Latinos In The Industry
NALIP Awarded Grant From Hollywood Foreign Press Association

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association presented $1,249,000 in financial grants to 29 film schools and non-profit organizations at its annual Installation Luncheon honoring the organization's 2009-2010 slate of officers today at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Among the grant recipients was the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP), who received a grant for the LPA in support of bringing mentors and professionals to advance the projects of our Fellows. Eva Longoria Parker accepted the award on behalf of NALIP.

Rose McGowan joined HFPA President Philip Berk to announce grants. Acceptance remarks on behalf of the grants were made by Warren Beatty (The Film Foundation), Jordana Brewster (Lollipop Theatre Network), Hugh Dancy (Outfest), Carla Gugino (Inner-City Arts), Rex Lee (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment), Eva Longoria Parker (National Association of Latino Independent Producers), Dylan McDermott (FilmAid International), Chris Pine (UCLA), Jason Reitman (Los Angeles Conservancy), Emmy Rossum (California Summer School for the Arts Foundation), Kerry Washington (Film Independent) and Evan Rachel Wood (CSU Northridge).

Berk introduced the officers Hans J. Spurkel (vice president), Meher Tatna (executive secretary), Jack Tewksbury (treasurer), Jorge Camara (board chairman), and board members Ali Sar, Ruben Nepales, Theo Kingma, Armando Gallo and Frances Schoenberger.

"Members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association always look forward to our annual summer luncheon," said Berk. "Not only do we celebrate the installation of the organization's new officers and board members, we take pride in donating over $1,000,000 in charitable contributions to many outstanding film-related charities and educational institutions. We are fortunate that the success of the Golden Globes allows us to do so. Over the past 15 years, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Foundation has presented more than $10.5 million in financial grants to dozens of film schools and non-profit organizations."

CHCC Annual Convention Offers NALIPsters Free Pass to Entertainment Financing Track (San Diego)

The 30th Annual California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (CHCC) Annual Convention will feature an Entertainment Financing and Pitch Track organized by the Chamber's Access to Entertainment Capital (AEC) Committee. The newly formed committee is dedicated to providing access to funds for the distribution of U.S.-based Hispanic entertainment content in TV, Film, Games and Sports.

Friday, August 21, 2009, from 10:30 a.m. through 3 p.m.

The Entertainment Track will bring together top entertainment business executives, Senators and influential leaders in the United States to discuss the past, present and future of the Latino entertainment business. Led by Senator Ron S. Calderon, Co-Chair of the Arts and Entertainment Committee for the State of California, Friday's events will kick off with a press conference, followed by a panel of entertainment investors and industry insiders, and, lastly, the track will close with a pitch session during which four producers will present their projects to entertainment financing experts.

Investors will provide feedback on ways producers can improve their project packaging and presentation for financing. Producers have been pre-selected following specific criteria, which included completed scripts, budgets, previous exhibition at a film festival and U.S. residency.

NALIPsters are elegible for free passes to the Convention's entertainment track, a $120 value.

"The entertainment industry contributes to California's diverse economy with more than 200,000 jobs and generates more than $35 billion in economic activity", Senator Calderon stated, "The importance of the Hispanic community to the entertainment industry cannot be understated and is highlighted by real financial contributions to this state by business owners, ticket-buyers and producers. We laud this effort by the California Hispanic Chamber to support Latino-oriented productions and businesses and are here to say we will be making every effort to work together to keep these productions in the state of California."

"Movie ticket purchases by Hispanics represented 20% of the box office sales in 2008," said Ivan Cevallos AEC's Chair. "In spite of this contribution at the box office, a lot of work is required to make more funding and distribution available to independent and Latino producers".

Speakers at the AEC track include Senator Ron S. Calderon, Co-Chair of the Art and Entertainment Committee for the State of California; Alexis Garcia, an agent in the independent packaging group with the William Morris Agency; Christopher Petzel, media entrepreneur and CEO of Northwind Capital; Jeffrey Andrick, Founder/Owner, XL.Ent Media Group; and Dennis E. Leoni, an award-winning executive producer, writer and director.

US Grant Hotel
326 Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101

8 a.m.: Registration
9 a.m.: Press Conference with Senator Calderon
10:30 a.m.: Introduction of Senator Calderon by AEC Committee Member
11 a.m. - Noon: Financing for Entertainment panel
2 p.m.- 3 p.m.: Pitch to Entertainment Investors


Call for Submissions: Film Independent's Spirit Awards

Film Independent is currently accepting submissions for the 2010 Spirit Awards.

Films are selected in part for their uniqueness of vision, original, provocative subject matter, and economy of means (with particular attention paid to total production cost and individual compensation).

EARLY DEADLINE: Monday, September 14, 2009

FINAL DEADLINE: Tuesday, October 6, 2009

For a complete list of eligibility requirements, guidelines, submission fees, Frequently Asked Questions, and entry forms, please visit the Spirit Awards website.

24th Annual Imagen Aawards in Eight Days

There are only 8 days left until the 24th Annual Imagen Awards celebration, with special honorees: CAA agent, Emanuel Nunez; "Ugly Betty" Executive Producer, Silvio Horta; and "Transformers" screenwriter, Roberto Orci.

The event takes place Friday, August 21st at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA.

For more information or to purchase a ticket to the event, please contact Dawn Vivenzio at or by phone: 626-376-9751 x203.


Rhetoric of Hate Fans Lynch Law in Arizona
(, by NALIP member Felipe de Ortego y Gasca) - There was a time when the national joke about California was that everything loose in the United States rolled into California because of the way the country was tilted. That tilt seems to have swung toward Arizona. FULL STORY

Rodriguez updates Predators, Nervewrackers, Jetsons
(SCI FI Wire) - During last Saturday's press day for the upcoming family fantasy movie Shorts, director Robert Rodriguez stayed mostly on-topic when it came to talking about current and future projects. But the director did briefly discuss a few of the upcoming films he's involved with. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Marketing/Publicity Director for Play
We are looking for someone to be in charge of marketing and helping with publicity for a play being produced at the Los Angeles Theater Center in a 300 seat theater. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting: 9 Year Old Hispanic Boy
Award winning dirrector Daniela De Carlo is casting for a young boy who looks 9 years old for a two minute short film. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

From the Editor
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Edwin Pagan
NALIPster interviewed about Latin Horror

NALIP member and former Board Member Edwin Pagan (LPA 2008) was recently interviewed by MiApogeo about launching Latin Horror. In the interview he discusses the first Latin horror film he ever saw, the difference between Latin horror and American horror, the leading filmmakers working in the Latin horror genre, and much more. Read the full interview online at

Alberto Ivan Garcia
NALIPster's doc on The Documentary Channel

As the immigration debate continues in the U.S. writer/director Alberto Ivan Garcia reveals an intimate look into the lives of those people who have been most affected by the lack of immigration reform. Un Sueno Americano/An American Dream takes a tour through the U.S./Mexican border and explores the lives of seven people, from a small business owner inside of Mexico who has lived through a devastating economy to Dan Harris Jr. a border patrol agent in Marfa, Texas trying his best to patrol one of the largest borders in the world.

Un Sueno Americano/An American Dream is a documentary not from a political viewpoint but from a human viewpoint a documentary that explores and discovers the human side to an issue that has divided a nation. The movie can be viewed frequently on The Documentary Channel (Dish Network 197), check The Documentary Channel's scheduling for showings

Andres Torres-Vives
NALIPster's short plays festivals, nominated for Imagen Award

NALIP member Andres Torres-Vives' film The Book of the Border was recently featured at the New York International Latino Film Festival, and will be a part of the Festival Internacional de Cine en Morelia in Mexico. It is also nominated for "Best Theatrical Short" at the Imagen Awards. Andres wrote the screenplay for The Book of the Border during a recent Fulbright Fellowship in Filmmaking, and the movie was cast by NALIPster and LPA casting director Rosalinda Morales.

The Book of the Border is a narrative, short film about the end of a family. A seemingly normal day in the life of a father, mother and daughter, split by the U.S./Mexico border, becomes the last one they will have as a family.

Filmed at the San Diego/Tijuana border, the bilingual film follows Juan, Maria and their daughter Lucia. Juan is an undocumented construction worker building San Diego's suburbs. He is good at what he does, works hard and follows the rules. He shares a cheap apartment to save money for his family, while going to night school to learn English. He has lived without his wife Maria and daughter for 4 years.

Maria and Lucia live in Tijuana, unable to cross into the United States. Maria is a bright young woman who had a carefree life until the unexpected birth of her daughter. She now works in a sewing factory and tries to manage a life for her and Lucia. She dreams of her past freedoms and of becoming an artist. Ten-year old Lucia has grown up quickly, taking care of herself, and sometimes her mother. She has been afflicted by a childhood pulmonary disorder since birth.



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