Latinos In The Industry
  NALIP Board Member Frances Negrón-Muntaner Interviews CNN's Soledad O'Brien Before Launch of Latino in America Program

On Saturday, October 17th, as part of El Museo del Barrio's grand re-opening and fortieth anniversary celebration, NALIP Board Member and the director of Columbia University's Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, Frances Negrón-Muntaner, will interview CNN's special correspondent Soledad O'Brien about her upcoming new television series Latino in America. The screening and conversation will begin at 6:30 PM. For more information about El Museo, please visit

CNN will extend its acclaimed " America" series of documentaries with a two-night, four-hour event, Latino in America, debuting October 21 and 22. Reported by anchor and special correspondent Soledad O'Brien, the ambitious documentary initiative examines the growing diversity of America, revealing insight into a changing nation on the eve of the U.S. census that is expected to officially confirm that Latino Americans are the largest minority group within the country.

Two, two-hour documentaries will air at 9p.m. and 12a.m. ET and PT and simulcast in English on CNN/U.S. and in Spanish on CNN en Espanol on Oct. 21 and Oct. 22; CNN International will also broadcast the series. Latino in America was filmed in high definition.

Latino in America: Los Garcias

Wednesday, Oct. 21
9 p.m. & 12 a.m. (two hours) ET/PT

"Garcia" is now one of the top ten most popular surnames in the country, a sign of the largest ethnic wave in America's history. For the debut evening of CNN's Latino in America, O'Brien interviews Garcias from all walks of life. They hail from a broad array of nations; some families are new arrivals to America - others have been Americans for many generations. Old, young, wealthy and poor, Latinos are the fastest-growing minority group in America. O'Brien's lens on the Garcias yields a window into American life that viewers will find both new and very familiar at the same time.
One Garcia viewers will meet is Cindy Garcia, a 17-year old high schooler living in Greater Los Angeles. Cindy has a close and loving family, but like many Latina teens she is also facing challenges beyond her years. Her mother, originally from Guatemala, speaks no English and depends upon Cindy for translation assistance for medical appointments and other personal business. Cindy is often asked to babysit for the children of her siblings, even taking them to school with her; and she struggles with the added burden of an unplanned pregnancy. Most of Cindy's family and friends never graduated from high school, and an astounding 70 percent of her fellow students drop out before graduation, but Cindy tells O'Brien that she is determined to graduate. The first evening follows Cindy's journey.

Throughout Night One in the series, viewers will also hear from several accomplished Latinos about the American experience of being Latinos including, comedian George Lopez, and actors Lupe Ontiveros, Jesse Garcia, Edward James Olmos and Eva Longoria Parker.

Latino in America: Chasing the Dream
Thursday, Oct. 22
9 p.m. & 12 a.m. (two hours) ET/PT

The second documentary in the two-night series focuses on a journey as old as the nation - the pursuit of the American Dream. O'Brien interviews Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.), who fled communist Cuba at age 15. Martinez recalls his own American Dream journey - from his first humble nights on the floor of a welcoming Catholic church in Miami, learning English and achieving undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Florida, becoming a U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and finally becoming a U.S. Senator.

O'Brien also speaks with Carlos Robles. Since he is from Puerto Rico, he is an American citizen, but he has found transition to life in Florida a challenge so far. A police officer in Puerto Rico, Carlos' dream is to become a sheriff in Orlando. But he struggles with English, and he is worried that his language skills may interfere with or delay his dream.

In Shenandoah, Pa., O'Brien discovers a dream denied. Luis Ramirez was killed by a group of white high school students - allegedly only because of his ethnicity. Ramirez was an illegal immigrant from Mexico, and his death and the ensuing trial have been a lightning rod for long-building tensions in the community over dwindling jobs, crime and a melding of cultures that has not always been seamless.

On the other end of the spectrum, Vanessa Rosas, also from Puerto Rico, has flourished. Fluent in Spanish and English, her young children are also bilingual and Rosas and her husband - both engineers - live an affluent life in Florida as Disney employees. Rosas and her husband observe traditional Puerto Rican customs and celebrations and have also adopted those of the mainland. They are perhaps a bridge to a nation growing in Latino diversity.

"Soledad will give viewers new insight into an American story that they may have thought that they understood. There is so much to learn about the changing landscape of America - and we're delivering it just as the nation confirms its new demographics and all of the promise - and challenges that will come with that," said Mark Nelson, vice president and senior executive producer, CNN Productions.

INDUSTRY INSIGHTS: 6 Tips for Closing an Investor

Tom Malloy is an actor, writer and producer who successfully financed three films using the techniques from his new book, Bankroll. His films include Attic, The Alphabet Killer, and Love N' Dancing. Click on Talk Back to discuss with other NALIPsters!

Below are 6 Tips that will help you close an investor so you can finance your film. These tips are excerpts from the book Bankroll: A New Approach to Financing Feature Films by Tom Malloy. From the Heart Productions is producing a Film Financing Seminar on October 24, 2009 in LA with Tom. NALIP members get a 15% discount off the $79.00 price with discount code GRANT, and attendees receive a free business plan. For more information and to register, visit the seminar webpage.

6 Tips for Closing an Investor

1) Let him/her talk about him or herself. Don't just pitch everything about you, you, and you! Ask for their story first! People love to talk about themselves!

2) BE ENERGETIC AND PASSIONATE! I can't stress this enough. People want to be sold on passion. Be in LOVE with your project and that will transfer to the investor.

3) Find a common ground to talk about. I like to constantly educate myself on all types of subject matter by reading on a daily basis. This way, I at least know something about most topics an investor will bring up. If I don't know the topic, I will research it so I have an advantage the next time. Let's say, for instance, he or she brings up cars and I'm not really a car buff. What do you think I will be Googling that night so I'll be armed the next time?


Call for Entries: The Indie Fest

The Indie Fest is an independent, top-tier international film awards competition. Our goal is to help independent filmmakers gain publicity and, when appropriate, exposure to distributors. Please take a look at the Indie Fest website,, so you'll better understand the Competition. On the website you'll find lots of original content of interest to independent filmmakers including articles about indie-friendly distributors.

Deadline: October 30, 2009
Download the entry form at:

Down For Life: A Risky Road to a Challenging Film on Gang Life
(Latin Heat Online) - When filmmaker Alan Jacobs (American Gun, Nina Takes a Lover) first saw the New York Times article about the day a 15-year-old girl named Rascal decides to leave the leadership of a female clique gang in South Central LA., he knew it would make a brilliant movie. FULL STORY

Sofia Vergara - The New Latin Face on ABC
( - ABC cancelled the George Lopez sitcom but apparently it did not completely abandon the idea of including the Latino demographic in at least one of its shows. FULL STORY

White House Celebrates Hispanic Musical Heritage
(AP) - The White House became "La Casa Blanca" on Tuesday, celebrating Hispanic musical heritage with a South Lawn concert and such guests as Gloria Estefan, George Lopez, the Bachata music group Aventura, Jose Feliciano and more. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Producer for Dark Comedic Short (NYC)
Seeking a Producer/Production Manager/Production Coordinator for short film "Tulip" for early 2010 shoot but Pre Production in December. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

From the Editor
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Peek Inside LPA 2009 at

Do you ever wonder what goes on at NALIP's Latino Producers Academy? How we balance work and fun, heavy learning with creative development? And how things went in Santa Fe this past August?

Check out our 2009 Documentary and Feature highlight reels from the LPA at the LPA webpage. And enjoy previews of the Documentary Fellows' work here, plus scenes shot from our Feature Fellows' upcoming productionsh here. The casts, the crews, the talent, the mentors are all remarkable. We know that you will like this as much as we do - and if you haven't attended before, start planning for 2010!

Aurora Guerrero
NALIPster's feature selected for FIND Producer's Lab

NALIP member and writer/director Aurora Guerrero's (LPA 2006) debut narrative feature Mosquita y Mari has been selected for this year's Film Independent Producer's Lab. Guerrero wrote script, which won her the Sundance Ford Fellowship and Paul Robeson Development Grant in 2005 and was selected for the Tribeca All Access program. Click here to read the Variety story about the films selected for the Producer's Lab.

Some of Guerrero's other works include Pura Lengua, a film which debued at the Sundance Film festival and Viernes girl, a film which won the 2005 HBO/New York Latino International Film Festival short film competition.

Juan Mandelbaum
NALIPster's doc wins Human Rights Award at Docupolis

Photo: Juan Mandelbaum with Docúpolis festival director Hugo Salinas

Our Disappeared / Nuestros Desaparecidos by NALIP member and LPA mentor Juan Mandelbaum won the Human Rights Award at the Docúpolis International Documentary Festival in Barcelona. It will also be screening at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival in Arkansas on October 23rd.


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