Latinos In The Industry
  NALIP Discount for 7th Annual Hispanic TV Summit (NYC)

NALIP members receive a discounted rate for the Seventh Annual Hispanic Television Summit being held Wednesday, September 23 - Thursday, September 24, 2009 at the Marriott Marquis New York City

Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News invite you to a gathering of top-level television executives to explore the most exciting developments in the Hispanic television market. The summit is an exclusive networking event that connects you with the industry leaders and ideas that are generating revenue.

NALIP Member Rates:
$349 / person Early Bird Registration before 9/10 (regular price: $399)
$399 / person After 9/10 (regular price: $499)

To register at the NALIP Member Rate, download the registration form here and return it by fax or email according to the instruction on the form (online registration at the discounted rate is not available).

Keynote Speakers are Don Francisco (Host, Sabado Gigante, Univision), Don Browne (President, Telemundo Communications Group), and Jeffrey A. Hirsch (Regional President, Residential Services, Time Warner Cable's New York City Region).
The 2009 Award Recipient is Edgar Sandoval, General Manger of North America Marketing at Procter and Gamble.

New <=> Section at Sundance 2010

The 2010 Sundance Film Festival will feature NEXT, a new section featuring six to eight films selected for their innovative and original work in low- and no-budget filmmaking. Festival Director John Cooper made the announcement today, citing the desire to discover and promote filmmakers forging new ways to tell their stories, limited by resources but uninhibited by creativity. Presented by the non-profit Sundance Institute, the 2010 Sundance Film Festival will take place January 21 - 31 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.

A new aesthetic enlisting low- and no-budget filmmaking has been on the rise. With NEXT, Festival programmers hope to provide a platform for these filmmakers to connect to audiences, industry and press while at the same time inviting the artists to be a part of an ever-evolving community of filmmakers working outside the system. Festival staffers refer to the new section with the symbol <=> which literally translates to "less than equals greater than".

Said Cooper, "Programming an event as important to the cultural landscape as Sundance Film Festival, we feel a responsibility both to represent new creative developments in the field and to contextualize films for our Festival goers. Historically, we have done this quite successfully with documentary, and most recently with New Frontier, 'saving space' as it were, to support different trends in storytelling. We want filmmakers to feel encouraged and intrigued by this new section of the Festival. We hope to excite audiences as well as inform a budding industry already investing in new models of distribution."

"The filmmakers who are working in this realm and who I have spoken to about this have a 'creative impatience' that I find invigorating," Cooper added. "These are not just the films that have been labeled mumble core...or dogma or even guerilla. They are an emerging counter culture within our counter culture."

As of September 1, the 2010 Sundance Film Festival has received over 4,964 applications and 3,689 films. Submissions are still being accepted. Visit for more information.

NALIP Discount for USC Marshall / RUI Online Programs

NALIP members receive a 10% discount on all of the online programs offered by USC Marshall / RUI. These programs are taken online and consist of 18 hours of material over 6 weeks. They were designed specifically to give entertainment industry people a leg up by teaching them today's best business practices in a context that they can relate too.

Each program is designed and taught by a top USC Marshall Professor and four to five leading industry executives who are currently working in the industry. Participants can view the material 7 days a week, 24 hours per day at their convenience. All of their questions are answered through the online discussion boards. We also offer participants the ability to continue to ask questions for a period of one year after they complete the program, and they will be answered within a 48 hour period.

To receive the 10% NALIP Member Discount when registering use discount code NALIP

USC/RUI offers the following programs:
- Digital Media and Technology Management September 30th
- Branding and Integrated Marketing October 21st
- Leadership in Media and Entertainment November 4th

We also offer a Professional Certificate in "New Media Management" from the USC Marshall School of Business for anyone who completes all three programs.

Film Independent's Filmmaker Forum

Film Independent's Filmmaker Forum returns with three important days to help you map the new landscape of independent filmmaking and empower you to thrive in it.

Learn how artistry and economy are now intertwined, and why it's time to throw out the old way of doing things and find new roads to independent filmmaking. Enjoy panel discussions from experts in the field, one-on-one networking opportunities, special screenings, and more.

Film Independent's Filmmaker Forum
October 9 - 11, 2009
Directors Guild of America - Los Angeles

For more information, special offers and discounts, and to reserve your space, visit

  Free Film Series Pays Homage to Hispanic Culture
( - So you think paying $12 for a movie ticket is too much? If so, a good option is the "Que Viva! Cine Latino 2009" series of free, open-air movies Wednesdays this month at the Food Pavilion Otay Ranch Town Center in Chula Vista. FULL STORY

How Three Oscar Winners = One Straight-to-video Movie
(Los Angeles Times) - I'd been wondering for a while whatever happened to "The Maiden Heist," an offbeat comedy about a trio of museum guards who steal a batch of their favorite art. The film is finally coming out Oct. 27 - but only at your local video store, not at your local multiplex. FULL STORY


Jobs & Opportunities

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

DP for Commercial Shoot in Caribbean
We're in search of a DP for the 15th to the 20th of September to shoot a commercial in the Caribbean, all expenses paid. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION


From the Editor
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Natalia Almada
NALIPster's award-winning doc acquired by WMM

The documentary El General by NALIP member Natalia Almada (LPA 2003, Estela), winner of the US Directing Award: Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival, has been acquired by distributor WMM.

Past and present collide as filmmaker Natalia Almada brings to life audio recordings she inherited from her grandmother-reminiscences about Natalia's great-grandfather General Plutarco Elias Calles, a revolutionary general who became president of Mexico in 1924. In his time, Calles was called "El Bolshevique" and "El Jefe Maximo" (the foremost chief). Today, he is remembered as "el Quema-Curas" (the Burner of Priests) and as a dictator who ruled through puppet presidents until he was exiled in 1936. Through his daughter's recordings, El General moves between the memories of a daughter grappling with her memory of her family life versus history's portrait of her father, and the weight of his legacy in the country today.

This month, watch El General at two international film festivals:

At the Montreal World Film Festival, El General screens on September 3, 4, and 7. Get more info and tickets here.

In New York City, El General screens at Latinbeat at Lincoln Center on September 15, followed by a reception, and September 16. Join Natalia Almada on September 10 at Latin-O-American, a panel discussion featuring up-and-coming New York-based US Latino and Latin American filmmakers. Get more information here.

Women Make Movies is the world's leading distributor of independent films by and about women, with a focus on cutting-edge documentaries that give depth to today's headlines, as well as artistically and intellectually challenging works in all genres. For two consecutive years, a WMM release has garnered a major prize at the Sundance Film Festival anda film from the Production Assistance Program has been nominated for an Academy Award. For more information, visit

Santiago Tapia
NALIPster associate producer on feature released nationwide

NALIPster Santiago Tapia (LPA 2009) has just released his first feature as an associate producer nationwide. Released August 28th in major theater chains, Play the Game can be seen in cities nationwide. The film is a cross-generational romantic comedy in which Andy Griffith plays a widower who with the help of his grandson becomes a retirement home gigolo.

You can read reviews of the film by the New York Post and Roger Ebert. Click here for a message from the director, Marc Fienberg, and a list of theaters where the film is currently screening.

Play the Game stars Paul Campbell, Marla Sokoloff, Andy Griffith, Doris Roberts, and Liz Sheridan.

Mr. Tapia says "It's not easy for an indie film to get out there and therefore I'm very proud of it. We were very lucky to get a segment on Entertainment Tonight and several reviews such as from the trades and Roger Ebert. Starting September 4th the film is going to open up in other cities, and that's why we need everyone's support."


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