Latinos In The Industry
  NALIP Congratulates Imagen Award Winners

NALIP congratulates all of the winners of the 24th Annual Imagen Awards, honoring positive portrayals of Latinos and Latino culture in entertainment, which were announced last week at a star-studded black-tie gala held in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The awards were handed out in front of an audience of over five hundred attendees representing the entertainment industry and Latino community.

NALIPsters contributed to several winning projects including:
- Best Actress/Television winner and LPA Fellow America Ferrera for Ugly Betty
- Best Documentary/Television winner A Class Apart was written, directed, and produced by NALIP mentor Carlos Sandoval
- Best Primetime Television Program winner Little Girl Lost: The Delimar Vera Story was scored by NALIPster Joseph Julian Gonzalez
- Best Theatrical Short winner St. Paul was written and directed by NALIPster Francisco Ordonez
- Best Feature Documentary winner Beisbol was produced and edited by NALIPster Richard Moreno
- Best Live Theatrical Production winner 8 Ways to Say I Love My Life and Mean It! featured a monologue written by NALIP mentor Josefina Lopez and a performance by actress and NALIPster Kikey Castillo

NALIP also applauds the winning shows of NALIP supporters ABC/Walt Disney, Fox, Maya, CBS, NBC/Telemundo, and LPB.

In addition to winners in twenty-one different categories from film and television, as well as live stage productions, special honors were presented to veteran motion picture agent Emanuel Nunez (Lifetime Achievement), television executive producer and writer Silvio Horta (Creative Achievement), screenwriter Roberto Orci (Norman Lear Writer's Award), and Latino community leader Dolores Huerta (President's Award).

The Imagen (pronounced ee-mah-hen, Spanish for "image") Awards program was established in 1985 from a suggestion by veteran television producer Norman Lear to encourage and recognize the positive portrayals of Latinos in the media. Later, as The Imagen Foundation, it expanded its programs and initiatives to further its mission to serve as a bridge between the Latino community and the entertainment industry in providing access, education, and resources for Latinos both in the industry, as well as those seeking careers in entertainment. Major sponsors of the Imagen Awards event included Nielsen, The Walt Disney Company, ABC, The Lear Family Foundation, CBS, Warner Bros., Paramount, Latino Public Broadcasting, The Hollywood Reporter, Fox, CAA, A&E, ABC7, GSN, NBC/Telemundo and Variety.

Winners were selected by an independent panel of entertainment industry executives and Latino community leaders. Following are the winners for this year's Imagen Awards in their respective categories. [Please note that the categories of Best Actress/Feature Film and Best Supporting Actress/Feature Film did not meet the minimum number of entries required for award consideration and therefore were eliminated from contention.]

Best Primetime Television Program: Little Girl Lost: The Delimar Vera Story (Lifetime);

Best Actor/Television: Hector Bustamante, Little Girl Lost: The Delimar Vera Story (Lifetime);

Best Actress/Television: America Ferrera, Ugly Betty (ABC);

Best Supporting Actor/Television: Raymond Cruz, The Closer (TNT);

Best Supporting Actress/Television: Ana Ortiz, Ugly Betty (ABC);

Best Children's Programming: Dora The Explorer (Nickelodeon);

Best Documentary/Television: A Class Apart (Latino Public Broadcasting);

Best National Informational Program: Despierta America - De Lava Platos a Chef (Univision);

Best Local Informational Program: Vista L.A. (KABC);

Best On-Air Advertising: FSE Strings (Fox Sports en Espanol);

Best On-Air Advertising (PSA's): University Health Systems - Child in Injury (Creative Civilization);

Best Variety or Reality Show: Quiero Mis Quinces -Cristina (MTV Tr3s);

Best Feature Film: Beverly Hills Chihuahua (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures);

Best Actor/Feature Film: Luis Guzman, Maldeamores (Maya Entertainment);

Best Supporting Actor/Feature Film: Manolo Cardona, Beverly Hills Chihuahua (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures);

Best Director/Feature Film: Carlitos Ruiz, Maldeamores (Maya Entertainment);

Best Feature Documentary: Beisbol (Winston Davis Assoc.);

Best Theatrical Short: St. Paul (Varona Prods.);

Best Live Theatrical Production: 8 Ways to Say I Love My Life and Mean It!

More information on the The Imagen Foundation organization as well as more details of the event can be found at, on Twitter at, as well as on Facebook.

NALIP-NY to Present Latin-O-American Panel at Latinbeat 09 (NYC)

The Film Society of Lincoln Center, Cinema Tropical and NALIP-NY present Latin-O-American, a special panel discussion at Latinbeat 09 featuring remarkable up and coming New York-based U.S. Latino and Latin American filmmakers.

Latin-O-American at Latinbeat 09
Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 7pm
Walter Reade Theater
Details online here

Participants: Natalia Almada (El General), Cruz Angeles (Don't Let Me Drown), Alex Rivera (Sleep Dealer, NDNR 08), Sebastien Silva (La Nana, NDNF 09). Moderated by Carlos A. Gutierrez, co-founding director, Cinema Tropical. Cocktail reception to follow.

The Film Society of Lincoln Center, Cinema Tropical and NALIP-NY have joined forces to present this annual showcase of the most promising New York-based Latino and Latin American filmmakers in order to celebrate the talent emerging from these communities. The event strives to open up a much needed dialogue in hopes of building bridges from which all groups can benefit and finding better, more accurate ways to incorporate the diverse cultural manifestations coming from both the U.S. Latin and Latin American filmmaking experience.

Beyond the apparent homogeneity of Latino culture in the U.S., there exists a vast array of cultural and racial distinctions that ultimately form the different Latin-American communities in this country. An unfortunate consequence of this fact is that these same communities are often fragmented based on place of origin, generation, location, class and race. In some cases the U.S. Latino experience can be profoundly different from the cultural experience within Latin America itself. This fragmentation is also evident in the artistic sphere-including filmmaking-and in many instances the Latino and Latin American categorizations are used indiscriminately without reflecting the realities of these divergences and similarities.

Cinelatino Adds Fox, Universal Pics to Slate
(Variety) - Miami-based Cinelatino pay cabler has added pic titles from 20th Century Fox and Universal Pictures to its slate of Spanish-lingo films. FULL STORY

Spanish-language VOD Offered by Avail-TVN
(Video Business) - Digital media provider Avail-TVN has teamed up with TuTV LLC to offer Spanish-language video-on-demand content to U.S. cable and satellite subscribers. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Casting: Non-Union Short
"Plata O Plomo" Zumapaz Productions is casting an intelligent and controversial non-union short film. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting: HD Comedy Short
Primo Pictures is seeking actors for our short, "Spanish Fly," a comical slice of Latino life as seen through the eyes of a fly. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION


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Alejandro Seri
NALIPster finds success with screenplays

NALIP member and award-winning screenwriter/director Alejandro Seri has had a busy few months beginning with his participation in the 2009 NALIP Latino Media Market with his feature screenplay, Sun and Shadow. It was at the NALIP conference that Alejandro met producer and pitch-catcher Marvin Acuna (The Great Buck Howard). This led to the two forming a partnership between Acuna's Business of Show Institute and Final Draft, Inc. where Alejandro currently serves as Industry Liaison.

A few weeks later, Seri became one of the recipients of the 2009 NATPE Diversity Fellowship. While attending the LATV Conference as a fellow, Alejandro was notified that Sun and Shadow had made it through one of the early qualifying rounds of the upcoming Sundance Writers Lab and that his co-authored Final Girl horror screenplay had been accepted into the NALIP Producers Academy with attached producing partner Johnny Silver. Seri opted not to attend the Academy as the attached director/co-writer in order to be at his wife Angela's side for the birth of their first child, Sebastian Easton Seri.

Patrick Rooney
NALIPster's feature opens theatrically in St. Louis

NALIP member Patrick Rooney produced and co-starred in the feature film Streetballers, which opened this past weekend in St. Louis to great success. Upon the official weekend numbers issued today through Variety, Streetballers ranked #7 in the U.S. for engagement average ($5,791.00), just behind major-studio pictures Inglourious Bastards and District 9. Additionally, Streetballers ranked #3 in the U.S. for engagement average for all independant films.

The filmmakers have been working nonstop to build a following, strategy, and presence for the film. In this new, exciting, and merging world of digital media and film distribution, the Streetballers Team is succeeding in utilizing innovative "outside-the-box" marketing strategies to self-distribute Streetballers. The filmmakers are in talks to open the film in Los Angeles, and have also recently been invited to premeire in Harlem, NY, as well as Chicago, Kansas City, and other major markets.

Visit the film's website to see the theatrical trailer featuring Nelly, along with direct links to purchase theatrical tickets, the HOT soundtrack, and pre-order the Streetballers DVD.


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