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  NALIPsters Win at Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival

The 13th Annual Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) announced its winners at the Paramount Theatre on the Paramount Lot in Hollywood. Festival co-founders Edward James Olmos and Marlene Dermer led the award ceremony presentation. Winners were announced in the categories of best feature film, best director, best screenplay, best opera prima, best short, best documentary, and audience awards in the feature and documentary categories. Special mentions from the jury were also announced.

Among the winners were three films by NALIP members:
- Morenita, produced by NALIP member Ozcar Ramírez and directed by Alan Jonsson Gavica, won Best Screenplay: Features Category.
- El Tux, written and directed by NALIP member Paco Farias and produced by NALIP member Jennifer Stetson, won Special Mention: Shorts Category.
- Niña Quebrada, co-written and produced by NALIP member Diana Romero (LPA 2004), directed by Jen Kleiner, and starring NALIP members Yvette Yates and Geoffrey Rivas, won Special Mention: Shorts Category.


Best Film (RITA AWARD)
Winner: "Anita"
Director: Marcos Carnevale
Screenwriter: Marcos Carnevale, Lily Ann Martin, Marcela Guerty
Country: Argentina

Best Screenplay: Features Category
Winner: "Morenita"
Director: Alan Jonsson Gavica
Screenwriter: Alan Jonsson Gavica, Annabel Oakes
Producer: Ozcar Ramirez
Country: Mexico

Best Director: Features Category
Winner: "Cinco Dias sin Nora"
Director: Mariana Chenillo
Screenwriter: Mariana Chenillo
Country: Mexico


Best Opera Prima
Winner: "Cinco Dias sin Nora"
Director: Mariana Chenillo
Screenwriter: Mariana Chenillo
Country: Mexico


Best Documentary
Winner: "Sons of Cuba"
Director: Andrew Lang
Country: Cuba

Honorable Mention: Documentary Category
"Titon, de la Habana a Guantanamera"
Director: Mirtha Ibarra
Country: Spain

Honorable Mention: Documentary Category
"La Vida Loca" (The Crazy Life)
Director: Christian Poveda
Country: Mexico/France/Spain


Best Short
Winner: "Red Mesa"
Director: Ilana Lapid
Screenwriter: Ilana Lapid
Country: USA

Special Mention: Shorts Category
"El Tux"
Director: Paco Farias
Screenwriter: Paco Farias
Producer: Jennifer Stetson
Country: USA

Special Mention: Shorts Category
"Niña Quebrada"
Director: Jen Kleiner
Screenwriter: Diana Romero, Danny Klein, Jen Kleiner
Based on the Story by Diana Romero
Producer: Diana Romero
Country: USA


CineLatino Audience Award: Features
Winner: "Anita"
Director: Marcos Carnevale
Screenwriters: Marcos Carnevale, Lily Ann Martin, Marcela Guerty
Country: Argentina

CineLatino Audience Award: Documentary
Winner: "Titon, de la Habana a Guantanamera"
Director: Mirtha Ibarra
Country: Spain

Deadline Approaching: Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, the premier venue for nonfiction film in the American West, is seeking submissions for its seventh annual event. From February 12-21, 2010 the festival will screen 100+ films, including world and U.S. premieres, classics, rare and experimental works on Montana's largest screen at the historic Wilma Theater in downtown Missoula, Montana. In addition to ten days of screenings, the event will feature many public and VIP events including panel discussions, galas, receptions and networking round-tables.

SPECIAL EXTENDED DEADLINE (Withoutabox entry only): October 31, 2009

The competitive event is open to non-fiction films and videos of all genres, subject matter, lengths and production dates. Awards and cash prizes will be given for Best Documentary Feature (over 50 minutes), Best Documentary Short (15-50 minutes), Best Mini-Doc (under 15 minutes) and best documentary about the American West (the "Big Sky Award").

Enter via at

Don't Miss "Doing Your Doc" - San Antonio, November 6-8

Doing Your Doc: Diverse Visions, Regional Voices is coming to San Antonio, Texas on November 6-8. This intensive 3-day workshop is right for you, whether you are just beginning, have already shot footage on a documentary project, or are seeking finishing funds.

Doing your Doc is a unique chance to work with story consultant Fernanda Rossi, the Documentary Doctor, author of the book "Trailer Mechanics," plus receive project mentoring on your proposal, trailer or documentary idea, including mentor Richard Saiz from ITVS who will teach his holy trinity for successful proposals. Don't miss this opportunity to work with him and Fernanda Rossi and much more in Texas.

Doing Your Doc: 3-day Workshop Fee
Early Registration by Nov. 6 - $100; Student w/ Valid ID -- $50;
$150/$100 at Door
Includes lunches, workshop materials, handouts & private project mentoring
Register online here for DOING YOUR DOC - SAN ANTONIO

Venue Address: Urban-15, 2500 S. Presa, San Antonio, TX

For more information including a full schedule visit the Doing Your Doc webpage, or call NALIP at 310.395.8880

Valderrama the Dog Whisperer
( - Actor Wilmer Valderrama has sniffed out his next TV role - playing Oprah Winfrey and Will Smith's celebrity dog trainer in an upcoming comedy. FULL STORY

Pastor Brothers to Direct 'Strange'
(Variety) - Spanish brothers David and Alex Pastor, who helmed "Carriers" for Paramount Vantage, are attached to direct their sophomore feature, U.S. thriller "Strange, but True." FULL STORY


Jobs & Opportunities

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

Traditional Animators (Mexico City)
White Knight Creative Productions - currently making a feature length movie about Mexican History - is looking for traditional animators who can work in semi anatomical style and who are willing to relocate to Mexico City for the duration of this project. We include housing, travel expenses and legal assistance with work papers needed. 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

Felix Pire
NALIPster launches Latinas En L.A. web series

NALIP member Felix Pire has created a new websiode series called Latinas En L.A., detailing the socio-cultural ups and downs of young Latina women in Los Angeles looking to make it big in life and in love. Join Nina, Valentina, Lydia and Anita as they let you peek into their Almodovar-esque existences, and show you that Latina love is of the sexiest and sometimes funniest kind. It's a Latina "Sex in the City" meets "Love American Style."

The first season stars: Sasha Ramos, Ana Asensio, Susan Artigas, and Karla Menjivar.

Watch Latinas En L.A. on the series' YouTube Channel.

Yvette Yates
NALIPster appears in I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell

Yvette Yates can currently be seen in theatres opening the film as the Deaf Girl in I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell. Based on Tucker Max's bestseller and scripted and produced by Max and Nils Parker, low-budget indie I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell distinguishes itself from such last-fling-before-the-wedding comedies as The Hangover with the grittiness of its Texas locales and the smug intelligence of its unapologetically narcissistic protagonist. Variety's Review stated, "Despite (or maybe because of) Tucker's nonstop sexual political incorrectness, the pic's femmes tend to shine... Even the deaf girl whose sexual wails bring the cops bursting through the door - in the pic's hand-held, "Cops"-style prologue - upbraids the intruders with speech-impaired brio."

At this year's 13th Annual Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival Closing Night Awards at Paramount Studios, the much acclaimed and award-winning, Niña Quebrada (Broken Girl) received Special Mention. Yvette Yates stars as Lucena, a teenage girl who runs away from her family in Mexico for the love of a boyfriend who promises her a better life in Los Angeles. The reality, unbeknown to her, is that she has been sold into sex slavery. Against the backdrop of an illegal cockfighting ring, Lucena must fight for her life to escape the horrors of this nightmarish world of child prostitution and human trafficking.

Yates is currently attached to the feature, Flights of Fancy and has upcoming projects (Tijuaneros, Respiracion, and Spanish Fly) which will begin circulating in the film festivals. Repped by Steve Glick at The Glick Agency.

David Siqueiros
NALIPster directs and EP's "Jaime Maussan's Secret Archives" on LATV

Mexican born NALIP member David Siqueiros serves as Director and Executive Producer for the first season of "Jaime Maussan's Secret Archives," which premiered this week in the U.S. and Puerto Rico on LATV Networks. This is a new genre for Siqueiros after his recent TV and Radio Ads for the Chelsea VS. Inter Soccer Match featuring Edward James Olmos that brought 82,000 to the Rose Bowl, shattering the previous record dating back to the 94' World Cup.

"Maussan's Secret Archives" follows award winning UFO Researcher and Journalist Jaime Maussan, as he investigates cases around the world. Maussan's team access to UFO evidence is second to none - and his vast video library and sometimes chilling evidence of paranormal phenomena will air for the first time in the US and Puerto Rico on Spanish Language LATV Networks, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 PM and 9:00 PM Friday nights.

This season, Jaime will dig into the evidence of sightings and paranormal activity in places such as Alvin, Texas; Hamptshire, England; Ankara, Turkey; Mexico City and La Paz, Bolivia among many others.

Jaime Maussan is one of the Top UFO Researchers in the World and well known to US Latinos working as a correspondent for Televisa's "Otro Rollo", Telemundo' Network, and guest appearances in shows like "Sightings", "60 Minutes with Mike Wallace", "The New Explorers" and the "Discovery Channel" among many others

"It was just a matter of time to develop a show for the US Latino audience" says Maussan. "The show is produced at our own Studios in Mexico City but shot on location around the world. We use the best HD technology, a vibrant look, very hip looking 3-D graphics and fantastic music, specifically directed to the LATV audience".

Siqueiros recently Wrote, Produced, and Directed the independent feature film One Long Night, currently on Pay Per View Nationwide through Vivendi Entertainment, following a successful career as an award winning director of commercials and television in the US, Mexico and Europe.


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