Latinos In The Industry
  September 4, 2008  

Hispanic Heritage Month on PBS

Hispanic Heritage Month 2008 (September 15-October 15) is coming up, and PBS is celebrating with a great lineup of programs that entertain while examining the history, heritage and cultural contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans. Many of the programs are by NALIP members.

All month, PBS explores the rich and varied styles of Latin music. From Texican (LOS LONELY BOYS COTTONFIELDS AND CROSSROADS, produced and directed by NALIP founding member/mentor Hector Galan) to Afro-Cuban pop (INDEPENDENT LENS “La Lupe: Queen of Latin Soul," produced and directed by NALIP founding member Ela Troyano) to an all-female mariachi band (INDEPENDENT LENS “Compañeras”) to traditional Mexican corrido (P.O.V. “Al Otro Lado [To The Other Side],” produced, directed, and edited by NALIP member Natalia Almada [LPA 2003; Estela]), the creative talents of diverse musicians are on display.

The award-winning new documentary "Calavera Highway" (produced by NALIP BOD member Evangeline Griego) will make its broadcast debut on P.O.V. this month. The film follows seven brothers on a road trip to bury their mother's ashes, unearthing the saga of a Mexican American family.

PBS will also re-broadcast several of its recent nominees for Imagen Awards, created to honor excellence in Latino entertainment, including BROWN IS THE NEW GREEN (produced and directed by NALIP member Phillip Rodriguez [Conference 9]), AMERICAN MASTERS “Orozco: Man of Fire” (written, directed, and produced by NALIP founding member/mentor Rick Tejada-Flores) and P.O.V. “Made in L.A.” (by NALIP member Almudena Carracedo [LPA 2004; Estela]).

And, a special presentation in October, LATINOS ’08, examines the election through the prism of ethnic politics.

PBS’ children’s content continues to serve a diverse audience with series that encourage healthy exploration of cultural differences while providing opportunities to learn and grow as individuals. On the new season of SESAME STREET, kids can follow Murray, the street’s newest friendly resident monster, as he deciphers clues from his little lamb friend, Ovejita. Murray faces a challenge, however: all of Ovejita’s clues are in Spanish! Murray uses visual hints to stay hot on Ovejita’s trail.

On the PBS KIDS preschool destination, Miss Rosa invites children to discover new cultures and build language skills through Spanish language content, while PBS KIDS series BETWEEN THE LIONS, DRAGON TALES and JAY JAY THE JET PLANE insert Spanish words into their curricula to help English speakers learn beginning Spanish. On PBS KIDS GO!, MAYA & MIGUEL (also a nominee for the Imagen Awards), continues to promote the value of cultural diversity while supporting school-age English language learners by combining English and Spanish language in stories about Maya, Miguel, their family members and their friends.

New Programming

Wednesday, September 17, 2008, 9:30-11:00 p.m. ET
After a childhood of playing cantinas and honky tonks from Texas to Tennessee, Los Lonely Boys have rocked their way to the top of the American music industry, determined to fulfill their father’s long-held dream. This documentary feature film tells the story of three Mexican-American brothers from San Angelo, Texas, who create a unique sound that melds the core of the early San Angelo music scene of the 1950s and 60s with a signature style they call “Texican.”

Wednesday, October 8, 2008, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET
LATINOS ’08 examines the 2008 election through the prism of ethnic politics. Latinos are less cohesive than other voting blocs, and they do not fit the black/white racial binary that has long shaped American politics. This documentary examines how today’s candidates and advocacy groups are trying to mobilize and attract this unpredictable group of voters. Will McCain manage to win back Latino defectors, in light of his party’s harsh rhetoric on immigration? Will Obama succeed in securing the votes of the many Latinos who supported Hillary Clinton during the primaries? Another subject of inquiry will be the effectiveness — or lack thereof — of Latino politicians in advancing Latino interests and promoting Latino unity. As these politicians enter the upper echelons of American politics, they face inevitable pressure to abandon their ethnic identity and constituencies. Will the Latino electorate coalesce nonetheless, united around the immigration issue and hemispheric foreign policy considerations? Or will ethnic considerations be trumped by class, education and other factors? In investigating such questions, LATINOS ’08 sheds light on an important part of America’s future. In HD where available.

P.O.V. “Calavera Highway”
Tuesday, September 18, 2008, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET
When brothers Armando and Carlos Peña set off to carry their mother’s ashes to south Texas, their road trip turns into a quest for answers about a strangely veiled past. As they reunite with five other brothers, the two men try to piece together their family’s shattered history. Why was their mother cast out by her family? What happened to their father, who disappeared during the notorious 1954 U.S. deportation program Operation Wetback? “Calavera Highway” is a sweeping story of seven Mexican-American men grappling with the meaning of masculinity, fatherhood and a legacy of rootless beginnings.

Encore Programming

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Latinos, this nation’s largest and fastest-growing minority group, are big business. This smart, fast-paced program examines how efforts to profit from this group are shaping the contemporary Latino identity. The documentary, whose focal point is George Lopez, an icon and advocate for Latinos’ move into the mainstream, offers rare behind-the-scenes access to Lopez’ life and world as he shares his struggles to represent Latinos in a manner true to their realities and aspirations. As Cosby did for African Americans decades earlier, Lopez, through his comedy, aspires to normalize the image of Latinos in a way that delights and entertains. BROWN IS THE NEW GREEN contrasts Lopez’ endeavors with the efforts of marketers intent on spinning Latinos as a wholly distinct subculture. The show also features conversations with members of the much-coveted Latino youth market, whose tastes and interests are far more eclectic than one would think. In HD where available.

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JUSTICE FOR MY PEOPLE tells the story of Dr. Hector P. Garcia — Mexican Revolution refugee, medical doctor to the barrios, decorated war veteran, civil rights activist and presidential confidante — as he fought to bring attention to the Mexican-American civil rights movement. Returning to Texas after World War II with six battle stars, Garcia found that while Mexican-American veterans had been changed by the war, prejudiced America had not. His people faced public school segregation, squalid living conditions in labor camps and second-class citizenship. In 1948, Dr. Garcia founded the American GI Forum, empowering Mexican Americans to fight numerous legal and political battles against discrimination.

AMERICAN MASTERS “Orozco: Man of Fire”
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Often thought of as the other Mexican muralist, beside his more flamboyant compatriot Diego Rivera, Orozco was a leader of the Mexican Renaissance. His bold, dynamic frescoes had a profound impact on American painters and inspired Franklin D. Roosevelt to put artists to work during the Great Depression. His most famous U.S. murals — The Table of Universal Brotherhood, The Epic of American Civilization and Prometheus — still convey their power in New York, New Hampshire and California. An iconoclastic personality, Orozco survived the loss of his left hand and destruction of more than half his early work by border agents. His travels back and forth across the U.S.-Mexico border evoke the larger Mexican migrant-immigrant experience and have provocative parallels to present times. In HD where available.

AMERICAN MASTERS “Rivera in America”
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Considered the greatest Mexican painter of the 20th century, Diego Rivera continues to have a profound effect on the international art world. As a young man, he encountered the works of Cézanne, Gauguin, Renoir and Matisse in Paris. But it was the Renaissance frescoes in Italy that fueled his vision of a new form of painting that could reach and celebrate the working man. He returned to Mexico and, ultimately, propelled the fusion of fresco with modern art and architecture. “An artist is above all a human being,” he wrote. “If the artist can’t feel everything that humanity feels … if he won’t put down his magic brush and head the fight against the oppressor, then he isn’t a great artist.” Rivera’s personal story is equally dramatic, from his stormy love affair with fellow painter Frieda Kahlo to his controversial commissions for Henry Ford and the Rockefellers in the United States.

INDEPENDENT LENS “La Lupe: Queen of Latin Soul”
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Legendary Afro-Cuban pop singer Lupe Victoria Yoli was crowned “The Queen of Latin Soul” by New York’s Latin music scene in the 1960s. Renowned for her emotional performances, La Lupe remains the quintessential bad girl, dying tragically, virtually unknown in 1992. Filmed in Cuba, Puerto Rico and the U.S., “La Lupe Queen of Latin Soul” tells her story through interviews and rare archival footage from the groundbreaking musical era. Produced in assocation with ITVS and LPB. By Ela Troyano.

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Tackling a male-dominated musical tradition, “Compañeras” reveals the intense, passionate world of female mariachi. By Elizabeth Massie and Matthew Buzzell.

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This film tells the story of an indigent and under-educated Mexican American, sent to prison in 1961, and his extraordinary legal battle against the violence and abuse of prisoners’ rights in the Texas prison system. Co-production of ITVS in association with Latino Public Broadcasting. By Susanne Mason.

P.O.V. “Made in L.A.”
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Los Angeles is now the country’s center for apparel manufacturing, but many of its factories bear an eerie resemblance to New York’s early 20th-century sweatshops. “Made in L.A.” follows the remarkable journey of three Latina immigrants working in L.A.’s garment factories and their struggle for self-empowerment as they wage a three-year battle to bring a major clothing retailer to the negotiating table. This intimate film offers a rare and poignant glimpse into the “other” California, where immigrants in many industries toil long hours for sub-minimum wages, fighting for an opportunity in a new country. A co-production with the Independent Television Service (ITVS). A Diverse Voices Project co-production. A co-presentation with Latino Public Broadcasting. By Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar.

P.O.V. “Al Otro Lado (To the Other Side)”
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The proud Mexican tradition of corrido music — captured in the performances of Mexican band Los Tigres del Norte and the late Chalino Sanchez — provides both heartbeat and backbone to this rich examination of songs, drugs and dreams along the U.S./Mexico border. “Al Otro Lado” follows Magdiel, an aspiring corrido composer from the drug capital of Mexico, who faces two difficult choices to better his life: to traffic in drugs or to cross the border illegally into the United States. Interspersing performance footage by corrido superstars with the day-to-day struggles of Magdiel as he embarks on an uncertain journey, filmmaker Natalia Almada paints an illuminating portrait of the narcotics underworld, illegal immigration and the corrido music that chronicles it all. An Official Selection of the Tribeca Film Festival. By Natalia Almada

Call for Entries: Zero Film Festival

Sneaking in under the Hollywood radar, Zero Film Festival is now accepting submissions for the 1st annual festival taking place in December in downtown Los Angeles. Focusing on a niche in the independent film community which has been traditionally ignored, Zero Film Festival is dedicated to screening self financed, zero budget films from the United States and around the world. Zero Film Festival will take place in various "unorthodox" locations in downtown L.A. from December 1st - 6th.

Filmmakers- Submit your films online at or

Disney Extends Season Two of Wizards of Waverly Place

Disney Channel has ordered additional Season Two episodes of the hit comedy series "Wizards of Waverly Place," extending the series. The series stars Selena Gomez as Alex Russo, David Henrie as Justin Russo, Jake T. Austin as Max Russo, Jennifer Stone as Harper, Maria Canals-Barrera as Theresa and David DeLuise as Jerry. During Season Two, Alex falls for a new boy, Dean, and the Russos’ friend, Harper, learns that Justin, Alex and Max have magical powers.

In recognition of Outstanding Artistic Achievement of Latinos in Film, Television and Music, three of the series stars, Selena Gomez, Jake T. Austin and Maria Canals-Barrera, were recently nominated for an ALMA Award. Gomez and Canals-Barrera were each also nominated for an Imagen Award.

“Wizards of Waverly Place” airs Thursdays, 6:00/7:00PM Central on Disney Channel.



Roberto S. Oregel & Chon Noriega
NALIPsters's doc screening at festival and in LA

NALIP member, Roberto S. Oregel and Founding NALIP Board member, Chon Noriega will be screening Casa Libre/Freedom House at the Temecula Valley Film and Music Festival on September 17-21. There will be several screenings of the film. Please see their website for times and date.

There will be another screening of the film at the Historic downtown LA building, The Los Angeles Athletic Club on October 30th. There will be a panel discussion along with a Q&A.

The documentary profiles the lives of teen residents of Casa Libre, a nonprofit organization that provides a home for homeless undocumented teenagers whose flights from abuse bring them to Los Angeles.

Anthony Rivero Stabley
NALIPster's feature wins award at Minneapolis Underground Film Festival

NALIP member Anthony Rivero Stabley's pop art film Marta's Sex Tape won the Underground Spirit Award at the 2008 Minneapolis Underground Film Festival. Over 36 films screened at the festival.

Click here to read a review of the film on Bad Lit: The Journal of Underground Film.

Writer-Director-Editor Anthony Rivero Stabley was born in La Paz, Bolivia. He also Co-Produced the film with Mariana Kahlo, Marco Niro in Mexico City. He is known best as the Production Designer of A Day Without A Mexican.

Nelson Denis
NALIPster creates fictional blog to promote film

NALIP member Nelson Denis (LPA 2003) has created an entertaining fictional blog to promote his film Vote For Me! The film is the story of a 70-year old Puerto Rican super who runs for office.

Click here to visit the blog.



Guillermo del Toro Booked Through 2017
(Variety) - Many top film directors have no idea what their next movie is. But Guillermo del Toro is now booked through 2017. And maybe beyond. FULL STORY

Abu Dhabi Puts More Cash on the Line in Hollywood
(New York Times) - A year later, the two partners have announced just one movie: “Shorts,” a family-friendly adventure film by the director Robert Rodriguez and starring William H. Macy. FULL STORY

Comcast Expands Spanish-Language Lineup in Houston
(Multichannel News) - Comcast’s Houston system has added 18 new Spanish-language selections to its channel lineup, a move that raises the amount of content available to Hispanic consumers to 50 broadcast and cable channels. FULL STORY


Jobs & Opportunities

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

Gaffer, Boom Op for Feature
Looking for a gaffer and a boom operator to work 13 days on an independent feature, the gaffer must have his own equipment. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting: Trio Los Machos Play
Casting at Casa 0101 for the play Trio Los Machos, whichtells the story of three musicians living in Los Angeles, facing the reality of time, and learning to accept each others secrets after having performed together for more than fifty years. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION


From the Editor

Estimados Compinches y Compinchas,

Some of you by now know that between all the things I do (prompted by my acute ADD), I am a very active volunteer for the San Gabriel Pomona Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross. Some of you even have had the pleasure of seeing my beautiful mug on TV while I am on one of my many functions (again that darn ADD) with the Red Cross, as a Public Information Officer. Most likely when you hear of shelters being open because a major disaster on Southern California, you can bet that mecito is somewhere in there helping, from being a Disaster Action Team First Responder to just running around hauling trailers full of cots and blankets or carrying boxes full of supplies. Anything I can do to help. Many of you in times of disasters want to be able to help and feel that you can do something more than donating some centavitos to the cause. Well, I give you the opportunity that via me and by proxy you can feel more involved. If you feel that the work I do for you on this newsletter is worth of being appreciated, here is a great opportunity for you to feel you are repaying a little for it. Read below on the many ways you can assist us helping all those that are now suffering. De mi parte, y por adelantado, muchas gracias!


The community can help people affected by thousands of disasters across the country each year, disasters like the Hurricanes of 2008, by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. This fund is used to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to victims of disasters who need help. Donors can go online to or call 1-800-REDCROSS. They can also use their cell phone to donate $5 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund by text messaging the keyword “GIVE” to “2HELP” (24357). Donations will appear on monthly bills or be debited from a prepaid account balance. All applicable text rates apply. If donors wish to designate their donation to a specific disaster, they may call 1-800-REDCROSS or visit

For up-to-date press information on the hurricane, please visit the American Red Cross online newsroom at



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