Latinos In The Industry
  March 12, 2009  

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MovieMaker Magazine: NALIP Celebrates 10 Years

Article by Nora Murphy, MovieMaker

It’s not a surprise to discover that there is a lack of Latino representation in moviemaking. In order to draw more attention to this epidemic, 10 years ago a group of Latino producers, academics and media activists took it upon themselves to raise awareness that the Latino population is capable of getting involved just like everyone else. What resulted was the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP), an organization formed to bring together the Latino population in the film industry.

This April they celebrate “NALIP 10: A Decade of Influence,” a conference honoring the achievements that have been made since the organization originated. Chaired by moviemakers Frances Negrón-Muntaner (War in Guam), David Ortiz (Wanted, Hellboy) and Ligiah Villalobos (La Misma luna), the event will take place April 17-19, 2009 at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach, California.

Just weeks before the celebration kicked off, MM spoke with co-chairs Ortiz and Negrón-Muntaner to discuss their thoughts on the progress of moviemaking and the incorporation of Latinos since NALIP began.

Nora Murphy (MM): What encouraged you to create NALIP?

Frances Negrón-Muntaner (FN): Necessity. Ten years ago, Latino producers were working in isolation, lacking professional opportunities and largely ignored by all media institutions. NALIP was created to address all three issues by building community, creating opportunities for professional growth and opening up space for the production and dissemination of Latino stories.

MM: What changes have you noticed in the movie making industry in the past 10 years?

FN: There have been significant changes. Digital equipment and forms of distribution have made it possible for many more people to tell their stories. The boundaries between producers and consumers continues to blur, although this process is less democratic than assumed. There is also more openness to talent from Asia and Latin America. Yet, these changes have not made a big difference in the inclusion of U.S. Latinos into the American media industries.

MM: How do you think more Latino representation in movies can be achieved?

David Ortiz (DO): We have to remember that this is show business first and foremost and the only color people really care about is green. Urban movies don’t historically do well overseas; that is why they don’t sell them overseas. Will Smith is the biggest movie star in the world. Why? Because he is a star who is fun and people love him, even if his movies aren’t always perfect. Similarly, we need to create content and talent that is going to have a universal, commercial appeal that will generate revenue and create more of a demand for Latin talent and content. Hollywood is a reactive business, let’s give them something of quality that is a commercial success to demand more of.

FN: Almost everyone you talk to in the industry says that the issue is not discrimination against Latinos, but that people just tend to hire who they know and that they don’t know any Latinos. We need to eliminate this kind of self-fulfilling logic by creating effective programs that provide entry opportunities for Latinos in all positions, including executives, screenwriters, producers, directors and actors. Otherwise, changes may either not happen or will happen at such a slow pace to make it even more distressing than it already is.

As part of this effort of equitable incorporation, we also need to effectively communicate why Latino exclusion represents such a significant problem. Most of the time, advocates argue that Latinos should be included because young Latinos are the biggest consumers of media in the top U.S. markets. But this is not only about what is good for business, this is also about ending persistent discrimination and gaining an entirely new understanding of the U.S. as a country.

For instance, the majority of people believe that Latinos are by and large recent immigrants to the U.S. But this is not the case. Latinos have been part of this country for hundreds of years, longer than many other Americans who take their identity for granted. The history of Latinos is then important to understand the U.S. For instance, without knowing about the Mexican American War or the Spanish American War, it is impossible to understand why there are so many Latinos here today and why the U.S. spans from coast to coast and beyond. Latinos are also a big part of the future of the United States. In less than 40 years, Latinos will be a third of the U.S. population. Including Latinos is then not only good for Latinos, it’s a necessity—unless we want to live in a country where 30 percent of the population is ignored by the media and deprived of media access.

MM: What has been your most memorable moviemaking experience?

DO: I was very fortunate and privileged to work on big movies like Wanted and Hellboy and Role Models, which were all financially successful and, although not perfect, definitely entertaining. However, the movie I’m most proud of is the latest Fast & Furious, because we had to jam on the script and collectively make sure the story made sense under the duress of the pending WGA strike. We had a really tough deadline and each night worked page by page, line by line with our superstar writer Chris Morgan and director Justin Lin to get it done. Execs don’t always have the time to participate so intimately with this part of the process, but I’m so proud of the final product. It was a great team effort. We won’t win an Oscar for Best Picture, but I think its the best of the four films in the franchise.

FN: As a director, my most memorable moviemaking experiences are always about talking to the audience. Before that point, you haven’t really made a film.

MM: This year you’re honoring Rafael Montañez Ortiz. How has he inspired you and your work?

FN: When I first heard of Montañez Ortiz, I was inspired by his trajectory as an artist and activist. Here was a Latino born in the early 1930s who has a great impact, no pun intended, on many fronts. He was one of the first Latinos to work with film as an art form. In the 1950s, he was also one of the first artists, Latino or not, to experiment with found film and use it to critique racist ideologies. And this was well before the civil rights movements of the 1960s and 1970s.

Moreover, he was at the forefront of thinking about how to break down the boundaries between artist, artistic object and audience, a question that is now at the center of contemporary culture. Equally important, he was a co-founder of El Museo del Barrio located in East Harlem, the first museum in the U.S. dedicated to the artistic production of Latinos.

MM: What are the group’s plans for the future?

DO: Onward and upward. We’ve discussed a more permanent site for the conference as well as a building which members can call their own. I can see the talent’s growth and know we’re close to having our own Guillermo del Toros and Alfonso Cuaróns emerge. The organization will continue to foster such talent and become more of a resource for Hollywood to find the next wave of filmmakers.

FN: To be so successful that we are no longer needed.

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Latinos to Premiere at Tribeca

The Tribeca Film Festival unveiled its narrative, documentary and Discovery competition roster Monday morning, featuring a new streamlined event with 84 features and 46 shorts screening April 22 - May 3. This year’s line up includes includes 46 world, five international, 13 North American, 3 U.S. and 11 New York City premieres, as well as eight titles, which are part of the event’s third annual Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival. 2,254 films were submitted for consideration this year, according to figures provided by the fest.

The “Discovery” section includes the world premiere of ENTRE NOS, directed and written by NALIPsters Gloria La Morte and Paola Mendoza (USA, Colombia). It stars talented co-director Paola Mendoza as the adoring mother Mariana, who has toted her two children from Colombia to New York to indulge her husband’s whim. But when he abruptly abandons the family, she has to rely on her own imagination and courage—and that of her remarkable kids (breakthroughs Sebastian Villada and Laura Montana)—to survive insurmountable odds during their first summer in the United States. In Spanish with English subtitles.

The Tribeca Film Festival has also announced its out-of-competition feature film selections in the Encounters, Spotlight, Showcase, Restored/Rediscovered and Midnight sections. In the Encounters, Michael Cuesta will premiere his new narrative feature TELL-TALE, inspired by the classic Edgar Allan Poe horror story. Michael Cuesta’s (L.I.E., Twelve and Holding) chilling tale follows Terry (Josh Lucas), a single father whose recently transplanted heart leads him on a frantic search to find the donor’s killer before he meets a similar fate. This unsettling psychological thriller features Lena Headey, Brian Cox and Dallas Roberts.

The Spotlight section will include NALIP Conference 9 co-chair Frida Torresblanco and keynote speaker Carlos Cuaron’s RUDY Y CURSI. The film stars Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna, and was also produced by Alfonso Cuaron (Children of Men), Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth), and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Babel), through their groundbreaking new company Cha Cha Cha. This is a riotous film about a pair of thickheaded stepbrothers whose rivalry takes them from their jobs on a small-town banana ranch to star spots on opposing soccer teams. It will be released through Sony Pictures Classics.

Other films on Latino topics will also be screening at the Tribeca Film Festival including:

”P-Star Rising,” directed by Gabriel Noble. (USA) - World Premiere, Documentary. In the early ‘80s, Jesse Diaz was a rising star in the hip-hop world. Now a broke single father in Harlem with two children to support, Jesse finds a shot at redemption in his nine-year-old daughter Priscilla Star, a precocious and immensely talented rapper. Director Gabriel Noble follows four years of father-daughter ups and downs as they navigate the grit and the glamour of the music business.

”Which Way Home,” directed by Rebecca Cammisa. (USA) - World Premiere, Documentary. In this unprecedented, revelatory doc, director Rebecca Cammisa (Sister Helen) follows three unaccompanied children on a harrowing odyssey away from their homes in Latin America and through Mexico with one mighty shepherding hope: to reach the United States, where they can either reunite with their own families who made the journey before them, or create new lives for themselves.

Call for Entries: ACEFEST

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Herb Scannell
Co-founder and Chairman of Next New Networks to address Latino filmmakers

KEYNOTE LUNCH FOR NALIP 10: A Decade of Influence from former president of Nickelodeon Networks.

The NALIP 10 Conference committee is thrilled to welcome Herb Scannell as keynote luncheon speaker at NALIP 10 on Saturday, April 18. Don’t miss one of the most prominent Latino executives in our industry, someone linked to major commitments towards diversity and pro-active Latino programming. Mr. Scannell is now the co-founder and chairman of Next New Networks, the exciting next-generation television/ video company that distributes content over the internet for targeted communities, such as Barely Political (political comedy), Indy Mogul (filmmaking) and Channel Frederator (animation). He will look out at the trends and cycles and share those most relevant to us, as Latino/a media makers.

This former president of Nickelodeon Network led Nick to the No. 1 ratings position in all of cable for 10 years running! Nick became one of the first networks to tap into the growing acculturated Latino demographic, creating and programming successful series that included Dora the Explorer, The Brothers Garcia and Taina. Mr. Scannell was responsible for turning Nickelodeon into a powerhouse with shows like Rugrats, Ren & Stimpy, Doug, Clarissa Explains It All and the show we all grew up on, Spongebob Squarepants!

Don’t miss this inspirational speaker share his exciting vision for the future with NALIP Conference 10 attendees, on Saturday, April 18. Register today at

Hector Galán
NALIPster's doc to premiere at SXSW Film Festival

South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival has announced that NALIP mentor/member Hector Galán's latest documentary, The Big Squeeze, which documents Texas Folklife's annual accordion contest for young players, will be screened at this year's festival in March. The Big Squeeze is a joyful leap into the heart of Texas, from the urban barrios of Houston to the colonias along the U.S.-Mexican border we find young musicians carrying on a passionate musical legacy fueled by family, friends and food, then follow as they do battle at the statewide throwdown. The 26-minute film follows the 2007 and 2008 contestants and their families as they prepare for the contest, interviews seasoned performers and judges, and concludes with footage of the contest held at Texas Folklife's Accordion Kings & Queens concert in Houston. Some of the prominent musicians featured in the film are Zydeco greats Chubby Carrier and Step Rideau, Tejano star Mingo Saldivar, and Country Western singer/songwriter Ginny Mac.

"I was a little nervous because this was the biggest crowd I had ever played in front of, but at the same time, I could feel the energy and I decided to give it all I've got," says John Ramirez, last year's Big Squeeze winner. Through the words of the young contestants—and with a soundtrack that makes you want to get up and dance—the film lovingly shines a light on a new generation of accordion players. 2007 winner Juan Longoria, Jr., playing with his brother and father in his back yard in Brownsville, tells how he was influenced by the Conjunto music that surrounded him during his youth in the Rio Grande Valley. The portrait of Houston's John Ramirez and his parents Blanca and Herminio Ramirez, who built a recording studio in their tiny Houston kitchen for their son, highlights how important family support is for these young players. "My band teacher gave me the contest form. My family was real excited and they helped me and backed me up 100 percent. I decided I wanted to go to the top," says the sixteen-year-old winner.

Hector Galán is an award-winning filmmaker with over thirty years of experience. He has produced and directed eleven films for the PBS series Frontline, two films for The American Experience, and many critically acclaimed and award-winning independent films including A Migrant's Masterpiece: The Life and Legacy of Patrick Flores (2008), Los Lonely Boys: Cottonfields and Crossroads (2006), Accordion Dreams (2001) and Songs of the Homeland (1995). Galan's films and documentary series have won numerous awards such as Imagen, Cine Golden Eagle, Telly, the Golden Apple, and SXSW Best Documentary and Emmy nominations. Galán has received honors including the Cultural Arts Award by the Hispanic Caucus of the American Association of Higher Education, the Armando Marroquin Lifetime Achievement Award by the Tejano Roots Museum, and in 1997 and was named one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in America by Hispanic Magazine. His independent film company, Galán Inc., is based in Austin.

The Big Squeeze was selected for the short film screening with features category. It will be shown on Wednesday, March 18, at 7:00 p.m. at the Austin Convention Center before the full-length film Drunken Angel: The Legend of Blaze Foley. For more information visit The Big Squeeze is slated to appear on PBS after its debut at the festival in March. Details will be announced.

The Big Squeeze is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, Humanities Texas, the Cogburn Family Foundation, the Still Water Foundation, the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

Texas Folklife
Texas Folklife is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to presenting and preserving the diverse cultures and living heritage of the Lone Star State. For twenty-five years, Texas Folklife has honored the authentic cultural traditions passed down within communities and explored their importance in contemporary society. Texas Folklife has been called "one of the state's true cultural treasures" by the Austin American-Statesman for the accessible, joyful arts experiences we provide.

Located in the hip and vibrant neighborhood known as SoCo just south of downtown Austin, Texas Folklife can be found next door to the Continental Club, at 1317 South Congress Avenue and the entrance is in the rear of the building, behind the Ten Thousand Villages storefront. Texas Folklife is open to the public 11-5 Monday through Friday or call for an appointment. Admission is free. For more information contact (512) 441-9255 or or visit

Zach Evans
NALIPster's short released worldwide on DVD

NALIP webmaster Zach Evans' scripted wakeboarding short Ride The Wake was released on DVD this week by Central Film Company, and is available from retailers worldwide including Best Buy and Netflix. Zach Evans and Drew Masters produced, with Jennifer Akana Sturla directing.

The film is about Jessica, a hot up-and-coming wakeboarder who discovers her skills with the boys aren't quite what they are on the water. The movie stars Jenny Ladner, Erik Valdez, and John Stockwell (Top Gun, Christine). It features riding by some of the world's top wakeboarders: Dallas Friday (four time X Games gold medalist), Ricky G, Randall Harris, Raimi Merritt, Eddie Valdez, and Jake Valdez.

Watch the 30 second trailer at:



Third Twilight Film Finds Director
(Variety) - Summit Entertainment has tapped Spanish director Juan Antonio Bayona to direct "Eclipse," the third pic in the "Twilight" vampire series. Bayona - a protege of Guillermo Del Toro - directed the Spanish-language horror-thriller "The Orphanage," and is attached to helm the Universal thriller "Hater." FULL STORY

Hot Docs festival to begin with Act of God
(Hollywood Reporter) - The world premiere of Jennifer Baichwal's "Act of God" will open the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival on April 30, organizers said Thursday. FULL STORY

LA Film Fest Taps Yeldham For Top Spot
(indieWIRE) - Ending a search that began in the wake of the sudden departure of Rich Raddon last year, Film Independent has named Rebecca Yeldham the new Director of the Los Angeles Film Festival. FULL STORY

Lionsgate, Carl Icahn Talks Collapse
(Variety) - In a development that could signal the start of a rough proxy battle for control of Lionsgate, talks on giving board seats to Icahn collapsed Wednesday over a "standstill" agreement that the mini-major demanded as a condition of installing Icahn's choices for its board. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Short Scripts With 5 Locations or Less
Independents United – A Collective of L.A. Filmmakers, are looking for drama, thriller or romantic scripts set in contemporary time. Must be no more than 15 pages and take place in five or fewer locations. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Director and Line Producer for Feature Film (NYC)
We are currently looking for a director with a comedy background to attach to our feature film project, as well as a line producer with a history of staying on and/or below budget to make it much more appealing to investors. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Vice President for Information Technology at Western Kentucky University
Western Kentucky University (WKU) invites applications for the position of Vice President for Information Technology (VPIT). FULL JOB DESCRIPTION


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