Latinos In The Industry

NALIP's 2010 Latino Writers Lab™ is Now Accepting Applications!

The Latino Writers Lab™ is a unique program for NALIP members who aspire to work as professional screenwriters and who want to develop a strong, viable screenplay for production or sale. It includes skills development by professional instructors, direct mentoring of your work-in-progress by writer/mentors, and workshop lunches on various legal, guild, and industry matters. This program is not for beginning writers. Only 12 - 15 experienced writers will be selected to participate in the 10-day intensive lab. The first five-day session and seminar will be conducted in Santa Fe, New Mexico May 19 - 23, beginning on Wednesday evening with an orientation and screening.

In its eighth year, the Latino Writers Lab offers the opportunity to develop your story or script if it is written either in English or Spanish! You must be fluent in English, however, for all morning sessions, screenings, and professional lunches with instructors and executives. Individual projects written in Spanish will be analyzed and mentored by Spanish-speaking professionals.

All projects accepted for and mentored during the Spring seminar must be developed and rewritten during the Summer of 2010 prior to the start of the second phase of the program. The second five-day Fall seminar will be held in Santa Monica, California, in late September. Completed scripts (first drafts based on workshop treatments or polished drafts following mentorship and development input during the spring seminar) must be submitted for review by Tuesday September 7, 2010.

In the Spring, morning sessions will cover writing principles that make your script more exciting and moving, while simplifying the difficult job of transforming an idea into an unforgettable piece of cinema. Afternoon sessions include detailed discussion of your work with mentors and peers. Evenings include screenings of successful feature films, which are then analyzed in detail to support your writing and development process.

In the Fall, morning sessions afford each writer detailed work on dramatic scenes, using examples from Latino Writers Lab screenplays to hone writers' skills for revising the basic building blocks of all film and television scripts. Afternoon meetings include specific discussion of your screenplay during in-depth mentoring sessions.

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Applications MUST be post marked by Wednesday March 24, 2010 - Notification by April 28 All out-of-state writers will be provided with lodging at the Hotel Santa Fe during the SPRING session. A limited number of Hotel scholarships will be available for the FALL session in Santa Monica. Travel is the responsibility of the Fellows.

Call for Applications: PLIE Diversity Actor Workshop

Applications are now being accepted for PLIE's 2010 Diversity Actor Workshop, proudly sponsored by The Walt Disney Company in association with The Americas Theatre Arts Foundation. Study with Hollywood Casting Dir., Director and Acting Coach Risa Bramon Garcia (Speed, JFK, CSI NY, CSI Miami, and more) and Jason Pace, Innovative Acting Coach, Actor/Director (Series Regular "Girlfriends," Children's Creative Center creator, Yale Drama). Also meet and greet with a Hollywood Agent/Manager.

Professional Latinos In Entertainment is selecting 10-15 talented actors of diverse backgrounds to attend a very special workshop and study their craft with A-list Casting Director and Coach who helped start the careers of stars such as Sandra Bullock.

Improve your audition skills and become a force in the room. Challenge yourself as an actor from the inside out, get inspired, and learn from one of the best casting directors and coaches and talented actor/coach in the business. Only a selected group will attend this prestigious workshop

Workshop is targeted for last week of February (date subject to change). Those selected will receive an all expense-paid workshop with Risa Bramon Garcia, Jason Pace, and special agent/manager guest, including all materials and PLIE's personal guidance. Lunch and snacks will be provided

Last Day To Apply by email or receive material: Thursday Before Workshop Weekend (Dates subject to change)

Log-on to and view "Actors Workshop" for updates and dates to Apply now!


Park City Hangovers
(The Hollywood Reporter) - Memories of Sundance may be fading away, but deals for many of its titles are only beginning to gear up. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Freelancers to Work on Sony Trailers
Sr. AV producer at Sony Online Entertainment is seeking freelance editors and motion graphic designers for video game play trailers, online ads and TV commercials. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Paid Internship at Production Company (NYC)
Lion Television, one of the most successful independent production companies in the US and UK, is seeking a full-time paid intern for our growing New York office. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

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Latino Media Market Application Deadline Feb. 13!

Time is running out to apply for the Latino Media Market™ at NALIP 2010! Visit the LMM webpage for details and an application, and don't miss the Feb. 13 postmark deadline.

Exciting Opportunities for Writers at Upcoming NALIP Conference

Writers - Need help Pinpointing the Themes of your Story? Have a Great Movie Concept and Need help Getting it Started?

NALIP 2010: Navigating in a Sea of Change presents a special session with award winning playwright, novelist and screenwriter Josefina López and a special intensive workshop with award winning writer/producer Harrison Reiner. Josefina's is before the conference. Harrison's is 15 hours concurrent with other breakout sessions. Both are part of the great opportunities available as part of your NALIP 2010 conference registration. But you have to sign up or apply in advance!!

"Getting to the Heart of the Story" with Josefina López

This is a unique two-hour story workshop that will help writers clarify the themes of their life that translate into the themes in their stories. Get to know yourself from the inside out, and see how easy it is to write stories when you know what your spirit and heart want to express!!

Space is limited to the first 25 conference attendees who apply (half the spaces have already been reserved). But all other applicants will be placed on a waiting list. Register for the NALIP 2010 conference and reserve your spot!!

Josefina López is best known for authoring the play and coauthoring the film Real Women Have Curves. She is the founder of "Casa 0101Theater Art Space" in Boyle Heights where she teaches screenwriting and playwriting and nurtures a new generation of artists.

"15 Hours from Story Concept to Script Outline" with Harrison Reiner

In this intensive workshop, Mr. Reiner selects the most viable and dynamic concepts submitted by each invited writer, and then works with the writer to "break" their story: developing the story's characters and working out the logic, beats, and tone of the screenplay. The workshop is intended 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.

The top 10-12 submissions will be selected for this intensive 15-hour workshop, scheduled Friday evening, and Saturday during the breakout sessions. For addition details and requirements for applying, visit our advance sign-up page.

Mr. Reiner is producer and co-writer of Amar a Morir. He is a staff story analyst for CBS Cable TV Series, and has been a screenwriting lecturer at the UCLA School of Film and Television, UC Santa Barbara, and the Scottish Film Academy in Scotland.

In addition to these workshops, NALIP 2010 will also have a writing panel with manager/producer Marilyn Atlas (Real Women Have Curves) and writer/producer Ligiah Villalobos (La Misma Luna) called and "Creating Memorable Characters: Writing to Attract Talent." And a special pre-signup opportunity on developing the Short Film tba shortly. Don't miss any of this!!! It's all included when you Register for the Conference today! Visit for more information.

Mary Guzmán
NALIPster wins Audience Award at BHLIFE

NALIP member Mary Guzmán won the Audience Award at the Boyle Heights Latina Independent Film Extravaganza (BHLIFE) for her short film Do The Math.

Do The Math is a powerful story of one young Latina as she seeks a better life. From the daughter of an immigrant father to the first college graduate in her family, this poetic film tells the story about her struggles and eventual triumph. Inspired by Meliza Banales and her award-winning poem.


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