Latinos In The Industry
  February 12, 2009  
Are You a Latino Performer!? You Cannot Afford to Miss NALIP Conference 10

NALIP 10: A Decade of Influence will have plenty of great workshops, networking events and opportunities for talented Latino/a performers and on-camera talent! Register today, and check out the special "Industry Audition Do's and Don'ts" session on Friday, April 17 and "Cold Reading Workshop" on Saturday. Sign up to have your head shot and presentation evaluated, or to do a cold audition with an actor/director team. Still need to meet more casting directors and managers? NALIP returns with the FREE special Latino edition of Backstage's Actorfest on Thursday, April 16, before the Conference, including a day of seminars on industry and craft while you wait for your meet-and-drop and 1-minute monologue meetings. And, of course, there are HOTEL and TRAVEL scholarships for those of you who need some help to get there.

But don't delay – Early Bird rates expire March 9. Scholarships are competitive. And signups are first-come, first served. So jump on this, actors and actresses. Come on down. Check out the other great panels, workshops and talks with major actors, directors and execs. Become a top professional in the Latino media field.

See you in Newport Beach!


This is part a series of articles that we are offering our readers in the new year. Click on Talk Back to discuss with other NALIPsters!

Article by NALIP Mentor Fernanda Rossi

NALIP mentor, story consultant Fernanda Rossi, worked on The Garden by Scott Hamilton Kennedy, now nominated for an Oscar® in the Documentary Feature category. Here is a case study.

While in French the word montage refers to editing in general, in English it refers to a type of editing. Namely, a montage is a sequence, a collage of shots cut rapidly and dynamically, sometimes to music, in order to summarize information, symbolize an idea, and/or offer the viewer a visual interlude or break. Cutting a montage is an opportunity for the editor to shine and for the director to go get some coffee.

Filmmaker Scott Hamilton Kennedy is no stranger to the art of the montage. He invited me to his cutting room in Los Angeles to consult on his latest project, The Garden, about the struggle of the South Central Farmers to keep 14 acres of community gardens ( All of the montage-ready characteristics where present in Scott’s film: several very diverse characters, a long complex timeline of events, and content that ranged from heart wrenching to difficult legal jargon that needed space to breathe.


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Deadline Approaching: Film Independent’s Project:Involve

Film Independent’s Project:Involve is accepting applications for the 2009-20010 year. Project:Involve is a mentorship, training, screening, and job placement program designed to promote cultural diversity in the film industry. If you possess a diverse, independent vision and are passionate about pursuing a career in filmmaking, you can can get more information and download an application by visiting

The postmark deadline is February 23, 2009.

One Long Night Premiering Friday, Feb. 13

Polychrome Pictures will be releasing One Long Night starring Jon Seda, Paul Rodriguez, Itati Cantoral, Lupillo Rivera, Paul Armendariz Jr. , Ed Begley Jr.

Red Carpet premiere will be Friday the 13th at Regent Showcase Theater on 614 N. La Brea, Los Angeles, 90036 @ 7:30pm, tickets are $10. The film will have a one week run.

Visit the Laemmle Theatres website for tickets and more information.



NALIP 10 to Honor Advocacy and Filmmaking Pioneers Who Still Lead the Way to Change

As part of the NALIP 10: A Decade of Influence Conference, the NALIP Board of Directors welcomes two media luminaries who will receive Awards on April 18 for their exemplary contribution to the entertainment industry. The 2009 honor for Pioneer Achievement will go to Rafael Montañez Ortiz, recognizing his innovations that continue to make lasting impact on our community. Mr. Ortiz has achieved the highest professorial rank at Rutgers University, where he has been on the faculty since 1972. He has been teaching at Mason Gross School of the Arts since its inception.

In the late 1950s, Mr. Ortiz was a central figure in the international art movement of Destructivism, producing significant "destroyed" works in recycled cinema, performance, and sculpture, including the first U.S. Latino film. Throughout his career, he has carefully considered the symbolic meaning of his actions as a destruction artist and his engaged political position. Mr. Ortiz co-founded El Museo del Barrio in 1969, the first Latino art museum in the United States, and was an active member of the Artist Worker's Coalition (1970-71). In the 1980s, Mr. Ortiz turned to digital art, and his work has been exhibited around the world, including a retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1996. His most recent projects continue to focus on participatory artworks, many evoking new ways to combat the inhumanity of the world. His Virtual Presence Video Interactive Installation instructions encourage participants to give a fellow human being a virtual hug via digital technology. Mr. Ortiz's life-long fascination for technology and avant-garde aesthetics led to his most recent body of two-dimensional works, which he refers to as digital paintings. These works were created entirely on a computer and are printed on vinyl. He adapts industrial materials and high technology to his concept of painting, creating images that are based on pre-Hispanic designs, Renaissance imagery, historical documents, and diagrams. Influenced by texts about the radical origins of Christianity, the history of human existence and evolution, the various names for God, secret societies, and the history of the relationship among world religions, Mr. Ortiz artist has created a number of large-scale vinyl works that combine form, image, text and symbols.

Come meet this fascinating man, and celebrate his ongoing achievements as a pioneer of Latino media in both form and content.

Following on NALIP's tradition of honoring media advocates, including Lilian Jimenez in 2001, Ricardo Montalban in 2002, Richie Perez in 2004, Raul Yzaguirre in 2005, Helen Hernandez in 2006, Edward James Olmos in 2007 and Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez in 2008, the NALIP Board of Directors voted to honor actor/media activist/producer Ray Andrade this year, for his efforts as a pioneer in advancing diversity within the Latino media field.

In the late 60's and early 70's, actor Ray Andrade created Justicia, a Chicano protest group that challenged the lack of Chicano representation in media and the inaccurate portrayal of Chicanos in the entertainment industry as a whole. He went on to be the inspiration for the series "Chico and the Man," the first U.S. television series set in a Mexican-American neighborhood. Starring Freddie Prinz, the series ran from 1974-1978; Mr. Andrade was the show's Associate Producer. Mr. Andrade is a former professional boxer and Green Beret in Vietnam who led Justicia in the fight for many demands to protect the image of Latinos in media. Although Justicia eventually disbanded, all members of this grassroots organization helped to pave the way for equal opportunities for Latinos in the industry today. Mr. Andrade will be with us in Newport Beach. Come for the weekend and celebrate the advances we have made in increasing Latino/a representation!

Register for NALIP 10 TODAY.

Raquel Almazan
NALIPster's play receives reading Feb. 18 in NYC

NALIP member Raquel Almazan's (LWL 2004) new play "La Paloma" will receive a reading on February 18th at 7:00 pm with La MaMa Theatre Company in NYC at the La Galleria space. Free entrance. More info at

Raquel has also just booked a guest spot on Law and Order SVU for the upcoming episode "Ballerina" in the role of Maricela.



Forbes Magazine Lists Most Valuable Stars
(Orlando Sentinel) - Forbes Magazine has calculated film stars' value-to-cost ratio, in terms of box office, and shown us that Ashton Kutcher (73) is worth a LOT less than Bruce Willis (23), that Clive Owen still isn't anybody's idea of money (66), that Jennifer Lopez is THIS close to falling off the top 100 (99). Steve Martin (93) is right behind her. FULL STORY


Jobs & Opportunities

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

Crew Call for Independent Feature
Low budget independent feature film "Orange Grove," shooting in Orange County, CAin June 2009, is accepting applications for several crew positions. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting: NALIP Member's UCLA Film
UCLA film is currently casting for "Afanadora," which has added an additional open casting date on Sunday, February 15. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Director for Dark Comedy (NYC)
Seeking a director that has reel available and equipment and/or access, with a keen sense of unique perspective, not afraid of bold choices, for a Dark Comedy. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION


From the Editor


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