Latinos In The Industry
  August 12, 2008  

First LIPDOCS Pitch Forum to Conclude 2008 LPA Documentary Program (Santa Fe)

The Santa Fe Center for Contemporary Arts will be the scene of the closing event at NALIP’s sixth Latino Producers Academy documentary program. On Wednesday, Aug. 13, all thirteen LPA documentary projects will be presented in a unique pitch/presentation forum at the conclusion of their 12-day program. The program will be open to Cinematheque members and the general public, plus will include LPA Feature Fellows, mentors and production staff as they gear up the beginning of their program.

Before a professional panel of funders and broadcasters that will include CPB Senior VP Television Content Ted Garcia, Sundance Documentary Fund’s Rahdi Taylor, PBS’ Kathy Lo and Latino Public Broadcasting Executive Director Patricia Boero. Six of the projects are in post-production, and have attended the 2008 Academy with their editors and rough cuts. They will do 10-minute presentations that combine a story pitch, project status and recut scenes or trailers. From Albuquerque, New Mexico, Darryl Deloach will present THE LIBERATION OF TAOS SKI VALLEY, and from Santa Fe two development projects will be presented: SPOILED by Kelly Kowalski and SALAAM SHALOM by Claudio Ruben.

LPA 2007 staff member Roberto Gudino returned this year as a Fellow and presents his production project ABOVE THE FOLD, joining Alma Hernandez and Lourdes Medrano who present TUCSON 11, Roberto Martinez Mighty who presents KolorGirlz, Margarita Ramon who pitches The SUPERNATURAL WORLD OF TRESHAM GREGG and Rakel Sosa Mendez, whose project is OSCAR D’LEON: BEYOND BOUNDARIES.

Additional post-production projects to be pitched on Wednesday include William Caballero’s AMERICAN DREAM DEFERRED, Diana Campos’ FULL TANK, HALF A CAR, Sara MacPherson’s ALSO RAN, Paul Lima’s MY FATHER’S PEOPLE, and Chelo Alvarez’s SOLD INTO SLAVERY.

The inaugural LIPDOCS program will be preceded by a Welcome/Closing Cocktail reception for the LPA Fellows and mentors, local supporters and funders including guests of the New Mexico Film Office and Governor Richardson. The LPA moved to Santa Fe for the first time in 2008, through an invitation by the Governor and the NMFO to support their development of Latino, Native and New Mexican talent. For more information about Nalip and the LPA go to

Deadline Approaching: NLMC Latino Television Writers Program

The National Latino Media Council's Fall 2008 Latino Television Writers Program is now accepting applications. This program is not for beginners. It is for those writers who can write at least one half-hour comedy or one-hour dramatic television script in English within a five-week period of time. The program will take place in Los Angeles, CA from November 8th to December 13th.

Each participant is expected to complete at least one script by the end of the five-week session, which will then be read by network executives. Those writers whose scripts show promise will be interviewed and mentored by the network executives with the idea of placing them on a show. Nine of our writers from previous sessions have already been placed.

A stipend of $250 per week will be given to each participant. Flight, housing, and meals will be provided.

Writing samples must be in English and Television scripts are preferred. Please note that writing teams are ineligible. The deadline for submissions is September 2nd. Scripts will be evaluated and program participants announced on October 16th.

For writing samples to be considered, please submit the following:
- Program Application
- Resume/Bio
- Writing Sample (1) hard copy and saved on a CD (PDF format)
- Notarized release forms
- A paragraph explaining why you want to write for television

To download program application and release forms, please visit

Writing sample must be post marked by September 2nd and sent to:
National Latino Media Council
55 S. Grand Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91105

Downtown Film Festival LA's American Latino Screening Series

The first annual Downtown Film Festival, Los Angeles (DFFLA) announced its 2008 line up for the American Latino Film Series, including several films by NALIP members. The five-day event, August, 13-17, will present 23 feature and 180 short films at venues throughout Downtown L.A., from the historic movie palaces on Broadway Avenue to Barker Block and SCI-Arc in Downtown's Arts District. As one of the festivals many exciting programs, the American Latino Film Series will showcase two feature films and twelve short films made by or about American Latinos.

A Beautiful Life, directed by Alejandro Chomski and written and produced by NALIP member Deborah Calla, will be presented as the Opening Film of the American Latino Film Series on Thursday, August 14th, at the Laemmle Grande in Downtown LA. All attendees of A Beautiful Life will be invited to the private after-screening party held at the festival headquarters at the Barker Block presented by Latin Heat Entertainment, VIP Latino Magazine and 213 Entertainment.

American Latino filmmakers hail from many different background but share one commonality, they are Latinos living in the US. “These filmmakers have an impact on todays American Cinema. Our program aims to showcase the outstanding talent that will make a difference in world cinema, right in our own backyard,” said Henry K. Priest, currator of the American Latino Film Series and Co-Director of the Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles.

A Beautiful Life - 7:30 pm, Thursday, Aug. 14th at Laemmle Grande
Written and produced by NALIP member Deborah Calla

A touching story of a teenage girl and boy who meet in shadows of downtown Los Angeles. Maggie is a teenaged runaway fleeing her family; David is a teenaged illegal immigrant in search of his mother. When their paths cross, both are alone in the City of Angels, a place where some come to dream and others to hide. Directed by Alejandro Chomski. Cast includes Angela Sarafyan, Jesse Garcia, Debi Mazar, Dana Delany and Enrique Castillo.

A Beautiful Life will be preceeded by a screening of Primera Comunión directed by former NALIP membership coordinator Daniel Eduvijes Carrera.

Emilio - 9:30pm, Saturday, Aug. 16th at L.A. Center Studios

Emilio is the soulful tale of a young man (19 years) who leaves his village in Mexico looking for his kidnapped sister. His journey leads him to Los Angeles, where we see the city through the eyes of a penniless illegal immigrant on a desperate quest. Written and Directed by Kim Jorgensen. Cast includes Walter Perez, Danny Martinez, Alejandro Patino, Wendell Wright, Ryan McTavish

Emilio will be preceeded by a screening of A Day's Work directed by Rajeev Dassani.


4:00pm, Sunday, Aug. 17th at Laemmle Grande

Afuera, Directed by Florencia Krochik
Asi Es (The Way It Is), Directed by Risa Mara Machuca
A Better Life (Una Vida Mejor), Directed by Luis Fernandez Reneo
Broken English, Directed by Oscar Alvarez
LA Noir, Directed by Conrad Jackson, written and co-produced by NALIP LPA and LWL Fellow Ricardo Acuña
La Lloron, Directed by Chris Liliedahl
El Primo, Directed by Nick Oceano
La Puta, Directed by Iris Almaraz
Soy Soldado (Irak), Directed by Juan Escobedo
The Stain On The Sidewalk, Directed by NALIP LPA and LWL Fellow Adam Schlachter

The festival's complete programming line-up and ticket information is available at


All ALMA Awards Doc Nominees Produced by NALIP Members

The official nominees for the Outstanding Made-for-Television Documentary category in the 2008 ALMA Awards have been announced, and every nominated film was produced by a NALIP member:

American Experience: Roberto Clemente
Producer: NALIP board member Bernardo Ruiz

Bragging Rights: Stickball Stories
Producer: Former NALIP board member Sonia Gonzalez-Martinez (LPA)

Brown is the New Green: George Lopez and the American Dream
Producer: NALIP member and Conference 9 presenter Phillip Rodriguez

La Lupe Queen of Latin Soul
Producer: Founding NALIP member Ela Troyano

Made in LA
Producer: NALIP member and Estela Award winner Almudena Carracedo (LPA)

Orozco: Man of Fire
Producers: Laurie Coyle and founding NALIP member and LPA mentor Rick Tejada Flores



Entertainment Sites on the Rise
(Variety) - The online competition for news of the entertainment industry is about to get much more intense. Several new sites are set to launch from the likes of Tina Brown, Bonnie Fuller and Sharon Waxman. FULL STORY

Indie August Rush As Elegy and Bottle Shock Take Off
(indieWIRE) - In the past few years, late summer has become a key month for specialty releases, and this weekend Isabel Coixet's "Elegy" grossed a stellar $104,168 from just six screens, while Randall Miller's "Bottle Shock" opened at a more aggressive 48 locations for $277,839 gross. FULL STORY

Maya Spreads Wings
(Monterey County Herald) - When the Maya Salinas 14 Cinemas opened in July 2005, it was the first and only theater complex operated by Maya Cinemas North America Inc. But the Oldtown Salinas theaters were never meant to be a solo act. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Director of Human Resources at SiTV
SiTV is hiring a dynamic Human Resources expert who will manage the day to day functions of our HR department as a generalist with a client base of 70 staff employees. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Producer / Line Producer Wanted for Feature Film
A talented, hard-working filmmaker with solid experience and feature credits who can manage ALL aspects of production wanted for a quality dramatic feature budgeted at under $1M. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Fall Internships at Sirius XM Radio
Sirius is currently offering internships in accounting, interactive, music programming, marketing, ad sales, engineering, and public relations. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Acquisition Intern at Maya
Step into a role to work with the Director of Acquisition while learning to hone your management skills and build your resume and experience. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting: Indie Feature Saint Simon
We are now accepting actor submissions for the independent feature film, Saint Simon. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION


From the Editor


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