NALIPster featured in Chivas Regal 18 "Spirit of Success" ad campaign
NALIP member Hugo Perez (LPA 2008) is currently featured as a success story in the Chivas Regal 18 "Spirit of Success" advertising campaign in November and December. Chivas 18 is proud to provide vital community support through “Espíritu De Progreso Latino,” a national movement highlighting the strong Latino values and work ethic, and their pursuit of progress.
In this month's issue of Hispanic Magazine, you'll be able to read a full page 'advertorial' in which he reveals the 3 Keys to Hugo's success (and yes, following the samurai code is one of them). The advertorial is available for download here as a PDF, or click here to read the Full Story.
The Spirit of Success: Hugo Perez
Hugo Pérez may have been destined to own a film company, since age 6 he had a personal newspaper subscription where he would constantly “scan the horizons, trying to know and see the world.” Even his tíos always seemed surprised to find him at home when they visited, often asking “What is Hugo still doing here?” But once he finally left home to attend Yale University in 1989, he continued moving on, incessantly and passionately pursuing his career in screenwriting and filmmaking. No matter how far he traveled, though, his films always seemed to have a touch of the Cuban influence from home. His award-winning short films, “Betty La Flaca” and “Julieta y Ramón” have been presented on HBO, Showtime and PBS.
Perez, owner of M30A Films, was recently honored with the prestigious 2008 Tribeca Film Institute Emerging Filmmaker Fellowship for his next film project, “Immaculate Conception,” his feature directorial debut. Hugo credits NALIP’s training with allowing him to build upon this honor.
“The Latino Producers Academy was like a turbo-boost for my business, helping me push this feature-length project to the next professional level. It put us in a stronger position to truly compete and sell this film. One day, when we’re toasting the premiere of this film at the Cannes Film Festival, with our glasses of Chivas 18, everyone will know the difference this corporate sponsorship made in the life of one grateful, motivated filmmaker.”
Hugo’s 3 Keys to Success
1. Follow your dream because life is too hard to do something you don’t love.
2. Stick to your guns. When making decisions follow your own instincts, go with your gut, and don’t listen to all the babble. Listen to your own voice.
3. Follow the samurai code: concentrate, give all your energy to what you’re doing in the moment, without regard to the outcome - that will produce your best work.
For more information about Hugo’s story visit his page on the Espíritu De Progreso Latino website.
Chivas 18 is proud to provide vital community support through “Espíritu De Progreso Latino,” a national movement highlighting the strong Latino values and work ethic, and their pursuit of progress. Since 2007, Chivas 18 has partnered with non-profit organizations which help train Hispanic entrepreneurs and advance Hispanic business. From IT and financial management to planning and networking, these training and education programs have helped owners take their businesses to the next professional level. The National Association of Latino Producers (NALIP), for example, has dedicated their grants to presenting the Latino Producers Academy, an intensive training for film and media entrepreneurs. The program has resulted in the advancement of several award-winning Hispanic films currently in development and distribution.
Join the hundreds in the “Espíritu de Progreso Latino” movement, presented by Chivas 18. Share your inspiring pictures and stories of progress, and read a complete list of the Chivas Regal 18: 18 Golden Keys to Success at
NALIPster's doc screening at Santa Fe Film Festival
NALIP member Roberto Arévalo, documentary producer and media educator, will present his Colombian Documentary Tejiendo Vida/Weaving Life at the Santa Fe Film Festival in New Mexico at Warehouse 21,1614 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, NM, at 7:15 PM Fri, Dec 05 and 4:45 PM Sun, Dec 07. For more information please visit the film's page on the festival website.
In central Colombia, on the western slopes of the Andean Cordillera Central, Rubiel Velasquez, one the few basket weavers still practicing his trade in this coffee-producing region struggles to find the “bejuco” (bamboo Like), to make his baskets and provide for his wife and five children.
The fear of violence, the absence of public health, and the disappearance of a livelihood shadow their life. Rubiel’s oldest son 12-year-old Julian Antonio milks cows after school everyday of the week. In return he is paid with two to three bottles of milk to bring home to his family. Generations caught in a similar fold in a country mired in 50 years of armed conflict that has caused the world’s second-largest internal displacement crisis.
Unlike most stories about Colombia that focus on violence, drugs or coffee, the story of Rubiel Velasquez represents the struggle, endurance, and talent of most Colombian people. The way I tell his story, offers a unique perspective rooted in my own process of growing up in a poor neighborhood in Colombia, working in factories and restaurants in New York City, becoming a documentary producer and media educator, teaching for a decade documentary-making to inner city youth and completing a Master of Fine Arts degree in Digital Filmmaking and Art.
NALIPster guest stars on NBC’s “My Own Worst Enemy”
Actor and NALIP member Mike Gomez guest starred as the character 'Hector Anthony Garza' on the seventh episode of the Christian Slater-NBC series “My Own Worst Enemy,” on Monday, December 1, 2008. The episode, titled 'Down Rio Way', was written by Daniel Knauf and directed by Michael Watkins. “My Own Worst Enemy” stars Christian Slater, Alfred Woodard, Saffron Burrows, Madchen Amick, Taylor Lautner and James Cromwell.
Mike’s previous television credits include roles in such series as “The Shield,” “Prison Break,” “Shark,” “Bones,” “General Hospital,” “Desperate Housewives,” “X-Files,” “American Family,” among many others, and in the TV Movies-of-the-Week, “The Reading Room,” “Locusts,” “Return to Justice,” and “The Out of Towners.” MIKE was also seen as a series regular as 'Capt. Gallardo' on the NBC series, “Hunter.” His feature credits are extensive and include 'The Big Lebowski', 'Dance With Me', 'Heartbreak Ridge', 'Milagro Beanfield War', 'Born in East L.A.', 'The Border', 'El Norte', 'Zoot Suit', 'The Patriot', 'Road Dogz', 'Luminarias', to name a few.
A long-time veteran of the entertainment industry, Actor/Director Mike Gomez’s theatre credits include the Broadway and Los Angeles productions of 'Zoot Suit', ‘Selena: A Celebration of Life', 'Fathers & Sons', 'August 29th', 'Last Angry Brown Hat', 'The Imposter' and 'A View from the Bridge', among many others. His directing credits include Actors' Diversity Showcases for the ABC and CBS Networks, Actors' Showcases for Nosotros, along with the theatre productions of 'The Last Angry Brown Hat' and 'Macho Men & The Women Who Love Them.'