Latinos In The Industry
  September 2, 2008  

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Tres Generaciones Sponsors Major Festivals in 2008

Tres Generaciones (3Gs), the finest triple distilled tequila brand, is supporting the next generation of filmmakers by sponsoring major film festivals this year. The six festivals include: Chicago Latino International Film Festival (April), New York International Latino Film Festival (July), Toronto International Film Festival (September), Chicago International Film Festival (October), AFI FEST (November) and Movies at the Smithsonian (December).

Tres Generaciones celebrates the history of three generations of tequila makers in the Sauza family who built on one another’s successes in creating a unique triple distillation process dating back to 1873 in Mexico. As the truly authentic super premium tequila, it shares inherent leadership qualities of both the founding tequila makers and today’s premier filmmakers: tenacious, artisanal and pioneering.

“3Gs takes pride in high-quality and achievement, which is why we have a dual passion for nurturing the next generation of Latino leaders, specifically in entertainment and filmmaking,” said Antonio Portillo, Senior Brand Manager, Tres Generaciones. “We’ve also partnered with Diego Luna, Gael Garcia Bernal and Pablo Cruz’s CANANA to explore various ways to encourage and fulfill this dedication to the arts moving forward.”

The Tres Generaciones brand is represented in the Hispanic marketplace by its experiential agency of record, Relay Worldwide, which has been active in the multicultural space virtually since its inception in 2001. Relay will be overseeing the management and activation of 3Gs brand as part of the film festival sponsorships.

“Our deep experience in Hispanic experiential marketing makes us the only agency with the history, strategic insights and operations capabilities to take the 3Gs brand out to market in the most impactful and efficient way possible,” said Marco López, Senior Director of Hispanic, Relay Worldwide. “We believe in the importance of encouraging Hispanic arts and media, so we’re proud to have Sauza and their support as a part of our client family.”

Call for Submissions: Film Independent's 2009 Directors Lab

Designed to help directors who are prepping their feature films, the Directors Lab is an intensive eight-week program running in Los Angeles each spring. 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 select short scenes from their scripts to workshop. Additionally, 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. All scenes will be shot on digital video and critiqued by the Lab Instructor as well as the other Lab participants.

A secondary goal of the program is to help advance the careers of the Lab Fellows by introducing them to film professionals who can advise them on both the craft and business of directing. Lab Fellows have one-on-one meetings with established directors and other industry professionals who act as advisors on the participant's projects.

A maximum of ten projects are selected.

Directors Lab Fellows receive:
A one-year membership with Film Independent
A pass to the Directors Series, which runs concurrently with the Lab
A pass to the Los Angeles Film Festival (Westwood Pass)
Year-round support from Film Independent

For an application and more information, please visit:

Theatrical Release of NALIP Member Chris Eska’s Award-Winning Feature August Evening

Maya Entertainment Group proudly announces the U.S. theatrical release of AUGUST EVENING, the poignant and lyrical award-winning feature film debut by writer-director, and NALIP member, Chris Eska. Winner of the 2008 Independent Spirit Award John Cassavetes Award (given to a feature film with a budget of under $500,000), the Best Film Awards at the Los Angeles and Woodstock Film Festivals, and the Best Ensemble Award from the Los Angeles Film Festival, among others, August Evening will open in New York (at Village East Cinema) on Friday, September 5 followed by a national roll out.

The multi-generational Texan tale follows Jaime, an undocumented farm worker, (Pedro Castaneda) and Lupe (Veronica Loren), his young, widowed daughter-in-law, as their lives are thrown into upheaval. August Evening features a cast of talented newcomers including Loren, Abel Becerra, Walter Perez, and Castaneda, a non-professional actor at the time, who was nominated for a Best Actor Independent Spirit Award alongside such luminaries as Don Cheadle, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Frank Langella and Tony Leung.

Thirty-two year-old Texas-born writer-director-editor Chris Eska earned an MFA in Film Directing from UCLA. His Master’s thesis, DOKI-DOKI, premiered on PBS with an introduction by Susan Sarandon. He made August Evening for an ultra-low budget of under $40,000.00.

“[A]...deeply absorbing viewing experience.” - Scott Foundas, LA Weekly

“Perfectly honed, naturalistic acting and visual lyricism.” -Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter

Where: Village East Cinema. 181 Second Avenue (at 12th Street). NYC. Tel: (212) 529-6799. For showtimes and tickets in advance visit
When: August Evening opens Friday, September 5th in New York City followed by San Antonio (at the Santikos Bijou Theater starting Fri Sept 19), Los Angeles (at the Laemmle's Sunset 5 Theater starting Fri, Sept 26), Austin (at the Regal's Arbor starting Fri, Oct 10) and Portland, Oregon (at Hollywood Theater, starting Fri, Oct 31). More cities and engagements will be announced soon.

Free Cuba Film Series

One night, three films, for Cuba. The premiere screening of award winning films united to bring the real Cuba to America. The Free Cuba Film Series include three diverse films that transport audiences into the heart, soul and underbelly of Cuba, who Cubans are, and the eternal relationship to America that connects us all. The first film, Cuba's Love and Suicide, is a true love story set in Havana; the second film, Havana KidZ, is the kid's version of Buena Vista Social Club; the third film, Man of Two Havana's, delivers true accounts of the direct family relationship between U.S. politicians, Cuban terrorist and Fidel Castro. The evening is an entertaining, uplifting and educationally revealing experience. The films bring audiences into the real Cuba with their own eyes.

Cuba's Love and Suicide, the movie: The first and only feature film in 50 years to be shot in Havana, Cuba by American filmmakers. A love story of a man who goes to Cuba and discovers the one thing between love and suicide.

Havana KidZ, a music documentary: Imagine the Buena Vista Social Club as kids. See the new generation of young Cuban musicians as they defy all obstacles to bring a new era of music to the world.

The Man of Two Havana's, a documentary film: Based on the life of journalist Max Lesnik. We journey into a true story of terrorism, deception, bombing and political warfare that still controls and destroys a country called Cuba. See how the U.S. protects known Cuban terrorist and Cuba's worst enemies U.S. Cuban-American politicians in Washington.

Saturday, September 6th, 6PM
Fine Arts Theatre
8856 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Tickets at Box Office or

Ofelia Medina Opens FOTW Festival '08

THE NEW LATC & the University of Guadalajara Present Ofelia Medina "Face Of The World Festival" '08 Opening Night, Intimamente, Rosario de Chiapas. Written, Directed, and Performed by Ofelia Medina.

Considered one of the greatest figures in the Mexican entertainment industry, Ofelia Medina is a human rights activist and was the first to portray Frida Kahlo in Paul Leduc's "Frida, naturaliza y vida" for which she won four international awards.

Intimamente, Rosario de Chiapas is a musical and poetic piece based on the book of poems "Poesia No Eres Tu" by Mexican poet Rosario Castellanos. With live original music by Jimena Gimenez Cacho, the piece explores themes of happiness, solitude and the sometimes desperate search for freedom. (In Spanish with English supertitles)

Friday, September 12th - 8pm
Saturday, September 13th - 8pm
Sunday, September 14th - 3pm

Theater 1
514 S. Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Tickets: $35.00 (General)
$15.00 (Students & Seniors)
For Group Sales call: (213) 489-0994 ext 135
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Special Screening of Postcards from Leningrad (SF)

The International Latino Film Society (ILFS) and the San Francisco Chapter of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) are co-presenting the benefit screening of Postales de Leningrado (Postcards from Leningrad, Venezuela, 2007). Proceeds from this event will benefit the arts education programs of the ILFS, including Youth in Video and the annual International Latino Film Festival – San Francisco Bay Area. The film will be followed by a Q&A with invited director Mariana Rondón and producer Marité Ugás, a wine reception, a Don Julio tequila tasting, tapas, and live music!

Tuesday, September 9th, at 7 PM
At Brava Theater Center: 2789 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

FILM SYNOPSIS: For La Niña, narrator of Postcards from Leningrad, being born into a socialist revolution in 1960s Venezuela wasn't easy. She and her cousin Teo have learned how to live a clandestine life, making an ongoing game out of survival, with everything from code names and creative disguises to turning themselves invisible and devising fantastic escape plans. Using their imaginations, they invent superhero revolutionaries and help their families survive the scariest realities of guerrilla warfare, including betrayal and death. A visual collage with playful animation and nostalgic footage of revolutionary zeal, the film injects both humor and pathos into a story where wild imaginations, memories, madness, white lies, and grief all mix seamlessly in a child's reality. Nominated by Venezuela for the Oscars 2008, nominated by Venezuela for Goyas 2008 (Spanish Oscar), winner Best Film Biarritz Film Festival. Venezuela, 2007, 75 minutes. Film in Spanish with English subtitles

Tickets available at
Tickets also available at the Brava box office one hour before the show.

Gateway to World Media Conference (Miami Beach)

The 3rd Annual Florida Media Market's "Gateway to World Media" Conference has assembled a world-class line-up of panelists and speakers, including emcee, Academy Award® nominee Adriana Barraza, "Babel." We also have a great list of exciting & informative workshops - everything from International Funding to Alternative Media to new, High-Definition Technologies. Companies such as Sony Pictures, Venevision, Arsenal Pictures, Cine Mexicano, Nu Image and mDialog, among others, have already confirmed and will be participating to answer your questions.

Thursday, October 23, 2008 at 09:00 AM
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Sunday, October 26, 2008 at 10:00 PM (ET)

The Alexander Hotel
5225 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33140

Click for Details and Registration Information

Latino American Poetic Short Film Festival (NYC)

The 1st Latino American Poetic Short Film Festival at the Nuyorican Poet's Cafe will feature Poetic short films. LAPSFF is scheduled for September 16, 23, 30 and October 7, 2008. Inaugurating the Poetic Film Genre with over a dozen award-winning short films, classics and premiers from Argentina, Basque, Cuba, Mexico, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Spain and the United States.

Admission is $10
236 E. 3rd Street, NYC 10009



Stephen Acevedo
NALIPster selected as a 2008 Disney | ABC Directing Fellow

NALIP member Stephen Acevedo (LPA 2007) was selected by Disney | ABC Television Group, in partnership with the Directors Guild of America, as one of three new fellows for the seventh annual Directing Fellowship program. Chosen from more than 600 applicants, 2008 directing fellows Stephen Acevedo, Matia Karrell and Ravi Malhotra begin their year-long paid fellowships this month working with executives from Disney | ABC Television Group and the Directors Guild.

Launched in 2001, the program provides aspiring television directors the opportunity to hone their craft and jump-start their careers by working alongside veteran directors on drama and comedy series. This allows them the first hand experience to observe the directing process, and through personalized mentoring with established executive producers, showrunners and creative executives from Disney | ABC Television Group, as well as select DGA directors, provides exposure to different perspectives and artistic approaches to television.

For more information on, please check out the program's website.

Alex Castillo
NALIPster's film wins Best Latino Short at Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles

EL PRIMO, written and directed by Nick Oceano and produced by NALIP member Alex Castillo, won Best Latino Short at the Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles. Please check out and for more information.

Anna Margarita Albelo
NALIPster's feature project selected for Ind. Film Market

NALIP member Anna Margarita Albelo has been selected for NO BORDERS at the Independent Film Market in New York (September 14-20) with her feature film project, The Papaya Factory.

The coming-of-age film set in 1984 Miami has been described as a Cuban Sixteen Candles meets Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. The project is currently looking for financing to shoot in 2009.

Patrick Rooney
NALIPster's film makes east coast premiere at UrbanWorld

NALIP member Patrick Rooney's narrative feature film Streetballers will be making its East Coast Premiere in New York City at the 2008 UrbanWorld Film Festival sponsored by BET, Sept. 10-14th. So far Streetballers has screened at 3 festivals winning 3 awards, garnering affirmative press commentaries.

The film will be screening at the AMC 34th St, Theatre 7 on:
Thurs, Sept 11 @ 10:15pm
Fri, Sept 12 @ 3:45pm

Noemi Figueroa Soulet
NALIPster's doc screening at Cinesol Film Festival

NALIP member Noemi Figueroa Soulet's documentary The Borinqueneers is an Official Selection at the upcoming 15th Cinesol Film Festival in Texas. The film will be screened on Saturday, September 13th @ 12:35pm at Cine El Rey, 311 S 17th St., McAllen, TX 78501. The CineSol Film Festival is an event that showcases the very best film and video with a connection to the Latino Culture and people.


The link in last week's LITI to the website of Hero The Great, produced by NALIP member Tracy Perez, was incorrect. Click here to visit the correct location for the Hero website.



Órale, shalom! for My Mexican Shivah
(New York Daily News) - A dysfunctional Jewish family gathers for the seven-day shiva of its patriarch, providing delirious amounts of shmoozing and kvetching. Woody Allen’s upper West Side? No, Mexico City. FULL STORY

Basinger and Theron Team Up for Complex Love Story
(Reuters) - Oscar winners Kim Basinger and Charlize Theron play mother and daughter in "The Burning Plain," an intense story of love and betrayal and the directorial debut by acclaimed Mexican screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga. FULL STORY

Man on Wire Adds Related Short
(Variety) - Beginning Friday, select screenings of the documentary Man on Wire in L.A. and Gotham will be followed by animated short "The Man Who Walked Between the Towers," based on Mordicai Gerstein's Caldecott Award-winning children's book. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

PA at the Biography Channel
The Biography Channel is looking for a PA for A&E crime programming: Main duties alert A&E programming/production as to necessary updates for crime programming airing on A&E, BIO or CI. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Grip for Short
Looking for grip for 6-day shoot starting September 7th for a short narrative. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION


From the Editor

Alex's Rambling

Estimados Mijos y Mijas,
Have you missed mecito? I missed you also. Long time no talking… zorrillo but I had been on my cave or out of town. What Sopa with you? Somehow, between reading, browsing or just plain passing along, I know a little (whatever little gets retained) about some of you. To all the other 6,500+, let us know what you are doing. We will tell el chisme to all.

Para los no iniciados, the newbie’s, if you are a NALIP member, besides all the other many benefits, you will have a good chance to land on the Spotlight section. Serio, para los tontejos, NALIP membership is VERY valuable, y cuesta poquito, even now less than… a tank of gas? Use public transportation for a couple of weeks. You will have lana to pay for it, singly handed save the world (that carbon you save may be the one that would have tipped la carajada esta to the point of no return), NALIP will have more lana to serve you and maybe pay AMARTE (one of my companies) a little more, what better than that.

I am just starting to venture out of my hibernation (I do it during Summer), is the beginning of that Season again. And you may ask, “Que Season?”, my little grasshopper. That one in which all efforts may be taken to attend as many events as we can. Ya saben, Latino Festivales, Conferences, Awards Shows, and similares, parecidos and iguales eventos that bunch up this season. Another excuses for using Public Transportation.

Ay Caramba! There is the solution! Drive less, Party more!

Para those that can't afford them and that are willing to slave for the opportunity: ahora es when you have to approach the organizations and find out if they are taking voluntarios (we just published a call for volunteers for LALIFF). Si te la perdiste, look for it on the archives. Some of them even will pay for you to go, if you can prove to them that you are jodido enough.

Take nota:

8/17 ALMA Awards (NCLR), ooops you missed it;
8/21 IMAGEN Awards (Imagen Foundation) , ooops you missed this one too. And I confess, I missed it too, guess my invite got lost on the mail…;
9/12 LALIFF, le cae negra to whomever misses this one. Heaven on earth: great movies, outstanding parties and best taco-de-ojo of the year;
3/09 IMPACT Awards Gala (NHMC), expensive but worth every penny. This is HI-END networking at its best (puro caca grande and mecito in attendance);
4/16 NALIP’s 10th Conference, the Mamacita of all MUST’s, education, networking and parties, while you are sequestered for three days, oh, and the taco-de-ojo is not bad either;

and others too many to list (y que, que importa if I don’t know them all. I never said I’m the most intelibruto).

Mi point is that in all these eventos, el network es furioso. Is in there where old pals make new pals, y el mayor numero of compinches in this life, the better. So ahi nos wachamos!

Su humilde servilleta,
Alexito el Bonito



Alex Mendoza
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