Latinos In The Industry

Navigating HBO Sessions!!

Don't miss the following great panels and workshops April 9-10 in Santa Monica, brought to NALIP 2010 by HBO. As our long-time partner and presenting sponsor, HBO provides conference attendees with unique access and insider information on the philosophy and opportunities available at the network.

Join us first on Friday, April 9 for It's HBO - A Conversation With HBO Development Executives with HBO films vice president Jenni Sherwood, HBO entertainment drama series vice president Jocelyn Diaz, and HBO documentary films executive Greg Rhem. As you know, HBO's critically acclaimed and award winning programming is unwavering in its ability to engage audiences with irreverence and excellence. Whether it's a new series, an HBO Film, or documentary programming, HBO delivers content to their viewer that can simply and distinctly be described as "It's HBO." HBO will host a conversation with senior level original programming executives who will share insights on HBO's creative and development process. The session will offer an interactive dialogue that addresses how filmmakers best present projects to HBO, as well as how the HBO model and process differ from other distribution outlets developing and acquiring projects. Don't miss the opportunity to gain knowledge of how content is selected and evaluated, as well as the best approach and project pitch for the network.

On Saturday, you will have a chance to go into depth with Greg Rhem as he presents Anatomy of a Documentary with Sundance/Miami Film Festival award winner Nicolas Entel. Together, through a candid discussion of Sins of My Father, they will dive into the elements of structure and composition that define a strong documentary film. Their discussion will focus on how to create a documentary that makes an impact with audiences and distributors, following our Estela Award-winning filmmaker's journey through all of the phases that play a role in bringing a great documentary to life.

And you still have an opportunity to apply for our special pre-conference workshop on The Art of the Fiction Short, Friday morning, April 9, This intimate workshop for 25 filmmakers, to explore the key elements of a compelling and entertaining narrative short - one that showcases unique style, talent, and point of view. Greg Rhem will show great examples, give pointers on script development, and provide the inside scoop on how contests like HBO's select award-winning projects to fund and broadcast. You can still apply for this workshop through this Friday, March 26! Just be registered for the conference, and visit the NALIP 2010 Advance Signup Programs page for details!

INDUSTRY INSIGHTS: Why I am Encouraged and Excited...

Jeff Lipsky, co-founder of the late October Films with Bingham Ray, is returning to film distribution. As was reported by Anne Thompson last week, he feels, the "theatrical business is flourishing." IndieWIRE asked him to share his views as he returns to releasing.

Why am I encouraged and excited about the future and potential profitability of independently produced films, independently distributed? Why am I returning to the fold? What is the most important responsibility of a distributor-for-hire? Some thoughts.

(N.B. Although I've been following, studying, and doing a bit of research about the potential of independent films in the marketplace for over thirty years, I feel I have carte blanche to throw out any facts and figures I want and not have to prove it, since New Media numbers --as well as DVD revenue figures--are as classified and protected from public view as nuclear launch N. Korea! Yet New Media acolytes and zealots are trying to persuade people that the future is now. Okay, I want to know just how much an independent filmmaker receives from his or her distributor from the amount the distributor receives from Redbox for a $ .99 rental of his or her film. What, you don't know? Shocking. And that's just for starters. What is the solution? How can we encourage more transparency about New Media numbers, from operators and filmmakers alike? One way is to continue to embrace theatrical.)

1) My number one job as a distributor-for-hire is to run a collection agency.

My job is to return as much theatrical film rental, gross film rental, that is, to the filmmaker/producer/investor as possible. It's not to attend film festivals where your film appears, it is not to host premieres (nor should independent films squander limited resources on such vanity cash-sucks), and it is especially not to vacate the premises after your film moves on to DVD and I move onto another film. It is to be a bag man. It's not glamorous but I pride myself at recognizing the need to return your money with great alacrity, especially when it sometimes takes years to receive your share of the pie from DVD companies, from MSOs, and from VOD and PPV revenues, from legal downloads and streaming scheming. Theatrical money comes first, it comes without third party deductions (at least when you deal with me), and you should be able to bank it as soon as possible. Should there (ever) be any debate about that?

2) All new distribution platforms (with the possible quirky exception of movie downloads to laptops and PDAs) fall under the heading of "home entertainment."

And, one after another, they all tend to cannibalize each other. Only one unique, specific form of viewing filmed entertainment has proven immune (at least since the introduction of broadcast television)--going out to see a movie in a movie theatre.


Deadline Approaching: Film Independent's Project:Involve

Project:Involve is Film Independent's signature diversity program, dedicated to increasing diversity in the film industry by cultivating the careers of under-represented filmmakers. The program, which runs from October through June, selects filmmakers from diverse backgrounds and filmmaking tracks. During the nine-months, the Fellows are paired one-on-one with a mentor from the film industry, assigned to a team to make a short film incorporating a given theme, and attend monthly filmmaking workshops and other educational seminars.

2011 Application Deadline: March 29, 2010
For details and application information visit the Project:Involve webpage


Filmmaker Del Toro to Give 'Hobbit' New Look
(AP) - One of Peter Jackson's frequent collaborators says the "Lord of the Rings" director passed the torch to Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro to give the trilogy's two-part prequel, "The Hobbit," a fresh look. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Crew Interns for Feature Film
A non-union feature film shooting in Burbank, North Hollywood and Riverside starting in May/June is seeking interns for several crew positions. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Female Actors for Feature Film
A non-union feature film shooting in Burbank, North Hollywood and Riverside starting in May/June is casting two females roles. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

From the Editor
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Last Chance to Apply for the 2010 Latino Writers Lab

This is an inspiring, creative 10-day program that will alter your writing process, inspire your current project, and nurture your unique voice as you develop a new feature screenplay.

In its eighth year, the Latino Writers Lab offers top-level skills development, as well as specific one-on-one mentoring of your work-in-progress as though you were hired by an executive or under option by a producer. Add to this intimate workshop lunches that give you invaluable, useful information for your career or your process. As you know, this is not a program for beginning writers. But it is one that can develop a treatment (if you have a prior completed screenplay) or a rough draft into something you can promote or sell. One of our LWL Fellows just went into production on his project, with him as the director!!

This program is taught in 2 sections. First, all Fellows are hosted in the beautiful Hotel Santa Fe, May 19 - 23. With the techniques and specific notes you receive during that long weekend, you will have ample ideas to rewrite your screenplay over the summer. When we meet again in September, you'll be in Santa Monica where we will share scene structure and rewriting strategies, plus give you a new set of notes on the script.

Postmark deadline is Wednesday, March 24! So...Get your stuff together. Last chance to join us in 2010!!! Visit for more details!

Daniel Hamuy
NALIPster composes song for Chayanne's new album

Composer, music producer and NALIP LPA mentor Daniel Hamuy composed a song "No Hay Imposibles" for Latin star Chayanne's recently released album, which shares a name with the title of his song. The CD made its debut at number 1 in Billboard Latin album chart, number 1 in Latin Pop and number 23 in the Billboards 200. The album just turned Gold in the US, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia and Venezuela.

In addition, Daniel has recently composed original music for the following projects:
- Award winning short film The Outlaw, Emmett Deemus and the Porno Queen (directed by NALIP mentor Alex Ferrari [LPA 2006] and DP by mentor Ricardo Gale), winner of best comedy and best director at Melbourne International Film Festival and winner of best short and best director at Palm Beach International FIlm Festival.
- Short film Fallen Hero, directed by NALIP member Marco Santiago (LPA. LWL) to be world premiered on April 10th at Phoenix film festival and selected for Nalipsters in view for the 2010 NALIP's conference.
- Documentary Alumni Bike Race directed by Jake Alba
- Short film-webisode News from Afar directed by NALIPster Shawna Baca.

Recently Daniel was working in Scooby Doo 3, The Mystery Begins in the recording vocals sessions for the film.

Esau Melendez
NALIPster's film wins 2010 Cine Latino Award, screening in Chicago next

Immigrant Nation!: The Battle for the Dream, by Latino filmmaker and NALIP member Esau Melendez (LMM 2010), was awarded the 2010 Cine Latino Award at the DC Independent Film Festival. The next stop for the film is the Chicago Latino Film Festival, where it will have three screenings: Sunday April 18th at 4pm, Friday April 23th at 9:45pm, and Wednesday April 28th at 6:30pm. The festival will be at CLFF - Landmark's Century Centre Cinema, 2828 N. Clark Street. Click here for details.

Carolina Moraes-Liu
NALIPster's film wins on the festival circuit

NALIP member Carolina Moraes-Liu's film Ebony Goddess: Queen of Ilê Aiyê premiered at the San Diego Black Film Festival and received the Best Diaspora Award. The film was also shown at the Pan African Film Festival and was nominated for Best Short Documentary. And yesterday the film won the Corazon Award for Best Short Documentary at the San Diego Latino Film Festival.

The film will be shown next at the Women's International Film Festival in Miami (April 1), the Chicago Latino Film Festival, the San Francisco Women's Film Festival (April 10) and Cine Las Americas.

Ebony Goddess: Queen of Ilê Aiyê follows three women competing to be the carnival queen of Ilê Aiyê, a prominent and controversial Afro-Brazilian group with an all-black membership. The selection is based on Afro-centric notions of beauty, in counterpoint to prevailing standards of beauty in Brazil, a country famous for slim supermodels and plastic surgery. Contestants for the title of Ebony Goddess dress in flowing African-style garments, gracefully performing traditional Afro-Brazilian dances to songs praising the beauty of black women.


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