Latinos In The Industry
  July 3, 2008  

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mun2 Launches 3rd Season of The Chicas Project on July 5 - Many NALIPsters on the Crew

Crash and Yasmin are back for their third season of mun2’s hit reality/lifestyle series The Chicas Project. This time, the chicas go cross-country for all new adventures in New York, San Antonio and Los Angeles. Launching Saturday, July 5th at 2PM, viewers will experience the popular destinations through the eyes of mun2’s brazen and beloved young Latinas – the west coast rockera and the reggaetonera from Queens. In anticipation of the premiere, mun2 will offer entire episodes of the first two seasons on

This season of The Chicas Project was directed by NALIP member Jim Mendiola (2005 Latino Producers Academy) and executive produced by NALIP member Faith Radle (2005 Latino Producers Academy), and production and post-production were handled by their company Three Chord Media. NALIP board member Flavio Morales is the VP of programming for mun2, and the Executive Producer for Mun2 is Gloria Medel. The Chicas Project is a production of Mun2.

Additional NALIP members who worked on the series include: Alicia Zaragoza, Sonia Gonzalez, Steve Acevedo, Gustavo Aguilar, Eddie Martinez, Jesus Silva, Xochitl Dorsey, Jeremiah Alexis, and Francisco Hernandez. LPA Mentor Peggy Davis served as Lead Editor for the series.

“This season, the show hits the road, bringing audiences the true “chicas” experience as Crash and Yasmin react to their new environments,” said Flavio Morales, mun2 Vice President of Programming. “The Chicas Project has truly broken ground, offering a bilingual perspective from two very different young Latinas. We’re really excited to offer the entire series on and bring fans closer to the chicas with their video diaries.”

After two seasons of wild adventures, these ladies are ready for even more mayhem from coast to coast. Native Californian, Crash, has shown us her wild side. Whether jumping from bridges or wrestling lucha libre, this fierce chica is up for any challenge. Yasmin, the Queens born beauty, has overcome innumerable obstacles. From skydiving to the rollerderby, Yasmin has shown that she's not afraid to face her fears. In the coming weeks, Crash and Yasmin will take on the carneys of Coney Island, the samba ensembles of San Antonio, the graffiti artists of Los Angeles and much more.

“Crash and Yasmin travel cross-country this season and find themselves tackling new adventures all with their unique Latina twist," said Gloria Medel, mun2 Executive Producer. "The audience gets to come along for the ride, they'll gasp one minute and share a laugh with them the next."

Award-winning writer/director Jim Mendiola takes the third season of the Chicas Project to the streets, delving deep into the local flavors of each city. Beginning in New York, the chicas learn to breath fire, wax poetic and even test their skills in the kitchen. In San Antonio, Crash and Yasmin rush through the city’s famed Fiesta week, from a day on parade to riding side-saddle in a traditional Mexican Charreada (rodeo). Finally, back in Los Angeles, the ladies learn what it takes to Rock the Vote and swing on the flying trapeze.

The Chicas Project goes digital on, where fans can immerse themselves in all the action and adventure with photo galleries, blogs, and every episode from seasons one and two. Viewers can create their own profiles to meet other Chicas Project fans and interact with the chicas themselves. Crash and Yasmin will also unveil their brand new Chicas Video Diaries each week on

Call for Submissions: Stories of Change - Social Entrepreneurship in Focus Through Documentary

The Sundance Documentary Film Program, in partnership with the Skoll Foundation, will provide $1.2 million in film project grants to enable the development and/or production of new feature-length independent documentary films that frame, examine, and amplify social entrepreneurship as an innovative approach to the central questions of our time.

Priority will be given to documentary films that combine the art of storytelling with topics in the field of social entrepreneurship, including the work of specific social entrepreneurs. We are seeking films that demonstrate a high potential for co-production and distribution possibilities, including theatrical, broadcast, home, and educational DVD sales, etc. Films at any stage of development, production, or post-production may apply. Completed films will not be considered. The initiative anticipates funding up to 8 films in the range of $30,000-$150,000 per project. Editorial control must be retained by the filmmaker(s).

Deadline for Submissions: August 15, 2008
Awards announced: December 2008

Please visit and to review Request for Proposals, find more information, and apply online.



Tracy Perez
Hero the Great accepted into HollyShorts Film Festival

Hero the Great, written and directed by Juan Caceres and produced by NALIPster Tracy Perez has been accepted into the HollyShorts Film Festival which is devoted to showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe. West Coast - this is your chance to check out the hottest up and coming Latino talent! The festival takes place in Hollywood, CA on August 7-10, 2008.

Hero has played at the NY International Latino Film Festival, TOMI Film Festival in New Orleans, Gasparilla Film Festival in Tampa, FL, San Diego Latino Film Festival and won the Narrative Film Prize at the Humboldt Film Festival in CA. "Life can’t get any worse for Hero until he finds himself resurrecting a friendship, recovering love and saving his soul in the dawn of the summer blues." Check out our site for updates!



Sundance Winner Ballast Chooses Self-Distribution
(indieWIRE) - Lance Hammer is going solo, of sorts, with his 2008 Sundance stunner "Ballast." The producer-director-writer, whose powerful debut wowed critics at January's prestigious Park City festival and won prizes for best director and cinematography, pulled out of a distribution deal with IFC Films in order to retain rights to the movie himself. FULL STORY

Hancock Grosses $17.4 Mil in First Day
(The Hollywood Reporter) - In its first full day of screenings Wednesday, Sony's "Hancock," starring Will Smith as a reprobate superhero, grossed $17.4 million in its 3,965 locations. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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Post Production PA
Looking to hire a Post Production PA to start this Monday. The rate is $125/day and the hours are from 9:30am-10:30pm. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION


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