Latinos In The Industry

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Article by Marvin V. Acuna

It is said that former U.S. Secretary of State and Nobel laureate Henry Kissinger reviewed the work of his new speech writers in the evening. The following morning he would gather his new staff and utter one simple comment: "Is this the best you can do?" The apologetic staff passionately argued that they could do better. It is suggested that for three consecutive mornings the assignment elicited the same response. Finally, on the fourth morning the staff responded with a resounding, "Yes. It is the best we can do!" Mr. Kissinger simply replied, "Good, now I'll read it."

Before you seek out representation, make sure that your work is ready. More importantly, make sure that YOU are ready!

Take the next few moments and review the following questions. This is not a test; there is no wrong answer. But answer truthfully.

My hope is that these questions help you to define a clear vision.

Why do you want to be a screenwriter?

Is this your dream or someone else's dream?

Is this still your current dream, or are you pursuing the dream of an old you?

What about screenwriting do you enjoy most?

What is your definition of a successful screenwriter? Be as clear as possible. In essence, how will you know when you are successful? Be clear.


Call for Submissions: ITVS Open Call Funding

Attention filmmakers! Looking for funding for your next project? INDEPENDENT TELEVISION SERVICE (ITVS) seeks proposals for public TV programs which take creative risks, serve underrepresented audiences and express points of view seldom seen on commercial or public TV.

OPEN CALL provides completion funding for single non-fiction programs (not series) that are already in production. It is our largest funding initiative with two funding rounds per year. There is no minimum or maximum funding amount, though ITVS funds must be the last money in to the project.

Please note that the deadline for Open Call 2009 Round 2 is July 31, 2009.

Open Call no longer accepts submissions for fiction (i.e., narrative, drama, etc.) projects.

The online application and guidelines are posted on our website at

Call for Submissions: NHMC Latino Television Writers Program

The Disney ABC Television Group is proud to be one of the sponsors of the National Hispanic Media Coalition's (NHMC) annual Latino Television Writers Program. During the five-week, Los Angeles-based, intensive program, participants have the opportunity to develop at least one television spec script under the guidance of an entertainment industry professional and will have the opportunity to build relationships with broadcast network executives. The program will take place November 7 through December 12, 2009.

NHMC is a non-profit, media advocacy organization established in 1986 in Los Angeles, California. Since its beginning, it has strived to: improve the image of American Latinos as portrayed by the media; increase the number of American Latinos employed in all facets of the media industry; advocate media and telecommunications policies that benefit the Latino community.

To download program application and release forms, please visit:

Applications and writing samples must be postmarked by August 28, 2009.

Call for Entries: Roy W. Dean Film and Video Grants The Roy W. Dean Film and Video Grants are now accepting applications for 2009. Submission Deadline is June 30, 2009. The Roy W. Dean Film and Video Grants are available to shorts, documentaries and features with budgets under $500k. All grants are for goods and services only, not for cash.

Your film can be either:
* An idea with strong proposals/outlines, and connections to the subjects
* A work-in-progress
* Shot and almost in post
* Anywhere in-between

We are looking for films that meet any of the following criteria:
* Unique and make a contribution to society
* Compelling stories about little known subjects
* Historical films
* Films that touch the heart
* Films that expose and bring information to light
* Stories that can change things for the better, and fulfill and enrich our lives
* Length is NOT a consideration
* Most importantly, your film must tell a good story!

There are grants available in Los Angeles - The list of awards is different for the LA Film Grant and the LA Video Grant. You can apply for either or both, and you do not need to be shooting film to apply for the film grant (i.e., you can be shooting digital).

To see details, and a list of goods and services for each grant:
Los Angeles Film Grant -
Los Angeles Video Grant -

FOR AN APPLICATION: Please download and submit your application wih your film no later than June 30th, 2009:

Mexico Still Recovering From the Flu
(Variety) - The first batch of summer tentpoles may have a hard time making up for lost B.O. revenues in Mexico after their launches were delayed because of the swine flu and consequent theater closures. FULL STORY

Robert Rodriguez Hopes To Begin Filming Live-Action Jetsons Movie Next Year
(MTV News) - Rodriguez’s updated take on the futuristic ‘60s-era cartoon has been rumored for awhile, but with all of the other films that Rodriguez is attempting to undertake it seemed quite possible that an ambitious new "Jetsons" would remain on the backburner. Not so, as the man himself told MTV News. FULL STORY

Banderas in Puss In Boots Spin-Off
(Screen Rants) - Recently, Antonio Banderas revealed that the Puss in Boots spin-off to the Shrek franchise would be a fully fledged origin story, telling the tales of the feisty feline right from a young age. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Casting: Teen Male Actor/Singer for Lead Role in Nickelodeon TV Series
Casting a teenage male singer/actor for the lead in a new series on Nickelodeon. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

EP for Bilingual Action Adventure Films
Seeking an executive producer for a trilogy showing Latinos in a positive light, and targeting the untapped Latino youth market (6-12). FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

From the Editor
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2009 HBO/NALIP Documentary Filmmaker Cash Award

HBO has teamed with NALIP to find the next great Latino Documentary Film! Social change has been the consistent undercurrent for HBO's critically acclaimed and award-winning documentary programs, with a myriad of issues presented in uncompromising quality and honesty. Through the HBO / NALIP Documentary Filmmaker Cash Award, HBO wants to focus its lens on the Latino experience and support the growth of social commentary by Latino documentarians.

One Latino Filmmaker will win $10,000

Entry deadline: June 26

For details, requirements, and submission information, download the Submission Form as a Word Doc or PDF File.

Rolando Sanchez
NALIPster's short in Long Island Int. Film Expo

NALIP-NY member Rolando Sanchez' short film Evergreen has been accepted into the 2009 Long Island International Film Expo. The movie was written and directed by Rolando, and stars NALIP member Cesar De Leon. Evergreen is about Nicholas, a married man, who tries to confront his complex childhood past, but in doing so it may be too late to save his marriage.

Evergreen will screen on Thursday, July 9 at 9:00am.

NALIP Hosting Screenings of El General at the Los Angeles Film Festival

The Los Angeles Film Festival will be held from June 18-28 in Westwood Village, showcasing over 200 films from around the world. NALIP is hosting two screenings of the documentary feature The General (El General) by NALIP member and Conference 10 panelist Natalia Almada (LPA 2003, Estela). This poetic film essay on the imposing and controversial General Calles - President of Mexico from 1924-28 - by his great-granddaughter is a rich reflection on memory, family biography and national history.

The General (El General)
Mexico / U.S.A. | DIR Natalia Almada
Sunday, June 21, 7:15 PM, The Landmark #4
Wednesday, June 24, 4:45 PM, Regent

For passes, tickets and full Festival details, please call 1.866.FilmFest or visit


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