Latinos In The Industry
  February 24, 2009  

Do you have a book in you? Or are you ready to adapt a novel into your next screenplay?

NALIP 10: A Decade of Influence presents a special session with award winning playwright, novelist and screenwriter Josefina López. Sign up now for this unique two-hour story brainstorming workshop with an acclaimed writer and teacher. Bring your idea for a novel, or for a book that can be adapted as a screenplay, and work, directly, with this wonderful professional mentor to take that project to its next creative place.

Josefina López is best known for authoring the play and coauthoring the film Real Women Have Curves, a coming-of-age story about Ana, a first-generation Chicana torn between pursuing her college ambitions, a personal goal, and securing employment, which is a family expectation. Along the way, Ana confronts a host of cultural assumptions about beauty, marriage, and a woman’s role in society. Although Real Women Have Curves is Ms.López’s most recognized work, it is only one of many literary works she has created since she began her writing career, at seventeen. Josefina is also a poet, performer, designer, lecturer of Women’s Studies, and Chicano theater and film. She is the founder of “Casa 0101Theater Art Space” in Boyle Heights, where she teaches screenwriting and playwriting and nurtures a new generation of Latino artists. Josefina is presently workshopping the musical version of Real Women Have Curves, and writing her second novel You’ll Never Eat Tacos in This Town Again. She just finished her latest work Trio Los Machos, a play about three bachelor men in their seventies who play in a guitar trio who met while participating in the Bracero Program.

You must be registered for the Conference. Please submit your one page synopsis of that book or adaptation idea to secure your spot. Space is limited to 10-15 people only so sign-up today! Go to for more information.

Call for Submissions: CPB/PBS Producers Academy 2009 Scholarship

CPB and PBS are offering scholarships for 20 filmmakers to attend the CPB/PBS Producers Academy Workshop to be held at the studios of WGBH Boston, from Saturday, June 20 through Friday, June 26, 2009. The scholarship includes the cost of the workshop, accommodations and travel expenses.

Over a seven-day period, participants in the Producers Workshop will attend an intensive course that covers a range of production skills and draws on the expertise that has made PBS a recognized force on the American cultural landscape. The goal of the Producers Workshop is to encourage a diverse and talented group of producers who will create new and greater programming achievements in public broadcasting.

All interested applicants must complete and submit the application by 5:00 pm eastern on Friday, April 3, 2009. Further details and application form can be found at:

The Workshop will be located at and administered by WGBH Boston, one of the largest organizations of producers in public broadcasting. The executive director of the Workshop is Judith Vecchione, Executive Producer, WGBH National Productions.

ELIGIBILITY: The Producers Workshop will be open both to public broadcasting station staff producers and to independent producers who are involved in public broadcasting.

FOCUS: Media Production, Professional Development, Scholarship, Television, Training

FOR: Public broadcasting station staff producers and to independent producers who are involved in public broadcasting.

DEADLINE: April 3, 2009

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Detailed workshop and application information is available here from the PBS Web site.

For additional information refer to the posting on PBS Connect, or or, or contact Kathryn Lo at PBS, (703) 739-5226,, or Angie Palmer at CPB, Please do not contact WGBH.

NALIP Congratulates Congresswoman Hilda Solis as First Latina to Hold a Cabinet Postion: New Secretary of Labor

Congresswoman Hilda L. Solis made history today as the first Latina to be nominated and confirmed as a secretary in a Presidential cabinet. Secretary Solis was confirmed today, February 24, 2009 after a vote of 80-18. First elected in 2000, Congresswoman Hilda L. Solis is serving her fourth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. She represents California's 32nd Congressional District, which includes portions of East Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley. Prior to her election to Congress, Solis served eight years in the California state legislature. In August 2000, Solis became the first woman to receive the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for her pioneering work on environmental justice issues in California.

In 2003, she became the first Latina appointed to the powerful Committee on Energy and Commerce where she is the Vice Chair of the Environment and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee and a member of the Health and Telecommunications Subcommittees. She is also a member of the House Committee on Natural Resources. In March 2007, Solis was named a member of the newly created House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming.

Solis is Vice Chair of the Democratic Steering & Policy Committee and serves as a Senior Whip, as well as a Regional Whip for Southern California. She is also serving her third term as the Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus' Task Force on Health and the Environment.In 2007, Solis was appointed to the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, as well as the Mexico – United States Interparliamentary Group.

New Flaherty Seminar Fellowships Announced

The Robert Flaherty Film Seminar is very pleased to announce new fellowship opportunities funded by LEF New England for New England filmmakers, The Philadelphia Foundation for Philadelphia-area film students and professionals, and the Leo Dratfield Endowment for a mid-career programmer.

Each year the Flaherty offers fellowships to students and emerging and mid-career filmmakers and film professionals who would be unable to attend the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar without financial support. The fellowship program is designed to promote diversity within the participant pool, which is essential in providing the unique critical experience of the Seminar. Besides interacting with the group at large, Flaherty fellows take part in private meetings and discussions with the featured artists and other special guests in attendance, including programmers, writers, and academics. Fellows arrive on campus a day before the Seminar begins to learn about the history of the Seminar, discuss pre-assigned readings relating to the theme, and watch and discuss each other's films, by way of an informal "Fellows Film Festival." Fellows will be able to return home with creative inspiration, experiences and connections, which will aid them in furthering their own careers and artistic endeavors.

Deadline: March 13, 2009

Complete Fellowship program information and application procedures are available at the Flaherty website

LEF Foundation:
LEF New England, a regional office of the LEF Foundation, is supporting the participation of six New England-area filmmakers to attend the Seminar. The award covers the registration fee (which includes room, board, and all special events throughout the week) and all travel costs in getting to Colgate University.

Philadelphia Foundation:
Through a grant from the Philadelphia Foundation, fellowships are now available for six Philadelphia-area film students or professionals. The award covers the registration fee (which includes room, board, and all special events throughout the week) and all travel costs in getting to Colgate University.

Leo Dratfield Fellowship:
The Flaherty is proud to offer a Leo Dratfield Fellowship to a mid-career programmer. The award covers the full registration fee and is funded by the Leo Dratfield Endowment which seeks to recognize and support programmers who are creative in their programming or selection of non-theatrical material. The Leo Dratfield Endowment was founded as a charitable and educational fund whose purpose was to advance the appreciation and recognition of those films and videos commonly referred to as non-theatrical and independent.


Professional Development Fellowships:
The Professional Development Fellowship is designed for emerging or mid-career professionals such as filmmakers, programmers, writers, scholars, archivists, and media professionals, from both the U.S. and abroad. Awards are partial grants that cover a portion of the registration fee. Grants are applied directly towards registration for the Seminar.

Student Fellowships:
Student fellowships are open to undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in a degree program. All majors are welcome; we select a diverse array of students from throughout the U.S., as well as internationally. Awards are partial grants that cover a portion of the registration fee. Grants are applied directly towards registration for the Seminar.

Financial Grants Available:
Employees of New York State Non-Profit organizations focusing on media arts may apply for a grant to attend the 2009 Robert Flaherty Film Seminar through the Experimental Television Center. Go to and apply for a Media Arts Technical Assistance Fund grant. Deadline is March 27 for this grant.

Call for Entries: "Vive Tu Musica Con 5" Battle of the Bands

Musician? Fan? 5 Gum is looking for the next big band! Enter for a chance to rock with Camila in Los Angeles on April 30th at the Barker Hangar. Visit for more information.

- Upload your video by March 15th and stay tuned to see if you've made the ultimate experience as one of the TOP 5 FINALISTS
- The final 5 bands will perform with Camila at the televised VIVE TU MUSICA with 5 concert in LA
- Win in L.A. and your band walks away with a professional recording session and a behind-the-scenes special about your band on LATV.

- Starting March 21st, vote online to send your favorite band to LA
- Come back to vote EVERYDAY because each vote automatically enters you for a chance to win one of these prizes:

- A trip for you and a friend to the VIVE TU MUSICA with 5 concert in LA where the 5 finalists will play along with CAMILA
- Two Spa services at the hotel
- A $500 American Express gift card
- Prize includes airfare, tickets and hotel accommodation

- 25 iPod Nano players with a $25 iTunes card

- A year supply of 5 Gum

- A chance to get your hands on 1 of 1,000 music downloads

Starting March 21st thru April 10th check out the contestants and vote on and get ready to experience the sound of your favorite bands bidding for a chance to perform with Camila on the televised VIVE TU MUSICA with 5 concert in LA.




Latino Media Market Deadline: POSTMARKED BY THIS FRIDAY,
February 27, 2009

If you have a project that’s ready to develop, package, finance and/or distribute then NALIP has the signature program designed for you but you need to hurry because the deadline is approaching!

You will have the opportunity to have one-on-one meetings with top studio executives ready to hear your pitch and advance your project and career into the next level. For feature projects in development or seeking distribution we will have executives such as HBO, PARAMOUNT, SONY, MAYA FILMS, NALA FILMS, LARGER THAN LIFE PRODUCTIONS and more. For documentary works in progress, as well as completed documentaries, we will have executives from SUNDANCE, IFP, LPB, ITVS and others. If you want to pitch a non-scripted television idea we will have executives from SiTV, On The Fly Entertainment and more!

This is only a sampling of the dealmakers that plan to be in attendance at this year’s NALIP Conference so don’t miss our 2009 Latino Media Market. Visit, register for Conference 10, and download your application NOW to sign up for the Latino Media Market.

Deadline is THIS FRIDAY, February 27, 2009- POSTMARKED!!

Questions or Problems? Please call/email Clarinda Morales at / (310) 395-8880

Luis Valdez
Acclaimed American filmmaker, playwright, and activist to address Latino filmmakers

OPENING KEYNOTE FOR NALIP 10: A Decade of Influence from LA BAMBA, ZOOT SUIT writer/director

The NALIP Conference committee is thrilled to welcome Latino creative legend Luis Valdez as keynote speaker at NALIP 10. On Friday, April 17, don’t miss the founder of El Teatro Campesino, and the man regarded as one of the most important and influential American playwrights living today. Well known to movie audiences and an inspiration to a generation of Latino filmmakers, Mr. Valdez has had a long and vivid creative career that combines his activism in the early Chicano Movement, with his creative work, developed at his Obie-award winning theater company, El Teatro Campesino (the Farmworkers’ Theatre). Founded in 1965 in the heat of the UFW struggle, it has become the most important and longest running Chicano theaters in the U.S.. Through his plays, Mr. Valdez has given Chicanos their own contemporary mythology, sometimes presenting re-visionings of classic Mexican folktalkes and explorations his indigenous Yaqui roots. The play ZOOT SUIT was the first Chicano play on Broadway, and became the first Chicano major feature film in 1981, starring Edward James Olmos. His 1987 hit LA BAMBA starred Lou Diamond Phillips as Ritchie Valens; CISCO KID which starred Jimmy Smits and Cheech Marin premiered on television in 1994.

Mr. Valdez speaks with great warmth and inspiration about our community, our creative struggles and our vision for a rich future. Don’t miss this widely honored and much sought after speaker as he helps to open NALIP 10 at the Friday Keynote Lunch. Register today at



Penelope Cruz Wins First Oscar for Spanish Actress
(Reuters) - Penelope Cruz became the first Spanish-born actress to win an Oscar by taking the best supporting actress award on Sunday for her role as tempestuous artist Maria Elena in Woody Allen's romantic comedy "Vicky Cristina Barcelona." FULL STORY

"Slumdog Millionaire” Wins Best Picture; “Departures” Gets Foreign Oscar, “Wire” Top Doc
(indieWIRE) - “Slumdog Millionaire” won the Oscar for best picture tonight at the 81 Academy Awards in Los Angeles, nabbing seven other trophies, including a best director prize for filmmaker Danny Boyle. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Songs for Frankie Negron Project
Looking for songs for Frankie Negron’s new album to be released this summer. After selling over 1 million albums throughout his career, his focus has been primarily in the Spanish market, however this will be Frankie’s first English release featuring a couple of Spanish songs as well. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION


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