldwide. The website will cover art exhibitions, film festivals, dance performances, new books of interest, and other cultural topics.

Grantmaking is part of the Fundacion's mission, as well. Fundación Cuba Avant-Garde will consider a broad spectrum of projects for funding support, including but not limited to:
• Relevant art, humanities, and cultural production in the areas of visual arts, media, performance (i.e. music, theater), and writing.
• Artist residency programs are eligible for consideration.
• Public programs and presentations, including exhibitions, performances, lectures, and publications.
• Scholarly events and symposia that contribute to the general knowledge of contemporary Cuban art and culture.
• Documentation and dissemination of these projects to the media, to the public, and to the field at large.

To view the guidelines and critieria, visit:

Fundación Cuba Avant-Garde's founders, Howard and Patricia Farber, have been actively involved in international culture for the past 40 years, both as art collectors and as patrons of the performing arts. "We're tremendously excited to be taking this step in our evolving commitment to contemporary Cuban art and culture," said Patricia Farber. "It is, in effect, a commitment to art and culture worldwide, and the part that Cuban artists of all disciplines can play in that international dialogue."

Call for Entries: Urbanworld Film Festival

The 14th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival is now accepting submissions! Urbanworld Film Festival, presented by BET Networks, is the leading showcase for urban, ethnic, and multicultural cinema. Over the past 13 years, the festival has presented over 800 features, shorts and documentaries, with attendance reaching 20,000. Urbanworld is one of the world's largest competitive film festivals whose missions is to redefine and enhance the roles of multicultural constituents in contemporary cinema.

The NYC based festival runs from September 16-19, 2010. Prizes awards in the following categories: Narrative Feature, Narrative Short, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short, and Screenplay.

Early Submission Deadline is May 3, 2010
Final Submission Deadline is June 25, 2010
Please visit us now at to submit your film or screenplay

Call for Entries: Cortando Fronteras

Make a short film with your cell phone and enter Cortando Fronteras, a global short film competition is being organized by the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs to celebrate the commemoration of the Bicentennial of Independence and Centennial of the Revolution.

According to the rules of the contest, the participants must meet the following characteristics: be at least 15 years old but no older than 30 years old, be a Mexican national or have Mexican ascendance and currently live in a country different from Mexico.

For more information please visit the competition's webpage.

  Eva Longoria Parker Getting a Little Reality
(Latin Heat Online) - VH1 has announced it's new series lineup and it includes Eva Longoria Parker as producer of the reality show called Beso: Waiting On Fame, which takes a peek at the goings-on of the Hollywood social circle that dine at Longoria Parker's Latin-style steakhouse in Hollywood and Las Vegas called Beso. FULL STORY

"La Mission" Opens in Sacramento
(Sacramento Press) - With several Mission District natives in attendance, Peter Bratt's "La Mission" made its Sacramento debut Saturday. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Professional Crew for Shoot (NYC)
Professional crew needed for short film for web shooting in NYC May 12-13: editor (FCP), storyboard artist, assistant director, script supervisor, gaffer, grip, AC, DP, hair/make up/wardrobe and 4 PAs. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Producers for Nicholl Award-winning Screenplay
Documentary film producer is seeking indie producers for developing and producing a Nicholl Award-winning screenplay. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

From the Editor
Alex Mendoza
Alex Mendoza & Associates
AMARTE Design & Digital Printing
9513 Longden Avenue
Temple City, CA 91780

1323 Lincoln Blvd., #220
Santa Monica, CA 90401

NHMC Call to Action on Hate Speech in Media Regarding Arizona

The terrible legislation that was signed into law in Arizona has done much more than take away basic human rights and liberties of those that reside within the state. It has led to yet another firestorm of hate speech against Latinos. We have the opportunity to push back against hate speech in media before it leads to more violence. Please take two minutes to sign the NHMC's call to action at
More opportunities to support legal and other filings will be circulated by NALIP and our advocacy partners in the National Latino Media Council as they develop.

Natalia Almada
NALIPster's doc El General screening at MoMA, May 16 & 21

"He has been called a Mexican Mussolini, an Indian von Hindenburg, a Latin American Lenin," said a 1932 New York Times article about General Plutarco Elias Calles, president of Mexico from 1924 to 1928 and the subject of El General, winner of the Sundance Film Festival's US Directing Award for documentary, and screening at MoMA on May 16 and May 21 as part of the Creative Capital exhibition. To many Mexicans, Calles was and remains a controversial and conflicted figure, illustrating both the idealism and injustices of the country's past, remembered for both his deeds as a revolutionary hero and the brutal tactics he employed during his presidency. But to filmmaker and NALIP member Natalia Almada (LPA 2003, Estela), he is her great-grandfather, a man whose life she attempts to uncover through the eyes and voice of her grandmother Alicia, who shared her remembrances of the General and her own conflicts between her personal recollections of her father and the portrait painted by history.

This stunning and epic film is Almada's way to document her journey to reconcile the contradictions between her family's memories and the country's collective memory. Using archival and original footage, Hollywood films and still photographs, as well as interviews with modern working class street vendors, Almada searches to understand the scope of her own extraordinary connection to Mexico's history and creates a deeply compassionate portrait of the Mexican people and the forces that have shaped their country.

Click here for information on purchasing tickets to the El General screenings at MoMA. El General will also broadcast as part of P.O.V.'s 2010 Season on PBS, July 20. To view the trailer for the film, click here.

Rafi Mercado
LPA Fellow wins Best Director at HFFNY

NALIP member and LPA Fellow Rafi Mercado won the Havana Star for Best Director at the 11th Annual Havana Film Festival New York for his film Miente (Lie). Rafi participated in the 2007 Latino Producers Academy with the film, which was produced by Sonia Fritz and Frances Lausell. Miente recently screened to a full crowd of enthusiasts at the Chicago Latino Film Festival, and the film is being sold next month at Cannes by Ondamax. Miente is an edgy, visually stunning psychological thriller told through the eyes of a young artist.

The HFFNY closing night ceremony took place on April 23rd at the New York Directors Guild Theatre. The festival compiled and exhibited more than 46 films in the fiction and documentary film genres; the total attendance was the largest in the history of the festival.

Alexandra Codina
Latina filmmaker wins Best Doc at Tribeca

By Brian Brooks, indieWIRE

Director Alexandra Codina's Monica & David won Best Documentary Feature at a ceremony in Manhattan's Union Square Thursday evening, receiving $25,000 in cash.

"I truly believe that everyone wants and needs love in this world, and that includes people living with disabilities," said Codina on stage Thursday evening at the W Hotel in Manhattan's Union Square. She was flanked by the two subjects of her doc as well as doc jurors including Jessica Alba and directors Margaret Snow and Marshall Curry.

Monica & David is the story of two people who are in love and living with Down syndrome. The film is described as an "intimate, year-in-the-life portrait of two childlike spirits with adult desires as they prepare for their fairy tale wedding and face the realities of married life afterward. Taking immense pride in their new roles as husband and wife, David wants to bring home the bacon, and Monica wants to fry it in the pan. They want babies of their own. But their unique circumstances still have them living with Monica's mother and husband."

"The award winning films selected by the jury each features strong characters and subjects; these films challenge you to see the world from another perspective," commented Tribeca co-founder Jane Rosenthal in a statement. "I wish all the filmmakers continued success and hope that they will bring their work back to Tribeca in the years to come."

Rafael Agustin
NALIPster appearing in Latinologues

NALIP member Rafael Agustin will appear in a special performance of Rick Najera's Latinologues to benefit the Ricardo Montalban Foundation, on May 8. Click here for more information.


Contact us at to post news, announcements, business data or job postings.

To SUBSCRIBE send an email to

to UNSUBSCRIBE send an email to

The Latinos in the Industry e-Newsletter is a free service provided by the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) with the generous assistance of Alex Mendoza & Associates (AMA) in an "as-is" basis for the education and information of users only. NALIP and/or AMA, their principal(s), employees, agents or representatives shall under no circumstances be liable for any loss or damage, including, but not limited to, loss of profits, goodwill or indirect or consequential loss arising out of any use of or inaccuracies in the information. All warranties expressed or implied are excluded to the fullest extent permissible by law. All comments and postings, including those by the Editor, are the responsibility of those individuals posting and no endorsement by NALIP and/or AMA should be inferred. Referral links and individual e-mail forwarding are permitted. NALIP reserves the right to withdraw or delete information or to discontinue this service at any time. All quoted, linked and/or referred information, as well as all copyrights and trademarks, are the property of their respective holders, used here under license and/or "fair-use" rules. © NALIP.