Latinos In The Industry
  January 29, 2009  

IFP Independent Filmmaker Labs – Call for Documentary & Narrative Rough Cut Features

A National Program Connecting Mentors and Projects Before They Are Submitted to Festivals

Documentary Lab Submission Deadline: February 13
Narrative Lab Submission Deadline: April 17

Led by experienced producers, the Labs assist filmmakers in tackling the creative challenges of completing their modestly-budgeted, independently produced films - getting a leg-up before industry exposure. The five-day mentorship program in NYC challenges filmmakers to realize the full potential of their footage and stories with ongoing dynamic feedback and advice on technical & creative issues and distribution methods. The Labs are for first-time, narrative & documentary feature directors in the late stages of post-production. For more information & application:

Call for Entries: Full Length Docs about California

In the spirit of expanding our commitment to diverse voices and viewpoints, about our Golden State - California, KQED's Truly CA: Our State, Our Stories is again reaching out to the independent film community to find feature-length documentaries about California. Now in its fifth season, KQED is looking for 4 completed films and 1 nearly completed film for broadcast as part of the Truly California series. For more information and/or an application, please visit the Truly CA web site at or contact Elizabeth Pepin at

Deadline: Must be postmarked by: February 5th, 2009

Genius in Motion Website Promotes Diversity Behind the Camera

Ponder This Productions, Inc. has launched Genius In Motion (, an interactive Web community that recognizes people of color behind the camera in the film and television industries. The colorful and diverse Web portal will showcase and salute award-winning Geniuses behind the camera such as, Oscar winner, Guillermo Navarro (Cinematographer; Night at the Museum; Hellboy II); Emmy winner, Robi Reed-Humes (Casting Director; Their Eyes Were Watching God, Malcolm X), Academy Award winner, John Singleton (Shaft, Hustle & Flow) Salma Hayek (Executive Producer, Ugly Betty); Morgan Freeman (Producer, 10 Items or Less); Bill Cosby (Writer, Fat Albert) and Oprah Winfrey (Executive Producer, The Oprah Winfrey Show).

"This is simply a wonderful way to promote multiculturalism and contribute to diversifying the film and television industries," said Tracie Dean Ponder (Founder of Genius in Motion). "The lack of information about people of color behind the camera is blaring and those who have made significant contributions are relatively unknown. The industry still has an incredible amount of work to do when it comes to this issue. This undertaking is my small contribution."

The colorful .com will launch its premiere pages showcasing Geniuses behind the camera and allowing users to search the free encyclopedia database for profiles on people of color who have helped shape the industry. As Genius In Motion continues to develop, users will be able to participate in webinars, search articles, listen to podcasts and utilize an extensive database chock-full of rare fact-finding feats.

Fans are encouraged to keep the URL bookmarked, as the site unveils the people and the power behind making film and TV classics. During the month of January, will present many geniuses, including casting extraordinaire, Robi Reed-Humes, Stephanie Lowry (Music Editor: Tropic Thunder; Stranger than Fiction) and Richard Chew (Editor: Star Wars, Bobby, Waiting To Exhale).

In February during Black History Month, Genius in Motion will recognize Academy Award nominated director, Spike Lee, Emmy nominated producer Tim Reid (Paul Mooney: Analyzing White America), award winning director, Euzhan Palcy and First National Vice President of the Screen Actors Guild, Anne-Marie Johnson.



Ruth Livier
NALIPster stars in animated feature screening in LA

NALIP member Ruth Livier stars in a FWAK! animated feature Los Campeones de la Lucha Libre (The Champions of Mexican Wrestling), where she plays ‘Sorpresa!’ one of five Campeones heroes. Next week will be the first ever public screening of an English-language print on 35mm of the action-comedy:

DATE: Feb 5th, 2009
TIME: 7.30pm
WHERE: The Egyptian Theater, 6712 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

SYNOPSIS: Masked mayhem ensues when a team of wrestling heroes is caught in the middle of a struggle between a gang of barbarians right out of Mad Max and a legion of monsters inspired by the golden age of Mexican horror films.

Ricardo Jacques Gale'
Cinematographer and LPA Mentor offers NALIP discounts

NALIP member, LPA Mentor, and award winning cinematographer Ricardo Jacques Gale' is offering an exclusive 25% discount to all NALIP members. This discount is on both his services and equipment.

"Let me help you shoot your project at the highest quality while saving you precious dollars on your budget."

Some, but not all the equipment offered are RED Camera packages, all Grip & Lighting equipment along with all crew including an experienced Sound Mixer and Full (RED experienced) Editorial.

Stop entrusting your productions to 1st timers. Eliminate the headaches. With over 20 years experience, I can provide ALL your production needs from A.D's to Helicopters and everything in between. From a one day commercial to a 3 month Feature, I've got you covered.

Ricardo can be contacted at 818-648-2994 or



ABC Benches 'Ugly Betty'
(Entertainment Weekly) - Things are looking pretty gloomy for Ugly Betty. In a just-announced Thursday night scheduling tweak, ABC is benching Betty beginning March 26 and replacing it with episodes of Samantha Who? and the new Megan Mullally-Cheryl Hines comedy In the Motherhood. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Casting: Female Hispanic Senior for Feature
We are looking for a female Hispanic senior for the lead role in an independent feature film project that will start shooting in April 2009, working title, The Pursuit of Loneliness. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION


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