Latinos In The Industry
LPB Presents New Season of VOCES Premiering Sept. 2009 on National Public Television

Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB) announced today that the new season of their signature series VOCES, a showcase of outstanding documentaries celebrating the rich diversity of Latino life, will be presented on national public television beginning in September 2009, in conjunction with Hispanic Heritage Month. Featuring films about musical legends Tito Puente and Celia Cruz and documentaries about subjects ranging from the Puerto Rican activist Antonia Pantoja to Mexican "guest workers" to a unique soccer league made up of former stars from Latin America, VOCES is a presentation of Latino Public Broadcasting and is distributed by American Public Television. Luis Ortiz, Managing Director of Latino Public Broadcasting, is Series Producer, and Gabriela Gonzalez at LPB is Associate Producer.

Acclaimed actor Edward James Olmos will introduce each week's program. Says Olmos: "Our Latino culture is deeply woven into the fabric of American life - one doesn't exist without the other. These Latino stories presented in this new season of VOCES - Mexican, Cuban, Puerto Rican, Chilean, and Peruvian stories - are above all American stories and VOCES is the only series devoted to bringing these terrific films to a national audience."

Patricia Boero, Executive Director of Latino Public Broadcasting, is the curator of the series. "We at LPB are delighted that VOCES will be airing its second season this fall. Our first season was a great hit with audiences and stations, and we think this season's lineup is wonderful. Besides being great entertainment, VOCES is a reminder of the enormous influence that Latinos have had on every aspect of American life, from music to sports to education to public service... Our hope is to bring these stories to a wide audience, including Latinos, who will be proud to see their community's achievements on screen."

VOCES - 2009 Series Lineup

Antonia Pantoja: !Presente! by founding NALIP Steering Committee chair Lillian Jimenez (LPA 2006)
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.

Bracero Stories by Patrick Mullins
Bracero Stories explores the personal experiences of five former "guest workers" in the controversial U.S.-Mexican bracero program, which granted temporary work contracts to several million Mexican laborers between 1942 and 1964. Their stories are interwoven and illustrated with archival materials, creating a composite narrative of the "bracero" experience. Interviews with other participants in the program assess its effectiveness and lasting impact. These discussions mirror and inform current debates about immigration and the role of imported labor in our economic development.

Celia the Queen by Joe Cardona
Celia the Queen is a loving look at the amazing life and legacy of a woman whose voice symbolized the soul of a nation and captured the hearts of fans worldwide. Erupting onto the Cuban music scene as the lead singer for La Sonora Matancera, Celia Cruz broke down barriers of racism and sexism. With the powerful weapon of her voice and the warm tolerance of her heart, Celia soon became all things to all people. The film shows the diversity of the people whose lives she touched, from stars like Quincy Jones, Andy Garcia, and Wyclef Jean to ordinary people all over the world who loved not only her music but her incredible spirit.

Dream Havana by Gary Marks
In August 1994, more than 30,000 Cubans attempted to leave the island by sea. Two writers, friends since adolescence, are faced with a choice: continue struggling with the hardships of the island or brave the open water on a homemade raft. Ernesto Santana chooses Cuba; Jorge Mota, chooses the sea. This is the story of their struggles, their successes and the friendship that binds them across the distance, from Chicago to Havana.

The Golden Age by Phil Tuckett
The Golden Age documents a season in the life of the Golden Age League, a soccer league in Corona Park, Queens, New York. Not just any soccer league, the highly competitive Golden Age League is made up of middle-aged former World Cup players from mostly Central and South America. With muscles creaking, hairlines receding, and waistlines expanding, these incredibly skilled players compete at a level never before documented. During the week, these men are window washers, traders, and electricians -- but the weekend is theirs, and the passion for the game remains.

Soy Andina by Mitch Teplitsky
Soy Andina tells the story of two women raised in different worlds: an immigrant folk dancer from the Andes, and a modern dancer from Queens, NY, who return to Peru to reconnect with their culture. After 15 years in New York, Nelida Silva returns to fulfill a lifelong dream and host the fiesta patronal -- a celebration of dance, music, and rituals from Incan times. Meanwhile Cynthia Paniagua, a dancer raised in Queens, embarks on her own journey, determined to "quench a burning desire to know the real Peru, to unearth the mystery of the dances." Soy Andina is an exuberant cross-cultural road trip, yet its theme is universal: a yearning for roots and connection in turbulent times.

Special Circumstances by Marianne Teleki
At 16, Hector Salgado was arrested and tortured by Pinochet's forces. By 20, Hector was without a country, living in exile in the U.S. Special Circumstances follows Hector as he returns to Chile almost 30 years later, camera in hand, to confront the perpetrators and his former captors, looking for answers and justice. In the process, the film takes an unflinching look at U.S. foreign policy in Latin America in the '70s and the legacy of Pinochet with which Chile still struggles today.

Tito Puente: The King of Latin Music by George Rivera
Of all the musicians who have contributed to the popularity of Latin music, none is more recognized than the man known simply as "The King," Tito Puente. His family, friends and colleagues all pay homage here: Bill Cosby, Marc Anthony, Armand Assante, Geraldo Rivera, Jimmy Smits, Paquito D'Rivera and many more. The life of this influential bandleader, percussionist and composer - and one of the most charismatic performers of all time - is recalled through archival footage and interviews as well as excerpts from one of his last concerts.

Voces - Producer Bios

Joe Cardona, Director, Celia the Queen
Joe Cardona has directed 11 feature length documentaries, mostly dealing with issues of cultural identity and Cuban history, topics close to his heart as he was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, of Cuban parents. His films include Adios Patria, Cafe con Leche, The Flight of Pedro Pan, Jose Marti: Legacy of Freedom, Havana: Portrait of Yesteryear, Honey Girl, and White Elephant. Nine of his films have aired on PBS and other various outlets throughout Europe and Latin America. Cardona has also directed, produced and written two feature films, Water, Mud and Factories and Bro, which have traveled the world through film festivals.

Lillian Jimenez, Producer/Director, Antonia Pantoja: Presente!
For nearly 30 years, Lillian Jimenez has worked as a producer, media arts center manager, media activist, exhibitor, funder, and educator in a number of organizations, including Young Filmmakers Foundation (now known as Film Video Arts); Third World Newsreel: The Foundation for Independent Video and Film; The Film Fund; co-founder of The Paul Robeson Fund for Film, Video and Radio at the Funding Exchange; Media Network; and the National Latino Film and Video Festival of El Museo del Barrio. Her clients include Women Make Movies, Fresh Air Radio, The Foundation for Independent Video and Film, and Urban Bush Women. A co-founder of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP), she was its first recipient of the Life Achievement Award for Activism. She currently serves on the board of the Funding Exchange, a national network of community funds dedicated to supporting social justice.

Gary Marks, Producer/Director, Dream Havana
In 1998, Gary Marks left his hometown Chicago and a thriving antique concern in order to rekindle his passion for music. Gary travelled to Havana, where he had the opportunity to study piano with some of Cuba's finest musicians. During the years he lived there he formed deep and lasting relationships. The desire to communicate his experiences and impressions of Cuba led to his entry into the world of documentary filmmaking. Dream Havana is Mr. Marks' first film, and his most challenging and rewarding experience to date.

Patrick Mullins, Producer/Director, Bracero Stories
Patrick Mullins has been producing and directing documentaries and sponsored video for the past 15 years. He was also a freelance music editor and assistant picture, sound, and music editor on feature films and television programs for over 20 years. He has an M.A. in Communications from William Paterson University of New Jersey (1996), and an M.A. in Cinema Studies and Cultural Studies from NYU (1999). Patrick is currently a senior lecturer in the Department of Communication at the University of Texas El Paso, where he teaches video production and editing, and other courses in film and media.

Marianne Teleki, Producer/Director, Special Circumstances
Marianne was raised in the Bay Area, Mexico and Brazil. She worked as a field producer for Television Nacional de Chile and as an assistant producer for Parox Productions in Chile on a=2 0feature documentary, Mi Hermano Y Yo, which received funding from the Ford Foundation. Special Circumstances, Marianne's directorial debut, received funding from Latino Public Broadcasting in 2004, and is the story of her husband, Hector Delgado. She has also worked as a production assistant with Carlos Bolado, Mike Pryfogle and Stephen Most on The Klamath River, a documentary in progress.

George Rivera, Producer/Director, Tito Puente: The King of Latin Music
George Rivera grew up immersed in the salsa music and street life of Upper Manhattan. He has close to 25 years of experience in network television, public broadcasting, and cable which has resulted in five National Emmy Awards. George Rivera projects include Imaging America, an hour-long , prime-time PBS newsmagazine series; Latino New York Live, an ongoing series of concerts by Latin Jazz's greatest legends and rising stars; and NY Crossroads, an educational series using the Empire State as a virtual classroom to explore sites of cultural and historical significance. As the president of GRP, Mr. Rivera has also served as Acting Director of Programming for News and Public Affairs at PBS' flagship station in New York, WNET.

Mitch Teplitsky, Producer/Director, Soy Andina
Mitch is a documentary producer and marketing consultant; Soy Andina is his first film. Back in the 70's, he used to annoy his sisters with a super-8 camera in suburban New Jersey. He ended up at the Wharton Business School and worked for companies including Viacom, Arbitron, MTV and the New York Times. Fortunately he got laid off, which forced him to remember what he used to really like to do -- tell stories. He bought a movie camera and called the Film Society of Lincoln Center. He became the Film Society's first marketing director. On weekends, he headed to the Bronx to videotape his Grandma, or to Jersey for Peruvian parties with long-time friend Nelida. One day, Neli told Mitch she was returning to Peru for a festival. He bought a new camera and made Soy Andina.

Phil Tuckett, Producer/Director, The Golden Age
In a 30 year career as a producer/director/writer/editor/cinematographer with NFL Films, Phil Tuckett has developed a distinctive style of documentary filmmaking and has won 30 individual Emmy Awards. Tuckett has produced such critically acclaimed sports specials as Autumn Ritual, NFL Symfunny, 25 Years of Sports Illustrated, Pro Football, Pottstown, PA, and Munich Revisited, the ABC documentary that took a look back at the 1972 Israeli hostage tragedy. Tuckett also ventured outside the sports arena with the Emmy Award winning Blood From A Stone for The History Channel. Tuckett's other non-football documentary credits include My Father's Gun and Ship Ablaze.

About Latino Public Broadcasting
Latino Public Broadcasting supports the development, production, acquisition and distribution of non-commercial educational and cultural television that is representative of Latino people, or addresses issues of particular interest to Latino Americans. Over 100 hours of quality program content have been produced by LPB for dissemination to public broadcasting entities. LPB provides a voice to the diverse Latino community throughout the United States. LPB and VOCES receive support from the Corporation of Public Broadcasting as well as the Ford and MacArthur foundations. For more information, visit

About Patricia Boero, Executive Director of Latino Public Broadcasting
Patricia Boero was Director of the Sundance Institute's International Program, and managed media programs at the MacArthur Foundation, including funding for public radio and public television series. She also worked at the Rockefeller and Levi Strauss foundations. Boero directed Hispanics in Philanthropy's Transnational Program, and most recently, was Director for International Corporate Social Responsibility at the Starbucks Coffee Company. She studied film, arts and law at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, and directed documentaries for Film Australia and the public TV station SBS. She was a producer for TV Latina and correspondent for BBC Radio's World Service in Havana, and field producer for CNN in Latin America. Boero was a founding member of LPB's Board of Directors, 1998-2006.

About American Public Television
With more than 10,000 hours of programming in its library, American Public Television (APT) has been a prime source of programming for the nation's public television stations for 48 years, distributing more than 300 new program titles per year. Known for its leadership in identifying innovative, worthwhile and viewer-friendly programming, APT has established a tradition of providing public television stations with program choices that strengthen and customize their schedules, such as Rick Steves' Europe, Worldfocus, Globe Trekker, Simply Ming, Sara's Weeknight Meals, America's Test Kitchen From Cook's Illustrated, Doc Martin, Lidia's Family Table, Rosemary and Thyme, P. Allen Smith's Garden Home, The Big Comfy Couch, Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison, Smothered: The Censorship Struggles of the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, Monarchy With David Starkey, Spain...on the road Again, and other prominent=2 0documentaries, dramatic series, how-to programs, children's series and classic movies. For more information about APT's programs and services, visit

ABC's Shark Tank Casting for Aspiring Entrepeneurs

The producers of the new ABC reality series Shark Tank are on a nationwide search to discover the next successful - and possibly wealthy - entrepreneurs, inventors, businesspersons, dreamers, promoters, creators and innovators.

Aspiring entrepreneurs can pitch their breakthrough business concepts, products, properties and services to moguls in hopes of landing investment funds. If selected, five real-life, tough investors could be willing to part with their own hard-earned cash and provide the funding needed to jumpstart your business. But the investors, also known as Sharks, aren't just out to invest; they too have a goal - to own a piece of your next big idea.

Interested would-be moguls can apply through two ways:

* Email Be sure to include your name, age, contact info, a recent photo (no larger than 1 MB) and a brief description of your idea.

* Attend one of the open calls. Download and complete the application at, and bring it with you to one of the casting calls listed below. Plan to arrive early. Be advised that security may check your bag and you are responsible for your own parking. We do not validate. For more information and terms and conditions go to

Casting calls will be held in the following four cities:

Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown
711 S. Hope St.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Sheraton Hotel Orlando Downtown
60 S. Ivanhoe Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32804
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge
333 Adams St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown/Lakefront
511 N. Columbus Dr.
Chicago, IL 60611
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The show will premiere over the summer following the special 10th anniversary primetime return of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.

Mark Burnett, Clay Newbill and Phil Gurin are the executive producers of Shark Tank, based on the Japanese Dragons' Den format created by Nippon Television Network Corporation.

American Latino Syndication Announces Key Promotions

American Latino Syndication (ALS), a wholly-owned division of Los Angeles-based LATV Networks, announced several in-house promotions for the production of their two award-winning national TV shows, American Latino TV and LatiNation. In addition, beginning this Fall production of the two shows, which are going into their 8th and 6th seasons (respectively), will now be more equally split between their New York and Los Angeles studios.

"With everything Los Angeles has to offer in terms of production, it only makes sense that we would begin to more fully realize the synergy between LATV and ALS," said David Morales, LATV Vice President and Executive Producer of American Latino TV and LatiNation. "Being on the air in syndication for as long as we have is a rare achievement, and this move insures that our shows continue to grow and set the standard for excellence in reaching the lar gest and fastest-growing population in the Hispanic market, U.S-born Latinos."

In addition to expanding the bi-coastal production arrangement, ALS announced the promotion of several key staffers. Erica Soto has been elevated from Show Producer to Supervising Producer of both syndicated weekly shows while overseeing the day-to-day creative aspects of LatiNation. Erica will collaborate closely with Julio Pabon, who was promoted to Show Producer of American Latino TV. Pabon was formerly a segment producer based out of New York, but will transfer to the Los Angeles facility in early July.

Other production changes include: Segment Producer Mercedes Sanchez will now be responsible for the quarterly American Latino Presents specials, as well as web content production, and Producer/Editor Pablo Barrera will take on additional duties in animation and promotions.

American Latino TV and LatiNation, award-winning, English-language Latino themed TV programs are part of LatiNation, LLC, and a subsidiary of LATV Networks. They are seen in over 100 cities nationwide as well as the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. For more information, please go to

CBS Announces Fall Picks
(Latin Heat Online) - At the its upfront presentation last Wednesday, CBS announced the addition of four new dramas, one new reality show, and one new comedy. Among the talents on the new TV show additions, are three very gifted actresses as series regulars. FULL STORY

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2009 Latino Producers Academy Deadline This Friday!

The 2009 Latino Producers Academy is accepting applications for the August program in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The deadline is approaching, but there is still time to apply! Do not miss this opportunity to participate in an amazing summer program for Documentary and Narrative producers.

Application Deadline: Friday, June 5th

Don't miss this chance to apply for one of NALIP's most appreciated and respected programs. Click here to see movies from the 2008 LPA. Questions? Call Octavio Marin, LPA Program Director at 310.395.8880

Click here to visit the LPA webpage and download an application.

Johanna Bermúdez-Ruiz
Founding NALIP member's doc screening on Capitol Hill

Delegate to Congress Donna M. Christensen will host a Capitol Hill screening of founding NALIP member Johanna Bermúdez-Ruiz's documentary Sugar Pathways on Tuesday, June 9, 2009. "I am proud to present the work of a young Crucian, who at the beginning of her career as a filmmaker, has already produced works of note that are helping to illuminate our history and our culture for ourselves and for the entire country," Congresswoman Christensen said today. Christensen, along with her colleagues Congressional Black Caucus Chair Barbara Lee, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Nydia Velasquez and Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi will host the film which tells the story of the migration of Puerto Rican families from the island of Vieques to St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Bermúdez, who was born on St. Croix is the descendant of the families who migrated to St. Croix and as a filmmaker has told the story of survival, integration and contributions to the political, economic and social fabric of the modern Virgin Islands. Bermúdez Ruiz has received recognition for her work as the winner of MAAFA Film Festival Best Short Documentary, San Juan Film Festival Hummingbird Best Short Documentary and the IMAGENATION Special Award. She is the executive director and owner of Cane Bay Films, LLC which is dedicated to the preservation of the stories of ordinary citizens.

The screening of Sugar Pathways will celebrate Caribbean American Heritage Month in conjunction with the DC Caribbean Film Festival. "I have invited my colleagues on Capitol Hill and their staff to come and view the film in support of Bermúdez Ruiz and as a way for them to understand a little bit more about our territory," Congresswoman Christensen said. The screening will take place on Tuesday, June 9, 2009 at the Capitol Visitor Center South Orientation Theatre from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. For more information contact Shelley Thomas in Congresswoman Christensen's office at 202-225-1790.

Ricardo Acuña
NALIPster premieres Greetings from Heaven & Hell at The New LATC

Following the success of his first self-published literary work, Under the Influence, NALIP member, writer and poet extraordinaire Ricardo Acuña (LPA 2004, LWL 2004), debuts Greetings from Heaven & Hell, a poetry and photography book, with a LIVE multi-media performance on Saturday, June 13th at The New LATC located in the Arts District in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles! In his latest masterpiece, Acuña confides the heaven and hell of working and living in the city, of marriage, of writing, of drinking, of Bukowski, of fear and loathing during the Bush dictatorship, and of trying to find peace after losing his father. Prepare yourself to be swept away into the experience and inner workings of an artist who isn't afraid to point the mirror inward and divulge his truth.

Pioneer Chicano filmmaker, Jesus Trevino (Latinologues), will be taping this segment for inclusion in his upcoming documentary titled, Voices of Aztlan.

A reception will be held prior to the show at 7:00 PM. Showtime begins promptly at 8:00 pm. Indie-rock sensation, Black Delta, will be performing LIVE at the after party (open to all ticketholders) at an undisclosed location immediately following. Admission price for Greetings from Heaven & Hell is $10 per person. Tickets can be purchased online by clicking HERE or via phone by calling The New LATC box office at (213) 489-0994 extention 107. Theatre-goers are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance, as this show is a one-time event and expected to sell out. For more information regarding tickets or The New LATC please visit

Francisco Bello
NALIPster's doc screens at Academy's Contemporary Documentaries Series

The Academy Award Nominated Short Documentary Salim Baba, produced and photographed by NALIP-NY's own Francisco Bello (LPA 2007) and Ropa Vieja Films had a screening on June 3 as part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science's Contemporary Documentaries series at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood.

The 27th annual Contemporary Documentaries series was a showcase for feature-length and short documentaries drawn from the 2007 Academy Award nominations, including the winners, as well as other important and innovative films considered by the Academy that year.


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