Latinos In The Industry

DocFundamentals: A Series of Events for the Documentary Maker coming up at NALIP 2010!!

Are you a doc maker or planning to be one? Don't miss the many unique workshops and international speakers attending this year's conference just for you. We have DocFundamentals for emerging makers and a rich group of panels for mid-career artists. Plus the Scripps Network wants to meet you: watch for a chance in our IndieLink signup series later this month - only if you are registered for the Conference at

What do we have in store for you? First, a DocFundamentals session on creating great project websites and using social media strategies to fund your documentary, build your audience, and promote your upcoming films. Join accomplished filmmaker/mentors Lyn Goldfarb (Tom Bradley's Impossible Dream), Mitch Teplitsky (Soy Andina), and Jennifer Maytorena Taylor (New Muslim Cool) for an informative session with advice and techniques that you can apply immediately. And how are you presenting your material to funders and collaborators? Don't miss our "Sample Tapes and Fundraising Trailer Evaluation" session with successful examples PLUS samples supplied by the audience.

HBO Documentary Films exec Greg Rhem dives in to the "Anatomy of a Doc" with 2010 Estela Award winner Nicolas Entel, fresh from Sundance with his film Sins of My Father. Their discussion will look at how to create a documentary that makes an impact with audiences and distributors!

You won't want to miss the insider information available at our panel on "PBS Decisionmakers: What Do They Really Want?" so that you can access support from the largest funding strands, stations, and new 2010 programs for documentaries in the U.S.. But don't stop there: Women Make Movies' Debra Zimmerman brings us "European Co-Productions and Markets," a panel with filmmakers Carmen Cobos and Klara Grunning-Harris which will provide an overview of documentary production, financing and distribution in Europe. Topics will include raising international co-production funds, pitching to broadcasters, navigating through market, and locating broadcast and theatrical sales agents. Learn if your project is suitable for the European market and what kind of financing might be available!

All this and more, only at NALIP 2010: Navigating in a Sea of Change, April 9 - 11, in Santa Monica, CA!! Register today before rates rise above pre-registration levels. There is still a special discount available for students: - the extended discount deadline ends Thursday, March 11! And a few Hotel Scholarships, too! Sign up now at

Call for Applications: CBS Diversity Institute's Writers Mentoring Program

Applications are now being accepted for the eighth session of the CBS Diversity Institute's Writers Mentoring Program. The deadline for 2010-2011 submissions is May 3, 2010.

The Writers Mentoring Program helps aspiring writers to break in and move up in the business. Each participant is matched with two mentors - one is a senior level writer/producer on a CBS or CW primetime series, the other is a CBS, CW or Paramount TV creative executive. Participants meet regularly with their mentors for advice and support on improving their writing skills as well as career advice and guidance.

In its six years the Program has launched 31 careers in episodic television.

For more information and an application visit and click on the Diversity tab.

The primary focus of CBS' Diversity Institute Writers Mentoring Program is to provide access and networking opportunities for talented and motivated diverse writers - with a focus on writers of color. The program is based in Los Angeles. It begins in September 2010 and runs through May 2, 2011.

The Writers Mentoring Program is not employment and there is no monetary compensation. It is, instead, a structured program of career development, support, and personal access to executives and decision-making processes; with the goal of preparing aspiring writers for later employment opportunities in television.

Call for Entries: PGA Workshop "The Power of Diversity"

The Producers Guild of America is proud to announce its producing workshop, "The Power of Diversity." This workshop will draw upon a wide range of seminars and perspectives designed to foster the development of diverse voices in Television Comedy, One Hour Drama, Reality Television Motion Pictures, Documentaries and Web series.

Up to ten (10) participants will be encouraged to explore, create and refine creative visions and stories that reflect our diverse culture. Applicants may be emerging creative voices or those well-established in their careers.

This year's program will focus on participants' projects helping them move their work forward through seminars and master classes with some of the top professionals working in film, television, and non-traditional media supported by one-on-one mentoring work with a member of the Producers Guild. Topics to be addressed include: story development, pitching, packaging, financing, marketing, and new media. Every session will be tailored to our participating producers and their projects.

- Workshop call for entries is now open and closes on April 9th 2010 at 5:00 pm.
- Applicants will be notified by May 14th, 2010
- Workshop sessions will take place between May 24th and July 31st. If selected, participants must be available to attend the duration of the program.
- Workshop sessions typically will be held weekday evenings from approximately 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. with a few sessions on Saturday mornings at The Producers Guild of America offices at 8530 Wilshire Blvd., Ste 450, Beverly Hills.

Past workshop speakers have included, Marshall Herskovitz (Defiance, Blood Diamond, The Last Samurai) Damon Lindelof (Lost, Star Trek), Mark Gordon (Grey's Anatomy, Saving Private Ryan, 2012) Bruce Cohen (Pushing Daisies, Milk, American Beauty) in addition to others.

Only one application/project per applicant please. Applicants must apply by mail only. No faxes or drop-offs will be accepted. To apply please submit:

* Application can be downloaded at
* Signed release form can also be downloaded at
* 2 page treatment of project (TV Comedy, One Hour Drama, Motion Picture, Documentary, Web Series); or detailed 1-2 page plan of execution (Reality Television Series). In addition to summarizing the project, the submission must demonstrate an engagement with issues of diversity.
* A current resume.
* A non-refundable $35 application fee made out to Producers Guild of America
* A one page artist's statement as to why he/she wants to participate in the workshop and what benefits the producer foresees for participation.

Participants will be chosen on a two step process. First step: application. Second step: interview

Producers will be notified if they have moved forward to interview phase by April 30th. Final workshop participants will be notified by May 12th.

Send four (4) copies of all materials to:
PGA Producing Workshop
Producers Guild of America
8530 Wilshire Blvd. Ste 450
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

The PGA Workshop is offered at no charge: A good idea and passion are the only requirements for admission.

All projects must be registered with the Writers Guild of America prior to submission.

NALIP Discount for IFP's Script to Screen Conference (NYC)

Keynotes have been announced for IFP's 2010 Script to Screen Conference, held March 20th and 21st at 92Y Tribeca (200 Hudson Street) in New York City. The conference explores new opportunities available to independent filmmakers and directly connects aspiring and working filmmakers to the decision-makers of the film, television, and digital media business.

NALIP members receive the discounted rate of $150 for a Weekend Pass with discount code NALIP10

For more information and to buy tickets, click here:

Join Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight, Thirteen, Lords of Dogtown), Steve Bodow (Head Writer, The Daily Show) Brian Koppelman (Solitary Man, Rounders, Ocean's Thirteen),Peter Hedges (What's Eating Gilbert Grape?, About a Boy), Adam Brooks (Definitely Maybe, Wimbledon), Sophie Barthes (Cold Souls), Monty Ross (Do The Right Thing), Ry Russo-Young (You Wont Miss Me), Debra Granik (Winter's Bone), Anne Carey (Adventureland),Lisa Cortes (Precious), Keith Bunin (In Treatment), Matt Hubbard (30 Rock) and representatives from Focus Features International, BlueCat Screenwriting Competition, Tribeca All-Access, Vox3, Slamdance Film Festival, the Sundance Channel, Filmmaker Magazine, and many, many more!

Presented in Partnership with the Writers Guild of America East

Weekend panels include:
Demystifying Development
Get to the Point: Learning to Pitch Strategically
Double Duty: Directing Your Own Script
Now What? Sustaining a Screenwriting Career

Superstar! A Tribute to Mario Montez (NYC)

On March 31, 2010, Columbia University's Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race presents its inaugural Artists at the Center event: Superstar! A Tribute to Mario Montez. Superstar! is a one-day conference celebrating and discussing the career of one of New York's most gifted performers.

Born in Puerto Rico in 1935, Montez moved to New York while still a child. He first appeared on screen in Jack Smith's queer classic Flaming Creatures (1962-63). Later he became Andy Warhol's first drag superstar, starring in more than ten of his films. Montez was also a favorite of underground theater, appearing regularly in Theatre of the Ridiculous productions by Charles Ludlam, Ronald Tavel and John Vaccaro.

For the first time in 30 years, Mr. Montez will return to New York to talk about his work and life. Joining him will be Callie Angell, Douglas Crimp, Arnaldo Cruz-Malavé, Ronald Gregg, Maja Horn, Branden Joseph, Agosto Machado, Ricardo Montez, former NALIP board chair and current board of advisors chair Frances Negrón-Muntaner, Marc Siegel, and Carmelita Tropicana.

Davis Auditorium, Schapiro Hall
538 West 120th Street
New York, New York 10027
10 AM - 5 PM, with a reception to follow

Event Sponsors:
Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, Columbia University
CC/SEAS Office of Multicultural Affairs, Columbia University
Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics, New York University
Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Columbia University
Barnard Center for Research on Women, Barnard College
Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Columbia University
Center for the Critical Analysis of Social Difference, Columbia University
Department of Spanish and Latin American Cultures, Barnard College
Department of Theatre, Barnard College
Department of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University

Call for Papers: Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference

The Film and Video Production area of the Midwest Popular Culture and American Culture Association is now accepting proposals for our upcoming 2010 Conference, held October 1-3, 2010 in Minneapolis, MN.

Perhaps more than any other art form, film is tied to the technology available at the time and much of its magic comes from the filmmakers' ingenuity as they navigate their vision and the technological limitations they are faced with. Not only are filmmakers collaborating with technology, but with other members of the crew and production team, as well as with actors and documentary subjects.

We hope that this area's presenters will explore how life behind the camera exercises its influence on the final cinematic products our culture so avidly enjoys.

Deadline: April 30, 2010
More information about the conference can be found at

Students are eligible for travel grants. Please visit for more information.

Here's a list of suggested topics, but please feel free to experiment with the idea of production in your proposals:

* The collaborative nature of filmmaking.
* The difference between producing fiction films and documentaries.
* The dearth of women, people of color and GBLT people in the key roles of film production such as directing, producing and cinematography, and ways in which we can help remedy the situation.
* Digital video's effect on democratizing film production.
* YouTube's production values.
* Behind-the-camera experiences and how they have affected the presenters' understanding of the nature of film and video.
* Historical analyses of how technological changes have affected filmmaking (the arrival of sound and color, George Lucas's influence on special effects, cinema verite's reliance on handheld cameras, CGI).
* Examinations of the future of film and video (How will the current craze over Avatar and3D affect filmmaking? Will Indie films be able to survive the current economic slump and thrive? How does Hurt Locker's Oscar victory affect the future of small-budget films?)

Please include your name, affiliation, and e-mail address along with your 250-word abstract and email it to Feel free to email me if you have any questions.

Thanks so much,
Alexandra Hidalgo
Film and Video Production Area Chair, MPCA/ACA

  Movie Biz Doing the Splits
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IFC, SXSW Bring Pics to On-Demand
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San Diego Hosts Latino Film Festival
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SPECIAL REMINDER: NALIP 2010 Hotel Scholarship deadline is MONDAY, Mar. 15! Apply now!

Paola Mendoza, Gloria La Morte, & Joseph La Morte
NALIPsters' Entre Nos makes Michael Moore's list of best films of 2009

The feature film Entre Nos was selected by filmmaker Michael Moore for his list of the 20 best films of 2009. 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. The film will be screening next week at the San Diego Latino Film Festival (click here for dates and times).

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.

Hugo Perez & Katharyn Bond Marquez
LPA Fellows' ITVS short Seed world premieres as part of FutureStates

NALIP member Hugo Perez' (Estela, LPA 2008) latest film Seed, produced by NALIP member Katharyn Bond Marquez (LPA 2008), launched on March 8th as part of FutureStates, the Independent Television Services' ground-breaking transmedia experiment that will bring you visions of life in a future America (read a New York Times article about it here). ITVS worked with over 20 of today's best emerging indie filmmakers to complete the 11 films that make up FutureStates. In addition to award-winning director Hugo Perez, contributors include Ramin Bahrani, whose mini-feature entitled Plastic Bag is narrated by the legendary Werner Herzog, Greg Pak's Mister Green and Tze Chun's Silver Sling. To watch Seed and jump into the future as recounted in FutureStates visit:

After a decade of famine and food riots, the Mendelian Corporation feeds and controls the world through its genetically modified seeds. Twelve-year old Juan is a member of the Sprouts -the Mendelian corporate youth program in which young boys are trained to be the eyes and ears of local authorities. When Juan inadvertently discovers that his father Mateo may be involved in a local seed- running ring, he is forced to decide just how far his commitment goes to the Sprouts motto 'Duty First'.

Written and Directed by filmmaker Hugo Perez, Seed stars LAB Theatre Company's Yul Vazquez (Che, John Sayles upcoming Baryo) and fellow LAB member Julian Acosta (Castle, The Mentalist), and introduces audiences to Sebastian Villada, one of the stars of 2009 festival favorite Entre Nos. The score for Seed was composed by award-winning composer/musician Peter Scherer, a frequent collaborator of Laurie Anderson, and edited by Academy Award Nominee Tim Sternberg.

Ingrid Rojas
NALIPster field produced story for CNN Heroes

NALIP member Ingrid Rojas (LPA 2003) field produced a story in Colombia for CNN Heroes, which is now available for viewing online. The segment is about Luis Soriano, 38, a primary school teacher who spends his free time operating a "biblioburro," a mobile library on donkeys that offers reading education for hundreds of children living in what he describes as "abandoned regions" in the Colombian state of Magdalena. Watch the segment online here.


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