Latinos In The Industry
  February 19, 2009  

RealityTV Boot Camp-Express at our 10th Annual Conference

Do you watch reality TV shows like "Survivor" or "First 48" and think, "I could have created that?" Sure you do!

Reality television has become such an integral part of television and our culture and TV executives are constantly looking for the next great idea. But just having a great idea isn't enough, and writing out a slick one-page treatment won't get you past the guard at the studio gate. So how do you proceed and get the access you need turn your idea into a reality?

Find out by joining us for our first RealityTV Boot Camp-Express, at NALIP 10: A Decade of Influence, on Friday, April 16 – right before the full Conference begins. Participants will receive a highly informative 2-1/2 hour overview of the essential elements needed for producing and crafting exciting and exceptional reality TV programming.

Sign up now to attend the lectures, interactive exercises and work-shopping with Emmy nominated producer Luis Barreto ("Extreme Makeover: Home Edition") and co-founder and veteran writer-director Chris Ragazzo. They will lead all registered NALIP 10 participants through a condensed presentation of their comprehensive 2-day workshop.

From beginner to production vet, you can discover if you have what it takes to work in the exciting and ever expanding field of reality television. Sign up now at! And be in Newport Beach for registration by 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 17. Now more than ever this Boot Camp is a must for anyone ready to tackle the world of reality TV!

What a great way to start the NALIP Conference!!

More information on NALIP 10 Conference schedule, travel and scholarships:

A Great No-Cost Screenwriting Training Today & Opportunity for LA Workshop March 7-8

If you want an extraordinary screenwriting career you're going to need extraordinary screenwriting resources. And that's what the NALIP strives to give you on a regular basis.

Marvin V. Acuna from The Business of Show Institute writes our Insider Insights for screenwriters, and has given members some terrific screenwriting training. The best part? He continues to give it for FREE! Marvin recently executive produced THE GREAT BUCK HOWARD with John Malkovich and Tom Hanks, TWO DAYS with Paul Rudd and Donal Logue, and produced TOUCHED with Jenna Elfman. He is offering 2 fantastic free gifts to aspiring screenwriters only.

Gift #1 – A couple of weeks ago on January 30th, Marvin interviewed literary manager/producer Andy Cohen, owner of Grade A Entertainment and producer of 2008's "Untraceable" starring Diane Lane. Over 500 screenwriters were on this live call, but many screenwriters were not able to attend. So Marvin has decided to make the replay of this call available to you!

Gift #2 – Marvin has taken the 20 most frequently asked questions from aspiring screenwriters, and answered them on video! The questions include:

A. How do I get an agent/manager?
B. Are pitch festivals worth going to?
C. Which screenwriting software is the best?
D. How do I "make it" in Hollywood when I live outside of Los Angeles?
E. And a whole lot more!

To get these 2 valuable free gifts, all you have to do is go to

Finally, on March 7-8 in Los Angeles, Marvin and The Business of Show Institute are holding a live event entitled "Awaken the Professional Screenwriter Within". Register at the same link to read the details. Over the past 15 years Marvin has recognized that the most successful screenwriters in Hollywood treat their careers as a business. So he has taken his best knowledge and business strategies and crafted them into a proven system that, until now, he has only shared with the writers he works with, personally. At this event he'd like to share them with you.So, whether you are a novice writer looking to shortcut your path to success, or a veteran looking for new ways to market yourself and your material, check out the details for the live event entitled, "Awaken the Professional Screenwriter Within". They will be provided for you once you register for the 2 free gifts. For instant access, all you have to do is go to:

Call for Entries: Cinesol Film Festival

Cinesol Film Festival, a non-profit organization, is the premier film festival of the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas and is recognized by the Texas Commission on the Arts as one of the top media arts events in the state. Since 1993, Cinesol has offered a traveling film festival for the South Texas region. It has served as a mecca for local aspiring filmmakers to fuse with industry professionals in a social setting perfect for networking, learning about filmmaking, and enjoying quality entertainment from all over the world.

Submission Deadline: May 30, 2009
Late Deadline: June 30, 2009

Cinesol is a month long event with several additional screenings at several Rio Grande Valley museums. Other activities include film workshops, the 36 Hour Film Race, special guests, forum discussions, and more. Withoutabox submissions:

For more information, please visit the festival website at: or



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A Class Apart to Premiere Feb. 23 on PBS

In 1951 in the town of Edna, Texas, a field hand named Pedro Hernez murdered his employer after exchanging words at a gritty cantina. From this seemingly unremarkable small-town murder emerged a landmark civil rights case that would forever change the lives and legal standing of tens of millions of Americans. A team of unknown Mexican-American lawyers took the case, Hernez v. Texas, all the way to the Supreme Court, where they successfully challenged Jim Crow-style discrimination against Mexican Americans.

A Class Apart, from PBS AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, dramatically interweaves the story of its central characters activists and lawyers, returning veterans and ordinary citizens, murderer and victim within the broader story of a civil rights movement that is still very much alive today. The film, by award-winning producers Carlos Sandoval and Peter Miller, airs Monday, February 23, 2009, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET on PBS.

A Class Apart begins with the little-known history of Mexican Americans in the United States. In 1848, the Mexican-American War came to an end. For the United States, the victory meant ownership of large swaths of Mexican territory. The tens of thousands of residents living on the newly annexed land were offered American citizenship as part of the treaty to end the war, but it soon became apparent that legal citizenship for Mexican Americans was one thing, equal treatment would be quite another.

Life in the 1950s was very difficult for Hispanics, Wanda Garcia, a native of Corpus Christi, explains in the program. We were considered second-rate; we were not considered intelligent. We were considered invisible.

In the first 100 years after gaining U.S. citizenship, many Mexican Americans in Texas lost their land to unfamiliar American laws or to swindlers. With the loss of their land came a loss of status; within just two generations, many wealthy ranch owners had become farm workers. After the Civil War, increasing numbers of southern whites moved to south Texas, bringing with them the rigid racial social code of the Deep South, which they began to apply not just to blacks, but to Mexican Americans as well.

Widespread discrimination followed Latinos from schoolhouses and restaurants to courthouses and even to funeral parlors, many of which refused to prepare Mexican American bodies for burial. During World War II, more than 300,000 Mexican Americans served their country, expecting to return home with the full citizenship rights they deserved. Instead, the returning veterans, many of them decorated war heroes, came back to face the same injustices they had experienced all their lives.

Latino lawyers and activists were making progress at state levels, but they knew that real change could only be achieved if Mexican Americans were recognized by the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution something that could only be accomplished by bringing a case to the Supreme Court.

In his law office in San Antonio, a well-known attorney named Gus Garc listened to the desperate pleas of Pedro Hernez mother, who traveled more than 150 miles to ask him to defend her son. Garcquickly realized that there was more to this case than murder; the real concern was not Hernez guilt, but whether he could receive a fair trial with an all-Anglo jury deciding his fate.

Garcassembled a team of courageous attorneys who argued on behalf of Hernez from his first trial at the Jackson County Courthouse in Texas all the way to Washington, DC. It would be the first time a Mexican American appeared before the Supreme Court.

The Hernez lawyers decided on a daring but risky legal strategy, arguing that Mexican Americans were a class apart and did not neatly fit into a legal structure that recognized only black and white Americans. As legal skirmishes unfolded, the lawyers emerged as brilliant, dedicated, humorous and, at times, terribly flawed men.

They took a gamble, says University of California-Berkeley professor of law Ian Haney-L in A Class Apart. They knew, on the up side, that they could win national recognition for the equality of Mexican Americans, but they knew, on the down side, that if they lost, they would establish at a national level the proposition that Mexican Americans could be treated as second class citizens.

The Hernez case struck a chord with Latinos across the country. When funds to try the case ran out, the Mexican-American community donated to the cause in any way they could, despite limited resources.

They would come up to me and they would give you crumpled-up dollar bills and theyd give you coins. These were people who couldnt afford it, but couldnt afford not to, recalled attorney Carlos Cadena, Gus Garcs partner in the case.

On January 11, 1954, Garcand Cadena faced the nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court. Cadena opened the argument. Can Mexican Americans speak English? one justice asked. Are they citizens? asked another. The lack of knowledge stunned Gus Garc who stood up and delivered the argument of his life. Chief Justice Earl Warren allowed him to continue a full 16 minutes past the allotted time, a concession a witness to the argument noted that had not been afforded to any other civil rights lawyer before Garcia, including the renowned NAACP attorney Thurgood Marshall.

On May 3, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court announced its ruling in the case of Hernez v. Texas. Pedro Hernez would receive a new trial and would be judged by a true jury of his peers. The courts legal reasoning: Mexican Americans, as a group, were protected under the 14th Amendment, in keeping with the theory that they were indeed a class apart.

The Hernez v. Texas story is a powerful reminder of one of many unknown yet hard-fought moments in the Civil Rights Movement, says AMERICAN EXPERIENCE executive producer Mark Samels. Its easy to forget how far the country has come in just 50 years, reshaping our democracy to include all Americans.

Michael Diaz
NALIPster's film The Story of Juan Bago released on DVD

NALIP member Michael Diaz's film The Story of Juan Bago has been picked up for distribution in North America by Phoenix Entertainment. The tale of a young man and his quest to grab the attention of his objectifying infatuation is out on DVD now. The film is produced by Heights Entertainment, a Manhattan based entertainment production company.

The Story of Juan Bago theatrically premiered at the 2006 NY International Latino Film Festival on July 28th, 2006. The film became a box office phenomenon. It has broken countless records and sold out the entire office box within the first day of ticket sales. The film is a slapstick tale of a twenty-something underachiever who lives with his parents. His dispiriting life is suddenly sparked with new life when one day he thinks he sees the woman of his dreams. Life changes dramatically from that point on and in the following days Juan will begin his transformation. Embarking to become a new man; life as Juan knows it, will be no more.

“I am extremely excited that after such an effortful path to finally have the film distributed. This is a film that people of various ages will enjoy and bring laughter to many homes", said Michael Diaz, writer of the film. The film was produced by Michael Diaz, Chris Delgado and Rudy Diaz in 2005.

The Story of Juan Bago will be available on a single disc DVD with deleted scenes, bloopers and the making of the movie. The DVD can be purchased at Target,, Amazon and NetFlix.



IDA’s Schmidt: “Documentaries, boring? I think not”
(indieWIRE) - Relating quote from a recent New York Times article in which a filmmaker quipped that a “dirty little secret” was that documentaries are “boring,” International Documentary Association president Eddie Schmidt launched a broadside counter-attack Wednesday night at an event hosted at the Association of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences building in Beverly Hills. FULL STORY

Albert Maysles on a Life in the Movies
(Filmmaker) - Our friends at Vice alerted us to this five-part series on Vice's about the great doc filmmaker Albert Maysles. FULL STORY

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