Latinos In The Industry
  August 19, 2008  

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

Non-broadcast 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)

Telecast awards

Chevy Entertainer of the Year
America Ferrera

NCLR ALMA Humanitarian Award

Trailblazer Award
Linda Ronstadt

Special Achievement in Fashion
Narciso Rodriguez

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:

“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 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 or visit

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

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 or call 323-856-5793 for more information. For a map and directions to the theatre, visit



Olga Arana
Doc about Desar Chavez screening in LA and NY

NALIP member Olga Arana recently served as supervising producer on the documentary Viva la Causa, which will be screening in NY and Los Angeles. It is running for Academy consideration, so members of the Academy are especially encouraged to come. The doc tells the inspirational story of Cesar Chavez and his amazing peaceful battle for justice.

The film will be screened starting this Friday, August 22 to August 28.

Screen in Los Angeles:
The Landmark
10850 W Pico Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Time: 12pm

Screen in New York:
The Sunshine Cinema
143 East Houston Street
New York, NY 10002
Time: 12pm

Francisco Bello
NALIPster's Oscar-nominated short premiering on Cinemax Reel Life

The 2008 OSCAR® Nominated Documentary Short Subject, Salim Baba, produced and photographed by NALIP member Francisco Bello (LPA 2007), will have its U.S. broadcast premiere on the Cinemax Reel Life series on August 20 at 8pm! The film will be shown along with our fellow OSCAR® Nominated Documentary Shorts through 2008-09 as a presentation of HBO DOCUMENTARY FILMS.

For more info please visit our website and follow the link to the Salim Baba HBO page for showtimes.

Alex Castillo
NALIPster's short El Primo screening at Palm Springs

NALIP member Alex Castillo's short film El Primo will be screening at the Palms Springs International Festival of Shorts.

El Primo is the story of a sheltered, sensitive teenager who visits his tough, older cousin in Laredo, Texas and learns a hard lesson about what it means to be a man. Directed by Nick Oceano and produced by Alex Castillo

Palm Springs International Festival of Shorts
August 24, 1:30pm
Camelot Theatres
2300 East Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA

Click here for tickets and more information.



Rivero's Paraque Via from Mexico Wins Locarno Fest's Top Prize
(indieWIRE) - Enrique Rivero won Mexico's first Golden Leopard as the 2008 Locarno International Film Festival came to a close this weekend. FULL STORY

American Latino TV and LatiNation Add New Executives
(MarketWatch) - "American Latino TV" (ALTV) and "LatiNation," the award-winning, nationally syndicated TV programs, announced the addition of two new executives along with additional in-house promotions as American Latino TV continues its nationwide affiliate and ad sales expansion following its acquisition by LATV Networks earlier this year. FULL STORY

Torresblanco to Present Film Keynote Speech at Strategic Partners
Halifax’s Strategic Partners International Co-Production Market (Sept 12-14) will host the producer who has worked on films such as Pan's Labyrinth. FULL STORY (subscription)

J. Lo Maid For TV
(New York Post) - Just a day after announcing a planned series version of "The Witches of Eastwick," ABC is now in talks to bring the Jennifer Lopez movie, "Maid in Manhattan," to the small screen. FULL STORY

Getting Naked With Mary-Louise Parker
(E! Online) - One minute Demián Bichir never heard of Weeds, the next minute he's filming love scenes for the series with star Mary-Louise Parker. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Writers for Animation Project for Adult Audiences
Award winning NY animation producer seeking writing talent to work with in Los Angeles. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting: Host for One Band One Comic
Casting a host with street smarts, an inquisitive mind and the ability to be down to earth and disarming. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION


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