Latinos In The Industry

INDUSTRY INSIGHTS: Meet Buster (Part 2)

This is Part 2 of a series of articles written by Marvin V. Acuna about how a spec script becomes a sale. Read Part 1 online here.

"You know it's hard out here for a pimp (you ain't knowin)
When he tryin' to get this money for the rent (you ain't knowin)
For the Cadillacs and gas money spent (you ain't knowin)
Because a whole lot of b*tches talkin' shit (you ain't knowin)..."

It's the industry theme song playing in the background as Buster's agent continues the marathon dialing and sales pitch.

The tastemakers on the target list have all been contacted. Buster has officially left the building.

And we're moving.

Buster's fate will now be met and determined by two remarkable forces. Here I'll focus your attention on one.

As we shadow Buster on this guided tour, please watch your step and as a reminder, no photography or recording device of any kind is allowed.

Folks, please keep in mind that YOU are about to enter a world open only to the most elite power players in the industry, a world of mighty creatures.

Sound the Trumpets please.

Ladies and gentlemen, Welcome to the Tracking Board.


NALIP Discount for NATPE 2010 Market & Conference

Join NATPE for its annual Market & Conference - the world's best multiplatform video conference. NATPE 2010 will feature an updated, bustling marketplace floor, a new three-day schedule and some exciting new programs and features!

NATPE 2010 Market & Conference
January 25 - 27, 2010
Mandalay Bay Resort
Las Vegas, Nevada

In its pilot year, NATPE Navigator is a breakthrough networking experience that enables buyers, sellers, and producers to identify and connect with potential business partners through customized itineraries and session agendas tailored to meet their specific goals. The Navigator provides structured introductions to targeted business partners, moderated advanced round-robins and professionals-only pitch sessions along with invitation-only events for advanced networking and socializing.

Back by popular demand, Tech & Emerging Media Zone is designed to showcase companies that fuel the creation, distribution and monetization of content.

Visit & use the NALIP promo code NATPENALIP for a $100 discount on registration!

NATPE is also offering exhibitors a new benefit: a free customized email campaign! This campaign allows you to send up to three emails to an unlimited number of your customers and prospects, offering them valuable discounts and a friendly reminder to stop by your booth during NATPE 2010.

ACTORFEST LA 2009 this Saturday

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:

A Cine Sin Fin Quinceanera: 15th Annual East LA Chican@ Film Festival

Celebrate 15 Years of East LA Cinema in the heart of the Boyle Heights Arts District, Nov. 12th - Nov. 21st, 2009. All events take place at Casa 0101 Annex, 2102 E 1st Street, CA 90033.

Film and Event Program Schedule:

Friday, Nov. 13th
Silent Shame (Feature - Dir. by NALIP member Dalia Tapia) & Opening Night Party. 8 pm

Saturday, Nov. 14th
* Documentary Focus, 8 pm
Purepecha: Poorest of the Poor (Documentary Short - Dir. by Cheryl Quintana Leader)
As Long As I Remember: American Veteranos (Feature Documentary - Dir. by NALIP member Laura Varela [LPA 2003])

Friday, Nov. 20, 8 pm
Reel Polemic (Short - Dir. by Elias Serna)
Intimidad (Feature - Dir. by Ashley Sabin)

Saturday, Nov. 21, 8 pm
Tijuaneros (Short - Dir. by NALIP member Paul Bobadilla)
Between Stories (Feature - Dir. by Domingo Vara)

CNN Anchor Dobbs Quits Cable Network After 27 Years
(Bloomberg) - Lou Dobbs, the CNN anchor who drew controversy with his coverage of illegal immigrants and questions about President Barack Obama’s citizenship, left the cable-news network after 27 years. FULL STORY

The TV Ensemble Cast Trend: A Good Thing for Latinos?
(Latin Heat Online) - It's a constant challenge to try to gauge the progress of Latinos in Hollywood, but it's possible that one of the metrics we've used for years - the number of 'Latino stars' with shows of 'their own' - may have outlived its usefulness due to the rise of the ensemble cast. FULL STORY

Indie Focus: 'Women in Trouble'
(Los Angeles Times) - Structured as a series of vignettes involving only a few characters at a time, "Women in Trouble," in theaters Friday, creates a world of campy happenstance and sexy confessionals reminiscent of the screwball melodramas of Pedro Almodóvar. FULL STORY

Drug Lord Film Stirs up Colombia
(Variety) - "Sins of My Father" is generating such a media frenzy in Colombia that the documentary on the son of drug lord Pablo Escobar has snared a huge release. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

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

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Santa Monica, CA 90401

Natalia Almada
NALIPster to receive IDA's Jacqueline Donnet Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award

The nominees for the International Documentary Association's 2009 IDA Documentary Awards competition were announced today. In addition to competitive awards for the year's current crop of outstanding documentaries, IDA also acknowledges exemplary creative contributions to the field at large. IDA announced that the 2009 Jacqueline Donnet Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award will honor NALIP member Natalia Almada (LPA 2003, Estela). Born in Mexico, Almada's directing credits include All Water Has a Perfect Memory, an internationally recognized experimental short, Al Otro Lado, an award-winning feature documentary about immigration and drug trafficking, and El General, her latest feature, which won the U. S. Directing Award: Documentary at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

The IDA Documentary Awards will held on December 4th at the Directors Guild in Los Angeles, in a ceremony hosted by This American Life's Ira Glass. Tickets to the are available for purchase now on the IDA's website.

Ruth Livier
NALIPster first to get into WGA from self-financed web series

NALIP member Ruth Livier (LPA 2005/2007) has become the first person to join the Writers Guild of America solely from writing a self-financed web series. Her series, Ylse, is currently in its second season online (watch it here). Ruth is featured in the cover story of the Octover/November 2009 issue of Written By magazine, which can be read here.

Fanny Veliz
NALIPster producing new comedy web series

NALIP member Fanny Veliz is producing the new web series "No Kids. No Cry." The series is a humorous look at the issue of child support through the eyes of three single dads. Watch it now on YouTube,, and Funny or Die.


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