Latinos In The Industry
  December 18, 2008  

Plan to Celebrate NALIP's 10 Years in April 2009

NALIP 10: A DECADE OF INFLUENCE. Watch for Conference registration, program and speaker information starting January 2009.

NALIP’s 10th Anniversary Conference will be held April 17 - 19, 2009 at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach, California. The program will highlight case-studies and showcases of talent, while including workshops and seminars, keynotes and our 2009 Estela Awards. This year's conference co-chairs are award-winning filmmaker and writer Frances Negron – Muntaner (BRINCANDO EL CHARCO: PORTRAIT OF A PUERTO RICAN) and development executive with NBC-Universal feature films division David Ortiz (HELLBOY 2).

Our mission is simple: promote the advancement, development and funding of Latino/a film and media arts in all genres. As professionals, we unite to create more images by and about Latinos everywhere you see media.

Support Latino Stories With an End of Year Gift

The independent artist has an impact on today's social and cultural landscape. Their stories reflect shared human experiences. Independent film and documentaries have brought about change--they provide us with new perspectives, inspire us and even ignite action. Projects like these are developed, nurtured and advanced at NALIP’s Latino Producers Academy and Latino Writers Lab.

Now more than ever, we need your help to preserve NALIP’s model of artist training.

NALIP’s signature programs provide an environment that fosters innovation, collaboration, and risk-taking. NALIP’s LPA and LWL help artists to overcome challenges and unlock discoveries while maintaining artistic integrity and creative vision.

Help future Latino/a artists find their creative voice by supporting NALIP and our programs with a year-end gift.


And thank you for your generosity along with your faith in the great stories we still have to tell.

Most sincerely,
The NALIP Board of Directors



Alex Zacarias
LPA Fellow receives DDF Fund award for The Lost Taino Tribe

LPA '04 Fellow Alex Zacarias and his project The Lost Taino Tribe has been selected as a recipient of the 2008 Diversity Development Fund from ITVS. This highly competitive grant provides critical funding to the project, which explores the facts, myths and "truths" of the indigenous Indians of Puerto Rico known as the Tainos and challenges us to re-examine the Puerto Rican identity.

The national identity of the Puerto Rican is based on an idealized story of three cultural roots--Spanish, African, and the little known indigenous natives, the Taino Indians which together created the present day "Boricua" mestizaje. This historic intermingling has resulted in a contemporary Puerto Rico filled with ambiguity as to their "true" identity and has created a resurgence of claiming the indigenous native as a cultural identity. The many tribes around the world who have not been recognized by a federal government, like the Taino Indians, are forced to prove their existence. It is critical to re-examine the stories of Taino extinction from a position free from racial politics and nationalist agendas. The Lost Taino Tribe is a journey that begins 500 years ago with the discovery of the indigenous people of Puerto Rico to present day with the rediscovery of those same peoples.

Click here to see more about The Lost Taino Tribe documentary.

Joey Medina
NALIPster hosting Latino Night at Laugh Factory, NALIPster's get in free

NALIP member Joey Medina and one of The Original Latin Kings of Comedy is the new Host of Latino Night at the World Famous Laugh Factory in Hollywood. Every Monday night the the hottest Latin comedians hit the stage. George Lopez, Carlos Mencia, Gabriel Iglesias just to name a few. The month of December and January will be FREE to all NALIP members and their guest. Please enjoy the gift of Laughter. Download the flyer here!



WALL-E Leads Chicago Critics' Winners
(indieWIRE) - The Chicago Film Critics' Association has announced the winners of their nominations, with Andrew Stanton's "WALL-E" leading, taking awards for best picture, best original screenplay, best animated feature, and best original score. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Casting: Teenage Latina to Play Young Version of Lead
Gordita, a short HD film has found our lead, however, we are now seeking a TEENAGE LATINA between 13-16 YRS OLD to play the supporting role of her younger self. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Music Contest for Film
DreamWays Studios is opening a contest Music for Taxi Dance, an independent drama that takes place in the multicultural cities of Los Angeles. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Completed Political Thriller Script
We are looking for completed feature length political thrillers. Contemporary stories with some historical background told through limited flashbacks are preferred. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION


From the Editor


Alex Mendoza
Alex Mendoza & Associates
AMARTE Design & Digital Printing
9513 Longden Avenue
Temple City, CA 91780

1323 Lincoln Blvd., #220
Santa Monica, CA 90401

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