Latinos In The Industry
  July 1, 2008  

NALIP Offers Special Opportunity to Attend NATPE's LATV Festival

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July 30 - August 1, 2008
Hollywood, CA

People always say that to be successful in Hollywood you have to network.
But if you're new to the business, how do you get started?

NATPE’s LATV Festival brings together nearly 1,000 content creators, agents, studio, network and new media executives to celebrate the art and commerce of video content in the TV production capital of the world.

This highly dynamic and information packed three-day festival encompasses a Digital Day, the Content Industry Forum (formerly the TV Producers’ Boot Camp) and the Pitch Pit. The three days include digital showcases, screenings, sessions, workshops, panel discussions, networking events, pitch opportunities and much more, attracting both emerging and seasoned content creators as well as world-known LA-based organizations.

NALIP member can receive an ALL ACCESS pass to this AMAZING opportunity!

**2nd prize receives a complimentary pass to event of choice.

Send us your bio and short personal essay about what you would like to accomplish in the media industry.

Must be Current NALIP member to apply

Address all applications to with NATPE LATV Festival Pass in the subject line. DEADLINE: July 15, 2008

For details on LATV Festival schedule, seminars, speakers and events, go to:

NALIP members can also receive discounted admission to the LATV Festival by using promotion code NT7VF

Deadline Extended: The 2008 ALMA Awards

It is not too late to submit Nominations for the 2008 ALMA Awards!

Entries for the 2008 NCLR ALMA Awards nominations are being accepted until July 3, 2008. The ALMA Awards celebrates the people's choice and outstanding artistic achievements of Latinos in film, television, and music and promotes the diverse, accurate, and proportional portrayals of Latinos in American media. The 10th ALMA Awards telecast will showcase extraordinary tributes to salte this historic event.

Visit us online at to see a complete listing of categories for consideration, qualifying rules, submission forms, and more.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Thursday, July 3, 2008 - 8:00pm EST / 5:00pm PST

Call for Submissions: Under 30 - Young Latino Playwrights Speak Out

Teatro Bravo seeks ten-minute plays written by Latino playwrights under 30. If chosen, submissions will be included in the Latino Play Festival for January 2009 as staged readings. Possible production of plays may follow, pending funding.

Teatro Bravo produces plays that portray a variety of issues in the national Latino and/or Latin American community in both English and Spanish. For further information, please view our website:

Deadline: postmarked or emailed by October 1, 2008

The purpose of the contest
1. To promote new opportunities for young Latino playwrights.
2. To uncover the issues in the minds of younger writers, and portray them on stage.
3. To increase visibility of young Latino playwrights.
4. To discover new talent across the country.

General Guidelines:
1. The play must be ten-minutes or ten pages in standard play format with 12-point type and standard margins.

2. The play must be on any subject matter pertinent to either "contemporary Latino issues" or "Latino heritage," broadly interpreted.

3. The plays may be written in English, Spanish, or Spanglish.

4. Technical effects must be kept simple.

5. Any number of characters is acceptable as long as it makes sense to the story the author is trying to tell. In ten minutes, the author may wish to concentrate on a small number of characters, but there's always an exception.

6. The author owns all the rights, and will maintain them. We simply seek the right to present it once during the Latino Play Festival. We would renegotiate any future use.

7. We prefer new and unproduced work, but the play may be produced as long as the rights for this presentation are readily available.

8. We cannot pay for the staged reading section of the presentations, but would pay a royalty if the play is chosen for production.

9. Please include a copy of an identification that reveals age with your submission. Since some documents are private, you may wish to block out the i.d. number. All we need is a date that reveals age with your name on it. (When does one count as 30? By the deadline or the festival? We will count you as "under 30" if that's your age by the time the postmark or the electronic submission is made. )

10. If you're mailing your submission, please enclose an SASE if you wish your submission returned. Otherwise, please write a note allowing us to recycle.

11. Playwrights may be notified shortly after December 1, 2008.

12. Please include contact information on your script: name, a phone number, or an email address.

Please send submissions to:

Teatro Bravo
Attn: Ten-Minute Play Contest
4211 E. Palm Lane #204
Phoenix AZ 85008


Electronic submission:

Big Sky Film Series Hosts Free Screening of Obscene (Missoula)

Big Sky Film Series #8 - "Obscene"
When: July 3, 2008 - Screening at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Historic Wilma Theater/Missoula, Montana

Cost: Free Public Admission

Big Sky Films Series continues the 2008 season with the independent feature documentary "Obscene". Barney Rosset is the greatest American publisher of the twentieth century and the most influential cultural figure that you haven't heard of. Under Rosset, Grove Press and Evergreen Review fought decisive battles, including many before the state and federal supreme courts, defeated legal censorship, and opened American life to new and dangerous currents of freedom. But Rosset's public fight against hypocrisy and injustice is inextricable from his tumultuous personal life: the same unyielding, quixotic, reckless energy that upended centuries of law brought Rosset perilously close to self- destruction and exacted a cost from friends, colleagues and family.

The Big Sky Film Series is a periodic monthly screening series highlighting traditional and innovative nonfiction film and video. It is held the first Friday of the month as part of downtown Missoula, Montana's "Art Walk." All screenings are held in the HistoricWilma Theater and are free and open to the public. The series is programmed by the staff of the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.

For more information, visit
Call (406) 541-FILM or email for sponsorship information.



The Last Conquistador
Watch PBS on Jul 15 at 10 PM

P.O.V., an Emmy Award winner for Excellence in Television and Documentary Filmmaking, is public television's premier showcase for documentary films.

On July 15, at 10 PM, P.O.V. is airing "The Last Conquistador," by NALIP members John Valadez and Cristina Ibarra, with original music by NALIP member Richard Martinez.

This film is about sculptor John Houser's dream: to build the world's tallest equestrian sculpture for the city of El Paso, and the troubles that arise when the controversial figure of Juan de Oñate is honored by this decision.

More information about this film is available online at or

Carmen Rivera
Celia musical written by NALIPster playing in Miami

Celia: The Life and Music of Celia Cruz, a musical written by NALIP member Carmen Rivera and Candido Tirado, continues to draw record breaking audiences. After its 9 month sold-out run in New York City, Celia is now playing to sold-out houses in Miami's Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. Performances will run until July 6th. Click here for more information.

Patrick Rooney
NALIPster's feature Streetballers places at HBFF

NALIP members Patrick Rooney produced and co-starred in a feature film called Streetballers, which recently premiered at the 2008 Hollywood Black Film Festival. The film had an outstanding premiere, and received a Jury Award for Top Feature Film (2nd Place).

Shawna Baca
NALIPster wins best short at "A Corti Di Donne"

The 4th edition of “A Corto di Donne”, Women’s Short Film Festival, produced by cultural association “Quicampiflegrei” and by the “Women Association of Campi Flegrei”, was held in Pozzuoli (Naples), Italy on 26, 27, and 28 June 2008. Almost sixty short films were presented submitted from 43 countries. The award for best short, in the category fiction, was given to “Isabel”, by American director Shawna Baca.

“Isabel” was originally made for the 2007 FOX TV show, ON THE LOT. Selected from out of 12,000 filmmakers by the show’s executive producer Steven Spielberg, Shawna was one of 300 finalists who were asked to make a three-minute film in one week based off a logline the show provided.


Little Movies, Big Problems
(The New York Times) - Hollywood is having a good-to-great summer. Once you start looking under the tent poles, though, perhaps for a film where nothing is blown up, things become grim. FULL STORY

Enrique Castillo Moves in on Weeds
(Latin Heat Online) - This fourth season of Weeds on Showtime has taken a direction south of the border - Tijuana, Mexico to be more exact. Along with the move come roles for several Latinos this season. FULL STORY

Hollywood Cools After SAG Deadline
(Variety) - One day after the expiration of the Screen Actors Guild's film and primetime TV contract, the biz is not gripped by the same level of angst experienced at the comparable moment during the Writers Guild of America's negotiations with the majors, just prior to the Nov. 5 start of the scribes' 100-day strike. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Casting: Non-Union Older Latina
Casting for a 60 - 99 year-old cute Latina granny, tiny and wrinkled, that exudes personality and is able to win everybody with her smile. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting: Bilingual Boy (8-10) for Nick Jr. Show
Seeking an 8-10 year old boy bilingual in both Spanish and English to be the voice of Diego on Nick Jr. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION


From the Editor


Alex Mendoza
Alex Mendoza & Associates
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Temple City, CA 91780

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