Latinos In The Industry
  March 17, 2009  

Don’t Miss Your Chance to Pitch your Next Great Idea at NALIP 10: A Decade Of Influence

Are you looking to pitch your script, your story, your company, your services or yourself? If so, then NALIP 10 in Newport Beach is the place to be, April 17 - 19!

The Pitch Pit is back, by popular demand!

The Pitch Pit consists of 5 minute introductory pitch meetings with studio execs, agents, distributors, funders, and broadcasters who attend the Conference looking to find undiscovered talent and fresh new Latino projects. Use this fun, energizing opportunity to meet one-on-one with some of the people in the industry who can change your life!

Click here and sign up today! The schedule will be posted at Conference 10 registration, Friday, April 17, 2009. Meetings take place Saturday and Sunday mornings, 8:00 – 9:30 a.m..

There’s still time to sign up for other wonderful workshops taking place during the Conference!

Take your pitch and/or rough draft treatment to the next level in the Harrison Reiner Story Development Workshop. Advance your idea for a book to screen treatment with Josefina Lopez’s Screen Brainstorm session! Hurry - because this will fill up fast! Click here for more information.

Waiting Lists are Now Open, as well!

It may not be too late to take part in Intensive Actor Marketing & Audition Do’s & Dont's Workshop and/or RealityTV Boot Camp-Express. Although these sessions are filled to capacity, we are opening up waiting lists for those still interested in participating! Go to the Conference website for more information!

Everything else at NALIP 10 is available to all – the keynotes, the plenaries, the DocFundamentals, the panels, the conversations and case studies, not to mention the networking receptions and lunches! Just register soon: passes are limited. Don’t miss the NALIP 10 celebration.

Netflix and WIF Partner for Women In Film Foundation’s Film Finishing Fund

The Women In Film Foundation today announced that Netflix, the world's largest online movie rental service, has come on board as a key partner to the Foundation’s Film Finishing Fund. The Women In Film Foundation’s Film Finishing Fund (WIFF FFF) supports films by, for and about women by providing cash grants and in-kind donations to independent filmmakers to help complete and debut their work. Netflix will support the Film Finishing Fund by offering additional funding, distribution, mentorship and guidance to grant recipients.

To date, the program, which has provided grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000, has awarded more than $2 million in cash and in-kind aid through support from Women In Film and companies such as Netflix. Most recently, one of the films the FFF supported, “Freeheld,” won the 2008 Academy Award® for Best Documentary Short.

“We are gratified by Netflix’s support of WIFF’s mission to help aspiring filmmakers achieve their highest potential in the marketplace,” said Sharon Lawrence, Chair of Women In Film Foundation. “Beyond the financial support for our Film Finishing Fund, this partnership signifies the value an industry leader like Netflix places on our goals of supporting the vision of independent filmmakers.”

“Netflix is excited to help provide opportunities for all filmmakers, so that as many fresh voices as possible will have a chance to be heard through film,” said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer for Netflix. “Our ten million subscribers with their diverse taste and viewing habits all agree on one thing and that is the value of unique and interesting content. We are proud to support female filmmakers seeking greater exposure in this country.”

With 23 years of history, the WIFF Film Finishing Fund has maintained a record of great success. Many of the recipients have screened and received awards at festivals worldwide including Sundance, San Francisco, Chicago, Vancouver, Toronto, Berlin,Montreal, and Avignon and have won major awards including Emmy Awards® and Academy Awards.

In addition, the FFF today announced that filmmakers interested in submitting works can apply for the 2009 grant cycle as of March 2, 2009. Accepting applications worldwide, the FFF accepts films of any length, be it documentary, narrative or animated. Filmmakers must have at least a rough cut available for submission. All applications must be submitted to the Foundation prior to April 24th in order to be considered for the next round of grants, awarded in late July 2009. For questions contact Erin Condron, Foundation Administrator at

For more information and to apply, visit the WIFF Film Finishing Fund webpage.

Call for Applications: Producers Guild of America Producing Workshop "The Power of Diversity"

The Producers Guild of America is proud to announce its fifth annual producing workshop, “THE POWER OF DIVERSITY.” This workshop will draw upon a wide range of seminars and perspectives designed to foster the development of diverse voices in Television Comedy, One Hour Drama, Reality Television and Motion Pictures.

Up to twenty (20) participants will be encouraged to explore, create and refine creative visions and stories that reflect our diverse culture. Applicants may be at any stage of career development, from emerging creative voices to those well-established in their careers.

This year’s program provides a veritable “crash course” in producing, giving participants a comprehensive overview of the essential skills of the producing trade through a series of seminars and master classes with some of the top professionals working in film and television today, supported by one-on-one mentoring work with a member of the Producers Guild. Topics to be addressed include: writing, pitching, budgeting and scheduling, fundraising, marketing, and new media opportunities.

- Workshop call for entries is now open and closes on April 3rd 2009 at 5:00 pm.
- Applicants will be notified by April 24th, 2009
- Workshop sessions will take place throughout the month of May and June. If selected, participants must be available to attend the duration of the program.
- Workshop sessions typically will be held weekday evenings from approximately 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at The Producers Guild of America offices at 8530 Wilshire Blvd., Ste 450, Beverly Hills.

Speakers at past Workshops include, Marshall Herskovitz (Blood Diamond, The Last Samurai) Damon Lindelof (Lost), Tim Gibbons (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Ali LeRoi (Everybody Hates Chris) in addition to others.

Only one application/project per applicant please. Applicants must apply by mail only. No faxes or drop-offs will be accepted. To apply please submit:

* Application - downloaded at under "PGA Updates & News"
* Signed release form - downloaded at under "PGA Updates & News"
* Synopsis of project (TV Comedy, One Hour Drama, Motion Picture); or detailed 1-2 page plan of execution (Reality Television Series). In addition to summarizing the project, the submission must demonstrate an engagement with questions and issues of diversity.
* A current resume.

Send four (4) copies of all materials to:
PGA Producing Workshop Producers Guild of America
8530 Wilshire Blvd. Ste 450
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

The PGA Workshop is offered at no charge: A good idea and passion are the only requirements for admission.

All projects must be registered with the Writers Guild of America prior to submission.

Call for Entries: Sydney’s Latin American Film Festival

Sydney’s Latin American Film Festival (SLAFF) is pleased to inform you that their call for entries for the 4th Sydney Latin American Film Festival is now open.

The 4th Sydney Latin American Film Festival will take place in Sydney , Australia between the 2nd and the 13th of September and for the first time this year will recognise the Best Feature Film, Best Documentary and Best Short as voted by our audiences with cash prizes.

Films must be contemporary Latin American or International and related to Latin America in terms of content, production or co-production. The director of the opening night film is invited to the Festival to introduce their film and also participate in associated activities such as master classes and/or workshops. We have had the pleasure of guest filmmakers such as Juan Carlos Cremata (Cuba), Jorge Carmona (Peru) and Juan Fischer (Colombia) who all presented their films.

As a not-for-profit community organisation, proceeds from the Festival are directed back into Latin American community organizations through our Community Support Program.

Submissions can be made until April 30, 2009 using the online submission system on the festival website: All instructions and forms are available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Call for Entries: Independent Television Festival

The 2009 Independent Television Festival, now in its fourth year, is still the only festival in the world for webseries and independently produced television pilots. It is your chance to share your creativity and talent and the only place to get your independent webseries and independently produced television pilot seen.
The ITVFest will accept submissions for the following categories:
* Comedy
* Alternative (reality, game show, etc.)
* Documentary
* Web Series
* Non-competitive pilots (commissioned, but unpurchased/unaired)

Early Submission Deadline: April 23, 2009
Late Submission Deadline: May 14, 2009

The world of successful independent production is not merely limited to the silver screen. Pilotmakers showcased at ITVFest have gone on to get script deals with NBC, development deals with Starz!, web deals with Sony Digital, Fox Studios and, and representation from top reps such as UTA and 3 Arts. Winners of the 2008 ITVFest also walked home with $5,000 in production support each!

For more information, visit our website and forum at
Submissions are being accepted through and

The Independent Television Festival will be held July 31-August 6, 2009 in Los Angeles.

Call for Entries: Cynosure Screenwriting Awards

The Cynosure Screenwriting Awards is a competition that recognizes and rewards feature-length scripts with distinctive and challenging screen roles for women and minorities. This year, we proudly celebrate 10 years of reading, judging and awarding prizes to an incredible range of bold, thought-provoking scripts!

The past movie season brought some surprising stories to audiences - but there is so much more to discover. We are looking for material that will serve as a guide to the mainstream film industry to bring more diverse stories to the screen. If you have that winning script, enter online today at:

After final judging by a panel of industry professionals:
• a $2500 cash prize will be given to the best screenplay showcasing a strong female protagonist; and
• a $2500 cash prize to the best screenplay with a compelling minority protagonist.

We are pleased to announce the following additional prizes for the Category Winners:
• Half-Market Badge to the 2009 American Film Market (November 4-11 in Santa Monica, CA;
• One (1) Year Membership with Film Independent - a non-profit member driven organization of Filmmakers, Film Leaders, and Film Lovers.

More prizes will be added, so be sure to check regularly at:

Early Deadline: March 19, 2009, $45 entry fee (Extended!)
Regular Deadline: May 16, 2009, $50 entry fee.
Late Deadline: June 27, 2009, $60 entry fee.

NALIP Discount on Production Company Seminar

NALIP members receive a discounted rate on a seminar that will offer an introductory overall view of what it's like to create a production company. The lecture will discuss the systems necessary to facilitate a production company, finding material, making contacts with the right companies, studios and/or networks, pitching projects to those companies and successfully managing a creative production company, and will be followed by a Q&A and book signing.

Rona Edwards and Monika Skerbelis are the authors of the book, "I Liked It, Didn't Love It: Screenplay Development from the Inside Out" and the founders of ESE Film Workshops Online, an online film school helping writers and filmmakers improve their knowledge in 4 to 6 weeks without leaving their home - Just "Click, Type, Download & Read."

Rona Edwards was Vice President Creative Affairs for Emmy-winning actor, John Larroquette, Emmy-winning producer, Fern Field and Oscar-winning producer, Michael Phillips. With seven produced movies to her credit, including Out of Sync (VH1) and The Companion (USA/SciFi), she set-up up a feature Matchmakers at Warner Bros. and an MOW, Blind Trust, which aired in 2007 on Lifetime Television. Recently she set up a series of movies for Lifetime Television based upon the Crimes of Fashion novels by Ellen Byerrum, two of which ("Killer Hair" and "Hostile Makeover") are scheduled to air in 2009.

Monika Skerbelis has fifteen years of studio executive experience working in the story department at Paramount Pictures, 20th Century Fox and running the story department at Universal Pictures where she was Vice President of Creative. She's the Artistic and Programming Director for the Big Bear Lake International Film Festival & Screenplay Competition and is a producer with Edwards Skerbelis Entertainment (ESE) developing a number of projects, including a series of books for Lifetime television subtitled Crimes of Fashion. Together they teach Film Development at UCLA Extension, Riverside Community College and Screenwriting at Chapman University's Dodge College Film & Media Arts. ESE also provides consultations and is actively producing projects for film & Television.

This event will take place on Saturday, March 21 at:
4024 Radford Avenue
Studio City, CA 91604
(one block east of Laurel Canyon Blvd., one block north of Ventura Blvd.)

Parking admission: Free.
SWN Member admission: Free. JOIN NOW!
Non-member admission: $15.00.
($10.00 for members of NALIP, WGA, Women in Film, FIND, FIN, ScreenplayLab)

Check-in begins at 12:00pm. Seminar starts at 1:00pm.
MUST RSVP before midnight on Thursday, March 19th to:

For more information visit


See you there, Scriptwriters!

Premiere of American Latino Urban Sci-Fi GB2525 at SD Latino Film Festival (San Diego)

From the writer of Lionsgate's acclaimed film "Ladron Que Roba A Ladron" comes the American Latino Urban sci-fi, "GB2525". To premiere at the San Diego Latino Film Festival - El Mundo Extrano Showcase.

"GB2525" In the future, the only things that have changed... are the weapons. In the dark, urban landscape of the future, a two-year gang truce is shattered by the brutal assassination of the leader of the most powerful gang, 54th Street. Puppet, now in command, seeks violent retaliation. The sole obstacle to an all out war is a respected gang member known as "Supa'man", who convinces Puppet to give him time to search out those responsible and salvage the truce. To do so, Sup' and his crew must battle time and rival gangs to ultimately discover a truth far greater than they could have ever imagined.

GB2525 was written and co-directed by Jojo Henrickson (writer of the critically acclaimed film, Ladron Que Roba A Ladron from Lionsgate) and produced by John Estrada (a 2009 Film Independent Producing Fellow) of New Legacy Entertainment. The special effects and visual look of the film were conceived by Kieron Estrada (who served as co-director, cinematographer, production designer and visual effects supervisor).

The film also features a talented and diverse cast of American Latino actors. The cast includes Frank Alvarez, Jossara Jinaro (The Devil's Rejects, Passions), Jojo Henrickson (Ladron Que Roba A Ladron), Bernie Martinez, Richard Azurdia (Weeds, Ladron...), Ruben Garfias (Get Smart's Bruce & Lloyd, Ladron...), Ricardo Molina, Gabe Martinez, Pete Pano and Oscar Torre (Cane, Ladron...).

World premiere at the 2009 16th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival:
Thursday, March 19th at 8:30pm
Saturday, March 21st at10:30pm

Editor’s Note: Erratum

In the February 26 edition of Latinos In The Industry, as part of our lead story announcing that PBS President Paula Kerger will speak at our NALIP 10 Conference on Friday, April 17, an incorrect attribution was made about the ‘passionate Latino producers’ who attended our first Conference. The intense interaction was between them and CPB, at that juncture; not between them and PBS. We apologize for the historical inaccuracy. And we look forward to Ms. Kerger’s participation in Newport Beach.



Manolo Celi
LMM fellow to premiere short at Tribeca Film Festival

The 2009 Tribeca Film Festival has announced its line-up of short films. The Festival received 2463 short film submissions this year, and 46 have been selected for presentation in six “thematic programs”: “Means To An End”; “Mixed Feelings”; “Wake Up Call”; “Truth or Consequences”; “Time Will Tell”; and “Human Landscapes.”

Nueva York directed and written by NALIP member Manolo Celi (LMM 2005) will have its World Premiere in the “Mixed Feelings” seciton

“These six thematic programs contain elements that everyone can relate to - from growing up to dealing with work issues to being faced with irrevocable decisions. It’s a solid line-up with narrative, documentary and experimental short films all of which express a unique way of storytelling in this format,” said Sharon Badal, Tribeca Film Festival shorts programmer, in a statement.

For the first time, and through April 12, 2009, consumers will help select a short film to premiere in the Festival through Delta’s Fly-In Movies competition. Five short film finalists were selected by the Festival programmers and are currently playing on Delta flights equipped with Delta on Demand. They are also available for viewing at, where customers can rate each film. The film rated highest by viewers will receive the final spot in this year’s Festival shorts program.

Raquel Almazan
NALIPster in tonight's episode of Law & Order SVU

NALIP member Raquel Almazan has a guest role playing Maricela in the Law & Order SVU episode "Ballerina." The episode airs on NBC tonight, March 17, at 10pm Eastern / 9pm Central.

Raquel Almazan is a playwright and performer, was born in Madrid of Costa Rican descent. She has lived much of her life in the States and is now an emerging interdisciplinary artist. She holds a B.F.A. in Theater from University of Florida and is a graduate of the New World School of the Arts Conservatory, where she developed work as a writer, director, actor and dramaturg. Her major work to-date is a one person-multi-media production, "She Wolves: Women in Sex, Death and Rebirth," which has been presented at venues including P.S. 122, NYC Fringe Fest, and the 2005 National Women’s Studies Conference in Milwaukee. She has received grants from The Ford Foundation, Manhattan Community Fund, Tropiculture Miami, Miami Dade Cultural Affairs, Florida Arts. Almazan is a dramaturg for solo artists in FL and NY and works as a facilitator with Art Spring, an organization serving incarcerated women in South Florida. With an educational program of Manhattan Theatre Club, she performs throughout NYC Schools and in Rikers prison. She is a member of The Dramatist Guild, The Playwrights' Center, NALIP, Alternate Roots and the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors.

Robertino Fonseca
NALIPster's film screening at MOCA for LA Fashion Week

NALIP member and fashion cinema director Robertino Fonseca's video installation will be screening as part of the unveiling of the Louver Collection by fashion designer Louis Verdad at Downtown LA Fashion Week. It takes place Thursday, March 19 from 6pm-12midnight at the GEFFEN Contemporary at MOCA in downtown Los Angeles. Tickets can be purchased here online, with all ticket proceeds to benefit MOCA.

Richard Moreno
NALIPster's doc Béisbol premiering in Tucson, AZ

The documentary Béisbol: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow - produced and edited by NALIP member Richard Moreno - will have a special world premiere screening on Saturday, March 21, 8:00pm at the Rox Theater in Tucson, AZ. The film is the definitive look at Latin baseball – its origins, its lore, and its impact upon the game today. Tickets are available online, $25 for World Premier (refined attire). All proceeds to benefit the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation, providing scholarships to Latino youth.

Culled from over 100 hours of trailblazing interviews with stars past and present, executives, scouts, broadcasters, and historians – plus public figures with a special interest in the game – the documentary uses Latin ball as a means to deal with issues such as race, politics, and economics, plus of course baseball itself.

The film deals both with the known – the influx of Latinos after the signing of Jackie Robinson – and the unknown – the beginnings of baseball in the Caribbean, and the growth of Winter League ball which prepared Latinos first for the Negro Leagues, then for the Majors. Plus, it tells the story of how baseball in places like the Dominican and Venezuela evolved from sport to business thanks to the advent of the Academies.

Who's involved? Stars of the past ranging from Juan Marichal, Orlando Cepeda, Tony Oliva, Tony Perez, Monte Irvin, Camilo Pascual, Mike Cuellar, Vic Power, Gaylord Perry, and on and on. Stars of today like Carlos Beltran, Carlos Delgado, Adrian Beltre, Luis Gonzalez, Livan Hernandez, Andruw Jones, and scores of others. Managers, GM's and owners like Sparky Anderson, Ozzie Guillen, Omar Minaya, Bob Melvin, Arte Moreno, and Frank McCourt. Plus public figures ranging from Larry Merchant, George Lopez, George Thorogood, to LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, as well as Latino members of Congress from both parties, including Jose Serrano from the Bronx, Lincoln Diaz-Belart from Florida, and California's Linda Sanchez, Hilda Solis, and Joe Baca. Then there are the unsung heroes, including Latinos who came to the US to play in the Negro Leagues, among them Puerto Rico's 103-year-old Mellito Navarro. Not to be ignored is Latin ball's first crossover hero, "Saturday Night Live's" own Chico Escuela, aka Garrett Morris. Then there's the pride of Mexico, Fernando Valenzuela, whose Major League debut spawned the phenomenon known as "Fernandomania."

And if you want scoops, this is where you'll see Juan Marichal discuss the John Roseboro incident as never before. And where Robby Alomar gives the whole story about the John Hirschbeck incident. And where Carlos Delgado speaks about the heroic stance he took after 911.

The film has served as catalyst for a forthcoming "Legends of Latin Baseball" commemorative stamp, for which Director Alan Swyer chose the four pioneers to be honored: Cuba's Martin Dihigo, Puerto Rico's Vic Power, Venezuela's Chico Carrasquel, and Mexico's Bobby Avila.

Alex Castillo
NALIPster appears on MTV's The Real World - Brooklyn

NALIP member Alex Castillo co-stars in Pedro, a feature film directed by Nick Oceano and written by 2009 Academy Award winner Dustin Lance Black (Milk) and an official selection at the Toronto and Berlin Film Festivals. Below are two short clips from Wednesday night's episode of MTV's The Real World - Brooklyn, featuring the movie Pedro as part the storyline. Alex is featured in the first clip opposite Pedro (played by Alex Loynaz): Clip 1, Clip 2

Stuart Altman
NALIPster's film premiering at Guadalajara Int. Film Fest

After winning many awards, including the Telemundo Film Festival, NALIP member Stuart Altman's film El Regalo will make its international premiere at The Guadalajara International Film Festival this week. The film is about three Mexican immigrants who, in their Homeric adventure, use a Mythical Beast to cross the border.

El Regalo is in competition and will be screened on a 35 mm print courtesy of a generous grant from EFilm.

Please check the festival site for screening times.

Stuart Escobedo-Altman and co-producer/actor of the film, Luis Deveze will be attending the festival.



Latinas in Hollywood Making News in Beauty, Films and Vodka
(Latin Heat Online) - In recognition of National Women's Month, read on about these Hollywood women: Salma Hayek and her line of beauty creams, Roselyn Sanchez cozying up to Absolut Mango, and Penelope Cruz in talks to star in a film. FULL STORY

Expressing Art Through Filmmaking
(LATINA Style, by NALIP member Shawn Baca) - My journey into filmmaking came at the early age of five. Although, I knew I wanted to be involved in the entertainment business, I never thought it would lead me to becoming an entrepreneur. FULL STORY

SD Latino Film Festival is a Trip Around the World
(La Presna San Diego) - Look at the list of countries screening movies in this year’s annual San Diego Latino Film Festival and you might get jet lag: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, Peru, Spain, Venezuela, and even the U.S. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Casting: Latino Handyman for TV Series
Award-winning television production company looking for 25-35 year old charismatic and charming bi-lingual, Latin handyman (and aspiring actor) for a new lifestyle television series that we’re developing. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting: Female Co-Host for Weekly Web Series
Popular, successful male-oriented Web based TV show is looking for a female co-host to round things out. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Interns for Albizu Campos Documentary
A Historical documentary on Pedro Albizu Campos , with research and development funding from Latino Public Broadcasting and ITVS, is currently looking for a part-time Intern to assist with pre-production. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION


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