Latinos In The Industry

Opening Screening for NALIP 2010: Special Sneak Preview of Rodrigo Garcia's Mother and Child

On Friday, April 9, the NALIP 2010 conference is proud to host a special sneak preview of the Toronto/Sundance hit Mother and Child, written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Rodrigo Garcia! Only for registered conference attendees, this is special screening of a touching drama from Sony Pictures Classic before its release on May 7! Film will be followed by a Q&A with special guests, filmmaker Rodrigo Garcia, actress Elpidia Carrillo and other members of the cast.

The film is about three women's lives that share a common core: they have all been profoundly affected by adoption. KAREN (Annette Bening) had a baby at 14, gave her up at birth, and has been haunted ever since by the daughter she never knew. ELIZABETH (Naomi Watts) grew up as an adopted child; she's a bright and ambitious lawyer, but a flinty loner in her personal life. LUCY (Kerry Washington) is just embarking with her husband on the adoption odyssey, looking for a baby to become their own.

Don't miss out on this unique opportunity during the NALIP 2010 conference! Register today at

INDUSTRY INSIGHTS: Money, Money, Money!

By Marvin V. Acuna

"All the things I could do
If I had a little money"

My hallucination suggests that all of you reading this have a simple goal... make a living as a professional screenwriter.

And though many would say that discussing finances is rude, I feel strongly compelled to do just that... address the screenwriter's finances. I feel that it would be inappropriate, if not irresponsible, not to do so, in fact.

Here we go. Ready?

The following is inspired by a true story (I have intentionally omitted specific names).

At the beginning of 2008, a screenwriter's spec script that I represented, along with a major agency, was introduced to an executive at a major production company. This particular entity wielded significant clout at the studio.

The executive responded favorably to the spec, and requested a sit down with the writer. About a month later, the executive phoned to inform us that an idea had developed internally and they felt the aforementioned writer would be ideal to execute it. They wished to discuss the idea; a meeting was set immediately.

Following the meeting, the writer was asked to draft a detailed treatment on how he would execute the idea. It should be noted that this was to be done on spec.

The treatment was developed extensively, with the guidance and direction of the executive. There were many drafts. Every draft was written on spec.

Four months into 2008, the executive was thoroughly satisfied with the final draft... of the treatment. At this point he committed to enthusiastically introduce the treatment and the writer's spec sample to his boss. You read that correctly. The boss had yet to read the screenwriter's sample. Not uncommon.


Deadline Approaching: New York International Latino Film Festival

The New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) returns for its 11th year bigger and better than ever, calling for submissions for the premier Latino film festival in the country, running from Tuesday, August 3 through Sunday, August 8, 2010 at the Clearview Chelsea Cinemas (260 West 23rd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues) and the School of Visual Arts Theater (333 West 23rd Street between 8th and 9th Avenues). NYILFF is presented by HBO.

Film submissions will be accepted at beginning now. Regular Submission deadline: March 19, 2010; and, Final Submission deadline: April 2, 2010. Filmmakers are invited to submit shorts, features, documentaries as well as video work.

  Study: Minorities Watch More TV
(Hispanic Business) - In general, however, black and Hispanic children spend far more time with media, especially television and video games, than white children do, according to a new Kaiser Family Foundation study. FULL STORY

Our Family Wedding Review
(The Austin Chronicle) - Our Family Wedding (starring America Ferrera, Forest Whitaker, Carlos Mencia, Regina King, Lance Gross, Diana-Maria Riva, Lupe Ontiveros, Anjelah Johnson) is a formulaic wedding comedy about mismatched families, but thanks to several appealing performances this rote exercise turns out better than most. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

VP Foreign Licensing & Domestic TV Sales
Full service motion picture distribution and production company focusing on Latino themed and multicultural product in the US and International market is seeking a Vice President of Foreign Licensing & Domestic Television Sales. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Exec. VP Home Entertainment
Full service motion picture distribution and production company focusing on Latino themed and multicultural product in the US and International market is seeking a new Home Entertainment Executive Vice President. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Production Assistants
Webisode pilot for upcoming Latino Entertainment Content site produced by David Salzman (Mad TV) and directed by Rick Najera (Nothing Like the Holidays, Latinolouges) is looking for some Production Assistants and Interns (paid and unpaid). FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

From the Editor
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NALIP 2010: Dates and Deadlines YOU Need to Know!!

We're just four weeks away from our annual conference. You will NOT want to miss these upcoming deadlines!!

Thursday, March 11th: Student Pre-Registration Ends!

Students: sign-up today and save $35, before rates go up when the Last Chance Student Registration Rate kicks in!!

March 15th: Hotel Scholarship Deadline

Hotel Scholarships are still being awarded, and we still have a few remaining! Apply today for the chance to have NALIP cover part of your hotel stay at the gorgeous Loews, right on the beach in Santa Monica, and at the center of all the action. This is your chance to bunk with a fellow NALIP 2010er!

March 19th: Conference Pre-Registration Rate Ends!!

If you have not registered for the conference yet, YOU HAVE ONE WEEK LEFT BEFORE THE LAST CHANCE REGISTRATION RATE KICKS IN! Rates really go up. But register now and save $50!

March 26: HBO's "Art of the Fiction Short" Submission Deadline!!

Not signed-up for a preconference event yet? Take a look at HBO's "Art of the Fiction Short." This intimate in-depth session is open to anyone registered for the conference, but you must be selected to attend. Don't miss this chance to look at the elements of a successful fiction short with HBO executive Greg Rhem, and get insider information on how the NYLIFF and other short film competitions select their winners. Craft the best calling card for yourself: sign up online, and then be sure to submit your brief writing requirement for an invitation.

April 5th: Student Registration/Last Chance Registration Closes!!

This is it - the last chance to sign up for the networking event of the year!! Register by April 5th or miss out on this jam-packed weekend of plenaries and conversations, workshops and networking events, keynotes with Soledad O'Brien and Clint Culpepper, plus a sneak preview screening of Rodrigo Garcia's Mother and Child starring Samuel L. Jackson and Naomi Watts!

April 5th: NALIP 2010 Actorfest Studio!!

Register now for NALIP 2010 and attend Actorfest for FREE! Or - attend Actorfest alone by registering for $20/$10 for SAG and AFTRA members. After April 5th, onsite Actorfest registration jumps to $30! -- SIGN UP NOW!! --

Take advantage of the best deals and opportunties! Visit for more details!

Laura Varela
NALIPster's LPA doc premiering at SDLFF

NALIP member Laura Varela's 2003 LPA documentary As Long As I Remember: American Veteranos will premiere at the San Diego Latino Film Festival on Thursday, March 18, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. at the Ultra Star Mission Valley Cinemas.

At the height of the Vietnam War, Mexican Americans and Latino's only made up 10% of the nation's population, nevertheless they suffered 20% of the casualties in Vietnam. The soldier/warrior tradition is a big part of Chicano culture and continues today in our current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. This film examines the personal legacy, memories and healing of the Vietnam war and asks the question, "Does a soldier, his family and community ever really heal from the wounds of war?"

Produced and Directed by San Antonio filmmaker Laura Varela and Producer, Fernando S. Cano II, the documentary chronicles the experiences of three South Texas Vietnam-era veterans who are also artists: visual artist Juan Farias, author Michael Rodriguez and poet/performance artist Eduardo Garza. The film takes the audience through the lives of the artists and their families: growing up in the Mexican American community, their military service in Vietnam, and their lives after the war - and examines the role art plays in the sorting of sometimes painful memories. Laura Varela and Michael Rodriguez will attend the screening.

This film is funded by Humanities Texas, Latino Public Broadcasting (part of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting) and the San Antonio Office of Cultural Affairs. Additional support provided by the Southwest Alternate Media Project, Houston, Texas. The film will broadcast nationally on PBS stations in fall of 2010 offered through American Public Television.


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