Latinos In The Industry
  April 7, 2009  

Buy The Hollywood Reporter: NALIP 10 Spotlighted Thurs, April 9 and 16

Our generous friends and supporters at The Hollywood Reporter, the premiere industry trade magazine, will profile the 2009 NALIP Achievement and Estela Award winners in two beautiful ads, this week and next. Please support them, and buy the April 9 and 16 issues to get a sneak peek at our recognition of Ray Andrade, Raphael Montañez Ortiz, and Kenny Ortega as well as HBO and HBO Latino for their dedication to diversity. Next week, on the eve of NALIP 10, an ad that celebrates the 2009 Estela Award winners Cruz Angeles and Hugo Perez, sponsored by McDonald’s.

Our great thanks go out to our many friends at the sister companies Nielsen Media, Back Stage, the Hollywood Creative Directory, and The Hollywood Reporter who have, together, worked to support NALIP and our upcoming 10th anniversary, helping to turn it into a landmark event. From our Trustee Monica Gil to our partners at Back Stage in the special Latino edition of Back Stage’s Actorfest set for Thursday, April 16, to our dedicated advisors at HCD on the Latino Media Resource Guide, we thank all of these companies: great publications and references for the NALIP filmmaking community.

Latino Public Broadcasting 2009 Open Call

Open Call is an open invitation to independent producers to submit proposals for a public television program or series on any subject that relates to or is representative of Latino Americans.

Programs should bring new audiences to public television and have a recognizable impact on a broad range of viewers, presenting a range of subjects, viewpoints and forms from a variety of Latino producers across the country that complement and challenge existing public television offerings.

All funding requests must be submitted in accordance with LPB's Guidelines.

You may submit only one application, for one program or series, per review period. If your proposal is among those advanced to the panel, you may be asked to submit additional supporting materials.

Deadline: June 1, 2009 5 PM (this is not a postmark date)

Guidelines and Applications available now at

Funding Request

LPB funding will average between $5,000 and $100,000 for programs of most genres, including drama, comedy, animation, documentary, or mixed genre. LPB will consider funding projects at any production stage. LPB Funding for each stage ranges as follows:

• Research and Development $5,000 - $20,000
• Production $25,000 - $100,000
• Post-Production $25,000 - $100,000
• Outreach $10,000-$25,000

Submission Deadline: Monday, June 1, 2009 5PM (This is not a postmark date)

Applications must be received in the LPB office by 5:00 PM on Monday, June 1, 2009. Packages received after the closing date will not be accepted. LPB will not be responsible for postal service delays or late deliveries.

For complete Guidelines, Applications, and FAQ's page, please log on to

NALIP Sponsor / LPA Official Airline Southwest Airlines Announces Fares and Flights To/From New York LaGuardia

Start spreading the news, Southwest Airlines is starting in June! Southwest Airlines will be touching down in the Big Apple on June 28, 2009. The Dallas-based airline will offer a total of eight daily nonstop departures—five daily nonstop flights between Chicago Midway and LaGuardia and three daily nonstop departures between Baltimore/Washington and LaGuardia. Southwest is offering these new flights with fares as low as $89 one-way for Chicago flights and $49 one-way for Baltimore/Washington flights with a 14-day advance purchase (see fare rules). To view a complete list of Southwest's flights from LaGuardia, visit:

In addition to the eight daily nonstop flights, Southwest Airlines will offer direct or connecting service to more than 45 destinations from New York City, including: Las Vegas, Denver, Los Angeles, Seattle, and San Diego, just to name a few.

When shopping for Southwest online, it's important to know that Southwest Airlines low fares are only available at Not only will Customers find Southwest's great rates online at, but the site also hosts Southwest's Travel Guide where Customers can check out New York City travel tips posted by those who frequent the Big Apple.

"Southwest Airlines brings to the New York market our unmatched record in Customer Service, our no hidden fees policy, and great flight service to two of our most convenient airports—Chicago Midway and Baltimore/Washington," said Gary Kelly, Southwest Airlines Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer. "Customers in both Chicago and the DC area now have a new low fare choice when planning trips into LaGuardia."

"New York City has always and will continue to succeed because we offer the people who come here for business or vacations things they just can't get anywhere else," said Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. "As families and businesses weigh every travel decision carefully, Southwest's arrival at LaGuardia isn't just a boon for New Yorkers - it makes it a lot easier for people around the country to access New York's unparalled ideas, energy, and entrepreneurism."

After nearly 38 years of service, Southwest Airlines, the nation's leading low-fare carrier, continues to stand above other airlines—offering a reliable product with exemplary Customer Service, and no hidden fees. Southwest Airlines is the most productive airline in the sky and offers Customers a comfortable traveling experience with all premium leather seats and plenty of legroom. Southwest recently updated its gate areas and improved its boarding procedure to make flying Southwest Airlines even more convenient. Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV), the nation's largest carrier in terms of domestic passengers enplaned, currently serves 65 cities (adding Boston Logan in the fall) in 33 states. Based in Dallas, Southwest currently operates more than 3,300 flights a day and has more than 35,000 Employees systemwide.

Call for Applications: America's Media Makers - Production Grants & Development Grants
National Endowment for the Humanities

Grants for America's Media Makers support media projects that explore significant events, figures, or developments in the humanities in creative and new ways. America's Media Makers projects promote active exploration and engagement for broad public audiences in history, literature, archaeology, art history, comparative religion, philosophy, and other fields of the humanities.

NEH supports the development of humanities content and interactivity that excites, informs, and stirs thoughtful reflection. To that end, NEH urges applicants to consider more than one format for presenting humanities ideas to the public. Grants for America's Media Makers should encourage audiences to engage with the humanities, promote dialogue and discussion, and foster learning among people of all ages.

NEH offers two categories of grants for media projects - Development Grants and Production Grants.

Production Grants

Production grants support the preparation of a program for distribution. Applicants must submit a script for a radio or television program, or a prototype or storyboard for a digital media project, that demonstrates a solid command of the humanities ideas and scholarship about the subject. Seeapplication guidelines for Production Grants.

Applications may be submitted for any phase of a project. Applicants are not required to obtain a development grant before applying for a production grant. Applicants may not, however, submit multiple applications for the same project at the same deadline. An applicant must choose whether to apply for development or production of a particular project. If an application for a project is already under review, another application for the same project cannot be accepted.

Phone: 202-606-8269
Grant link:
Deadline: August 26, 2009

Development Grants

Development grants enable media producers to collaborate with scholars to develop humanities content and format and to prepare programs for production. These grants cover a wide range of activities that include, but are not limited to, meetings and individual consultations with scholars, location and archival research, preliminary interviews, preparation of program scripts, designs for interactivity and digital distribution, and the creation of partnerships for outreach activities and public engagement with the humanities.

Development grants should culminate in the refinement of the humanities ideas, a script, or a design document for (or a prototype of) digital media components or projects. Development grants may also result in a detailed plan for outreach and public engagement in collaboration with partner organizations.

Before applying, applicants must have a solid command of the major humanities scholarship on the subject, have clarified the ideas that the project will consider, and have consulted with a team of scholarly advisers to work out the intellectual issues that the program will explore. Applicants must also have made preliminary decisions about the format and storyline and located essential materials for the program(s). Finally, they must have recruited the appropriate media professionals, especially the producer, writer, or interactive designer.

Phone: 202-606-8269
Grant link:
Deadline: August 26, 2009



Registration is closed!

You heard right! NALIP 10 is sold out!

We have reached capacity and have closed registration for the biggest Latino media event of the decade!

There will be no more online registration.

There will be no on-site registration.

There will be no drop by's.

There will be no crashing the party.

Individual "NON-TRANSFERABLE" Conference Badges will be required to attend every single event and session of this conference.

Aren’t you glad you registered early?! See you in Newport Beach!

LuisCarlos Romero Davis
NALIPster's feature doc wins Best Film at Puerto Vallarta

NALIP member LuisCarlos Romero Davis' (LPA 2007) feature documentary 389 Miles: “Living the Border” received the Audience Award for Best Film at the International Film Festival in Puerto Vallarta.

LuisCarlos Romero Davis wrote, directed, and produced the film: a human journey along the Arizona-Sonora border that presents the raw, daily lives of the various players involved, and the complexity and multidimensional nature of people Living the Border.

Rolando Sanchez
NALIPster's short selected for Central Florida Film Fest

NALIP member Rolando Sanchez's short film Evergreen has been selected as an official entry into the 4th Annual Central Florida Film Festival. 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.



NALIP Sets 10th Anniversary Conference
(The Hollywood Reporter) - The National Association of Latino Independent Producers will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a weekend conference about trends in Latino media. FULL STORY

Fast And Furious Speeds to $100m Global Opening
(ScreenDaily) - Spectacular $72.5m launch in North America for the fourth film in the franchise is the biggest launch of the year to date and the biggest April opening ever; combined with international opening of $30.1m, the film has now taken $102.6m worldwide. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Production Assistants
Seeking production assistants (unpaid) for April 8th - 18th shoot in downtown LA, will receive credit and a certificate from United Pacific Studios through their Studio Intern Program. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting: Latinas for Feature Film
Cinetico Productions is casting three Latina roles in their feature film love story On The Run. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

From the Editor


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