Latinos In The Industry

Are you working on a narrative short?? Do you need an excellent director's calling card? Or are you thinking about the HBO NYLIFF Short Film Competition??

You will want to apply for this new NALIP 2010 preconference workshop, "The Art of the Fiction Short," led by HBO's Greg Rhem.

Open to anyone registered for the conference, but you must be selected to attend, this intimate in-depth session for 25 filmmakers will look at the elements of a successful fiction short. Greg will give you insight into how you make one that is dramatically or comedically compelling, and one that showcases style or talent or point of view. How can writer/directors develop pithy, exceptional short scripts to attract attention of funders, actors, partners? Then, what elements add up to the sort of shorts that dazzle festival programmers, that attract online attention, and that serve as calling cards for a filmmaker's first feature film?

All requirements below must be met to apply:

1. You may not be signed up for any of the other pre-conference sessions on Friday morning

2. Sign up for the session through, after you are registered - you can go back any time after you complete your registration.

3. Email one paragraph about what you have done - wrote, acted, directed, attended film school, worked on shorts, features, etc.

4. Email a second paragraph about the short you are working on and its status: the project may be just an idea description, already a treatment, script in progress - just tell us where you are at. PLUS, include ONLY ONE LINE about its idea.

Email all materials or questions to Jennifer Jaime at by March 26!

Only the top 25 submissions will be selected for this intimate session with HBO's Greg Rhem! An invitation for this session, or a wait-list position will be sent by April 6.

Register now for NALIP 2010! You can still apply for Hotel Scholarships: deadline is March 15!!!!

NALIPsters in the San Diego Latino Film Festival

The 17th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival (SDLFF) will present the best of Latino filmmaking from March 11-21, 2010 at the UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas Hazard Center in San Diego.

Many NALIP members have films in the festival, so don't this opportunity to see these great NALIPster films on the big screen!

For more information about the festival, visit the SDLFF website.

NALIP members' films in SDLFF (NALIPsters' names in bold):

2501 Migrants: A Journey
Written and Directed by Yolanda Cruz
2009, 54 min, Mexico
Spanish w/ English Subtitles, Feature Documentary

Re-encounters chronicles the personal experience of Oaxacan artist Alejandro Santiago, who learned the truth of the old saying that you can never go home again. After more than a decade living abroad, Santiago returned to the Zapotec Sierra seeking the village of his childhood. Instead, he found abandoned houses, empty streets, and deserted farm fields. Santiago's sense of emptiness drove him to search for answers in his art. His current project, 2501 Migrants, expresses his response--a symbolic community of life-size clay sculptures in homage to those who left. He plans to repopulate his village one statue at a time. Like many migrants, Santiago survives by recreating memories of life back home. Re-encounters tells his story and the stories of countless others.
March 14, 2010, 6:30 p.m.

Al Mas Alla
By Lourdes Portillo (NALIP Lifetime Achievement in Producing Award Winner)
2008, 42 min, U.S.A. / Mexico
Spanish w/ English Subtitles, Feature Documentary

At the center of Al Mas Alla is an allegory of three Mexican fishermen. After absconding with illegal drugs that wash ashore on the Mayan coast, they sell them to the corrupt local police for a handsome sum. Their lucrative transgression, however, carries a particular burden and an ominous warning: "Whatever comes from the ocean ... has to go back into the ocean"
March 14, 2010, 6:30 p.m.

Amar a Morir
Directed, Co-written and Produced by Fernando Lebrija, Co-written and Produced by Harrison Reiner (NALIP Mentor)
2009, 119 min., Mexico/Colombia, 35mm
Spanish w/ English Subtitles, Feature Narrative

Alejandro Vizcaino is the sole heir to his father's banking conglomerate, but he sees his wealth as a burden rather than a blessing. Dealing with his controlling father and his corrupt cronies has made him deeply unhappy. In an act of rebellion, he goes drag racing on a Mexico City street, during which a horrible accident occurs, leaving him badly shaken. Realizing that he needs to make a drastic change, he flees his family and ends up in an impoverished, seaside community where he falls in love with Rosa, a local girl. But Rosa has problems of her own. She lives under the oppressive thumb of a gangster. Now Alejandro must finally find the courage to fight for the life he wants. With Raul Mendez and Silverio Palacios.
March 12, 2010, 7:00 p.m.
March 13, 2010, 9:45 p.m.

Below the Fold
By Roberto Gudiño (LPA 2008)
2007, 20 min, USA
English, Short Documentary

This documentary reveals how in 1984, a group of young Los Angeles Times reporters battled institutional prejudice and changed the newspaper industry when they became the first Latinos to win journalism's highest prize. Shipherd Reed from The Arizona Daily Star called it "A Strong Film."
March 11, 2010, 6:30 p.m.

Produced by Evangeline Griego (NALIP BOD member)
2008, 86 min., Mexico
Spanish w/ English Subtitles, Feature Documentary

How did the iconic image of Che Guevarra end up on beer bottles and bikinis? "Chevolution" tells the story of how one photo became a symbol of leftist and disenfranchised groups across the globe, generations of subsequent protesters, and ultimately marketing gurus. Filmmakers Luis Lopez and Trisha Ziffs thoughtful and ironic documentary investigates how the enduring symbol of Cuba's revolution skyrocketed to fame and was ultimately devoured by its own worst enemy: Capitalism. With appearances by Antonio Banderas and Gael Garcia Bernal
March 21, 2010, 5:00 p.m.

Written and Directed by Maria Agui Carter (NALIP Executive Board Member)
2009, 8 min, USA, DigiBeta NTSC
Spanish w/ English Subtitles, Short Narrative

Immigrant parents build an inheritance one nickel at a time for their son on scholarship to Harvard.
March 11, 2010, 6:30 p.m.

The Colonel
Directed by Mario Garcia, Starring Louie Olivos, Jr.
2010, 10 min, USA, DVCam
English, Short Narrative

The screenplay is a short film adaptation of a poem by critically acclaimed writer, Carolyn Forche, about an American human rights advocate, horrified by the atrocities of the civil war in El Salvador. It is based on her real- life experience of confronting a Salvadoran colonel who was complicit in war crimes.
March 17, 2010, 6:30 p.m.

Don't Let Me Drown
Written and Directed by Cruz Angeles (Estela Award Winner)
2009, 105 min., USA, 35mm
English, Feature Narrative

Cruz Angeles' first feature is a moving testament to the power of love and friendship in the face of tragedy. Lalo and Stephanie are two Brooklyn kids, both of whom have been personally affected by the 9/11 tragedy. She lost her sister in the terrorist attack and his father works day and night clearing debris from Ground Zero. After meeting at a mutual friend's party at a local park, Lalo begins to pursue a still-grieving, hesitant Stephanie. With patience, humor and authentic emotion, Cruz shows the slow evolution of their relationship, which provides them solace from the pain and struggle of everyday life. Premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. With Gina Torres, Damian Alcazar and Ricardo Chavira ("Desperate Housewives").
March 11, 2010, 8:00 p.m.

Ebony Goddess: Queen of Ile Aiye
By Carolina Moraes-Liu
2009, 20 min, Brazil
Portuguese w/ English Subtitles, Short Documentary

This is the story of three young women competing for the title of Ebony Goddess, in the largest black city outside Africa, Salvador da Bahia, Brazil.
March 11, 2010, 10:15 p.m.
March 20, 2010,2:30 p.m.

Entre Nos
Written and Directed by Gloria La Morte and Paola Mendoza
2009, 82 min, USA, DigiBeta NTSC
Spanish w/ English Subtitles, Feature Narrative

Shortly after arriving in Queens, NY from Colombia, Mariana and her two children are abandoned by her husband. After a fruitless search for work, they take to the streets collecting recyclables in order to make ends meet. Faced with homelessness in the inhospitable landscape of a foreign city, Mariana begins to build a community from which to draw strength and support in this fierce tale of survival. This inspiring festival favorite is based on the true story of co-director Paola Mendoza's mother.
March 17, 2010, 10:30 p.m.
March 18, 2010, 8:00 p.m.
March 20, 2010, 6:30 p.m.

El General
Directed and Produced by Natalia Almada (LPA 2003, Estela Award Winner)
2009, 83 min, Mexico, DigiBeta NTSC
Spanish w/ English Subtitles, Feature Documentary

In 1910 a revolution erupted in Mexico, among its rallying cries "the right to vote." Nearly a century later "Sufragio Efectivo" is heard again as thousands take to the streets. Through the legacy that filmmaker Natalia Almada inherited as the great-granddaughter of Mexican president Plutarco Elias Calles (1924-1928), one of Mexico's most controversial revolutionary figures accused of having been a "Dictator", "Iron Man" and "Nun-Burner", yet also acclaimed for having been the "father of modern Mexico," "El General" is a portrait of a family and a country under the shadow of the past. The film was the winner of Best Documentary at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.
March 20, 2010, 5:00 p.m.

Immigrant Nation!: The Battle For the Dream
Directed by Esau Melendez
2010, 100 Min, USA, Mexico, DVCam
English, Feature Documentary

"Immigrant Nation" interweaves the stories of individuals, organizations, activists, and community leaders united by a passion and concern for justice. Highlighting the story of Elvira Arellano, a single mother from Chicago who fought her own deportation, the film underscores the opposition to the controversial HR4437 immigration bill, as well as the ongoing struggle for comprehensive immigration reform.
March 16, 2010, 6:00 p.m.

La Clave
Directed and Produed by Mariella Sosa
2008, 80 min, USA
Spanish w/ English Subtitles, Feature Documentary

"La Clave" is a film about the similarities between two types of music genres known todayand Salsa and Reggaeton. in this film, we were fortunate enough to have gathered the hottest stars of Reggaeton as well as the old school greats of salsa. We have interviewed salsa icons such as Willie Colon, Ismael Miranda, Gilberto Santa Rosa and on the reggaeton side we interviewed billboard chart topping artist such as Julio Voltio, Tego Calderon, Hector 'El Father'just to name a few.These artist all came together with the same purpose to discuss how two different styles of music can have so much in common and how their music is all composed under 'La Clave'.La Clave is the five note two bar rhythm pattern which generates rhythmic measurement and the foundation and backbone of Salsa (and all Afro - Cuban based music).They also take you on an extraordinary journey back in time to the roots that influenced all of these different types of music, which is AFRICA and its rhythm of 'drums and percussion'
March 14, 2010, 1:30 p.m.

Lagrimas de Cafe
By Claudia Mercado
2009, 11 min, USA

A young woman's daily dose of coffee suddenly offers more than a tasty fix, fluidly defying time and space, she communicates with those that give her life.
March 13, 2010, 12:30 p.m.

By Daniel Maldonado
2009, 12 min, USA
Spanish w/ English Subtitles, Short Narrative

"Lalo" tells the hilarious story of NYC Mexican delivery worker, who upon discovering he's jeopardized his employment, learns that he'd been given one last delivery to salvage his job. What ensues is a "race to the death" complete with stop motion animated soldiers, fortune cookie road spikes, border patrolled finish lines, and a mission to save his job with one last delivery.
March 16, 2010, 10:30 p.m.
March 20, 2010, 12:30 p.m.

Little Village
By David Priego
2009, 13 min, USA, DigiBeta NTSC
English, Short Narrative

The streets of 'Little Village' are about to change fourteen-year-old Alonso's life in ways he never could have imagined.
March 11, 2010, 6:30 p.m.

Morenita El Escandalo
Produced by Ozcar Ramirez
2008, 92 min, Mexico
Spanish w/ English Subtitles, Feature Narrative

This first film from director Alan Jonsson Gavica, "Morenita" tells the story of Mateo, a humble young man who is forced to engage in illicit activities in order to save his grandfather from an illness. He agrees to smuggle drugs from Tijuana to San Diego, using a method as ingenious as it is preposterous: he employs racing pigeons as drug couriers. When his plan goes awry, and facing death threats from a notorious Mexican drug dealer, he hijacks the image of the venerated Virgin De Guadalupe, causing pandemonium throughout Mexico. Starring Dagoberto Gama and Maya Zapata, previous SDLFF guests.
March 12, 2010, 9:45 p.m.
March 15, 2010, 7:00 p.m.
March 18, 2010, 7:00 p.m.

The Book of the Border
Written, Directed and Produced by Andres Torres-Vives, Produced by Xochitl Dorsey and Laura Irene Arvisu, Casting by Rosalinda Morales (NALIP Mentor)
2009, 29 min, Mexico/USA
Short Narrative

The Book of the Border is a narrative, short film about the end of a family. A seemingly normal day in the life of a father, mother and daughter, split by the U.S./Mexico border, becomes the last one they will have as a family.
March 13, 2010, 3:30 p.m.

The Groundskeeper
By Roberto Gudiño (LPA 2008), Casting by Rosalinda Morales (NALIP Mentor), Production Coordinator Tony Velarde
2008, 8 min, USA
English, Short Narrative

The Groundskeeper is the story of a lonely groundskeeper and a subdued college professor who find companionship in one another. They are forced to face conflicting decisions about their friendship's future when society intervenes and asks the difficult question, "Should they be together?"
March 11, 2010, 6:30 p.m.

The Missing Pages
By Salvador Paniagua
2009, 13 min, USA
English, Short Narrative

Rudy comes home for lunch after not seeing his father for three years and discovers a painful secret.
March 11, 2010, 6:30 p.m.

By Paul Bobadilla, Starring Yvette Yates
2009, 20 min, Mexico/USA
Spanish w/ English Subtitles, Short Narrative

An aspiring photographer must decide between his camera or a gun.
March 12, 2010, 6:30 p.m.

Worst Case Scenario Femme / Butch
By Mary Guzman
2009, 4 min, USA,
English, Short Narrative

Two short films with dating tips for today's lesbian.
March 13, 2010, 8:00 p.m.
March 19, 2010, 10:30 p.m.

Call for Entries: All Roads Film Festival

All Roads is now accepting applications for the All Roads Film Festival 2010. The All Roads Film Project is a National Geographic program dedicated to providing a platform for indigenous and underrepresented minority-culture storytellers around the world to showcase their works to promote knowledge, dialogue, and understanding with a broader, global audience.

Whether you're an indigenous artist wanting to tell your story, a filmmaker wanting to make a difference, an industry representative looking for the next age of storytelling, or an audience eager to learn more about our world, you'll find what you're looking for when you travel All Roads.

Submission Deadline: April 30, 2010
To apply, download an application from the All Roads Film Festival website.

Call for Entries: Sydney Latin American Film Festival

The Sydney Latin American Film Festival (SLAFF) is pleased to inform you that their call for entries for the 5th Sydney Latin American Film Festival is now open. The deadline for submissions is 30 April 2010.

The 5th Sydney Latin American Film Festival will take place in Sydney , Australia between 1 to 19 September and once again this year will recognise Best Feature Film, Best Documentary and Best Short as voted by our audiences with cash prizes. Films must be contemporary Latin American or International and related to Latin America in terms of content, production or co-production. We welcome submissions from Latino/Latina filmmakers from the the US.

As a not-for-profit community organisation, proceeds from the Festival are directed back into Latin American community organizations through our Community Support Program.

Submissions can be made until April 30, 2010 using the online submission system on the festival website:
All instructions and forms are available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

  Comcast, NBCU Meet With Hispanic Advocacy Groups
(The Philadelphia Inquirer) - Hispanic civil rights and advocacy groups met in Philadelphia yesterday with top executives at Comcast Corp. and NBC Universal Inc. to discuss Hispanic media issues related to the proposed $30 billion merger of the cable company and the entertainment giant. FULL STORY

Tribeca Moves Into Distribution, Launches Virtual Film Fest
(indieWIRE) - Robert DeNiro and Jane Rosenthal’s Tribeca Enterprises is launching Tribeca Film, a new distribution initiative building on their annual Tribeca Film Festival in New York. Ten films are set to kick-off the new initiative. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Producer for Short
Mas & More Entertainment is seeking for a producer, co-producer for a short film called "I Am Here to Seal Myself," a story about three young people that are dealing with big issues after being abused as children. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Crew for Director's Lab Scenes
The feature project El Flaco (Winner Latino Screenwriting Competition Award, participant in Latino Media Market '09) has been invited to Film Independent's Directors lab, and is seeking crew for two scenes being filmed. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Sound Mixer/Boom Operator (NYC)
Alexandra Hidalgo, an independent documentary filmmaker, is looking for a sound mixer/boom operator for her first feature-length documentary, which will be filmed from May 7 - June 7, 2010 in New York City. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

From the Editor
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NALIPsters On View application deadline Mar. 4!

Time is running out to apply for NALIPsters On View at NALIP 2010! Share your work - your short, your trailer, your sample, your work-in-progress, a clip of your feature - at the conference. Visit the NALIPsters On View webpage for details and an application, and don't miss the March 4 postmark deadline!

Dr. Paul Espinosa
Founding NALIP member receives Cultural Award, Fine or Performing Arts

Founding NALIP member and LPA mentor Dr. Paul Espinosa, Professor and Filmmaker, Arizona State University has been selected to receive the Outstanding Latino/a Cultural Award in Fine or Performing Arts, presented by the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) at the AAHHE 5th annual conference in Costa Mesa, CA. AAHHE is an agent of change for improving education, thus enabling Hispanic students to fully participate in a diverse society.

Dr. Paul Espinosa was selected by a panel of experts in higher education. The selection criteria focused on the recipient's sustained contributions and efforts to showcase the significant accomplishments this award represents. Each year, this award is given to someone who has contributed significantly to our understanding of our Hispanic community and/or culture through a medium in the arts and/or performing arts. This award honors individuals for the following achievements: Performance in a play, movie, drama, or dance; Advances in new technology and its products; Artwork, instrumental or vocal performance; Radio, television, or music production.

To celebrate and recognize the work of Hispanics in higher education and other national leaders, the AAHHE awards program was created to honor individuals at a special Awards Luncheon on March 6 at the national AAHHE conference. Awards are provided in the areas of Leadership in Higher Education, Research/Teaching in Higher Education, Service/Teaching in Higher Education, Outstanding Support of Hispanic Issues in Higher Education, Fine or Performing Arts, Distance Learning, and Literary Arts or Publications.

"It's wonderful to be acknowledged by your peers for the work you love doing. Documenting the experiences of my community on film has been a truly rewarding experience. Thank you to AAHHE for this recognition."

AAHHE works collaboratively with all sectors of education, business, industry, as well as community and professional organizations to enhance the educational aspirations and to meet the professional growth needs of a significantly increasing Hispanic population.

Benjamin Daniel Lobato
NALIPster's short selected for Doorpost Film Competition

NALIP member Benjamin Daniel Lobato's (LPA 2004) film Three Breaths was selected as a merited film for the 2010 Doorpost Film Competition. Three Breaths tells the story of a CPR Instructor whose life is turned upside down after he refuses to give breath to a dying homeless man.

You can view the film and vote online here. (Note: You must register with the site before viewing)

Shot on Super 16mm, the film was written and directed by Benjamin Daniel Lobato, produced by Rene Simon Cruz, photographed by Stephen Acevedo, and stars Carlos Acuna. "I believe Three Breaths is a great example of what NALIP does best, by connecting filmmakers who can collaborate, share resources and bring projects to fruition." Other NALIPsters on the Three Breaths team include: Casting Director Rosalinda Morales, Mateo Nagassi, Earnest Robinson, Maura Concannon, Esther Espinosa, and Antonio Baca.


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