Latinos In The Industry

NALIPsters on View at NALIP 2010!!

Share your work - your short, your trailer, your sample, your work-in-progress, a clip of your feature - at NALIP 2010: Navigating in a Sea of Change, April 9-11 in Santa Monica, CA!

Invite friends, collaborators, funders & executives to be your audience at the beautiful Loews Hotel in Santa Monica, CA. Submissions are accepted from all registered conference attendees! If accepted, your work will be listed in the program brochure along with your contact info!

Sign up now for NALIPsters on View at NALIP 2010, a curated series showcasing your shorts, documentaries, new media and even parts of the occasional feature, where time is available! Deadline is March 4, and you need to be registered to be considered.

And Register while Rates are Still Early Bird Low!

NALIPsters on View celebrates NALIP members' work as part of our Latino talent showcase. Last year, Conference 10 exhibited talented NALIPsters like Daniela de Carlo, director of the short film The Gift Wrapper which has screened in over 10 film festivals and George Reyes, who showed the trailer from his documentary La Muneca Fea, which was chosen for Film Independent's Fast Track Program. YOU CAN BE NEXT! Go to the, click on the REGISTRATION link, and sign-up!!

After you register online, mail your screener to the NALIP office, postmarked by March 4. For more information on NALIPsters on View, visit the site page at

The deadline comes up fast! We want to screen your work at NALIP 2010!


This is part of a series of informative articles that we are offering our readers. Click on Talk Back to discuss with other NALIPsters!

By Marvin V. Acuna

Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her: but once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game. - Voltaire

In 1991, while playing Frisbee with a friend in Oregon, screenwriter Stuart Beattie determines he will write a screenplay based on Pirates. He submits the material to the ONE person he knows living in Los Angeles, a random friend. Twelve years later the world is introduced to Pirates of the Caribbean.

Michael Martin named as Variety's "Screenwriter to Watch" in 2008, was living in Brooklyn, New York working as a flagger for the MTA when a car accident changed his life. His car totaled, he was determined to find a creative way to buy a new car. He entered a screenplay competition to WIN the grand prize of $10,000. He placed second. His submission, Brooklyn's Finest, made its way into the hands of producers who packaged the film with Richard Gere and Ethan Hawke. Directed by Antoine Fuqua, it will be released by Overture Films in 2010 after a premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

Spiderman is one of Columbia Pictures most valuable franchises. The story of an ordinary TEENAGER, having to deal with the normal struggles of youth in addition to those of a costumed crime fighter has a worldwide box office gross of nearly $2.5 billion dollars. The screenplays were written by a seventy-seven year old screenwriter, Alvin Sargent.


Call for Entries: Sin Fronteras Film Festival

The Student Organization for Latin American Studies (SOLAS), housed within the Latin American and Iberian Institute at the University of New Mexico, is soliciting films by national and international undergraduate/graduate students and independent filmmakers for inclusion in the 8th Annual Sin Fronteras Film Festival.

Sin Fronteras presents the voice and vision of the Americas by featuring films by Latino filmmakers or with Latino-themed content. Past submissions have included feature length films, documentaries, and shorter biographical or exploratory efforts. Topics have ranged from indigenous social justice to immigration to identity theory.

The Sin Fronteras Film Festival will take place in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on April 9 and 10, with the opening premiere being held at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

SOLAS is accepting film submissions through March 5.

For more information, submission guidelines and forms, visit


SXSW Unveils Short Films, Panels
(Variety) - South by Southwest, the sprawling movie and music fest that takes over Austin, Texas, for one week each year, has unveiled its list of 2010 film panels and short films. FULL STORY

Warners is Latest to Eye Shorter Theatrical Runs
(The Hollywood Reporter) - Exhibitors' talks with Disney about tighter theatrical windows have broadened to other studios, with Warner Bros. getting the go-ahead to squeeze the theatrical run of fall tentpole "Guardians of Ga'hoole." FULL STORY

Jon Seda in The Pacific; Mireya Mayor goes NatGeo Wild; & Wilmer is Handy
(Latin Heat Online) - The mid-season primetime television season is well underway, but it is not too early to spotlight some notable programs and performances coming up in the not-too-distant future. This season is not flavored with an abundance of Latinos, but there are some notable efforts coming up. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Spanish Fluent Writer for Feature
We are a small indie production company looking for completed feature-length drama samples from writers who are fluent in Spanish and familiar with Latino or Chicano experiences for a possible writer-for-hire opportunity. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Freelance Production Accountant
L.A. based Television production company seeks experienced production accountant on a freelance base. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Makeup Artist for International Travel Show
We are looking for a makeup artist for a travel based television series, filming in many different locations, including abroad. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

From the Editor
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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.

Nestor Miranda
NALIPster's film Harlem Hostel opening in NYC on Feb. 19

Maya Entertainment announces the New York opening of Harlem Hostel, a Mira Productions and Maya Entertainment release directed by Nestor Miranda in theaters Friday, February 19th at the Sunshine Cinema. Show times at the Sunshine Cinema located at 143 East Houston Street, New York, NY are Friday - Sunday 11:00am and Monday - Thursday 6:00pm.

Starring Ramon Rodriguez (Transformers 2) and Rafael Sardina, Harlem Hostel is about three friends from Queens who decide to move to the city together where they hope to fulfill their dreams and experience the fast-paced glamorous world of Manhattan. But what seems to be the perfect apartment in Harlem turns out to be just the opposite. The place is turned into a youth hostel to help pay for rent and an eccentric cast of characters bring with them nothing but disaster and chaos. In this comedy about growing up, three mid-20 bachelors are faced with naive tourists, fugitives, and illegal parties as they struggle to get things under control.

Harlem Hostel also stars Steven Leon, Julissa Bermudez, Juan "Aro" Sanchez, Reymond Wittmann.

Harlem Hostel will be available on DVD at all major retail and online stores nationwide Tuesday, May 4th.


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