Latinos In The Industry

Want to network with an industry insider??

NALIP 2010 brings you "IndieLink: In The Room With...," a program that provide you with the opportunity to meet representatives from Scripps Network, the WGA, Mun2, ABC-Disney, CBS, LPB, NBC/Universal, Fox, and more!! Sign-up now for sessions as part of your registration to the NALIP 2010 Conference.

IndieLink is a series of small group roundtable meetings with prominent industry professionals. Each table will consist of 5-10 people who will have 30-45 minutes to network with the executive of their choice, learn about the companies or organizations or programs, and get to know them. IndieLink is NOT a pitch session, but it is a great opportunity to meet and speak face-to-face with a seasoned professional.

You may sign up for up to up TWO meetings of your choice. After you've decided on the sessions you'd like to be considered for, log into your NALIP 2010 account at and enter your e-mail and password in the upper right-hand corner. Then select the IndieLink option from the Registration Summary page (Tab 5). Please select only two sessions! If more than two sessions are selected, only the first two selections will be considered.

Sign up for IndieLink now, you have through April 5th. There are a limited number of spots available and those spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis! Don't wait!!

Please forward any IndieLink questions to Alison Sotomayor at

We look forward to seeing you at NALIP 2010! Register today pre-registration ends March 19!!

Call for Entries: The Good Pitch @ Silverdocs

AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival today announced the return of The Good Pitch @ Silverdocs. The Good Pitch is a one-day forum set to take place during the Festival (June 22-27, 2010), bringing together specially selected foundations, NGOs, social entrepreneurs and broadcasters to maximize the impact of social-issue documentary. Eight filmmaking teams pitch their projects and associated outreach campaigns with the aim of creating a unique coalition around each film to accelerate its impact and influence.

The Good Pitch @ Silverdocs will be held on Wednesday, June 23, 2010 and is now accepting applications through Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at:

AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival will be the second stop on The Good Pitch's 2010 North America Tour. The Good Pitch made its North American debut in 2009, and AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs was one of three destinations to host the forum.

"The Good Pitch @ Silverdocs in 2009 resulted in numerous tangible creative and business connections, and was among the many highlights of the AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs International Documentary Conference which runs concurrently with the festival," said Sky Sitney, AFI/Discovery Channel Silverdocs Artistic Director. "As the largest gathering of documentary filmmakers in the United States, we're excited to host this accomplished pitching forum for a second year."

In 2009, Art Stevens of the Calvert Foundation made a dramatic on-the-spot pledge of $10,000 towards production funding for GREEN SHALL OVERCOME and the team received a further $25,000 grant from the National Black Programming Consortium after their presentation. Another film, BUDRUS, secured Sundance completion funds before enjoying a World Premiere at the Dubai International Film Festival.

"We are pleased to bring the Good Pitch back to AFI-Discovery Channel SILVERDOCS, particularly given that the DC area is home to so many of the organizations that participate in Good Pitch," said Jess Search, Chief Executive of the Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation. "We are looking for documentary film projects which tackle important global and national issues and enhance our understanding of the world."

The Good Pitch @ Silverdocs is aimed at directors and producers of any nationality with an ambition to work in partnership to harness the power of documentary to create positive change. In keeping with the mission of the AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival, the Good Pitch supports the diversity and free expression of independent storytellers and is interested in reaching out to filmmakers from traditionally under-represented communities. Given the proximity of the festival to Capitol Hill, the Good Pitch is particularly interested in projects that speak to the many government agencies and lobby groups situated in the area.

The Good Pitch is a project of The Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation in partnership with the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program. It is made possible by The Fledgling Fund, Chicken & Egg Pictures, Tides Foundation and anonymous donors, with campaign development for filmmakers provided by Working Films.

"Good Pitch in North America has attracted hundreds of documentary project applications from established and emerging filmmakers over the five events held so far. It is becoming a must-attend event for a range of stakeholders across the documentary and social issue fields," said Cara Mertes, Director of the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program.

Call for Applications: Open Internet Reporting Fellowships

NOTE: NALIP and Latinos In The Industry will commit to publish any accepted story by a NALIPster, as your community media outlet (email once you have completed the application form). So give it a try!

The G.W. Williams Center for Independent Journalism and New America Media are calling for journalists working in ethnic and community media to apply for the Open Internet Reporting Fellowship. The fellows will produce a story, or a series of stories, documenting and explaining the threats to an open Internet and the impact on the communities served by fellows' respective outlets.

Each fellow will submit a proposal outlining an in-depth or investigative story or series of stories she or he intends to pursue, as well as a signed agreement by his or her publisher/producer to run the story or stories in their ethnic/community media outlet.

Applications Due: April 2, 2010, 5 PM PDT
Click here to download the Fellowship Application

Fellows will receive assistance as needed with research, reporting and producing their stories.

NAM will disseminate stories produced by the fellows to ethnic and mainstream media partners and nonprofit collaborators through NAM's news wire. The G.W. Williams Center will also distribute the stories through independent media as well as its nonprofit partners.

All stories must be edited and approved by project editors before publication/broadcast and must be completed by June 30, 2010.

Fellows will receive a $500 stipend once the story or series has been published or aired.

For more information contact Linda Jue, director and executive editor, G.W. Williams Center for Independent Journalism: 415/321-1733 or

  Jimmy Smits to Headline Legal Drama Pilot
(The Hollywood Reporter) - Jimmy Smits is set to star in and co-executive produce NBC's untitled John Eisendrath drama pilot, which centers on a by-the-book Supreme Court Justice (Smits) who excuses himself from the bench to go into private practice and fight constitutional injustices. FULL STORY

IndieGoGo Teams With Distribber
(indieWIRE) - IndieGoGo, a fundraising platform, has announced its acquisition of Distribber, a digital distribution service, to offer filmmakers a full range of tools for project execution - from funding to distribution. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Casting: Latina Women for TV Pilot
A reality TV show is looking for very attractive Latina women in Los Angeles, 20-26 years old, who live the "L.A. lifestyle." FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Experimental Video Editors (NYC)
The Rada Film Group seeks 5 NYC-based editor / multimedia artists skilled in Final Cut Pro to create a series of 2-4 minute experimental video clips for use in a new media / multimedia installation / trailer. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

From the Editor
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SPECIAL REMINDER: The 2010 Latino Writers Lab™ application deadline is Wed., Mar. 24! Apply now!

Have a movie idea but need help putting it down on paper??

Good news: there are still a few spots available for the NALIP 2010 workshop "15 Hours from Story Concept to Script Outline" with Harrison Reiner.

This workshop is an intensive designed to help each writer emerge with a solid outline or pitch synopsis that will be the blueprint for their screenplay. All work is done with a view to developing a shootable and/or saleable motion picture screenplay.

If you would like to apply, you must be registered for NALIP 2010, then submit the following materials:
1. One page resume
2. Five "pitches" - story ideas in 3 sentences (maximum!)
3. 20 page writing sample

Email an electronic copy to by March 26.

Take advantage of this opportunity to get one-on-one help on your next script with award winning writer/producer Harrison Reiner!

Visit for more details!

Monica Winter Vigil & Erica Engelhardt
NALIPsters' short having U.S. premiere at Cleveland Int. Film Fest.

Director/producer Monica Winter Vigil (LWL 2008, LPA 2008) and producer Erica Engelhardt (LPA 2008) are having the U.S. Premiere of their short film Not Even Death at the Cleveland International Film Festival on Friday, March 19 at 11:30pm (Midnight Shorts Program #1). Both have just returned from the Clermont-Ferrand International Film Festival in France where their short was selected to play out of nearly 5,000 international submissions. NALIP members Francisco Bulgarelli (cinematographer) and Jasmine Colon (LPA editor 2008, 2009) also worked on the film.

Monica will also be participating on the There Will be Sangre: The Business of Latin Horror panel on Friday, April 9 at the NALIP 2010 conference!

The film is a dramatic horror short that turns the conventional zombie genre upside down. In it, a man who keeps his undead wife chained in the basement, desperately searching for any spark of humanity left in her. Watch the trailer and learn more at:

Nicolas Entel
NALIPster's doc wins at Miami Int. Film Fest.

Filmmaker and 2010 Estela Award winner for Documentary film Nicolas Entel won both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award in the documentary competition at the 27th Miami International Film Festival for his feature Sins of My Father. The film is the incredible story of Pablo Escobar, the infamous boss of Colombia’s Medellin drug cartel, told for the very first time by his son, Sebastian and his widow Maria Isabel Santos.

Pablo Escobar, Colombia's most brutal drug lord, was shot down in Medellin in 1993. In an attempt to escape a dubious legacy, his son Juan fled to Argentina and changed his name to Sebastian Marroquin, assuming a new identity and a new life. Years later, this same son finally comes forward to tell his notorious father's story. With heartfelt honesty, he describes growing up loving a man who was his country's chief enemy, and details times of extraordinary extravagance and other times on the run. Sebastian also unlocks the family vaults to share private and long hidden archives and requests a meeting with the sons of two prominent Colombian political leaders, who were among hundreds of enemies his father had killed. Filmmaker Nicolas Entel captures the powerful and historic moment when Escobar's eldest faces his victim's sons in an attempt to heal wounds and break an ongoing cycle of revenge and assassination.

Federico Chavez-Blanco
NALIPster scores American Veteranos

NAILP member Federico Chavez-Blanco scored the film As Long As I Remember: American Veteranos, premiering at the San Diego Latino Film Festival on March 18 at 6:00. Federico Chavez uses a mixture of folk instruments, Tejano accordion, sounds and rythms of the chicano movement blended with electronic score to support the narrative of the film, which examines the personal legacy, memories and healing of the Vietnam war. Visit to hear music from the film.


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