Latinos In The Industry
  March 19, 2009  

Documentary Makers: Get the Most Out of Our NALIP 10

Documentary makers will find plenty of interest at NALIP’s upcoming 10th Conference, April 17 -19 in Newport Beach. The opportunity to hear from PBS President Paula Kerger is very important for all who work or aspire to work in the public television system. POV Executive Producer Simon Kilmurry will lead a provocative case study of two films from the Latino diaspora, Natalia Almada’s EL GENERAL fresh from its Sundance premiere, and Juan Mandelbaum’s NUESTROS DESAPARECIDOS.

For those of you in development, production or honing your skills, NALIP reteams with Latino Public Broadcasting to bring three great DocFundamentals sessions. Each one will help take your project to the next level. “Sharpen your Fundraising Trailer” is an interactive session with ITVS’ Richard Saiz, Paradigm’s Ray Telles, and HBO’s Paula Heredia, providing expert advice on how to present your sample tape, with samples from the audience. “In the Clear” brings filmmaker Ela Troyana (LA LUPE), ASCAP’s Charlyn Bernal, and Telemundo’s Margaret Guerra Rodgers to give you inside information on Fair Use and music clearances on your project. “Fear of Fundraising” tackles the bane of our existence: putting together critical cash for your film. Don’t miss Women Make Movies Executive Director Deborah Zimmerman, LPB Executive Director Patricia Boero, and producer Michelle Paster (who has the latest on online fundraising strategies).

There are Pitch Pit opportunities each morning for doc makers to take 5-minute meetings, as well. Plus so much more. Register to day so you don’t miss your chance to attend NALIP 10!

Click here for more information on our DocFundamental Workshops and other exciting happenings, April 17-19, 2009 at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach.

But hurry - limited registration is filling up fast!

INDUSTRY INSIGHTS: Screenplay Competitions - The Write Type

This is part of a series of informative articles that we are offering our readers. Marvin V. Acuna is the executive producer of The Great Buck Howard which opens in theatres March 20, 2009.

Article by Marvin V. Acuna

There are hundreds of contests that are vying for your hard earned dollars. Here are seven tips to help you assess which ones will add value to your screenwriting aspirations:

1. Since your primary objective should always be EXPOSURE, ensure that you have a clear understanding and accurate grasp of when and how the winner’s list is publicized. Ideally, the list is published in a reputable industry publication.

2. Be certain that you are not paying simply to post your logline as an entrant. Only the winners list should be publicized, not all entrants.

3. Ensure that the Sponsors of the competition are legitimate entities. If no information is easily available about the sponsors, be cautious of submitting entry fees.

4. Don’t bother with any competition that does not guarantee that a winner will be chosen, and an official winners list published and publicized.


ATAS Entertainment Career Workshop

The Diversity Committee of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is hosting an Entertainment Career Workshop. The event is scheduled for the evening of March 24th at the Fox lot and is structured for current assistants, PAs, interns, students, etc. that have an interest in a successful career as studio executives, network executives, producers, directors, writers and agents.

The event currently has a confirmed six person panel and 18 additional guest speakers, from such companies as Fox, Warner Brothers, CAA, Law & Order, Endemol, William Morris Agency, NBC Universal, Disney, Endeavor and many others.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Aspiring Network & Studio Executives, Producers, Writers, Directors, Production Staff; anyone seeking entry-level positions including PAs, assistants, interns and those trying to move up the ladder. Come in business attire and bring a pen, notepad and your resume for feedback!

Please RSVP to Each individual must provide first and last name, and all guests must RSVP individually as well. RSVPs are on a first come, first serve basis and we will cut off the RSVP list once capacity is reached.

Visit the workshop's webpage for a full schedule and additional details.

The Imagen Foundation's Entertainment Industry Job Fair & Workshop

The 14th Annual Entertainment Industry Job Fair & Workshop: “The Future of Jobs in Entertainment: Planning for the World of New Media," will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2009 at ABC7 Broadcast Center, 500 Circle Seven Drive in Glendale, CA. 

You must pre-register for this event. Their is a $5 registration fee and there will be NO registrations at the door. The job fair starts at 9:00 AM and will go to 1:15 PM and admission will be staggered to accommodate all those who register. After you register we will contact you via a separate email what times are available for you to choose from.

The career workshop is from 1:30 PM–3:30 PM. The workshop is included in the registration fee but is limited to seating for 300 and you can choose to register for that separately.

For more information - and to register for this event - please visit the Imagen website at, or call us at 626-791-8140.

Call for Entries: Film Independent's @15 Short Film Contest

Best Buy and Film Independent on Monday announced a new short film competition. Part of @15, a teen-led social change platform underwritten by Best Buy, the @15 Short Film Contest has been set up to encourage the artistic and social development of young storytellers through film.

The contest is open to filmmakers ages 13-18. The top prize is a $1,500 Best Buy gift card, and the work of the grand prize winner may be showcased in June at Best Buy headquarters in Minneapolis.

Entries must be postmarked by April 15 and received by April 22.

Fifteen finalists will be selected by a panel of judges, and uploaded to from May 1-15. Registered teen members of the @15 community can vote to determine the winner, which will be announced on or around May 22.



Rooms at the the Island Hotel at NALIP’s Special Conference Rate are limited – BOOK NOW!

Be sure to take advantage of our deep hotel discount rate at the beautiful Island Hotel in Newport Beach, the NALIP 10 Conference headquarters.

Our block has a limited number of rooms, and they are filling up fast. Don’t wait until the April 1 deadline, when the rates go up.

Call (888) 321 - 4752 and reserve a room under our group "NALIP 2009 Conference" to take advantage of our low rate - $205 for singles and doubles!

The Island Hotel is at 690 Newport Center Drive in Newport Beach, CA. Be at the center of the action, and enjoy the exquisite amenities – pool, workout room, grounds, restaurants, and Conference fun.

Alex Zacarias
NALIPster shares insider's blog from the ITVS Diversity Devel. Fund Workshop

The Diversity Development Fund (DDF) is a unique funding initiative that provides research and development support for new public television projects by producers from communities of color. ITVS invited DDF recipients to their offices in San Francisco for a special workshop with filmmaker mentors. NALIP member Alex Zacarias (LPA 2004) was there to describe firsthand his experience:

Earlier this week, I participated in the first Diversity Development Fund (DDF) workshop, which took place at ITVS in San Francisco. Along with twelve other chosen fellow filmmakers, we were floored, shocked, surprised, elated and ecstatic that our projects were selected in this highly competitive program.

The goal (if we are all lucky) is to have our documentaries become a reality and make their way onto such PBS programs like P.O.V. and Independent Lens. The Research and Development funds that I will receive from ITVS’s DDF is for my project, THE LOST TAINO TRIBE, a story about an indigenous people long considered extinct and their quest for self-identity today.

Kathryn Washington, DDF’s program manager, and other staff packed a week’s worth of information into two intense days of workshops on the science and art of documentary storytelling. One of my favorite activities was the Mentor Panel that included Adriana Bosch, Gita Saedi Kiely, Stanley Nelson, Llewellyn Smith, Renee Tajima-Pena and Marco Williams––all award-winning filmmakers who shared their industry experiences about their journeys through the numerous challenges and obstacles that we will encounter along the way. This intimate setting allowed us “newbies” to ask the “no question is a dumb question” questions and to form personal bonds with them.

I was matched with up with documentary filmmaker Llewellyn Smith who will guide me through the development process as my mentor. I remember years ago recording a documentary that aired on PBS, which examined racism, and like a Cinderella story, the guy who made it is now my mentor!

In addition, ITVS’s Open Call Program Manager, Richard Saiz, shared the importance of writing a good treatment for a narrative documentary that include elements such as visual strategies, multiple layers of messages within a story, the use of metaphors and the list goes on. As a side note, I had previously submitted proposals and all I got were letters of rejection that I proudly wore as war badges. Richard also introduced our group to the word synecdoche––pronounced si-NEK-di-key––meaning all for one. For instance in photographic and filmic media a close-up is a simple synecdoche: a part representing the whole. So I am honored to be a part representing the whole lot of us starving independent producers who are more than grateful for the opportunity of a lifetime.

Finally, other workshops included the nuts and bolts of digital strategies, budgets and outreach. But this meeting of creative minds could not have been possible without my fellow colleagues each with their own madness, each with their own brilliant and personal stories that moves ones heart and compels one to action. I met some amazing people from the four corners of the world at DDF’s workshop and I feel very privileged to call them all my friends.


About the DDF
The Diversity Development Fund (DDF) is a unique funding initiative that provides research and development support for new public television projects by producers from communities of color. The initiative, created with support from Ford Foundation, provides up to $15,000 in funding with the aim of developing viable projects from diverse producers that will attract full funding and find distribution on public television. Since its inception, the DDF has been successful in bringing new and innovative stories to ITVS by a body of filmmakers diverse not only in their ethnic backgrounds, but also in their experience levels, age, gender, geography, as well as their unique approaches to storytelling.

Perla de Leon
NALIPster's short screening in NYC, Sacramento

NALIP member Perla de Leon's short film La Casita is about how an ordinary day in the life of a 7 year old turns extraordinary following news of the death of her grandfather’s best friend. The film will screen at two events this month:

CineWomen On Screen, A NY Women in Film & Television Series 92Y Tribeca, NYC March 25

Sacramento International Film Festival, 24th Street Theater March 31

Inspired by a personal tragedy, La Casita introduces us to a traditional community where neighbors spend their free time socializing and farming in "casitas" (little wooden houses). On a bright sunny day, in the summer of '97, everything changes when two police officers suddenly arrive at a 'casita', looking for grandpa Sal. As tragic news overwhelms the adults, we watch the innocence and spiritual strength of a seven year old girl guide this community in their time of need.

Chelo Alvarez-Stehle
NALIPster's doc showing at Ventura Film Festival

NALIP member Chelo Alvarez-Stehle's (LPA 2008) short documentary Sold in America co-produced with Cari Lutz, is having its first official entry at the Ventura Film Festival. Sold in America is a modern-day tale of sex slavery that weaves the compelling stories of women sold at an early age and their struggle to find freedom. Come support the screening and Q&A on Saturday, March 28 at 11 am at the Elks Lodge, 11 S. Ash Street (at Main), Ventura, CA 9300.



Falco Opens Hispanic Media Division
(indieWIRE) - Janice Roland and Shannon Treusch, partners at Falco Ink. announced the launch of a film and television division which will specialize in Hispanic Media. FULL STORY

Sofia Vergara Will Be Mama Morton in Broadway's Chicago
(Playbill) - Hispanic television and film star Sofia Vergara will play a limited engagement in the Tony-winning Broadway revival of Kander and Ebb's Chicago this spring. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Reality Show Field Producer (Chicago)
Seeking local field producer in the Chicago area for a bilingual reality show. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION


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