Latinos In The Industry
  October 16, 2008  

Open Casting Calls and Workshops at Actorfest Los Angeles


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

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.


More to be announced...

Don't miss our excellent lineup of WORKSHOPS given by top casting directors, agents and managers.

And included in these workshops will be the Latino Industry Panel, Programmed by NALIP!

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

Call for Submissions: Film Independent's 2009 Directors Lab

Film Independent is now accepting submissions for its 2009 Directors Lab. A maximum of ten directors will be chosen for this intensive program designed to help directors working in independent film improve their craft.

The primary focus of the Lab is on learning to work with actors and
the rehearsal process.
• Under the guidance of the lab instructor, Directors Lab Fellows workshop select scenes from their feature projects.
• Fellows go through a mini-production, learning how to break down a script into a shot list, collaborate with cinematographers, and construct a scene in the editing process.
• Film Independent provides the Lab participants with camera and sound packages to shoot their scenes.

A secondary goal of the program is to help advance the careers of the Lab Fellows by introducing them to film professionals.
• Directors Lab Fellows receive complimentary admission to the Director Series as well as a pass to the 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival.
• Lab Fellows have one-on-one meetings with established directors and other industry professionals who act as advisors on the participant’s projects.

Past Lab Instructors include:
Allison Anders (Gas Food Lodging, Things Behind the Sun)
Anthony Drazan (Hurlyburly)
Rodrigo García (Passengers, Nine Lives)
Keith Gordon (The Singing Detective, Waking the Dead)
Vondie Curtis Hall (Gridlock’d, Waist Deep)
Charles Herman-Wurmfeld (Kissing Jessica Stein, Legally Blonde 2)
Nicole Holofcener (Friends With Money, Lovely and Amazing)
Jeremy Podeswa (Fugitive Pieces The Five Senses)
Andrew Wagner (Starting Out In The Evening)

(Every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday)

Deadline: November 3, 2008 (postmarked)
• $55 Film Independent members
• $75 non-members

For an application visit

Sponsored by: KODAK

Call for Submissions: 2009 WGA Documentary Screenplay Award

The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) will be accepting submissions for the fifth annual WGA Documentary Screenplay Award from now through December 3, 2008. Nominees will be announced on January 7, 2009, and the award will be presented at the 2009 Writers Guild Awards ceremony on February 7, 2009, held simultaneously at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles and the Hudson Theatre at the Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York City.

To be eligible for award consideration, documentaries must contain an on-screen writing credit, have been exhibited theatrically in either New York or Los Angeles for one week in 2008, and be feature length (over 40 minutes); documentaries need not be written under WGA jurisdiction and writers may or may not be Guild members but do agree to join the Nonfiction Writers Caucus.

Entry forms and complete eligibility requirements can be found at:

Nonfiction Writers Caucus information is available at:


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

Rodrigo Garcia
NALIP Estela winner to make new feature with Cha Cha Cha

By Latin Heat Online

Alfonso Cuaron, Guillermo del Toro and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, who have been dubbed as "the three amigos" have signed on to produce [NALIP Estela winner] Rodrigo Garcia's upcoming feature film Mother & Child under their Focus Features International funded production company, Cha Cha Cha.

For seven years Garcia has work on the script which is centered around a 50-year-old woman, the daughter she gave up for adoption 35 years ago and a black woman looking to adopt a baby. Woman have been the subject of Garica's three previous film which he both wrote and directed, Things You Can Tell Just By Looking at Her, Women Remember Men, and Nine Lives. Mother & Child continues this trend.

Production is set to begin in late December or January in Los Angeles with a budget of $4.5 million, and will be produced in association with Mockingbird Pictures.

Meanwhile Garcia makes his big studio debut on October 24th with Sony's horror/thriller Passenger starring Anne Hathaway, Dianne Weist and Andre Braugher and continues his executive producing duties for HBO's In Treatment.

Dr. Raza Burgee
NALIPster's doc screening in LA on November 9

Lucy Florence Cultural Center presents “Sunday in the Park” with NALIP member Dr. Raza Burgee features a screening of Fifty For Women Ain't What It Used To Be, produced and directed by Raza Burgee.

According to Raza, “Women from a broad base of entertainment and everyday life demonstrate that a birthday every year and a few strands of gray hair doesn’t mean they should be placed in a nursing home or a Rocking Chair to waste away or then out to pasture. Women are getting better, looking better, healthier and definitely SEXIER.”

WHEN: Sunday, November 9, 2008 at 3 pm for the buffet and the show starts at 4 pm. Tickets are all $20 for buffet and show. Reservations are strongly recommended - 323-293-1356
MC/VISA/AMEX are accepted..

WHERE: Lucy Florence in Leimert Park / 3351 W. 43rd Street / Los Angeles, CA 90008

Adrian Castagna
NALIPster wins Best Independent Short Film at Independents' Film Festival

NALIP member Adrian Castagna won the Best Independent Short Film award at the 2008 Independents' Film Festival for his directorial debut, El Ojo Unico.

In this dark, futuristic tale set in 2068 Buenos Aires, a motorcycle messenger is sent on a routine delivery to the TV corporation Grupo Crinal, where he unwittingly stumbles upon a truth that will change his life forever. He discovers a labyrinthian world where nothing is what it seems, and a truth he must accept in order to reclaim both his identity – and that of Buenos Aires.



A Voice For the Voiceless
(WGAW) - The Writers Guild of America, West sat down with Rick Najera to discuss his varied career path, why diversity should be important to writers, and what it means to be a Latino writer in 2008. FULL STORY

30 Rock Rolls with Salma Hayek
(Zap2It) - Emmy-winning comedy series "30 Rock" has signed Salma Hayek for a two-episode arc later this season. FULL STORY

FCC Official Says DTV Transition Will Be 'Messy'
(CNET News) - One of the five members of the Federal Communications Commission, Republican Robert McDowell, said Tuesday that the DTV transition "will be messy...but we'll get through it." FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Assistant to Composer/Arranger for Feature
We're looking for a Composer's Assistant/Arranger to assist in the completion of our feature project. Must be competent in working with Logic. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION


From the Editor


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Alex Mendoza & Associates
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