Latinos In The Industry
LPA 2009 Applications Now Online

NALIP starts our tenth year with a bang, bringing back our deepest and most effective professional development programs for Summer 2009.

16 Fellows have just been invited to the 2009 Latino Writers Lab, which begins May 27 and runs for five months of script and skills development.

The 2009 Latino Producers Academy is now accepting applications for the August program in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Documentary producers with projects in production, or works-in-progress with editors are invited to apply here. Their program runs Aug. 4 - 13. Fellows attend on full scholarship during their stay in New Mexico, and editor Fellows receive a $300 stipend to work on recuts of scenes, sequences, and sample tapes.

Narrative producers in advanced development may apply either on their own, as Fellows, or with a director who wants to shoot scenes from their upcoming project. Download the application here. **Directors or writer/directors must apply with a Producer candidate.** Producers follow a full curriculum of slate and project development through packaging and budgeting, fundraising and production, on to marketing plans and strategies. Director Fellows works with SAG actors, professional crews and mentors to rehearse, shoot, edit and score scenes from their upcoming projects, providing a safe creative and professional environment in which to prepare for their first feature production. Feature Fellows attend Aug. 11 - 21.

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, and work done there. Questions? Call Octavio Marin, LPA Program Director at 310.395.8880

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

Call for Applications: Disney | ABC Television Group Writing Fellowship Program

Disney | ABC Television Group is now accepting applications for the 2010 Writing Fellowship Program. Launched in 1990, the Writing Fellowship gives participants the opportunity to hone their craft and jumpstart their careers through intensive workshops, seminars and personalized mentoring with creative executives from ABC Entertainment, ABC Studios, Disney Channel, and ABC Family. Fellows also receive a salary for a one-year period.

Thus far, staffed 2009 Fellows include Lana Cho (ABC Family's Greek), Michael Cinquemani (ABC Family's 10 Things I Hate About You and ABC's Brothers and Sisters) and Shalisha Francis (ABC Family�s Lincoln Heights). Additionally, 2008 Program Alumni Erika Johnson and Matthew Whitney have been staffed as Staff Writers on ABC's Ugly Betty and ABC Family's Greek, respectively.

Deadline for Submissions to the Industry-Leading Program is July 1, 2009

Applications and detailed submission guidelines for the Writing Fellowship can be obtained at

La Linea Cracks U.S. Deal

Director James Cotten's crime drama La Linea with Andy Garcia, Ray Liotta and Esai Morales has been picked up by L.A.-based production and distribution company Maya Entertainment, the company's EVP Jose Martinez, Jr. announced Monday. Martinez and Alex Raminfar negotiated the deal for Maya Entertainment with Alexis Garcia of Endeavor Talent Agency on behalf of the producers. A release date is still pending.

Paralleling today's drug wars, the film is described as a a character driven feature set in one the most dangerous cities in North America: Tijuana. The story follows veteran assassin Mark Shields (Ray Liotta) as he tracks down, Pelon (Esai Morales), the elusive and brutal head of the Salazar Crime Cartel. Pelon has taken over the ailing Javier Salazar (Andy Garcia) and made a deal to move the business from Colombia cocaine to Afghani Heroin. The deal would make Pelon the most powerful narco trafficker in the hemisphere.

"Maya is pleased to distribute this amazing and timely film featuring an outstanding cast which supports our mandate to distribute relevant, thought provoking English-language, Latino-themed features," commented Martinez in a statement. "We will be announcing our plans for a release date for the film shortly."

Deadline Approaching: LA Shorts Fest

The final deadline is approaching for the 13th LA Shorts Fest, the largest short film festival in the world. Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences accredited. In past years, 33 participants have earned Academy Award nominations including 11 Oscar winning short films! The festival annually attracts more than 10,000 moviegoers, filmmakers and entertainment professionals looking for the hottest new talent.

Best of Fest 2009 Winner will receive a $60,000 Panavision Camera Package. The filmmaker will have their choice of a Panaflex Gold II 35mm camera package or a Panaflex Elaine 16mm camera package, both packages include lenses and accessories.

Final Postmark Deadline: May 8, 2009

Submit Online:


Film Fest Explores Hollywood's Take on Latinos
(CNN) - "La Bamba" - the first U.S. box office hit directed by a Latino filmmaker and starring mostly Latino actors - is part of the Latino Images in Film festival, which begins Tuesday and runs through May on Turner Classic Movies. FULL STORY


Jobs & Opportunities

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Josefina Lopez
NALIPster's monologue among pieces to debut at LATC on May 9

NALIP member and mentor Josefina Lopez ("Hungry Woman in Paris" and "Real Women Have Curves") is one of eight writers whose monologues are featured in "8 Ways to Say I Love My Life' and Mean it!"

After sold-out shows at Casa 0101 Theater in Boyle Heights during Women's Herstory Month, the performance will premiere at the new Los Angeles Theatre Center in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, May 9, Mother's Day weekend. The play will be re-staged for the one day run by Diane Rodriguez, who is a recipient of The National Endowment for the Arts/Theatre Comm. Group Directing Award. "8 Ways" is a collection of monologues, derived from a forthcoming book by the same name, written by eight women and based on their lives.

The performance is on May 9 at 8:00pm. General admission tickets are $35, available at Or get discounted $20 tickets with the Mother's Day Celebration Coupon by using discount code "8LOVE" when ordering over the phone (213-489-0994 Ext. 107) or at the door only .

The new LATC is located at 514 South Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013.

Juan Mandelbaum
NALIP Mentor/NALIP-Boston President wins Audience Award at Chicago Latino Film Fest

NALIP member and mentor Juan Mandelbaum, who recently did a fascinating case study at NALIP 10: A Decade of Influence, won the Audience Award for his film Nuestros Desaparecidos / Our Disappeared at last weeks' Chicago International Latino Film Festival. Juan was also recently elected president of the NALIP-Boston chapter. Congratulations!

Juan was featured on NPR on Latino USA with Maria Hinojosa, who did a program on torture. Listen to it online here.

Natalia Almada
NALIPster wins Audience Award for Best Doc at Cine las Americas

NALIP member Natalia Almada (LPA 2003, Estela) won the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 12th Cine Las Americas International Film Festival for her film El General. In the documentary, Natalia paints an intimate portrait of Mexico through the story of her great-grandfather, Mexican President Plutarco Elias Calles, one of Mexico's most controversial revolutionary figures.


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