Latinos In The Industry

Winner Announced for 2009 HBO/NALIP Documentary Filmmaker Cash Award

HBO has teamed with NALIP and found the next great Latino Documentary Film!

Social change has been the consistent undercurrent for HBO's critically acclaimed and award-winning documentary programs, with a myriad of issues presented in uncompromising quality and honesty. HBO created a new $10,000 cash award for Latino filmmakers in 2009, and launched it at our 10th national conference in April. The idea of this grant was for HBO to focus its lens on the Latino experience, and support the growth of social commentary by Latino documentarians. Films were judged based on the uniqueness of their topic/subject matter, the professional quality of the film, and the structure, tone and style planned for presenting the topic to an audience.

Out of all the high quality submissions to the first year of this program, six semi-finalists were selected by a panel of professional filmmakers. The six semifinalists were:

1. William Caballero - AMERICAN DREAMS DEFERRED - LPA 2008, LMM 2009
2. Xochitl Dorsey - SHOT IN MEXICO
3. Patrick Montesano - HAINA: CITY OF POISON - LPA 2009
4. Carmen Oquendo-Villar and Jose Correa Vigier: THE NEEDLE/LA AGUJA - LPA 2009
5. Richard Ray Perez: CESAR'S LAST FAST - LMM 2009
6. George Reyes: THE UGLY DOLL/LA MUNECA FEA - LMM 2009

HBO Documentary Films executives selected three Finalists in this very exciting and competitive contest: THE NEEDLE/LA AGUJA, about retired nurse Quinones, who has fled from Puerto Rico's homophobic western countryside to the city in order to escape harassment for his "effeminate manners," and who launches a business of providing "beauty treatments" that will turn his clients into his own surrogate relatives; CESAR's LAST FAST about the extraordinary life of Cesar E. Chavez, the fight he led for justice and dignity for America's farm workers, and the spiritual conviction that sustained him through this struggle; and AMERICAN DREAMS DEFERRED about the story of William Caballero's Puerto Rican-American family that lives in Fayatteville, North Carolina.

The winner of the 2009 HBO/NALIP DOCUMENTARY Latino Filmmaker Documentary Competition is LPA Fellow William Caballero! His film AMERICAN DREAMS DEFERRED is well on its way to be completed, and we wish him and the documentary the very best. Click here to view a sample tape for AMERICAN DREAMS DEFERRED from LPA 2008. We will let you know when the completed film is being broadcast and screened!

Agora Heading To U.S.

by Peter Knegt, indieWIRE

Alejandro Amenabar's Agora, which first screened back at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, has been acquired for U.S. release by Newmarket Films in its first acquisition since the company was acquired this month by EMG. The film was written by Amenabar and Mateo Gil, and stars Rachel Weisz, Oscar Isaac and Max Minghella. It held its North American premiere in September at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival. Newmarket will release the film in the first half of 2010.

"Alejandro Amenabar has crafted a film that not only offers a visual spectacle but also deals with religious intolerance in a way that makes this film feel modern and relevant even though it is set centuries ago," said Exclusive Media Group (EMG) Co-Chairmen Chris Ball in a statement. "We are proud to be the ones taking this film to US audiences who will find that this film offers epic storytelling at its finest."

The deal was negotiated by Cinetic Media on behalf of the filmmakers and by Ball on behalf of Newmarket. Agora was produced by MOD Productions, Himenoptero and Telecinco Cinema, with the participation of Canal + Spain.

Set in ancient Egypt under Roman rule, Agora follows the brilliant and beautiful astronomer Hypatia (Weisz) who leads a group of disciples fighting to save the wisdom of the Ancient World, as violent religious upheaval spills into the streets of Alexandria. Among these disciples are two men competing for her heart: the witty, privileged Orestes (Isaac) and Davus (Minghella), Hypatia's young slave, who is torn between his secret love for her and the freedom he knows can be his if he chooses to join the unstoppable surge of the Christians.

The film scored Spain's highest opening of the year so far, grossing $7.9 million in its first three days, and has remained atop the Spanish box office for four weeks now.

Call for Entries: Florida Focus Short Film Competitions & First Annual Online Shorts Competition

Now accepting submissions for the Florida Focus Short Film Competitions from Nov. 9 until Dec. 31, 2009. Winners will be announced during the 27th Edition of the Miami International Film Festival (March 5-14, 2010). The competition is open to amateurs as well as professionals and includes three specific categories - Miami Minis and Social Shorts (which includes both High School and College / University students). Click here to download applications.

Separately, the Miami International Film Festival and DIESEL present the First Annual Online Shorts Competition. Submissions OPEN NOW through January 16, 2010. Click here for details about how to submit a short.

Lionsgate Vet to Head Hispanic Net
(Variety) - Florida-based content and network provider Olympusat has tapped former Lionsgate exec Arturo Chavez for the position of general manager of its Hispanic owned and operated networks. FULL STORY

Eva Longoria Parker Named Celebrity Philanthropist of the Year
(USA Today) - Eva Longoria Parker was named Philanthropist of the Year on Monday by The Hollywood Reporter for her work in founding Eva's Heroes, a nonprofit in her hometown of San Antonio, T.X., which provides an after-school program for individuals with developmental disabilities. FULL STORY

The Top Grossing Documentaries of the '00s
(indieWIRE) - It’s really been a stunning decade for documentaries. With early-to-mid 2000s entries like “Bowling For Columbine” and “Winged Migration” paving the way, documentaries all of a sudden became something they have rarely been considered with such consistency: potential moneymakers. FULL STORY


Jobs & Opportunities

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Songs for Independent Feature
We are looking for several songs to be featured on our festival award-winning independent feature film. Genres include Rock en Español, Colombian dance/cumbia and bachata. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

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Monika Navarro
NALIPster's doc feature screening at Bostin Latino Int. Film Fest

NALIP member Monika Navarro's documentary Lost Souls (Animas Perdidas) will be screening at the Boston Latino International Film Festival, Saturday, Nov. 21 at 7pm at Boston University. The Boston Latino International Film Festival is committed to breaking stereotypes and building communities by using the medium of film to strengthen inter-cultural understanding and promote work of independent filmmakers.

Monika recently did a case-study of Lost Souls (Animas Perdidas) at the NALIP "Doing Your Doc" workshop in Durham, NC.

Synopsis: Filmmaker Monika Navarro was 21 years old when she started making a film about her uncle who was deported, and died in Tijuana. There, he was buried in an unmarked grave. Two months later another uncle would be deported, also an addict, who would be starting his life over in the country he left when he was six years old. What Navarro found is a family history filled with the best and the worst of the relationship between the U.S. and Mexico. A story of legal immigrants and deportation, military service and drug use, single mothers and absent fathers. And the double life of families split by choices and borders alike. Lost Souls (Animas Perdidas) will air on PBS' award-winning series Independent Lens March 23, 2010, and is a co-production of ITVS, in association with WGBH and Latino Public Broadcasting.

produced/directed/co-written by Monika Navarro
2009, 57 minutes, color, English

Daniel Osorio
NALIPster's film accepted into Egyptian fest, out on DVD

Miracle, a film co-directed by NALIP member Daniel Osorio and his wife Katrina Jasso-Osorio, has just been accepted into the International Film Festival Egypt, running April 4th - 8th 2010, in Cairo, Egypt. This is the 6th international film festival that the movie will be screening in.

The film is also out on DVD, and can be purchased from the filmmakers' website

Synopsis: Daniel and Katrina have just gotten married and are going to have a baby. However, complications with the baby begin to put heavy stress on the pregnancy as well as extreme tension in their own relationship. But when the situations are at their worst, a truly awesome message of faith, hope and love is brought to light, revealing that there truly can be a miracle reborn.


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