Latinos In The Industry

Luncheon Keynotes Speakers Announced for NALIP 2010 Conference

NALIP 2010 begins at lunch on Friday, April 9 with an interview you will not want to miss. CNN's Soledad O'Brien, fresh from her in-depth reporting in Haiti and her "Latino in America" series, will do a conversation with the only Latina producer to exceed $1 billion in box office. Elizabeth Avellan of Troublemaker Studios looks to increase the revenues to her credit by a significant amount in 2010: she has two blockbusters due out this summer from Fox, Predators and Machete. Come hear these two extraordinary Latinas discuss their perspective on our industry, our standing as a community, and what's really working as we launch our 11th national conference.

Saturday's keynote lunch speaker will be no less provocative. Screen Gems president Clint Culpepper joins us to discuss the Sony Pictures specialty division that has become one of the most consistent and successful studio-operated labels in the film industry under his leadership. Through a keen eye for talent, a major commitment to genre films, and consistent representation of minorities and urban settings, Clint has shepherded 4-6 films each year from last year's Obsessed with Beyonce Knowles to Legion with Tyrese Gibson to romantic drama Dear John. Come hear his unique vantage on our business and its future, which includes his upcoming remake of Straw Dogs, Stomp the Yard 2 and Sniper: Reloaded.

You only get to hear these inspiring people and network with their colleagues if you are registered for the conference. So do it now: register for NALIP 2010 before pre-registration ends on Friday, March 19! Last chance to grab a hotel reservation at the NALIP rate, too: that ends at midnight on March 19, as well! **We're not kidding!! Do it Today.**

15th Annual Imagen Career Conference, March 27

Are you looking to get into the entertainment industry? Have you been laid off and want to know your options? Do you want to network with entertainment industry representatives?

Then, you need to attend the 15th Annual Imagen Career Conference on Saturday, March 27th from 8:30AM-4PM. This event will help you with job searches, what makes a good what resume, and how to use social networking to find a job. In addition, there will be speakers talking about the future industry jobs. Don't miss out!

You must register in advance to attend! The fee is $10 for this all day event.

We invite you to come and spend the day networking and to become well informed on the future of the industry and the careers that are evolving in this age of new technology. Click here to register online.

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.


Scribe, Producer to Make Cesar Chavez biopic
(The Hollywood Reporter) - Screenwriter Keir Pearson and Larry Meli have optioned life rights to make a biopic about civil-rights activist and labor organizer Cesar Chavez. Pearson, who will write the feature screenplay, is producing with Meli for Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna's Mexico-based Canana Films. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Casting: Women for "Model Latina" on SiTV
We're looking for 15 stylish, smart and sophisticated Latinas who are 18-28 and want to represent their community and compete for cash and prizes, exposure on national TV, a contract with a top modeling agency, and an pportunity to be a Sí TV host. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

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Lots of Deadlines Approaching: NALIP 2010 Pre-registration ends Friday! Hotel discount rate ends Friday! Latino Writers Lab deadline March 24!

Freestyle Love Supreme to perform at NALIP 2010 Gala, Saturday, April 10!

From two of the creators of the 2008 Tony Award-winning musical In The Heights comes FREESTYLE LOVE SUPREME. This group of artists is made up of five performers who have been called "Masters in the art of freestyle rhyme" by The New York Times!

Now the masters will be at NALIP 2010, as entertainers and hosts of the conference gala evening. From underground theaters and the improv scene comes a new kind of performance by CJack, UTK, Two Touch, and Shockwave.

You won't want to miss this group: they have performed at the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival, the HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, the Melbourne Comedy Festival, Paramount Comedy UK, and the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. Now they come to Santa Monica and Navigating in a Sea of Change just for attendees of the NALIP conference, as we celebrate our outstanding and lifetime achievement award winners, plus our rising star Estela grantees.

If you register - you attend the gala for just $25. If you already registered and still want a ticket, buy one today to guarantee a place. And you can bring a companion for $100. Don't miss the action, the fun, the creation. All at the NALIP 2010 Gala Dinner on Saturday, April 10!!!

Francisco Bello
Doc produced and edited by NALIPster wins at SXSW

War Don Don, directed by Rebecca Richman Cohen and produced and edited by NALIP member and Oscar Nominee Francisco Bello (LPA 2007), won the Special Jury Prize for Documentary Features at the 2010 SXSW Film Festival.

With unprecedented access behind the lines at an international war crimes tribunal, War Don Don is a fascinating courtroom drama beautifully crafted by a team of Oscar and Emmy Nominated filmmakers.

Prosecutors say Issa Sesay is a war criminal, guilty of crimes against humanity. His defenders say he is a reluctant fighter who protected civilians and played a crucial role in bringing peace. In Sierra Leone, the war is over, but a sensational trial begins.

Monika Navarro
NALIPster's doc Lost Souls airing on Independent Lens

Filmmaker and NALIP member Monika Navarro was 21 years old when she began making a film about her uncle Gino, who was deported from the U.S. and died in Tijuana, where he was buried in an unmarked grave. Two months later, her uncle Augie was also deported; both had been legal U.S. residents, military veterans - and drug addicts. As filming progresses, Navarro uncovers a family history that embodies the best and worst of the relationship between the U.S. and Mexico. But, as she says early in the film, "I found myself also telling a different story - about the kind of exile that has nothing to do with the government." A universal story about the powerful bonds that hold families together through disappointments and broken promises, Lost Souls will premiere on the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens on Tuesday, March 23rd at 10 PM (check local listings).

Lost Souls moves from idyllic Southern California, where the filmmaker's Mexican-American family has lived for more than four decades, to Mexico, piecing together the tragic events that lead to her uncles' deportations. Her camera in tow, Navarro interviews her mother, uncles and cousins and opens a Pandora's box of family secrets. Raised by a single mother, she reconnects with her absent father and slowly pieces together an epic story about an immigrant family with a dark history of abuse, addiction and abandonment as well as achievement and strength. Compelling and honest, Lost Souls introduces viewers to a remarkable family, willing to confront the secrets of its past and find ways to accept, forgive and forge ahead.

To learn more about the film, and the issues involved, visit the companion website for Lost Souls (Animas Perdidas). Get detailed information on the film, watch preview clips, read an interview with the filmmaker, and explore the subject in depth with links and resources. The site also features a Talkback section where viewers can share their ideas and opinions.

Lost Souls (Animas Perdidas) will be available for purchase from PBS Home Video.


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