Latinos In The Industry
  September 23, 2008  

NALIPster Wins Emmy for LPA-Developed Doc

NALIPster Almudena Carracedo won an Emmy Award for her documentary Made in L.A.., developed at the Latino Producers Academy and honored with a 2008 Estela Award. The film had its broadcast premiere on P.O.V., a NALIP Trustee organization through the support of founding Board chair Cynthia Lopez.

Made in L.A. won the award at the 29th Annual News and Documentary Emmy® Awards on Sept. 22. Director/producer Almudena Carracedo and producer Robert Bahar accepted the award, given in the category of Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story–Long Form, at the ceremony in New York.

Five years in the making, Made in L.A. is Carracedo’s first feature documentary. The 70-minute film follows the remarkable story of three Latina immigrants working in Los Angeles garment sweatshops as they embark on a three-year odyssey to win basic labor protections from a trendy clothing retailer. In intimate observational style, Made in L.A. reveals the impact of the struggle on each woman’s life. Compelling, humorous and deeply human, it is a story about immigration, the power of unity and the courage it takes to find your voice.

Made in L.A. introduces viewers to a group of people who largely go unseen: the immigrants who make the clothes we see in stores and shopping malls across America,” said Simon Kilmurry, P.O.V.’s executive director. “The women go through intense personal transformations as they summon the courage to ask for basic workers’ rights, and the filmmakers captured their stories beautifully.”

“This film started as a small, grassroots project to tell the story of three brave Latina immigrants and their struggle for their rights and their personal dignity,” said Carracedo. ”We are thrilled that P.O.V. and PBS were able to bring the film to such a wide audience, and hope that this award will help put a human face on the issues of immigration, low wage work and the everyday struggles of immigrant workers, and that it will engage communities in essential dialogue around these issues.”

The film received significant support through P.O.V.'s Diverse Voices Project, a co-production initiative supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting that mentors emerging filmmakers and brings greater diversity to the national PBS schedule. "CPB's support has been critical in bringing Made in L.A. to a national audience,” says Cynthia Lopez, P.O.V.'s vice president. “This award validates the investment in new filmmaking talent."

Now in its 21st season on PBS, P.O.V. has won 20 Emmy Awards, including a 2007 Special News & Documentary Emmy for Excellence in Television Documentary Filmmaking. P.O.V. has won many other coveted industry awards and honors, including 11 George Foster Peabody Awards, eight duPont-Columbia Broadcast Journalism Awards, three Academy Awards®, three Independent Spirit Awards, the Prix Italia and the Webby.

NALIPsters in the Long Island Latino International Film Festival

NALIPsters are taking over the film festival circuit. More than half of the films at the upcoming 2008 Long Island Latino International Film Festival are NALIPster projects!

LILFF celebrates and showcases the finest in Latino cinema on Long Island, home to over 350,000 Hispanics. The Festival is a competitive event offering opportunities to filmmakers of all levels ranging from students to industry professionals. The films screened range from narrative features, short films to animation, experimental and documentary. This year, LILIFF showcases films from Sara Seligman, Abel Gonzalez, Daniel Eduvijes Carrera, Miguel Duran, Gabriela Böhm, Irene Sosa, Emilio Rosa, and Adel Morales & Edwin Pagan.

Congratulations to the following NALIPster’s who were accepted into this prestigious film festival! For more information about films and show times please visit:

Showing on Program # 6:
Sunday, Sept. 28 – 3:30 p.m.
East Coast Premiere
USA 2007
Director: Sara Seligman
Synopsis: Ester and Teresa run a secluded Bed and Breakfast on the countryside of Pennsylvania. As beautiful as it may seem, they have become prisoners of their own home. As Ester struggles to get her mother’s attention, Teresa seems too busy praying for a miracle. Immersed in their own problems, mother and daughter realize the horrible secret of their last guest when it’s too late to change faith.

Showing on Program # 2:
Saturday, Sept. 27 - 1:00 p.m.
USA 2007
Director: Abel Gonzalez
Synopsis: What if the US Border Patrol and the Mexican Police find the corpse of an illegal alien lying right on the border line? Who would take the case? “Crossing Numbers” is a dark comedy about the indifference of the institutions towards the humanitarian crisis in the US/Mexican Border.

Showing on Program # 3:
Saturday, Sept. 27 - 4:00 p.m.
USA 2006
Director: Daniel Eduvijes Carrera
Synopsis: A young outsider is confronted with the harsh rituals of a rustic Mexican pueblo where cruelty underlies street life and Catholicism alike.

Showing on Program # 4:
Saturday, Sept. 27 - 7:00 p.m.
USA 2008
Director: Miguel Duran
Synopsis: Pa tells a story of Jamie, a young successful businessman. He receives early morning news about an impending promotion at work, but also receives a call that his grandfather is on his deathbed. Jaime has to make a decision family or work.

Showing on Program # 5:
Sunday, Sept. 28 - 1:00 p.m.
Ecuador 2007
Director/Producer/Co-Editor/Researcher: Gabriela Böhm
Synopsis: A small group of South Americans long to affirm their faith. Their ancestors - European Jews - were forced to convert during the Spanish Inquisition. Isolated in Catholic countries, rejected by local Jewish communities, they battle to become Jews regardless of the consequences.

Showing on Program # 2:
Saturday, Sept. 27 - 1:00 p.m.
USA 2007
Director: Irene Sosa
Synopsis: Why do we shop? Why do Latinos shop? Shopping to belong, answers these questions in an engaging documentary that touches on issues of identity, citizenship, and the loss of homeland faced by the Latino immigrant.

Showing on Program # 2:
Saturday, Sept. 27 - 1:00 p.m.
USA 2008
Director: Emilio Rosa
Synopsis: The Sun Shines on the Other Side of the Street, the touching tale of three generations of men-grandfather, father, and son-struggling to hold together in the face of poverty and generational differences starring Latin jazz master Tito Puente Jr. who will be in attendance.

Showing on Program # 6:
Sunday, Sept. 28 – 3:30 p.m.
USA 2007, 13 minutes
Producers: Adel Morales & Edwin Pagan
Synopsis: Repentance is a mystery story of a mysterious wanderer who seeks the confession of an old priest, whose ultimate secret turns out to be his greatest sin.

Maya Snags Mancora Stateside

By Anna Marie De La Fuente, Variety

Los Angeles-based Maya Entertainment has snapped up U.S. rights to Ricardo de Montreuil's "Mancora," which debuted at Sundance and screened at the recent L.A. Latino Film Festival. Peruvian coming-of-age road movie is slated for an April release and marks de Montreuil's soph directing effort after romantic drama "La mujer de mi hermano."

Pic tracks a young man (Jason Day) whose father's suicide drives him to seek refuge with a stepsister and her husband at the Peruvian beach resort of Mancora. De Montreuil wrote the screenplay with Oscar Torres ("Innocent Voices") and Peruvian scribes Angel Ibarguren and Juan Luis Nugent.

Pic is among the Latino shingle's recent pickups, which also include Luis Mandoki's political docu "Fraude" and Matthew Bonifacio's "Amexicano." Maya also recently acquired Alex Rivera's Sundance winner "Sleep Dealer." Maya Entertainment is the sister company of Maya Cinemas, which owns a 14-plex in Salinas, Calif., and is about to open a 16-screener in Bakersfield, with other sites in the pipeline.

Deadline Approaching: American Documentary Showcase

The American Documentary Showcase, funded by and as a cooperative program with the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of States, and administered through a grant to The University Film and Video Association, is a curated program of contemporary documentaries that is offered to US Embassies for screening abroad. The Showcase is designed to promote American documentaries and their filmmakers at international overseas venues, including U.S. Embassy organized events and/or U.S. Embassy supported international documentary film festivals.

The goal of The Showcase is to offer a broad diversified look at life in the United States and the values of a democratic society as seen by American documentary filmmakers. The Showcase is intended to demonstrate the role documentary plays in fostering understanding and cooperation among people. The touring showcase will be offered to all posts, but with a focus on countries with little access to American documentary filmmaking, and countries with significant Muslim, underserved or youth populations.

Nomination Postmark Deadline: September 26, 2008

Qualifications for Consideration:

Documentaries nominated can be of any length and style, must have a release date no earlier than January 2005 and must be completed by September 2008, and available on DVD. They must be made by an American citizen, focus primarily on American subject, and fit in to one or preferably more, of the following categories. Filmmakers may nominate their own films.

Subject Categories:

America's Racial & Ethnic Heritage
Our Democratic Process & Immigration
Environment and Nature
Women, Families and Children
Cultural and Folk Arts
Innovation in Education
Faith and Cultures
Work and Labor

A panel of experts will vet thirty films for possible inclusion. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs makes final decisions about selection.

To nominate a film, four NONRETURNABLE DVDs must be submitted along with a short SYNOPSIS and CREDIT LISTS.

Entries must be shipped PREPAID.


Nomination to this curated Showcase grants the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, the UFVA and the IDA the right to use brief clips, photographs, and biographical data of filmmakers and their subjects for publicity and promotional purposes including UFVA/ IDA websites, podcasts and movie feeds.

If the film is chosen to be in the American Documentary Showcase, the copyright holder grants permission to screen the entire documentary, or portions thereof at American Embassies and venues selected by the Embassies, including foreign film festivals.

Films and non-returnable supporting materials should be shipped/mailed with all charges prepaid to:

Betsy A. McLane
Showcase Director
3801 University Avenue
Suite 260
Riverside, CA 92501

Any questions not addressed above should be directed to:



Maria Agui Carter, Manolo Celi, Edwin Pagan, & Joseph Julian Gonzalez
NALIPsters' shorts airing on Discovery En Español for Hispanic Heritage Month

Two short films made by NALIP members were selected for Discovery en Español's Hispanic Heritage Month initiative entitled "El Mundo Hispano" (The Hispanic World), which seeks to highlight the channel's strengths and best attributes and foster the talent of young and up-and-coming Hispanic directors in the U.S.

NALIP Board member Maria Agui Carter’s latest film, Un Par De Sueños, and NALIP member Manolo Celi's film Nueva York will be airing on Discovery En Español through October 15, running interspersed during the month within a special programming line-up.

Un Par De Sueños
Writer, director, editor, and NALIP Board member Maria Agui Carter collaborated with fellow NALIP members Edwin Pagan, cinematographer, and Joseph Julian Gonzalez, composer, to create this original dramatic short, airing between Sept. 14 to October 15, 2008. Un Par De Sueños is about a Latin American Immigrant couple who rise at dawn before their full time jobs every morning to gather recyclables destined for their redemption center, building an inheritance one nickel at a time for their son at Harvard University on scholarship. A story about one immigrant family's unflagging belief in the American Dream, Un Par De Sueños is a short film inspired by a true story of sacrifice and dignity, where a family’s humble yet heroic acts help make each other's dreams come true.

Click here to watch the film online, and get background info on the work

Nueva York
Writer, director, and NALIP member Manolo Celi created this short, which paints a picture of different Hispanics, in different situations, and how they all interconnect with each other within the canvas that is New York City. The story interweaves the lives of different U.S Hispanics who live in New York and how they overcome, how they triumph, how they provide for their families, how intrinsically tied they are to their new city, how their Latino “know-how” helps them survive. New York City is as much part of the story and as important as what happens to all of our characters. Think of the Movie Crash. This short is designed to reveal the interconnectivity between all of us and the universal truths that unite us.

Click here to watch the film online, and get background info on the work.

About "El Mundo Hispano"
The project, which started in June of 2008, sought out promising directors for the purpose of producing short films that would illustrate their view of "El Mundo Hispano" in the U.S. and communicate a positive and relevant message of what it means to be a Hispanic living here. These directors were tasked with using intrinsic traits and strong visuals paired with the voices and sounds of places and people, placed on a video canvas as an expression of their talent.

Roberto Arévalo
NALIPster's Colombian doc screening in LA and DC

NALIP member Roberto Arévalo, documentary producer and media educator, will present his Colombian documentary short Tejiendo Vida/Weaving Life as part of the National Geographic All Roads Film Festival in Los Angeles, California: Saturday September 27, 10:00pm at The Egyptian Theater, and in Washington D.C.: Friday, October 3, 7:00pm at National Geographic. For more info please visit the film festival's website.

Synopsis: Following in his father’s footsteps, Rubiel Velasquez weaves baskets from bejuco, a wood similar to bamboo, which is disappearing from the central Colombian landscape. In Spanish with English subtitles.



L.A. Latino Festival Prizes Paradise
(Variety) - Simon Brand's Colombian immigration drama "Paraiso Travel" (Paradise Travel) clinched the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival's Rita award for best film as well as its aud nod. FULL STORY

FULL COVERAGE of the LALIFF closing night available here.

Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego to Direct Ghost
(The Hollywood Reporter) - Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego is attached to direct the Paramount Vantage project "A Jealous Ghost," which Kirsten Dunst is starring in and producing. FULL STORY

Latin America Enters Oscar Race
(Variety) - Colombia's National Council for Arts and Culture has selected Carlos Moreno's "Perro come perro" (Dog Eat Dog) to represent the country in this year's foreign-language Oscar race. Venezuela also has tapped a newcomer's film to represent the country: Alejandro Bellame's "El tinte de la fama" (The Taint of Fame). FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Casting: Lead in a Thesis Film
We are looking for a Latina girl age 16-24 to play Five, the lead character, in our graduate thesis film, Five and the Pink Bullet. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION


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