Latinos In The Industry
  September 30, 2008  

Call For Submissions: Tribeca All Access

Tribeca All Access (TAA) is a year round networking and career development forum that advances diversity within the film industry by supporting the work of directors and screenwriters from traditionally under-represented communities within the industry. Approximately 30 qualified directors and screenwriters will be selected to participate in one-on-one meetings with key industry players in addition to networking and learning from dedicated panels and workshops during the Tribeca Film Festival. Program alumni receive year-round support through TAA On-Track, which includes educational panels and workshops; TFI hosted presentation screenings; promotional support for completed films; and the use of digital filmmaking and editing equipment.

Tribeca All Access is open to both mid-career and emerging narrative and documentary filmmakers. Applicants are required to apply with a completed feature-length screenplay, documentary proposal, or documentary work-in-progress and must have at least one screenwriter or director attached who qualifies.

The program is now a recognized talent pool within the industry and an unrivaled opportunity to advance your filmmaking career.

Join us for more information on October 22nd from 6:30p – 8:30p:
Tribeca Cinema Gallery
13 Laight St
New York, NY 10013

Note: TAA Alumni Paola Mendoza and Gloria La Morte will speak about their narrative feature Entre Nos along with TAA Alumnus Thomas Allen Harris who will speak about his documentary and multimedia outreach Project Through A Lens Darkly.

Apply Now! Deadline is December 8, 2008.

Members of NALIP receive a discount when applying. Please enter code: TFIAFF and submit proof of membership with the application supplemental materials.

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More Latinos Join the Cast of Dexter

By Melissa Rentería, The San Antonio Express-News

The Emmy-nominated series “Dexter,” a drama about forensic detective Dexter Morgan, who also happens to be a serial killer, returned for its third season on Showtime at 9 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 28. This season there’ll be more Latinos in the cast. Joining David Zayas and Lauren Velez in their crime fighting efforts is Jimmy Smits, who’ll play Assistant District Attorney Miguel Prado. Also joining the cast will be Valerie Cruz and San Antonio native Jesse Borrego in a multi-episode role.

Here’s a look at the Latino stars of the show and the characters they play:

David Zayas
This Puerto Rican-born former cop started taking acting classes while working the beat as one of New York’s finest. A full-time actor since the late 1990s, Zayas has had guest spots in several “Law & Order” episodes and small roles in “Rounders” and “Michael Clayton,” but he’s probably most recognized for his role as inmate Enrique Morales in the gritty HBO prison drama “Oz.”

In the last two seasons of “Dexter,” Zayas’s character, homicide detective Angel Batista, has had marital problems, and he’s tried to hook up with a mentally unstable woman named Lila. During a recent interview with Conexión, Zayas wouldn’t say too much about what Batista would experience in season three. “He gets into some crazy situations sometimes. How he deals with them makes the character interesting to watch and fun to play,” Zayas says.

Lauren Velez
The 43-year-old actress has played cops — “New York Undercover” — and doctors — “Strong Medicine” and “Oz.” Her role as Lt. Maria LaGuerta on “Dexter” has earned the native New Yorker two ALMA Award nominations. Velez, who is of Puerto Rican descent, has acted on Broadway and in feature films. Last season on “Dexter,” Lt. LaGuerta could have helped an innocent man being framed for murder, but her efforts failed.

Jimmy Smits
You’ve seen Smits on “L.A. Law” and “NYPD Blue,” two shows that had long and successful runs. His last effort, however, didn’t fare so well. “Cane,” last season’s much-hyped Latino-led drama starring Smits failed to catch on with critics or audiences. Smits, 53, is back and ready to delve into Dexter’s dark world. As Assistant District Attorney Miguel Prado, he’ll befriend Dexter, which could ultimately lead to a dramatic showdown toward season’s end.

Valerie Cruz
The Cuban-American actress, 32, has guest starred on “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Nip/Tuck.” She’ll play Prado’s wife on “Dexter.”

Jesse Borrego
You know the San Antonio-born actor, 46, from “Fame” and “Blood In, Blood Out.” He’ll join the cast of “Dexter” for a multi-episode role. “I’m still not sure what it will be,” the actor said recently. “I won’t know until I see the script.”

New Documentary Channel

Introducing the Cinedulce Documentary Channel! From a popular Nuyorican poet’s spin on the American Anthem to a look at U.S. Military recruitment techniques to a ‘day in the life’ of a Palestinian-American grocery store owner in Brooklyn, these documentaries tell compelling, important stories you don’t want to miss. This first batch of docs was produced by Third World Newsreel. Check them out!
Among is the first to Die, Just Ralph , Military Promises, Voices in the Street, Military Options, God Bless America, Tamales in January

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American Latino TV and LatiNation Debut Fall Seasons

American Latino TV and LatiNation, the nationally syndicated TV programs for U.S.-born Hispanics, announced today that both shows will debut their new seasons in a record number of cities beginning this week end, October 4th through 5th. American Latino TV's new season will premiere in an all-time high of 105 cities representing over 92 percent of Hispanic homes and over 70 percent of all U.S. TV homes. LatiNation will be seen in over 85 cities reaching over 88 percent of Hispanic homes and 65 million U.S. homes.

American Latino TV, the flagship program is headed into its seventh season with an innovative look. Shows will be hosted in a new studio with a bicoastal, co-hosted environment featuring Los Angeles host Jeannette Sandoval and New York host, Julian Dujarric. Freshly produced, weekly segments are being launched as part of the new look, including trivia testing viewers' knowledge of Latino culture. In addition, humorous and informative man-on-the-street style segments entitled "Viewer's Voice" have been added where participants help break down stereotypes and misinformation on topics as diverse as Hispanic urban legends or the meaning of Hispanic themed holidays.

LatiNation, American Latino TV's companion show, is celebrating its fifth season of broadcast syndication and will continue to be hosted by Adesina "Desi" Sanchez and Jose Mangin, the talented duo who have been fixtures on the show since the very first season. LatiNation is also featuring new segments, most notably "Making the Grade," which provides an encouraging and inspiring look at students and organizations that stress the importance of education.

American Latino TV and LatiNation, award-winning, English-language Latino themed TV programs are part of LatiNation, LLC, and a subsidiary of LATV Networks. For more information, please go to

Call for Entries: San Francisco International Women's Film Festival

The mission of the Women’s Film Institute (WFI) is to honor, showcase, and facilitate the creation of films directed or co-directed by women. WFI supports its mission by presenting the best in women’s cinema through the annual San Francisco International Women’s Film Festival (SFWFF), WFI Shorts Tour, and year-round educational programs and events.

The fifth annual SFWFF (April 1-5, 2009) is currently accepting film entries. SFWFF accepts films and videos directed or co-directed by women of all lengths and genres: narrative, experimental, documentary, music video, and animation. Deadline for entry: December 15, 2008. No Entry fee required.

In addition to the film festival, WFI is proud to launch and present the 1st WFI Shorts Tour Program. WFI is currently accepting entries for the 1st WFI Shorts Tour. The shorts tour will take place summer 2009 in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. WFI Shorts Tour accepts films and videos, thirty minutes or under in length, directed or co-directed by women, from all genres: narrative, experimental, documentary, music video, and animation. Entry Fee is $25 if submitted by December 15, 2008.

To submit your films to SFWFF and WFI Shorts Tour visit:

Call for Entries: L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival and Screenplay Competition

The 2009 L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival and Screenplay Competition (March 5-8, Hollywood, CA) is currently accepting submissions for short comedy films (30 minutes or less) and feature-length and short comedy scripts.

- Priceless industry exposure: Winners meet with production execs from Benderspink (American Pie, The Ring) and Generate.
- Great prizes: Over $35k in cash and prizes, including a short film production package.
- Celebrity support: Endorsed by comedy stars such as Bill Engvall, Kevin Nealon, and MADtv co-creator Fax Bahr, with additional guest judges and presenters at the festival.

So you think you're funny? Prove it! Submit your comedy script or short film today at Hurry... Early Bird Deadline ends Friday, October 3rd.

Latino Professional Network's "Nuestro LA" Networking Event - Oct. 2

Network with over 1,200 Latino Professionals and Community Leaders on the pool deck level of the Bonaventure Hotel! As spaces are nearly full, it is strongly recommended that you reserve your spot today- do not delay. Join the LPN for one of its final events of 2008!

Latino Professional Network "Nuestro LA- Una Noche de Exito, Orgullo, y Alegria" Networking Event and Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration at Bonaventure in Downtown LA! Featuring Complimentary Tequila Tasting and Margaritas (Mexico) and Complimentary Mojitos (Cuba), Complimentary South American Wine Tasting (Argentina and Chile), Live Andean Music and Dances (Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, and Chile), Ballet Folklorico (Mexico), Central American Dance, Live Salsa by "Chino Espinoza y Los Duenos del Son", Latino Art Exhibition, Complimentary Appetizers, and More!

Thursday, October 2, 2008, 6:30pm- 1:00am. RSVP REQUIRED!
Admission: $20 per person

For more information and to RSVP, please visit:



Vicente Serrano
NALIPster's doc premiering Oct. 1 at Chicago's Instituto Cervantes

NALIP member and Emmy-award winning broadcast journalist Vicente Serrano's film A Forgotten Injustice is the first documentary that tells the story of almost two million Mexican Americans and U.S. citizens, who were forced out of the Unites States during the Great Depression in the 1930s. These people were forced to leave because of one reason, they just happened to be of Mexican descent.

A Forgotten Injustice premieres Wednesday October 1 at 6:30 P.M, at the Instituto Cervantes of Chicago located at 31 W Ohio between State and Dearborn in Downtown Chicago. Additional screenings are scheduled for Thursday October 2 until Wednesday October 8 at 6:30 P.M.

“Mexicans in many respects became scapegoats after the crash of the stock market” Says Friedrich Katz- Professor of History from the University of Chicago. “What the authorities didn’t take into consideration was that many of the Mexicanos had been here for thirty years or more. Many of them without papers, because before 1924, when the border patrol was established, you didn’t really need papers,” says Raymond Rodriguez, Co Author of the book “Decade of Betrayal”.

Vicente Serrano is an Emmy-award winning and respected broadcast journalist host of “En Contexto con Vicente Serrano” which airs on WSNS Telemundo Chicago. Serrano’s Grandmother and his Great Grand Uncle are survivors of the Mexican repatriation of the 1930s.

A Forgotten Injustice is the result of an extensive investigation headed by journalist Vicente Serrano. Serrano traveled across the country and Mexico to capture the experiences of these men and women, many still living in extreme poverty in rural areas in Mexico. Some of the survivors are coming back to the U.S almost 80 years later. “They should apologize for what they have done to us before we die and before the government commits the same mistakes,” exclaimed Emilia Castañeda who was born in Los Angeles and forced to leave the U.S with her family in the 30s.

A Forgotten Injustice includes interviews with historians, politicians and survivors. Among them, Former California State Senator Joseph Dunn, John Coatsworth, Dean, School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, Hilda Solis, US Representative, Raymond Rodriguez, Professor of History, emeritus, Long Beach City College, Francisco Balderrama, co-author of “Decade of Betrayal”, Ernesto Nava Villa, Son of Pancho Villa, and John Eastman, Dean, Kennedy Law School at Chapman University.

Denise Zmekhol
NALIPster’s doc premiering Oct. 4 at Mill Valley Film Fest

NALIP member Denise Zmekhol’s documentary Children of the Amazon will have its world premiere at the Mill Valley Film Festival on Saturday, October 4 at 7:15pm and Sunday, October 5 at 4:00pm. For details or to purchase tickets, please go to

Children of the Amazon documents Denise’s journey to the heart of the Amazon rainforest in search of the indigenous children she photographed 15 years earlier. Life in the rainforest has been utterly transformed by a road that brought ranchers, loggers, disease and destruction. Among the main characters are the now-grown children that she photographed years ago, as well as the legendary rubber tapper Chico Mendes who was assassinated for his non-violent resistance to rampant deforestation, and Surui Chief Almir who - despite death threats - continues his efforts to stop illegal logging and preserve his culture.

As part of the premiere event, two of the film’s main characters will be at the screenings to speak with audience members Elenira Mendes, the daughter of Chico Mendes and Chief Almir Surui who has worked tirelessly to safeguard the forest and its people. Capitalizing on Almir and Elenira’s visit, University of California Berkeley’s Center for Latin American Studies will be hosting a public panel discussion based on the issues raised in my film. The panel will take place at 7:00 PM on October 1st.

In celebration of the premiere of Children of the Amazon and in recognition of the visit of Chief Almir Surui, Mayor Gavin Newsom has declared October 4, 2008 officially as Chief Almir Surui Day in San Francisco.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the assassination of Chico Mendes. Chico was one of the world’s most courageous environmentalists and remains an icon to this day. His posthumous victory in the establishment of 22 million acres of protected reserves is made bittersweet by the recent rise in illegal logging in the Amazon. Past anniversaries of his death have been commemorated through tributes on NPR, publications of books, and awards in his honor, and the release of Children of the Amazon two decades after his death ensures that his life and his work remain a part of our collective conscience. Elenira Mendes has founded the Chico Mendes Institute to carry on the important work to which her father was devoted. As a tribute to Chico, Zoe Elton, who is coordinating a tree planting effort as part of the Active Cinema panel, has suggested Elenira plant a tree in honor of her father.

Like Chico Mendes, Chief Almir Surui has received both international recognition and death threats for his efforts to preserve his rainforest home. Almir has been an instrumental part of creating ethno-maps that document the historical, cultural and natural richness of the Surui reserves. He has recently forged an unusual alliance with Google Earth using their satellite technology to help monitor illegal logging. His work has been the focus of significant media attention including a feature article in Smithsonian Magazine and a recent article profiling his collaborative efforts with Google.

Chris Eska
NALIPster's film August Evening opens in L.A.

NALIP member Chris Eska's film August Evening has opened in Los Angeles, and is currently playing at the Laemmle Sunset 5 Hollywood. The film is distributed by Maya Releasing.

Laemmle Sunset 5 Hollywood
8000 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA
* Show times are 1:00PM, 4:00PM, 7:00PM & 10:00PM



Indie Filmmakers Find Hope at FIFF
(indieWIRE) - "I can't talk about the 'crisis' of the indie film industry. There is no crisis," began Ted Hope's Saturday morning Film Independent Filmmaker Forum keynote speech at the DGA in Los Angeles. FULL STORY

Review: Nuestro desaparecidos / Our Disappeared
(Variety) - Like an archaeologist looking for a lost civilization, filmmaker Juan Mandelbaum searches for hints and stories of victims of Argentina's bloody mid-'70s era in the sensitively rendered "Our Disappeared." FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

IDA Executive Director
The International Documentary Association - IDA - is seeking a dynamic, outgoing executive with experience in the television/film industry, familiarity with the documentary world, willing to travel, extensive managerial & leadership skills, fund raising and budget management experience, and web communication skills. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Production Sound Mixer
IFP-nominated script looking for production sound person. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Women Writers to Mentor and Volunteer
WriteGirl islooking for mentors and volunteers for our 8th season of creative writing workshops and mentoring for teen girls. FULL OPPORTUNITY DESCRIPTION

Spanish Speaking-Undecided Voters (NY)
CNN en Español is in search of Spanish-speaking undecided voters to interview in the coming days and weeks as we approach the presidential election. FULL OPPORTUNITY DESCRIPTION


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