Latinos In The Industry

Are you in the TV commercial business? Or thinking about getting into commercials?

Join us at the NALIP 2010 conference to learn the secrets to making 30-second feature films. NALIP-Dallas leader Jose Louie Partida and Cortez Brothers' Bernadette Rivero bring together a lively panel of professional to explore Commercial Production for Fun, Experience and (Mostly) Profit! Come join industry experts as they look at the dynamics and infrastructure of the commercial campaign process, and, most important for NALIPsters, who gets hired. This workshop will illuminate how to assemble the right team for commercial projects. You'll have a chance to learn from company principals who have developed long-standing direct relationships with talent, talent agencies, production companies and ad agencies their own best practices, and recommendations for success. All part of the exciting programming upcoming at our April conference. Register now at before prices rise or we sell out!

NALIP Sponsor POV Announces 2010 Season

NALIP sponsor POV has announced its 2010 season, and it features two Latino filmmakers, including LPA Fellow/Estela winner Natalia Almada. Come see POV Executive Director Simon Kilmurry at our NALIP 2010 conference and learn how to join future seasons of the best documentaries on television!

From Simon Kilmurry, Executive Director, POV

I always feel a bit of a disconnect when I hear talk of a crisis in the media and then I see all the fantastic films that come through POV. Believe me, I know it's tough out there, but from what I can tell, there are more excellent documentaries being made than ever before, despite the challenges. At POV, that makes our job more fun - and harder. We get to work with great films, but never have enough room for all the films we love, and those are decisions we never take lightly.

So, this is the time of year when we finally get to announce our 2010 POV season. We've been working with some of these filmmakers for a long time while they have been in production; others came to us more recently. We are thrilled to welcome back some esteemed POV alums, and give other filmmakers their first shot at a national broadcast. The subject matters may be diverse, but if there is one thing that unites these films, it's the singular vision of the filmmakers. They have all found approaches to storytelling that serve their subjects - whether it be adoption, international aid, civil liberties, art or personal crises.

A couple of Oscar nominees bookend our year, and many of the films have been on the festival circuit from Sundance to IDFA, Hot Docs, Silverdocs and Full Frame, to name just a few. Some you'll be seeing in your local theatre, too.

So, here is the list.

The year kicks off on April 21 with a special broadcast of Oscar nominee Food, Inc. by Robert Kenner. As part of this broadcast slot, we'll also have the short documentary Notes on Milk by Ariana Gerstein and Monteith McCollum, a variation on their 2007 feature documentary Milk in the Land.

The regular POV season starts in June and runs through September, as follows:

June 22 - William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe, by Emily and Sarah Kunstler
June 29 - The Beaches of Agnes, by Agnes Varda
July 6 - Promised Land, by Yoruba Richen
July 13 - Good Fortune, by Landon Van Soest
July 20 - El General, by Natalia Almada
July 27- Presumed Guilty, by Roberto Hernandez and Geoffrey Smith
Aug. 3 - The Way We Get By (Encore), by Aron Gaudet
Aug. 10 - First Person Plural (Encore), by Deann Borshay Liem
Aug. 17 - Salt, by Michael Angus and Murray Fredericks & A Healing Art, by Ellen Frick
Aug. 24 - The Edge of Dreaming, by Amy Hardie
Aug. 31 - Wo Ai Ni (I Love You) Mommy, by Stephanie Wang-Breal
Sept. 7 - Off and Running, by Nicole Opper
Sept. 14 - In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee, by Deann Borshay Liem
Sept. 21 - The Oath, by Laura Poitras

We'll wrap the year up with a special fall presentation of the Oscar-nominated film, The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers by Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith with a date to be announced.

Also this year we are excited to partner with Dave Isay and StoryCorps to present a selection of animated documentary shorts based on StoryCorps' groundbreaking NPR oral-history project. We'll present these shorts alongside some of our feature documentaries and short film slots. Look for details soon.

There will be screenings of these events for these films around the country over the next few months - so, why not join us on Facebook and Twitter so you don't miss a single film.

Call for Submissions: Sundance Institute Feature Film Creative Producing Fellowship

The Sundance Institute Feature Film Creative Producing Fellowship is a year-long creative and strategic fellowship program for emerging American producers with their next project.

Conceived as an initiative to develop and support the next generation of American independent producers, the Creative Producing Fellowship focuses on the holistic producer, who identifies, options, develops, and pitches material; champions and challenges the writer/director creatively; raises financing; leads the casting/packaging process; hires and inspires crew; and navigates the sales, distribution, and marketing arenas. The Creative Producing Fellowship is designed to hone emerging producers' creative instincts in the scripting and editing stages, and to evolve their communicating and problem-solving skills at all stages of realizing a project.

Application Postmark Deadline: March 15, 2010
For more information on submission guidelines visit


Candidates must have produced at least one short or feature-length narrative or documentary film (no more than two narrative features total).

Producers must have a completed, legally-optioned, scripted narrative project in hand with a director attached to the project.

Candidates may not be the writer or director of submitted project.

Call for Entries: The American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at Cannes

The American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at Cannes supports upcoming filmmakers by screening their films at The Pavilion during the Festival while providing an opportunity for these filmmakers to connect with the global audience at Cannes.

About the Showcase:
Since 1989, The American Pavilion has offered opportunities in Cannes to film students from around the world. The 2010 Emerging Filmmaker Showcase will provide an opportunity for young filmmakers to have their work seen by Cannes Festival/ Market attendees. Prizes will be awarded to filmmakers and the top ten films will be screened in a special "Emerging Filmmaker" showcase at The American Pavilion in Cannes. All films accepted into the showcase will be available for screening on an ongoing basis at The American Pavilion during the Festival and the winning films will be featured in a special showcase screening for an invited audience of industry professionals.


* Visibility at the Cannes Film Festival and in Los Angeles
* Films accepted will be projected on DVD at the American Pavilion in Cannes.
* Winning films will be screened at a special invitation only screening in The American Pavilion during the Cannes Film Festival.
* Winning films will be listed on promotional material at the Cannes Film Festival.
* Winning films will be included on an American Pavilion compilation DVD to be submitted to professionals in the film industry.
* Winning films to be screened at a special Industry Showcase screening in Los Angeles.

Entry Guidelines:

* Films accepted from current undergraduate and graduate school students OR emerging filmmakers up to three years post-graduation.
* Films should be under 20 minutes in length.
* Open to ALL genres, narratives and documentaries, animated or live-action.
* The film must be available for exhibition in DVD format
* Films must be completed in 2008, 2009 or 2010

Use the special link below and get $15 OFF! The American Pavilion has extended the regular submission deadline for so you can submit by the Late Entry Deadline, and still get the Regular Entry Deadline price! That's just $50 (normally $65!), if you submit your film no later than March 15, 2010.

Important Dates:
Regular Entry deadline extended to March 15th, 2010 for! (normally February 5, 2010)
Films must be delivered by March 15, 2010

To get your special discounted price, follow all directions listed below at this link to begin your submission:

1. When you arrive to the "Submission Details" page, first select the "Earlier Deadline" link in Section 1 and then "Regular Deadline - February 5, 2010"
2. Select the option below that says "I have received a Deadline Waiver but not a Fee Waiver"
3. Enter INFOLIST in the field asking "Who granted the waiver?"
4. Enter INFOLIST in the field titled "Reason for waiver?"
5. Enter JJ2DFAK as your deadline waiver code.
6. Complete the remaining sections of the page, and then click on "Send Submission & Continue" to complete your submission.

The system will process your entry, and will recognize that you have received an authorized fee waiver.

  Pilot Season Does the Time Warp
(The Hollywood Reporter) - After years of pledging a commitment to diversity onscreen, broadcast networks handed the top roles on six drama pilots to non-Caucasian actors: The spy couple at the center of Abrams' "Undercovers" for NBC is played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Boris Kodjoe, Forest Whitaker is the lead on CBS' "Criminal Minds" spinoff, Laz Alonso tops the Fox action drama "Breakout Kings," Freddy Rodriguez headlines CBS' Brett Ratner-directed CIA drama "Chaos," Maggie Q plays the title character in the CW's "Nikita" reboot and Roselyn Sanchez is the lead in ABC's Latino-themed "Cutthroat." FULL STORY

Woody Allen’s Latest at Sony Classics
(indieWIRE) - Woody Allen’s new film “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger” starring Antonio Banderas has been acquired by Sony Pictures Classics for North American distribution. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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From the Editor
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An Appeal to the Friends of Jaime Escalante

A message from Edward James Olmos:

Anyone who has seen Stand and Deliver knows how much Jaime Escalante (Kimo) has done for this country. The love and dedication he gave to his inner city students, and his unfailing conviction that every one of them was "gifted," brought out talent that had been untapped - and unseen - by other teachers.

Now, Kimo needs our help. He is seriously ill, and the treatment he needs has depleted all the funds his family can raise. They did not want to ask for help, but we took it upon ourselves to get the word out to all the country and around the world, to make his final days as comfortable as possible - and maybe even give him a chance to beat the cancer that has afflicted him.

For more information and to help, please go to

Jaime Escallon Buraglia
NALIPster set to direct his Latino Writers Lab film

LWL Fellow Jaime Escallon Buraglia is set to direct the project he developed at the Latino Writers Lab, starting March 31, in Colombia and Argentina. El Quemado (Burn Out) (formerly Human Resources) was developed at the NALIP program with mentor Miguel Tejada-Flores. The funding comes from Ibermedia, RCN (Colombian Private Broadcaster), SENAL COLOMBIA (Colombian Public Broadcaster), INCAA (Argentinian Film Institute), Babilla Cine and LuloFilms (Jaime's company). We wish him well, and look forward to seeing a new NALIPster film!

Cristina Ibarra & Erin Ploss-Campoamor
NALIPsters' script selected for Iberoamerican Films Crossing Borders program

The feature script Love & Monster Trucks - by NALIP members writer/director Cristina Ibarra (LPA 2003, LWL 2007) and co-writer/producer Erin Ploss-Campoamor (LPA 2004) - has been selected to participate in the Iberoamerican Films Crossing Borders program at the Guadalajara Film Market. Love & Monster Trucks is a feature film in development about a young Chicana's coming of age.

18-year-old Chicana artist, Impala Mata, can't wait to escape her monster truck-obsessed, Texas bordertown family. But the summer before she's supposed to leave for college, she falls in love with a girl - a truck-racer, no less - and suddenly, she finds herself switching gears.

Semifinalist, Sundance Lab. Funded by Rockefeller Foundation, Creative Capital Foundation, among others. Fiscal sponsor, Women Make Movies.

LuisCarlos Romero-Davis
NALIPster's doc screening across Mexico in March

NALIP member LuisCarlos Romero-Davis' feature documentary 389 Miles Living the Border, fresh off its Mexico premiere at the 2010 Festival de Cine en el Desierto, will also be screened the 5th and 6th of March in Obregon, the 13th and 14th in Guaymas, the 24th and 25th in Nogales and the 26th and 27th in San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora. The film is a human journey along the Mexico-Arizona border that presents the raw, daily lives of the various players involved and the complexity and multidimensional nature of the immigration phenomenon. For more information visit the film's official webpage.


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