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.

Apply online:

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. It has been years since a non-Cultural Clash Latino writer has been featured here, so do not miss Octavio Solis’ beautiful play, LYDIA. And the Director is LPA/LWL Fellow Juliette Carillo! Please take advantage of a special offer from the Center Theater Group: Tickets for $20 for NALIP members to see LYDIA at the Mark Taper Forum at the Music Center, downtown Los Angeles.

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. 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.

Turner Classic Movies to Look at Latino Images in Film in May

Marking the fourth in an ongoing series of film festivals exploring Hollywood's portrayal of different racial groups, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will turn its spotlight on the cinematic depiction of Latinos. Throughout the month of May, TCM's RACE AND HOLLYWOOD: LATINO IMAGES IN FILM will showcase 40 films, past and present, that show the progression of how Latino characters and culture are depicted in cinema. Joining TCM's Robert Osborne in hosting the festival will be founding NALIP board member and UCLA professor Chon Noriega, author of "Shot in America: Television, the State, and the Rise of Chicano Cinema."

TCM's RACE AND HOLLYWOOD: LATINO IMAGES IN FILM festival will take place Tuesday and Thursday nights in May, beginning at 8 p.m. (ET). Each night's collection of films will be centered on a particular theme, such as a look at depictions from the silent era, views of border towns and small ethnic towns, musicals, stories featuring interracial relationships, explorations of social problems and Latino representations in past and current westerns. Also included in the festival line-up will be several contemporary films making their first appearance on TCM, including The Milagro Beanfield War (1988), La Bamba (1987), The Mambo Kings (1992), Stand and Deliver (1988), The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (1983) and Lone Star (1996). In addition, each evening will feature a specially chosen film for late-night movie fans.

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"As has been shown in our past RACE AND HOLLYWOOD editions, the way in which Hollywood depicts different cultural groups can have a tremendous impact on how those groups are viewed in society as a whole," said Charles Tabesh, senior vice president of programming for TCM. "We're proud that TCM has the library and resources to delve deeply into issues like racial and cultural identity in a way that no other network on television can. We are also thrilled to welcome the participation of noted scholar Chon Noriega as co-host with Robert Osborne for this project."

Chon A. Noriega, who will co-host the festival with TCM's Robert Osborne, is professor of cinema and media studies at UCLA and director of the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center. He is author of Shot in America: Television, the State, and the Rise of Chicano Cinema and editor of nine books, including Visible Nations: Latin American Cinema and Video and I, Carmelita Tropicana: Performing Between Cultures. Since 1996, he has been editor of A Journal of Chicano Studies, the flagship journal for the field since its founding in 1970. Noriega has curated numerous media and visual arts projects, including Phantom Sightings: Art After the Chicano Movement, which is currently traveling to venues in the U.S. and Mexico. He has also helped recover and preserve independent films, including the first three Chicano-directed feature films, which have been restored by the UCLA Film and Television Archive. Noriega has received the Getty Postdoctoral Fellowship in the History of Art and the Rockefeller Foundation Film/Video/Multimedia Fellowship. He is co-founder of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (est. 1999) and served two terms on the Board of Directors of the Independent Television Service. He is currently completing a book on Puerto Rican multimedia artist Raphael Montanez Ortiz.

Call for Entries: Stella Artois Short Film Competition

As a global supporter of independent film, Stella Artois appreciates your dedication and understands the many sacrifices you make to achieve your vision. From hours spent setting up each shot and capturing every nuance to investing every penny you have � you create the stories that move us most. Stories so good no one could possibly tell them better. Stories that are worth the price of perfection.

To help you in your quest, we're sponsoring a project through that offers a $50,000 cash award.

Submit your short film that exemplifies the theme of Sacrifice or Perfection:
I. Sacrifice: Choosing what is right over what is convenient. Pursuing one's goals to the fullest despite peer pressure to give up. Putting others' needs before one's own.
II. Perfection: The pursuit of excellence against all odds. Completely exceeding all expectations. Being the very best you can be in your field and living up to those responsibilities.

Submittion period ends July 31, 2009

For further information on the submission process, please visit:

Call for Entries: Orlando Hispanic Film Festival

The Orlando Hispanic Film Festival is now accepting feature film, short film, documentary, short documentary and feature screenplay submissions. To qualify for awards, production must include a Writer, Director, Producer, Actor, or Cinematographer of Hispanic descent; or the theme must deal with Hispanic issues.

Regular Deadline - May 19th
Late Deadline - June19th
Extended Deadline - July 3rd

For details and an application please visit:


Pedro Almodovar to Make American TV Series
(New York Press) - Pedro Almodovar, the Oscar-winning Spanish director, is reportedly working on a TV series based off his 1988 film Women on the Verge of Nervous Breakdown , which starred Carmen Maura and Antonio Banderas. FULL STORY

Hathaway, Shatner and Bratt Lead Prism Awards
( - Anne Hathaway, William Shatner and Benjamin Bratt were among the winners at the 2009 Prism Awards, honoring Hollywood productions that raise awareness of drug-related issues. FULL STORY

Robert Rodriguez Wields Machete
(Variety) - Robert Rodriguez is ready to cut a wide swathe, and his plans include re-launching the "Predator" franchise for Fox and co-directing "Machete." FULL STORY


Jobs & Opportunities

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

Sitcom Director for Webisode Series
First Impression Entertainment is looking for a seasoned sitcom director with credits from network TV or cable, working in a two or three camera setting.

From the Editor
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Flavio Morales
NALIP board member named to Multichannel News' "Forty Under 40" list

Each year, the editors of Multichannel News choose 40 movers and shakers under the age of 40 who are helping their companies grow and succeed, while playing an important part in mapping the future of cable and telecommunications. Included in this year's list is NALIP board member and VP of Programming for Mun2, Flavio Morales.

From networks to operators, from the worlds of finance and technology to programming, marketing and customer service, these individuals represent a cross section of a multitude of disciplines. But they share in common the fact that they've come a long way in a relatively short time and continue to make invaluable contributions in their respective areas of expertise.

Flavio Morales, 36
VP, Programming, Mun2

Flavio Morales was named vice president of programming at Mun2 in February 2005. Supervising overall programming strategy and on-air content, he has helped the network garner widespread recognition, including a 2007 Peabody Award for its original programming aimed at Latino youth.

Morales began creating programming for bicultural Latinos in high school when he launched a local music/variety show in Los Angeles that garnered a cult following, introducing music from diverse artists such as Caifanes and Ozomatli.

Before joining Mun2, he was a co-founder and director of programming and music for LATV. Prior to that, he held several positions in media, from music and TV to advertising. At Wieden & Kennedy, he was the ad agency's Latino liaison for clients such as Microsoft and Coca-Cola.

"I'm very proud of that fact that my career has allowed me to give others the opportunity to expose our culture, and show how as U.S. Latinos, we are uniquely American," he said.

David Valdes
NALIP trustee's show "Paul Rodriguez & Friends: Comedy Rehab" premieres May 1 @ 11pm

"Paul Rodriguez & Friends: Comedy Rehab," produced by NALIP trustee David Valdes, will have its world premiere on Comedy Central on Friday, May 1st at 11pm.

Rehab can be serious business - but at Comedy Central, it's just plain funny. Join Latino comedian Paul Rodriguez as he introduces the next generation of great, up-and-coming Latino comedians Shayla Rivera, Gene Pompa and Manny Maldonado for a night of muy caliente stand-up and prepare to kick some bad habits - after all, laughter is the best medicine, right? Get ready to laugh out loud!

Alex Ferrari
NALIPster launches MySpace comedy channel

NALIP member and LPA mentor Alex Ferrari (LPA 2006) has launched a new comedy channel on called and we will have new hilarious short films every week. The first episode is called: "ZOMBIE MARRIAGE COUNSELING: I'M A LESBIAN" Watch Gary & Tammy as they work through 200 year old issues in the first episode of this hilarious new series ONLY on MySpace!

The series team is made up of crazy Latinos Alex Ferrari, Ricardo Gale (NALIP LPA Mentor) and Jill-Michele Melean (MAD TV, Reno 911). This is the first large scale Myspace Comedy Channel launched by Latinos. The series has sponsorship and plans to branch out to more web based video content. "The future of our industry is on the web...It's here so embrace it or get out of the way." - Alex Ferrari  

Katrina Elias
NALIPster's play opens in West Hollywood, 4/30-5/10

The new American Latino Theatre presents its first production of the 2009-10 season, Red Colombian Sky by NALIP member Katrina Elias (LPA 2004) at 'the lot' in West Hollywood, April 30 through May 10.

Set in a small pueblo in war-torn Colombia, Red Colombian Sky explores the relationship between Marina, an aging concubine, and an embittered Paramilitary Commander, Mancuso - a one-sided relationship that is more captor and jailer than lovers.

Red Colombian Sky
April 30 - May 10, 2009
American Latino Theatre
1041 N. Formosa Ave., Fairbanks Gym, 'the lot,'
West Hollywood, CA 90046.

Tickets: (323) 850-2655 or

Originally, produced by the Ricardo Montalban Repertory Theatre Company in 2006, Red Colombian Sky features the work of talented Latina playwright Katrina Elias. Red Colombian Sky also incorporates magical realism, a dramatic device with a long tradition in Latino theatre. Magical Realism blurs the line between fantasy and reality, yet accomplishes a revelation of truth within the exposition of a drama.

The production is directed by Felipe Alejandro and produced by David Llauger-Meiselman and Lawrence S. Smilgys. The play features members of the American Latino Theatre: Fernando Luis, Antonio Vega and Lawrence S. Smilgys along with guest artists including the critically-acclaimed Debra De Liso and Meeni Naqvi. The production also features the work of award-winning Lighting Designer and Cinematographer F. Mark Woods.


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