Latinos In The Industry

Latinos at the Toronto International Film Festival

The Toronto International Film Festival begins tomorrow, and the festival includes some notable premieres: Alan Jacobs' Down For Life (Por Vida), Miguel Arteta's Youth in Revolt, Estela Award winner Rodrigo Garcia's Mother and Child (pictured at left), Carlos Saura's I, Don Giovanni, Alejandro Amenabar's thriller Agora, and Josh Cook's La Soga (pictured below) which was written and produced by - and stars - NALIP member Manny Perez.

From an article in the Los Angeles Times by Mark Olsen:

Running through Sept. 19, this year's TIFF will screen more than 250 feature films from more than 60 countries. Last year the fest provided an early launching pad for award juggernaut "Slumdog Millionaire," which had its world premiere at Toronto following a sneak preview just days before at the Telluride Film Festival. This year, "Up in the Air," "An Education" and "The Road" are among the titles working the Telluride-to-Toronto shuffle, playing alongside high-profile for-sale titles such as "A Single Man," "Agora," "Chloe" and "Love and Other Impossible Pursuits."

The art-house movie business continues to struggle. A number of specialty labels (Warner Independent, Paramount Vantage among them) have closed, and ticket sales for highbrow films remain soft. Sales at Toronto, not surprisingly, will likely be slower than in years past, but many remain hopeful that there will be an uptick in deals as companies such as Overture Films (which has Michael Moore's "Capitalism: A Love Story" in this year's fest) and Summit Entertainment (which bought Toronto's "The Hurt Locker" last year) become more active on the festival scene.

As Toronto has often played a critical role in establishing award season momentum, the recent expansion of best-picture Oscar nominees from five to 10 films means more festival titles stand to benefit from positive exposure. "I think Oscar fever is going to hit a new level," said Michael Barker, co-president of Sony Pictures Classics, which enters the festival with the awards contenders "An Education," "The White Ribbon" and "Broken Embraces."

While Hollywood may be concerned with awards and acquisitions, the average festival goer cares only about seeing good films. Every year some supposedly hot titles fade after their festival screenings (see last year's "Me and Orson Welles") while others suddenly jump to the fore ("Rachel Getting Married"). It's the discovery, and the hunt for the next surprise, that keeps the annual event interesting.

Deadline Approaching: 2009 Television Writers Program

The deadline for applications for the 2009 Television Writers Program presented by the National Latino Media Council is September 14. Don't miss the opportunity to apply for this exciting program.

This program is not for beginners. It is for writers who can write at least a one half-hour comedy or a one-hour dramatic television script in English within a five-week period of time. The program will take place in Los Angeles, CA from November 7 to December 12.

Each participant is expected to complete at least one script by the end of the five-week session, which will then be read by network executives. Those writers whose scripts show promise will be interviewed and mentored by the network executives with the idea of placing them on a show. Nine of our writers from previous sessions have already been placed.

A stipend of $250 per week will be given to each participant.

Flight, housing, and meals will be provided. The program will commence on November 7. If selected, you must be available to fly and stay in Los Angeles, CA from November 7 to December 12, 2009. Writing samples must be in English and television scripts are preferred. Please note that writing teams are ineligible. The deadline for submissions is September 14. Scripts will be evaluated and program participants announced on October 19.

For writing samples to be considered, please submit the following:
- Program application
- Resume/Bio
- Writing sample (1) hard copy and saved on a CD (PDF format)
- Notarized release forms
- A paragraph explaining why you want to write for television

To download program application and release forms, please visit

Writing sample must be postmarked by September 14 and sent to:

National Latino Media Council
55 S. Grand Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91105

For more information please call Acasia Flores at (626) 792-6462. Program Sponsored by: NBC, ABC, Southwest

The Road From the Red Carpet to the Oscars
(The Globe and Mail) - No matter how direct the path from TIFF to Oscar looks, the film industry is growing more twisted every year. "There are no rules any more. Hollywood is so focused on the North American deal, but that's only a small part of the world," said TIFF international programmer Jane Schoettle. One of the films she's most excited about, for example, is La Soga, a drama about a Dominican assassin for the secret police. "The Spanish-language audience is crying out for film, and this is a great one," Schoettle says. "It will be seen, whether or not it's released in the traditional way." FULL STORY

Baseball Film Sugar Puts Sweet Twist on Familiar Story
(McClatchy-Tribune News Service) - Sugar, now out on DVD, is an excellent dramatic film about a young pitcher from the Dominican Republic that puts a new twist on the old rags-to-riches story. FULL STORY

With Culture Clash, Nothing is Sacred Except Satire
(Los Angeles Times) - Los Angeles is home to an industry that makes dramas and exports them around the world. But there's something wrong about the way our diverse city looks and sounds in big Hollywood films. FULL STORY


Jobs & Opportunities

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

From the Editor
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  Natalia Almada
NALIPster's El General in NYC premiere

Don't miss the New York City premiere of Natalia Almada's (LPA 2003, Estela) documentary El General, screening Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 6:30pm and Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 4:00pm at the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Latinbeat 2009. Natalia will also be on the Latin-O-American panel discussion with other NALIP members on Thursday, Sept. 10 at 7pm.

Kristy Guevara-Flanagan &
Dawn Valadez

NALIPsters' doc broadcast nationally on public television this fall

NALIP members Kristy Guevara-Flanagan and Dawn Valadez (both LPA 2004) are very excited to announce the public television premiere of their documentary Going on 13. Over the coming months, Going on 13 will broadcast in over 25 major markets across the country. Click on the ITVS At-A-Glance Page, and enter your state for all the details.

Synopsis: From Tweety Bird to Bow Wow, double dutch to chat rooms, Daddy's girls to first deceptions, watch as Ariana, Isha, Rosie, and Esme let go of childhood and fumble - or sprint - toward an uncertain future. This is puberty and for each of these girls of color, it’s a whirlwind of change and new choices. Without flinching, Going on 13 enters their world as they negotiate the precious, precarious moments between being a little girl and becoming a young woman.

Annette Murphy
NALIPster's film invited to screen at Independent Film Week

NALIP member Annette Murphy (LPA 2009) is producing the film Perfection, which was accepted to IFP Rough Cut Lab in New York. IFP has invited Annette and her fellow filmmakers to attend Independent Film Week in New York from September 19-24 and screen a part of their film at Rooftop Films.

Sunday, Sept. 20th
Doors at 8:00pm, films begin at 9:00pm
Fulton Ferry Landing
20 Old Fulton St., DUMBO, Brooklyn
Free to the public


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