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NYILFFNALIPsters on the Screen!!

Once again the New York International Latino Film Festival is filled with NALIP Members. The festival runs from Monday July 27-August 2, 2009. Don't miss out on the opportunity to see these great NALIPster films in the big apple!

SHORT Films:
LALO 13 MIN/ COLOR/ HD Director: Daniel Maldanado
RISING UP
17 MIN/ COLOR/ HD Director: Eduardo Letamendi
DOG RUN 29 MIN/ COLOR/ HD Producer: Trina Bardusco
GORDITA 10 MIN/ COLOR/ HD Director: Debby Wolfe
PREMATURE 15 MIN/COLOR/ HD Director: Rashaad Ernesto Green
IDA Y VUELTA 15 MIN/COLOR/ HD Director: David Martin-Porras
BOOK OF THE BORDER 28 MIN/ COLOR/ HD Director: Andres Torres Vives THE CONTRACT 7 MIN/ COLOR/ HD Producer: Ana Trinidad
LITTLE COURAGE 4 MIN/ COLOR/ HD Director: Veronica Caicedo
EL TRIP 13 MIN/ COLOR/ HD Director: Ventura Montoya
BELOW THE FOLD 20 MIN/ COLOR/ HD Director: Roberto Gudino

FULL LENGTH Films:

PEPE & SANTO vs. AMERICA Dir./Writer/Producer: Javier Chapa This is America as seen through the eyes of Pepe, a naive, south-of-the-border immigrant in search of his grandmother's dying wish of the "Mexican Dream": a $2,000 down payment and lifetime mortgage on a home. After crossing the border, Pepe and his best friend, Santo, the inanimate Patron Saint of Immigrants, encounter a comedic cast of characters, from real estate moguls and day laborers to Mexican Telenovela stars and dead grandmothers, who play a part in Pepe's journey while also struggling to find their individual definitions of the "American Dream".

Cast:
Rafel Amaya, Myrna Cabello, Adam Jacobo, Karyme Lozano, Ryan Wickerham; Director: Javier Chapa; Writer: Greg Pohl, Javier Chapa Producer: Javier Chapa Vince Lazzo, Steven Stromberg

DON'T LET ME DROWN Dir./Writer: Cruz Angeles and Writer: Maria Topete
Lalo and Stefanie are two Latinos living in Brooklyn. Lalo comes from a Mexican immigrant family that struggles financially. His father, formerly a janitor at the World Trade Center, now works at Ground Zero cleaning up debris. Dominican-American Stefanie lost her sister in the 9/11 attacks. While her mother tries to hold the family together, her father's emotions seem to have only one outlet: anger. Lalo and Stefanie meet at a birthday party, and, although they start off on the wrong foot, the ice melts and their budding friendship becomes a clandestine romance. "Don't Let Me Drown" features an elegantly simple story, layered characters and standout performances. The textures of the city and the lives of ordinary people are shaded with a wistful sense of struggle, but the fabric of the film is woven from compassion. We care about these characters because they care about each other; that's how they keep their heads above water.

Cast: Damian Alcazar, Yareli Arizmendi, E. J. Bonilla, Ricardo Antonio Chavira, Gleendilys Inoa, Gina Torres Producer: Ben Howe, Lars Knudsen, James Lawler, Jay Van Hoy Maria Topete

THE WAR BOYS Director: Ron Daniels
David, George and Greg, best friends since high school, make up the War Boys. They used to perch on the US-Mexican border, waiting to spot illegal immigrants running into the United States and, just for fun, mercilessly chase them back across the border. It was one of those games boys played to make themselves feel big. But high school's over now. When David unexpectedly returns home from his freshman year of college, the War Boys reunite and hatch a new plan. They steal a truck, filled with what they believe to be black market TVs, from David's father's trucking company. Their plan to make a quick buck by selling the TVs and move to New York is complicated when the truck's contents prove to be much more sinister than the boys had thought.

Cast: Victor Rasuk, Benjamin Walker, Brian J. Smith, Greg Serano, Teresa Yenque, introducing Cheyenne Serano, with Micaela Nevarez and Peter Gallagher; Director: Ron Daniels; Writer: Bruce McLeod, Naomi Wallace; Producer: Gill Holland, John Hart, Carly Hugo, Matthew Parker

THE BOOKIE Dir./Writer/Producer Gibby and Mickey Cevallos
Freddy Vega is a gambler always out for that elusive big score. Though he has a job, a house and a beautiful fiancee, it's never enough. Working for a bookie on the side, his life is a cycle of drinking, gambling -- and losing! When Freddy gets his hands on the money his fiancee, Bianca, has saved for their wedding, it's a temptation he can't resist. At the end of a disastrous afternoon of gambling, it's all gone. Now he's broke and dumped by the love of his life. Determined to get back on his feet, he vows to turn his life around once and for all and win back Bianca. Complications pile up, there's a threatening character around every corner, and the trouble only gets deeper. How someone who's does spent his entire life getting everything wrong, finally make everything right?

Cast: Sandra Cevallos, Douglas Spain, Mike Starr Director: Gibby Cevallos, Mickey Cevallos; Writer: Gibby Cevallos, Mickey Cevallos, Joseph Camapanella, Jr.; Producer: Gibby Cevallos, Mickey Cevallos

SULTANES DEL SUR Director: Alejandro Lozano
Four thieves steal eleven million dollars from a Mexican bank and head off to Buenos Aires to change their greenbacks into pesos, with the help of The Texan, one of the city's big racketeers. The Texan sends three of his men to carry out the transaction in a parking lot, but mid-exchange a group of unknown gunmen open fire, massacring The Texan's men and escaping with the cash. Suddenly, the thieves are given an unreasonably short grace period to recover the money before The Texan takes his revenge. One bank, 11 million dollars, 30 hostages. And that's just in the first ten minutes! Hide your money, the Sultans are coming.

Cast: Oscar Alegre, Celso Bugallo, Tony Dalton, Brian Maya, Jordi Molla, Silverio Palacios, Ana de la Reguera, Juan Carlos Remolina

MACHETERO Dir./ Writer/ producer
Vagabond French journalist Jean Dumont, played by Isaach de Bankole ("Ghost Dog," "The Limits of Control"), travels to a New York prison where he interviews Pedro Taino, a so-called "Puerto Rican Terrorist," (Not4Prophet). Pedro is a self-described Machetero, fighting to free Puerto Rico from the yoke of US colonialism. He is obsessed with freedom -- for his homeland, his people and himself. Jean questions Pedro about his decisions to use violence as a means to achieve that freedom. As Jean and Pedro speak, another story unfolds. An urban youth, played by Kelvin Fernandez, grows up in the ghetto and crosses paths with Pedro, who works to mold the young man into the next generation of Machetero.The film is structured around songs from the album, "Liberation Day", written and performed by RICANSTRUCTION, who also provides the original score.

Cast: Isaach de Bankole, Kelvin Fernandez, Not4Prophet, Dylcia Pagan; Director: Vagabond; Producer: Resister, Vagabond; Writer: Vagabond

DOCUMENTARY Films:
DANCE AROUND THE POOL Director: Stephanie Rauber
"Dance Around the Pool" lifts the veil of secrecy that hides -- and fosters -- pedophilia. The film depicts the personal story of director Stephanie Rauber as she journeys to confront her father, who sexually abused her and her sister, in search of answers, closure and possible reconciliation. With startling courage and touches of irony and humor, "Dance Around the Pool" looks behind the doors of a seemingly ordinary home and reveals the anguish that hounds the children of a pedophile. In stark interviews with her father, the director delves into the justifications and twisted rationale of an unrepentant abuser. After journeying to confront her father, the director learns if the man who damaged her as a child, can help her heal as an adult.

AMERICAN DREAMS DEFERRED Dir. /Producer William Caballero
Told through the mixed media of hand-held camera and a combination of computer and hand-drawn animation, "American Dreams Deferred" captures one crucial year in the life of the filmmaker's Puerto Rican-American family living in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The father, a diabetic since the age of 16, undergoes dialysis three times a week after his kidneys fail. The mother, stressed beyond her years, never stops caring for her husband, even when his Medicaid funding is cut and he is forcibly taken off of the transplant list. Several other stories weave their way throughout the film, ranging from the grandparents' nonsensical arguments to a cousin's drug addiction. Ultimately, this story documents the reality of life in its most raw, but also most tender and truthful, form.

ANTONIA PANTOJA, PRESENTE Dir./Producer: Lillian Jimenez
Antonia Pantoja: Presente! tells the story of educator/organizer Antonia Pantoja, founder of the New York-based advocacy organization, Aspira. A passionate, indomitable leader, Pantoja worked with Puerto Rican "immigrant-citizens" to fight against second-class citizenship and to secure a bilingual voice. Through passionate personal testimony, never-before-seen home movies, archival footage, and the work of visual artist Juan Sanchez, the feisty Antonia Pantoja guides us through the Puerto Rican community's struggles and triumphs.

TREK TO THE HOLY LAND Producer: Patricia Fernandez
In the wake of the tragic attack on the World Trade Center, the Rev. Al Sharpton assembled an entourage to travel to Israel and Palestine to meet with leaders on both sides of the Middle East turmoil. Filmmaker Eddie Harris was among those visiting the region, and his camera vividly documents the group's meetings with Shimon Peres, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister of Israel, and Yasser Arafat, President of the Palestine Authority. These candid sessions with the renowned leaders provide the background and history of the Holy Land and the circumstances that have bred mortal enemies. The group also followed the path to Golgotha, where Christ was crucified, capturing the church's majesty and making this a must-see for any pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

For a complete listing of all NYILFF screening times and locations, please go to the NYILFF website.



itvsITVS Open Call Deadline July 31 -- Now Open to Non-Producer/Directors Working at PBS Stations

One of the most important funding opportunities for independent documentary makers, has a round 2 Deadline of July 31, 2009. Open Call provides finishing funds for single non-fiction or animation public television programs on any subject and from any viewpoint. Projects must have begun production as evidenced by a work-in-progress video.

FOR OPEN CALL, ITVS IS LOOKING FOR:

* Single programs of standard broadcast length (56:40 or 26:40). In rare cases, when a filimmaker's skills, subject and story structure warrant it, ITVS will consider programs at feature lengths * Works-in-progress (for non-fiction submissions), i.e. projects that have already begun production * Programs that can be completed within one year of contract * Please note that Open Call no longer accepts live action Drama (fiction) submissions

� Persons with some previous film or television production experience in a principal role

ITVS IS NOT LOOKING FOR:

* Proposals for completed projects seeking distribution * Series proposals * Projects intended solely for theatrical release

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?

* Citizens or legal residents of the U.S. or its external territories. * "Independent producers." This means that the individual applicants a) own the copyright of their production, b) have artistic, budgetary and editorial control of their project, and c) are NOT PRODUCER/DIRECTORS who are regularly employed by a public or commercial broadcast entity or film studio, including public access stations. **This is a new addition to the guidelines, and very important for NALIP producers***

Click here for more information on How to Apply. Do you have additional questions about Open Call? Email Karim_Ahmad@itvs.org or call 415-356-8383 x259.



$25,000 Pare Lorentz Completion Award

The International Documentary Association's Pare Lorentz Film Finishing Award will provide $25,000 to one deserving film project in need of financial assistance for completion. In keeping with the nature of Pare Lorentz's films-a successful candidate for the Pare Lorentz Film Finishing Fund award will demonstrate one or more of Lorentz's central concerns-the appropriate use of the natural environment, justice for all and the illumination of pressing social problems-presented as a compelling story by skillful film-making. Past projects submitted have a broad range of subject matter. A committee of documentary industry professionals will choose the winning selection.

Documentary projects meeting these areas of interest and concern are encouraged to apply for this $25,000 finishing fund award. Preference will be given to projects that have a strategic plan for and reasonable chance of securing public distribution in the following arenas: theatrical release, broadcast or cable television, or educational/ancillary distribution (to schools, museums, or other institutions).

To apply for the Pare Lorentz Film Finishing Award, please use the online submission process at Withoutabox.com . Read about eligibility requirements, timeline, FAQs, and more . Deadlines and fees

Deadline Members/Nonmembers:
Earlybird Deadline - July 17, 2009 $10/$10
Regular Deadline - July 23, 2009 $10/$15
Late Deadline - July 30, 2009 $15/$20
WAB Extended (FINAL) Deadline - August 6, 2009 $15/$25



Nominees for 24th Annual Imagen Awards Announced

Black-tie Event Scheduled for August 21st at Beverly Hilton Hotel to Honor Latino Talent and Projects in Television, Film and Live Theater

The Imagen Foundation has announced the nominees for the 24th Annual Imagen (Spanish for "image") Awards, honoring positive portrayals of Latinos and Latino culture in entertainment. The awards will be presented at a black-tie dinner gala on Friday, August 21st, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. Major sponsors of the event include Nielsen, The Walt Disney Company, Disney/ABC Television Group, The Lear Family Foundation, Latino Public Broadcasting, The Hollywood Reporter and Variety.

The Imagen (pronounced ee-mah-hen) 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. More information on the organization as well as details of the event can be found at www.imagen.org, www.facebook/imagenfoundation or www.twitter/imagenfound.

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

Best Primetime Television Program: Ugly Betty (ABC), Lost (ABC Studios), Cold Case (CBS), Capadocia (HBO), Little Girl Lost: The Delimar Vera Story (Lifetime); Best Actor/Television: Hector Bustamante, Little Girl Lost: The Delimar Vera Story (Lifetime); Benjamin Bratt, The Cleaner (A&E); James Roday, Psych (USA Network); Best Actress/ Television: America Ferrera, Ugly Betty (ABC); Alana de la Garza, Law & Order (NBC); Selena Gomez, Wizards of Waverly Place (Disney Channel); Judy Reyes, Little Girl Lost: The Delimar Vera Story (Lifetime); Caitlin Sanchez, Dora the Explorer (Nickelodeon); Best Supporting Actor/Television: Raymond Cruz, The Closer (TNT); Rudy Reyes, Generation Kill (HBO); A Martinez, Little Girl Lost: The Delimar Vera Story (Lifetime); Jimmy Smits, Dexter (Showtime); Carlos Bernard, 24 (Fox Television); Jorge Garcia, Lost (ABC); Best Supporting Actress/Television: Ana Ortiz, Ugly Betty (ABC); Marlene Forte, Little Girl Lost: The Delimar Vera Story (Lifetime); Cote de Pablo, NCIS (CBS); Eva La Rue, CSI: Miami (CBS); Ana Ortiz, Little Girl Lost: The Delimar Vera Story (Lifetime); Maria Canals-Barrera, Wizards of Waverly Place (Disney Channel); Gina Ravera, The Closer (TNT).

Best Children's Programming: Dora The Explorer (Nickelodeon); Handy Manny (Disney ABC); Maya and Miguel (Scholastic Media); Nick News with Linda Ellerbee (Nickelodeon);

Best Documentary/ Television: A Class Apart (Latino Public Broadcasting); The Last Conquistador (Latino Public Broadcasting); Latinos '08 (City Projects); Habla Ya (HBO); Angel in the Hood (EZ Public Relations);

Best National Informational Program: Despierta America - De Lava Platos a Chef (Univision); Despierta America - La Casa de Martha (Univision); National Wildlife Federation - Campus Chill Out (Mundo Maravilla); Viva La Familia - Ninas Teniendo Ninos (Todobebe); Extra (Time Telepictures);

Best Local Informational Program: Inside Locke High School (KCET PBS); Camino a la Universidad (WLTV Univision 23); Vista L.A. (KABC); Dominican Dreams (KTTV Fox11);

Best On-Air Advertising: El Corrido de Papi - Beverly Hills Chihuahua (Arenas Entertainment); Crash the Parties '08 (SiTV); Mun2 Image Spot: You're On (Mun2); FSE Strings (Fox Sports en Español); HBO Latino Year Ender (HBO); Hershey's Mothers Day Vignette (Telemundo Network);

Best On-Air Advertising (PSA's): LatinoBud.com - Hispanic Scholarship Fund (4 Elements Entertainment); LatinoBud.com - Hispanic Kidney Foundation (4 Elements Entertainment); University Health Systems - Child in Injury (Creative Civilization); Malaria No More - Every Goal Saves a Life (Fox Sports International); U.S. Army Vignette (Telemundo Network);

Best Variety or Reality Show: De La Hoya/Pacquiao 24/7 (HBO); Jammin (SiTV); Quiero Mis Quinces -Cristina (MTV tr3s), Dog Whisperer (National Geographic Channel), The Chicas Project (Mun2).

Best Feature Film: Beverly Hills Chihuahua (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures); Don't Let Me Drown (Parts & Labor Film); Nothing Like the Holidays (Overture Films); Sleepdealer (Maya Entertainment);

Best Actor/Feature Film: Andy Garcia, Beverly Hills Chihuahua (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures); Luis Guzman, Maldeamores (Maya Entertainment); George Lopez, Beverly Hills Chihuahua (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures); Edward James Olmos, Beverly Hills Chihuahua (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

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

Best Director/Feature Film: Kenneth Castillo, The Drive-by Chronicles: Sidewayz, (Plus Entertainment); Alex Rivera, Sleepdealer (Maya Entertainment); Georgina Riedel, How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer (Maya Entertainment); Carlitos Ruiz, Maldeamores (Maya Entertainment)

Best Feature Documentary: Viva La Causa (Bill Brummel Prods.); Soy Soldado (Juan Escobedo); Beisbol (Winston Davis Assoc.); Pushin' Forward: The James Lilly Story (Fanlight Prods.); Crude (atRadical Media)

Best Theatrical Short: The Book of the Border (UCLA Film & TV); Francisco Ordoñez (Varona Prods.); On A Sunday Afternoon (Valor Prods.); Rising Up (Eduardo Letamendi); Tupi - Rebellion in the Backlands (Sandwiches & Juice Prods.)

Best Live Theatrical Production
: 8 Ways to Say I Love My Life and Mean It! (CASA 101); Rick Najera's Daddy Diaries (Latinologues Inc.); Lydia (Los Angeles Center Theater Group)

 
 
News
 
Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film
Filmmaker Magazine has announced the results of its annual survey of the "25 New Faces of Independent Film." Published by IFP, the nation's largest and oldest organization of independent filmmakers, Filmmaker has been doing the survey for eleven years. FULL STORY


Emmy nominations announced
New blood broke into key nominations for the 61st annual Emmy Awards, with two youth-oriented series — the animated "Family Guy" and HBO’s musical "Flight of the Conchords" — among the seven candidates for outstanding comedy series, while defending champ "30 Rock" garnered 22 bids, a record-setting tally for a laffer. FULL STORY

 
 
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Airbrush Makeup Artist Wanted for PSA
Recently, Love/Avon Army of Women asked four teams of USC and NYU film students to make a 2 minute public service announcement about their cause: finding out how to stop breast cancer. The PSA will air on Lifetime Television, the Love/Avon Foundation website, and on Glamour.com. We will be filming on July 24-26, 2009. Pay is negotiable, depending upon experience. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION



Seeking Directors and Actors for Staged Reading Series (NYC)
We are working with local writers on a Staged Reading Series at The Drama Book Shop and Think Coffee, and seeking directors and actors who have unique experience showcasing their work. Submission deadline is July 18, 2009. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

 
 
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Moctezuma Esparza
NALIP Board Exec aims to spark interest in Latin cinema while giving audiences cinematic variety.

When L.A. audiences show up for the first Maya Indie Film Series starting Friday at the Nuart Theatre, they'll see a cross-section of movies including a comedy, a crime story, a road-trip drama and a romance, some performed in English, others in Spanish.

In other words, they'll sample the same big-screen cinematic variety that Moctesuma Esparza experienced as a boy growing up in East L.A. a half-century ago.

"It was a weekly event and there was a real expectation and desire on the part of the family to see this entertainment," said Esparza, co-chairman and chief executive of Maya Entertainment, ticking off the names of Cantinflas, Pedro Infante, Jorge Negrete, Maria Felix and other giants of Mexico's cinematic golden age. At that time, Esparza said, there were dozens of Southern California theaters that showed Spanish-language movies, and about 1,000 across the U.S.

That was before the precipitous decline of Mexico's state-sponsored film industry, and an attendant fall in the number of U.S. movie theaters showing Spanish-language and Latin-centric movies, despite the steady growth of the country's Latino population, today estimated at 44 million.

Now Esparza, also an accomplished film producer ("Selena," "Gettysburg," "The Milagro Beanfield War") and community activist, is hoping that his company-sponsored film series can help boost interest in Latino cinema and re-create the neighborhood movie-going experience. The task, he acknowledged, won't be easy.

"Getting attention for both Spanish-language and American Latino movies in this crowded marketplace is very challenging, very difficult, and it's also very expensive," he said. That's especially true in a season when the new "Harry Potter" film and other blockbuster fare are eyeing the lion's share of audience dollars.

Esparza conceived the film series, which is being presented by Blockbuster and will run in rotation through July 23, as "something that could get its own attention, that would give people a reason to see these movies." After opening in Los Angeles, the series will screen in several other cities including Chicago, Miami, San Diego and New York.

Though the series spotlights a number of emerging and established Latino directors and actors, the performers in at least one of the films, "The Line," already will be familiar to general audiences. The English-language movie, which focuses on a veteran assassin stalking a shadowy Tijuana drug cartel capo, stars Andy Garcia, Ray Liotta, Danny Trejo, Armand Assante and Esai Morales.

Mixing the gritty, noir-ish ambience of "Touch of Evil" with the documentary-like feel of "Traffic," "The Line" is both an entertaining yarn and an authoritative take on the various perils -- some well-documented, others more obscure -- surrounding the contemporary U.S.-Mexico borderlands.

"It's an amoral world," Assante said, speaking of the film's social context. "All these characters are living on the edge of oblivion. By the fact of what they're doing their moral compass is pretty much shattered to begin with."

Another film in the series, "Bajo la Sal" ("Under the Salt"), also touches on the timely issue of the violence besetting Mexico, as it unravels a mystery involving a serial killer. Irene Azuela, an up-and-coming England-born Mexican actor who plays one of the lead characters, said she's pleased to see independent Spanish-language movies such as "Bajo la Sal" getting a chance to be shown to U.S. audiences.

"One of the biggest problems we have as a cinema industry is with the distributors," she said. "The distributors aren't disposed to gamble."

Elsewhere on the series' spectrum of offerings is "M�ncora," an erotically charged Peruvian road-trip drama; "Once Upon a Time in Rio," a love story matching a poor Brazilian youth and a rich lawyer's daughter; "Vicious Circle," a U.S. Latino love story set in Venice Beach; "Bad Guys," with Kate del Castillo, about novice hoods caught between the cops and the Mafia; and the Mexican "Sultanes del Sur," about a bank heist gone sour.

Maya is distributing all of the films; all but "M�ncora," which already has had limited theatrical release, will be having their U.S. premieres.

The film series fits within Maya's larger strategy of catering to Latino audiences. In 2005, Esparza's theater chain, Maya Cinemas, opened a 14-seat theater in Salinas, the first of what Esparza hopes will be a number of similar complexes in such places as Bakersfield and San Bernardino.

Esparza also plans to produce more films touching on the Latino American experience, such as 2006's "Walkout," an HBO movie based on events in 1968 when thousands of East L.A. Chicano students went on strike for better schools. Esparza executive-produced the movie and his daughter, Tonantzin, was in the cast.

Back then, Esparza was a student activist, experiencing first-hand the often virulent discrimination that was practiced against Latinos.

"The conditions today are very different," he said. "Today it's cool to be Latino."

Written by Reed Johnson for the L.A. Times.


Daniel Osorio
Nominated for Best First Film at International Youth and Christian Film Festival 2009

"Miracle" is a short documentary by Daniel Osorio and his wife Katherine Jasso-Osorio that chronicles their experience with a troubled pregnancy. In addition to the nomination from the International Youth and Christian Film Festival for Best First Film, they have also received nods from the International Film Festival South Africa, the International Film Festival Ireland, and the Bayou City Inspirational Film, among others.


POV/LPB
Joint project nominated for 2009 Emmy

POV, public television's premier showcase for independent documentaries, has received a record-setting 10 nominations in the 30th Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards, announced July 14 by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS).

As in previous years, PBS leads the pack in total nominations among the broadcast and cable networks; this year PBS received 41 nominations. The News & Documentary Emmy Awards will be presented on Monday, Sept. 21 at a ceremony at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, located in the Time Warner Center in New York City. The event will be attended by more than 1,000 television and new media industry executives, news and documentary producers and journalists. Emmy Awards will be presented in 33 categories, including Outstanding Investigative Journalism, Outstanding Interview and Best Documentary, among others.

The nominated co-production with Latino Public Broadcasting is The Judge and the General by Elizabeth Farnsworth and Patricio Lanfranco

Category: Outstanding Historical Programming � Long Form

Nominees: Director/Producer: Patricio Lanfranco; Executive Producers: Sally Jo Fifer, Simon Kilmurry, Richard Pearce; Producer/Director: Elizabeth Farnsworth; Executive Director: Patricia Boero

When in 1998 Chilean judge Juan Guzman was assigned the first criminal cases against the country's ex-dictator, General Augusto Pinochet, no one expected much. Guzman had supported Pinochet's 1973 coup -- waged as an anti-Communist crusade -- that left the democratically elected president, Salvador Allende, and thousands of others dead or "disappeared." The filmmakers trace the judge's descent into what he calls "the abyss," where he uncovers the past -- including his own role in the tragedy. The Judge and the General reveals one of the 20th century's most notorious episodes and tells a cautionary tale about violating human rights in the name of "higher ideals." A co-production of Independent Television Service (ITVS) in association with Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB).

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