Latinos In The Industry


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Article by Marvin V. Acuna


1. the quality or condition of being manifold or various
2. a great number

In other words, have plenty, and I mean plenty, of irons in the fire.

A few weeks ago I was sitting at bar in Kansas City, having a drink on the eve of a dear friend's wedding. I was joined by a mutual friend whom I had not seen in sometime. After pleasantries, he asked me a very direct question. How did I, a kid from R.I., with no known industry contacts (when I arrived in L.A.), end up producing a film with Tom Hanks?

"I follow momentum," I responded.

Like so many PROFESSIONALS in this business I have a vast number of projects (I'm not solely referring to film projects) in various stages of development. And I channel my resources to the projects that are proceeding forward in that moment. You have to. It's survival of the fittest in business and you truly never know what will catch on fire first. But, as you tap into all the possibilities of things that excite you, magic happens.

Truth is that studios have hundreds of varied projects in so-called "active" development, representatives amass a robust client roster of multifaceted talent, and producers are shaping thirty to fifty projects at a time, if not more.

NALIP Discount for Factual Entertainment Forum: The Real Deal

From the team behind the world's biggest and best non-fiction entertainment conference and the world's foremost authority on non-fiction, realscreen magazine, comes the Factual Entertainment Forum: The Real Deal.

This exciting new event is a reality-centric full-day conference to be held on Wednesday, May 20th in Santa Monica, CA. The Real Deal will bring together broadcast and cable executives, producers, agents and other stakeholders in the reality TV/factual entertainment industry for a day of inspiration, discussion about the current state of reality TV and where it's going, and of course, networking.

Speakers include Thom Beers, RJ Cutler, Bertram Van Munster, Mark Koops, Jon Murray, Craig Piligian and JD Roth.

As a member of NALIP you are invited to enjoy a discounted rate of $245 for the day - a savings of $150. You can either call Joel Pinto directly at 416.408.2300 x650 and quote the promo code F&A or alternatively the code is also valid on our registration page at

Click here to view the complete agenda, and to see who has already registered for this exciting event, click on the "delegates" tab.

Also note that several senior programmers will be on hand to hear 7-minute pitches from producers with the next brilliant idea for a hit. Producers must be registered by May 11 in order to be able to sign up for speed pitching. Don't miss out on what could possibly be a huge break in your career.

Click here to see the impressive lineup of broadcasters and showrunnners sharing their expertise.

Whether you are a reality TV producer, programmer of reality fare or a supplier to the genre, be sure to take advantage of the opportunity to learn from the masters of reality. realscreen's Factual Entertainment Forum: The Real Deal offers unprecedented access to producers and broadcasters of such phenomena as The Biggest Loser, The Real World, Deadliest Catch, Intervention and The Bachelor.

For more information visit or email Joel Pinto at

Deadline Approaching: Spotlight on Documentaries of Independent Film Week (NYC)

The 31st Annual Independent Film Week will be held September 19-24, 2009 in NYC. Independent Film Week (formerly the IFP Market) is a national program connecting projects with financiers, producers and programmers before they are completed and on the festival circuit.

Spotlight on Documentaries: for filmmakers in production or post-production seeking financing partners, broadcast/distribution, and festival invitations. Spotlight on Documentaries is one of the most desirable forums in North America for buyers to vet new US docs prior to public exposure.

75 doc projects (all works-in progress) are presented to accredited industry professionals from the US and abroad during 5 days of one-on-one pitch meetings, pitch presentation screenings, festival programmer roundtables and social events. Participation is free of charge for the projects selected.

Other key elements of Spotlight on Documentaries:
* A $10,000 juried grant provided by The Fledgling Fund for the outstanding Socially Conscious Documentary
* Accreditation to attend all panels taking place during the Independent Filmmaker Conference (runs concurrently during Independent Film Week)

Final Spotlight on Documentaries submission deadline May 21

Online applications & criteria at

LYDIA $20 Ticket Offer for NALIP Members

It is one of those rare miraculous events: a Latino playwright and director present a major play on the Mark Taper Forum main stage, so do not miss Octavio Solis’ beautiful play, LYDIA. And the Director is LPA/LWL Fellow Juliette Carillo! Tickets are $20 for NALIP members to see LYDIA at the Mark Taper Forum at the Music Center, downtown Los Angeles.

For more information, review quotes and video, please visit: To get $20 tickets please use code TEATRO

Restrictions apply. Valid on all seats in Section B for Tues, Wed, and Thur. perfs. only. Subject to availability. Not valid on previously purchased tickets. Cannot be combined with any other offers. Expires May 14.

LYDIA is a lyrical and magical meditation on family and cultural identity, an expertly crafted, shocking play of discovery. The Flores family welcomes Lydia, an undocumented maid, into their El Paso home to care for a daughter who was tragically disabled three days before her quinceanera. The two women’s mysterious and nearly miraculous bond threatens to expose long-buried secrets and destroy the troubled family. Set in the 1970s on the Texas border separating the United States and Mexico, LYDIA is the deeply emotional story of a group of people dealing with loss and teetering between two worlds. Mature themes. Recommended for adults only.

Valderrama, Ritter gear up for Dry Land
(The Hollywood Reporter) - Wilmer Valderrama and Jason Ritter have joined the cast of "The Dry Land," an indie drama from Maya Entertainment. FULL STORY

Carlos Cuaron Talks Cursi and Cha Cha Cha
(indieWIRE) - The making of “Rudo y Cursi” was like a big fat family reunion. This clan, though, is linked by creative affinities as well as blood ties. FULL STORY

Island Connects Via Charming Family Dysfunction
(The Hollywood Reporter) - A comedy of family dysfunction that sneaks up on you despite its wholly predictable elements, "City Island" is a low-key charmer that showcases topliner Andy Garcia's heretofore underutilized comic talents. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Full Time Production Coordinator (NYC)
New York based Red Creek - which produces about 30 spots a year for some the most important brands in the world, and is completing a feature documentary for National Geographic and Channel 4 - is looking for a full time production coordinator. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

From the Editor
Alex Mendoza
Alex Mendoza & Associates
AMARTE Design & Digital Printing
9513 Longden Avenue
Temple City, CA 91780

1323 Lincoln Blvd., #220
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Miguel Mas
NALIPster wins Award of Merit from The Indie Fest

NALIP member Miguel Mas has won a prestigious Award of Merit from The Indie Fest for his feature film Love Equation. First time director, writer, and producer Miguel Mas impressed the judges with the creativity, visuals, and artistry of the film. The award also mentioned the editing and sound design, as well as the selection of music and the fascinating score by Emilio Kauderer.

In the movie, a friendship is tested when a loved one is lost. Four friends' key to happiness seems trapped in a video Viviana left for them. This is an equation of love. Lead actors are Luis Arrieta and Tanya Soler, along with Cesar Giraldo, Micol Bartolucci, Fernando Carrillo, Javier Prato, Adalberto Lujan and Miguel Mas. Rafa Sardina and Ricardo Ochoa Fernandez Associate Produced.

Several NALIP NY members collaborate on short film Trouble Child

NALIP NY president, Adel L. Morales is finishing up HollyHood Productions' latest short film, Trouble Child. This film is brimming with an abundance of gifted NALIP NY members who pooled their talents and resources together to help bring this story about a disillusioned seventeen-year-old girl to fruition.

NALIP Members involved:
* Writer, Producer, Director - Adel L. Morales
* Co-Director - Julio Antonio Toro
* Director of Photography - Edwin Pagan
* Editor - Sonia Gonzalez-Martinez
* Starring - Adrian Martinez and Adel L. Morales
* Grip - Gaby Yepes, Arthemio Perez
* Additional Camera - Julio Antonio Toro & Rashaad Ernesto Green

Adel writes: "NALIP has been a tremendous asset to furthering my growth as a filmmaker. As a new member, I volunteered at a Writer's Lab in NY and that experience of being around people as passionate as I am made me want to hustle harder. From the moment I joined the NY Chapter and saw the number of serious-minded people who were working so hard to make their dreams reality, I became a believer in the mission to promote the advancement, development and funding of Latino/Latina film and media arts in all genres. We all know the struggles that come with filmmaking are rarely overcome without help and NALIP and NALIP NY have been a tremendous source of assistance. Thank you NALIP and 10th Happy Anniversary!"

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