Latinos In The Industry
  January 20, 2009  

Register Now for "Doing Your Doc" - Lincoln, Feb. 5-7, 2009

NALIP, CPB, the NEA and the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
In association with the Native American Public Television, NET Television, Hixson-Lied College of Fine & Performing Arts, ITVS, NBPC, CAAM, LPB, PIC, Women Make Movies, The UNL College of Journalism and the California Arts Council Present


Feb. 5-7, 2009 in Lincoln, Nebraska

A Weekend Seminar in Lincoln to Kick-Start Your Documentary

Don’t miss this unique chance to work with story consultant Fernanda Rossi, the Documentary Doctor, author of the book "Trailer Mechanics," plus receive project mentoring on your proposal, trailer or documentary idea. This intensive 3-day workshop is right for you, whether you are just beginning, have already shot footage on a documentary project, or are seeking finishing funds.

"Doing your Doc" is designed especially for media makers in the diverse communities of Nebraska, preparing you to receive production funding and apply to national professional programs while developing your unique stories and views.

Doing Your Doc: 3-day Workshop Fee
Early Registration by Feb. 5 - $100; Student w/ Valid ID - $50
Includes lunches, workshop materials, books & private project mentoring
At the door Registration - $125; Students - $75
Register online here for DOING YOUR DOC - LINCOLN

Venue Address: Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 313 N. 13th Street, Lincoln, NE

For more information including a full schedule visit the Doing Your Doc webpage, or call NALIP at 310.395.8880

Latin Horror Presents "The HORRORphiles" - Jan. 28 (NYC)

Latin Horror, in association with Anthology Film Archives cordially invite you to a special presentation of the NewLatino Filmmakers Screening Series - "The HORRORphiles," featuring the work of emerging Latino directors working within the genre of horror. NewLatino Filmmakers is the best and only independent Latino cinematheque showcase in New York City - now in its 7th year! --and still ONLY $5!

Docs, shorts & features. "Come early, stay late, pay one price."

Series Director/Curator: NALIP member and former Board Member Edwin Pagan (LPA 2008)

When: Wednesday, January 28, 2009 ~ 7-9:30PM
Where: Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue at Second Street, NYC
Price: $5 admission ~ at the box office
7:00PM - Narrative Shorts Program
8:00PM - Narrative Feature

Q&A with filmmakers in attendance immediately following final program.

* MONSTER JOB HUNTER - 2007 / 9 Minutes / Digital / Short
YEHUDI MERCADO, Writer, Director
A subservient, meek man-child living in a virtual world of computer games who is forced to deal with real life. While interviewing for a job he discovers courage and strength that he did not know he had, and becomes the ultimate warrior.

* SANDMAN'S BOX - 2008 / 19 Minutes / Digital / Short
GILBERTO FLORES, Writer, Director
Michael Perez is in for the worst night of his life when he is mistaken for a homeless man, kidnapped and forced to compete in inhumane games.

* REPENTANCE - 2008 / 13 Minutes / Digital / Short
JULIO ANTONIO TORO, Writer, Director
A mysterious wanderer seeks the confession of an old priest, whose ultimate secret turns out to be his greatest sin.

* TALES OF THE DEAD - 2008 / 90 Minutes / Digital / Feature
JASON CUADRADO, Writer, Director
A terrifying Japanese-language anthology of four ghost stories as told by Tamika, a strange young girl with the ability to communicate with the dead.


LATIN HORROR (LH) is the first English-language publication dedicated to the emerging genre of Latin horror and will feature the leading Latin/Hispanic/international proponents working in film, theater, music, photography. illustration, graphic novels, "dark art" novelas, comic books, literature, and games -- from the seasoned masters -- to the up-and-coming Latin horrorphile whose work is grounded in horror, the macabre, and gothic arts.

LATIN HORROR will also give you a front row seat into this exciting universe through exclusive, intimate profiles, insightful in-depth articles into the latest trends and developments taking hold in the industry, as well as behind-the-scene peeks at the horrific cutting-edge projects coming your way.

LATIN HORROR - The Official Home of Latin Horrorphiles Everywhere

Only 2 Months to the Low Budget Film Workshop

A WEEKEND INTENSIVE – March 14 & 15, 2009

Presented By: SUZANNE LYONS - Co-Founder of the Flash Forward Institute, Snowfall Films, Inc and WindChill Films, Inc

SCRIPT to SCREEN – from the award winning producer of eight feature films in the past seven years.

"After producing a number of bigger budget features I thought producing the SAG ultra low budget would be a piece of cake. Boy, was I wrong. Wearing 100 different hats was a huge challenge. I’ve now produced three SAG ultra budget films in just sixteen months and I can’t wait to tell you what I’ve learned. In my workshop you’ll learn from my experience and benefit from my success. I promise to take you through a structured crystal clear step by step process that will actually make low budget film making look easy!" - Suzanne Lyons, Producer

THE COURSE: This workshop is unique in that it will literally guide you through
the entire process of making your film. From my own hands-on experience on my last few films (specifically CANDY STRIPERS, SÉANCE and PORTAL) I will be taking you through every detailed facet of filmmaking.

- How to option a screenplay
- Forming an LLC
- Preparing a sales presentation for investors
- Creating your killer pitch
- Designing your business plan
- Getting a mentor
- Hiring a line producer
- Scheduling your EPK
- Creating an empowering environment on set
- Finessing a budget & schedule
- Hiring a director
- How to cast your film
- Developing a detailed timeline
- Creating a marketing strategy
- The details of pre-production
- The secrets of a great Production
- Learning the ropes of post
- Choosing the right distributor
- Getting the best deal from your distributor
- Preparing for delivery
- Entering Film Festivals
- Taxes (1099s, Accounting and K1s)

Anyone who wants to make a film! Whether you are wanting to produce your film to enjoy the financial rewards or to display your artistic talents (or both!) this workshop is for you. With my first ultra low budget film I had a competition at AFM between Lions Gate and ScreenGems and within three months of the film market my film grossed 155% in territory sales. I have also had films distributed by Miramax, Sony, Lionsgate, been in the director’s Forte Night at Cannes, been featured in Variety and Hollywood Reporter, won awards that range from best film at Shockerfest to the prestigious BAFTA award. Believe me, you will be in good hands.

“With Suzanne Lyons’s expert guidance, my career went from directing low budget, straight-to-video thrillers to directing two studio features for Warner Brothers and Universal. Suzanne is a true master of movie career coaching and an inspiration to anyone fortunate enough to know her.” - Mark Rosman, Director, “A Cinderella Story”, “Perfect Man”


The cost of this course NOW, will save you thousands and thousands of dollars on your film LATER!

(Get well over $10,000 worth of contracts, business plans, deal memos and much more)
Participants will receive the following: - LLC Private Placement Memorandum
- Cast and Crew deal memos - Sale Presentation Outline
- A Business Plan - Writer and Director contracts
- SAG ultra low budget guidelines - Sample budget and schedule
- Composer Contract - Sound designer deal
- Color correction contract - Distributor contract
- Detailed delivery list - Additional Releases
- Breakdown Services guidelines - Location deals
- Post Production deals - LLC Operating Agreement & Subscription Agreement

“I have worked on many productions over the years and one of my most pleasant
experiences was working on Séance. Not only was Suzanne professional,
she was courteous and respectful as well. I would work with her again in a heartbeat.”
- Adrian Paul, Actor “Highlander, TV Series”, “Séance”

Entertainment Attorney and Distributor for Q & A

SUZANNE LYONS BIOGRAPHY: In the late 1990’s Ms. Lyons co-founded Snowfall Films, Inc. and has produced 5 feature films with actors including Christopher Walken, Naomi Watts, James Caan, Alfred Molina, Brenda Blethyn, Jon Lovitz, Dean Cain, Winona Ryder, Peter Fonda and Adrian Paul. She has had a film in the Directors Fort Night at the Cannes Film Festival and won a BAFTA for another film. Snowfall Films is gearing up to produce its next picture titled SCOUTS HONOR which well be shooting in Europe in the fall of 2009 ( In 2005 Snowfall Films created a genre division, WindChill Films, Inc. and has completed three films to date, selling one to ScreenGems and two to Lionsgate and winning Best Picture at Shockerfest. Ms. Lyons is co-founder of the Flash Forward Institute. She has led hundreds of film industry seminars to over 15,000 participants of all level and all facets of the industry in the US and Canada.

“Suzanne is a wonderfully engaging speaker and “teacher”. She knows feature
producing inside and out and presents every step with complete clarity.”
A seminar not to be missed by anyone making a low budget feature!”
- Becky Smith, Director,“Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”, Producer/Director/Writer,“Duck Farm”, UCLA Professor

COST: $975.00 (Includes Lunch and Course Materials)

Fly-in Special: Take $200.00 off the cost - Pay only $775.00
Check and Visa/MC (paypal) accepted
$200 non refundable Deposit to hold your space (No double discounts permitted)

“Suzanne has that rare ability to combine artistic creativity and smart business sense….she’s proven that by taking a SAG ultra low budget and somehow squeezing out a quality film that looks like it cost a million!” - Mark L. Smith, Writer/Director “Séance” “Vacancy”

Saturday, March 14th, 8:30am – 6:30pm
Sunday, March 15th, 9:00am – 6:30pm

WHERE: Coast Anabelle Hotel, Burbank, CA

Call Snowfall/WindChill Films at 818-558-5917 or email Suzanne Lyons directly at
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Deadline Approaching: Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant

A reminder about the upcoming deadline for the Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant. This grant funds first time documentary makers for travel and accommodations at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, April 2-5, 2009. For four days, grant recipients will be given access to films, participate in master classes and be mentored by experienced filmmakers. TWO filmmakers will be chosen for the grant in its third year.

Deadline: Applications must be RECEIVED BY February 6, 2009. Applicants will be notified by email in early March.

About the Grant: Garrett Scott made a distinctive mark in documentary during his short career. Without any formal training in film, he directed Cul De Sac: A Suburban War Story, examining the case of a methamphetamine addict who stole a tank from an armory and went on a rampage through the San Diego suburbs. The film prompted Filmmaker Magazine to cite Scott as one of 25 New Faces of Independent Film. He went on to make Occupation: Dreamland, co-directed with Ian Olds, about U.S. soldiers in Falluja, Iraq. It won prizes at Full Frame and the Independent Spirit Awards. Both films were broadcast by the Sundance Channel. In 2006, Scott died of a heart attack at age 37.

Scott's work examined how the forces of state power and economics impact individuals. Stylistically, his films broke convention, giving audiences new perspectives on familiar milieus like suburbia or war torn Iraq. He was a beloved member of film communities in San Francisco and New York City and several points in between.

His friends, family and colleagues established this development grant to help other emerging filmmakers reach their potential. The grants selection committee looks especially for filmmakers who somehow fulfill Scott's example, by bringing a unique vision to the content and style of contemporary documentary making.

Previous grant recipients include Rebecca Richman Cohen, Nathan Fisher and Mai Iskander in 2008 and Robin Hessman and Lee Lynch in 2007.

Criteria: Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or green card holder and live in the continental United States; any age 18 or older. By "first time filmmaker," we mean someone who is in the early stage of their documentary career and has not yet received significant recognition (such as major festival play or broadcast). All applicants should anticipate finishing their first project by March 2010. You still qualify as a "first time filmmaker" if you've made shorts or student projects, worked professionally as a crew member on other people's films, or if you've recently completed a documentary that hasn't been released yet. The grant is open to students and non-students alike.

More info on how to submit here:

Call for Applications: Film Independent’s Project:Involve

Film Independent’s Project:Involve is now accepting applications for the 2008-2009 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.

Please help spread the word by forwarding this message to anyone who might be interested in applying to Project:Involve.

Call for Entries: Expresion En Corto International Film Festival

Queridos amigos, sirva la presente para enviarles un afectuoso saludo desde Mexico y nuestros mejores deseos para el nuevo año!

Me complace informarles que lanzamos la convocatoria para la XII edición del Festival Internacional de Cine Expresión en Corto, la cual tiene como fecha limite para la inscripción y envio de peliculas el 1 de Mayo del 2009. Cortometrajes hasta 30minutos y Largometrajes Documentales pueden registrarse en o a traves de nuestro sitio Web donde tambien encontrarán todos los detalles y noticias acerca del festival.

Deadline for Entries: May 1, 2009

July 24th-August 2nd, 2009
San Miguel de Allende & Guanajuato, Mexico

Click here for the Call for Entries in English

Nina Rodríguez - Directora de Programación, Expresión En Corto IFF



MLK Day Thoughts on Progress for People of Color in Hollywood

by Matt Holzman with the Business Brief, KCRW

In honor of Martin Luther King’s birthday, I thought I’d to write about the progress of African-Americans in Hollywood. I wish I had a more positive report.

About 12% of Americans are black, and you don’t have to do a multi-million dollar NEH-funded study to know that they’re way underrepresented in TV shows and movies. And it’s worse behind the camera. There are too few black writers and directors, and many of those who do make it are pigeonholed in what’s euphemistically termed “urban entertainment.”

30 years after Sherry Lansing became the first woman to head a film studio, you still can’t find an African-American anywhere at the top of the Hollywood heap. Yes, yes, Oprah, but I’m talking about within the industry establishment. Somehow people like Oprah - people who did it on their own, in some ways in spite of the system - seem to prove my point rather than contradict it.

In Hollywood’s defense, the industry hasn’t done all that much better or worse towards people of any color than any other industry. And in some ways, the business has a rougher row to hoe, especially when it comes to programming and casting.

Because no matter how open-minded and progressive they are, producers, directors and executives have to try to figure out how their choices are going to play with audiences - who, of course, are mostly white. And the attitudes of audiences - black or white - are filled with racial trap doors. Add a black actor to your mostly white sitcom and its tokenism, write a black sitcom and whites won’t watch it. Make a black character a judge or a doctor and he’s not black enough, cast a black actor as a gangbanger and it’s stereotyping. What seems to be simply creating entertainment can suddenly become grappling with 200 years of American history and the racial attitudes of 300 million Americans. Popular culture is a powerful force for change, and no other business has such a heavy social burden.

Which doesn’t explain the dearth of blacks in the writer’s room, the director’s chair or the executive suite. And many point out that when the black experience is fully represented behind the scenes, it will unfold naturally in movie theaters and on TV.

Case in point, Tyler Perry was met with blank faces at the studios when he brought his medea character to town. But it wasn’t because the people he was pitching were racist, they were just ignorant. They had never heard of his wildly successful stage shows because they weren’t his target audience. And the fact that he has gone on to make piles of money in TV and film has done more for African-Americans in Hollywood than any protest or quota or legislation.

Hollywood struggles with issues of race, because Hollywood is part of America, and America is still struggling with issues of race. What’s interesting is the town’s schizophrenia. Its progressive politics do not seem to have translated into progressive business behavior.

Hollywood is ultimately a town that looks for safe ways to assuage its liberal guilt, ways that don’t necessarily require people to make changes where they live and work. Because Hollywood is a business run on fear. Not fear of the black man, but fear of doing anything new or unproven or unfamiliar. How else can you explain “Ocean’s 13?”

So how will progress be measured for people of color in Hollywood? In my opinion, it will not be based on numbers but on attitudes.

We will know we have progressed when black actors read for parts not specifically described in the script as black. When sitcoms aren’t black or white but funny. And when it’s no longer worth noting that the president on “24” is black because a black man actually makes it to the white house. Oh, yeah. Happy Birthday, Dr. King.

I'd love to know what you think. Send me an e-mail at You can download a podcast of this commentary, share it with a friend, or embed it on your blog with the click of a button from our new media player at For KCRW, I'm Matt Holzman.

Flavio Morales
NALIP Board Member readies first telenovela with English subtitles at mun2

By Laura Martínez, Multichannel News

Mun2, the Telemundo-owned youth-oriented cable network, on Jan. 26 will premiere telenovela Sin Senos No Hay Paraíso with English-language subtitles, making this its first “crossover” program after a successful run in the Telemundo Network.

Sin Senos, which tells the story of women who undergo breast-enhancement surgery to attract rich drug lords, will run Monday through Thursday at 10 pm on mun2. But unlike its run on the Spanish-language sister network, the mun2 broadcast will be presented in four segments hosted by Pico, host of The Shuffle, who will invite readers to participate by logging onto the Web site and send their comments about the drama.

“We really succeed when we listen to our audience,” says [NALIP Board Member] Flavio Morales, mun2 vice president of programming. “The idea is to give [the show] an irreverent perspective and allow viewers sending their comments via”Currently, the Web page is running a series of short-form promos inviting visitors to watch the telenovela, which already scored high ratings among the older, Spanish dominant crowd.

The debut of Sin Senos is part of a broader mun2 strategy focused on its prime time line up. Such strategy, dubbed “7th Street Leads you to mun2” because it kicks off at 7 p.m., aims at increasing the total hours of original and acquired programming in the 7-to-11 p.m. time slot.



Mun2 Seeks 7th Heaven
(Multichannel News) - Bilingual Mun2 is revamping its schedule under the tagline “7th Street Leads You to Mun2” in a bid to solidify its image with its target audience of younger Latino viewers. The lineup — starting at 7 p.m. — will also feature interactive opportunities, allowing viewers more immersion with the brand. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Editor for Feature
Looking for an editor to edit a feature length dramatic Urban Dance Film starring Aimee Garcia from "The George Lopez Show." FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting: Comedic Short Film (NYC)
Casting three roles in the comedic short film Roses are RED shooting in Manhattan. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting: Actors for Stage Reading at Film Fest (Phoenix)
Local Actors and Actresses near or from Phoenix, Arizona wanted for stage reading of feature film at the TOMI Film Festival. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION


From the Editor


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