2008 ALMA Awards Recipients
NALIP is very pleased to announce that American Experience: Roberto Clemente, written directed and produced by NALIP Board Member Bernardo Ruiz is the winner of the 2008 NCLR ALMA Award® for Outstanding Made-for-Television Documentary. “All of tonight’s nominees are members or have been active with the National Association of Latino Independent Producers,” Ruiz announced via a written statement, “and I would very much like to recognize NALIP for its continued support and development of Latino filmmakers.”
America Ferrera was hailed as Chevy Entertainer of the Year for her role in "Ugly Betty" at the 2008 ALMA Awards, which were taped Sunday night at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. The annual ALMA Awards recognize outstanding artistic achievement of Latinos in film, television, and music.
The two-hour program, presented by the National Council of La Raza, which will air Sept. 12 on ABC, also honored Linda Rondstadt with a Trailblazer Award for her contributions to music. Singer-songwriter Shakira was presented with a Humanitarian Award for her work in early childhood education.
A Special achievement award for outstanding director of a made-for-TV movie went to Kenny Ortega for "High School Musical 2," while the special achievement in fashion honors went to designer Narciso Rodriguez.
A complete list of winners follows:
2008 ALMA Awards
Outstanding comedy special
"George Lopez: America's Mexican" (HBO)
Outstanding made-for-TV documentary
"American Experience: Roberto Clemente" (PBS)
Outstanding career achievement award
David Wader, stage manager
Special achievement award: outstanding Spanish-language motion picture
"La Misma Luna"
Outstanding director of a television series
Linda Mendoza, "Betty's Baby Bump," "Ugly Betty" (ABC)
Outstanding female performance in a comedy series
Judy Reyes, "Scrubs" (NBC)
Outstanding supporting actress in a drama series
Julie Gonzalo - Eli Stone (ABC)
Outstanding writing for a television series
Gloria Calderon Kellett, "How I Met Everyone Else," "How I Met Your Mother" (CBS)
Outstanding actor in a drama series
Edward James Olmos, "Battlestar Galactica" (Sci Fi Channel)
Outstanding performance of a Latino/a-led ensemble
"Ugly Betty" (ABC)
Chevy Entertainer of the Year
NCLR ALMA Humanitarian Award
Special Achievement in Fashion
Special achievement award: outstanding director of a made-for-TV movie
Kenny Ortega, "High School Musical 2" (Disney Channel)
Outstanding performance of a Latino/a-led ensemble
"Ugly Betty" (ABC)
Outstanding actress in a drama series
Roselyn Sanchez, "Without A Trace" (CBS)
Outstanding male performance in a comedy series
Charlie Sheen, "Two and a Half Men" (CBS)
Outstanding supporting actor in a drama series
Jorge Garcia, "Lost" (ABC)
Reality Series Produced by NALIPster Director/Writer Team Ernesto Quintero and Diana M. Perez Premieres
Ernesto Quintero (Higher Ground Entertainment), director/executive producer and Dianna M. Perez, writer of The Mun2 Hook Up first met in 1999 at the first NALIP conference in San Francisco, CA. The two shared a vision of producing projects that inspired and create social change. “The Mun2 Hook Up”, which helps young people get ‘hooked up” with top professionals fits perfectly with this vision Higher Ground was contracted to produce the 13 episode mun2 created series with Quintero attached as director/executive producer and Perez slated as the writer/co-producer.
This fresh, new Mun2 series hooks up young, ambitious Latinos by introducing them to successful Latino professionals in their industry of choice. With the guidance of experts raging from celebrities like Sabrina Bryan and athletes like Tony Gonzalez, to musicians like Beto Cuevas and Frankie J and influential leaders in their fields like Dr. Alfredo Quinones the former farm worker turned brain surgeon of John Hopkins, these young apprentices explore and get a new appreciation for their dream job. Once paired up, their Latino role models provide them with invaluable, real-life advice. Their skills are put to the test as they get a reality check on what it really takes to succeed in their field of interest. For some it’s a wake up call. For others it’s the experience of a lifetime. The Mun2 Hook Up airs every Wednesday night at 10pm Pacific Standard Time on Mun2. Episodes simultaneously premier on the website: www.holamun2.com/hookup
“At Mun2 we set out to create content that reflects the aspirations of our viewers,” said Gloria Medel, executive producer for Mun2 West Coast and Executive Producer of the Mun2 Hook Up. “Higher Ground’s passion for the project made them a perfect fit to produce the series.”
Along with sharing similar visions, Quintero and Perez have similar stories; they are self-taught. “I wasn’t going to wait for the big budgets”, says Quintero, “ I felt there were stories I could tell with the limited equipment I had”. So he used a pro-summer camera, taught himself final cut pro and learned how to tell stories in that medium. Now, Quintero has written, directed and produced a number of award-winning commercials, short films, and documentaries. Similarly, instead of waiting for someone else to buy her script, Perez independently produced and directed her first feature film, “Students Like Us” which Quintero edited and co-produced. The film is currently in post-production and is slated to do the festival circuit in 2009. “If you have a fire in your belly to express yourself, nothing should stop you “, says Perez.
As to the “Mun2 Hook Up”, Quintero attributes his early years of run-and–gun filmmaking for preparing him most to direct reality T.V. For even the most experienced, shooting the majority of a half hour episode in just several hours would be a challenge. Well, those early years of training have paid off because “The Mun2 Hook Up” featuring Kansas City Chiefs tight end and future Hall-of-Famer Tony Gonzalez premiered the series. It’s in the ‘doing’ that we learn to call it, harness and produce it, “says Quintero. “The writer/director process in reality television is different than other formats. Together we are crafting the story before it is shot and all through post. Collaborating is about trust, respect and also not being afraid to fight for your vision,” says Perez “And collaborating with Ernie is an honor because I have the utmost respect for his work and we share this mission to create positive change. And how much more positive can you get than ‘The Mun2 Hook Up’?”
Quintero and Perez welcome Nalipsters to log onto www.holamun2.com/hookup to view the episodes and share their thoughts on the show.
Higher Ground Entertainment has been part of a number of award-winning projects such as the Imagen Awards for the PBS “Voces” series (2007) and a Cine Golden Eagle Award for directing the opening sequence of Lalo Guerrero (2007). Most recent, Quintero received a nomination for Outstanding Made-for TV Documentary Producer for an Alma Award for his work in Pancho Gonzalez’s Warrior of The Court.
For additional information contact Daniel Haro at email@example.com or visit www.highergroundentertainment.net
Call for Entries: Big Apple Film Festival
5th Annual Big Apple Film Festival, Tribeca Cinemas, NYC, November 19-22.
Named one of MovieMaker Magazine's "25 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee".
Submission deadline: September 1st (postmark). Features special NYC premieres, panel discussions and networking events, nightly parties, closing night awards ceremony.
To submit go to http://www.bigapplefilmfestival.com
Ford Amphitheatre Partnership Program Application Workshop
On Wednesday, August 20 at 7 p.m. at the Ford Theatres in Hollywood, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission will host application workshops for the 2009 Ford Amphitheatre Summer Partnership Program. The Ford Amphitheatre summer season is a multi-disciplinary performance series running from May through October. The core of the season is comprised of productions that are part of the Ford Amphitheatre Summer Partnership Program – partnerships between the Arts Commission and professional arts organizations in Los Angeles County. Performances take place at the 1,245-seat John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, a Los Angeles County regional park facility. The Arts Commission provides significant presentation & marketing support to participating arts organizations which, in turn, provide the residents of Los Angeles County with a rich cultural sampling of performing arts of the region.
All interested organizations are encouraged to attend a workshop to find out more about the program and the application process.
The workshop will take place at the [Inside] the Ford Theatre space located at 2580 Cahuenga Blvd, East in Hollywood. Free parking will be available in the theatre parking lot.
Please RSVP with your name, company/ensemble, email address, phone number and the workshop date you plan to attend to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 323-856-5793 for more information. For a map and directions to the theatre, visit www.fordtheatres.org