Latinos In The Industry
  November 13, 2008  

NALIP Members Invited to Special Advance Screenings for Alfredo de Villa’s Nothing Like The Holidays

Overture Films and NALIP invite you to a special advance screenings on Thursday, November 20 at 7:30 pm:

- In Los Angeles at the Mann Plant 16, 7876 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys 91402

- In New York at the Regal Union Square Stadium 14, 850 Broadway, New York 10003

- In Chicago at the Kerasotes City North 14, 2600 Northwestern Ave., Chicago 606457

- In Miami at the Cobb Dolphin 19, 11471 NY 12th Street, Miami 33172

- In Orlando at the Premiere Cinema 14 at Fashion Square Mall, 3201 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando 32803

- In El Paso at the Cinemark Tinseltown USA, 11855 Gateway West, El Paso 79936

- In San Diego at the AMC Palm Promenade 24, 770 Dennery Roard, San Diego 92154

RSVP is mandatory by emailing Jenifer Golden at ( by no later than Tuesday, November 18. Please include your full name and contact info in the email, as well as whether you’ll be attending with a guest (guest’s name not required). You will receive a .pdf invitation confirmation for 2 people; print and bring it. This invitation does not guarantee seating as admission will be handled on a first come, first served basis. The theater is overbooked to ensure capacity. All attendees are encouraged to arrive early (30 minutes prior).

On December 12 Overture Films will proudly release Nothing Like The Holidays, an endearing Holiday comedy for the entire family. If there’s one thing everyone can agree on, it’s that family time isn’t always a walk in the park. In Nothing Like The Holidays, two of today’s most talented actors, John Leguizamo (The Happening, The Take) and Freddy Rodriguez (“Six Feet Under,” Bobby), join Debra Messing (“Will & Grace,” “The Starter Wife”), Jay Hernandez (Quarantine, Friday Night Lights), Alfred Molina (The Da Vinci Code, Spider-Man 2), and director Alfredo de Villa (the award-winning Washington Heights) to tell the humorous and heartwarming story of one unforgettable family holiday.

It’s Christmastime and the far-flung members of the Rodriguez family are converging at their parents’ home in Chicago to celebrate the season and rejoice in their youngest brother’s safe return from combat overseas. For Jesse (Freddy Rodriguez), coming home has rekindled feelings for an old flame, although she can’t seem to forgive him for leaving. His older sister Roxanna, a struggling actress, has been chasing her Hollywood dreams for years with little to show for it. And much to the dismay of their mother Anna (Elizabeth Peña), eldest brother Mauricio (John Leguizamo) brings home a high-powered executive wife (Debra Messing) who would rather raise capital than a child.

For more information on Nothing Like the Holidays, please visit

2008 NHMC Television Writers Program Participants

The Fall 2008 National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) Television Writers Program participants were selected to begin a 5-week T.V. writing intensive this week. The selected writers will have the opportunity to develop at least one television spec script. This year’s participants include Marcos Luevanos, a former style editor who most recently worked with the Style team at the Los Angeles Times and Gina Monreal, a former literary assistant from the William Morris Agency. Additional participants include Jeronimo Arellano, Dolores Briseño, Zoila Galeano, Liliana Ramirez, Emilia Serrano, Robert Sudduth, Danny Tolli, Mark Valadez, and Anisa Yardimoglu.

Acceptance into the NHMC writing program helps participants hone their craft and establish relationships with key industry executives. Success stories include 2008 Disney | ABC Writing Fellow Leslie Valdes who is currently on the writing staff for the upcoming ABC drama “Castle”; Disney | ABC Writing Fellowship Alum Rafael Garcia who staffed on ABC’s “Samantha Who?”; and Miguel Becerra who is currently staffed on Disney Channel’s upcoming “Kid Knievel.”

For more information on the program and the NHMC, please visit

Call for Submissions: All Roads Seed Grant Program and Film Project

National Geographic's All Roads Seed Grant Program funds film projects by and about indigenous and underrepresented minority-culture filmmakers year-round and from all reaches of the globe. The program seeks filmmakers who bring their lives and communities to light through first-person storytelling. Submission deadlines are quarterly on the 15th of each March, June, September, and December. Award notifications are made approximately six weeks after each of these dates.

Deadline: December 15, 2008

Phone: 202-857-7660
Grant link:

Call for Submissions: 2008 Directors Guild of America Documentary Award

Dear Documentary Filmmakers:

Please find the entry form for the 2008 DGA Documentary Award at the link below. The deadline to enter is December 2, 2008. The award is open to all DGA Documentary and non-DGA Documentary Directors. The five nominees are announced on Friday January 9, 2009 and the winner is announced on Saturday, January 31, 2009 at the 61st Annual DGA Awards Dinner at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel.

Download the 2008 DGA Documentary Award Entry Form

Should you have any questions, please contact the DGA Awards Office at
310 289 2038.

Call for Entries: DC Independent Film Festival (FREE for NALIP Members)

Last call for entries for the 11th annual Washington, DC Independent Film Festival to be held in March 2009. We are looking for innovative, cutting edge features, shorts, animation and documentaries.

Deadline: December 1

Submission fee waived for NALIP members (include proof of membership with your submission).

For more information, please visit our website

Flash Forward Institute Presents: Launching the Future: 2009

Designing Your Life
Sunday, December 7th
(8:45am – 6:30pm)
Coast Anabelle Hotel, West Olive Ave, Burbank, CA

LAUNCHING THE FUTURE: 2009! is an unparalleled opportunity to create the whole next chapter of your life. In one day, you will powerfully close out the year 2008 and be left with a profound appreciation of your accomplishments during this past year.

Then, from a truly blank slate, you will invent an inspiring future that passionately turns you on. You will boldly design a dynamic vision and blueprint for the year 2009 that propels you into action immediately, and impacts the results you will achieve all year!

We will be doing a whole section based on the philosophy of The Secret and including an exercise compliments of Joe Vitale.

The cost of the program is $160 (includes course workbook and materials)
A Working Lunch - $15.00 (includes tip and tax!) (Total $175.00)

“Launching the Future is a forum where participants can complete the past, live the present, and step into their future with confidence and a theme for daily living. The first time I took the course, my theme was ‘new beginnings’, and I went from earning $0 to $50,000 as a writer. In 2005, my theme was ‘prosperity’, and I more than doubled my income as a writer.” - Lauren Johnson, Writer

LAUNCHING THE FUTURE: 2009! Is about creating the life you want, living the life you design, and getting the results you’ve dreamed of!

The intention of this One-Day Workshop is for you to design 2009 to be a year that passionately turns you on, and to create who you need to be to make that happen.

“I came to Hollywood to produce films and I thought that having a goal called “Getting the Deal” was the way to go. I got lots of deals but didn’t make any movies! Then I did Launching the Future and created a theme called “One in the Can” and in less than a year I was on location on my first feature with A-list talent! Since them I have produced and exec-produced a total of 8 films!” - Kate Robbins, Producer (“Undertaking Betty”)

“My theme for 2006 was ‘the year of introductions’ and Launching the Future opened my eyes to new ways of structuring my approach to the business of acting.” - Richard Harter, Actor

To register call 818-558-5917 or email

(Checks made payable to Suzanne Lyons – Also accept Visa and Master Card through PayPal)

Extremely limited seating
Call or email now to get your name on the list for December 7th
Tell your friends – it’s the one course that we offer that is not limited to the entertainment industry.

“My theme for 2006 was ‘The Year of Shameless Success’ – I used it in over 75 holiday cards! I wrote and produced two short films, and was in pre-production on my first feature…all within three months!" - Elizabeth Fies, Writer/Producer

“My theme was ‘Attainment!’ Suzanne is a dynamic and generous instructor! She helps you organize your high ambitions into steps that are achievable, instead of overwhelming.” - Nian Aster

SUZANNE LYONS co-founded Snowfall Films, Inc. and WindChill Films, Inc, and in just seven years has produced or executive produced eight movies. Suzanne has worked with wonderful talent over the years, including Brenda Blethyn, Christopher Walken, Naomi Watts, Alfred Molina, James Caan, Dean Cain, Jennifer Tilly, Jon Lovitz, Asia Argento, Winona Ryder, Peter Fonda, Adrian Paul and more. Her budgets have ranged from the SAG ultra low $200,000 to $7.5 million. Suzanne’s films have won a gamut of awards and festivals from the prestigious British BAFTA award, a premier at the Directors Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival, best picture at Shockerfest and acceptance into the Toronto, Berlin and Montreal Film Festivals. Her films have been distributed by Miramax, Screengems and Lionsgate. (

What’s next on Suzanne’s slate for WindChill Films is a thriller called MOST LIKELY TO… and for Snowfall Films she will be producing an animated Christmas feature OMARR THE CAMEL. Suzanne has partnered with Michel Shane at Hand Picked Films to produce her family film, SCOUTS HONOR, written by Kate Robbins and Jill Garson. SCOUTS HONOR just won best screenplay at La Femme Film Festival on October 19th.

Suzanne is also co-founder of the Flash Forward Institute (launched in January 1994) and has led hundreds of industry seminars in both the US and Canada to well over 15,000 participants.



Ela Troyano, Lourdes Portillo
Two NALIPsters named as 2008 USA Fellows

NALIP Founding member Ela Troyano and Lifetime Achievement Award winner Lourdes Portillo received 2008 USA Fellowships.

United States Artists announced 50 new USA Fellows. They come from every corner of the country and work in virtually every artistic discipline. Each will receive an unrestricted $50,000 grant in recognition of his or her creative work. Thanks to the vision of USA's founders - the Ford, Rockefeller, Prudential and Rasmuson Foundations - and generous support from all the members of the USA National Leadership Committee, all 50 USA Fellowships have been fully underwritten.

Click here to meet the new USA Fellows.

Adrian Martinez
NALIPster stars in film showing at Big Apple Film Fest

NALIP member Adrian Martinez (LPA 2008, LWL 2007) stars in the film Mona, which will be screening next week at The Big Apple Film Festival:

Wednesday, November 19th 9:30 pm
Tribeca Cinemas, Theatre 2
54 Varick Street
New York, NY 10013



Che to be Shown at Cuba Film Festival
(Reuters) - "Che," the movie about Argentine Ernesto "Che" Guevara who fought alongside Fidel Castro in the Cuban revolution, will be shown next month in Cuba, the director of Havana's New Latin American Film Festival said on Thursday. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Short Scripts for Production
Flip Films, a Santa Monica based production company with both award-winning commercials and short films under its belt, is seeking scripts for production. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Senior Drupal Lead at SiTV
The Senior Drupal Lead oversees the technical aspects, deployment and on-going operations of our home and partner websites. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION


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