Latinos In The Industry
  December 2, 2008  

Latinos Lead Nominees for First Feature Award in FIND Spirits

Latinos lead the nominees for Film Independent's First Feature Award in the 24th Annual Spirit Awards nominations announced today. Nominees include "Afterschool" by director Antonio Campos; "Sleep Dealer" by director Alex Rivera; and "Sangre De Mi Sangre" by director Christopher Zalla. The award is given to both director and producer. Zalla, a Kenyan-born American with Bolivian relatives worked with Panamax’s Odell to bring this Spanish-language film to the screen under the title “Padre Nuestra.” He also received a Best Screenplay nomination.

The winners will be unveiled at Film Independent’s Spirit Awards ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009.

Multi-Ethnic Media Coalition Reports Diversity Progress Despite Writers Strike

The Multi-Ethnic Media Coalition, comprised of the National Latino Media Council (NLMC), the Asian Pacific American Media Coalition (APAMC) and the American Indians in Film & TV (AIFTV), today released its annual diversity “Report Card” outlining diversity performance grades for ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX television networks. The report cards are based on statistical information provided by each network and measure performance in eight categories: diverse actors in regular and recurring roles, diverse directors, writers/producers, entertainment creative executives, program development, supplier diversity and overall network commitment to diversity initiatives.

“After nine years of assessing the diversity efforts of ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX, we strongly believe that network television diversity for the American Latino community is finally taking hold,” said Esteban Torres, National Latino Media Council Chair, “but there is still great room for improvement in the area of minority business procurement.” The retired U.S. Congressman went on to report measured diversity improvements for each network despite the devastating WGA writers strike that nearly crippled network television’s 2007-2008 season and congratulated FOX TV for being the only network to improve its overall diversity grade, earning a B+, versus its overall grade of B- last year.

NBC and CBS maintained their overall diversity performance grades of B and B+, respectively, while ABC TV was the only network to go down a grade, from an A- to a B+. Torres explained, “While ABC significantly increased its total number of American Latino actors in Unscripted “Reality” programming, it fell short in its total number of Latino actors in primetime Scripted programming and Latino Directors in 2007-2008 season and we attribute this shortfall to the writers strike.” Mr. Torres also emphasized the ongoing effort of the NLMC to combat hate speech in the media, “Fueled by irresponsible TV and Radio talk show hosts, ‘immigration hysteria’ has played a role in the rise of hate crimes against Latinos and this is an important issue for all Americans.”

Karen Narasaki, President of the American Asian Justice Center and Chair of the Asian Pacific Media Coalition, reported a slight improvement of the overall representation of Asian Americans in front of and behind the camera, despite the writers strike. “While there was slight improvement on the screen for Asian Pacific American actors, our community still lags behind other minority groups in representing central characters on primetime TV shows.”

Mark S. Reed, representing American Indians in Film and TV (AIFTV), is cautiously optimistic, “American Indians are the only minority group that has not evolved in the media in the 21st Century.” Reed reported that while American Indians remain invisible in many categories, there has been some every encouraging indicators that things are changing. “All four networks are beginning to realize that the American Indian community does not fit into the normal pattern of diversity programs,” explained Reed, “to create success, the approach needs to be tailored to address the unique needs of the American Indian community.”

To access copies of the report cards from today's press conference, please click on the following links:
· Network Report Card Explanation
· National Latino Media Council Report Card
· Asian Pacific American Media Coalition Report Card
· American Indians in Film & TV Report Card

Call for Entries: Chicago Latino Film Festival

The film submission period for the 25th Annual Chicago Latino Film Festival is now open! The annual Festival promotes Latino culture in the United States by presenting the finest and most recent films from Latin America, Spain, Portugal, and the United States. The Festival stresses the importance of the artistic and educational value of film. The Festival is non-competitive; however, the most popular feature film is awarded the Audience Choice Award. The Chicago Latino Film Festival ispresented by the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago in cooperation with Columbia College Chicago.

Postmark Deadline: December 19, 2008

For more information and to submit your film, visit the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago website and download the application here.

Deadline Approaching: San Francisco International Film Festival

The 52nd San Francisco International Film Festival, the longest running film festival in the Americas, and the crown jewel of the San Francisco Film Society's year-round programming, is accepting submissions. Next spring's SFIFF52 runs April 23 - May 7, 2009, and cash prizes total nearly $100,000.

Submissions to SFIFF52 can be narrative, documentary, animation, experimental, youth-produced, family films and television works on film, video and digital media.

Final Postmark Deadline: December 5
Submit your film today!



Hugo Perez
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

Roberto Arévalo
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.

Mike Gomez
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.'



Adolfo Aristarain to Adapt La Muerte Lenta De Luciana B for the Big Screen
( - Argentinean director Adolfo Aristarain will adapt the novel by Oxford Murders writer Guillermo Martinez for the big screen shooting in Argentina and Spain. FULL STORY

Nothing Like a Chicago Premiere
(Chicago Tribune) - Chicago natives Freddy Rodriguez ("Six Feet Under," "Grindhouse") and producer Robert Teitel ("Barber Shop") premiered their comedy "Nothing Like the Holidays" on Monday night at the Music Box Theatre. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Feature-Length Screenplays
Fire Born Films is actively seeking select feature length screenplays in all genres, ready for production, that can be made within the range of one to five million dollars. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Client Service Rep at Audio Post Boutique
Audio Post Production Boutique in Santa Monica looking to hire a Client Service Representative with additional Receptionist duties. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Bilingual Production Interns
Seeking Production Interns that are bilingual (English/Spanish) to work on a tv show called, Latino Fighter. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting: Lead in Short Film Gordita
Gordita an HD Short Film is still looking for a plus size Latina between 25-40 to fill the lead role. We are open to auditioning new talent with no previous acting experience. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Crew for Low Budget Feature (Tampa)
OLP, INC. is currently seeking Tampa, Florida-based crew for a SAG low budget feature project with funding and distribution in place: UPM, Office PA, Wardrobe, Make - Up Artist & Hair, Grip, Art Director, PA, Prop Master, Transportation Coord. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting: Male, Female Roles in Commercial (Laredo)
Casting for B-Roll for a Hotel Commercial, playing husband and wife. May require poolside shot in swimsuit for one of the scenes. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION


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