Latinos In The Industry
  November 20, 2008  

Maya Entertainment Options NALIPSters Luis Geurrero and Chris Lemos' Preparation For a Murder

NALIP Board Member Moctesuma Esparza’s Maya Entertainment announced this week that it will produce and distribute the urban thriller Preparation For a Murder, written by The Robinson Brothers Jonathan and R.M. Robinson, who will also direct the film.

NALIP members Luis Guerrero and Chris Lemos of Vital Pictures will produce along with Sandra Avila, development executive at Maya Entertainment, who will oversee production on behalf of Maya.

Maya Entertainment, co-chaired by NALIP Trustee Jeff Valdez, is the only Latino owned and managed filmed entertainment company specifically focused on the growing U.S. Latino film-going audience.

"The Robinson Brothers have written a compelling thriller that has the kind of cross-cultural appeal that will resonate with audiences," said Mr. Esparza.

"We are honored to be working together with Maya Entertainment and Vital Pictures to bring to life this visually compelling urban thriller," added Jonathan Robinson. Preparation For a Murder marks the first feature film for the duo that has directed numerous shorts, including Unscripted, which premiered on the IFC channel. Born in Baltimore, the Robinson Brothers are one of the few filmmakers that write, direct, edit, and score their own film. Preparation For a Murder is a gritty urban thriller that details the events that take place in one night, as two young men embark on a "hit" without realizing the repercussions that come with it.

Guerrero and Lemos recently exec-produced Armored, which stars Matt Dillion, Laurence Fishbourne, and Amaury Nolasco and will be released next September by Screen Gems.

“We're thrilled to be working with Maya Entertainment to bring the Robinson Brothers' vivid story and vibrant visual style to the big screen," said Lemos.

Casting is currently underway with production expected to begin in April '09.

Call for Entries: 31st Annual CineFestival

The 31st Annual CineFestival en San Antonio is currently accepting submissions through Dec. 8. The theme for this year's festival, which will be held from February 5-8, 2009, is "The New World Onda: Building a Dynamic Media Society."

We are looking for the best Latino features, shorts, documentaries, experimental films and student works. For more information, visit, email or call 210-271-3151.

CineFestival en San Antonio, the nation’s oldest Latino film festival, is seeking films for its 31th anniversary celebration, which will take place from February 5-8, 2009 at the historic Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center in San Antonio, Texas. The theme for this year's festival is “New World Onda: Building a Dynamic Media Society.”

CineFestival is seeking the best Latino features, shorts, documentaries, animation, experimental films and youth works for its 31th annual festival. The call for entries deadline is Dec. 8, 2008.

The four-day event, which kicks off on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009, will feature screenings, workshops, panel discussions, networking opportunities, gala celebrations and musical performances. Sunday will be a seniors and family-friendly film day. Innovative uses of new technology will also be highlighted through competitions, demonstrations of new cameras and software, and the involvement of youth filmmakers from video programs throughout San Antonio.

CineFestival will also feature the prestigious Premio Mesquite audience award and juried awards for Best Feature, Best Short, Best Experimental Film, Best South Texas First Film, and Best San Antonio Young Filmmaker.

CineFestival is ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS postmarked thru December 8th. For information on how to submit a film or to download the Call for Entries, visit the CineFestival Web site at A link to the Withoutabox submission form can also be found at For more information, contact Sandra Pena Sarmiento or Victor Payan at

Deadline Approaching: Tribeca All Access

Tribeca All Access (TAA) is a year round networking and career development forum that advances diversity within the film industry by supporting the work of directors and screenwriters from traditionally under-represented communities within the industry. Approximately 30 qualified directors and screenwriters will be selected to participate in one-on-one meetings with key industry players in addition to networking and learning from dedicated panels and workshops during the Tribeca Film Festival.

Apply Now! Deadline is December 8, 2008.

Members of NALIP receive a discount when applying. Please enter code: TFIAFF and submit proof of membership with the application supplemental materials.

Visit for complete details.

Call for Submissions: Mini Movie Channel

Following its launch at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, Mini Movie Channel now offers hundreds of live action and animated comedy titles from respected filmmakers worldwide,many of whom have gone on to acclaim in feature films and television. Click below to enjoy the collection.

And calling all filmmakers! If you want the chance to earn some money for your work, submit your shorts to Mini Movie Channel! If we like your film and choose to license it, we'll pay you up front. No revenue shares. Cash right away! (Just register on Mini Movie Channel, then click below to begin the process.)




Michael Lund

NALIP is grieved to report that member Michael Lund passed away suddenly on Tuesday, Nov. 18 in Los Angeles. Michael was a director, a producer, a filmmaker of commercials and videos, and a 2008 LPA Fellow with the project Disco Gravy. His project partner Miguel A. de la Lama X reports that services will be held this Sunday at 11:00 am, Groman Eden Mortuary (The Jewish Side), 11500 Sepulveda Blvd., Mission Hills, CA 91345. He leaves a wife and two young children.

Conchita Nora Villa
NALIPster's directorial debut screening at ILFF on Nov. 22

NALIP member Conchita Nora Villa's family feature - and directorial debut - Alondra Smiles will be showing in the International Latino Film Festival San Francisco Bay Area on Saturday, November 22nd at 1:00pm at the Camera 12 Downtown in San Jose.

In Alondra Smiles, we meet Alondra, a fourteen-year-old who's planning to have a very special 15th birthday celebration, and her spoiled cousin Tatiana, who wants to ruin Alondra's plans.

Director Conchita Nora Villa says, "My family and I wanted to produce a movie that an entire family can watch together. It was also important for me to portray Latinos in a positive, non-stereotypical way."

The film was recently nominated for Best Independent Feature at the Kids First! 2008 Best Awards and also nominated for Best Picture at the Imagen Awards. It garnered the Best Feature Film at the Indie Gathering Film Festival/United Latino Film Festival in Cleveland, Ohio. The film was also honored with Best International Feature Film at The Heart of England Film Festival (England) and won the Directors Gold Award at the International Family Film Festival in Hollywood earlier this year.

Gustavo Aguilar
NALIPster worked as DP on upcoming FRONTLINE episode

NALIP member Gustavo Aguilar worked as director of photography on the next episode of FRONTLINE: "The Hugo Chavez Show". Aguilar, based in Austin, Texas, traveled to Venezuela and Curacao for taping of the show with Acclaimed FRONTLINE Producer Ofra Bikel. Air date is Nov. 25th 2008. Read about it on the PBS website.

Diana Romero
NALIPster's film making international debut

NALIP member and producer/writer Diana Romero (LPA 2004) will be attending the SKENA UP Film Festival in Prishtina, Kosovo from November 20-29th, 2008 with her film Niña Quebrada.

Niña Quebrada has screened at several film festivals in the US and this will mark the film's World Premiere. Niña Quebrada has won numerous awards including and was nominated for an Imagen Award for Best Short and Best Actress (NALIP member Yvette Yates, LPA 2007)


Jobs & Opportunities

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