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  NALIP 2009 Board of Directors Open Call-For-Nominations

Deadline for nomination is Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Dear NALIP Members:

It is time once again to elect a new slate of Board of Directors for NALIP National. As vested members of NALIP, this is your opportunity to make a difference in how your organization is run over the next three years. We need your energy, your enthusiasm, and your ideas to help NALIP better serve the needs of the Latino media-making community.

The Board of Directors' goal is to present a slate of nominees for the 2010 election cycle. We seek recommendations of candidates who will have a marked impact on NALIP's ability to increase our visibility on a national level, will help increase our fundraising capacity, both directly and through contacts, and become an active participant in the leadership and governance of NALIP next year. Every Board member must be a NALIP member in good standing, and make a commitment to make NALIP a major part of their personal giving each year. Each Board member is also responsible for raising essential resources and funds as a major focus of their service.

You are invited to nominate candidates for a 3-year term to the NALIP Board of Directors. You may also nominate yourself if you feel you have the leadership qualities we are looking for. Just follow the guidelines below. A few things to consider before you proceed. First know, per our bylaws, that:

* Prospective candidates shall be at least eighteen years of age, be a vested NALIP member whose annual membership dues are current and that your status is in good standing, and that your residency or place of employment is in the United States.

* In the same way that our organization supports media makers from around the country, so too can candidates for the Board of Directors be from throughout the continental United States.

* The number of Directors shall be seventeen (17) unless the Board of Directors by resolution increases or decreases that number, but in no case shall the number of Directors be less than five (5) or more than eighteen (18). No decrease in the number of Directors shall shorten the term of any incumbent Director.

* At all times the majority of the Board of Directors shall be Latino, or of a Latino origin. At least one third of the Directors shall be producers and/or representatives of producing organizations.

* Each Director shall serve for a term of three (3) years to a maximum of three (3) renewable terms.

Know also that the Board Duties and Responsibilities are as follows:

Each Director shall be responsible for participating actively in the management of the Corporation, which shall include but not be limited to:

A. The hiring, support and evaluation of the Executive Director on an annual basis;

B. Approving policies, guidelines and long-range plans;

C. Enhancing the organization's public image, both regionally and abroad;

D. Ensuring the organization's financial stability and solvency by approving an annual budget and reviewing financial statements on a regular basis;

E. Helping to raise money for the organization or identifying prospective/viable funding sources;

F. Evaluating and assessing the performance of the Board; and

G. Participation in a leadership capacity in at least one active committee or task force per year, such as advocacy, governance, conference, membership and/or program development, among others.

Our full By-laws, and their related amendments, including descriptions of the Board of Directors, its Officers and their specific responsibilities, can be found online at:

Here is what you need to do to present your nomination for consideration. Please provide:

1. A detailed Bio outlining your professional, educational and creative background

2. A Letter of Intent (LOI) that describes WHY you, or the person you are nominating, wish to be on NALIP's Board of Directors and WHAT skill sets or capacities you will bring to the benefit of the organization, and

3. Full contact information including phone and email.

Deadline for nomination is Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Please e-mail your nominations to the NALIP Nominating Committee at with NALIP NOMINATIONS in the Subject Line

Questions? Please feel free to call Kathryn Galan, NALIP Executive Director at 310.395.8880 or

We look forward to receiving your nominations!

Flavio Morales, Bernardo Ruiz, Beni Matias, NALIP Board Nominations Committee

NALIP Hosting Youth in Revolt Screening November 3rd

The AFI Film Festival starts next week!

NALIP is proud to be hosting the FREE screening of Youth in Revolt at AFI FEST Oct. 30-Nov. 7.

USA | DIR Miguel Arteta
CAST: Michael Cera, Ray Liotta, Justin Long, Fred Willard, Jean Smart, Steve Buscemi, Portia Doubleday, Zach Galifianakis

This coming-of-age comedy puts a fresh and outrageous stamp on a tale of adolescent obsession and rebellion. Starring Michael Cera (SUPERBAD, the Oscar-winning JUNO) and based on the acclaimed novel by C.D. Payne, YOUTH IN REVOLT is the story of Nick Twisp - a distinctively affable teen with a taste for the finer things in life, including Sinatra and Fellini - who falls hopelessly in love with the beautiful, free-spirited Sheeni Saunders (Portia Doubleday) while on a family vacation. But family, geography and jealous ex-lovers conspire to keep these two apart. Encouraged by Sheeni, Nick abandons his dull, predictable life and develops a rebellious alter ego: Francois. With his ascot, his moustache and his cigarette, Francois will stop at nothing to be with Sheeni, which leads Nick Twisp on a path of destruction with unpredictable and uproarious consequences.

View trailer to YOUTH IN REVOLT:

Tue. Nov 3, 10:15 pm, Grauman's Chinese

Get your tickets at

AFI FEST 2009 presented by Audi takes place October 30th - November 5 in the heart of historic downtown Hollywood at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, the neighboring Mann 6 Theater (in the Hollywood and Highland Center) and the Roosevelt Hotel, then moves to Santa Monica for two days of screenings at AFM, the American Film Market.

As their gift to moviegoers, free tickets are available to all festival movies, including a limited number of free tickets to evening red carpet galas. Get your tickets starting October 16 at or, or by calling 1-866-AFI-FEST. You can also obtain tickets by going to the Festival Box Office located at the Mann 6 Theatre starting on October 26th, or on the day of the screenings via rush lines.

Become a patron of the festival and purchase an AFI FEST Patron Pass, available now. The AFI FEST Patron Pass provides early entry to screenings, lounge access and other benefits. By becoming a festival patron, you help make this free festival possible and support the art of film. For more details, visit or call 1-866-AFI-FEST.

Seating is limited, so get your free tickets NOW! Festival program schedule details available at

Call for Entries: Canada International Film Festival

The Canada International Film Festival is now accepting entries in all categories for the upcoming 2010 Festival. We accept both domestic and international submissions. Click here to submit your film!

The Canada International Film Festival brings the best of world cinema to Canada and plays an important role in maintaining and further enriching its film culture. We accept films and screenplays of any type, in any genre.

Come celebrate and share your passion for independent film. The Canada International Film Festival has firmly established itself among the top film festivals in Canada. Held each year in the beautiful and cosmopolitan city of Vancouver, British Columbia, the festival brings the very best of world cinema to Canada from over 90 countries around the world.

For more information and to submit, visit the Canada International Film Festival website.

The 2010 Canada International Film Festival will be held Friday, February 19th through Sunday, February 21st, 2010 in the heart of Vancouver. This year's Festival Program will showcase a wide variety of North American and International Feature Films to thought-provoking Shorts, Documentaries, Music Videos, Animations, Experimental Films, Student Films, a Screenplay Competition, and more.

21 Awards Including Cash Prizes

Each year the Canada International Film Festival awards prizes in several competitive categories to celebrate and recognize outstanding achievement in filmmaking, writing and acting as selected by our Official Jury.

In addition to the juried awards, the festival also presents an annual Audience Award to the film with the highest rating as determined by festival audiences.

Cash prizes are awarded for the Grand Jury Prize, presented to the best film in competition among all categories, and the top three finalists in the Write Brothers Screenplay Competition. In addition, winners will receive beautiful awards, products, and services from our sponsors.

Screenplay Competition

The Write Brothers Screenplay Competition, in partnership with the Canada International Film Festival, was created to discover emerging independent writers and talented, new voices in scriptwriting. Over $6,000 in cash and prizes will be given away to the Winners and Finalists of this year's competition.

12 selected Official Competition Finalists and 3 Top Winners will be announced at the Canada International Film Festival Awards Ceremony.


Red Mesa Wins Best Short Film at 2009 LALIFF
(NM Media Industry Talk) - Ilana Lapid's Red Mesa, a fictional drama set on the U.S.-Mexico border, was awarded Best Short Film during the closing night gala for the 2009 Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF). FULL STORY

Hollywood Film Recreates Russia-Georgia War
( - Hollywood filmmakers have recreated a rally in Georgia's capital while filming a movie about the 2008 Russia-Georgia war, with Andy Garcia playing President Mikhail Saakashvili. FULL STORY


Jobs & Opportunities

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

From the Editor
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Stand Up and Be Counted, Watch Latino in America on CNN

By Frances Negrón-Muntaner

It was cold outside. But inside it was steaming with questions.

Last Saturday I had a two-hour conversation with journalist Soledad O'Brien and a vibrant audience at El Museo del Barrio about the CNN series Latino in America. Sometimes we agreed, sometimes we disagreed but above all we understood one thing: the need for more Latinos in American TV.

The twist is that CNN is not sure about this. So viewers like us may need to assist.

This October 21 and 22, CNN premieres Latino in America. I have never been an advocate for inciting Latinos to support a show just because a Latino made it. I consider that Latinos are not easily persuaded to watch what they do not want to as a sign of strength and independence, not of weakness. But there are so many reasons for viewing that being Latino does not even have to be among them. Consider one of mine: The success of Latino in America may deport Lou Dobb's show to immediate cancelation.

The most trusted name in news should then trust me on this one: I'll be watching you.

Paula Heredia
NALIP mentor screening Africa Rising in NYC

NALIP mentor Paula Heredia invites everyone to join her for the screening of her film Africa Rising, November 3 at 7:00pm at the NYU Cantor Film Center in New York City. The event is hosted and introduced by MERYL STREEP. Entrance is free.

Africa Rising celebrates the resilience and determination of the grassroots movement working to end female genital mutilation.

A film by Paula Heredia
Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 7:00 pm
Cantor Film Center
36 East 8th Street (Between University Place and Greene Street)

For tickets and more information go to the official website.

NALIPster's film screening in NYC on Oct. 29

NALIP member Vagabond's debut feature film Machetero returns home from it's Irish award-winning premiere last month to screen at the New York International Independent Film And Video Festival on October 29th at 8PM at the Village East Cinemas 181 2nd Avenue @ 12th Street.

In the tradition of Gillo Pontecorvo's Battle Of Algiers, Melvin Van Peebles Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song and Sam Greenlee's The Spook Who Sat By The Door, Vagabond's MACHETERO is a meditation on violence as a means toward liberation. French journalist Jean Dumont, played by Isaach de Bankole (Ghost Dog, Casino Royale, The Limits Of Control) interviews Pedro Taino a so-called "Puerto Rican Terrorist" played by Not4Prophet (lead singer of the Puerto Punk band RICANSTRUCTION) in a New York prison. Pedro is a self-described Machetero fighting to free Puerto Rico from the yoke of US colonialism. Obsessed with freedom, Jean questions Pedro about his decision to use violence as a means to achieve that freedom.


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