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PBS Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month 2009 (September 15-October 15) is coming up, and PBS is celebrating with a great lineup of programs that entertain while examining the history, heritage and cultural contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans.

Several of the programs are by NALIP members: POV "Ella Es el Matador/She Is the Matador" (directed and produced by NALIP member Gemma Cubero), INDEPENDENT LENS "Our Disappeared/Nuestros Desaparecidos" (pictured at left - directed by NALIP member Juan Mandelbaum), AMERICAN MASTERS "Orozco: Man of Fire" (directed, written and produced by Laurie Coyle and Rick Tejada-Flores), Brown is the New Green: George Lopez and the American Dream (produced and directed by NALIP member Phillip Rodriguez), and POV "Calavera Highway" (produced by NALIP BOD member Evangeline Griego).

A highlight of PBS' Hispanic Heritage Month programming is Latin Music USA. From Latin jazz and mambo to salsa, Tejano, Chicano rock, Latin pop and reggaeton, the four-hour series tells the story of the rise of new American music forged from powerful Latin roots and reveals the often overlooked influence of Latin music on jazz, hip hop, rhythm and blues and rock 'n' roll - and on all of American culture. It's a fresh take on America's musical history, reaching across time and across musical genres to embrace the exciting hybrid sounds created by Latinos, musical fusions that have deeply enriched popular music in the U.S. over more than five decades. Jimmy Smits narrates. Latin Music USA airs Mondays, October 12-19, 9-11 p.m. ET on PBS, and also airs on V-me, the national Spanish TV network, on Tuesdays, October 13-20, 10 p.m.-12 a.m. ET.A

Other highlights include Great Performances "Los Angeles Philharmonic Opening Gala With Gustavo Dudamel" and fascinating documentaries, including a look at Argentina's troubled past (Independent Lens "Our Disappeared/Nuestros Desaparecidos").

PBS' celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month extends beyond the broadcast and onto PBS' video player - where viewers can watch hours of free PBS programming online and on their own time - features an extensive lineup of programs honoring and exploring Latino culture in "Nuestras Historias | Our Stories," a special Hispanic Heritage Month collection that will feature LATIN MUSIC USA, POV "Ella Es el Matador," the short-film series "Latinos in 60 Seconds" and AMERICAN EXPERIENCE "Roberto Clemente," among others. The collection launches September 10 at

New Programming airing in and around Hispanic Heritage Month on PBS

POV "Ella Es el Matador" (She Is the Matador)
Directed and produced by NALIP member Gemma Cubero and Celeste Carrasco
Tuesday, September 1, 2009, 10-11 p.m. ET (check local listings) on PBS
Premieres online September 2 on
Profiles of two female matadors currently in the arena: the acclaimed Mari Paz Vega and neophyte Eva Florencia.

INDEPENDENT LENS "Our Disappeared/Nuestros Desaparecidos"
Directed by NALIP member Juan Mandelbaum
Monday, September 21, 2009, 10-11:30 p.m. ET (check local listings) on PBS
Director Juan Mandelbaum returns to his native Argentina to discover what happened to friends and loved ones who "disappeared" during the 1976-1983 military dictatorships there. Terrence Howard hosts the series.

September 27-October 2, 2009 at 8 p.m. ET on PBS
Premieres online September 28 on
Filmmaker Ken Burns explores the history and splendor of, and the public passion for, America's national parks. Episode five "Great Nature," airing October 1, profiles a young National Parks Service biologist named George Melendez Wright who discovered widespread abuses of animal habitats and pushed the service to reform its wildlife policies.

GLOBAL VOICES "Revolucion"

September 2009 (check local listings) on PBS
This program tells the story of five Cuban photographers whose lives and work span more than four decades and whose perspectives on photography are as varied as their opinions about the Cuban Revolution.


Wednesday, October 7, 2009, 8-10 p.m. ET on PBS
Premieres online October 8 on
The second season of the Emmy-nominated and Peabody Award-winning series, a filmed journey of the history, artists and techniques of the nation's rich craft culture, continues the excursion into the diverse and ever-evolving world of American craft. Featured artists include Miguel Gomez-Ibanez, the director of Boston's North Bennet Street School, which has been training people for employment in the crafts since 1885.

Wednesdays, October 7-28, 2009, 10-11 p.m. ET (check local listings) on PBS
Premieres online October 8 on
Fifth season of the only television series dedicated to profiling the work of contemporary artists features 14 artists, including Columbian-born sculptor Doris Salcedo.

Thursday, October 8, 2009, 10-11 p.m. ET on PBS
THE POWER OF THE POOR tells the story of a small group of economists who helped defeat Peru's brutal Shining Path terrorists, pressured the government into making legal reforms that have lifted millions out of poverty and in the process became repeated targets for bombing and assassinations.

In English: Mondays, October 12-19, 2009, 9-11 p.m. ET on PBS
In Spanish: Tuesdays, October 13-20, 10 p.m.-12 a.m. ET on V-me, the national Spanish TV network

Premieres online October 13 (English) and October 14 (Spanish) on
Four-part series documents the rise of American music forged from powerful Latin roots and the influence of Latin music on jazz, hip hop, rhythm and blues and rock 'n' roll - and on American culture. Jimmy Smits narrates.

GREAT PERFORMANCES "Los Angeles Philharmonic Opening Gala With Gustavo Dudamel"
Wednesday, October 21, 2009, 8-10 p.m. ET
In fall 2009, music sensation Gustavo Dudamel will become the new music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. GREAT PERFORMANCES will join the opening night festivities for his inaugural gala concert.

Encore presentations airing in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month on PBS
These programs air September 15-October 15 (check local listings) on PBS.

AMERICAN MASTERS "Rivera in America"

Considered the greatest Mexican painter of the 20th century, Diego Rivera continues to have a profound effect on the international art world.

AMERICAN MASTERS "Orozco: Man of Fire"
Produced by Laurie Coyle. Written, directed, and produced by NALIP founding member/mentor Rick Tejada-Flores.
Muralist Orozco's bold, dynamic frescoes had a profound impact on American painters and inspired FDR to put artists to work during the Great Depression.

Produced and directed by NALIP member Phillip Rodriguez
Focusing on George Lopez, this smart, fast-paced program examines how business' efforts to profit from Latinos, this nation's largest and fastest-growing minority group, are shaping the contemporary Latino identity.

The intense, passionate world of female mariachi. Terrence Howard hosts.

JUSTICE FOR MY PEOPLE tells the story of Dr. Hector P. Garcia - Mexican Revolution refugee, medical doctor to the barrios, decorated war veteran, civil rights activist and presidential confidante -- as he fought to bring attention to the Mexican-American civil rights movement.

POV "The Ballad of Esequiel Hernandez"
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Tommy Lee Jones narrates the tale of a young man mistaken for a drug runner and killed by U.S. Marines patrolling the Texas-Mexico border.

POV "Calavera Highway"
Produced by NALIP BOD member Evangeline Griego
Two Mexican-American men reunite with five brothers and try to piece together their family's shattered history. Why was their mother cast out by her family? What happened to their father?

IFP's Independent Filmmaker Conference - NALIPsters Register at Member Rates (NYC)

September 19 - 23, 2009
New York City

Taking place during the 31st annual Independent Film Week (formerly IFP Market), IFP's five-day Independent Filmmaker Conference is the must-attend event for film and media professionals to learn how today's creative choices and business decisions are impacting tomorrow's artists, industry and audiences - and shaping the future of independent film and media-making.

Bringing together over 2,000 top business executives, filmmakers, producers, students, distributors and new media pioneers in New York City for innovative panel discussions, social networking opportunities, and "sneak preview" screenings, the Conference provides all attendees with access and opportunity for emerging filmmakers and seasoned industry professionals alike to learn the latest trends in the art and business of independent filmmaking.

Keynotes include Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding; Amelia) and Peter Saraf (Big Beach Films, Little Miss Sunshine). The Conference will include advice from pioneering independent filmmakers and insights from industry leaders from Big Beach Films, BMI, Focus Features, HBO, Hot Docs, Kodak, SAGIndie, Sundance, SXSW, This is That, Withoutabox, and more!

NALIP members may purchase passes at our IFP Member Price. For more info, check out

Disney's CEO, YouTube's Founder, and Wired's Editor Debate the Future of Monetizing Content
(CinemaTech) - "The Digital Chiefs," a lunch panel earlier this week organized by the Hollywood Radio & Television Society, was one of the best conversations about digital media I've been to in a long while. FULL STORY

Marcela Goglio: "This is an exciting time for Latin American filmmaking"
(indieWIRE) - There’s no doubt about the need to change the sad state of distribution for Latin American cinema in the U.S. so wider audiences can enjoy the many great films being produced in the region that deserve to be seen here. FULL STORY

Tyler Perry Eyes Another #1
(Variety) - Tyler Perry returns to the nation's multiplexes in the first fall frame with Lionsgate's "I Can Do Bad All By Myself" at 2,255 playdates in what's likely to be his second No. 1 opener this year. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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Interns for American Latino TV
Looking for smart, quick learning, self-starters for nationally syndicated half-hour program that celebrates American Latino Pride. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

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Several NALIPsters' films in the Orlando Hispanic Film Festival

Several NALIP members have films screening at the Orlando Hispanic Film Festival, taking place from September 16-20 in Orlando, Florida. Visit the OHFF website for a full schedule and screening location details.

Mea Culpa, screening on Sept. 20th at 12:00 pm, was written and produced by NALIPster Jorge Flores Rodriguez (LPA 2006), and Directed by NALIPster Gabriel Alfonso. When four strangers wake up trapped in an abandoned warehouse along side a dead body, they quickly learn they are all part of a sadistic man's final act of revenge. The film stars Hector Soberon, Laura Termini, Franklin Virguez, Juan Vidal, and Vanessa Adriazola. View the trailer online here.

Land Water People Time, a documentary work-in-progress, was produced by NALIPsters Cynthia Jeannette Gomez (LPA 2009) and Daniel Valerio, and directed by David Lindblom, in partnership with Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area. Located in New Mexico's Land of Enchantment, native and local voices and extraordinary cinematography convey the deep and provocative relationships between people, their culture and landscapes. Descendants of early Native Americans, New Mexican Spanish and generations of Anglo settlers - whose histories involve tribal, international and civil wars, droughts and famine, intercultural raiding and peaceful effort - continue a modern struggle to sustain, evolve and preserve their distinct cultures as intertwined people living across equally diverse landscapes.

The Borinqueneers, screening Sept. 18th at 2:00pm and Sept. 19th at 3:00pm, was produced and directed by NALIPster Noemi Figueroa Soulet.

Jaguar X
NALIPster's film in IFP Film Week, coming soon to DVD

The Myth of Time, a film written and directed by NALIP member Jagua X and dubbed "the unwritten chapter of the Popol Vuh," will be participating in IFP Film Week 2009 and is a winner of the prestigious IFP Labs Fellowship. The movie will be released on DVD on November 1st, and is currently available for pre-order via the film's website. The Myth of Time was filmed for 5 years exclusively in Guatemala, and tells the story of a child's journey into manhood after the world has ended.


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