Latinos In The Industry
  September 4, 2008  

NALIPsters in the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival

NALIP celebrates members showcasing at the upcoming Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF).  Scheduled for Sept. 12 – 19 at the Mann and Egyptian theatres in Hollywood, LALIFF presents feature films, documentaries, shorts and special side bar screenings which showcase a wide variety of themes by Latino filmmakers, as well as movies that depict Latino culture.

LALIFF is the prominent venue for exhibition of the best of Latin cinema and artistry from the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal. This year’s NALIPsters invited to the Festival include: 

Scripted Features :

Mexico / 2008 / 90 min
Director/Producer/Screenwriter: Roberto Rochín Naya

USA / 2008 / 90 min
Director/Producer: Alex Rivera

USA / 2008 / 118 min
Director/Producer/Screenwriter: Conchita Nora Villa

Documentary Features:

USA / 2008 / 60 min
Director/Producer: Jon Wilkman

Switzerland/Cuba / 2008 / 99 min
Director/Producer: Juan Mandelbaum

USA / 2008 / 88 min
Producer: Evangeline Griego

Mexico/UK / 2008 / 86 min
Producer: Evangeline Griego

USA / 2008 / 73 min
Director/Producer: Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, Dawn Valadez

USA / 2008 / 42 min
Director/Producer: Anayansi Prado

Spain / 2008 / 54 min
Director/Producer: Gustavo Vazquez


USA / 2008 / 16 min
Producer: Alex Castillo

USA / 2008 / 15 min
Producer: Adrian Castagna

USA / 2008 / 8 min
Director/Producer/Screenwriter: Daniela de Carlo

USA / 2008 / 19 min
Director/Screenwriter: Francisco Ordoñez

USA / 2008 / 4 min
Director/Producer: Juan Escobedo

USA / 2008 / 33 min
Producer/Actor: Miguel Mas

USA / 2008 / 8 min
Director/Screenwriter: Roberto Gudino
Producers: Roberto Gudino, Tony Velarde

USA / 2008 / 4 min
Director: Shawna Baca

USA / 2008 / 12 min
Director/ Screenwriter: Abel González

For tickets and showtimes please visit


Saturday, Sept. 13 at 12pm - Writer Conversation
The Academy Room at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
The Writers Guild of America, West invites you to attend an interesting and insightful discussion moderated by USA Today Film Critic, Claudia Puig as she speaks with writers, Albert Torres (HENRY POOLE IS HERE) and Rick Najera (NOTHING LIKE THE HOLIDAYS); two writers whose films are being distributed by Overture Films. Come hear how these two writers got their features onto the silver screen and find out what motivates and inspires each one of them to write the material they are creating.

Sunday, Sept. 14 at 4pm - Documentary Storytelling
The Academy Room in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
Please join Latino Public Broadcasting for a FREE workshop on documentary storytelling. This workshop is ideal for individuals who will be embarking on, or are currently in the process of making a documentary. The panel will discuss the importance of narrative structure, finding compelling characters, establishing a point of view and engaging viewers to watch your film in its entirety. Hear first hand from award-winning filmmakers Renee Tajima Pena and Evangeline Griego as they use their film Calavera Highway as a case study. LPB’s Executive Director, Patricia Boero, will moderate.
Space is limited. Please RSVP by Friday, September 12th.

Email your name, phone number and number of guests to or call 818-847-9656.

Imagen Awards Air on LATV Tonight

LATV will be airing the 2008 Imagen Awards event tonight, Tuesday, September 9, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. PDT. Please check your cable listings for your respective location.

The Imagen Awards were established in 1985 to encourage and recognize the positive portrayal of Latinos in the media. The awards strive to increase Latino representation at all levels of the industry by proving recognition to emerging and established Latinos in the entertainment industry.

The Imagen Foundation works to enhance opportunities for Latinos in front of and behind the camera. Based in the Los Angeles area, the Imagen Foundation serves as a liaison between the industry and the Latino community by providing access, education and resources. Additional information regarding the Imagen Foundation is available at

Call for Entries: San Diego Latino Film Festival

MEDIA ARTS CENTER SAN DIEGO is seeking films and videos for 16th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival (March 12-22, 2009). Musically themed films, family films, and animated films are strongly encouraged.

MEDIA ARTS CENTER SAN DIEGO's prestigious and internationally recognized San Diego Latino Film Festival, soars into its 16th year with impressive and exhilarating new activities, special events and initiatives. The 16th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival (SDLFF) is now accepting entries for the 2009 festival. SDLFF will take place March 12-22, 2009 at the UltraStar Cinemas Mission Valley at Hazard Center located in beautiful San Diego, California. Last year's festival was attended by an audience of 18,000 actively-engaged film lovers, filmmakers, actors, programmers, distributors, industry representatives and journalists. The San Diego Latino Film Festival has used the unique geographical and cultural position of the San Diego Border Region to make the festival a premiere venue for the exhibition of international and U.S. Latino features, shorts and documentaries.

Click here for more information and the entry form.
Entry deadline : November 5, 2008

The 2009 San Diego Latino Film Festival will include expanded opportunities for participating filmmakers and their films/videos to take the spotlight. The following is just a taste of what filmmakers and attendees can experience by participating at the upcoming San Diego Latino Film Festival:

155 feature and short films to be screened;
Over 120 guest filmmakers and actors;
SDLFF Awards Competition;
Workshops/Seminars with industry representatives and filmmakers
Cine'mation showcase;
SDLFF's "Top Ten to Watch";
Celebrity Guest Curator;
"Tributes" to acclaimed filmmakers/actors;
Concerts @ the Fest;
Pre-Fest Launch Parties;
Opening, Centerpiece, and Closing Night Gala Celebrations;
The SDLFF Awards Ceremony;
Free Student Outreach Screenings;
"Meet the Filmmaker" Dialogues; and,
SDLFF's Annual "Border Vision" Sidebar.

Fifteen years ago, the San Diego Latino Film Festival was established as a student film festival focusing on works by Latinos and/or about the Latino Experience. Since that time, the San Diego Latino Film Festival has developed into one of the larger and most well respected Latino film festivals in the country. Over 182,000 people have attended during the past fifteen years, and 1,560 films/videos from across Latin America and the United States have been screened.

Call for Entries: Boyle Heights Latina Independent Film Extravaganza

The Boyle Heights Latina Independent Film Extravaganza is back! Founder Josefina Lopez, Festival Director Fanny Veliz, and everyone at CASA 0101 are proud to announce the return of BHLIFE taking place on December 12th – 14th at the new and larger CASA 0101 venue.

BHLIFE is a film festival that features the creative work of Latina filmmakers from all across the world. It was created to build a network of Latina filmmakers and to increase awareness of the growing number of Latinas working behind the camera. The films of these women constitute a body of work that act as a powerful statement against the stereotypical portrayals of Latinas on screen.

Submissions are being accepted in the following categories: Features, Shorts, Documentaries (any length), Experimental/New Frontier, Erotica, and Youth Media.

For more details on submissions and for a submission form please visit:

Careers in Entertainment Seminar Careers in Entertainment Seminar: From Assistant (or Intern) to Producer/Studio Executive/Network Executive

Enroll Now For September 13th Seminar

Seminar Directive:
Interested in being a studio executive, producer, A&R music executive, writer, director, or agent for film or television? Not interested in answering phones or being an assistant for four years? This intense, challenging one-day seminar features a straightforward, no-holds-barred curriculum designed to help you advance more quickly to the top.

Seminar Features:
One FULL day, one-on-one access to a minimum of 6-8 guest speakers, and handouts including professional resume samples, job information and a comprehensive resource guide for assistants.

Guest Speakers:
Past and future speakers from film, television and music industries have worked at the following companies: Warner Brothers, Fox, William Morris, CAA, Endeavor, Disney, NBC Universal, MTV, NBC, ABC, CBS, BET, Disney Channel, Interscope Records, Universal Music and countless others. A minimum of 6 – 8 guest speakers from different entertainment industries are guaranteed to attend.

Who Should Attend:
1) Current assistants who want to advance in film, television or music, eventually to a career as a studio executive, network executive, producer, agent or similar in film, television or music.
2) Individuals looking for assistant positions or internships at studios, networks, talent agencies, management companies or record labels.
3) Motivated individuals who want to be an executive sooner rather than later!

How To Enroll:
Only through UCLA Extension at
Home Page > Fields of Study > Entertainment Studies > Courses at a Glance > Scroll to Producers & The Business of Entertainment > Click thru and enroll in Careers in Entertainment: From Assistant to Producer/Studio Executive

*Attendance for full day is mandatory for resource list, handouts and job information.
*UCLA Campus, Dodd Hall Room 147, 9:00am – 5:00pm



Bill Melendez
Pioneering Latino animator, creator of "Peanuts" TV specials, dies at 91

By Pat Saperstein, Variety

Emmy-winning animator Bill Melendez, who created Peanuts TV specials such as “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” died Tuesday in Santa Monica. He was 91.

The versatile Melendez, known for his trademark handlebar mustache, also provided the voices for Snoopy and Woodstock.

Melendez began his career in 1938 at Walt Disney Studios, working on “Pinocchio,” “Fantasia,” “Bambi,” “Dumbo” and Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck cartoons.

He then moved to Warner Bros., where he worked on Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Porky Pig cartoons.

In 1948 Melendez left Warner Bros. for UPA, where as a director and producer he worked on hundreds of commercials and theatrical shorts and was part of the team that won an animated short Oscar for “Gerald McBoing Boing.” He created numerous award-winning commercial spots for Playhouse Pictures and John Sutherland Prods.

While at UPA, Melendez worked on commercials for the J. Walter Thompson ad agency, whose client included Ford Motor Co. When the automaker expressed interest in using Peanuts characters to sell its cars on television, Melendez showed his work to Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz.

The partnership led to more than 63 half-hour shows, five one-hour specials, four feature films and more than 372 commercials. The specials included “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” and “You’re a Good Sport, Charlie Brown.”

Melendez also animated “Garfield on the Town,” “Cathy,” “Babar Comes to America” and “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.”

The only animator allowed to work with the Peanuts characters, Melendez was nominated for 17 Emmys and won eight. He was Oscar nommed for co-writing the score for “A Boy Named Charlie Brown” with Vince Guaraldi and others and received two Peabody awards.

His company, Bill Melendez Prods., will continue to animate, direct and produce features and commercials under the direction of his son Steven.

Melendez was born Jose Cuautemoc in Sonora, Mexico. His family moved to Arizona in 1928 and then to Los Angeles in the early 1930s. Melendez trained at the Chouinard Art Studio (now CalArts) and was a former faculty member of the Cinema Arts Dept. at USC.

Melendez is survived by his wife of 68 years, Helen; two sons; six grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren.

Donations may be made to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Adam Schlachter
NALIP Member's Short Film In Slamdance Competition

NALIP member Adam Schlachter (LPA 2004, LWL 2003) will be showcasing his award-winning short, The Stain On The Sidewalk, on the Slamdance Anarchy Online Competition. You can see it for free during the month of September. Be sure to vote for it on the Slamdance website.

Synopsis: A high school freshman secretly longs for the girlfriend of the neighborhood bully. As he searches for the right words to declare his love for her, he discovers that actions speak much louder than words.

Starring: Emily Rios ("Vicious Circle"), J.R. Cruz ("Quinceanera"), and Andrew Aguilar ("My Backyard Was A Mountain"). Executive Produced by NALIP Members Alex Castillo ("El Primo") and Henry K. Priest ("American Identity").

Adam has also recently been selected for the competitive CBS Directing Initiative, a training program where he will be mentored by network directors, executive showrunners, and other key network players. "We Are All Latino", his promotional film celebrating emerging Latino filmmakers, can be seen on YouTube.

Evangeline Griego
NALIP board member's doc wins at Atlanta Docufest

NALIP board member, Evangeline Griego's film Calavera Highway was awarded the Best Drama Documentary prize at the Atlanta Docufest.

Calavera as well as her film Chevolution about the most reproduced photograph in history will screen at the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (Calavera on Sept. 13 @ 5pm at Mann Chinese 6, Chevolution on Sept. 14 @ 4:30pm at Egyptian). Together with Calavera director Renee Tajima Pena and LPB's Luis Ortiz, she will host a LALIFF panel "Documentary Storytelling" on Saturday, Sept. 13th at 4pm at the Roosevelt Hotel.

Felipe Galindo
NALIPster's exhibition, animation open 9/12 in NYC

NALIP member Felipe Galindo’s exhibition “Manhatitlan Codex,” featuring works inspired by Mexican immigration to the New York area, opens this Friday at the Grady Alexis Gallery. Part of an ongoing project that has occupied Galindo for more than a decade, “Manhatitlan Codex” explores -in the artist’s distinctive humorous style- the concepts of homeland, migration and globalization.

The new short animation “Manhatitlan Codex” that accompanies the exhibit is inspired by Aztec mythology and pre-Columbian codexes, and narrates an imaginary migration of Mexicans to New York. The drawings are Galindo’s twisted take on the legends and images of Mexico within the New York City landscape.

Opening reception: Friday, September 12th, 6-9pm
Exhibit dates: September 12 – October 18, 2008
Gallery Hours: Mon-Thurs 10-6pm, Sat 10-1pm
Grady Alexis Gallery, 2710 Broadway (103rd. Street, #1 train), 3rd fl. New York, NY 10025



Los Angeles International Latino Film Festival to Begin Sept. 12
(Los Angeles Times) - "Paraíso Travel," the year's biggest box office hit in Colombia, will have its West Coast premiere during the 12th annual Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival, which begins Friday. It's one of 132 films that will screen at the festival, co-founded by Edward James Olmos, Marlene Dermer and the late George Hernández to spotlight Latino films. FULL STORY

Actor Mike Gomez Guest Stars on FX's The Shield
Actor Mike Gomez will guest star as the character 'Nacio' on the second episode of the final season of FX Network's 'THE SHIELD' on Tuesday, September 9, 2008. The episode, titled 'Snitch', was written by Gary Lennon and directed by Gwyneth Horder-Payton.

Critic's Notebook: The Wrestler
(indieWIRE) - On Sunday night, hours after winning the top prize at Venice, Darren Aronofsky's "The Wrestler" premiered for North American audiences here in Toronto, riding a wave of positive buzz and critical approbation. FULL STORY


Jobs & Opportunities

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

Cinematographers/Camera Crew for Music Videos
Lucid Dream Productions, an Indie Production Company, based in CA, are currently looking for Camera crew based in SF/LA for music videos.

Crew for Low Budget Feature
Looking a set designer, set decorator, a script supervisor, a wardrobe designer, a prop master and production assistance for a feature film. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting: USC Graduate Thesis Film
Casting "Remember Me In Red," a 15 minute, USC, graduate student thesis filmto be shot in HD on location in Los Angeles in early November. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting: Role in SAG Feature (South Texas)
Currently auditioning actors in Texas and beyond for the role of Mr. Chavez, 40s, Chicano, experienced manager of a Walmart in San Antonio. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION


From the Editor


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