Latinos In The Industry
  February 26, 2009  

PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger to Speak at NALIP 10 on April 17

The first NALIP Conference, in 1999, was held parallel to that summer’s PBS Conference in San Francisco, and featured intense discussions of the possible defunding of a Latino minority consortia member company. Out of that intense interaction between passionate Latino producers and CPB, Latino Public Broadcasting was founded, an organization that is proud to fund and distribute quality Latino filmmakers and stories. And NALIP was born, with more than forty percent of our membership working in or aspiring to make documentaries for the public television system.

The NALIP Conference committee is thrilled to welcome PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger to our 10th anniversary celebration. She has graciously agreed to spend Friday afternoon with us on April 17, and to hold an intimate conversation for our producing community, conducted by New York Daily News journalist Juan Gonzalez. PBS is the nation’s largest non-commercial media organization, with 356 member stations throughout the country. She will discuss her commitment to high-quality content, education and diversity, plus share her plans to work with our community on increasing the profile and opportunities for Latino/a makers. NALIP is honored to have a speaker of Ms. Kerger’s standing, and proud to introduce her to our many documentary producers and directors. Be sure to REGISTER TODAY, so you don’t miss this unique opportunity to have an intimate “Conversation with…PBS President Paula Kerger.”

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NBC Nightly News Series on Hispanics, Mar 2-6

Throughout the week of March 2, "NBC News With Brian Williams" will take a look at the issues facing Hispanic Americans in a new series "We The People." The series will cover a wide-range of issues and include pieces about areas adapting to the growth of the Hispanic population, to companies who are trying to benefit from it. Additionally, there will be reports about how new immigrants are surviving during the recession, health issues among the Hispanic community, and challenges surrounding education.

Monday's installment will introduce the series with a piece about the explosion of the Hispanic population throughout the country. Lee Cowan will profile a family in Wisconsin, to illustrate the change in landscape in the United States.

Tuesday, Carl Quintanilla will show how companies are adapting and trying to benefit by doing business with the Hispanic community. Quintanilla will report about how the Hispanic audience and consumers place a huge demand on products, information and entertainment that are culturally relevant to them. While they have assimilated, companies still benefit when they tailor their messaging to the Hispanic culture.

On Wednesday, Mark Potter will look at the specific plight of first generation Hispanic immigrant families whose "American Dream" is falling apart because of the economy. A recent report by the Pew Center quantifies the numbers of Hispanics unemployed and facing foreclosure -- both drastically higher than in the overall population. And the hardest hit group is foreign born workers. In some rare but still increasing cases, people are even choosing to return to their home countries rather than stay in the U.S., far from home and family and no longer making money.

Diabetes is a significant and growing health issue among the Hispanic community. On Thursday, Bob Bazell will answer why this is, and show how to educate and help manage the illness. Bazell will profile one Hispanic female doctor and activist who is developing systems to improve on community outreach.

To close the series with our "Making a Difference" report, on Friday, Natalie Morales will look at the challenges the Hispanic community faces in terms of receiving a quality education and moving on to higher education. Morales will profile Dr. Katharine Flores, a advocate who is completely dedicated to making sure minority children, especially Latino children, get a fair chance in medical school. All of their high school graduates participating in the program get into college -- a great feat since Latino students have a 50 percent drop out rate in high school.

"Noticiero Telemundo" will join efforts with Nightly News to simultaneously air two of the five part series on Hispanics in America, supplemented with Spanish sound bites. The two pieces include the episode on outreach to consumer Hispanics such as the one undertaken by the Boy Scouts of America and the profile on Stanford-educated Katherine Flores who was born into a family of migrant farm workers in Fresno, California, raised by her grandparents working in the fields as a 4-year-old, and now works with Hispanic organizations to increase the role of Hispanics in the health profession.

Consumers can turn to to watch the entire series, get access to valuable links and resources, and share their thoughts with other viewers. will enable viewers to watch the extended and web-only interviews from the series. NBC producers will share behind the scenes reporting and insights on The Daily Nightly, the "Nightly News" blog. And consumers can also join in the conversation and continue the discussion about the series on Newsvine, a leading social media news site.

Call for Entries: HBO/NYILFF Short Film Competition

HBO and The New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) today announced the 6th annual open call for entry for the HBO/NYILFF Short Film Competition. Jointly created in 2004, the competition seeks to foster films by Latino filmmakers and/or about the Latino experience.

One winner will be chosen from among applicants to receive $15,000 in funding from HBO to produce and direct a short film based on an original script entry. The completed short will be presented on screen this summer at the 2009 New York International Film Festival, July 28 - August 2, and considered for broadcast on one of HBOs programming services.

Postmark Deadline: April 10th , 2009

Applicants will be notified if their screenplay has been selected by May 22, 2009. For official rules, regulations and submission forms, log on to

"This year, as the NYILFF celebrates its tenth anniversary, the Latino community at large can take pride in all the festivals accomplishments" said Lucinda Martinez Desir, vice president, Market Development at HBO. "We heartily congratulate the NYILFF on this milestone, and as creators and producers, are proud that our enduring partnership continues to promote and advance new Latino talent."

"Since its commencement, the HBO/NYILFF Short Film Competition has been one of our most successful opportunities for filmmakers", said Calixto Chinchilla, founder and co-executive director, NYILFF. "It has introduced us to some of the most talented up-and-coming Latino writer(s)/director(s), and enabled us to pair those emerging filmmakers with the award-winning creative team at HBO.

The HBO/NYILFF Short Film Competition is open to U.S. and international entrants 18 years and older. Only original scripts will be accepted and must be written in English by a person of Latino descent or focus on the Latino experience, and entrant must hold all rights to material. The screenplay cannot be more than twelve (12) pages long and final film cannot exceed a maximum running time of five (5) minutes. The submitted screenplay or work produced from it must not have had previous cable, broadcast or internet exhibition, won awards at any other festival or been previously submitted to the HBO/NYILFF Short Film Competition under its current or any former title.

Each entry must be accompanied by one (1) completed submission form, $10.00 fee, filmmaker bio and photo, a directors reel or last film produced (DVD NTSC only), and one (1) executed HBO/NYILFF Short Film Competition release form. There is no limit to the number of entries that can be submitted (see rules for more specifics). Entries must be postmarked by April 10th , 2009 and mailed to HBO/NYILFF SHORT FILM COMPETITION, c/o The New York International Latino Film Festival, 419 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor, New York, N.Y. 10003.

Last year, filmmaker Paco Farias received the $15,000 grant from HBO to produce and direct a short based on his original script "El Tux. The film, a charming tale about a teen who is given a very special--and dated--tuxedo to wear to a big dance, garnered praise at the NYILFF.

Home Box Office, Inc. is the premium television programming subsidiary of Time Warner Inc., providing two 24-hour pay television services HBO and Cinemax to over 40 million U.S. subscribers. The services offer the most popular subscription video on demand products, HBO On Demand and Cinemax On Demand, as well as HBO on Broadband, HD feeds and multiplex channels. Internationally, HBO branded television networks, along with the subscription video on demand products HBO On Demand and HBO Mobile, bring HBO services to over 50 countries. HBO programming is sold into over 150 countries worldwide.

Launched in 1999, the New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) is now the premier Urban Latino film event in the country. The NYILFFs mission is to showcase the works of the hottest emerging Latino filmmaking talent in the U.S. and Latin America, offer expansive images of the Latino experience, and celebrate the diversity and spirit of the Latino community. Programming includes the flagship film festival in NYC, new music and art showcases, family and community events, scholarships for aspiring filmmakers, and a nationally recognized short film competition in partnership with HBO. The NYILFF is the only film event to have had the endorsement of Mayor Michael Bloombergs NYC Latin Media and Entertainment Commission since its formation in 2003.

HBO is the presenting sponsor of the New York International Latino Film Festival.

Call for Entries: Reel Rasquache Festival

The 6th annual Reel Rasquache Festival of the U.S. Latino Experience in Film & Art– a West Coast celebration of films by and about U.S. Latinos – will be held May 15-17, 2009, at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex at California State University, Los Angeles. The Festival will showcase an array of recent U.S. Latino-produced and themed films from across the nation.

Filmmakers are invited to submit films that represent Reel Visions of the rich diversity of Latino experiences in the U.S. on any topics, in all genres, and in a variety of presentations —including animation, documentary, experimental, features, and shorts. Film submissions will be accepted through March 13.

For information on how to submit a film and to download submission forms, visit the Reel Rasquache website at

Together with guest filmmaker presentations, panels, and workshops, the Festival provides a unique West Coast celebration of films by and about U.S. Latino communities, perspectives and experiences. The Festival will showcase a rich array of genres from feature-length narrative and documentary films to shorts. The festival program will cover numerous topics that highlight the rich diversity of Latino cultural history.

The 2009 Festival theme – Reel Visions – celebrates the ways U.S. Latinos are harnessing the winds of change through film, video and digital technologies, utilizing their creative visions to shape the perceptions of Latinos worldwide through their images.

Reel Rasquache* is designed to involve the University’s neighboring communities of East Los Angeles, and to bring together a broad base of grassroots, professional and university community members with U.S. Latino filmmakers and entertainment industry executives.

Reel Visions 2009 Art Contest – EXTENDED DEADLINE
Original art works are invited that convey the year’s theme: Reel Visions. The top winning art entry will serve as the branding image for the 2009 Reel Rasquache Festival in all 2009 Festival publicity, promotion, and marketing materials to include website, display ads, promotional videos, postcards, posters, lamp post banners and the Festival program booklet. Ten to fifteen of the submitted art entries (including the branding entry) will be selected for auction during the Festival weekend to raise funds for the Festival. Art entry applications are being accepted through Monday, March 2.

“Reel Rasquache each year brings together East L.A. and West L.A., the community and the University, U.S. Latino independents and the Hollywood movie industry” says Festival Director John Ramirez. The Festival showcases new films, performance, art and music on the U.S. Latino experience by filmmakers and artists from across the country. And it gives us an opportunity to honor the legacies of individuals who pioneered this realm.”

The three-day event will feature screenings, workshops and panel discussions, multimedia/spoken-word, live music, receptions, and other networking opportunities. It will also include the presentation of the 2009 Career Achiever Award.

Past Festival awardees include: Director, Miguel Arteta (Star Maps, Chuck & Buck), Actor, Lupe Ontiveros (Desperate Housewives, Real Women Have Curves), Actor/Writer/Producer, Evelina Fernandez (Luminarias), Producer/Director, Moctesuma Esparza (Walkout, Selena), Actor, Lupita Tovar (Dracula, Spanish 1931), Director, Lourdes Portillo (Corpus, Señorita Extraviada / Missing Young Woman), Director, Robert M. Young (¡Alambrista!), Writer/Director, Jesus Trevino (Raices de Sangre, Yo Soy Chicano), Actor, Tony Plana (Zoot Suit, Ugly Betty), and Actor, Wilmer Valderrama (That 70’s Show, Fast Food Nation,), Writer/Director, Sylvia Morales (Chicana, Resurrection Blvd.), Writer/Director, Franc. Reyes (Empire, Illegal Tender, The Ministers).

*Rasquache is a term that has been used derogatorily to demean that regarded as cheap or “low class.” Reel Rasquache turns such negative meanings upside down to honor the cultural landscape and politics of latinidad in the U.S. – down-to-earth, resourceful, creative, yet historically demeaned by mainstream society. As much as film and television have been powerful tools for perpetuating stereotypes of what Latinos are not, so too do film and television provide effective tools for breaking those stereotypes and representing the many real and rich dimensions of the U.S. Latino experience. It is this empowering sense of the word “rasquache” that the Reel Rasquache Festival celebrates.

For information on how to submit a film or enter the art contest and download submission forms, visit the Reel Rasquache website at



Latino Media Market Deadline Extended!!

Postmark submissions by TUESDAY, MARCH 3 for our affiliates AND NALIP members. Check out the application and submit today! Go to the NALIP 10 website for details.

NALIP’s 2009 Latino Writers Lab™ is Accepting Applications!

NALIP’s seventh Latino Writers Lab will provide you the opportunity to develop your screenplay or treatment from May to September 2009. The Latino Writers Lab is a unique program for NALIP members who aspire to work as professional screenwriters and who want to develop a strong, viable screenplay for production or sale. It includes skills development by professional instructors, direct mentoring of your work-in-progress by professional writer/mentors, and workshop lunches on important issues impacting your profession and creativity.

The first five-day session and seminar will be conducted in Santa Fe, New Mexico May 27 – 31, 2009, beginning Wednesday evening with an orientation and screening. All Fellows from out of state are provided lodging in Santa Fe. All projects accepted for the Spring seminar must be developed and rewritten during the Summer of 2009, prior to the second phase of the program, held in Santa Monica, CA, for five days in late September. Commitment to both parts of the seminars, and to the writing work in between is a MUST. You’ll thank us! Come away with solid screenplays as a reward for the effort.

Applications MUST be post marked by Monday, March 27, 2009. Application and more details available on the NALIP website.

Kevin Bender
NALIPster's doc screening at SLO Int. Film Festival

NALIP member Kevin Bender's documentary film Thinking Grande! Creating California's Mexican Wonderland will screen at the San Luis Obispo (CA) International Film Festival on Monday, March 9 at 3pm.

Thinking Grande! tells the story of Jose Luis Bonilla, a Mexican immigrant who spent twenty years building a Mexican village in the heart of California, only to have county permit problems cause him to abandon it unfinished.

Bender's newest project-in-progress is a documentary on California author Victor Villaseñor.



NALA, Latin World Team on Shows
(Variety) - Los Angeles-based NALA Investments and talent management agency Latin World Entertainment have teamed up to form NALA Entertainment with plans to invest $100 million to develop and produce Spanish-language TV content. FULL STORY

Tyler Perry: Hollywood's New Commander in Chief?
(Los Angeles Times) - If there were any lingering doubt about Perry's clout, he showed it again this past weekend, opening another hit, "Madea Goes to Jail," which made $41 million in its opening weekend. FULL STORY

Oscilloscope Gets “The Garden”
(indieWIRE) - Scott Hamilton Kennedy’s “The Garden,” nominated for an Oscar for best documentary this year, has been acquired for North American distibution by Oscilloscope, Adam Yauch’s film company. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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