Latinos In The Industry
  March 10, 2009  

Storymakers at NALIP 10: Parody Genre Legend David Zucker to Speak on April 18

David Zucker, director/producer/writer of films from KENTUCKY FRIED MOVIE through AIRPLANE and RUTHLESS PEOPLE to the NAKED GUN series created a huge, commercial and popular genre of film parodies, bringing humor, wit, rapid-fire puns and double entendres to film that delight both audiences and sophisticated filmmakers alike. Don’t miss the inside story on Mr. Zucker’s craft and creations, including never seen outtakes from his films, only at NALIP 10.

Many NALIPsters are writer/producers. How did Mr. Zucker launch the successful ZAZ enterprise, enlist a core group of talented performers, and create some of the funniest, silliest, most successful pictures of the past twenty years. What is coming up from David Zucker? A company focusing on LATINO G and PG family films!!? Don’t miss this intimate, and guaranteed hilarious, conversation with Storymaker David Zucker at the NALIP 10 Conference. Register today, to be sure you don’t miss it!

Joaquin Alvarado named SVP for Diversity and Innovation at CPB

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) is pleased to announce the appointment of Joaquín Alvarado as senior vice president for Diversity and Innovation effective June 30, 2009. As senior vice president for Diversity and Innovation, Alvarado will provide strategic guidance and leadership for strengthening the Corporation's capacity to serve as a catalyst for innovation and inclusion within public media as well as for broadening the reach and diversity of public media's audience.

Joaquín Alvarado has served as director of the San Francisco State University's Institute for Next Generation Internet (INGI) since its founding in 2005. Under his direction, INGI formed San Francisco's Digital Media Advisory Council and Digital Sister Cities initiative to connect communities around the world in efforts to stimulate economic development, innovation and diversity.

"In a world of shifting demographics and fast-paced technological change, the concepts of inclusion and innovation are business imperatives for public service media," said Patricia Harrison, president and CEO of CPB. "Joaquín is a talented executive who understands the link between leadership and innovation, and innovation and the development and sustenance of a talented, diverse workforce."

In 2004, Joaquín Alvarado began architecting the National Public Lightpath as a framework for public media, education and community leadership in the future of the Internet. In 2008, Alvarado launched CoCo Studios to develop media collaboration and information platforms for fiber networks. Alvarado is also an award winning writer, producer and director. He is the author of "Contemporary Chicana and Chicano Art: Artists, Works, Culture, and Education" (Bilingual Press) and a contributing author in "Teaching Ethnic Diversity with Film: Essays and Resources for Educators in History, Social Studies, Literature and Film Studies" (McFarland & Company). His films, including "The Silent Cross," have been featured in numerous film festivals, including the AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival and the San Francisco Independent Film Festival.

Mr. Alvarado holds a B.A. in Chicano Studies from U.C. Berkeley and an M.F.A. from the UCLA School of Film, Television, and Digital Media. He has served on the board of directors for the Bay Area Video Coalition, the California Council for the Humanities, CineGrid, TechSoup Global, and Latino Public Broadcasting.

Call for Submissions: IFP Independent Filmmaker Labs – Narrative Rough Cut Features (NYC)

IFP Independent Filmmaker Labs are a national program connecting mentors and projects before they are submitted to festivals. Led by experienced producers, the Labs assist filmmakers in tackling the creative challenges of completing their modestly-budgeted, independently produced films - getting a leg-up before industry exposure.

Narrative Lab Submission Deadline: April 17

The five-day mentorship program in NYC challenges filmmakers to realize the full potential of their footage and stories with ongoing dynamic feedback and advice on technical & creative issues and distribution methods. The Labs are for first-time, narrative feature directors in the late stages of post-production. For more information & application:

Call for Entries: Contribuciones Latino Short Film Festival (Free)

The Office of Diversity and Equity and the Center for Caribbean and Latin American Studies at Central Connecticut State University, with the support of the New Britain Museum of American Art are accepting entries to the second Latino Short Film Festival for Independent Film-Makers “Contribuciones” being held May 7-9th 2009. The festival will be cosponsored by the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival– LALIFF– and Zeeng online movie download platform. Cash prizes of US$1000, and US$500 will be given to the first two winners. Special awards will be given to the third and fourth winners.

Submission Postmark Deadline: April 10, 2009

This is a non for profit event. It is completely free, we are not charging for submissions or admissions. Entries are limited to one film per director/producer. The festival is open to students and new independent film makers interested in the Latino-Hispanic world. We are accepting short films in analog and digital formats.

For full details and application go to:

Call for Entries: Frontera Pride Film Festival

The Frontera Pride Film Festival invites filmmakers to submit films for possible inclusion in our Inaugural June 2009 festival. This festival celebrates the creativity, connections, challenges, contradictions, and conundrums of borders in our lives, whether these borders are socially constructed categories (gender, sexual identity, class, race, religion, age, ability); political borders (national, state, city); or personal borders (lived experience, memory, family history, etc). Priority will be given to films that incorporate and explore issues of gender and sexual identity as they are lived and/or perceived.

Submission Deadline: April 1, 2009 (it has been extended from the date currently listed on the website)

For full details and submission information go to:

Deadline Extended: Reel Rasquache Festival

The submission deadline has been extended for 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.

Extended Submission Deadline: March 23, 2009

The Festival will showcase an array of recent U.S. Latino-produced and themed films from across the nation. For information on how to submit a film and to download submission forms, visit the Reel Rasquache website at

The 2009 Festival is also accepting submissions of existing web series currently streaming on the internet. Web Series produced by Latinos or that showcase the rich spectrum of the Latino experience on all topics, and in all genres and formats are invited for submission. Webisode submissions will be accepted through Monday, March 23. The Webisode Submission Form may be downloaded at

NALIP Discount for NXT STAGE Conference

NALIP members can receive a 25% discount on all-access pass (enter promo code NXT01) to the NXT STAGE Online & Mobile Entertainment Conference, held March 24-25, 2009 at the Renaissance Hotel & Spa Hollywood

What do I get? Prestigious Speakers, Invaluable Connections, Outstanding Content.
You get two days of 24 sessions, 100 speakers, networking activities and meals at NXT Stage. Register Now!

Who should attend? The Hollywood Creative Community, Content Producers, Pre-Production, Production & Post-Production Executives as well as Programming Executives from the TV/Film Production sector.

Why attend? The writers, directors, producers and programming executives have not been told that they, too, are stakeholders in this new digital world. This is the opportunity for the platform solution providers, distributors and agencies to bring the creative production community into our evolving digital world.

How are we are different from other conferences? The premise of the conference is that there are significant number of trade shows/conferences that address the commercial and technical aspects of the content markets yet very few that focus on the creative/production aspects. AND we are affordable. You can register to attend our conference for half the price of what others charge.

PGA and WIF Present New Media Panel - March 14

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) and Women in Film (WIF) bring you a panel discussion at the 2nd Los Angeles Brazilian Film Festival (LABRFF): Making sense of key changes in the media landscape. Speakers on the panel are Laura Frankel and John D. Heinsen, with Deborah Calla moderating.

Theatrical release and television are no longer the only games in town for filmmakers and other visual storytellers. Increasingly, filmmakers are taking advantage of the democracy of new media platforms, including broadband release, animation, games, mobile content, social media and user-generated content. This panel will introduce and outline some of the recent trends in New Media production, providing an essential perspective on which platforms are best suited to different kinds of storytelling, andsuggesting ways that New Media can provide new avenues for marketing and audience participation, outlining the (still evolving) relationship between New Media and the traditional media.

Saturday, March 14th, at the Landmark Theatre (10850 West Pico at Westwood Blvd.) at the Westside Pavilion 11am - 12:30pm


Laura Frankel, President of Laura Frankel Media
Senior Associate, International Media & Entertainment Partners, LLC
Consultant for Warner Bros. International Branded Services
Expertise in creating and launching brands and programming on multiple platforms

John D. Heinsen, Principal, Bunnygraph Entertainment, Inc., a multi-platform development and consultancy company.
A 15 year veteran of the entertainment industry John has served as Manager of Primetime Programming at Fox and has worked in the Television Packaging and New Media/Branded Entertainment Divisions of International Creative Management (ICM)

Deborah Calla, Writer/Producer, President of Calla Productions
Producer of TV programming, Feature Film and New Media
Co-Chair of the Diversity Workshop of the Producers Guild of America



Final Chance to Register for NALIP 10 at Early Bird Rate!

On Wednesday, March 11, from 8am EDT to 11:59pm, all current NALIP members will have one final opportunity to register online for NALIP 10 : A Decade of Influence at the EARLY-BIRD RATE of $185.

Register online now at:

Chelo Alvarez-Stehle
LPA '08 Fellow reports from inside NBPC's New Media Institute

Tiptoeing on New Media
By NALIP member Chelo Alvarez-Stehle (LPA 2008)

During the four years I lived in Tokyo in the early 90’s, I fell in love with mostly everything Japanese. I was appalled, however, by the women-degrading manga avidly read by many of my daily subway co-commuters—often forced on my face during the highly crowded rush hour, and the frenzy for violent and sexually explicit anime, such as the lolicon genre. These tended to be the subjects of my articles, along with the otakus—young people hooked to videogames or online life to the detriment of their social skills.

I would have never imagined that one day I would use that medium myself. When Wendy Levy, Bay Area Video Coalition’s Producers Institute for New Technologies Executive Director, addressed the concept of ‘smart game’ at NALIP’s 2008 Latino Producers Academy this past August in the cool breezes of Santa Fe, something resonated inside: “Video games as an awareness-creation tool?” I could see the potential for outreach of digital micro-screens unfolding incrementally as an infinite mirror effect.

Back from Santa Fe, I immediately applied to the NBPC’s New Media Institute, which is co-funded by the National Minority Consortia. After weeks of online workshops and a three-day conference on New Media in D.C. in November, I felt I was barely scratching the tip of the new media iceberg—though this one is not exactly melting!

Participants in the Institute, divided by teams, developed different new media strands of a global project called The Open letter Project. My team created an interactive site enabling everyday Americans to share their views directly with the new president, his administration and millions worldwide.

A highlight of the Institute training was an esoteric visit into the otherworldly SecondLife. In its clandestine catacombs, I encountered distant descendants of the Caves of Altamira’s wall paintings—and the new generation of anime—in the form of machinima. Surprisingly, these machinima-makers were making money through screenings of their 3-D animated films in theaters built on property bought or rented with ‘L$’ or Linden dollars on SecondLife’s 3-D real estate! Perhaps someone should initiate a petition to have Congress look into the potential of SecondLife’s L$-based economy as a new stimulus? Incidentally, if your film is about a social issue, there is a great number of fundraiser events in SecondLife’s vaults, so consider having a presence there, producing a machinima trailer and fundraise for your “real-life” film.

My fascination with the world of animation drew me to explore the emergent gameplays called smart games, from ICED – I Can End Deportation, illustrating how unfair immigration laws deny due process and violate human rights, to Darfur is Dying, providing a window into the experience of the refugees in Sudan’s Darfur region. I found it to be an innovative way of maximizing the knowledge, research, and storytelling some of us develop for a social-issue film or documentary, and a audience-engaging tool that can pull your film into viral distribution.

However, having flirted in the past months with the never-ending FaceBook interactions, my concern is that the seemingly unstoppable multiplication of social networking services such as Twitter, LinkedIn, Nexopia, and Hi5 that keep popping out like spores, as well as the impact of concepts such as transmedia storytelling and hypersociability, may also provoke some biological dispersal to our species, the first casualty being our own social sanity, as we all become digital otakus.

Chelo Alvarez-Stehle is a journalist and documentary filmmaker based in L.A. She is currently working on a multi-media project on human trafficking.

Cruz Angeles
NALIP 2009 Estela winner to screen at SFIFF52 New Directors Competition Films

The United States’ oldest running film fest, the San Francisco International Film Festival unveiled 11 features from around the world participating in the New Directors Competition during its 52nd edition. Among the films in competition are Don’t Let Me Drown, directed by NALIP member and Estela winner Cruz Angeles. The film premiered at Sundance, and will be discussed at the upcoming NALIP 10 Conference in Newport Beach. New York’s vibrant Mexican and Dominican communities take center stage in this lyrical look at the love between a young Mexican boy and a Dominican girl, set in the immediate aftermath of 9/11.

The festival will award over $100,000 in total prizes this year, including $15,000 to the winner of the New Directors Competition.

Pablo Proenza & Erin Ploss-Campoamor
NALIP Fellows' film Dark Mirror acquired by IFC Films

NALIP members Pablo Proenza (director, LWL 2004) and Erin Ploss-Campoamor (producer, LPA 2004) have sold their film Dark Mirror, a feature length supernatural thriller, to IFC Films, which will be releasing it in Spring 2009. The film stars Lisa Vidal, David Chisum, Christine Lakin and Lupe Ontiveros. It premiered at the New York Latino Film Festival to a rave review from Variety: "tour-de-force performance," "excellent!," "a spin on the genre." Become a fan on Facebook and Myspace.

Richard Martinez
NALIPster composes music for play, gets rave review in Washington Post

NALIP member and composer Richard Martinez recently composed music for the Shakespeare Theatre Company's production of The Dog in the Manger. The show received a rave review from Peter Marks in the Washington Post: "The play looks and sounds so marvelous... What separates Munby's "Dog in the Manger" from the volumes of other mixed-up romances of yore is the magnitude of inspiration. It's evident in so many facets of the production: the use of a troubadour soprano (Julie Craig) to create a haunting interior soundtrack of lovers' insecurity." Read the full review online.



Viva El Mambo!
(NBC San Diego) - The San Diego Latino Film Festival showcases "Cachao" starring Andy Garcia as the inventor of the Mambo. FULL STORY

All Eyes on Sundance for Top Fest Post Announcement
(indieWIRE) - In a time of change for a number of leading U.S. film festivals, all eyes are on the Sundance Film Festival, which is preparing to announce new leadership in the wake of the departure of longtime head Geoff Gilmore last month. FULL STORY

William Morris and Endeavor Explore a Merger
(The New York Times) - or months, two of Hollywood’s biggest talent agencies, Endeavor and William Morris, have quietly been talking merger. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Casting: SAG Low Budget Feature (Paid)
Casting two male Latino roles in the SAG low budget feature film Pete Smalls is Dead, shooting primarily in Silverlake/Echo Park. Must be able to speak fluent Spanish. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION



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