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Conference Scholarship Opportunities for NALIP Members

NALIP 2010: Navigating in a Sea of Change
APRIL 9 - 11 in Santa Monica, CA

Scholarship Applications due February 26 (Travel) and March 15 (Hotel)!

Times are tough. We need to maximize our professional investments, and the NALIP Conference is a great value!! Sponsors help us to keep registration fees low - Early Bird rates are 1/6 the actual cost of this event. Be sure to sign up prior to February 19! Other funders want to be sure that emerging filmmakers attend this high-level professional gathering. So NALIP is pleased to offer Two Types of Scholarship Support to the NALIP 2010 Conference.

Available only to NALIP and SAG members who are already registered for the Conference, NALIP 2010 Travel and Hotel scholarships offer a stipend towards your travel and/or a free shared room night at the Conference Hotel.

TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP: These are travel stipends to help support your attendance. $100 stipends for grantees living west of the Rockies, but not in California; $200 for grantees living east of the Rockies, including the Caribbean.

Please note that recipients are responsible for their own registration fees and travel arrangements. Application deadline is Friday, February 26. Grantees will be notified by March 10, and stipends are distributed when you arrive at Conference check-in.

HOTEL SCHOLARSHIP: NALIP will pay for ONE night's lodging (Saturday April 10) for groups of 2 or 3 rooming together. You must supply confirmation of your reservation for the other night(s) at the Conference hotel, the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel.

Applicant must agree to a minimum two night stay, Friday and Saturday, (with Saturday paid by SCHOLARSHIP, but you may also reserve for Thursday and/or Sunday night if it best suits you). Saturday's reservation will be made on behalf of the awarded applicant; NALIP can group you or you may group yourself with roommates (Double guest rooms are available at $102.50/night per person; Triples at $76.66/night per person). Applicant will be responsible for their portion of the room rate for any night(s) prior to or after Saturday April 10, 2010 and any incidental charges. Please check the Conference and Pre-Conference online schedule before confirming your travel and hotel arrangements. Application deadline is Monday, March 15. Notifications are on a rolling basis.

New this year, post a topic on our facebook group page for assistance with contacting potential roommates.

You may apply for both Scholarships: you might be granted one, the other, or both. Limited numbers of these scholarships are available. Priority will be given to NEW conference attendees and STUDENT applicants, as well as Chapter leaders, but we encourage everyone to apply.

Don't miss out! Visit to register, read more, and apply online!

Questions? Contact Luis De Vega at or (310) 395-8880. See you in Santa Monica!

INDUSTRY INSIGHTS: At Sundance, New Routes to Finding an Audience

By Brooks Barnes, The New York Times

The starkest picture to emerge from the opening days of this year's Sundance Film Festival may be of an independent film business forced to stretch in untested directions because its old distribution model no longer works.

Standard operating procedure over the years at Sundance, the cinematic bazaar now under way in this resort town, has been simple: show your film and hope it plays well enough to attract a theatrical distributor or, if the movie is particularly small and arty, a video-on-demand deal.

If no deal happens -- and this is where more than 75 percent of Sundance offerings landed last year -- you go home and try Internet downloads, DVD and foreign television sales.

But even that risky blueprint is being redrafted. With more art-house theaters closing and most of the big studios no longer interested in distributing specialty films, a theatrical release is becoming increasingly hard to secure. So some filmmakers are trying to turn that system on its head, using Sundance not just as a sales tool but also as a platform for immediate digital delivery.

"We just want to encourage people to throw the traditional model out the window," said Michael Mohan, the writer-director of "One Too Many Mornings," a coming-of-age comedy that had its premiere here on Friday.

Simultaneously, Mr. Mohan let users at download the movie for $10 and started selling DVDs for $20. For $35, customers get a DVD, a poster and a piece of the sofa featured in the film. Mr. Mohan is also selling the theatrical rights via the Web site for $100,000. "Forget a bidding war," he said. "Whoever gets to their laptop the fastest gets it."


Call for Entries: 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(TM).

Film submissions will be accepted at beginning now. Early Bird Submission deadline: March 5, 2010; 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.

NYILFF also announces its "Watch Yourself" TV Commercial Contest, calling for script/storyline entries for the festival's 2010 commercial. The winning entry will be produced as a 60-sec. commercial in partnership with GlobalHue Latino, one of the nation's largest Hispanic advertising and marketing agencies, which has been tapped by NYILFF to lead the organization's 2010 advertising campaign.

For more information on the NYILFF "Watch Yourself" TV Commercial Contest, please visit:


ABC Cancels "Ugly Betty"
(The Los Angeles Times) - "Ugly Betty" has gone out of fashion. ABC has decided not to continue the show beyond its current fourth season. FULL STORY

Casting 'Castro's Daughter'
(Variety) - Paz Vega, Daniel Bruhl and Mia Maestro have signed to star in indie drama "Castro's Daughter," with shooting expected in Puerto Rico in late spring. FULL STORY

J.Lo Gets Guest Spot on TV Comedy "How I Met Your Mother"
(Reuters) - Jennifer Lopez has landed a guest spot on the hit CBS sitcom "How I Met Your Mother" - and producers are expecting "revealing outfits and sexy dance moves." FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Director of Photography for Doc Feature (NYC)
Alexandra Hidalgo, an independent documentary filmmaker, is looking for a director of photography for her first feature-length documentary, which will be filmed from May 7 - June 13, 2010 in New York City. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

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Flavio Morales
NALIP board member promoted to SVP Programming & Production for mun2

NALIP board member Flavio Morales has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Programming & Production for mun2, effective immediately, it was announced today by Jacqueline Hernandez, Chief Operating Officer, Telemundo Network.

"Flavio has played an integral part in the evolution of mun2," said Hernandez. "By leveraging relationships with Telemundo and NBC, he has introduced the mun2 audience to a broader range of smarter, connected and game-changing programming. His extensive experience and keen understanding of the bilingual bicultural space have helped mun2 remain the fastest growing cable network in the US among young Hispanics."

In his new role, Morales will have the added responsibility of overseeing both West Coast and East Coast Production teams for the network.

Morales joined the organization in February 2005 as the Vice President of Programming, establishing the overall programming strategy for mun2 and overseeing the development of original and authentic programming that resonates with the network's young, bilingual Latino audience.

In the last year, Morales has led the organization through seven months of consecutive year to year growth in ratings. Under his leadership, mun2's creative content has received extensive industry recognition including a Peabody Award, validating the network's innovative original-programming strategy. In 2009, he was selected as one of Multichannel News's "40 Under 40", while NAMIC (National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications) recognized him with a prestigious "Luminaries" Award. In 2008, he received a NAMIC Vision Award which celebrates and recognizes the cable industry's commitment to quality, and diversity.

Prior to joining mun2, Morales served as the Director or Programming and Music for LATV, of which he was a founding member.

Yolanda Cruz
NALIPster's doc feature premiering at Santa Barbara Film Festival

NALIP member Yolanda Cruz will have the U.S. premiere of her feature documentary film 2501 Migrantes at the upcoming Santa Barbara Film Festival. The film explores questions of art, and indigenous community in the context of global migration. Santa Barbara Film Festival is celebrating its 25 anniversary at the festival, which begins Thursday, February 4 and continues through Sunday, February 14, 2010. For more information visit the festival's website.

Carolina Moraes-Liu
NALIPster's film premiering at San Diego Black Film Festival

NALIP member Carolina Moraes-Liu's film Ebony Goddess: Queen of Ilê Aiyê has been selected to be screened at seven film festivals, including the Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival, the San Diego Latino Film Festival and the Pan African Film Festival in LA. The premiere is on January 30 at the San Diego Black Film Festival.

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.

Carolina Moraes-liu has been producing documentary films for the past twelve years. she sees documentary filmmaking as a means to educate and empower people, and she believes documentaries can be used as an instrument for social change. Carolina was born in Bahia, Brazil, and holds a Master’s degree in radio and Television from san Francisco state university.

Lorena Manríquez
NALIPster's doc awarded California Documentary Project grant

NALIP member Lorena Manriquez (LPA 2006) was awarded a California Documentary Project (CDP) research and development grant for her documentary film Siqueiros and His America Tropical (working title).

The film and new media outreach project aims to open a dialog across time and cultures by telling the story of Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros. The window to the story is his Los Angeles mural America Tropical. It was whitewashed during the 1930's because of its political content, and re-discovered in the 1960s to inspire the Chicano movement. Today the city and The Getty seek to revive it for a wider audience. Siqueiros had a broad reach, painting murals throughout the Americas, fighting in the Mexican Revolution and the Spanish Civil War, and teaching Jackson Pollock the accidental painting technique. These aspects of his life, and his legacy will be explored in the film.

The CDP is a highly competitive grant program of the California Council for the Humanities in partnership with the Skirball Foundation. CDP supports film, radio and new media projects that document the California experience and explore issues of significance to Californians. Click here for more information.


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