Latinos In The Industry
  August 28, 2008  

23rd Annual Imagen Awards Winners

The Hollywood stars were out in full force as nearly 1000 actors, entertainment industry executives, film and television studios and supporters attended the 23rd Annual Imagen Awards Gala ceremony at the nearly sold-out Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. Actors John Leguizamo, Edward James Olmos, Lupe Ontiveros, Eva La Rue and Cesar Millan, Leonor Varela, Carlos Mencia, Dania Ramirez and many more could be seen gracing the Gala’s Red Carpet as fans, media, and the general public flocked to the hotel’s lobby and ballrooms for a glimpse.

18 awards were presented in a diverse range of entertainment categories in addition to several Imagen Foundation legacy awards: Actor Tony Plana received the Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award; HBO's In Treatment Producer/Director Rodrigo Garcia received the Creative Achievement Award; and Ligiah Villalobos, executive producer and writer of the feature film La Misma Luna, received the Foundation’s esteemed Norman Lear Writer's Award.

The Imagen Foundation bestowed the Creative Achievement Award to HBO's “In Treatment” Producer/Director and NALIP 2006 Feature Estela Award winner, Rodrigo Garcia; and the Norman Lear Writer's Award to Ligiah Villalobos, Executive Producer and writer of the feature film LA MISMA LUNA. Ligiah Villalobos received the 2008 NALIP Outstanding Achievement Award.

NALIPsters Kenneth Castillo and Karla Ojeda won the Imagen Award, in the category of 'Best Theatrical Short or Student Film' , for ' A Day at the Theatre' - episode V in The Misadventures of Cholo Chaplin - and also secured funding for the next ten episodes in the Cholo series. Look for Volumes 2 and 3 to come out by next summer.

The Imagen Awards were established in 1985 to encourage and recognize the positive portrayal of Latinos in the media. The awards strive to increase Latino representation at all levels of the industry by proving recognition to emerging and established Latinos in the entertainment industry.

The winners are:
Lifetime Achievement Award (Foundation Legacy Award): Tony Plana

Norman Lear Writer's Award (Foundation Legacy Award): Ligiah Villalobos, "La Misma Luna”

Creative Achievement Award (Foundation Legacy Award): Rodrigo Garcia

Film-Best Picture: "La Misma Luna"

Film Best Actor: Adrian Alonso, "La Misma Luna"

Film Best Actress: Kate del Castillo, "La Misma Luna"

Film Best Supporting Actress: Leonor Varela, "Where God Left His Shoes"

Film Best Supporting Actor: Eungene Durbez, "La Misma Luna"

Film Best Director: Patricia Riggen, "La Misma Luna"

Film Best Theatrical Short or Student Film: "A Day at the Theatre"

TV Best Documentary: "Brown is the New Green"

TV Best Primetime Program: "Ugly Betty"

TV Best Actor: Carlos Mencia, "Mind of Mencia"

TV Best Actress: Christina Milian, "Snowglobe"

TV Best Supporting Actor: Tony Plana, "Ugly Betty"

TV Best Supporting Actress: Dania Ramirez, "Heroes"

TV Best Variety or Reality Show: "Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan"

TV Best Children's Programming: "Go, Diego, Go"

TV Best Local Informational Programming: "Fox 11 News: Alter the Melee"

TV Best National Informational Programming: "Nick News With Linda Ellerbee Presents I'm American! They're Not!"

TV Best On Air Advertising: "MTV3 Tu Pride"

Call for Submissions: Scholarship in Name of NALIP Media Advocacy Award Winner

In 2004, the Puerto Rican community lost an ally, advocate, community leader and urban warrior. Richie Pérez was a beloved activist and leader in the fight for social justice and human rights. He brought integrity, zeal and unity to many causes to which he was committed. These included the struggle for racial justice and against police brutality, Puerto Rican independence and universal human rights. As a former Young Lord and founding member of the National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights, Richie was our inspiration and conscience. Richie wrote and lectured extensively on the Puerto Rican urban experience and as a professor in the CUNY system taught classes in mass media, US social policy and the history of the labor and civil rights movements. Richie believed greatly in the power and potential of young people to create social change. He personally mentored many youth and believed that the torch of the movement for justice had to be passed on to the next generation.

In his memory, Comité Noviembre established the Richie Pérez Scholarship Award. The award recognizes a Puerto Rican young person for their commitment, activism and achievements in any of the areas of human rights and social justice that Richie held so dear. This annual award will both promote the advancement of new leaders in the movement for peace and justice, and also invest in their continued growth by providing support for their ongoing education and political development. The scholarship winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship.


1. Be of Puerto Rican descent
2. Document a minimum of one-year active participation and organizing work in a social justice or human rights issue.
3. Be enrolled in an accredited college or university by the fall of each year or at the time of the scholarship award
4. Be between the ages of 19 and 25.

Comité Noviembre will be awarding 2 scholarships this year from the application it receives by September 29, 2008.

* Application deadline is September 29, 2008
* Download Application Form

For more information on The Richie Perez Scholarship Award please contact:
Jaime Bello
(917) 299-4191

Calling All Spoken Word Poets

IMMIGRANT NATION: A human Rights struggle for the new millennium is searching for spoken word poets for an independent upcoming documentary about the immigration movement. If you are a spoken word poet who has a piece about the immigration movement and are interested in being part of the independent documentary, we will be having auditions on September 5th. Spoken word pieces will be used as a form of artistic involvement within the immigration movement.

If you are unable to attend please submit a video link with your spoken word performance to and a copy of your poem. If you are planning to attend please e-mail your name, title of piece, copy of poem, length of performance, and schedule time and date to, Subject Title: AUDITION. Please be prepared to perform your piece in front of a camera. Selected poets are going to have a change to have their poems produce and participate in the documentary.

When: September 5th or September 12th
Where: Radioarte 90.5 FM corner of 18th street and Blue Island Time: 4pm-7pm

If you would like more information please send your questions to, Subject Title: QUESTION. This is an independent community production so any assistance and contribution would be greatly appreciated. We need to create our own history and work as a community.


Estamos buscando poetas inspirados en el movimiento reciente de inmigraci para ser parte del documental independiente "IMMIGRANT NATION!". El documental esta basado al reciente movimiento de inmigraciSi estas interesado en participar vamos a tener audiciones el 5 y 12 de Septiembre en Radio Arte, De 4pm a 7pm. Para confirmar tu participacior favor manda un email con tu nombre, titulo y copia del poema a: con titulo AUDITION. Tambien puedes mandar algun LINK de un video tuyo. Al asistir ve preparado para presentar tu poema en frente de la cra. Poetas elejidos tendran la oportunidad de que sus poemas sean producidos y participar en el documental. Si tienes alguna pregunta mandamos un email titulado QUESTION. Esta es una produccindependiente, agradecemos tu asistencia y contribuciNecesitamos crear nuestra propia historia y trabajar juntos.

Cuando: September 5th or September 12th Donde: Radioarte 90.5 FM corner of 18th street and Blue Island Hora: 4pm-7pm

Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble New Works Festival

Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble Presents The First Annual NEW WORKS FESTIVAL

A weekend dedicated to promoting, producing and celebrating the work of Latino playwrights. The winning selection will be produced by BOFLTE and will open the theater company's 2009 season. Distinguished judges include Jesus Reyes, Monica Palacios and Gina Davidson. Nation-wide submissions were received and the six finalists represent the best of East, West and Southwest Latino writers.

Friday, August 29
7:30 PM
Midnight Mass by Mel Nieves
La Cancion De Los Pajaritos by Mercy Vasquez

Saturday, August 30
Brown Baby by Carlos Morton
The Medea Complex by Patricia Crespin

Sunday, August 31
4:00 PM
Miss Lebron by Rene Solivan
Hurricane In A Glass by Kimberly Del Busto

Where: 310 W. 5th Street (2nd Floor-near the corner of 5th & Broadway, above the El Curtido Restaurant) Santa Ana, CA 92701

General Admission on Friday and Saturday $10.00, Sunday $15.00 (includes reception) or $30.00 for the entire weekend. You may attend one or both readings daily.

For reservations email us at: or call (714)540-1157 or visit us at:

Background: Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble was founded in 2003 and is the only Latina Theater Company in Orange County. Based in Santa Ana, Breath of Fire produces stage work to reflect, impact, and empower the Latina/o experience. We believe and support that "theater is not only a tool for education and entertainment, but a tool for transforming the future of our community."- Eva C. Vasquez, Theater Writer/Artist.

LA International Children's Film Festival Seeks Latin American Films

The 4th Annual Los Angeles International Children's Film Festival seeks a few more locally produced short films with Latin American themes and characters, or by Latin American filmmakers, for our opening weekend. The films should be suitable for a children and/or teen audience.

The 4th Annual Los Angeles International Children's Film Festival takes place Sept. 20-Oct. 12 at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach (Sept.20-21) ; the E for All Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center (Oct. 4-5) and Oct. 12 at Kidspace Children's Museum in Pasadena. We will screen more than 150 films from around the world for children and/or teens - animation, live action and documentary. Also, workshops and special guests.

Contact us at or at (760) 470-2481.

"Que Viva! Cine Latino" Outdoor Film Series (San Diego)

Media Arts Center San Diego's San Diego Latino Film Festival and Otay Ranch Town Center bring the best of Spanish language shorts and feature films to enjoy this September at the 2nd Annual Que Viva! Cine Latino 2008 presented by AT&T Uverse. In Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the public is invited to experience a collection of popular Latino films. In addition there will be a Latino art exhibit and live entertainment. Held weekly in September, film screenings and events will take place Wednesdays from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM September 3, 10, 17 and 24 in the Food Pavilion at Otay Ranch Town center. All screenings, and events are free and open to the public.

The film schedule is as follows:
September 3rd - Bella starring Eduardo Verastegui
September 10th - Collection of Short Family Films from past Latino Film Festivals: Tyger, Lapsus, Journey to Mars, Tragic Story with Happy Ending, Nina Que Espera, Saliva, Mi Tio Paco, and El Ataque de Los Kriteros Asesinos
September 17th - The Motorcycle Diaries starring Gael Garcia Bernal
September 24th - Ladron que Roba a Ladron starring Miguel Varoni

The schedule for each evening will include the following:
6:30PM - Arte Latino Exhibition of local and nationally recognized Latino artists & Live Music of local Latino musical groups (including Karlos Paez from B-Side Players, Ballet Folklorico, Tapatio de San Diego, BatuqueDanca Brasil, Maracatu Jangada ); and then, 7:30PM - Screening of short films and a Latino feature films.

All film screenings and events are free and open to the general public.
Visit the Otay Ranch Town Center web site for more event information: or visit Media Arts Center San Diego's San Diego Latino Film Festival website at:



Hollywood Reporter Salutes Latino Filmmakers

By Noel Murray for The Hollywood Reporter

Two years after Alfonso Cuaron, Guillermo del Toro and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu took the year-end awards circuits by storm with "Pan's Labyrinth" and "Babel," and a year after they inked a $100 million deal with Universal to produce five films under their Cha Cha Cha banner, opportunities for other Latino filmmakers -- both veterans and those relatively new to the scene -- have been on the rise.

And while some are using those opportunities to address issues dear to Hispanic moviegoers, others are more concerned with impressing audiences of all kinds.

"You have to make a film that's universal, that touches people," says director Alfredo De Villa. "It doesn't necessarily have to announce its Latino-ness."

Even the most quintessentially Mexican of filmmakers, writer-turned-director Guillermo Arriaga -- who began his career working alongside Inarritu telling stories unique to life in Mexico City -- is making a film about a non-Latino mother and daughter working through their family issues in his directorial debut, "The Burning Plain." When Arriaga speaks about stepping into the director's role, he doesn't talk about making a grand social statement, but about "the chance to collaborate and bring people together, and share the communal experience of having a common goal."

Following are 10 filmmakers who, through the quality and vision of their work, are expanding the definition of what it means to be a Latino filmmaker, in Hollywood and beyond.

Marilyn Agrelo

Though Agrelo's sleeper hit documentary "Mad Hot Ballroom" brought her attention upon its 2005 release -- it finished second to "March of the Penguins" on the list of highest-grossing docus of the year -- the Cuban-born director didn't commit to another project until this year, when she signed on to direct two features, including an adaptation of Aimee Bender's young adult novel "An Invisible Sign of My Own," for Capitol Films. She's also in the early stages of several documentary projects and plans to move back and forth between fiction and nonfiction throughout her career. "Documentary is always going to be really special to me," she says. "Because sometimes real life is much more interesting."

Guillermo Arriaga (writer-director-producer)

Arriaga is already well-known as the writer of Inarritu's first three feature films (2000's "Amores Perros," 2003's "21 Grams" and 2006's "Babel," for which he received an Oscar nomination) and for 2005's "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada" (for which he won the best screenplay prize at Cannes). But having turned 50 earlier this year, Arriaga has taken to directing Kim Basinger and Charlize Theron in 2929 Prods.' "The Burning Plain." The drama, which Arriaga describes as "the most wonderful experience of my professional life," has been accepted into the competition lineup at the upcoming Venice Film Festival, and features the jumbled narrative structure that's become Arriaga's signature. "I think that's the way we tell stories in real life," he says. "We never go in chronological order."

Luis Alejandro Berdejo (writer-director-editor)

Born in San Sebastian, Berdejo apprenticed in the Spanish film industry and has made a number of acclaimed shorts in different genres, from sci-fi to romance. He's currently in postproduction on his first feature-length project, the New Line thriller "The New Daughter," with Kevin Costner. Berdejo says the jump from shorts to features hasn't been that tough. "Artistically speaking, I treated 'The New Daughter' like a short film -- but two hours long, in English and with Kevin Costner," he says with a laugh.

Alfredo De Villa (writer-director-producer)
NALIP Estela Award Finalist, LPA Mentor

Still in his mid-30s, De Villa has already made two well-received independent features about Latino life in New York (2002's "Washington Heights" and 2007's "Adrift in Manhattan") and one splashy, semimusical star vehicle for Puerto Rican actress Roselyn Sanchez (2006's "Yellow"). "Nothing Like the Holidays," his upcoming dramedy for Overture Films starring Alfred Molina, Freddy Rodriguez, John Leguizamo and Debra Messing, tells the story of a family reuniting to welcome its youngest son back from Iraq. It's intended for a wide audience, De Villa says. "The Latino audience doesn't want to be pandered to -- or else they'll turn off."

Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (writer-director-producer)

Fresnadillo's entree into the world of filmmaking began auspiciously: His first short film, "Linked," received numerous international awards and was nominated for an Academy Award in 1997. From there it's been an upward trajectory for the Spanish director. His 2001 debut feature, the mind-bending sci-fi thriller "Intacto," was an international success, leading to Fresnadillo directing the well-received horror sequel "28 Weeks Later." He's currently in preproduction on the DreamWorks-distributed "Wednesday," a Los Angeles-set car chase movie packed with twists.

Rodrigo Garcia (writer-director-producer)
NALIP Estela Award Winner

The son of famed Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Garcia's reputation in the film industry sits squarely on his own shoulders. In between making the sprawling indie features "Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her" (2000) and "Nine Lives" (2005), Garcia has become the go-to guy at HBO, helming episodes of the original series "In Treatment," "Six Feet Under," "The Sopranos" and "Big Love." Garcia will direct Anne Hathaway in his next film, Sony's "Passengers," in which she plays a grief counselor who tries to unravel the mystery of a plane crash.

Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego (writer-director-editor)

His short films garnered attention for their offbeat style, but Lopez-Gallego's international breakthrough came with last year's relatively straightforward festival favorite "King of the Hill," which chronicles the lengths a man and woman must go to in order to evade a mysterious sniper. Next on his plate is Gold Circle Films' "Solo," which Lopez-Gallego describes as a romantic thriller, combining elements of 1980's "The Blue Lagoon" and 1990's "Misery." After working with other scribes on "King of the Hill" and "Solo," Lopez-Gallego says he's discovered a preference for collaboration, making ideas his own by "twisting and turning the formula, and making it unpredictable."

Jose Antonio Negret (writer-director-cinematographer)
NALIP Estela Award Finalist

Born in Colombia to a South American father and British mother, Negret traveled the world as a boy, "met a lot of people, and wanted to tell their stories." Following last year's well-received kidnapping thriller "Towards Darkness," he has been developing a remake of the 1994 German film "Mute Witness" for Universal and the missing-person actioner "Transit." He's focused on making "smart, visceral thrillers" and strives to bring the kind of "outsider's point of view" that comes from spending time in a lot of different cultures.

Franc. Reyes (writer-director-producer)

Self-taught songwriter-turned-filmmaker Reyes sees John Leguizamo becoming the Robert De Niro to his Martin Scorsese. "I'd work with him any day of the week," he says of the actor, who starred in Reyes' debut film, "Empire," in 2002, and will soon be seen in his upcoming cop drama "The Ministers." (Wanda de Jesus was the lead in Reyes' 2007 film "Illegal Tender.") In the pipeline is a horror film Reyes describes as a "cross between 'Rosemary's Baby' and 'The Amityville Horror,'" and he's also developing a pilot for an HBO series about the ins and outs of running a hot New York nightclub.

Patricia Riggen (writer-director-producer)
NALIP Estela Award Winner

Thanks to the warm reception "Under the Same Moon" received -- Riggen's immigration tearjerker was one of 2008's few indie success stories -- Riggen is "reading a ton of screenplays, engaging in a few development deals" and intends to adapt one of her favorite novels, Isabel Allende's "Daughter of Fortune." Courting a Latino audience -- and reaching them at the multiplex, not just the art house -- is high on Riggen's list of priorities. "I had immigrants in mind as my audience, and I know they came out to see ('Under the Same Moon'). I'm thrilled about that," she says.

Tracy Perez
NALIPster's film wins Best Latin Short at Hollyshorts

Hero The Great, written and directed by Juan Caceres and produced by NALIP member Tracy Perez, won Best Latin Short at the Hollyshorts Film Festival. The filmmakers thank their West Coast family for being supportive. Check out the Hero website for treats and interviews with the filmmakers.

Anthony Rivero Stabley
NALIPster's feature screening at Minneapolis Underground Film Festival

NALIP member Anthony Rivero Stabley's film Marta's Sex Tape is an Official Selection of the 2008 Minneapolis Underground Film Festival. This highly anticipated Exposition screens the Best of Avant-Garde & Experimental Cinema – August 29-31.

This Award Winning Pop Art Film stars ALMA Nominee Pilar Padilla (Ken Loach's Bread & Roses). You can check out a great Q & A with the Director at Latin Lounge TV.

Miguel Picker
NALIPster's doc premiering at Montreal World Film Fest

NALIP member Miguel Picker and Chyng Sun’s documentary The Price of Pleasure premieres at the Montreal World Film Festival on August 29 and 30, and at the Cinema du Parc in Montreal on September 5.

The film paints a nuanced portrait of how pleasure and pain, commerce and power, and liberty and responsibility are intertwined in the most intimate parts of our sexual identities and relationships.



Leguizamo to Receive Rita Moreno Award at the Ninth Annual HOLA Awards
(Playbill) - John Leguizamo, who will return to Broadway this fall in the revival of David Mamet's American Buffalo, will be presented with the Rita Moreno HOLA Award for Excellence at the Ninth Annual HOLA Awards. FULL STORY

Profile: My Mexican Shivah Director Alejandro Springall
(indieWIRE) - Director Alejandro Springall so deftly manages to capture all the nuances of Jewish family squabbling in his second feature, "My Mexican Shivah," that it may
come as a surprise when some viewers learn that his mother isn't a member of the
aforementioned tribe. FULL STORY

Aaron Sorkin Plans Facebook Film
(Variety) - Aaron Sorkin has set up a page for himself on Facebook, essentially announcing that he will be scripting a movie about the formation of the social networking site. FULL STORY

Maya Takes US Theatrical and DVD for Talento De Barrio
(Screen Daily) - Jose Ivan Santiago's gangster drama stars reggaton superstar Daddy Yankee; Maya will open in select markets on Sept 19. FULL STORY (subscription)


Jobs & Opportunities

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

Assistant Editor
New Wave Entertainment is seeking an Assistant Editor to Provide Avid and Production Support for Marketing & Editorial Departments the Studio and El Estudio (Hispanic Marketing Dept.). FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Two Positions on Postville, IA Doc (NYC)
Intern and Assistant Editor needed on a non paying basis to do research, log and transcriptions of material captured, and other tasks on feature documentary on the Postville, IA May 12 raid and its aftermath. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Director / Segment Producer
Production company located in LA is looking for an unattached director/segment producer on a reality show much in the vein of Cribs or Biography. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Copywriter / Creative Director
Precision Productions & Post, located in West L.A., is looking for freelance a copy writer / creative director for concept development / scripts / treatments for commercial and integrated branding projects for commercial and broadcast clients. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Volunteers for the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF)
Call for Volunteers for the 12th Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) September 12 - 19, 2008 @ Grauman's Chinese Mann Theater for the Opening Night Gala with screenings at the Egyptian Theater & Chinese 6 Mann Cinemas on Hollywood Blvd. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting: SAG Feature Film (Texas)
Currently casting a SAG feature film called THE GIRL, that will shoot in Brownsville TX in the spring. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting: Lead in Docu-drama Short (Tucson)
Currently casting the lead role in a SAG ultra low or short film rate docu-drama titled Border Story, shooting in and around Tucson, Arizona. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION


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