Latinos In The Industry
  January 13, 2009  

Call for Applications: Sundance Documentary Fund

The Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program provides creative and financial support to U.S. and international documentary filmmakers working on pressing contemporary social issues. Support for documentary filmmakers includes the Sundance Documentary Fund, Sundance Creative Labs, documentary panels and filmmaker support at the Sundance Film Festival and Independent Producer’s Conference, as well as ongoing programming and resource-sharing initiatives internationally. Films supported have included My Country, My Country; Why We Fight; Born Into Brothels; Iraq in Fragments; The Betrayal (Nerakhoon) and Trouble the Water. The Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program is a core program of Sundance Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to the discovery and development of independent artists.

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Postmark Deadline: February 9, 2009
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Call for Applications: Netflix Find Your Voice Film Competition

Netflix Find Your Voice Film Competition is now accepting applications. Prize package worth more than $350,000 in cash and production services

Deadline for Entries: February 9th (a maximum of 2000 submissions will be accepted)

Honorary Chair & Panel Judge: Josh Brolin, Actor. Participants: Deluxe, Kodak, EFILM, Panavision, Los Angeles Film Festival

This is the opportunity of a lifetime for a first time filmmaker. Not only will the winner’s film be made available to more than 8 million Netflix members, but the prize package will include tools to help you bring the winning filmmaker’s vision to life:
• A cash production grant of $150,000 funded by Netflix
• A four-week camera package donated by Panavision
• 25,000 feet of Kodak Color Negative Film or 10,00 feet of Kodak Color Intermediate Film donated by Eastman Kodak Company
• Up to $75,000 in dailies and release prints donated by Deluxe Entertainment Services Group with the digital intermediate package with a max value of $150,000 provided by EFILM Hollywood, a division of Deluxe
• Advertisement and mentorship by Film Independent
• Screening at the Los Angeles Film Festival
• Online distribution provided by Netflix

If you win, you can still seek additional forms of financing to produce your film. Netflix will help you build the buzz and promote your film by making it available in advance on the Netflix site.

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Netflix will provide a complimentary 12-month Netflix membership to the 10 semifinalists selected to make a video for the final competition.

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Call for Entries: Los Angeles Film Festival

Held in the heart of the movie capitol of the world, the Los Angeles Film Festival showcases the best of American and international cinema. Drawing and enthusiastic audience of over 85,000, the Festival provides films with the opportunity to be embraced by the public and discovered by the industry.

More than 100 feature films - narrative and documentary - are featured in the festival, alongside gala premieres, panels and seminars, short film programs, music video showcases, archival presentations, project markets, and more. The Festival is also a qualifying festival for all categories for Film Independent's Spirit Awards and the Narrative and Animated Short Film categories of the Academy Awards.

For entry forms and submission details, go to

Early deadline: December 5, 2008
Deadline: January 16, 2009
Final deadline for shorts/music videos: February 6, 2009
Final deadline for features: March 2, 2008

Film Independent's Directors Close-Up

Directors Close-Up: Conversations on the Art of Filmmaking. February 4 – March 11. Hear from the best indie directors and their collaborators, as they explore specific aspects of their craft. Ask questions, examine their work, and get a rare insight into the creative process.

Mary Sweeney, a long time creative collaborator of David Lynch. Her credits include producer, editor, writer of The Straight Story; and producer/editor of Mulholland Drive, for which she won the BAFTA award for best editing. She is currently editing her directorial debut film Baraboo from her original screenplay.

Elliot Davis cinematographer, Twilight, Lords of Dogtown
Rodrigo Garcia In Treatment, Nine Lives
Lance Hammer Ballast
Catherine Hardwicke Twilight, Lords of Dogtown
Courtney Hunt Frozen River
Jonathan Levine The Wackness
Nancy Richardson editor, Twilight, Lords of Dogtown
Howard Rodman screenwriter, Savage Grace


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February 4
Music and Sound Design
A director and sound team reveal the power of sound, taking us through the process of designing and creating the soundtrack of a film.

February 11
The Director’s Vision and the Creative Team
From the initial stages of research to the execution on the set, director Catherine Hardwicke and her creative team explain how they achieve the look of a film through cinematography, production design, and editing.

February 18
The Independent Spirit: A Directors Roundtable
2009 Spirit Award nominees discuss their films, their careers, and the way in which they have been able to balance their artistic integrity with the demands of the marketplace. With Courtney Hunt, Lance Hammer, and others TBD.

February 25
Writing and Directing
Through the work of directors who write and direct their material – or write for other directors- we explore the writing process and the writer/director collaboration. With Jonathan Levine, Howard Rodman, and others TBD.

March 4
Casting and Directing Actors
Hear from every different point of view what’s behind a great performance; as actors, casting director, and director Rodrigo Garcia discuss the way in which they collaborate. Reception hosted by SAGIndie

March 11
New Visions, New Media
Explore how new technologies are allowing filmmakers to expand their palettes and take charge of production not only to make their films but to get them to an audience.

Wednesdays, 7:30 pm
February 4 – March 11
The Landmark - West Los Angeles

$150 SPECIAL EARLY BIRD PRICES (Buy on or before 1/16/09)

$250 SPECIAL EARLY BIRD PRICES (Buy on or before 1/16/09)

Corporate members and Indie Alliance: Free with reservations.

For Tickets call 310.432.1222 or e-mail, or visit

Sponsored by:
Skywalker Sound, The Landmark – West Los Angeles, Directors Guild of America, NBC Universal, NAB Show

Laugh Out Loud Comedy Festival, Jan. 18-19

The Laugh Out Loud Comedy Festival will take place Sunday January 18 through Monday January 19 at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. NALIP member company Payaso Entertainment in association with Dro Entertainment will be filming six themed Stand-up Comedy Specials for Showtime Network's Laugh Out Loud Comedy Series for 2009.

The six separate themed Stand-up Comedy specials include some of today's hottest multicultural comedians such as Hot Tamales Live, hosted by Kiki Melendez, The Native Indian Comedy Slam hosted by legendary Native American comedian Charlie Hill, Angelo Tsarouchas, SlantEd Comedy hosted by Edwin San Juan, Russell Peters Presents hosted by Russell Peters and Pauly Shore and Friends.

El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (323) 936-6400

General Admission $15; V.I.P General Admission $25.

Executive Produced by Peter J. Fruchtman, Scott Montoya, Neal Marshall, Danny Rodriguez, produced by Neal Marshall and directed and produced by Scott Montoya. Russell Peters Presents Executive Produced by Russell Peters and Clayton Peters. Live Show production and Marketing in association with AEG Live, Golden Voice and the El Rey Theater. The LOL Comedy Festival live shoot will also benefit "Comedy Cures"

Sun. Jan 18, 2:30pm - Kiki Melendez Presents Hot Tamales Live
Sun. Jan 18, 5:30pm - The Indian Comedy Slam hosted by Charlie Hill
Sun. Jan 18, 8:00pm - Angelo Tsarouchas One Hour Comedy Special

MONDAY, JANUARY 19, 2009 (Martin Luther King B-Day National holiday)
Mon. Jan 19, 3:30pm - "SlantED Comedy" hosted by Edwin San Juan
Mon. Jan 19, 6:30pm - "Russell Peters Presents", hosted by Russell Peters
Mon. Jan 19, 9:00pm - "Pauly Shore and Friends" hosted by Pauly Shore



Ray Suarez
Longtime NAHJ member featured on new PBS initiative "Blueprint America"

by Julio Martinz, Latin Heat

As the U.S. anticipates the arrival of President Barack Obama and his master plan for solving this country’s ongoing woes and concerns, public television (PBS) is launching Blueprint America, a year-long initiative by PBS that will explore the topic of national infrastructure, with specific attention paid to transportation. The goal of this project is to elevate awareness and initiate debate about America's neglected infrastructure.

“One great area of concern is the state of this country’s long-neglected bridges and highway overpasses,” affirms Ray Suarez, senior correspondent for The NewsHour, PBS’s acclaimed nightly news analysis program. “Structurally deficient bridges and overpasses exist in every state. According to the Federal Highway Administration, more than 72,000 bridges across the country are in some sort of trouble.”

During this first year of the Obama administration, Blueprint America will span multiple programming platforms on PBS that will include in depth reports on such programs as The NewsHour, NOW andWorldfocus, as well as original prime time documentaries, education and community outreach. Launching the project is Suarez’s in-depth investigation of a national infrastructure dilemma. “At this moment, the driving public has no idea of the car-worthiness of the roads, bridges and overpasses beneath their wheels.”

Ray Suarez is certainly qualified to take on the task of spotlighting this potential national crisis. Suarez joined The NewsHour in October 1999 as a Washington-based Senior Correspondent. He has thirty years of varied experience in the news business. He came to The NewsHour from National Public Radio where he had been host of the nationwide, call-in news program, Talk of the Nation since 1993. Prior to that, he spent seven years covering local, national, and international stories for the NBC-owned station, WMAQ-TV in Chicago.

Born in Brooklyn of Puerto Rican heritage, Suarez holds a B.A. in African History from New York University and an M.A. in the Social Sciences from the University of Chicago. He is a winner of the Benton Fellowship in Broadcast Journalism at the University of Chicago. He has also been honored with a Distinguished Alumnus Award from NYU, and a Professional Achievement Award from the University of Chicago.

A life member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Suarez was a founding member of the Chicago Association of Hispanic Journalists. In 1996, he was honored by Hispanic Business as “100 Influentials" among American Latinos.

More information and broadcast schedule of Blueprint America go to the official website.



mun2 Focuses On Primetime in 2009
(RealityTVWebsite) - mun2, the preeminent voice for bicultural Latinos in America, announced today a new programming strategy for 2009 focused on its prime time line up. FULL STORY

Latino Inaugural Gala Adds Alejandro Sanz, Lila Downs and Michael Salgado
(CapitalWire) - Excitement continues to build for the 2009 Latino Inaugural Gala – “Celebrando El Cambio – Renewing America’s Promise” as additional Latino artists and entertainers such as Alejandro Sanz, Lila Downs, Michael Salgado, Rosie Perez, Luiz Guzman, Wilmer Valderrama, Adam Rodriguez and Angelica Vale confirm their participation in the festivities scheduled for Sunday, January 18, 2009 at Union Station. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Latino Sci-Fi/Horror/Supernatural Script
Established Manager/Producer and founder of Professional Latinos In Entertainment is looking for a Latino (or Ethnic) themed/flavored Sci-Fi/Horror/Supernatural script to package/produce as a TV Network Movie (first run). FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Plays for Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble's New Plays Festival
Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble’s New Plays Festival is currently accepting submissions of plays by Chicano/Latino playwrights with no previous professional productions. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting: Late 20s Bilingual Female Lead for Feature
Casting for the role of Stephanie, a Spanish-English bilingual female in her late 20s, for a SAG ultra low budget feature. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting: Teenage Latina to Play Young Version of Lead
The short film Gordita has had to re-cast the lead role, and are again seeking a teen actress who is curvy or plus size that resembles our lead. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION


From the Editor


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