Latinos In The Industry

NALIP 2010 Director and Documentary Sample Reel Evaluation Workshops
Sign Up to Have your Work Reviewed by Experts!!

Reels and trailers have become mandatory for almost anything you apply for: jobs, funding, partners, and fellowships. A few select minutes can affect the future of your film or career!!

Do you wonder whether your Director Show reel has what it takes to wow an audience? Or whether your Documentary Sample Tape will inspire a funder to say, Yes? You have a chance to find out on Saturday, April 9, at the NALIP 2010 Conference. Two special sign-up sessions are open to all registered participants BUT they are first come first served. So get yourself on the list - and come listen, even if you're not ready to screen!

Narrative Director Reel Evaluations

How do series producers select directors? How do you dazzle a financier for that feature you want to direct? Show a snappy trailer? Select full scenes? What is the best show reel? Sign up to receive feedback on the first few minutes of YOUR reel! And listen to a panel of experts share their insight on how you can succeed with your video calling card!

First come, first served, so sign up now on the registration pages. Then check in with the NALIP 2010 staff member as the session begins to confirm your place. BRING YOUR DVD TO THE SESSION. Have no trailer of your own yet? You can still sit in on this informative session and learn what it takes to impress an audience!

Doc Sample Tape & Fundraising Trailer Evaluations

Sign up to hear what experts think about your documentary fundraising trailer. Bring your 3-5 minute sample tape/trailer DVD and receive feedback from a panel that has the power to say yes!

First come, first served, so sign up in advance. Then check in at the start of the session to secure your spot!

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Sign up now for NALIP 2010 and take advantage of the Early Bird rate ending February 19!!

Deadline Approaching: Film Independent's Screenwriters Lab

Film Independent's Screenwriters Lab is an intensive five-week program running two evenings a week in Los Angeles in July and August. The Lab is designed to help screenwriters improve their craft, develop their voice as writers, and take their current scripts to the next level. During the Lab, Fellows receive feedback on their scripts from the Lab instructor, outside advisors, and the other writers in the program.

A secondary goal of the program is to help advance the careers of the Lab Fellows by introducing them to film professionals who can advise them on both the craft and business of screenwriting.

Deadline: March 1, 2010
Details and application available at:

The Screenwriters Lab is sponsored by the Writers Guild of America, West.

Lab Fellows have one-on-one meetings with established screenwriters, producers, and other industry professionals who act as advisors on the participant's projects.

A maximum of ten projects are selected for the lab. Writing partners are welcome to apply as teams.

Screenwriters Lab Fellows receive:
* A one-year membership with Film Independent
* A pass to the Los Angeles Film Festival
* Year-round support from Film Independent
* Lab fellows are eligible to join the Indie Writers Caucus of the WGAw.

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Jobs & Opportunities

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

Production Assistance Program Coordinator (NYC)
Women Make Movies is seeking a Production Assistance Program Coordinator who will report directly to the Executive Director and work with our Program Consultant. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

From the Editor
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Alex Mendoza & Associates
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9513 Longden Avenue
Temple City, CA 91780

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NALIP 2010 Early Bird Registration Deadline is this Friday! Don't miss the best rates to attend the NALIP 2010 conference. Register online today!

Workshop Reminder, Industry Insights, and Call for Entries

From the Heart Productions is producing a Film Financing seminar with Tom Malloy author of "Bankroll," 2/27. NALIP members get a 15% discount off the $79.00 price with discount code NALIP, and attendees receive a free business plan.

Romeo and Juliet on dope.

A screenwriting friend once told me that this was the pitch that was used for The Panic in Needle Park. It was supposedly written on the back of an envelope and given to a studio executive. The subsequent movie launched the career of Al Pacino.

Now, that is a memorable pitch. It would be great if we could make all our pitches that brief, that powerful, and have it sum up our entire project. Of course, it would be great if we could hand envelopes to studio executives without getting arrested.

No one will expect you to condense your pitch to five words. However, you can do your best to make it unforgettable.

What do you think is the most important element of your pitch?

After listening to thousands, I think it is a "sticky story," not just a story, but one I can easily remember. When you pitch someone, it's an opportunity to spread the word about your film to all their friends, right? Yes, but only if they can remember it.

"Made to Stick" by Chip and Dan Heath says that "too often you are cursed with too much knowledge." Bringing that wealth of info into a simple sticky story is the key to the perfect pitch.

A "sticky story" is one where you take all the knowledge you have on your film and transform it into a simple story, one that is easy to remember. The first rule is to keep it simple, find the core of the idea. You may have paragraphs of info. Keep taking things away until you can't take anything else out or you lose the essence.

Step one, find the core. Think of journalists who create lead copy for articles and you get the story in a few words, they prioritize. So can you.

This simple story needs something unexpected; this is to be sure you get their attention.

You might ask a question that the film needs to answer. It can be a surprise like a shocking fact or a point of interest they will remember or a massive change in direction for the film.

You need something concrete, like specific people doing specific things or give them some facts. Concrete ideas are easy for people to remember and they create a foundation.

Credible information makes people believe your story. This can be a place for truthful core details and please make them as vivid as possible. We need to see your film from the pitch.

Emotion is next. I say, "Touch my heart and I reach for my pocket book." We communicate through the heart chakra, so touch me with your story.

You can do this through one of your characters, let me feel them.

When you pitch me your "sticky story," I want to walk away with your film in my mind forever. Then I can tell my friends that I invested/donated to your film and brag it.

Please join us in LA at Raleigh Studios 2/23 at 6PM for a free screening of 5 trailers with feed back from top editors in our industry. RSVP to

The LA & NYC grants are accepting applications and you can get your free consultation early on request. Visit the From the Heart Productions website for details.


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