Latinos In The Industry
  February 10, 2009  

NALIP Latino Media Market™ Applications Due Feb. 27

NALIP 10: A Decade of Influence April 17-19, 2009 in Newport Beach, CA.

Do you have a project ready to develop, package, finance or distribute? NALIP has a Signature Program designed for you. Funded by the NEA and the CPB, the Latino Media Market™ is an executive meeting series for select projects to have scheduled pitches, presentations and meetings with industry executives, funders, distributors, commissioning editors, representatives and potential partners. This year we also include an opportunity to submit completed films! Applications will be accepted from writers, producers and directors of:

* Low Budget Features in development and preproduction
* Documentary works in progress
* Completed Films seeking distribution (New!)
* Non-scripted television series ideas

In addition to the one-on-one meetings, 4 projects will be selected to participate in NALIP's FAST TRACK: Public Pitch Forum on Sunday April 19, 2009, a new event designed to give producers a public platform to receive input and support from packaging execs, casting directors and funders. Also, SiTV returns to the LMM to take non-scripted series concept pitches, and will award a $2,500 grant to the strongest series concept pitched at the Market!

Are you ready to meet with executives, producers, and funders that can bring contacts and progress to your projects? Then you want you to be a part of the 2009 Latino Media Market! The LMM runs concurrent to our National Conference in Newport Beach, CA. Registration is the first step Then download and submit your application by February 27. Selected projects will be notified by April 1, and scheduled April 17-19. You can still attend all the plenaries, lunches, cocktails, networking events, awards evening, and many panels at NALIP 10: A Decade of Influence, worked around your meeting schedule.

More information on NALIP 10 Conference schedule, travel and scholarships:
Details on the Latino Media Market™ can be found at:

Any questions please call or email Clarinda at / (310) 395-8880.

The deadline comes up fast! Get your materials ready now!

San Diego Latino Film Festival, March 12 - 22

Celebrating the best in Latino cinema from around the world, the San Diego Latino Film Festival proudly announces its 16 anniversary edition. San Diego Latino Film Festival is much more than just films. Some of the Special Presentations include: 3rd Annual Cine'Mation, 4th Annual Cine Gay, 3rd Annual Borders on Film, this year's Hecho en Espana: A Celebration of Spanish Cinema, Annual Free Student Outreach Screenings, tributes, Top 10 to Watch, parties, and much more!

The Festival will be held from March 12-22, 2009 at UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas at Hazard Center (7510 Hazard Center Dr. San Diego, CA 92108). Close to 20,000 festival goers will have the opportunity to attend over 150 screenings, meet approximately 100 actors and filmmakers and attend workshops, live music events, parties and other exciting events.

This year, San Diego Latino Film Festival 2009 once again proudly presents different categories of films including Animation, Feature Documentaries, Shorts, and Feature Narratives. Some of this year’s feature films include:

Aproposito de Alexa (Mexico, dir. Rene Bueno). All Inclusive (Chile/Mexico, dir Rodrigo Ortuzar Lynch). Bajo la Sal (Mexico, dir. Mario Munoz). Cachao: Uno Mas (USA, dir. Dikayl Rimmasch). Conozca la Cabez de Juan Perez (Mexico, dir. Emilio Portes). El Cuerno de la Abundancia (Cuba/ Spain, dir. Juan Carlos Tabia). Desierto Adentro (Mexico, dir. Rodrigo Pla). Empty Nest (Argentina, dir Daniel Burman). Euforia (Mexico, dir. Alfonso Corona). Fados (Protugal, dir. Carlos Saura). From Mexico with Love (USA, dir. Jimmy Nickerson). Fuera de Carta (Spain, dir. Nacho G. Velilla). Oscar nominated The Garden (USA, dir. Scott Hamilton Kennedy). GB 2525 (USA, dir. Jojo Henrickson and Kieron Estrada). Lake Tahoe (Mexico, dir. Fernando Eimbcke). Lluvia (Argentina, dir. Paula Hernandez).

Lokas (Mexico/Chile, dir. Gonzalo Justiniano). Mancora (Peru, dir. Ricardo de Montreuil). Nesio (Mexico, dir. Alan Coton). O Pai O (Brazil, dir. Monique Gardenberg). Paraiso Travel (Colombia, dir. Simon Bran). Que Parezca un Accidente (Spain, dir. Gerardo Herrero). Rabioso Sol, Rabioso Cielo (Mexico, dir. Julian Hernandez). El Raton Perez 2 (Spain, dir. Andres G. Schaer). The Missing Lynx (Spain, dir. Raul Garica and dir. Manuel Sicilia). La Ronda (Argentina, dir. Ines Braun). Rudo y Cursi (Mexico, dir. Carlos Cuaron). Santos (Chile, dir. Nicolas Lopez). Silent Night (Mexico, dir. Carlos Reygadas). SleepDealer (U.S.A., dir. Alex Rivera). Te Amo Ana Elisa (Colombia, dir. Antonio Dorado and Robinson Diaz). El Ultimo Truco (Mexico, dir. Sigfrid Monleon). La Ventana (Argentina/Spain, dir. Carlos Sorin), Sultanes De Sur (Mexico, dir. Alejandro Lozano). Amor, Dolor, y Viceversa (Spain/Mexico, dir. Alfonso Pineda Ulloa). Voy a Explotar (Mexico, dir. Gerardo Naranjo) and Walt & El Grupo (USA, Brazil, Chile and Argentina, dir Theodore Thomas).

Countries being represented in this 16th annual event include: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, Peru, Spain, USA and Venezuela.

Sponsors for San Diego Latino Film Festival ‘09 include San Diego Union-Tribune, Macy’s, Bank of America, Enlace, Amtrak, Northwestern Financial, City Of San Diego Commission for Arts & Culture,, MTS, National Endowment for the Arts, County of San Diego, Nickelodeon, Univision KBNT 17, Telemundo 33, MyTV 13, La Invasora 99.7, Pulsar 107.3 FM, La Poderosa 860 AM, Jack FM 100.7, Azteca America San Diego, El Latino Newspaper, El Mexicano, AT&T, Latino Public Broadcasting, San Diego State University, California State University San Marcos, Brazil Today, Gente Bien Magazine, Radio Latina 104.5 FM, La Mejor 99.3 FM, Brazilian Pacific Times, Z90.3 FM, Magic 92.5 FM, EXA 91.7 FM, Universidad de las Californias, TijuaNEO, The Keating Hotel, Hitachi, Circulo, 10 News, and Yolanda S. Walther-Meade.

Tickets are $9.50, for general audience, and $7.50 for Students, Seniors, Military & MEDIA ARTS CENTER SAN DIEGO Members (ID Required). 2009 Film or Festival Passes are also available. Film Pass is $90, which includes entrance to 11 films, no waiting in lines and VIP seating and the Festival Pass, which is $180 and includes OVER 100 programs, no waiting in lines, VIP seating, 4 workshops, 1 year FREE MEDIA ARTS CENTER SAN DIEGO Amigo membership, and entrance into all three Festival Galas. Reserve Your Seat Today. Purchase your Film or Festival Pass Now!

For additional information about the film festival, group rates, festival schedule, festival passes or the MEDIA ARTS CENTER SAN DIEGO please call (619) 230-1938 or visit the SDLFF website at

Disney | ABC Announce 2009 Television Writing Fellows

Disney | ABC Television Group in partnership with the Writers Guild of America–West is pleased to introduce eight new fellows for the 19th annual Writing Fellowship Program, including multiple Latinos. Selected from over 1,300 applicants, 2009 writing fellows Lana Cho, Michael Cinquemani, Lourdes Diaz, Shalisha Francis, Marqui Jackson, Dan Richter, Mark Valadez and Thomas Wong begin their year-long paid fellowships this month working with executives from Disney | ABC Television Group.

The intensive training program which was launched in 1990, is also set up to provide each of the writing fellows with the opportunity to be staffed on a Disney | ABC Television Group series during the term of the fellowship. In 2008, writing fellows were staffed on such series as ABC’s “Brother’s & Sisters,” “Ugly Betty” and “Samantha Who?,” ABC Family’s “Greek” and “Zeke & Luther” which debuts on the new Disney XD basic channel this summer.

Recent fellowship success stories include 2008 Fellow Matthew Whitney who is currently penning his third episode for ABC Family’s “Greek” and Bryan Oh (‘07), who, since completing the fellowship, has written two segments of ABC Family’s “Samurai Girl” and is currently executive story editor on ABC’s “Life on Mars,” having penned the episode “The Real Adventures of Sam Tyler.”

For more information on our programs, please visit our website.

Mid Season Primetime TV A Barren Wasteland For Latinos

By Julio Martinez, Latin Heat Online

At the recently completed January meeting of the national Television Critics Association (TCA) at the Universal Hilton, the mid-season 2009 replacement schedules of new shows on network, cable and Public Broadcasting (PBS) were revealed. Unlike past years, Latinos were notable by their absence.

However, PBS is to be lauded for the return of The Electric Company, which offered much praised continuing education and entertainment for post Sesame Street-age children when it launched in 1971, featuring Rita Moreno, Bill Cosby and Morgan Freeman, among its regulars. The 2009 version features an all new cast, including newcomers Josh Segarra, Priscilla Star Diazand Dominic Colon. PBS has been a pioneer in offering behind the camera opportunities for Latinos that helped launch the careers of Hector Galan, Moctesuma Esparza and Gregory Nava. On May 12, Independent Lens is airing the investigative documentary, Crips and Bloods: Made in America, filmed by Stacy Peralta, whose previous directorial credits include Riding Giants, Dogtownand Z-Boys.

The usually vast untamed frontier that is cable television is playing it a bit conservative this spring. There are fewer new programs being produced and even fewer opportunities for Latinos. One exception is the AMC series, Breaking Bad, starring Bryan Cranston, launching its second season, focusing on a cancer-stricken chemistry teacher who operates a meth lab to support his family. Finding regular work on the series is Raymond Cruz, who portrays the resident crime lord Tuco. Also recurring are Cesar Garcia, Jesus Payan and Carmen Serano. On the reality front, professional jockey Alex Solis is featured in the Animal Planet special, Jockeys, airing February 6. That’s about it for cable folks, except for Rodrigo Garcia continuing as one of the many executive producers on HBO’s In Treatment, starring Gabriel Byrne, which returns for a second season in April (TBA).

The most notable new addition to the broadcast network schedule is NBC’s Southland (premiering April 9 10/9c), proclaiming to be “a raw and authentic look at the police unit in Los Angeles.” Its producing pedigree is impressive, helmed be Emmy Award winners John Wells, Ann Biderman and Chris Chulack. “This series will definitely reflect life in Los Angeles in all its diversity,” promises Wells. “Of course that means we’ll be calling upon a significant number of Latino actors.” On board as a series regular is Kevin Alejandro (Drive, Ugly Betty) as gang unit detective Nate Moretta.

ABCs mid-season claim to Latino fame is Castle (premiering March 9, 10/9c), starringNathan Fillion and Stana Katic as a New York-based crime-fighting romantic duo. On board portraying embattled NYPD detectives are Ruben Santiago-Hudson and Jon Huertas

The rest of the broadcast can be dispensed with rather quickly. Over at FOX, the return of 24 (TBA) will also see the return of series regular, Carlos Bernard. At the TCA meeting, CBS combined sessions with it cable partner Showtime. The only CBS Latino present was a biggie, Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment. She talked a lot but said little of interest to Latinos hoping to make it on the “Big Eye” network. When it was Showtime’s turn, they unveiled the upcoming Secret Diary of a Call Girl, produced by Rebecca de Souza. As far as the CW is concerned…Nada.

Free Entertainment Industry Accounting and Finance Career Panel

Have your colleagues mentioned they want to switch gears within Accounting and Finance? Do you want to create more networking avenues for yourself? Well, here’s your chance to do so.

Workplace Hollywood is hosting: “So You Wanna Be in Pictures: Career Opportunities for Accounting and Finance Professionals in the Entertainment Industry.” This is an excellent seminar for those interested in career in Accounting or Finance for the entertainment industry. Here is your opportunity to learn about career opportunities and hear first hand on how you can transition from corporate accounting / finance to entertainment. Panelists will discuss opportunities in: Production Finance, Participations / Residuals and Accounting.

· Did you know that the fastest growing job category in the entertainment industry is on the business side in accounting and finance?

· The major studios and independent producers are always looking for qualified professionals…numbers are numbers, and the entertainment industry is a complex business.

The seminar will take place on: Thursday, February 26, 2009 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank. The seminar is free and only open to the first 100 guests. You must RSVP to attend this seminar: The deadline to RSVP is Friday, February 20th. Feel free to forward this email throughout your network.

I have also attached a flyer for the seminar. Should you have any questions, contact me at 213-250-9921 ext 107



Hugo Perez
LPA 2008 Fellow premiering feature doc directorial debut at MoMA Doc Fortnight

Neither Memory Nor Magic is the feature documentary directorial debut for award winning filmmaker and NALIP member Hugo Perez (LPA 2008) whose work has been featured on HBO, Showtime, and PBS. Neither Memory Nor Magic is narrated by Academy Award® Nominated actress Patricia Clarkson, edited by Academy Award® Nominated filmmaker Francisco Bello (LPA 2007) and Co-Edited by Academy Award® Nominated filmmaker Tim Sternberg. The Executive Producers Greg Carr and Noble Smith most recently executive produced Jessica Yu's celebrated documentary feature Protagonist.

DATE and TIME: Sunday, February 22nd at 6:00pm
LOCATION: MoMA, Titus 1 Theatre, 11 West 53rd Street, New York, NY

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In the spring of 1946, a mass grave was unearthed in the Hungarian village of Abda. Twenty-two decayed bodies were found sprawled in the pit. One of the bodies found in the grave was that of the poet Miklos Radnoti, shot into the grave by Hungarian fascists eighteen months earlier. Found in the front pocket of his coat was a small notebook soaked in his bodily fluids. It was laid out to dry in the sunlight and when examined later revealed the poet's last poems carefully handwritten onto the ruled lines of the notebook. In what was later named the Bor Notebook, Radnoti, through poetry, told the story of the last six months of his life, months spent first as slave labor in a Nazi labor camp in Bor, Serbia, and then on a three-month forced march from Serbia to the small village of Abda where he was killed when he was too weak to continue.

Radnoti's final poems serve as the backbone of the narrative of NEITHER MEMORY NOR MAGIC to reveal the story of a poet who continued to write poetry even as he faced almost certain death. Through the use of evocative and lyrical Super8 footage, readings of the poems to represent Radnoti's account of his life, and interviews with some of those who knew him best and who got to know him in his last days, NEITHER MEMORY NOR MAGIC tells the story of one poet's triumph over the inhumanity of h is age –a story almost entirely unknown outside of Hungary.

Alex Castillo
NALIPster co-stars in Pedro, official selection 2009 Berlin Film Festival

NALIP member Alex Castillo co-stars in Pedro, a feature film directed by Nick Oceano ('El Primo') and written by 2009 Academy Award Nominee Dustin Lance Black ('Milk'), about the life of AIDS activist and MTV's The Real World cast member Pedro Zamora. Alex plays the HIV Counselor that encourages the young Pedro to go out and share his story. Castillo also has a 2nd unit directing and production credit on the film.

Pedro is an official selection in the Panorama section of the 2009 Berlin Film Festival which runs February 5-15, 2009. More information at and

Rolando Sanchez
NALIPster's short a finalist at Las Vegas Int. Film Festival

NALIP member Rolando Sanchez's short film Evergreen has been chosen as an official finalist at the 2009 Las Vegas International Film Festival. The film stars NALIP member Cesar De Leon. Evergreen was selected out of nearly 2000 films, and is one of only 20 in the short films category. The festival will take place April 9 - 12, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Nicholas, a married man, tries to confront his complex childhood past, but in doing so it may be too late to save his marriage.



Impact Awards to Honor Hispanic Entertainers
( - Actor and comedian John Leguizamo, Hollywood leading lady Rosario Dawson and film director/choreographer Kenny Ortega are all scheduled to be honored at the National Hispanic Media Coalition's 12th Impact Awards Gala on Feb. 20. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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Executive Producer for Oscar Acosta Film
Executive Producer need to for movie about Chicago Cubs most loved Pitching Coach Oscar Acosta. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting: Independent Film (San Antonio)
Casting in San Antonio, Texas for The Other Mother - Independent producer, Yolanda Ayala of Picturesque Media. Non-pay/Non-union. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION


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