Latinos In The Industry
  November 4, 2008  

Open Casting Calls and Workshops at Actorfest Los Angeles & New York


Be There. Be Seen. Get Noticed.
California Market Center, Los Angeles

Registration is now open, so register now before things sell out! - Select LA and then click on register

Don’t miss NALIP at Actorfest, 5:00-6:15 pm in the Ground Floor Theatre. NALIP ED Kathryn Galan will moderate a panel on “The Latino Industry.”
What should you know about access to the jobs and representation for Latino actors? What are the networks and studios looking for? Hear how agents, managers, casting directors, networks, and studios tap Latino talent.
Speakers include Ron Taylor, VP for Diversity at Fox Broadcasting, casting directors Rosalinda Morales and Blanca Valdez, personal manager Ivan de Paz, talent agent Carlos Carreras and Moises Velez, head of development and programming at Telemundo/Mun2.

THIS YEAR @ Actorfest, participate in open casting calls, network with the industries best in the networking café and check out the exhibit hall designed for you to get all the tools of the trade.



Don't miss our excellent lineup of WORKSHOPS given by top casting directors, agents and managers. Enter the promo code NALIP08 for 10% OFF your total registration for any workshops!

Check out the complete schedule of workshops at:
Click on LA then the workshops tab of the tool bar for pricing and more detailed information and get the skills you need to take your career to the next level. Sponsored by: Stella Adler Studio of Acting

For those in New York, there is also an Actorfest, on November 15, 2008. Actorfest New York basic registration is free and includes the exhibit hall, open casting calls, and the networking cafe (the workshops have fees associated). Register online at

Cine Sin Fin: 14th Annual East L.A Chicano Film Festival, Nov. 6-21

A La Brava Producciones Revolucionarias, Inc. presents Cine Sin Fin: 14th Annual East L.A Chicano Film Festival. The festival will be from November 6 -21, 2008 at various locations throughout the Greater Los Angeles area. Our venues this year include the Echo Park Film Center, Placita Olvera, East Los Angeles College and Plaza De La Raza.

Cine Sin Fin was established by A La Brava Productions in the summer of 1995 to create a permanent venue to screen, develop, produce and promote Chicana/o and Raza filmmakers. We have played a significant role in fostering positive images of our community in film and video. For the past 14 years, we have empowered those individuals and organizations whose films humanize the Chicana/o and Raza experience and have reached audiences who would otherwise not be familiar with it.

November 6th
Shine - Cususa - The New Sanctuary Movement - David's Reconquista - Look at Me - Pancho Gonzalez: Warrior of the Court - La Casita - History - High Voltage - Maria Desaparecida
Casa de Sousa at the Historic Olvera Street 634 N. Main St. LA 90012

November 7th
Academia Semillas del Pueblo - Second Chance - Imperial Silence - American Dream - Common Enemies - The Great Wall of Los Angeles - Shopping to Belong
The Echo Park Film Center 1200 N. Alvarado St. LA 90026 (

November 13th
Imperial Silence - La Ofrenda
Self Help Graphics 3802 Cesar Chavez Ave. LA 90063 (

Academia Semillas del Pueblo - Second Chance - Imperial Silence - American Dream - Common Enemies - The Great Wall of Los Angeles - Shopping to Belong
Sun Valley Youth Arts Center 8642 Sunland Blvd. Sun Valley 91352

November 14th
The Unexpected Turn of Jim Sagel - East LA Marine
The Echo Park Film Center 1200 N. Alvarado St. LA 90026 (

November 20th
Second Chance - Bracero Stories - Curanderas: Folk Healers.
Casa de Sousa at the Historic Olvera Street 634 N Main St.

November 21st
2008 Award Winning Films - Best of Cine Sin Fin
The Echo Park Film Center 1200 N. Alvarado St. LA 90026 (

For details and show times please visit;; or call 323 265-2344

NALAC Regional Arts Training Workshop, Nov. 14-15

The National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC) invites Latino artists, arts leaders and arts administrators to participate in the 22nd NALAC Regional Arts Training Workshop, which takes place in Los Angeles, CA on November 14-15, 2008. The theme of this special two-day seminar will be Creative Responders: Latino Art in Action Re-Affirming and Transforming the Future.

The NALAC Regional Arts Training Workshop will bring together national arts experts and local arts professionals together for a comprehensive two-day professional development training and community dialogue which features panel discussions, workshops, networking opportunities, dialogue, art exhibits, luncheons and evening performances.

The Los Angeles Regional Arts Training Workshop will feature panel presentations and workshops on:
• Resource Development and Capacity Building
• Leadership Development and Re-generation
• Establishing Relationships with Funders and Navigating Government Funding
• Arts Toolkit: Marketing Your Work and Reaching New Audiences
• Nuestras Casas: Development of Cultural Facilities
• Transnational Re-Connections: Immigration, Economic Justice & Social Impact
• Comerciantes Culturales: Organizing Communities through Arts Festiva
• Taking Latino Art and Culture into the Classroom
• Creative Responders: Re-Shaping the 21st Century Latino Narrative
• Latino Arts Town Hall Meeting

This valuable two-day workshop is free to NALAC members and $10 for non-members. To register online for the workshop or to become a NALAC member, please visit

For more information, contact NALAC at 210-432-3982 or email

All workshops will be held at THE NEW LATC, 514 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013.

International Latino Film Festival, Nov. 7-23 (SF)

The International Latino Film Society kicks off the 12th International Latino Film Festival, San Francisco Bay Area, on November 7, 2008, with a gala opening night, “Noche Cubana,” at the beloved Castro Theatre, followed by “Cuba Exposure,” an exciting event filled with Cuban rhythms by John Santos and DJ Nica at the Kabuki Hotel in San Francisco.

The acclaimed Festival, which celebrates the diversity of Latino culture through the timeless medium of film, runs November 7- 23, 2008. The program includes over 70 features, shorts, and documentaries from Argentina, Brazil, Belize, Bolivia, Cuba, Colombia, Chile, Mexico, El Salvador, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, Venezuela and Spain. The Festival will present screenings in eight Bay Area cities: San Francisco, Redwood City, San Jose, San Rafael, Larkspur, Berkeley, San Mateo, and San Bruno. All films include English subtitles.

"This year we were able to bring together an amazing collection of films that truly reflects the diversity of Latino cinema throughout the world. We are especially excited to honor several outstanding artists this year including Lourdes Portillo, Gregory Nava, and Alex Rivera. These US-based filmmakers have all done extraordinary work that embodies the vital connection between Latino cinema in the US and in Latin America," said Sylvia Perel, Festival Director.

Some of the highlights of the 2008 festival will include:
• Tribute to Women & Film to director Lourdes Portillo with “Al más allá,” Mexico
• Tribute to “El Norte,” US, celebrating its 25th Anniversary and honoring its director Gregory Nava
• New Vision Award to NALIP Founding Member Alex Rivera, for “Sleep Dealer,” US
• CinePride: A celebration of LGBT marriage equality, “Spinnin,’” Spain
• Lehaim to Salvadorean Righteous: “Glass House,” El Salvador
• Noche de Arte y Política: “Against the Grain,” Peru
• Closing Night: ¡VIVA BRAZIL! “Mare, Nossa Historia de Amor,” Brazil
• Youth in Video: A collection of 2008 films by our young students



Adel Morales & Edwin Pagan
NALIPsters featured in Urban Latino for their film Repentance

NALIP New York President Adel L. Morales was recently interviewed in Urban Latino Magazine about his film Repentance, which he produced along with former NALIP Board member, executive producer, and cinematographer Edwin Pagan.

Repentance is screening at the Big Apple Film Festival (its 6th festival) on Thursday, November 20th @ 6pm @ Tribeca Cinemas Theater 2 @ 54 Varick St. NYC.

Below is the full interview by Danielle Young, Urban Latino Magazine.

One for all and all for one! Sound familiar? The proverbial mantra of the Three Musketeers couldn’t be more fitting for the hardest working men in HollyHood. Allow me to introduce to you, Adel L. Morales, Julio Antonio Toro, and Frankie Villanueva. They are the brains, hands, feet, and voices behind HollyHood Productions, Inc. Out of the three of them stemmed three different dreams that meshed together as perfectly as their personalities and HollyHood was born. The trinity proves that dedication sets a foundation for success as they pursue the film industry with tenacity unmatched. “We’re from the Bronx and you hear it in our accents and see it in our faces. We’re playful, we’re funny, we’re talented, and we’re not going anywhere.”

How did you all get your start in film?

Adel: At 19 and 20 years old, you were supposed to make a decision on your [college] major and I chose pension and medical benefits – not the life of a starving artist. After getting a couple of degrees (Bachelors and Masters in English), the artist – was there. [There was] nothing else to do to occupy my time – no other goal or pursuit to have.

I started going to Columbia and NYU film schools to audition and landed some parts. I took notes on everything, like, ‘What does this light do? Why are you using this machine for audio? What plugs in here?’ Their $30,000 education was mine. Couple that with the Dov Simens Hollywood Film School class; that gave us a light at the end of the tunnel. We knew it was possible. Dov Simens pretty much laid out the ground work of what to expect.

Julio: I was always and forever creating characters and stories as a kid. I was heavy into comic books. I was a dork, but a very talented dork. As far as film [is concerned], it’s got to be when my father first managed to buy a camera and put the family on film. I liked being behind the camera more than I did in front of it.

My friends and I would tape with the camera and on the VCR we’d dub it, bring it back, cut it, slice it and dub it again on another VCR. The love of creating stories was always there. I’m very visual, even when I write. I had a lot of talents when I was younger. I didn’t know what I wanted to do. The more I started finding out about film the more I realized that directing encompasses everything – writing, drawing, etc. I knew it was what I was supposed to do because I had too many interests. I didn’t need to pick one. I could do them all.

Frankie: When I first discovered that I wanted to do art in any form; I used to draw stick figures and they used to have these big shirts on and if I wanted it to be Superman, I put a big “S” on his chest. I just practiced hours and would break night, just drawing. I did a lot of graffiti, airbrushing, spray cans, sketch work and also illustrated this book for a music company called B Brokers. They put on this children’s story book that I got my first illustration published. Now, I have broken into another segment of art and that is set design.

When developing HollyHood Productions, Inc., what kind of help did you have, if any?

Adel: I joined the New York Chapter of NALIP (The National Association of Latino Independent Producers) and started PA’ing, gripping – on anybody’s project – just learning. Then, I started hanging out with the President of NALIP NY, Edwin Pagan, and he was busy. If you’re working, I want work, I want to learn. I pulled Frankie along with me on several projects that we did and we built up such a great rapport with Edwin, who had seen our hustle. When Eddie finally got to meet J and see us together, he let us know that he wanted to work with us.

Julio: Eddie helped bring the look of the film up to the level of the story. Also, Adel paid for me to take my first class because he wanted me to take it with him and I will never forget that because I didn’t have the money to do it. We took a writing class at Gotham Writer’s Workshop in Screenwriting. The screenwriter who taught it, Brian Edgar – really talented writer – fell in love with us and wanted to keep in touch after the class was over. It wasn’t just my friends liking my work. Then I thought, let me go buy every book I can find to get better at this and that’s how I did it. That’s how we’re still going. We self-educate ourselves in this whole process. That’s why I feel very humbled by this whole process. I don’t know at what point I became the filmmaker as opposed to the student. I don’t know when it happened. I guess it was when we completed our first film. I’ve accepted that and started to build on that.

What makes HollyHood Productions, Inc. stand out?

Adel: In Repentance, [our newest film] we handle the controversial topic of a pedophile priest from the point of view of what he’s going through as opposed to stereotyping him completely as this demon, which most films do. We take you 30 years into the past with this guy. He’s going through remorse for the sins that he did 30 years ago. He knows he’s getting close to death. He’s got to meet his maker and pay for these sins that are haunting him. He’s evil and you know he is, but we don’t paint him with that one dark brush. We give him many different layers. I think the handling of such a controversial topic is going to wake some people up and make some noise, in the fact that we’re doing things a little different and will continue doing so.

Julio: We’re a team. The products will falter if any of us weren’t involved. There’s an intrinsic value to what we create; every movie that we have. It’s something special. We’re doing this on a very simple level right now. We’re growing, I put my money down on a computer, Adel went and bought a camera, and Frankie put money into lights – we’re very grassroots, ground level.

Frankie: One thing I noticed during Repentance is that we really took our time with the production of the film – how we wanted the confessional to look, what kind of background was going to be in there, etc. We did all of that. J, Adel, and I all mapped that out ourselves.

When days run long and you are ready to call it quits, what keeps you motivated?

Julio: This is a second life for us. We found this career late in life -- 3 or 4 years ago. So, this is our rebirth. It’s Christmas all the time. It’s like giving a kid a crayon and a coloring book. We get to play and do this on a serious level.

What are you currently working on?

Julio: We’re in the middle of writing a feature length horror script. We’re aiming for the winter of 2009 to start shooting. We’re in the interview stages, so we’re going to sit down with a Bronx homicide detective and get into his head on specifics because it deals with a serial murder, but not in a way its been done before. We’re going about it in an original way. We want to be really authentic with the procedures and jargon of a detective and what he does when he stumbles upon a serial murderer.

Adel: In the meantime, we’ll be working on webisodes. We will be breaking it up into six 30-35 minute episodes and try to find distributors on the internet. We definitely want to do this because there seems to be a market for TV. shows or pilots and some are asking for shorts now. So that’s an avenue we want to explore. I’m coming up with a story that will allow us to play with special FX programs and further add to our knowledge as filmmakers. We are going to keep our feet wet because we feel like we haven’t been filming enough. We’re definitely writing, but we want to start documenting/filming more things.

I also have a lot of footage on the documentary that we started about a Puerto Rican nationalist who was assassinated by the FBI. We put together a half hour documentary about that, but then just by doing that, we met so many people that wanted to give more and see it done properly, so we’re going to expand on that. We’ll probably be finished editing that one by the New Year maybe. From there, we’re still going to be accumulating more footage for a longer version of it. That’s what’s keeping us busy right now.



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IFC Locks "Che" Plan
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10 U.S. Writers Win $50,000 Whiting Awards
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Jobs & Opportunities

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

Casting: Short Film Die 4 Love
Taino Rosa Productions is now casting for their next short film, Die 4 Love. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Producer & Line Producer With International Experience
Haiku Films is currently putting together a team of talented people for a new feature project, and is seeking a producer and a line producer. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION


From the Editor


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