Latinos In The Industry

Latino Public Broadcasting Announces Results of 2009 Open Call

Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB), a non-profit organization funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, announced its eleventh annual Open Call newly funded programs. The funding initiative invites independent producers to submit proposals for funding on Latino-themed programs or series. Several of the projects are produced by NALIP members and mentors (highlighted in bold in the list of awarded projects below).

"LPB is very proud to support these talented filmmakers and is committed to bringing their compelling stories to public media," said Edward James Olmos, LPB Chairman.

"From poets to revolutionaries, and from mothers fighting injustice to journalists defending the truth, these stories reveal how varied and relevant the Latino experience is to viewers across the country," said Patricia Boero, LPB Executive Director.

Every year LPB invites independent filmmakers to submit proposals in various stages, from research and development, to production, post-production and outreach. All proposals are reviewed by a selected group of public television professionals, local stations programmers, independent filmmakers, academics, and executives from other funding organizations.

This year sixteen (16) proposals were selected for funding. Emerging filmmakers comprise 25% of total funded producers; mid-level producers make up 44%; and veteran filmmakers constitute 31%. Over half of the awarded programs have never been funded by Latino Public Broadcasting before - a direct result of an extensive outreach program for independent filmmakers throughout the nation.

The funding category breakdown is as follows: Research and Development - 19%; Production - 37%; Post-production - 44%. The final slate of programs represents filmmakers from different regions within the U.S. including California, New York, Virginia, Maryland, Texas, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Florida.

The 2009 awarded projects (alphabetically) are as follows (NALIP members in bold):

Producers: Ruben Martinez/Carl Byker
Category: Production; 1 Episode/120 Minutes
A historical road trip through the border region between the United States and Mexico, a fascinating landscape that has been disputed for over 500 years.

¿Donde Estan? The Disappeared Children of El Salvador
Producers: Maria Teresa Rodriguez/Kathryn Smith Pyle
Category: Post-Production; 1 Episode/60 Minutes
A documentary about three children, now adults, who were separated from their families during the Salvadoran civil war and now search to reclaim their lost identities.

Farewell, Ferris Wheel
Producers: Miguel Martinez/Jamie Sisley
Category: Research and Development; 1 Episode/60 Minutes
An examination of the survival of the American carnival, and of Tlapacoyan, a small Mexican town that provides one third of American carnival labor.

Give Us Your Retired, Your Rich, Your Americans
Producer: Anayansi Prado
Category: Post-Production; 1 Episode/60 Minutes
The fast-growing migration of American retirees and developers to the island of Bocas del Toro, Panama, brings conflict to its indigenous communities.

Producer: Paco de Onis
Category: Post-Production; 1 Episode/60 Minutes
A documentary film, intertwined with Guatemala's turbulent history, emerges as a crucial player in a present-day case against genocide.

Immigrant Nation
Producer: Esaú Meléndez
Category: Post-Production; 1 Episode/90 Minutes
Documents the journey of Elvira Arellano - from her arrest, her sanctuary in a Chicago church and deportation to Mexico - and the growth of the immigrant rights movement.

Invisible Murals/Murales Invisibles
Producers: Jonathan Bogarín/Elan Bogarín
Category: Post-Production; 1 Episode/60 Minutes
A cautionary tale of the end of oil as told through the murals, myths and stories of a Venezuelan oil-boom town.

Las Marthas
Producer: Cristina Ibarra (LPA 2003, LWL 2007)
Category: Production; 1 Episode/60 Minutes
Chronicles the preparations of Mexican American teens debuting in the Society of Martha Washington Colonial Pageant & Ball in Laredo, Texas; a 113 year-old tradition.

¿Mas Bebes?
Producers: Virginia Espino/Renee Tajima-Pena
Category: Production; 1 Episode/60 Minutes
The uncovering of a forgotten injustice: the forced sterilization of hundreds of Mexican-origin women at Los Angeles County's general hospital during the late 1960s and 70s.

Pablo Neruda: The Poet's Calling
Producer: Mark Eisner
Category: Production; 1 Episode/60 Minutes
The life and work of one of the greatest poets of the 20th century: Chilean statesman, activist, Nobel Laureate Pablo Neruda, a voice for Latin Americans.

The Plot to Kill Emilio Milian: The Death of Free Speech in Miami
Producer: Joe Cardona
Category: Production; 1 Episode/90 Minutes
Traces the steps of a son searching for elusive answers in the terrorist attack on popular Miami radio host Emilio Milian, who lost both legs in the bombing.

Producer: Megan Mylan
Category: Post-Production; 1 Episode/90 Minutes
A vivid and multifaceted look at Brazil's unfolding struggle for racial equality.

Rainbow Coalition
Producer: Ray Santisteban
Category: Production; 1 Episode/60 Minutes
The exploration of the rise and fall of a multi-ethnic political movement in Chicago comprised of African Americans, Latinos, and poor southern Whites.

Ruben Salazar: The Man in the Middle
Producer: Phillip Rodriguez
Category: Research and Development; 1 Episode/90 Minutes
The story of the life and mysterious death of one of the most prominent Mexican American journalists of the 20th century.

The Storm that Swept Mexico
Producer: Ray Telles
Category: Post Production; 2 Episodes/60 Minutes
The story of the Mexican Revolution of 1910, the first major political and social revolution of the 20th century.

Untitled - Journalism and the Drug War in Mexico
Producer: Natalia Almada (LPA 2003)
Category: Research and Development; 1 Episode/60 Minutes
The look at the flood of violence that has erupted in Mexico through the life and work of a small town journalist in Sinaloa, the cradle of Mexico's drug trade.

Call for Entries: San Francisco International Film Festival

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

Held each spring for two weeks, the International is an extraordinary showcase of cinematic discovery and innovation in the country�s most beautiful city, featuring some 150 films and live events with more than 100 filmmakers in attendance and nearly two dozen awards presented for cinematic excellence. The Festival attracts an annual audience of more than 80,000.

Final deadline: Friday, December 4, 2009
Final deadline for documentary features only: Monday, December 21, 2009

For information on submitting your film to the 2010 Festival visit the festival's website.

Where Did All the Indie Pics Go?
(Variety) - Whether you're studying the Oscar race or box office results or simply scanning headlines, one question keeps reasserting itself: What ever happened to "indie" cinema? FULL STORY

"Lopez Tonight" Debuts With Strong Ratings
(Hollywood Reporter) - George Lopez's new late-night talk show drew 3.2 million viewers during its cross-network premiere on TNT, TBS and TruTv. FULL STORY

Antonio Banderas Gets Even More Animated
(Latin Heat Online) - Well-established live-action movie star Antonio Banderas is enjoying a second wave of popularity as a cartoon voice – first in the Shrek franchise as Puss in Boots, and now in a Spanish animation feature, Goleor: The Scale and the Sword. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Teen Horror Scripts
PHD Productions is looking for completed feature-length horror scripts. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting: Several Latino/a Roles for Trailer
Writer/producer seeking actors for teaser/trailer project. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

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Sebastian Gutierrez
Venezuelan filmmaker's Women in Trouble opens this weekend in LA and NY

Opening this weekend in Los Angeles (ArcLight) and New York is Women in Trouble, written and directed by Venezuelan writer/director Sebastian Gutierrez (Gothika, The Eye, Snakes on a Plane).

Women in Trouble is a serpentine day in the life of ten seemingly disparate women: a porn star, a flight attendant, a psychiatrist, a masseuse, a bartender, a pair of call girls, etc. - all of them with one crucial thing in common: Trouble. The film stars Carla Gugino, Adrianne Palicki, Connie Britton, Marley Shelton, Cameron Richardson, Garcelle Beauvis, Caitlin Keats, Paul Cassell, Simon Baker, Elizabeth Berkley, Josh Brolin, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Sarah Clarke, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Isabelle Gutierrez and Rya Kihlstedt.

Rodrigo Garcia
NALIPster's film Mother and Child acquired by Sony Pictures Classics

By Peter Knegt, indieWIRE

Sony Pictures Classics has announced its acquisition of the United States rights to [NALIP member and Estela Award winner] Rodrigo Garcia's "Mother and Child" from WME Global. The film debuted to warm notices at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival, where it was actively pursued by several US distributors. The deal actually came together shortly after Toronto, but took some time to close, and marks yet another late buy out of the fest, where at the time few deals actually took place.

The film stars Annette Bening, Naomi Watts, Samuel L. Jackson and Kerry Washington in three parallel stories that come together to emphasis the bond between mother and child. Its Garcia's third feature after "Things You Can Tell Just By Looking at Her" and "Nine Lives."

"We have known Rodrigo Garcia for a long time," said Sony Pictures Classics jointly in a statement, "first as the cinematographer of 'Mi Vida Loca' in the early '90s, then as a writer and director, and have always been impressed with his incredible skill at creating roles for actors, especially for women. With 'Mother and Child' Rodrigo has managed to define characters which allow for career best performances for all of the actors he has cast in a film that we feel will connect with people all over the U.S. We are excited to be working with him, his remarkable cast and his producers Julie Lynn and Lisa Maria Falcone,"

I've been wanting to work with [SPC heads] Tom [Bernard] and Michael [Barker] for a long time," Garcia said in a statement. "SPC is one of the great brands in independent filmmaking. It's so fortunate that we can be part of that family."

The international sales agent for the film is WestEnd Films. The film will be release by SPC sometime in 2010.

Mike Torres, Andrea Meller & Chelo Alvarez-Stehle
LPA Fellows selected for AFI/CPB Fellows Program

NALIP members Mike Torres (LPA 2009), Andrea Meller (LPA 2009) and Chelo Alvarez-Stehle (LPA 2008), three LPB-funded documentary filmmakers, selected to AFI/CPB Fellows Program during AFI DigiFest, which took place Nov. 4-6 in Hollywood.

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Jorge Flores Rodriguez
NALIP member's film screening at Cancun Riviera Maya Film Festival

NALIP member Jorge Flores Rodriguez's (LPA 2006) latest film Carpe Diem will be playing at the Cancun Riviera Maya Film Festival this week on Thursday, Nov. 12th at 5pm at the Instituto de Cultura. The film was written and produced by Jorge Flores Rodriguez, executive produced by Gabriel Alfonzo, produced by Marco Valdez, and directed by Ricardo Valdez.

The film stars Hector Soberon, Michelle Vargas, Fred Valle, Juan Vidal, Vanessa Adriazola. As well as Jhonny Obando, and Evelyn Jimenez.

Synopsis: A young woman gets involved with the perfect man only to discover that she is only a pawn in his diabolical plan.


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