Latinos In The Industry

NALIP Discount for WESTDOC: The West Coast Documentary and Reality Conference

Listen. Learn. Network. Pitch. Triumph.

WESTDOC: The West Coast Documentary and Reality Conference

September 14th - 16th, 2009

Doubletree Suites Hotel - Santa Monica, Ca.

Meet Program Buyers, Network with Producers, Attend Pitchfest.

Don't put your ambitions on hold. The WESTDOC CONFERENCE is a new conference dedicated to the Non-Fiction and Reality broadcast industry, an event designed by producers for producers: no filler, no wasted opportunities, nothing but a chance to hear from the decision makers, make connections, exchange ideas, and interact with broadcast professionals.

Latest additions to our speakers list include:
- Mark Samels, Executive Producer - The American Experience
- Sean Atkins, SVP, West Coast Production and Development, Discovery Studios
- Cori Abraham, Vice President, Development and Original Programming, Bravo
- Elli Hakami, Vice President, Program Development, West Coast Discovery Channel
- Jeff Hasler, SVP, Development and Production, Planet Green
- Charles Nordlander, VP Development and Programming, History Channel
- Richard Saiz, Senior Programming Manager, ITVS
- Robert Sharenow, SVP of Non-Fiction and Alternative Programming, A&E
- Joe Weinstock, Director, Original Series, Spike TV
and many, many more.......

More Speakers from: A&E, ABC, Animal Planet, APT, Discovery, E!, ESPN, Fox, MTV, Nat Geo, PBS, Spike, Sundance Channel, TLC, Tru Tv, WE and more

For Registration, Schedule and Speaker Information visit:

Save $100 until Saturday, 8/29/09 - Use code NALIP100

Save $50 until Saturday, 9/5/09 - Use code NALIP50

Enter to Win a Consultation with a Focal Press Film Industry Expert

LPA Sponsor/Support Focal Press has great tools and useful books for NALIP member makers. And many of their authors are featured at our Professional Development programs. Check out this Consultation Opportunity, too!

Enter to "Win a Focal Phone Call" and you could win a FREE one hour phone consultation with a best-selling Focal Press author. Each month Focal Press is giving you the chance to benefit from our author's insider knowledge of the film industry and have your questions answered. Simply sign up for one of our e-newsletters!

August - Lloyd Kaufman
President of the world famous Troma Entertainment, Lloyd Kaufman has written, produced, and/or directed more than 25 films, including The Toxic Avenger, Terror Firmer, and Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead. Not only will you be highly entertained by Lloyd, but you'll also receive a copy of your choice of Direct Your Own Damn Movie! or Produce Your Own Damn Movie!

September - Thomas A. Crowell
Film production is a litigation lighting rod: actors get hurt, copyrights are infringed, and contracts are broken. Thomas A. Crowell will provide basic insight on the legal aspects of production. After the call, you'll have his book The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers by your side to help you avoid legal pitfalls on the set.*

October - Louise Levison, Filmmakers and Financing

Levison, who wrote the innovative business plan for "The Blair Witch Project,' will pass along sage advice on business plan packaging and venture capital financing.

November - Kenn Rabin, Archival Storytelling
Let this internationally recognized expert on the use of archival materials in film storytelling tell you the right way to use images and music that belong to someone else.

December - Anthony Artis, The Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide
This active guerrilla filmmaker, educator and "artrepreneur," has the low down on getting your documentary made, down and dirty style.

What's so special about Focal Press authors?
Focal Press authors are out in the trenches, working on projects you've actually heard of. They've lived it, they're in the business and they want to pass along their know-how to help you succeed!

* Mr. Crowell will be speaking to you as an educator and not as your attorney. The phone call with Mr. Crowell does not constitute legal advice or a legal opinion. Only your attorney can advise you which laws are applicable to your specific case and situation. Mr. Crowell reserves the right to delegate this call to another attorney if the identity of the contest winner presents a conflict of interest with respect to the client's of Mr. Crowell's firm.

Deadline Approaching: Boston Latino International Film Festival

The Boston Latino International Film Festival (BLIFF) is pleased to announce the call for entries for feature films, documentaries, and shorts. Submission forms can be downloaded from, or by submitting on Withoutabox directly at BLIFF's 8th annual festival will take place in November 2009.

Deadlines to submit U.S. and International films for the 2009 Boston Latino International Film Festival are:

* August 28, 2009 - REGULAR DEADLINE
* September 4, 2009 - LATE DEADLINE

The submission link and complete information regarding eligibility and entry rules for the 2009 Boston Latino International Film Festival are available on the BLIFF website at

Call for Entries: Speak Out Against Domestic Violence Short Film Competition



Speak Out Against Domestic Violence Short Film Competition, deadline October 1st. Call for entries and online registration at:

EXPRESION EN CORTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL and AVON COSMETICS, S. DE R.L. DE C.V. join forces in the "SPEAK OUT AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE" SHORT FILM CONTEST which aims to raise awareness against and eliminate domestic violence around the world.

CATEGORIES AND FORMATS: Short Fiction, Animation, Experimental and Documentary films produced in any year, in any film or video format, of up to 15 minutes in length, will be accepted.

TV Series Reel Hollywood Seeks Filmmakers to Interview

NALIP member Vianessa Castanos was recently hired to host and produce a red carpet and TV/film festival program called Reel Hollywood. The program will air across the U.S. on LATV affiliates as well as online. They have already started filming and the first few episodes are in the process of being edited.

Vianessa is very interested in arranging in-studio interviews with filmmakers (writers, directors, producers) and wants to extend the opportunity for fellow NALIP members to be showcased on the show. Interested filmmakers need to be willing to come to the studio in Los Angeles and should e-mail with details on their project(s).

Reel Hollywood recently attended and hosted interviews on the red carpet for the Independent Television Festival and also covered the U.S. release of the Mexican film Casi Divas.


See Any Similarities in These Directors?
(The New York Times) - If you are splashing around with a bunch of guys who are 93 percent white, an average of 45.62 years old and look as if they’ve done this before, you must be swimming in the studio directors’ pool. FULL STORY

Salma Hayek, Oscar De La Hoya Among ALMA Award Honorees
( - The stars of "Ugly Betty" and "Wizards of Waverly Place" will be among those lauded at next month's ALMA Awards, which celebrate Latin achievement in entertainment. FULL STORY

Fresnadillo in Talks to Helm Bioshock
(Variety) - "28 Weeks Later" helmer Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is in talks to direct "Bioshock," the Universal Pictures adaptation of the Take-Two Interactive videogame. FULL STORY

Tulipanes Pared Down, Still Showing Quality Films
(The Holland Sentinel) - The slow economy is forcing the ninth annual Tulipanes Latino Art & Film Festival in Holland, MI, to make cuts this year, but festival officials say it’s not going to affect the quality of films being shown. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Seeking Latino Talent
Mark Blake Management is seeking submissions from talent. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting: 8-11 Year Old Latina for Short (NYC)
Seeking 8-11 year old Latinas to audition for the short film, Breathe Easy, to be shot first weekend of October in Upper Manhattan. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

From the Editor
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Richard Ray Pérez
NALIPster receives Sundance Documentary Fund grant

NALIP member and 2009 LMM Fellow Richard Ray Pérez received a Sundance Documentary Fund grant for his project, Cesar's Last Fast. The film looks at the private sacrifice and spiritual conviction behind Cesar Estrada Chavez's fight for justice and dignity for America's farm workers, then links it to a new generation of organizers leading the charge for farm worker's rights today.

"The films funded today reflect the Sundance Documentary Film Program's belief that documentary storytellers are 'first responders' exploring the current global realities we all face," said Cara Mertes, Director of the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program. "Documentary film is gaining momentum as an international language of cross-cultural awareness and understanding. These artists are at the forefront of the movement."

The Sundance Documentary Fund is a central element of Sundance Institute's Documentary Film Program, which provides year-round creative support to nonfiction filmmakers through Creative Labs, work-in-progress screenings, innovative partnerships and international activities in support of contemporary issue independent documentary. Grants are announced twice a year and submissions are judged on their excellence in storytelling, artistic treatment and innovation, global relevance and potential for social engagement. The film selection is juried by a panel of creative film professionals and human rights experts.

Irene Sosa
Two docs by NALIPster screening at African Diaspora Summer Series

Sexual Exiles and Shopping to Belong, directed by NALIP member Irene Sosa, will be shown in the African Diaspora Summer Series on Sunday August 30 at 2pm. The African Diaspora Film Festival and Teachers College, Columbia University spotlights stories of immigration. The two documentaries discuss important issues faced by the immigrant community in the U.S.

Sexual Exiles is a 30 min. video about the impossibility of returning home for lesbians and gays once they have "come out" while living in exile. It explores both the reasons they have left their homes as well as their complex experiences while living here.

Shopping to Belong touches on the relationship between consumerism and the sense of belonging and citizenship in the Latino community. It explores the hypothesis that immigrants use shopping as a way to feel part of this country, given that it is one of the, if not the main, cultural activities in the United States.

Venezuelan filmmaker Irene Sosa began working in Super 8 films in 1982 and since then has made over 30 documentaries. A Fulbright Scholar and CUNY professor, her work has been shown in many national and international venues. In 1998 Sosa was a recipient of the Individual Artist's Fellowship in video from the New York Foundation for the Arts and a fellowship from The Andrea Frank Foundation. She has received five PSC-CUNY Research Awards. In 2003 she was given a Brooklyn College Creative Achievement Award.

For film listings (dates/times) and information on the African Diaspora Film Festival please click here.

Nori Takei
NALIPster accepted to Project:Involve

Writer/director and NALIP member Nori Takei has been accepted to Project:Involve.  Project:Involve is Film Independent's signature diversity program, dedicated to increasing cultural diversity in the film industry by cultivating the careers of under-represented filmmakers.  Nori is also in post production on her first feature, 3:15, about an inner-city teacher who inspires her after-school class with a controversial assignment about guns. 

Welcome to Milo!

"Doing your Doc" and LPA mentor Fernanda Rossi, the Documentary Doctor, welcomed her new son Milo in a home birth on Sunday morning, Aug. 16 in New York City. Mother and baby invite emails, and will be doing Joint Consultations on trailers and story structure before you know it.


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