Latinos In The Industry

January 22, 2009


INDUSTRY INSIGHTS: Re-considering the Re-enactment - NALIP Board Member Maria Agui Carter's Rebel

This is part a series of articles that we will be offering our readers in the new year. Click on Talk Back to discuss with other NALIPsters!

Article by NALIP Mentor Fernanda Rossi

Re-enactments, dramatizations, and subjective reconstructions are often frowned upon without further consideration on ethical, aesthetic and budgetary grounds. They raise questions about the veracity of the events portrayed and evoke images of cable docucramas rather than creative documentary filmmaking. All in all, they leave funders unsure if such controversial storytelling techniques are worth the risks.

Maria Agui Carter, a filmmaker from Boston with a resume that spans over 20 years, decided to embrace the challenge; in the process, she took dramatizations a few steps beyond our preconceptions. Rebel explores the memoirs of a Cuban woman, Loreta Velazquez, who dressed as a man to fight in the American Civil War and who was subsequently attacked as a prostitute and liar by a prominent Confederate historian. Even though researchers have found many archival records about her, she had been successfully erased from official history, and only one photograph of Loreta has been identified. To fill in the visual gaps, Maria decided not to resort to shots of disembodied hands writing with feather pens in dim light or to re-enactments of battles in national parks. Instead, she chose the daring route of creating fully developed scenes with trained principal actors—on one occasion even letting the actors speak!

Is that fiction filmmaking? Maria insists that every historical retelling uses the imagination to interpret events, but that her film is guided by scrupulous historical research and is about the act of creating historical narrative. Dramatizations then? Yes, but not the type we’re used to scorning. Still, when Maria and equally experienced editor Bernice Schneider came to New York to doctor their film, I suspected that the main problem would be the juxtaposition of those narrative scenes with the interviews. I was so wrong! To my utter surprise, the narrative scenes flowed perfectly well with the interviews of experts. The structural issues we had to work on were subtleties of the narration and the final scenes, never an aesthetic clash between storylines.


Call for Entries: All Roads Film Festival

The All Roads Film Project is now accepting film entries for the All Roads Film Festival 2009 to be held in Los Angeles, CA; Washington, D.C.; and Santa Fe, NM. All Roads is a National Geographic program created to provide an international platform for indigenous and underrepresented minority-culture artists to share their cultures, stories, and perspectives through the power of film.

Entry Fees
* Dramatic Feature $40
* Long Documentary $40
* Short Documentary $20
* Live Action Short $20
* Animation $15
* Music Video $15

Two Ways to Submit:
* In the interest of conservation, we encourage everyone to submit online through Withoutabox.
* You may also submit by downloading and mailing in entry forms via PDF.

Submission deadline: March 31, 2009 (postmarked)

* Los Angeles
July 17–19, 2009

* Washington D.C.
July 24–26, 2009

* Santa Fe
December 2–6

Call for Entries: peermusic Latin Scholarship

The BMI Foundation, Inc. has announced the opening of the 6th Annual peermusic Latin Scholarship, a competition for young songwriters and composers. Established by music publisher Ralph Peer II and generously funded by peermusic, a $5,000 scholarship will be awarded for the best song or instrumental composition in a Latin genre.

Famed Latin rock superstar Juanes is proud to stand behind a contest that supports and encourages young Latin musical talent. "This contest is an amazing opportunity for young composers/lyricists to compete against the best talent in the USA and Puerto Rico and earn money to further their education. I am glad to be a part of something that promotes and celebrates the emergence and growth of Latin musical talent," says Juanes.

According to Porfirio Pina, Director of the competition, the program is open to students between the ages of 16 and 24 who are enrolled in any college or university located in the United States and Puerto Rico. All words and music must be original. The postmark deadline for entries is February 20, 2009. Competition rules and applications are available online at

Founded by Ralph S. Peer in 1928, peermusic is a global network of music publishing companies operating from 33 offices in 27 countries. With well over a quarter of a million titles in the company's catalogue, and songs that vary from country, blues, jazz and pop to Latin, concert and rock & roll, peermusic is the largest privately owned company of its kind in the world.

Deadline Approaching: Cine Las Americas

Cine Las Americas announces the new dates for The 12th Cine Las Americas International Film Festival: April 22 - 30, 2009. In order to better integrate the festival's program into the local film events calendar, the official dates have been moved back to their traditional April schedule. The 12th Cine Las Americas International Film Festival will take place in Austin, Texas, once again bringing the best of Latino and indigenous cinema.

The festival's call for entries is currently open. The new festival dates will not affect the deadlines for submissions to our Call For Entries, which will remain January 30, 2009 (early deadline) and February 12, 2009 (late deadline). The deadline for Emergencia Youth Film Festival has been extended to February 12, 2009. For more details about the call for entries and to obtain an entry form please visit

Cine Las Americas International Film Festival showcases contemporary films from North, Central, South America the Caribbean and Spain. Works made by or about Latinos and native groups of the Americas are eligible to participate.

This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

American Latino Launching Syndicated Sitcom "Treviño"

American Latino Syndication, a fully-owned division of LATV Networks and producers of the nationally syndicated shows American Latino TV and LatiNation, announces the launch of a new scripted comedy, Treviño. The series is set to debut via broadcast syndication this Fall. The half-hour weekly program stars comedian Steve Treviño, 28, who hails from South Texas and has written for such established comedians and TV stars as George Lopez (The George Lopez Show) and Carlos Mencia (Mind of Mencia).

“The show is a completely fresh take on cross-cultural humor, and relies on Steve's ability to make you laugh whether he's playing himself or any of the other characters he portrays on the show,” said David Morales, co-Creator and Executive Producer of Treviño. “From our writer, Michael A. Ajakwe Jr. who wrote for the Fox hit Martin, to our director Leonard R. Garner, Jr. who directed on NBC's hit Just Shoot Me, our creative team has experience moving standup comics like Martin Lawrence and David Spade on their paths to scripted TV stardom. We all believe that Steve is on that same track to success,” continued Morales, who is also Vice President of American Latino Syndication.

The national debut of Treviño marks the first time since syndication's heyday in the late 1980s that an original sitcom has premiered in broadcast syndication. This groundbreaking project is also the first time that an American Latino comedian has starred in a first-run syndication series.

“Scripted entertainment is a logical next step for our successful model of targeting the largest, underserved market today (U.S. born, American Latinos) with culturally relevant, crossover friendly content” stated Robert G. Rose, Founder of American Latino Syndication. “Treviño complements our existing programs while offering our affiliates first-run, scripted entertainment to premiere on their stations. We feel strongly that this program offers the stations a potential new revenue stream that they so desperately need in these economic times. As syndication has shrunk, we've grown.”

“Bringing out a new show at this time may seem like a risk, but this creative team has put together a project we could not pass up,” says Howard Bolter, President and COO of LATV Networks. “We are convinced that now is the right time for a fresh young American Latino perspective to be heard and Treviño delivers like no one else does.”

American Latino Syndication will screen the pilot presentation at Booth #1103 at the NATPE convention in Las Vegas, January 27-29. Steve Treviño will be on hand on Tuesday, January 27th and Wednesday, January 28th to greet potential affiliates and the press. Go to for more information.



Alex Ferrari
NALIPster's award-winning Behind Forgotten Eyes now available on DVD

After two years of international film festivals, worldwide screenings, and multiple broadcasts on the History Channel Asia and MBC Korea, Producer and NALIP mentor Alex Ferrari (LPA 2006) and Nameless Films’ Anthony Gilmore's Behind Forgotten Eyes is now available on DVD. Narrated by Yun-Jin Kim (ABC’s Lost), the feature length documentary examines sexual slavery cultivated by the Japanese during WWII and the plight of the now elderly South Korean survivors. Accounts from both former South Korean sex slaves and former Japanese soldiers give the film a dramatic charge that is captivating and thought provoking.

As the first film to direct the issue towards Western audiences, Behind Forgotten Eyes hit festivals early fall of 2006 and instantly received rave reviews. During its course on the festival circuit, it won multiple awards, including winning the BEST DOCUMENTARY AWARD at the Hamptons International Film Festival, Little Rock Film Festival, and Tiburon International Film Festival. Behind Forgotten Eyes has also screened at prestigious festivals such as Amnesty International Film Festival and the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival.

“This is an issue that I’ve found not many Americans are aware exists,” says the film’s director/producer Anthony Gilmore. “I felt it was important for us to tell this story—and not only one aspect of it—but from all aspects, including those who claim that it never happened.”

DVDs can be purchased at for $25.00 and are shipping immediately. Copies for educational use or group screenings can also be purchased. For more information about Nameless Films, please visit and for more information on Alex Ferrari's The Enigma Factory, Inc. please visit or

Roberto Rochin
NALIPster's film screening at Santa Barbara Int. Film Fest.

NALIP member Roberto Rochin's film Purgatorio is screening at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

Screening times:
Jan. 27, 10:00am (Metro 4 Theatre I)
Jan. 29, 7:45pm (Metro 4 Theatre IV)
Jan. 30, 10:45am (Metro 4 Theatre IV)

During the 1950's, Mexico suffers in the transition to modernity. Bonfilio leaves his family with his father to go north in search of better luck. The conflicts between them resolve when Bonfilio comes back to say his last goodbye. Lucía, a prostiture, and Demetrio , a gravedigger , find each other on a night where love can only be complete when Demetrio buries her. Don Julio, an old landowner, is consumed with remorse after the departure of Cleotilde, whom he married out of convenience.



Oscar Nominations Announced
(Variety) - The Academy Awards nominations Thursday proved a reminder once again that Oscar voters are still capable of surprises. And while the Hollywood major studios made good on their early-2008 promise to rebound at the Oscars this year, they didn’t do it to the extent that they expected. FULL STORY

Penélope Cruz Up Again for an Oscar
(NY Daily News) - Penélope Cruz has been nominated again for an Oscar — this time for best supporting actress for her work in the acclaimed Woody Allen film “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.” She is also the only Hispanic among this year's Oscar nominees, quite the change since two years ago when she was one of more than a dozen Spaniards and Latin Americans nominated. Guillermo del Toro's “Hellboy II: The Golden Army” got a nod for achievement in makeup but he's not up for the award. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Full Time, Paid Internship at Bill Moyers Journal (NYC)
Public Affairs Television has an opening for a fully paid, full time internship to work on our new ongoing weekly series Bill Moyers Journal. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Producer for Feature Documentary
Seeking up-and-coming or seasoned Producer for feature-length documentary film with strong Latino element. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting: Feature Starring Emilio Rosa, Tito Puente Jr. (NYC)
We will be casting many roles for the feature film “The Familia” (The Rise of Don Pedro), a Latino Mob/Love Story, starring Emilio Rosa , Tito Puente Jr., Santo Alam and many others. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting: Lovebug Short Film
Casting for the short film Lovebug about a man and woman who rely on a neuro software to decide their emotions for each other. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION


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