Latinos In The Industry
  October 9, 2008  

Call for Submissions: P.O.V. Diverse Voices Project III

The Diverse Voices Project III, with up to $100,000 in co-production funding available to emerging filmmakers, is P.O.V.'s initiative to support stories about diverse communities. This co-production initiative is dedicated to supporting emerging filmmakers. Filmmakers with a prior national broadcast credit are not eligible for the Diverse Voices Project.

Filmmakers who submit a film for DVP funding will be notified of the status of their submission in early spring 2009. The submission ARRIVAL deadline is October 31, 2008.

Have-a project you'd like to submit?

Have questions about DVP? Please e-mail or call 1-800-756-3300 x380.

P.O.V., public television's premier showcase for independent, nonfiction film is seeking to support emerging filmmakers through its DIVERSE VOICES PROJECT, a co-production fund supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Selected projects will be broadcast on P.O.V. DVP films must made by or address issues of importance to diverse audiences including: race and ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and/or disability. To qualify for DVP support, filmmakers cannot have a prior producing or directing credit on a nationally broadcast PBS program. (Lesser credits such as coordinating producer do not disqualify applicants.) All subjects, styles and lengths are welcome.

Tortilla Heaven Coming to DVD Oct. 14

ALMA Award-nominated film Tortilla Heaven, the story of a New Mexico town gone wild when the face of Jesus Christ appears on a tortilla, comes out on DVD October 14th. The film, directed by Judy Dumontet (ESTELA 2007), stars George Lopez, Ana Ortiz, Miguel Sandoval and Olivia Hussey, among others.

Written by Judy Hecht Dumontet and Julius Robison and Directed by Dumontet, Tortilla Heaven is the name of Isidor’s restaurant in the tiny town of Falfurrias, New Mexico. Isidor is passionate about his cooking and although his enchiladas are the best in the west, Isidor bemoans his poverty and inability to build his restaurant’s clientele. Isidor has given up on God. One Sunday, while everyone in town is at church praying, Isidor manages to cook the perfect tortilla and, slowly, while no one’s looking, the image of Jesus Christ appears on it!

The discovery takes the town by storm as the people become cash-mad citizens, each claiming a piece of the Tortilla in order to make money from it. The action reaches a fever pitch as a farmer, a priest, an ambitious policeman, a neurotic nudist as well as Isidor and his family, are swept up in a whirlwind of conflict as they all fight to cash in on their “miracle.”

Tortilla Heaven was nominated for a 2008 ALMA Award for Outstanding Performance of a Lead Latino/A Cast in a Motion Picture. Director Judy Dumontet won the NALIP Estela "Rising Star" Award, the film won the Xican Indie award in Denver, Colorado and Christopher Lennertz won an Indie Film Award for Best score. Also, Irene Bedard won "Best Actress" with First Americans in the Arts (FAITA) for her portrayal as "Liberata". The film is in English with selected Spanish subtitles and features a stellar cast with the likes of George Lopez, Ana Ortiz, Miguel Sandoval, Olivia Hussey, Lupe Ontiveros, Elpidia Carrillo, José Zúñiga, Alexis Cruz, Elaine Miles (“Northern Exposure”) and many others.

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Deadline Approaching: Slamdance Film Festival

The Slamdance Film Festival is dedicated to new filmmakers. We accept films in every genre, on any topic from every country around the world. Our mission is to bring attention to the most talented emerging filmmakers, showcasing their work in the media frenzy of festival week in Park City, Utah.

Final Deadline - October 10, 2008 (postmarked)

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Face of the World Festival at the New LATC

The Face of the World Festival continues this weekend at The New LATC in downtown Los Angeles!

Canek (Mexico)
Theater for the whole family! A "Life Size" Puppet Show from Guadalajara
October 10th - 12th Theater 3
This visually stunning show is sure to transform any standard notion you may have of a puppet show. The NEW LATC brings the entire company, fresh off their tremendous success at the Guadalajara Festival, to delight Los Angeles audiences. (half-price tickets here)

Troker (Mexico) - October 10th Theater 1
Blending rhythms of jazz, hip hop, break beats, and cumbia, Troker breaks the mold of Mexican pop culture with its' eclectic genre mix. (half-price tickets here)

Jaramar Soto (Mexico) - October 11th Theater 1
Mystical and sensual...sacred and profane... global and regional, Jaramar Soto's artistry is impossible to pigeonhole! For just one evening, experience this singer's exquisite skill at merging traditional Mexican music with contemporary sensibilities. (half price tickets here)

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David Rodríguez Estrada
NALIPster's short wins Long Island Latino Film Festival

NALIP member David Rodríguez Estrada recently won for Best Short in the Long Island Latino Film Festival, with his first short film, Suripanta.

Suripanta is a melodramatic metaphor that explores the change human beings suffer when affected by their integration into a First World country. Tomás, a young hopeful immigrant comes to Los Angeles in search of Ramona, the woman who abandoned him as a child in Mexico. He then discovers that his mother is a bitter prostitute, who doesn't recognize him. He now has to find a new meaning for his American Dream.

David grew up in Durango, Mexico. At age 12, he hosted a local radio show and became conscious of how kids in Mexico are often segregated and discriminated by their social status. He later fell in love with cinema and the films of Almodóvar and Buñuel. At age 17 he decided to move to Los Angeles to attend film school. At 20 he shot Suripanta, which earned a nomination for an Imagen Award in 2008.



Digital Cinema Grows in Latin America
(Variety) - Deals have been signed that will boost the number of d-cinema installations in Latin America to more than 500 by 2010, and, in the meantime, exhibitors are getting creative to overcome the big barrier of installation costs. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Feature Scripts with Female Lead
Vista Clara productions is looking for low budget feature scripts with a female lead. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION


From the Editor


Alex Mendoza
Alex Mendoza & Associates
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Temple City, CA 91780

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Santa Monica, CA 90401

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