Latinos In The Industry

Call for Entries: POV 2010

Attention, all filmmakers! POV, public television's premier showcase for independent, nonfiction film seeks programs from all perspectives to showcase in its annual national PBS series. All subjects, styles and lengths are welcome.

Check out the POV Blog to learn more about the categories of submissions that we are looking for. Please note: All entries must be received by Tuesday, June 30, 2009.

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Call for Entries: Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, the premier venue for nonfiction film in the American West, is seeking submissions for its seventh annual event. From February 12-21, 2010 the festival will screen 100+ films, including world and U.S. premieres, classics, rare and experimental works on Montana's largest screen at the historic Wilma Theater in downtown Missoula, Montana. In addition to ten days of screenings, the event will feature many public and VIP events including panel discussions, galas, receptions and networking round-tables.

The competitive event is open to non-fiction films and videos of all genres, subject matter, lengths and production dates. Awards and cash prizes will be given for Best Documentary Feature (over 50 minutes), Best Documentary Short (15-50 minutes), Best Mini-Doc (under 15 minutes) and best documentary about the American West (the "Big Sky Award").

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Early Bird Deadline: July 3, 2009

Call for Entries: BHLIFE 2009 The Boyle Heights Latina Independent Film Extravaganza is back! Founder Josefina Lopez, Festival Director Yolie Cortez, and everyone at CASA 0101 are proud to announce the return of BHLIFE taking place on December 4th - 6th at CASA 0101.

Following a successful festival last year, BHLIFE is back for its 5th edition and it will take place at CASA 0101. BHLIFE is a film festival that features the creative work of Latina filmmakers from all across the world. BHLIFE is the first film festival to focus on the works of Latina directors. It was created to build a network of Latina filmmakers and to increase awareness of the growing number of Latinas working behind the camera. The films of these women constitute a body of work that act as a powerful statement against the stereotypical portrayals of Latinas on screen.

The call for submissions is in full force. Submissions are being accepted in the following categories: Features, Shorts, Documentaries (any length), Experimental/New Frontier, Erotica, and Youth Media (anything created by a Latina filmmaker 18 & under.)

The deadline for submissions is July 1, 2009

For more details on submissions and for a submission form please visit:
Direct questions to Festival Director Yolie Cortez at
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NALIP Discount for No Budget Film School

No Budget Film School Presents: "The Art & Science of No Budget Filmmaking"
A Two-Day No-Budget Filmmaking Immersion - May 30 & 31, 2009
Raleigh Studios - Los Angeles, CA

Micro-budget (under $200,000) filmmaking is unique--the methods, models and priorities are radically different from those of studio or even "low" budget $1 million films. Learn the rules of micro-budget production critical to making this type of film successfully, whether your budget is $200,000 or $2,000. These cutting edge techniques can NOT be found in a book, at film school, or in other film classes.


- Peter Broderick, President, Paradigm Consulting. Considered one of the world's leading authorities on alternative distribution strategy

- Jay Duplass, Director. "The Puffy Chair" made for $15k; premiered at 2005 Sundance and released theatrically. No-budget follow-up "Baghead" premiered at 2008 Sundance and released by Sony Pictures Classics. Currently directing film for Fox Searchlight starring Marisa Tomei, John C. Reilly, Jonah Hill & Catherine Keener

- Alex Holdridge, Director. "In Search Of A Midnight Kiss" made for $15k; released theatrically by IFC Films and won the coveted Cassevetes Award at 2009 Spirit Awards, given to best feature made for under $500k

- Matt Radecki, Producer; Founder, Different By Design. Has produced numerous low-budget features and runs post house that caters to indie filmmakers

Additional speakers to be announced.

TUITION: Prepaid NALIP Members receive the special discounted price of $225 (that's $50 off the regular prepaid price)! The Single Day Price: $125. Complimentary lunch is provided.

Saturday & Sunday, May 30 & 31, 2009
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Raleigh Studios - Chaplin Theater
5300 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038

For more information and to register, visit:

Questions? Email:

No-Budget first-features launched the careers of filmmakers like Christopher Nolan ("Memento," "Batman Begins," "The Dark Knight"), Joe Carnahan ("Narc," "Smokin' Aces"), Darren Aronofsky ("Pi," "Requiem For A Dream," "The Wrestler"), Marc Forster ("Monsters Ball," "Stranger Than Fiction," "Quantum of Solace"), Tim Story ("Barbershop," "Fantastic Four," "Rise of the Silver Surfer"), David Gordon Green ("All The Real Girls," "Pineapple Express"), Justin Lin ("Fast & Furious"), and Craig Brewer ("Hustle & Flow," "Black Snake Moan").

These first films all went through the offices of Next Wave Films, the former low-budget financing arm of The Independent Film Channel. Now LA-based producer Mark Stolaroff, a principal of Next Wave, is sharing what he's learned from years in the trenches in this in-depth, one-of-a-kind no-budget filmmaking immersion.

Filmmaker's Marketing Innovation Leads to Distribution Deal
(Latin Heat Online) - When filmmaker Gabriel Barboza shot the first frame of his feature film Green Eyed Monster over two years ago, he had no idea it would take a cross-country drive from New York to Los Angeles for the film to meet with wide release. FULL STORY

Banderas Solves Big Bang Mystery
(Variety) - Antonio Banderas is set to star in "The Big Bang," a neo-noir detective story to be directed by Tony Krantz. FULL STORY

The Future of Fests: Thoughts From The Top
(indieWIRE) - Geoff Gilmore, Cameron Bailey, Janet Pierson, and Sky Sitney - four of the biggest names in North American film festivals - gathered in Toronto last week to share their thoughts on the future of that world. FULL STORY


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Luis Valdez
NALIP 10 keynote speaker honored at Reel Rasquache, May 15-17

The 6th Annual Reel Rasquache Festival of the U.S. Latino Experience in Film & Art - a West Coast celebration of films by and about U.S. Latinos - will be held May 15-17, 2009, at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex at California State University, Los Angeles.

This year's Festival will honor the stellar contributions in the field of U.S. film and television by presenting NALIP 10 keynote speaker Luis Valdez the 2009 Reel Rasquache Career Achievement Award. This award honors one whose body of work stands as a national treasure, a career that embodies the tremendous scope and rich diversity of Latino experience and historical contributions in the U.S.

Mr. Valdez' outstanding career as a playwright, screenwriter, director, and actor for stage, film and television, for dramatic narrative and documentary across the independent and commercial media spectrum, a scholar and academic - encompasses some fifteen works that comprise a body of creative achievement and dedicated activism that established Chicano theater and film and have inspired their respective rich traditions.

As an alum of California State University, San Jose, his example underscores the promise of California's State University system as a pathway for historically underrepresented communities to achieve access and contribute excellence to the entertainment arts and industries. Luis Valdez's recognition at the 2009 Reel Rasquache Film Festival will be not only by Cal State L.A. but indeed a show of appreciation by the CSU. It will be an event of thanksgiving on behalf of the Chicano Studies programs across the CSU that share in the 40th anniversary of I Am Joaquin - the programs of study whose very existence and endurance owe so much to Luis Valdez's vision and inspiration.

On Sunday, May 17 (closing night), Reel Rasquache will present Tribute screenings of I Am Joaquin and Zoot Suit. Following the Tribute screenings, we are honored to present Mr. Luis Valdez with the 2009 Career Achievement Award, which it has been confirmed Mr. Valdez will be present to accept. Cast members from his landmark films will also be present.

The three-day Reel Rasquache U.S. Latino Film Festival will also feature screenings in all formats and genres including webisodes from across the U.S., filmmaking workshops, multimedia/spoken-word, live music and networking receptions.

Cynthia Jeannette Gomez
NALIPster's doc screening at M.A.L.I. Film Fest in Austin, May 28

NALIP member Cynthia Jeannette Gomez' documentary short Empanada Day: Gathering Generations has been accepted to the M.A.L.I. (Media Literacy and Arts Institute) Film Festival in Austin, Texas. It will be showing Thursday, May 28 at the Austin Youth Hostel between 7 p.m. and 11p.m.

In Empanada Day: Gathering Generations, nine-year old Marisa is the youngest of four generations of women cooking Great Grandmother's Empanada recipe for deep-fried fruit pies. Marisa's Mother, Samantha and Aunt, Margarita have agreed with their Mother, Cynthia to break from chaotic schedules and bring Great-grandmother Carmen, to teach them her traditional recipe for Empanadas. On Empanada Day, these women work together at the kitchen table, liberating a labor-of-love like no other they've experienced in the city. The women's' curiosities surface as they learn not only about cooking but each faces the challenge to grow. This day imprints strengthening and bonding of four generations of women, a story for sharing.

This short documentary is produced by Cynthia Jeannette Gomez through Pipestone Productions. Filmed by Marisa Moreno, Samantha Moreno, Margarita Ortega y Gomez and D.L. Free. Music by Paul Pino and his great granddaughters. Hecho en Nuevo Mexico 2009


Alex Ferrari
NALIPster wins Palm Beach Film Festival

NALIP Member and LPA Mentor Alex Ferrari (LPA 2006) won BEST PICTURE and BEST DIRECTOR at the Palm Beach International Film Festival for his latest comedy short The Outlaw Emmett Deemus and the Promo Queen Starring Academy Award Nominated Larry Hankin & Jill-Michelle Melan ("Mad TV"). The short has also been accepted to the Montreal Comedy Festival and is featured on Alex Ferrari's new Myspace Comedy Channel



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