Latinos In The Industry


NBC/UNIVERSAL and TELEMUNDO will be seeking Spanish speaking and bilingual actors at Back Stage's Actorfest LA on November 14th at the California Market Center!

Actorfest is the country's most significant conference dedicated to bringing the acting community together with the industry's most influential:
Casting Directors

Saturday, November 14, 2009
9am - 5pm
California Market Center
110 E. Ninth Street (Downtown)
Los Angeles, CA 90079

BASIC REGISTRATION IS FREE! Free registration includes the exhibit hall, networking cafe and casting calls. Use the special Promotional Code PROMO15 when you register, and get 15% OFF on classes, workshops and casting director panel discussions!

ACTORFEST is a one-day event that provides an opportunity for actors from across the country to learn from experts and gain essential career planning advise in film, TV, theatre and other performing arts disciplines. This year, BACK STAGE is teaming up with NBC, Telemundo, and Disney Auditions to offer the largest range of open casting calls in the history of ACTORFEST. There will also be opportunities to meet casting directors from Universal and General Hospital and drop off a head shot.

Some of the fantastic line-up of participants include:
G. Charles Wright, Barylski/Wright Casting, The Middle, State of Romance, That 70's Show
Francene Selkirk, Shooting From the Hip, Commercial casting director for 15 years
Brad Gilmore, Brad Gilmore Casting, The Gauntlet, Posessions, The Truth About Angels
April Webster, April Webster & Assoc., Star Trek (09), Lost, Criminal Minds, Alias
John Levey, John Levey Casting, Southland, ER, West Wing
Heidi Levitt, Heidi Levitt Casting, Lakeview Terrace, The Rock, JFK, Natural Born Killers
Victoria Burrows, Burrows/Boland Casting, The Lovely Bones, King Kong, Cast Away
Scot Boland, Burrows/Boland Casting, The Adventures of Tintin, Death Race, The Polar Express
Chris Game, Chris Game Casting, Commercial casting director for 14 years
Matthew Lessall, Matthew Lessall Casting, Beneath the Blue, Labor Pains, Rocket Science
Russell Boast, Pagano/Manwiller Casting, A Little Help, Spoken Work, The Whole Truth
Matthew Barry, Barry/Green-Keyes Casting, My Sister's Keeper, Alpha Dog, Rush Hour, The Notebook
Fern Champion, Fern Champion Casting, The Mask, Mortal Combat, Police Academy, Pet Cemetary
Mark Teschner, Mark Teschner Casting, General Hospital, GH: Night Shift, Port Charles
Kendra Patterson, La Padura/Hart Casting, Assoc. CD for Heroes
Jami Rudofsky, Jami Rudofsky Casting, Gilmore Girls, Beautiful People, 10-8
Robin Lippin, Meshel/Lippin Casting, Life UneXpected, Sex, Love & Secrets, Lizzy McGuire

Just a few of the over 20 Workshops available:
* Unsolved Casting Mysteries: Demystifying the Audition Process
* Behind the Scenes: Feature Film Casting
* Focus Session with Casting Director G. Charles Wright
* Represented: Talking Shop
* Tuning In: TV Casting

Check out the complete schedule of workshops at:

Free Event: How to Succeed as a Screenwriter

NALIPster Screenwriters,

If you'd like personal access to one of the original founders of the Endeavor Talent Agency (now William Morris Endeavor), owner of Greenlit Creative, and one of the most powerful literary representatives in Hollywood - for FREE - then this will be an extremely important message for you.

For over 25 years, David Greenblatt has shaped the careers of some of the most prestigious writers in Hollywood. And on Thursday, November 12th, at 11:30am Pacific Time, he and Marvin V. Acuna from The Business of Show Institute will give a free, groundbreaking presentation on how screenwriters can succeed in Hollywood today.

The best part? You get to ask your questions, live and in real time! Even if you can't attend this FREE live online event, sign up anyway so you can get a copy of the video replay.

Get the details here:

Jesus Trevino Pioneering Chicano Filmmaker Honored at the DGA
(Latin Heat) - A tribute to pioneer Chicano filmmaker Jesús "Chuy" Treviño packed a full house at the Directors Guild of America's Theatre 1 this past Monday night. FULL STORY

For Your Consideration: Assessing The Major Oscar Categories
(indieWIRE) - What’s been a slow awards season build since Toronto and Venice kicked things off two months ago is about to become an accelerated horserace. FULL STORY

Hollywood Embraces AFM's Alien Invasion
(Variety) - Success stories including "District 9" and "Paranormal Activity" are encouraging for the international film business. FULL STORY

Women in Trouble: Not Your Standard Chick Flick
( - The trailer for Women in Trouble, the Sebastian Gutierrez comedy following one day in the intersecting lives of 10 women in Los Angeles that won some fans at the SXSW Film Festival, debuted on the Web. FULL STORY

German Michael Torres Sells "Life with Girls" to CBS/Paramount Studios
(Latin Heat) - German Michael Torres, best-known for his work on The Chronicle for the SyFy Channel back in 2001, has broken into the big time with the sale of his script Life with Girls to CBS/Paramount Studios. FULL STORY


Jobs & Opportunities

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

Interns for Production Company
Critically acclaimed filmmakers Pablo Proenza (LWL '04) and Erin Ploss-Campoamor (LPA '04) are looking for interns to work at Mare's Hoof Productions ( a few days a week. 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

Nicolás Entel
NALIPster's doc Los Pecados de mi Padre featured in Time

The documentary Los Pecados de mi Padre (The Sins of My Father), directed and produced by NALIP member Nicolás Entel (LWL 2005), is featured in an article in Time:

By John Otis / Bogota

While on the phone with his son 16 years ago, Pablo Escobar stayed on the line just long enough for Colombian police to trace the call. Minutes later, the world's most violent and notorious drug lord was gunned down on a Medellin rooftop. Fearing for their lives, Escobar's wife, son and daughter sought safety in exile, but most nations shut their doors. After stopovers in Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, South Africa and Mozambique -- a whirlwind on par with the deposed Shah of Iran's desperate 1979 world tour -- the widow and her children finally entered Argentina as tourists on Christmas Eve 1994. They've lived relatively quiet lives in Buenos Aires ever since.

But the son on the phone on that fatal day is breaking his silence. Now an architect and industrial designer, Juan Pablo Escobar, 32, has changed his legal name to Sebastian Marroquin to avoid scrutiny and notoriety. He is, nevertheless, emerging as the central character in a documentary about his father's brutal legacy, Los Pecados de mi Padre (The Sins of My Father). The film shows Marroquin returning to Colombia to renounce Escobar's violent legacy and apologize to the families of some of the victims. "I wanted to do something positive that would help Colombian society," Marroquin told TIME in a telephone interview. "I wanted to show the errors of getting involved in drug trafficking."


D'Arcy Conrique
NALIPster on panel at AFM Finance Conference

NALIP member D'Arcy Conrique is a panelist on "Case Study: How to Package and Finance Your Independent Project Overseas" at the AFM Finance Conference on November 9.

This seminar promises to be an insider's look at what it takes to attract talent, strategic partners and financing for independent films with an international setting. Using an actual screenplay budgeted at ten million dollars as a starting point for discussion, our moderator and panelists will take you through the various steps a producer needs to consider when packaging a project overseas. Moderated by a seasoned Producer with international production and sales experience, our panelists will include packaging agents, international buyers, and foreign sales and distribution experts.

Time: Monday, November 9, 4:00-5:30pm
Location: Le Merigot Hotel (1740 Ocean Avenue)
Cost: $40 per person

Programmed by: Producers Guild of America
Moderator: William Stuart, President/CEO, Aurora Productions

D'Arcy Conrique, Entertainment Finance Group, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Doug Hansen, President and COO, Endgame Entertainment
Robert Katz, President of Production, The Film Department
Tim O'Hair, Agent, Motion Picture Finance, Paradigm

AFM Conferences and Seminars provide a forum where attendees can interact with and learn from prominent filmmakers, financiers, industry executives and talent. Badges are not required to attend Seminars or Conferences.


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