Latinos In The Industry
  March 5, 2009  

Fire-eaters and Pink Haired Strippers: Producing Stories for the Broadband Generation

When you watch videos online you either hold a small screen or sit at a desk. If that video you’re watching doesn’t grab your attention immediately, you simply click another link. As a filmmaker, how do you create that immediate connection with a viewer? Do you want to create web content for today’s broadband generation? Come meet the revolutionary artists making a mark in that field today.

You've heard of PROM QUEEN - that $1 million series funded by Michael Eisner that sparked a new era. Big Fantastic's Douglas Cheney (SAM HAS 7 FRIENDS) was director on that, creating a web series phenomenon by serializing dramatic content into a short, daily 90 second format.

Interested in creating a viral web series on YouTube? NALIP LPA Fellow Ruth Livier ("Resurrection Blvd.") created and stars in the groundbreaking web series “Ylse” (pronounced ee-l-say), just starting its second season. The production was put together by a group of Latino producers, actors and filmmakers in Los Angeles with their own backing.

And filmmaker/software expert Eric Escobar will discuss his director's collective, Kontent Films, where he designs unique commercials and original work for the web.

This and more cutting-edge, visionary panels, workshops and conversations at NALIP 10.

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You can still take advantage of our Early Bird rates through March 9!

Call for Applications: CBS Diversity Institute

Applications are now being accepted for the seventh session of the CBS Diversity Institute's Writers Mentoring Program, for the 2009-2010 session. Please note the submission period is earlier this year, March 1, 2009 – May 1, 2009.

The Writers Mentoring Program helps aspiring writers to break in and move up in the business. Each participant is matched with two mentors - one is a senior level writer/producer on a CBS or CW primetime series, the other is a CBS, CW or Paramount TV creative executive. Participants meet regularly with their mentors for advice and support on improving their writing skills as well as career advice and guidance.

With a total of 33 graduates in its first five years, the Program has launched 17 careers in episodic television.

The primary focus of CBS' Diversity Institute Writers Mentoring Program is to provide access and networking opportunities for talented and motivated diverse writers – with a focus on writers of color. The program is based in Los Angeles. It begins in September 2009 and runs through May 1, 2010.

The Writers Mentoring Program is not employment and there is no monetary compensation. It is, instead, a structured program of career development, support, and personal access to executives and decision-making processes; with the goal of preparing aspiring writers for later employment opportunities in television.

For more information and an application visit

Call for Entries: ATA Film & Video Festival

Artists' Television Access invites experimental film and video makers to submit their work (20 minutes or less) to its 4th Annual ATA Film and Video Festival. Video, Super 8 and 16 mm animation, documentary, narrative, abstract, found footage based and other works will be accepted.

The ATA Film and Video Festival is committed to showcasing films and videos that use an unconventional stylistic and technical approach and bring up subjects or concepts that not only entertain, but also provoke, our diverse audience. The festival also includes installations in ATA's Mission District storefront gallery, a lunch for the filmmakers, and new in our 4th year, a discussion forum for the exchange of ideas amongst filmmakers, curators and audiences.

Submission fee: $10 (free for international submitters)
Festival will take place in October 2009
More information and submission form:

Artists' Television Access is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, all-volunteer, artist-run, experimental media arts gallery that has been in operation since 1984. ATA hosts a series of film and video screenings, exhibitions and performances by emerging and established artists and a weekly cable access television program.



Early Bird, Scholarship and NALIPsters on View Deadlines!

NALIP 10: A Decade of Influence will be the most important Latino media event of the year! Take advantage of the most economical way to register and attend!

Early Bird registration ends Monday, March 9! Click here to register.

We still have scholarship opportunities available! Our deadline to receive applications for Travel Scholarships is March 13, and our deadline to receive applications for Hotel Scholarships is March 31. Click here for more information.

Share your work (short, trailer, sample or work in progress) at NALIPsters on View. We are still taking submissions to screen your work for the Conference community. Register first, then send in those DVD's. The deadline for NALIPsters on View is March 13, too. More information found here.

Don’t delay! The first step is to register for NALIP's 10th Conference in Newport Beach!

See you there!


Alex Ferrari
NALIPster premiering short at L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival

NALIP Member and LPA Mentor Alex Ferrari will premiere his new short film The Outlaw Emmett Deemus and the Porno Queen at the LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival this Saturday, March 7 at 8pm in Downtown Independent Theater - 251 S. Main Street @ 3rd St. LA, 90012. The film stars Academy Award® Nominated Larry Hankin & Jill-Michele Melean (Mad TV). It was shot on the RED 4K Camera by NALIP Member and LPA Mentor Ricardo Gale. The cast and crew will be on hand. For more information go to the festival website.

Adrian Castagna
NALIPster's film in LACMA's Young Directors Night

NALIP member Adrian Castagna was selected to be part of LACMA's film showcase, Young Directors Night, on March 6, 2009 for his directorial debut short film, El Ojo Unico.

YDN is a celebration of film, showcasing seven to ten shorts by up-and-coming directors in Los Angeles. The evening features a competition for the Art of Film award, to be determined by a host committee—a panel of four luminaries—along with the audience.

El Ojo Unico is dark, futuristic tale set in 2068 Buenos Aires. A motorcycle messenger is sent on a routine delivery to the TV corporation Grupo Crinal, where he unwittingly stumbles upon a truth that will change his life forever. He discovers a labyrinthian world where nothing is what it seems, and a truth he must accept in order to reclaim both his identity – and that of Buenos Aires.



Harsh Times for Spanish-language TV
The ad recession could not have come at a worse time for Spanish-language networks like Univision and Telemundo. Ad spending had begun to stagnate even before the worst of the economic crisis hit last fall. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Reporter/Producer of Spanish Science Videos (Austin)
EarthSky Communications, Inc, headquartered in Austin, Texas – producers of the globally syndicated Earth & Sky science radio series - seeks a full-time video reporter/producer Spanish-language video podcasts. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting: Actresses for Crime Drama Feature (NYC)
Born Powerful Films is casting Peter Jackknife: The Tale of Pedro Navaja, a feature-length crime-drama shooting this summer in North Jersey and additional locations. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION


From the Editor


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