Latinos In The Industry
  July 15, 2008  

Fellows Invited to NALIP's Sixth LPA, Aug. 5-22 in Santa Fe, New Mexico

In three weeks time, NALIP’s sixth Latino Producers Academy will open in its new home of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Twenty-one documentary Fellows will arrive on Tuesday, Aug. 5 for their intensive program of story, proposal and sample tape mentoring, skills workshops on budgeting, working with composers, post-production workflow and new media outreach, plus intensive mentoring from filmmakers like Evangeline Griego (CHEVOLUTION), John Valadez (THE LAST CONQUISTADOR), Judith Helfand (EVERYTHING’S COOL) and Aaron Woolf (KING CORN), editors Kate Amend and Herb Ferrette, “American Masters” Prudence Glass, and composers Juan Rodriguez and Daniel Hamuy. Six of the projects in rough cut stage attend with their editors to work on revisions of cuts and trailers. A pitch forum for PBS, CPB and Sundance executives will execs will be held at the program’s conclusion on Wednesday, Aug. 21.

On Aug. 12, 15 feature film Fellows arrive for their 10-day intensive, including four directors who will receive professional crews, SAG actors and intensive mentoring as they rehearse, shoot, edit, score and review scenes from their upcoming films. Presented by Time Warner, the New Mexico Film Office, Univision, the Institute for American Indian Arts, the Saban Family Fund and Nielsen Media Research, this program concludes with a celebration and scene screening on Thursday, Aug. 21. A public case study of Alex Rivera’s SLEEP DEALER will be held for the Santa Fe film and student community on Friday, Aug. 15.

The full list of 2008 Fellows includes:

Roberto Gudino, Los Angeles, CA
Alma Hernandez & Lourdes Medrano, Tucson, AZ
Kelly Kowalski, Santa Fe, NM
Roberto Martinez Mighty, Brooklyn, NY
Margarita Ramon Margarita, Haines, AK
Claudio Ruben, Santa Fe, NM
Rakel Sosa Mendez, Los Angeles, CA
William Caballero & Ray Mitrano, Brooklyn, NY
Diana Campos & John Ayala, Brooklyn, NY
Sara MacPherson & Tricia Creason-Valencia, San Francisco,CA
Paul Lima & Maria Valdez, Burbank, CA
Chelo Alvarez Stehle, Agoura , CA
Maria C. Zeiss, Plantation, FL
Darryl Deloach & Marcos Ramirez, Albuquerque, NM

ArnieReyes & Yehudi Mercado, Austin, TX
Miguel De La Lama, Woodland Hills, CA
Michael Lund, Oak Park, CA
Adrian Martinez & Eddie Pagan, New York, NY
Hugo Perez & Katharyn Bond, Brooklyn, NY
Jerry Angelo, Albuquerque, NM
David Bianchi, Los Angeles, CA
Reko Moreno, N. Hollywood, CA
Monica Vigil & Erica Engelhardt, Los Angeles, CA
Conrad Gomez, Albuquerque, NM
Ellie Diez, New York, NY

The Back to Basics Documentary Challenge

Submit your three-minute documentary for a chance to win cash. 1st prize is $7500. Runner-up prize is $2500.

Entries Due by August 3, 2008

IFC is looking for a short documentary or a documentary trailer. It must be a non-fiction with the subject matter of your choosing. Please note, for this contest, we are only accepting documentary concepts. Film submissions will be judged on the filmmakers ability to portray their unique point of view with their chosen subject matter as well as the film's overall creative and technical production merits.

To upload submissions, visit

"Natural Heroes" Seeking Environmental Films

"Natural Heroes" is the Emmy award-winning Public Television series featuring independently produced films and videos with a common theme: real people making a difference for our environment and enhancing the world around us.

We're seeking compelling stories that feature people challenging current environmental standards and conditions. Programs that encourage thoughtful questions and realistic answers, that broaden our understanding of our place in the world.

"Natural Heroes" is now in its fourth season, and is currently being seen by PBS viewers across the United States.

Accepted works will be packaged for broadcast and distributed to Public Television stations. If you feel your film is a good fit, download the submission form, read the call for entries, and send us your film! Both can be downloaded from
Questions? Email

Call For Submissions: Reel Venus Film Festival V

Reel Venus is seeking submissions of short films, photography and multimedia for its 5th Annual showcase which is set to take place October 2,3 & 4 2008.

Reel Venus is an eclectic 3-day showcase of alternative and mainstream film/video shorts (30 minutes or less) photography and multimedia presentations directed/photographed by WOMEN filmmakers, video artists and photographers from the U.S. and abroad.

All topics considered, all genres accepted: Narrative, Experimental, Documentary, and Animation. Works must have been completed after July 2007.

Early Deadline: July 26, 2008 - $15.00
Final Deadline: August 30, 2008 - $20.00

To Download Application:

For further Info: or 212-714-8375

Call for Entries: CNN iReport Film Festival - Campaign 2008

Do you volunteer for one of the presidential campaigns? Have a video camera? We want YOU to make a short film for iReport Film Festival: Campaign 2008!, an online festival of short films from the campaign trail. Put your creativity to the test and give us a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes whether you are organizing in your community or following the campaign.

The deadline for entries is midnight, October 12. The best films will vie for Grand Jury and CNN Audience Awards, and as with all iReports, may be featured on CNN. Award winners will receive a trip to Washington D.C. for the inauguration of the next president of the United States and a top-of-the-line HD camera.

For details and submission instructions, please go to:

LALIFF Audience Award Winner Elsa & Fred Opens in Theaters

Elsa & Fred, Audience Award Winner at the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival, has opened in theaters in the United States. This irresistible comedy from Argentina stars veteran Latino actors China Zorrilla and Manuel Alexandre. Check local listings for select theaters across the country!

The indelible image of Anita Ekberg splashing in the Trevi Fountain! For most of us, it’s one of cinema’s most iconic moments. For Elsa (China Zorilla), it’s the dream of a lifetime. In her youth, she was a blonde bombshell herself, a Buenos Aires beauty who made the “ground shake” when she walked by. Now a grandmother, time is running out for her chance to travel to Rome and do her own Anita in the Trevi. When timid widower Fred (Manuel Alexandre) moves in next door, Elsa bursts into his life, determined to teach him how to live with zest and abandon in the time he has left. Fred surrenders to Elsa’s passion, and by poignantly helping her to reach her dreams, finds out what it means “to live a life without holding back.” Suddenly, just maybe, life can be more than yesterdays for Elsa & Fred...

Opened Friday, July 11
Los Angeles - Landmark
Pasadena - Laemmle
Encino - Laemmle
Irvine – Regal

“A Love Letter to Movies”
Jeannette Catsoulis, THE NEW YORK TIMES

“A Beautiful Movie Worth Going to See With the Person You Love the Most”
Jose Alberto Hermosillo, AL BORDE

NALIP-SA Presents CAM Filmmakers Showcase (San Antonio)

San Antonio movie goers are invited to come out to Urban 15 on 2500 S. Presa for our Contemporary Arts Month Filmmakers Showcase…come view San Antonio’s local talent. We will be serving free softdrinks, beer, wine and paletas in the courtyard.

San Antonio is producing some very innovative filmmakers, some of whom have made it to Cannes, SXSW (Austin), Austin Film Festival, New York International Latino Film Festival and the well known Sundance Film Festival. Come see the up and coming filmmakers of San Antonio!

Saturday, July 19th
8:00pm to midnight
Urban 15 / 2500 S. Presa / San Antonio, TX
Admission is 5.00 at the door / 2.50 for NALIP members.

For further questions or information feel free to
contact Veronica R. Hernandez/



NALIPsters on the Screen!!

Once again the New York International Latino Film Festival is filled with NALIP Members. The festival runs from July 22-27, 2008. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to see these great NALIPster films in the big apple!

SHORT Films:

22 MIN / COLOR/ 35MM
Director: Freddy Vargas

Director: Daniela De Carlo

Director: Risa Maria Machuca

Director: Adam Schlachter

Director: Stephen Acevedo

Director: Anthony Nardolillo

Director: Alain Alfaro

Producers: Edwin Pagan and Adel Morales
Associate Producer: Louis Perego Moreno


Dir./Writer/Producer Cristina Ktoz-Cornejo
It’s the end of spring in Boston, Massachusetts and 16 year-old América Campos is looking forward to the end of school. With summer approaching, América has two issues: she hates both school and her Aunt Carolina’s alcoholic husband, Joey. Passing her days shoplifting, hanging out with her friends and trying to avoid Joey, it seems this summer won't be much different from any other. But after a life-changing event, América, whose Spanish is limited, is sent to Buenos Aires, Argentina to live with her reclusive and anti-American grandmother, Lucía América Campos. In Argentina, América struggles to find her place with a grandmother she has never known and to hold onto a friendship with Sergio, a neighbor twice her age.

Country: Argentina
Cast: Gilberto Arribas , Ana Maria Colombo, Kristen Gonzalez, Nicolas Meradi, Gy Mirano, Eleanor Monahan
Director: Cristina Kotz Cornejo
Writer: Cristina Kotz Cornejo
Produced by: Cristina Kotz Cornejo

Producers Deborah Calla
Maggie (Angela Sarafyan) is a runaway teenager fleeing her family; David (Jesse Garcia) is a teenage illegal immigrant in search of his. When their paths cross, both are alone in the City of Angels, a place where some come to dream and others to hide. Soon the two form an unlikely alliance with Esther (Bai Ling), a Chinese stripper, and Susan (Debi Mazar), a local librarian. "A Beautiful Life" reminds us that a life is not just the singular story of one person. Rather, it is the story of all the lives that intersect with our own and enrich it.
Cast: Dana Delany, Jesse Garcia, Jonathan LaPaglia, Bai Ling, Debi Mazar, Angela Sarafyan
Director: Alejandro Chomski
Writer: Deborah Calla and Wendy Hammond
Produced by: Deborah Calla, Nesim Hasson and Bob Holof
Category: Domestic
Year: 2007
Color: Color
Format: Super 16 & HD
Runtime: 80 min
Status: World Premiere

Dir. Daniel Davila
Would-be artist Ricardo Papa is making ends meet as a petty drug dealer. When a deal goes sour, he is forced to go on the run from his boss and holes up at the Hotel Boyd in San Francisco's notorious Tenderloin District. There, he strikes up a friendship with 13 year-old Lattie and her on-the-ropes mother, Margo, who is trapped in an abusive relationship. With all of them in desperate circumstances, Ricardo encounters the mysterious Harrison Montgomery, an aging recluse with a magical secret. Now with his boss closing in on him, and Lattie and Margo needing a lifeline, Ricardo is forced to choose how to use this new power -- save his own life, or save his soul?

Cast: Octavio Gomez Berrios, Diane Baker, Martin Landau, Krista Ott, Brandon O'Neal Scott, Melora Walters
Director: Daniel Davila
Writer: Karim Ahmad, Daniel Savila and Cliff Traiman
Produced by: Karim Ahmad, Catherine Davila, April Davila and Martin Landau

Prod. Frank Perez
After winning a scholarship to a prestigious boarding school, Francisco must struggle to maintain his relationships with his girlfriend, Erika, who fears he will no longer be the boy from El Barrio she loves, and best friend, Brandon, who acts out in increasingly serious ways to force Francisco back home. UP WITH ME is a poignant tale of friendship, loyalty and betrayal. Featuring nonprofessional actors, this extraordinary feature was shot using teens from East Harlem, who are members of the East Harlem Tutorial Program. Inspired by their own real-life stories, it was developed by them in conjunction with producer Frank Perez and director Greg Takoudes.

Cast: Erika Rivera, Brandon Thorpe, Francisco Vicioso
Director: Greg Takoudes
Writer: Maeve McQuillan and Greg Takoudes
Produced by: Frank Perez

For a complete listing of all NYILFF screening times and locations, please go to the NYILFF website.



Guillermo del Toro's Hellboy II Tops Box Office
(The Hollywood Reporter) - Universal enjoyed a heavenly bow with "Hellboy II: The Golden Army," as the action fantasy from helmer Guillermo del Toro grossed an estimated $35.9 million to top the domestic boxoffice this weekend. "Golden Army" skewed heavily male, and more than half of the film's support came from urban and Latino moviegoers. FULL STORY

High School Musical Retunes to Suit Latin America
(Reuters) - Walt Disney's imminent release of two new film versions of "High School Musical" in Mexico and Argentina marks another expansion in the company's efforts to produce more localized content for international markets. "High School Musical: El Desafio" is the first Disney-branded feature film made in Latin America. FULL STORY

SAG May Send Offer to Its Members
(Variety) - Despite their public disdain for the idea, SAG's leaders may agree to the majors' request to send out their final offer to the 120,000 guild members at the end of July. FULL STORY

Jaman Makes Online Distribution Deal with Paramount
(indieWIRE) - Online entertainment group has entered a distribution deal with Paramount Digital Entertainment allowing Paramount titles to be available for rental or purchase from Jaman's site, the company announced Monday. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Four Job Openings at Thirteen/WNET (NYC)
There are four new job openings at Thirteen/WNET in New York. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Action, Suspense, or Crime Thriller Script
Highland Myst Films is seeking a completed action, suspense or crime thriller story that takes place in present day. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Interns at Meaningful Media
Meaningful Media, a network of people committed to using media to create positive change, is looking for interns. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting: Spanish-speaking Woman for Play
Glendale's Luna Playhouse looking for a woman of considerable acting skills for the role of 'Bernarda' for Federico Garcia Lorca's 'La Casa de Bernarda Alba.' FULL JOB DESCRIPTION


From the Editor


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