Latinos In The Industry
Alex Rivera's Sleep Dealer Opens This Friday, April 17th in LA and NY

NALIP mentor and founding member Alex Rivera's feature film Sleep Dealer opens in theaters in Los Angeles and New York this weekend on Friday, April 17th.

It's a science-fiction, but has nothing do to with space aliens, or cops who shoot robots. Sleep Dealer is a film of ideas - and it looks at the future from a perspective never seen before: from south of the border, looking at America from the outside.

A.O. Scott of The New York Times says: Sleep Dealer is "Exuberantly entertaining -- a dystopian fable of globalization disguised as a science-fiction adventure...."

Sleep Dealer is a thriller filled with lush visuals and big ideas about the future of war, immigration, the environment, and the border.

There's more information at
Theater and ticketing details are online here.

As we all, know, audiences on opening weekend determine the future of a film, so please go to the theater this weekend and support this film - and in the process support the idea of a more wild, diverse, and relevant cinema!

Again - the opening is this weekend, Friday April 17th, in Los Angeles and New York. Hope to see you there!

The New York Times
Exuberantly entertaining -- a dystopian fable of globalization disguised as a science-fiction adventure.... Mr. Rivera - a brilliant young director - takes his audience into a future of "aqua-terrorism" and cyberlabor that I wish I could dismiss as implausible.
-A.O. Scott

...impressive, eye-opening...a timely message, deftly delivered... like Blade Runner and other big-brained sci-fi flicks, it's about ideas... Sleep Dealer serves up a radical vision of a troubling tomorrow...
-Jason Silverman

A dazzling journey! True originality and artistic verve!

"Sleep Dealer" is a film with something to say about humanity and its relationship with technology. This sense of humanity, more than its numerous mind-blowing fantasy images is what ultimately sets "Sleep Dealer" apart.
-Steve Ramos

Brilliant and bizarre-ass... A stellar moment in independent filmmaking!
-Rebecca Carroll

... Rivera revives the promise of an American independent cinema that can intervene in our world, imagine the worst, hope for the best - and entertain like mad along the way.
-B. Ruby Rich

The New York Times
"Sleep Dealer" taps into the cultural and economic fears that have come with a globalized planet... For all its newfangled trappings "Sleep Dealer" reasserts a narrative as old as this country...
-Dennis Lim

Call for Submissions: Fox Diversity Writers Initiative

The Fox Entertainment Group announces the 2009 edition of its Diversity Writers Initiative. We again invite submission of original television pilot scripts in the multi-camera comedy, single-camera comedy, animation and drama formats. Writers selected will be invited to attend a six-week session at Writers Boot Camp and subsequent consultation with WBC mentors during which their scripts will be rewritten and improved. The goal is to execute scripts at a level of professional quality equal to those purchased by Fox in the course of its normal television development.

We have been excited by the quality and originality of some of the material which contributed new diverse themes and characters to our development discussion. We encourage all diverse writers with a story to tell, or writers of any color with a project that features a diverse series lead character to submit their scripts per the guidelines below.

We will accept submissions until July 3, 2009.

For details and application information please visit:

NALIP Lifetime Achievement Award winner Rafael Montañez Ortiz Performs "Primal Scream" Live, April 16

UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center and the UCLA Art +Activism Seriesinvite you to join them for a very special performance of "Primal Scream" by Raphael Montañez Ortiz and Monique Ortiz-Arndt.

During his fifty-year career, Raphael Montañez Ortiz has created mixed-media ritual performances and installations for museums and galleries in Europe and Canada and throughout the United States, including MOCA, MoMA, and the Whitney Museum. "Primal Scream" includes two of the artist's signature pieces: a Piano Destruction and a Paper Bag concert. A central figure in the Destructivism movement in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Mr. Ortiz began experimenting with digital media in the 1980s, and recent works include digital paintings. He is on the faculty of the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. Joining the artist is Monique Ortiz-Arndt, an artist and dancer who has been performing with Mr. Ortiz for fifteen years.

A discussion with the artist and a reception will follow

Thursday, April 16, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
UCLA Broad Art Center, Room 1250
(just west of the Sculpture Garden)

The Art + Activism series is a joint program of the UCLA Art | Sci Center, Art | Global Health Center, Center for Performance Studies, CSRC, Department of Design | Media Arts, Department of World Arts and Cultures, and Department of Theater, Film and Television.

Parking is available in structure 3 and can be purchased for $9.00 at the kiosk located at Wyton Ave. and Hilgard Ave. Directions to UCLA are available at

25th Chicago Latino Film Festival, April 17-29

Proudly presented by the International Latino Cultural Center, the Chicago Latino Film Festival celebrates its first quarter-century with over 100 feature and short films in an array of genres - fiction, documentary, animation, drama and comedy. The Festival runs April 17-29. The film selections continue to reflect the great diversity of the Latino culture from the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean, Portugal, and Spain.

The two-week Festival features special segments: Made in USA, Women in Film and LGBT. During the majority of screenings, the audience will have the opportunity to participate in discussions with local and visiting filmmakers.

A film schedule is available online and a daily schedule of films is available by calling the festival hotline, (312) 409-1757.

Made In USA - Some of the best Chicago-crafted films by Latino filmmakers presented include: Silent Shame directed by Tadeo Garcia, Rudy Lozano directed by Victoria Cervantes and A Forgotten Injustice directed by Vicente Serrano.

Women in Film - For the first time in the Festival's history, over 30 films are directed by women. Obscure Camera (Argentina) directed by Maria Victoria Menis, O, Pai, O (Brazil) directed by Monique Ganderberg, Stars of the Estuary (Puerto Rico) directed by Sonia Fritz, and Titon, from Havana to Guantanmera (Cuba) directed by Mirtha Ibarra, among many others.

LGBT - We proudly showcase lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) films and celebrate the important diverse artistic contributions LGBT talent make to the Latino film industry. Inconvenient Friends (Chile), Hermaphrodite (Dominican Republic) and Chef's Special (Spain) among others.

Movie marketing targets Latinos
(Variety) - The surprisingly strong opening of Universal's "Fast and Furious" - $71 million over the April 3-5 weekend -- was Hollywood's latest reminder of the power of Hispanic moviegoers. FULL STORY

Hispanic Fan Base Fuels Film's Success
( - In addition to the roar of car engines and the blast of automatic weapons fire, there's another sound in "Fast & Furious" that's been integral to the franchise's success: Spanish-language dialogue and accents. FULL STORY

Fest Thrives with Vargas in the Director's Chair
(Lake County News-Sun) - The Chicago Latino Film Festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary, thanks to the steadfast work of its founder and executive director Pepe Vargas. FULL STORY

Closing the On-Demand Gap
(Multichannel News) - In a rare departure from traditional pay-per-view movie windows, TVN Entertainment is working with upstart Hispanic-targeted entertainment company Maya Entertainment to premiere a film on video-on-demand concurrent with its theatrical release. FULL STORY


Jobs & Opportunities

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Back Stage's Actorfest at NALIP 10 this THURSDAY, APRIL 16

This Thursday, April 16 is a FREE special Latino edition of Back Stage's Actorfest at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach. This full day of open calls, auditions, master classes, and meetings with casting directors is open to ALL interested talent (you do not need to be registered for the conference). Also, come and meet executives and staff members from the Screen Actors Guild at the SAG Lounge. Click here for details!

Black Delta
Band performing at NALIP 10, with free tequila tasting

NALIP 10 Co-Chair, Ligiah Villalobos encourages everyone not to miss Black Delta's Friday night performance at NALIP 10 after the screening of Sleep Dealer.

Ligiah saw the group perform live a few weeks back at On The Rox for the Emergenza Music Festival, and is thrilled to hear that NALIP will be showcasing such an amazing band! Check them out. You won't regret it! Tequila tasting during Black Delta's performance will be provided courtesy of Tres Generaciones!

Be sure to stop by the Showbiz Software Booth and register for the special Nano iPod Raffle - winners to be announced at the Black Delta evening.

Tres Generaciones Tequila Celebrates Visionaries at NALIP 10

Tequila Tres Generaciones, the finest triple-distilled tequila brand, continues to promote the vibrant force of Latinos in film at the NALIP 10: A Decade of Influence conference. Extending on their cinema platform, Tres Generaciones promotes the next generation of filmmakers who inspire audiences at major film festivals by sponsoring behind-the-scene leaders like NALIP as it recognizes three luminaries on the eve of their 10th year anniversary.

On Saturday, April 18 NALIP will recognize three media luminaries for their exemplary contribution to the entertainment industry in the following categories: Pioneer Achievement for Advocacy, actor/activist Ray Andrade ("Chico and the Man"), Outstanding Achievement Award, Kenny Ortega, (Director, High School Musical 3: Senior Year) and Pioneer Achievement for Filmmaking, Raphael Montañez Ortiz ("Destructivism: A Manifesto"). Tres Generaciones will host the NALIP 10 reception followed by a gala dinner.

"As Don Cenbio Sauza, Don Eladio Sauza, and Don Francisco Javier Sauza passed on their family wisdom and knowledge through generations, we understand the importance of fostering the next generation in all walks of life," states Derek Sauls, US Brand Manager Super Premium Tequilas, Beam Global Wine & Spirits. "Awareness of the brand stems from organic growth and in support of up-and-coming visionaries."

Chelo Alvarez-Stehle
LPA Fellow's doc selected for BVAC's Producers Institute of New Media Technologies

NALIP member Chelo Alvarez-Stehle's (LPA 2008) documentary Sands of Silence has been selected to participate in BVAC's Producers Institute of New Media Technologies, a 10-day residency to develop interactive Web, mobile, multimedia and game projects in San Francisco in early June.

Chelo will be developing her documentary new media strand, SOS_SLAVES, a video game to raise awareness about human trafficking, along with NALIP member editor Maria Zeiss (LPA 2008), and animator David Navas. It was at NALIP's Latino Producers Academy that Chelo was made fully aware of the potential of developing new media in connection with a documentary film.


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