Latinos In The Industry
  August 7, 2008  

NALIP and IAIA Co-Host Special Screening of Sleep Dealer (Santa Fe)

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) is proud to host a special screening and case study discussion of the Sundance feature film Sleep Dealer, in collaboration with the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP), on August 15, 2008 at the IAIA Campus, 83 Avan Nu Po Road. Seating for the film will begin at 8:15 p.m. The public is invited to this free event which will include questions and answers with the filmmaker and star.

The screening is part of the NALIP Latino Producers Academy™, a professional development program designed to support the next generation of Latino, Native and New Mexican documentary and feature filmmakers. Now in its sixth year, the Latino Producers Academy (LPA) moved to Santa Fe after being invited by Governor Bill Richardson and the New Mexico Film Office to support the development of diverse above-the-line talent. The Institute of American Indian Arts has worked closely with NALIP in the last few months to support the goals and mission of the LPA, and values the relationship that has been established to develop vibrant regional and minority voices telling narrative and documentary stories.

The National Association of Latino Independent Producers is a national membership organization that addresses the professional needs of Latino/Latina independent producers. With a mission to promote the advancement, development and funding of Latino/Latina film and media arts in all genres, NALIP is dedicated to supporting the production of more images by and about Latinos.

Sleep Dealer, directed by Alex Rivera and starring Jacob Vargas with Luis Fernando Pena and Leonor Varela, is a gorgeous, intelligent, and intensely imaginative film that premiered at Sundance 2008, where it won the Waldo Salt screenwriting award. It is set for distribution by Maya Pictures in February 2009. The feature drama is set in a near future marked by airtight international borders, militarized corporate warriors, and an underground class of node workers who plug their nervous systems into a global computer network to commodify memory. Burning with visual energy and originality, Sleep Dealer is a prescient work of science fiction that is as politically engaged as it is enjoyable to watch.

Filmmaker Alex Rivera was born in 1973 to natives of Peru and New Jersey. He studied cinema and political science at HampshireCollege, receiving his BA in 1995. Rivera’s Papapapé (1995) won a silver award at the New York Expo of Short Film and Video, and his 1997 short Why Cybraceros? screened at the Telluride Film Festival. A 1998 Rockefeller Media Fellow, Rivera developed Sleep Dealer, his first feature, at the 2000 Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab and the 2001 Directors Lab. He will be joined by star Jacob Vargas, also seen in Jarhead and Bobby, who participates in the 2008 LPA as a Feature Acting Fellow.

For more information about the screening, please contact Kathryn Galan, Executive Director of the National Association for Latino Independent Producers at 310.614.1888 or For more information about the Institute of American Indian Arts New Media Department, please visit:

Free Legal Workshop: Contracts for Filmmakers

Downtown Film Festival - Los Angeles presents a Free Legal Workshop. Filmmakers understand there are numerous legal issues involved in bringing a screenplay to life, especially issues regarding ownership and right to use intellectual property. At various stages of production, different entities with different expectations about content use and compensation are participating in the process. How those expectations are addressed and managed can make the difference in having a film successfully reach completion or having one fraught with legal issues and hard feelings amongst the various industry players. This presentation by David Levitt, partner at the national law firm Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, is designed to raise awareness to some of these legal issues and to suggest possible solutions.

August 9th, 2008
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Festival Headquarters - Barker Block
530 South Hewitt Street
Unit 153
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Cine Fest Petrobras Brasil, August 10-16 (NYC)

Between August 10 and 16, Central Park, Tribeca Cinemas and the United Nations will host the 6th edition of the annual Cine Fest Petrobras Brasil, created and produced by Inffinito Group. During the course of one week, the festival will feature over 24 films, both short and feature length, documentary and fiction, including one World Premiere, three US Premieres and eight NY Premieres.

Confirmed special guests for this year include celebrity actor Rodrigo Santoro (Out of Tune) who is know to world-wide audiences thanks to his participation in the blockbusters 300 and Charlie's Angels Full Throttle, along with filmmakers Walter Lima Jr. (Out of Tune), Ana Jobim (The House of Tom), Cris D'amato (No Control), Marco Altberg (Panair), among many other special guests.

The festival will be launched this year with a special tribute to the 50th Anniversary of Bossa Nova, Brazil's world renowned musical invention, at Central Park SummerStage. This special opening night will feature a live concert with acclaimed singer Maria Rita, daughter of two icons of Brazilian music Elis Regina e Cesar Camargo Mariano, and the screening of the feature film Out of Tune (Os Desafinados) by Walter Lima Jr. which reveal the 50's, 60's and 70's in Brazil through the story of a fictional Bossa Nova band.

The Bossa Nova celebration continues with a special screening at the United Nations Headquarters of Anna Jobim's The House of Tom, an endearing documentary on her late husband, the music legend Carlos Antonio Jobim. The director will be awarded with a special Crystal Lens Award at a cocktail reception hosted by Embratur, following the screening.

"The festival is going to surprise everyone with the depth and range of our screenings along with the exciting special events : the concert at SummerStage and the United Nations event. We believe in attracting businesses through culture, and our sponsor shares this view", says Adriana Dutra, director of Inffinito Group. Cine Fest Petrobras Brasil has become an official event of the Brazilian Government as well of the New York cultural calendar. The event is also sponsored by Embratur, the country's Tourism Office.

Some of the highlights of the film program are the World Premiere of Youth a film by Domingos Oliveira and Philippe Barcinski's film Not by Chance by Executive Producer Fernando Meirelles (City of God, The Constant Gardener). The selected films showcase the diversity of themes, narratives and landscapes that Brazil has to offer and they offer New York audiences a great opportunity to get a taste of the vibrant local film scene that has created such international hits as Central Station, City of God and the forthcoming sensation Elite Squad.

All of the film screenings of the official selection will take place August 11-16 at the Tribeca Cinemas. All features compete for the Crystal Lens Award for the Best Feature Film, a prize awarded by the audience. The Closing Ceremony will take place on Saturday, August 16 at the Tribeca Cinemas.

Additionally nightly after the screenings, the audience along with special guests, directors and actors, will be treated to the Petrobras Lounge, hosted by DJ Luluta, who will be spinning different rhythms every night. The Petrobas Lounge is also located at the Tribeca Cinemas.

Two new additions to the annual roster of Brazilian premieres are the special shorts project Revealing the Brazils and the sidebar DOCTV. Before each screening at the Tribeca Cinemas, there will be the projection of a short film from the Revealing the Brasils project. The project, in partnership with the Audiovisual Secretariat of the Ministry of Culture and sponsored by Petrobras, was born from the idea to show an unknown Brazil to the world. Its stories are told from the point of view of the common Brazilian inhabitant of small cities, who would normally never have the chance of seeing their talent on the big screens.

DOCTV is a unique program developed by the Audiovisual Secretariat of the Ministry of Culture, TV Cultura and the ABEPEC (Brazilian Association of Public, Education and Cultural Broadcasters) that promotes the partnership between Brazilian public TV and independent producers. Created in 2003, the program aims at promoting the regionalization of the production of documentaries, articulating a national circuit of TV broadcast through the Public Television Network and proposing a business model that makes regional markets viable for Brazilian documentary films. This sidebar showcases some of the most outstanding works that have participated in this program.

WHAT: The 6th Cine Fest Petrobras Brasil, "The Reel Brazilian Film Festival"
WHERE AND WHEN: Sunday, August 10 through Saturday, August 16.
- Opening night screening + concert: Sunday, August 10 at Central Park SummerStage (Rumsey Playfield, enter at 72nd and Fifth Avenue). Free Admission.
- Film screenings: daily August 11 - 16, at the Tribeca Cinemas (54 Varick Street). Tickets: $10.
- Special Private Screening of The House of Tom + cocktail: Tuesday, August 12 at 6pm at the United Nations Building (UN) Library Auditorium (1st Avenue and 46th Street Entrance). By invitation only.
- Awards Ceremony: Saturday, August 16, 10pm at the Tribeca Cinemas.



Ruth Livier
NALIPster creates web series premiering Aug. 8

YLSE, a groundbreaking new webseries, by show creator and NALIP member Ruth Livier (LPA 2005/2007), is premiering on August 8, 2008. Livier and series director Joe Camareno, bring to the small screen a not so politically correct comedy about a young woman's climb up the journalistic ladder and the colorful characters that make up her life. Ylse struggles with her professional life, while navigating the unique circumstances of those living a dual existence; being an American woman of Mexican descent working in the male dominated entertainment news industry. This is no easy ride as Ylse has her own notions as to how things should get done. No serenity, no calm as she rides an emotional roller coaster in this Ally McBeal meets Larry Sanders romp.

Livier Productions Presents...
A PlayGrounds, Ink! Production

Created / Written by Ruth Livier
Directed by Joe Camareno

With an all-star cast including Ruth Livier, Marlene Forte & Alex de Hoyos

Special Guest Stars Jonathon Nichols, Ivonne Coll, Hector Hank, Yvonne De La Rosa, Gabriel Romero, Martin Morales, Jon Huertas & Raymond Cruz

Director of Photography AJ Rickert-Epstein
Editor Stephen Murray
Ylse Theme / Score Composed by Andy Georges

Behind the Scenes Host EMMY Award Winning Actress Marabina Jaimes

YLSE will be available on iTunes, YouTube &

Deborah Calla
NALIPster's at Downtown Film Festival in LA

A Beautiful Life written by NALIP member Deborah Calla and Wendy Hammond, produced by Deborah Calla and directed by Alejandro Chomski screens at the Downtown Film Festival on August 14th at 7:30pm at the Lamelle Grande Theatre in downtown LA.

The film shot entirely in downtown Los Angeles by award winning cinematographer Nancy Schreiber stars Jesse Garcia, Angela Sarafyan, Dana Delany, Debi Mazar, Bai Ling and Enrique Castillo tells the story of an runaway (Angela Sarafyan) and an illegal (Jesse Garcia) who find in each other the courage to dream.

Jerry G. Angelo
NALIPster's short wins award at Duke City Shootout

NALIP member Jerry G. Angelo who produced The Bakers Road Killings for the Duke City Shootout of New Mexico had it's world premiere the 2nd of August.

The Bakers Road Killings won Best Cinematography, starring Basil Hoffman and Luce Raines. Vote and view the ten minute drama at:

NALIPsters at HollyShorts

In addition to the films listed in Tuesday's LITI, there is an additional NALIP member's film screening in the 4th annual HollyShorts Film Festival, which runs from August 7-10, 2008.

Visit for more information on films and show times.

Producer: Alex Castillo
August 9 @ 1:00 PM
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Jobs & Opportunities

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

Please note: The links are now working correctly for the job descriptions listed in Tuesday's LITI newsletter.

Latina Film Festival Director
Urgently seeking Latina Film Festival Director for BHLIFE Latina Film Festival happening in December at CASA 0101. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Post Production Supervisor for Feature
Experienced post production supervisor needed for feature film project. Pay $10,000 flat. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Full-Length and One-Act Plays for Production
The Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica is looking for full-length and one-act PLAYS to be included in our monthly reading of selected scripts, which may then be considered for production by the company. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Volunteer at Downtown Film Festival
Come be a part of the excitement at the Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles, launching Wednesday, August 13th through Sunday, August 18th, and be a volunteer. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting: Families for Pilot
Susan Johnston Casting is looking for families with children that their grandparents need elder care. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION


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