Latinos In The Industry

Sundance 2010 Lineup Announced, Includes NALIP Members and Other Latino Filmmakers

Sundance Institute announced today the lineup of films selected to screen in the U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions for the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. In addition to the four Competition Categories, the Festival presents films in five out-of-competition sections.

Several Latino filmmakers and actors had their films selected for the 2010 Sundance Film Festival:

NALIP member Nicolas Entel (LWL 2005) directed and produced the documentary Sins of My Father, which will have its North American Premiere in the World Cinema Documentary Competition. In the film, the life and times of notorious Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar are recounted through the eyes of his son, who fled Colombia to move beyond his father's legacy.

Screening out-of-competition in the Spotlight section is Mother & Child, written and directed by NALIP member and Estela Award winner Rodrigo Garcia. The lives of three women - a physical therapist, the daughter she gave up at birth three decades ago, and an African American woman seeking to adopt a child of her own - intersect in surprising ways. Cast: Naomi Watts, Annette Bening, Kerry Washington, Jimmy Smits, Samuel L. Jackson. U.S. Premiere.

In the U.S. Dramatic Competition, "Ugly Betty" actress America Ferrera and NALIP 10 speaker Wilmer Valderrama join the cast in Ryan Piers Williams' The Dry Land, about a U.S. soldier returning home from war who struggles to reconcile his experiences abroad with the life and family he left in Texas. NALIP mentor Sergio Aguero executive produced the film, which was produced by Maya Entertainment.

Also in the U.S. Dramatic Competition is Holy Rollers written by Antonio Macia and directed by Kevin Tyler Asch. A young Hasidic man, seduced by money, power and opportunity, becomes an international Ecstasy smuggler. Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Bartha, Danny A. Abeckaser, Ari Graynor, Jason Fuchs. World Premiere.

Screening out-of-competition is director Diego Luna's film Abel (Mexico, USA; Screenwriters: Diego Luna and Agusto Mendoza) - A peculiar young boy, blurring reality and fantasy, assumes the responsibilities of a family man in his father's absence. Cast: Jose Maria Yazpik, Karina Gidi, Carlos Aragon, Christopher Ruiz-Esparza, Gerardo Ruiz-Esparza. World Premiere.

In the World Dramatic Competition there are a few Latin American film premieres:

Southern District (Zona Sur)/Bolivia (Director and screenwriter: Juan Carlos Valdivia) - In La Paz, Bolivia, in a villa surrounded by beautiful gardens, an upper-class family experiences final halcyon days of luxury as social change penetrates their bubble. Cast: Ninon del Castillo, Pascual Loayza, Nicolas Fernandez, Juan Pablo Koria, Mariana Vargas. North American Premiere.

The Man Next Door (El Hombre de al Lado)/Argentina (Directors and Screenwriters: Mariano Cohn and Gaston Duprat) - A small incident over two neighbors common wall sparks a conflict which affects the intimacy of the view over the chimney; the protagonist sparks a conflict and with a paranoiac obsession destroys everyday life. Cast: Rafael Spregelburd, Daniel Araoz, Eugenia Alonso, Ines Budassi, Lorenza Acuna. International Premie.

Contracorriente (Undertow)/Colombia, France, Germany, Peru (Director and screenwriter: Javier Fuentes-Leon) - An unusual ghost story set on the Peruvian seaside, a married fisherman struggles to reconcile his devotion to his male lover within his town's rigid traditions. Cast: Cristian Mercado, Manolo Cardona, Tatiana Astengo North American Premiere.

The 2010 Sundance Film Festival runs January 21-31 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. The complete list of films is available at

Call for Submissions: Outfest 2010, Fusion 2010, & Outfest Screenwriting Lab

Outfest is currently accepting submissions for three festivals and programs:
- Fusion 2010: The 7th Los Angeles LGBT People of Color Film Festival
- Outfest Screenwriting Lab
- Outfest 2010: The 28th Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Fusion 2010: The 7th Los Angeles LGBT People of Color Film Festival
For a submission form, please go to:
Submission Deadline: December 16, 2009

Outfest presents Fusion 2010: The 7th Los Angeles LGBT People of Color Film Festival on March 12-13, 2010. We are accepting submissions of films that are of interest to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender People of Color communities. We are seeking feature and short narrative, documentary, experimental and animated films. Submission Deadline is December 16, 2009.

Outfest's Fusion is the only LGBT people of color film festival of its kind. A collaboration between Outfest and dozens of local community-based organizations that serve LGBT people of color, Fusion is a multi-ethnic, gender inclusive forum for films, panel discussions, and community networking. Questions? Please contact

Outfest Screenwriting Lab - Spring 2010

Submission early deadline: January 23, 2010
Late Deadline: March 1st, 2010

Continuing Outfest's commitment to supporting LGBT-themed films from conception to exhibition, this Lab nurtures screenwriters and promotes screenplays featuring LGBT characters and/or themes. The authors of five screenplays are invited to participate in a dynamic three-day workshop in Los Angeles in the Spring 2009, working closely with established mentor writers.

Submit at and

Outfest 2010: The 28th Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
Submission Deadline: March 1st, 2010
Festival Date: July 8-18, 2010

Outfest, one of the world's largest gay and lesbian film festivals, opens its call for submissions for completed narrative, documentary, experimental and animated films and videos (both features and shorts). Held in Los Angeles, filmmakers from across the country and around the globe are invited to submit their work and join in the celebration of the gay and lesbian community's vision and artistry.

Submission forms, rules and regulations are available on the Outfest Web site. and

Deadline Approaching: San Francisco International Film Festival

The longest-running film festival in the Americas, the San Francisco International Film Festival, recognized throughout the world for bringing eclectic, intelligent and adventurous programs and events to discerning and passionate Bay Area audiences is accepting submissions to SFIFF53 (April 22-May 6, 2010). Works in all genres, forms and lengths are considered.

The final deadline is Friday, December 4; the final deadline for documentary features only is December 21.

The 15 day International presents 200 films from 40 countries to an audience of 82,000 film lovers, filmmakers, industry representatives and journalists. Close to $100,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to outstanding feature and short films.

Enter your film now at

Johnny Depp Eyes Pancho Villa Role
(Variety) - Serbian helmer Emir Kusturica is in advanced negotiations for Johnny Depp to star as Mexican revolutionary hero Pancho Villa in his upcoming biopic titled "Seven Friends of Pancho Villa and the Woman With Six Fingers." FULL STORY

SAG Releases New Report Detailing Use of SAP by Spanish-Speaking Television Audiences
(SAG) - More Hispanics would watch English-language programming dubbed into Spanish if more were available and easier to find, according to the 2009 Hispanic Consumer Survey on SAP commissioned by Screen Actors Guild, which reveals the viewing habits of Spanish-speaking audiences in the United States and the use of Secondary Audio Programming (SAP). FULL STORY (PDF)

'Ugly Betty' Moving to Wednesday
(Variety) - ABC is set to make its long-rumored "Ugly Betty" move to Wednesday nights, which could give the show a boost, as it would now air behind the highly compatible half-hour "Cougar Town." FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Supervising Producer for Cable Docu-Series
Seeking a supervising producer with docu-reality credits for cable networks (such as MTV, MUN2, SiTV,TLC, Bravo) for cable docu-series. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

From the Editor
Alex Mendoza
Alex Mendoza & Associates
AMARTE Design & Digital Printing
9513 Longden Avenue
Temple City, CA 91780

1323 Lincoln Blvd., #220
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Gemma Cubero
NALIPster's doc wins at Women In Direction International Film Festival

Documentary feature Ella es el Matador (She is the Matador), directed and produced by NALIP member Gemma Cubero and Celeste Carrasco, won the Best Documentary Award at the 4th Women in Direction International Film Festival in Cuenca, Spain. The film profiles two female matadors currently in the arena: the acclaimed Mari Paz Vega and neophyte Eva Florencia.

Gemma Cubero del Barrio is a Spanish filmmaker with a journalism background. Gemma worked as Associate Producer and Investigator on the award-winning documentary Señorita Extraviada, Lourdes Portillo's film about the killing of women in Juarez. She also produced with Julio Medem the features length documentaries What's Under Your Hat? and One Percent: Schizophrenia, both with theatrical and DVD release in Spain. In 2006 she founded Talcual Films, an independent production company in the United States and Spain.

Kevin Bender
NALIPster's doc screening in Berkeley on Dec. 10

NALIP member Kevin Bender's documentary about California's 'Mexican Disneyland,' Thinking Grande!, will have it's Northern California premiere on December 10, 7:30pm at La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley, CA. It will play with Maureen Gosling's feature documentary Blossoms of Fire, which celebrates the extraordinary lives of the Isthmus Zapotecs of southern Oaxaca, Mexico. Gosling is best known for her twenty-year collaboration with Bay Area director Les Blank on such films as Burden of Dreams and Garlic Is As Good As Ten Mothers.

For more info and tickets, visit or call 510-849-2568.


Contact us at to post news, announcements, business data or job postings.

To SUBSCRIBE send an email to

to UNSUBSCRIBE send an email to

The Latinos in the Industry e-Newsletter is a free service provided by the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) with the generous assistance of Alex Mendoza & Associates (AMA) in an "as-is" basis for the education and information of users only. NALIP and/or AMA, their principal(s), employees, agents or representatives shall under no circumstances be liable for any loss or damage, including, but not limited to, loss of profits, goodwill or indirect or consequential loss arising out of any use of or inaccuracies in the information. All warranties expressed or implied are excluded to the fullest extent permissible by law. All comments and postings, including those by the Editor, are the responsibility of those individuals posting and no endorsement by NALIP and/or AMA should be inferred. Referral links and individual e-mail forwarding are permitted. NALIP reserves the right to withdraw or delete information or to discontinue this service at any time. All quoted, linked and/or referred information, as well as all copyrights and trademarks, are the property of their respective holders, used here under license and/or "fair-use" rules. © NALIP.