Latinos In The Industry
  October 21, 2008  

Call for Applications: Producers Institute for New Media Technologies

Funded by generous lead support from the MacArthur Foundation and additional support from the Nathan Cummings Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and our industry partners, the Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) launched an annual institute to connect independent producers and their socially relevant content to emerging models of storytelling and distribution.

About the Producers Institute
The Producers Institute for New Media Technologies is a ten-day residency for eight creative teams (independent producers or public broadcasters) with a shared goal of developing and prototyping a multi-platform project inspired by, or based on a significant documentary project. The intention of the Institute is to develop socially relevant media projects for emerging digital platforms. Producers participate in high-level industry roundtables, intense one-on-one project development with technical mentors, new media storytelling workshops, and hands-on prototyping of their ideas. The participants adapt and develop film, video, and audio content for delivery using a range of interactive formats, including but not limited to video game applications, interactive, web-based experiences, mobile streaming, multi-user communities, and new educational software. Producers may propose a range of delivery strategies, including cell phones, other hand-held devices, set-tops, Internet, portable software and more. The Institute provides creative mentors, technology consultants and advisors based on the needs of your project. At the end of the residency, all participants demonstrate and pitch to a panel of VC funders, industry leaders, and foundations. As ongoing support after the Institute, BAVC hosts a web-based resource center for the continued sharing of new ideas, strategies, project development, and distribution opportunities.

Who can apply?
The Institute accepts 8 teams of 3 people each. All projects must be either: independently produced (without the support of a commercial or cable broadcaster), or the project of a public broadcast station. The project Producer, Executive Producer or Director should be the lead Applicant, and should include two additional creative team members. Other team members should be one visual designer (web, game, etc), and any other appropriate committed program staff who would be relevant for project execution; for example: editor, writer, talent, director of photography, sound recordist/editor, composer, etc.

Provisions, dates and locations
The Institute is held at the BAVC facility in San Francisco in late spring/early summer (the dates slightly vary each year). Participants must be in residence in San Francisco for the duration of the Institute. Selected producers and their teams receive travel stipends and hotel accommodations, technical and administrative support during the residency period.

Criteria for Selection
Projects are evaluated based on the following criteria:
· Level of innovation
· Market focus & audience reach
· Potential to benefit from Institute process
· Narrative structure and depth
· Suitability of project for cross-platform deployment: specifically, new global broadband interactivity, educational softwares, participatory TV, virtual worlds, 3G mobile and multi-user games. All projects should demonstrate some social networking, and/or user-generated content elements.
· Audience interaction and level of involvement
· Mix and experience of the project teams

Next Application Deadline
The 2009 Application is due no later than 5pm (PST) on Monday, January 12, 2009. Please visit the BAVC website to submit an application.

For questions or more information, please contact BAVC's Director of Creative Programming Wendy Levy.

Call for Submissions: The Global Film Initiative Winter 2009 Feature-film Production Grants

In its continuing effort to promote original filmmaking by individuals from around the world, the Global Film Initiative is pleased to announce a call for the Winter 2009 cycle of its feature-film production grants program. Applications will be accepted from October 15, 2008 to January 15, 2009, and decisions will be announced in March 2009.

Global Film Initiative production grants are awarded twice a year, in Winter and Summer, to filmmakers whose work exhibits artistic excellence, authentic self-representation and accomplished storytelling. The granting program furthers the Initiative's mission of contributing to the development of local film industries while offering audiences a variety of cultural perspectives on daily life around the world. Monies received through the Initiative's granting program are used to support completion of film production, and to subsidize post-production costs, such as laboratory and sound mixing fees and access to modern editing systems.

This year, the Global Film Initiative will award production grants of up to $10,000 each to select applicants during its Winter granting cycle. These funds are made available following the Initiative's evaluation of an applicant's completed screenplay and early film-footage, and may include a pre-sale option for exclusive U.S. distribution of an applicant's film by the Initiative. Individuals may submit more than one film for consideration per granting cycle but please note that only applications from qualifying countries or regions will be considered and that production grants are not available for documentary or short films.*

The Global Film Initiative strongly believes in supporting narrative storytelling traditions from around the world and invites all qualified applicants to submit their work for granting consideration. For Applications & Guidelines, please visit:

Application deadline: January 15, 2009

*The Global Film Initiative accepts grant applications from countries in the following regions: Latin America, The Caribbean, Africa, The Middle East, Asia (excluding Hong Kong, Iran, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan), and Oceania (excluding Australia and New Zealand).

Imagen Foundation - 2nd Annual "Most Powerful and Influential Latinos" Luncheon

What: 2nd Annual Entertainment Industry's "Most Powerful and Influential Latinos" luncheon for 2008.

When: November 6, 2008 - Thursday, 11:30 A.M- 1:30 P.M

Where: The Beverly Hilton Hotel

NALIP DISCOUNT: $95.00 for NALIP members (Regular General Ticket Price:

Special Guests: Ilusion and Cesar Millan (The Dog Whisperer) and U.S CongressWoman, Hilda Solis

Honorees - Confirmed: Javier Avita (Sr. Vice President, Business Affairs -
CBS Paramount Int'l Television), Gilbert Davila (Vice President Global Diversity & Multicultural Market Development - The Walt Disney Company), Belinda Menendez (President - NBC Universal Int'l Television), Claudia Teran (Sr. Vice President, Legal & Business Affairs - Fox Cable Stations) and many more

For more information and to RSVP, please visit

Call for Applications: Diversity Actor Workshop

Professional Latinos In Entertainment (PLIE) announces a call for entries for the Diversity Actor Workshop, proudly sponsored by The Walt Disney Company. Study with Major Casting Director and Acting Coach Risa Bramon Garcia (Speed, JFK, CSI NY, CSI Miami, and more).

Professional Latinos In Entertainment is selecting 20-25 talented actors of diverse backgrounds to attend a very special workshop and study their craft with A-list Casting Director and Coach who helped start the careers of stars such as Sandra Bullock.

Improve your audition skills and become a force in the room. Challenge yourself as an actor, get inspired, and learn from one of the best casting directors and coaches in the business. Be 1 of many to attend this very rare opportunity and prestigious workshop.

Workshop is targeted for November 15th 2008 Those selected will receive an all expense-paid workshop with Risa Bramon Garcia including all materials and PLIE’s personal guidance with agents and executives. Lunch will be provided for the 4 hour workshop

Last Day To Apply by email or receive material: November 10th
(Dates subject to change)

Log-on to and view “Actors Workshop” to Apply now!

Yo Votare '08 Video Contest

Win $1,000 Cash!

NCLR is giving you the chance to make a video for the song "Yo Votaré '08" as part of a national voting initiative. The winning submission will be showcased on the website.

Here’s what we’re looking for: An inspired video for the single "Yo Votare '08". We know that there are talented Latinos that have something to say and can help us motivate millions of Latinos to vote in this historical election. Use the song and your creativity to express why voting is important to you.

For Contest rules and information about how to enter, log onto and follow the directions to enter between 12:00pm ET on October 1, 2008 and 11:59pm ET on October 24, 2008.



Arnie Reyes
NALIPster's feature Sno Cone Inc. premiering in Austin

NALIP member and producer Arnie Reyes is happy to announce the world premiere of the feature comedy Sno Cone Inc. at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 23rd at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin Texas. Engagement continues at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema starting October 24th.

(Pictured above are cast members Luis Lopez, Tony Sirico (The Sopranos), writer/director Travis Knapp, and Arnie Reyes from Sneak Preview at NY's Tribeca Cinemas.)

Sno Cone Inc. is a lighthearted Austin original comedy about three twenty-something stockbroker trainees who hate their jobs and their intimidating boss at Miller Stinch Financial. They will try just about anything, including selling sno cones, "to climb their way down the corporate ladder."

Bernie Felix Jr.
NALIPster wrote feature Fiesta Grand out on DVD today

NALIP member Bernie Felix Jr. wrote the feature film Fiesta Grand, which was released on DVD on October 21, 2008. Watch the trailer on

When James and Monica announce their wedding plans Monica’s parents are less than thrilled. Her parents decide to do what they think is best for their daughter and try to ruin the wedding by any means necessary! The hilarity continues as James’s band of colorful friends put together the ultimate bachelor party. With all this madness, only one thing is certain…the wedding may be tomorrow, but the Fiesta Grand is tonight!

Daniel Cauterucci
NALIPster's short screening at Hollywood Film Festival

Following its successful premiere at this year's Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival, NALIP member and Writer/ Director / Producer Daniel Cauterucci's short film The Last Drop has been selected to show at the prestigious 2008 Hollywood Film Festival. The Last Drop has been given the prime time spot of 7pm on Saturday October 25th at the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood (under the program title "Holiday Baggage").

The Last Drop is about a man dying of thirst in the scorching desert, as he hopelessly searches for water. As Wandering Man's body and mind breakdown from the unrelenting heat, he stumbles across his salvation: a bucket of water. But that bucket belongs to another man. Will the men share this treasure - or will it tear them apart. The Last Drop is an allegory on the choices men make that lead to war and the consequences of those decisions.



67 Foreign Language Oscar Submissions Tops Last Year, Sets New Record
(indieWIRE) - A whopping 67 countries have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category at the 81st Oscars, topping last year's record of 63 countries. FULL STORY

Disney Channel Orders a Third Season of Handy Manny
(New York Daily News) - The Disney Channel has ordered a third season of the animated preschool series "Handy Manny," with lead voice Wilmer Valderrama returning for 35 new episodes. FULL STORY

Students Broadcast Interest in TV, Radio Work
(Los Angeles Times) - The learning-by-doing approach is core to the mission of the Center for Education in TV and Radio, nicknamed Centro, a minority-owned business that offers a seven-month vocational training program to students pursuing careers in television and radio broadcasting. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

NALIP Membership Coordinator
DO YOU WANT TO HELP LATINO FILMMAKERS? DO YOU WANT A BUSY CREATIVE STAFF JOB? NALIP seeks a sharp, detail oriented, and computer savvy Membership Coordinator/Office Manager to run the day-to-day operations of our headquarters in Santa Monica, as well as manage a sizeable database of registered members. Daily work with filmmakers, projects and programs that help to advance the Latino Media Field. Regular staff works in fun Santa Monica office, but feels like production! Position starts Oct 27. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Senior VP, Innovation & Inclusion at CPB (DC)
The SVP, Innovation & Inclusion at CPB's job is to provide strategic guidance and leadership for strengthening CPB's capacity to serve as a catalyst for innovation and inclusion within public broadcasting and for broadening the reach and diversity of its audience. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting: Non-Union Urban Latino Comedy
Urban Latino comedy Primos is currently seeking submissions for three roles, and is also seeking crew for the positions of script supervisor and production assistant. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting: Character Voices for Children's Animated Series
Ex-Disney director is currently casting character voices for a children's animated series - season 2. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting: Male Host for Adventure / Survival / Wildlife Series
Major cable network is in search of an energetic, charismatic and enthusiastic male between the ages of 35 to 50 years old to host a new television series about surviving wild animal attacks for a major cable network. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting: Feature Film Normal Types (Baton Rouge)
Casting numerous roles in the film Normal Types, about two half-sisters with Asperger's Syndrome. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION


From the Editor


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