Latinos In The Industry
  October 14, 2008  

NALIP Hosting Sugar Screening at AFI FEST

NALIP is proud to be hosting the special screening of Sugar at AFI FEST Oct. 30-Nov. 9.

2008 USA 118 MIN
DIR: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
CAST: Algenis Perez Soto, Rayniel Rufino, Andre Holland, Michael Gaston, Jaime Tirelli, Jose Rijo, Ann Whitney, Richard Bull, Ellary Porterfield, Alina Vargas, Kelvin Leonardo Garcia, and Joendy Pena Brown

This follow-up to HALF NELSON miraculously juggles a story that seems to evolve organically - it follows a gifted Dominican baseball player makes it to the American minor leagues - with an inspired visual style in which every frame is carefully, gorgeously composed. An offbeat, engaging new masterpiece of American indie cinema.

Thursday, November 6, 7:00 pm, Arclight 10
Friday, November 7, 3:00 pm, Arclight 14

Tickets and show times available at

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WETA's Failure to Air Latinos '08 Documentary Criticized

The documentary LATINOS '08, directed/produced by NALIP member Phillip Rodriguez aired last Wednesday, October 8 on PBS, but WETA, the PBS station in the nation's capital, did not air the program. Former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros and other prominent political figures have denounced the decision by the station not to air a timely documentary about Latino voters.

"The decision by WETA not to run LATINOS '08 is surprising and regrettable," Cisneros said. "Given the pioneering tradition of WETA programs and its proven influence among policy makers and influential Washingtonians, the subject of this documentary is precisely the kind of program that should be aired in the nation's capital."

LATINOS '08 explores the increasing presence of Latinos on the American political scene through the wider lens of ethnic politics across U.S. history, and features interviews with subjects from all sides of the political spectrum. The New York Times ran a favorable review Tuesday about the documentary.

Almost all other PBS stations in major markets broadcast LATINOSs '08 on Wednesday, October 8 but, one month before the presidential election, WETA did not. The film was made possible by support from PBS and CPB (The Corporation for Public Broadcasting). The film features interviews with Cisneros, Sosa, Rosenberg, Lovato, Obama Campaign Co-Chair Federico Pe Ana Navarro, Co-chair of John McCain's National Hispanic Advisory Council, Columnist Ruben Navarrette Jr., National Political Commentator Leslie Sanchez, NALEO Executive Director Arturo Vargas, the Rev. Luis Cortof Esperanza USA, and Professors Lisa Garcia-Bedolla of University of California at Berkeley, Rodolfo de la Garza of Columbia, Roberto Suro of USC and Luis Fraga of the University of Washington.

WETA was criticized last year by Latinos for its role in the production of Ken Burns documentary The War, whichin its original formfailed to include any Latino service members, ignoring the sacrifice of an estimated 500,000 Hispanics who took part in World War II. WETA collaborated with Burns on the making of "The War" documentary. Only after a widespread protest by civic groups and public officials about the exclusion of Latinos did Burns add a short segment on two Mexican American soldiers.

Simon Rosenberg, president of NDN, a progressive think tank based in Washington, D.C, said, "I am gravely disappointed that WETA chose not to air such a critically acclaimed and important film as LATINOS '08. Latinos are the fastest growing part of the American electorate and a huge and growing part of the D.C. region. Issues of direct concern to this community -- immigration and our relations with Mexico -- have been an important part of the presidential debate this year."

Writer and commentator Robert Lovato said, "Having D.C.'s large Salvadoran community and other Latino populations in its area and being based in the center of U.S. political life, WETA should be at the front of PBS stations airing this important film about the political ascent of this country's 45 million Latinos. Shame on WETA for failing to share this important film in this important city at this extremely important time."

Political/Marketing Consultant Lionel Sosa, a former PBS board member, added, "There is no reason good enough for WETA to be reluctant to air this show. It is relevant to our times and produced by the best talent in the industry."

WETA received complaints from would-be viewers about the stations failure to broadcast Latinos 08. On Thursday, the station said it has now decided to air the program after all -- on Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 10 p.m.

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Free HD Expo Los Angeles, Oct. 29-30

Enhance your craft! This two-day educational expo and networking event to attend this year designed for anyone influenced by the innovative world of High Definition and Future Technology. The HD Expo in Los Angeles takes place from October 29-30, 2008. Registration for the EXPO is FREE in advance and Includes all panels, exhibit hall and Intensive Workshops. Click here to register online now.

* Explore and Inquire: An end-to-end RED Workflow Demonstration, Screening, and interactive session with Ted Schilowitz and RED'S technology collaborators
* See What's Coming - Meet the Editors of The Hottest New and Upcoming Releases
* American Cinematographer One-On-One Conversation: The Cinematographer and 3D
* 3D Sports : A Win for Fans. A Win for Entertainment. A Win for Revenue.
* Myth Busting 3D : Stop the Myths. Hear the Truth.

Intensive Workshops
* Adobe Intensive Workshop: Discover the Power of Adobe Production Premium
* Panasonic Intensive Workshop: Complete Overview of Panasonic’s new AJ-HPX3000
* Band Pro Intensive Workshop: Sony CineAlta Motion Picture Cameras
* Sony Intensive Workshop: XDCAM EX1 & EX3

3rd Annual Florida Media Market (Miami Beach)

The Florida Media Market invites filmmakers to its 3rd annual Global Film & Media Conference in Miami Beach, Florida at the Alexander All-Suite Oceanfront Resort from Thursday, October 23rd to Sunday, October 26th. This International conference hosts: workshops, panel discussions, screenings, networking parties and an Awards Gala Dinner hosted by Academy Award nominee, Adriana Barraza.

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Don’t miss Fernanda Rossi at Doing Your Doc in San Francisco this weekend October 17-19. Click here to register online now!

Olga Arana
NALIPster's doc Viva La Causa shortlisted for 2008 Oscars

NALIP member Olga Arana served as supervising producer on the documentary Viva La Causa, which has been selected to the final round of Academy Award voting from which the nominees will be determined. Only eight films were selected.

Viva La Causa is a great documentary on Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta peaceful battle for justice during the 1960's. It is a compelling and moving show. If you are a member of the Academy, please go and watch it, if not just spread the good word!

The show was directed by Bill Brummel and Alonso Mayo (AFI Director 2004), Olga Arana, Supervising Producer (AFI Producing 2002), Michael Pessah (AFI Cinematography 2004), Jack J. Taylor, Jr., Production Designer (Art Director, Million Dollar Baby, Flags of our Father), Music by Alonso Zevallos.

Roberto Arévalo
NALIPster's Cuban doc premiering at Latin American Film Festival in Atlanta

NALIP member Roberto Arévalo documentary producer and media educator latest work Una Familia Cubana-A Cuban Family will premiere at The High Museum of Art's 23rd Latin American Film Festival in Atlanta.

Screening Date:
Saturday, October 18, 7pm
High Museum of Art
1280 Peachtree Street, N.E.
Atlanta, GA,30309

Una Familia Cuban is a poetic portrait of an Afro-Cuban family living in Marianado, a modest neighborhood in Havana. Through their daily interactions they reveal the historic, cultural, social, and economic factors that constitute their reality. The video highlights in a meticulous and intimate manner the musical, sexual, linguistic and culinary aspects of post-modern Cuban people. Their sense of humor, and connection with extended family members and neighbors are weaved together to present a painting of Cuba using the most powerful representation of a culture: the family.

For more information on the festival, visit the festival’s website.

Arévalo’s fifteen year commitment with the production and teaching of documentaries that promote personal and social transformation is on the road this year. For those interested in bringing Arevalo’s work to your community please visit

Luis Mandoki
NALIPster's doc Fraude: Mexico 2006 opens in theaters

NALIP Mentor Luis Mandoki’s provocative documentary Fraude: Mexico 2006 has opened in the following theaters:
Music Hall Laemmle – Beverly Hills, CA
Cinema Latino de Phoenix –Phoenix, AZ
Cinema Latino Aurora –Aurora, CO
Cinema Latino Pasadena –Pasadena, TX
Cinema Latino Town Center 8-Fort Worth, TX

Read the Los Angeles Times review of the film here.

Fraude: Mexico 2006 is a fascinating documentary about events occurring before, during, and after the presidential election of July 2006. Through images shot by ordinary citizens and commentary by the major players, the documentary questions the authenticity of the election with victory to PRD candidate, Andrés Manuel López Obrador snatched in the final hour. Directed and written by Luis Mandoki (Voces Inocentes), Fraude: Mexico 2006 reflects in a bravely way, non-exempt from controversy, the intrigues and manipulations of the system.



Foreign Language Oscar Race May Offer Fewer Surprises and Acquisitions
(indieWIRE) - If this year's foreign-language Oscar race may be one of the widest open in years, it may also turn out to be one of the most predictable due to a radical change in Academy regulations. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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In-House Coordinator (Bilingual English/Spanish)
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