Latinos In The Industry
  September 11, 2008  

IFP's Independent Filmmaker Conference (NYC)

IFP's Independent Filmmaker Conference will be held from September 14-19, 2008 in New York City. It will feature: Daily “Conversations with” filmmakers Kevin Smith, Frida Torresblanco (NALIP Conference 9 co-chair), and Robert Greenwald along with industry visionaries Josh Sapan of Rainbow Media and SnagFilms’ Rick Allen. Daily “State of the Union” discussions with Bob Berney (Picturehouse), Christian Gaines (Withoutabox), Geoff Gilmore (Sundance Film Festival), Anne Thompson (Variety), Lance Weiler (Head Trauma) and more!

Daily Case Studies featuring Guillaume Canet’s Tell No One, NALIP member Almudena Carracedo (LPA 2004, Estela Award Winner) and Robert Bahar’s Made In LA, Patrick Creadon’s IOUSA, Sandi Dubowski’s Trembling Before G-d, Ryan Fleck & Anna Boden’s Sugar, Gary Hustwit’s Helvetica, founding NALIP member Alex Rivera’s Sleep Dealer, Aaron Rose & Joshua Leonard’s Beautiful Losers, and on-line film series & new media film pioneers The Cult of Sincerity, The West Side, Molotov Alva and Star Wreck.

Panelists include filmmakers Brad Anderson (Transsiberian), Larry Fessenden (The Last Winter), Courtney Hunt (Frozen River), Barry Jenkins (Medicine for Melancholy), So Yong Kim (In Between Days), Joe Swanberg (Hannah Takes The Stairs), Craig Zobel (Great World of Sound), and representatives from A&E IndieFilms, Big Beach, BMI, Cinetic Media, HBO, IndieGoGo, ITVS, Magnolia Pictures, Maximum Films, Miramax, New Video, Oscilloscope Pictures, SAGIndie, Samuel Goldwyn Films, Spout, Strand Releasing, Sundance Channel, SXSW, This is That, Variety and more!

For the latest Conference updates and pass purchases, go to

2008 NCLR ALMA Awards on ABC this Friday

The 2008 NCLR ALMA Awards® is a spectacular show with some of the most amazing performances seen yet! This year, the ALMA Awards presents special tributes to Linda Ronstadt, Narciso Rodriguez, and Shakira, highlighting the outstanding contributions each of these individuals has made to American culture and society. You'll definitely want to tune in to see the special way in which each of these artists is recognized.

Be sure to tune in to ABC on Friday, September 12 at 8/7c for the airing of the ALMA Awards!

The ALMA Awards is a unique program, bringing together celebrities and leaders who influence American society. On this evening, all of these leaders, entertainers, fans, and many more come together to celebrate our Latino heritage and its positive impact on American entertainment and culture. We hope you enjoy the show!

This year's show is also an opportunity to share NCLR's work with the American public. As America prepares for the upcoming presidential election, NCLR has employed the power and influence of the talent participating in the ALMA Awards to remind everyone in our country to make sure their voices are heard—it’s time, go vote! This effort resonated well with the celebrities and special guests in attendance, who you will see later this fall in a special public service announcement produced at the ALMA Awards.

Call for Entries: SXSW

THE SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST FILM CONFERENCE & FESTIVAL has succeeded in its attempt to blend enthusiastic crowds with the leaders of the film industry. New filmmakers and veteran audiences come together with veteran filmmakers and new audiences, for a one-of-a-kind festival. Between educational panels and premiere screenings, SXSW Film has maintained its vision of celebrating ingenuity. For once, here's film independence you can depend on. Learn more at

Go to to submit your film for screening consideration.

Early deadline is November 14. Final deadline is December 12.

Take advantage of early registration discounts and the best choice of available hotels at

Call for Entries: 47th Ann Arbor Film Festival

Bold visions. Lovingly crafted. Cutting edge. Artistically inspired. All lengths and genres accepted and considered:experimental, animation, documentary, and narrative. The 47th Ann Arbor Film Festival: March 24 - 29th, 2009.
+ More than $20,000 awarded to films in competition
+ Qualifying festival for Annual Academy Awards(R)
+ Select films participate on International Traveling Tour

Standard deadline October 15, 2008 = $40
Late deadline November 15, 2008 = $50
To submit your film, please visit

Puerto Rican Love Story Maldeamores (Lovesickness) Opening in San Diego

Media Arts Center San Diego's San Diego Latino Film Festival is proud to present its’ 9th Annual Cinema en tu Idioma Film Series showcasing new Latin American, Mexican and Spanish Cinema. The 4-month series will continue in September with the screening of MALDEAMORES (LOVESICKNESS), starring Luis Guzman, September 19-25 at UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas at Hazard Center.

A crowd-pleaser at the recent 2008 San Diego Latino Film Festival and chosen to represent Puerto Rico at the 80th Academy Awards celebrated this year, MALDEAMORES (LOVESICKNESS) stars Luis Guzman. From executive producer Benicio Del Toro comes a film about love of all kinds and at all ages in the backyards of Puerto Rico. A child's first kiss. A man who can’t grasp rejection. An unfaithful husband. An elderly love affair. Passion defeats reason again and again in this film about the eternal masochistic search for love.

Founder and Executive Director of Media Arts Center San Diego and San Diego Latino Film Festival states, "We’re honored to bring Benicio del Toro’s film back to San Diego for this exclusive engagement. Luis Guzman gives a wonderful performance."

MALDEAMORES (LOVESICKNESS) will screen for one-week only exclusively at UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas at Hazard Center (off the 163 Freeway and Friars Rd.). Run time: 83 minutes. Screening times are: 11:30 am, 1:45 pm, 4:00 pm, 6:15 pm, 8:30 pm, and 10:45 pm.

Tickets are $9.50 General Audiences / $7.50 Students, seniors & Media Arts Center San Diego members. Individual tickets can be purchased prior to each screening at the UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas at Hazard Center box office (7510 Hazard Center Dr., SD, CA 92108).



Alex Zacarias
LPA/"Doing your Doc" Fellow's public TV doc details East High School shooting threat in 2006

By Warren Gerds, Green Bay Press-Gazette

Coming at a difficult topic from many angles, a new TV documentary by NALIP member Alex Zacarias (LPA 2004, DYD) and Dean Thomas examines the 2006 threats of violence against Green Bay East High School.

"Any School, Any Time" is a compelling hour. It seeks balance and perspective in a case where deadly harm appears to have been averted.

Everything is told through a sophisticated technique that uses no narration, which could take on a slant. Rather, only the voices of people interviewed or recorded in news conferences, court or jail are heard.

Also, instead of quick sound bites, key people are allowed to be heard at length so explanations are fleshed out. This includes the Brown County district attorney, a representative of the U.S. Secret Service, Green Bay police chief, defense attorneys, a forensic psychiatrist and presiding judge.

Also appearing are East High administrators, teachers and students, the Green Bay school superintendent, experts and the defendants (in jail or court).

Woven in is news footage from the case, with references to the shootings at Columbine and Virginia Tech.

"Any School, Any Time" is fascinating for how it brings out controversies, dilemmas, theories, contradictions, paradoxes and issues involving school shootings.

Producers and editors Dean Thomas and Alex Zacarias expertly create a valuable resource for schools and source of information for the public.

The program traces the East case from discovery through the trial and aftermath. A few notable points:

• Georgeann Rooney, threat assessment specialist with the Secret Service, says there is no clear profile for school shooters. They vary greatly, she says.

• The camera follows a lockdown at East. Students silently gather to the side of rooms. For anyone who has not experienced a lockdown, it's a chilling scene.

• The history of East is recounted, from it being one of the earliest high schools in the nation to its ties to the Green Bay Packers. Brown County Circuit Court Judge J.D. McKay's defense of the school became the source of the title when he said. "This could have happened at any high school, any time."

"Any School, Any Time" is made by Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin and 3N Productions. The Web site provides resources.

The documentary came out of a conversation between Thomas and Zacarias about the incident at East and its aftermath.

They decided "to look behind the scenes, see what's going on and cover it for a long period of time, kind of go behind what all the news stories are," Thomas said. "This is the kind of thing we're here to do — the in-depth pieces and to tell the greater story."

The entity that Thomas heads is the product of community response a few years ago to keep a public TV documentary unit going in Green Bay.

"School violence has been in the news quite a while," Thomas said. "We wanted to tell that story right in our own backyard — to look at that specifically — but then to touch on all the greater issues that are always coming up — guns in schools, metal detectors, cameras and 'That's the answer,' 'This is the answer' and 'What can be done?' 'Are we more violent?' — those issues that arise that we keep talking and talking about."


In addition to the many NALIPsters listed in Tuesday's LITI who have films in this week's Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival, the following NALIP member also has a movie in the festival:

USA / 2008 / 25 min
Director/Producer: Javier Colón

Schedule and ticketing information can be found on

Sarah Vaill
NALIPster's short premiering at Chicago International REEL Shorts Festival

The 2008 Chicago International REEL Shorts Festival will feature the world premiere of Oh, Baby, a short narrative film produced by NALIP member Sarah Vaill.

Oh, Baby is a cheeky horror/comedy about a woman who invites two young men home from a bar only to have their good time interrupted by her ravenous pet Baby.
The Chicago International REEL Shorts Festival screening will take place at Film Row Cinema at Columbia College at 1104 S Wabash in Chicago during the 7pm block of SciFi/Horror short film on Saturday, September 13, 2008. Schedule and ticketing information can be found on

Richard Martinez
NALIPster speaking on panel about films with non-violence theme

NALIP member and film and documentary composer Richard Martinez will be attending a Cinewomen and Non Violence International Film Festival event this Saturday evening, September 13 at 9pm , and will appear on a panel about films with a non violence theme. The festival runs from September 12-20 in the Waterloo region of Ontario.

Visit the NVIFF website for more information.

Noemi Figueroa Soulet
NALIPster's doc to screen at Tulipanes Film Festival

NALIP member Noemi Figueroa Soulet's film The Borinqueneers has been selected to be screened at the Tulipanes Latino Art & Film Festival, Herrick Library, 300 S. River, Holland, MI on Saturday, September 13th at 12:45pm. The 8th Annual Tulipanes Latino Art & Film Festival is a free, citywide annual festival celebrating Latino culture through music, art and film. For more information call (616) 394-0000; (800) 506-1299 or write to



IFC Films Picks Up Che
(Variety) - IFC Films has picked up all North American distribution rights to Steven Soderbergh's two-part "Che," starring Benicio Del Toro, after Soderbergh tweaked and trimmed the two companion films post-Cannes. FULL STORY

Q&A: Santiago Pozo
(The Hollywood Reporter) - Santiago Pozo left a job at Universal to launch Arenas, dedicated to marketing films and TV shows to the U.S.' exploding Latino population. In the 20 years since, the company has remained a top force in the niche it pioneered, while branching out into film production and distribution. FULL STORY

Televisa to Air WWE Raw
(Variety) - World Wrestling Entertainment has inked a deal with Televisa to begin airing "WWE Raw" on Galavision Canal 9 in Mexico beginning next month. FULL STORY


Jobs & Opportunities

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

Agent Trainee at Boutique Talent Agency
High-level, full-service boutique talent agency is currently looking to fill positions in the agent trainee program. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting: Latina Actress, 18-21
Dream Way Production/Casting is looking a Latina actress, between the ages of 18-21, innocent looking. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting: Dancers, Dance Troupes, and DJ
Fuse is looking for fun energetic dancers and DJ to be a part of a new non-competitive dance show. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION


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