Latinos In The Industry
  December 16, 2008  

NALIP Member Discount for NATPE '09!

The National Association of Latino Independent Producers is pleased to offer a special rate to NALIP Members for the NATPE '09 Conference & Exhibition, at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, January 26-29, 2009.

NALIP Members receive the same rates as NATPE members pay -- more than 25% off regular prices -- on registration. Please visit for additional information about the NATPE '09 Conference and Exhibition. In order to register at this discounted rate, please contact Cynthia Vargas, Membership Coordinator, at or 310-395-8880.

NATPE, the National Association of Television Program Executives, is a global, non-profit organization dedicated to the creation, development and distribution of video content in all forms across all platforms and genres. The organization develops and nurtures opportunities for the buying, selling and sharing of video content and ideas.

Latino Shorts in Slamdance

As the Slamdance Film Festival celebrates its 15th Anniversary in 2009, 86 short films in four different competition categories - documentary, narrative/experimental, animation and music video, which is a new classification this year – will be showcased and be eligible for a Grand Jury Award. In addition to the four jury competitions, Slamdance also has two out-of-competition shorts categories, which are the Anarchy Online Film Competition and $99 Specials.

Several Latino shorts are among those screening at Slamdance, including one by a NALIP member:

Narrative / Experimental Short Competition

El Ladroncito
Yamin Segal, Writer/Director
North American Premiere / 2008 / Nicaragua / 16 Minutes
Oscar, a poor child from the Nicaraguan barrios, struggles on the street to earn himself an unattainable video game system.

Una y Otra Vez (Narrative / Experimental Short Competition)
Antonio Mendez, Writer/Director
North American Premiere / 2008 / USA / 27 Minutes
Ballad of the everyday.

Anarchy Online Film Competition

Frozen Dreams
Xochitl Dorsey, Director (NALIP Member)
USA / 6 Minutes / Color
From sun up to sun down, Gabriel Martinez pushes his cart through the Mexican barrios of Los Angeles selling colorful popsicles and ice cream to the young and old. His unique insight into the world of paleteros presents an unexpected testimonial about the immigrant experience in East Los Angeles.

The Passion of Enid Grubman
Jessica Guerra, Director
USA / 6 Minutes / Black & White
Enid Grubman seems to be cursed to a lifetime of loneliness, until one day an infomercial for an "Inflatable Companion" changes her destiny.

GFEM Media Database Invites Grantseekers

Grantmakers in Film + Electronic Media is very pleased to announce the launch of the GFEM Media Database at The GFEM Media Database is a new online portal that allows media funders to learn about quality media projects. Our intent is to create a destination site for grantmakers who want to support public-interest media.

We invite you to visit the site, review the guidelines, and take a look at the projects that have already been uploaded. We encourage you to post any projects that you feel would be suitable to submit for review. There is no fee for using this service.

Projects may be related to:
* Content: Projects designed for film or electronic media platforms: television, radio, theaters, web sites, mobile content, installations and more.
* Media policy: Projects that focus on addressing media policy issues. Projects within this category may focus on issues such as advocacy, education, government policy and access.
* Infrastructure: Projects related to deploying or reinforcing the infrastructure required to bring media to audiences. Projects in this area have to do with innovation, development, training, capacity building and support of small or large-scale information delivery and telecommunications systems. This can include community-based media arts centers, PEG access centers, public or community radio and television stations, mobile, satellite, or other systems.

Grantseekers load projects into the site through a series of web-based forms. GFEM staff review projects, and, if approved for inclusion, projects become entries in the online database. Grantmakers will be able to search the database to look for projects to support.

In order to be eligible for inclusion, you must already have at least one foundation or government funder attached to your project. Our intent is to create a destination site for grantmakers who want to support public-interest media.

In order to make the site a destination for funders, we need to ensure that it is populated with quality projects. Our capacity to review and evaluate a lengthy project proposal is limited. If a project already has at least one foundation or government funder, it is more likely that the project has gone through a proposal review and vetting process in the philanthropic sector. This is an added level of evaluation and appraisal that we feel will be of value to other potential funders.

The GFEM Media Database is not designed to replace a full project proposal. Our goal is to spur connections between grantseekers and grantmakers – to support a more robust public-interest media sector.



Don't Miss DOING YOUR DOC in Miami, Jan. 9-11

Join us in Miami, Florida, January 9-11 for our NALIP signature program Doing Your Doc: Diverse Visions, Regional Voices. 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.

Register online here for DOING YOUR DOC - MIAMI

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. Click here for more information!

Coming Soon: details about "Doing Your Doc" - Lincoln, Nebraska from Feb. 6-8.



Sundance Selects Screenwriters' Fellows
(indieWIRE) - Sundance Institute has selected twelve projects for the annual January Screenwriters Lab, to be held January 9-14, 2009 at the Sundance Resort in Utah. FULL STORY

'Button,' 'Frost' Heat Up Globes Race
It would seem to be a battle between "Frost/Nixon" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" at the Golden Globes as the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. handed out five noms to each film: picture, director, actor, screenplay and score. FULL STORY

Jennifer Lopez Gets Artificially Inseminated – in Next Movie
(US Weekly) - Jennifer Lopez has signed on to star in Plan B, a new fertility-themed romantic comedy. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Casting: Paid Roles in Webisodes
First Impression Entertainment is looking for specific actors/actresses with experience/credits to work on a webisode sitcom. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION


From the Editor


Alex Mendoza
Alex Mendoza & Associates
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