Latinos In The Industry
  July 29, 2008  

LA Shorts Fest August 15-21

The LA Shorts Fest is now entering its 12th year as an Academy accredited Festival. LA Shorts Fest has a proud history, 30 of their festival shorts have received Oscar nominations, including 9 winners. Because the Festival attracts the best up-and-coming young directors and writers, it has embarked on an ambitious program of talent discovery development.

LA Shorts Fest is the largest short film festival in the world and is accredited by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences. LA Shorts Fest are the only Festival with SIX awards recognized by the Academy.

The Festival will feature a select few directors/writers from the creative community whom show promise in the entertainment industry, based on their films and projects (scripts, treatments, story ideas etc.) in development. The Festival will then invite industry professionals to meet these fortunate directors/writers, who will have a rare opportunity to introduce themselves and their projects to you and your company.

Please visit for more information on films and show times.

NewLatino Filmmakers Screening Series - July 30 (NYC)

Pagan Images, Inc., in association with Anthology Film Archives, cordially invites you to the NewLatino Filmmakers Screening Series - The best and only independent Latino cinematheque showcase in New York City -- now in its 6th year! -- is still ONLY $5! Docs, shorts & features. "Come early, stay late, pay one price."

When: Wednesday, July 30, 2008 - 6-9:30PM
Where: Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue at Second Street
Price: $5 admission - at the box office

6:00PM - Documentary Shorts Program
7:15PM - Narrative Shorts Program
8:15PM - Narrative Feature


NewLatino Filmmakers puts the spotlight on creative Latinas working behind the cameras in both the independent film and Hollywood systems as image-makers. This emerging crop of dynamic filmmakers and producers are putting their unique mark on the industry with their own unique spin on the Latin Film New Wave, and blazing the trail as today's emerging auteurs. Featuring short-form documentary, narrative shorts and feature presentations. Live panel discussion and Q&A with the filmmakers.


* AL OTRO LADO Natalia Almada, Altamura Films, (2006, 66 Minutes, Video)

Al Otro Lado (To the Other Side)" tells the human story behind illegal immigration and drug trafficking between the U.S. and Mexico through the eyes of Magdiel, a 23-year-old fisherman and aspiring composer who dreams of a better life. For people south of the border, the "other side" is the dream of an impossibly rich United States, where even menial jobs can support families and whole communities that have been left behind. For people north of the border, "Al Otro Lado" sheds light on harsh choices that their neighbors to the south often face because of economic crisis.

As movingly chronicled in "Al Otro Lado," Natalia Almada's debut feature, the border is a place where one people's dreams collide with another people's politics, and the 200-year-old tradition of corrido music vibrantly chronicles it all. In fact, if you really want to understand what is happening on the U.S./Mexico border, listen to the corridos, troubadour-like ballads that have become the voice of people whose views are rarely heard in mainstream media.


* JOLOPEO, Glenys Javier, Director / Michael Diaz, Producer (2007, 5 Minutes, Video)

Living that life leads to death, I choose to LIVE!

* SOLEDAD IS GONE FOREVER, Mabel Valdiviezo, Writer/Director (2007, 14 Minutes, 16MM)

SOLEDAD IS GONE FOREVER is a spellbinding, visually stunning, psychological drama that explores the long-term psychological impact of political persecution. Based on real accounts, this film presents an intimate portrait of a young immigrant photographer living in San Francisco, Soledad Gonzales, who learns her fathers remains have been found in a mass grave in Chile. Soledads recurring visions of chilling childhood images shatter her life, making her discover that these are real memories that have been repressed for twenty years.

Torn by her aunt Delia's advice to forget the past but faced by the implications of her father's death, Soledad must make a crucial decision. Does she have the courage to pursue the truth and will this realization finally bring peace to her tortured soul?

* LOSS OF INNOCENCE IN LOISAIDA, Veronica Caicedo, Writer/Director (2007, 30 Minutes, Video)

Joana is a curious teen ready to explore and have sex and willing to go all the way with her boyfriend, Tommy. Not prepared for the situation, Tommy must score some condoms -- FAST -- but he must first get past the gatekeeper to his bliss: the local pharmacist, who also just happens to be Joana's father!


MUNECA, Christina Soto, Writer/Director (2007, 70 Minutes, Video)

You find love in the most unexpected places. All Esteban wants to do, is to be happy and recapture his creative inspiration. With the death of his muse, and best friend, Pepe -- a miniature fox terrier -- it seems as if everyone in his life is trying to push their idea of a replacement on him with that of a perfect woman. What's a man to do?


NewLatino Filmmakers showcases emerging Latino filmmakers/producers whose work is contributing toward the face of the Latino Film New Wave and who have not yet had a major commercial theatrical release. It also features non-Latino filmmakers/producers whose films are Latino-themed and/or whose primary subject matter touches upon the Latino/Latin American experience in a respectful manner, and who have not yet had a major commercial theatrical release. The series is now in its six year and is organized in collaboration with New Filmmakers at Anthology Film Archives.

Anthology Film Archives is America's only year-round film cinematheque and is one of the few festivals in the world today that is entirely curated and administered by filmmakers. Currently celebrating its 35th year of serving the independent film community. (

Call for Entries: Kansas City FilmFest

KC Jubilee Film Festival & FilmFestKC have joined forces to bring you a NEW film extravaganza in 2009: Kansas City FilmFest

The new festival will be presented by the Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee. All filmmakers, anywhere, are invited to submit your short or feature film - drama, comedy, documentary, animation, or experimental work. It must have been completed since January 1, 2007.

EARLY DEADLINE DATE: August 15, 2008 (Other deadlines: 10/1/2008, 11/15/2008. and 12/01/2008)

ENTRY FEES: US/International & CinemaJAZZ Divisions: Shorts: $15 / Features: $25

Go to our website - - for complete details, entry form, and pay fee online.

Check out our special CinemaJAZZ division if you have made a work (short or feature) inspired by JAZZ

Send your screener (DVD-region 1), check, entry form to: KC Jubilee, 4826 W. 77th Terrace, Prairie Village, KS 66208-4321

At the 2008 KC Jubilee Film Festival, at least ten short films received distribution offers from Shorts International

Kansas City FilmFest is scheduled for April 22-26, 2009. Visiting filmmakers, jurors, and venues will be announced soon.

If you have any questions - call 913-649-0244 or email:

Invitation to a Screening of Nothing Like the Holidays

You are invited to a special screening of NOTHING LIKE THE HOLIDAYS (Formerly called “Humboldt Park”)

Wednesday, July 30th - 7:30 PM
ICM Screening Room
10250 Constellation Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA

John Leguizamo, Freddy Rodriguez, Debra Messing, Alfred Molina, Jay Hernandez, Elizabeth Peña, Luis Guzman, Melonie Diaz & Vanessa Ferlito

Directed by
Alfredo DeVilla (Washington Heights)

If you wish to attend this event, email your name and the names of your guests to Robert Hernandez at:

If there’s one thing everyone can agree on, it’s that family time isn’t always a walk in the park. In Humboldt Park, two of today’s most talented actors, John Leguizamo and Freddy Rodriguez join Debra Messing, Alfred Molina, and director Alfredo DeVilla (the award-winning Washington Heights) to tell the humorous and heartwarming story of one unforgettable family holiday.

It’s Christmastime and the far-flung members of the Rodriguez family are converging at their parents’ home in Chicago to celebrate the season and rejoice in their youngest brother’s safe return from combat overseas. For Jesse (Freddy Rodriguez), coming home has rekindled feelings for an old flame, although she can’t seem to forgive him for leaving. His older sister Roxanna, a struggling actress, has been chasing her Hollywood dreams for years with little to show for it. And much to the dismay of their mother Anna (Elizabeth Peña), eldest brother Mauricio (John Leguizamo) brings home a high-powered executive wife (Debra Messing) who would rather raise capital than a child.

In the course of one eventful week, traditions will be celebrated, secrets revealed and major life decisions made. It all begins when Anna announces to her children she is divorcing their father Eduardo (Alfred Molina). The shock waves from this familial upheaval prompt Roxanna, Mauricio and Jesse, each in their own way, to reevaluate the past and rethink the future. But when the Rodriguezes learn that one of their own is facing a true crisis, they instinctively pull together: Old resentments are forgotten, familial bonds are re-affirmed and the healing power of laughter works its magic as the family discovers they are much stronger than they ever realized.

Directed by Alfredo DeVilla, “Humboldt Park” was written by Rick Najera, Ted Perkins, Alison Swan Teitel; produced by Robert Teitel, George Tillman; Executive Produced by Rene Rigal, Reid Brody, Paul Kim, Freddy Rodriguez.

Opens Nationwide on November 26, 2008 from Overture Films



Erik Martinez
NALIP awards the NATPE LATV Festival Pass to member

NALIP has awarded member Erik Martinez with an all access pass to NATPE's LATV Festival, which 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.

A bilingual Story Producer, as well as a stand-up comedian, Martinez, started out as a journalist, in English and Spanish, and then moved into international sales and marketing. Before moving to LA, Martinez wrote and produced content in Spain, Cyprus and Latin America. With in the past two years Martinez has written for a late night, talk-shows and dating games (Doctora Amor, Mas Vale Tarde and 12 Corazones: Telemundo).


Joseph Julian Gonzalez
Little Girl Lost, scored by NALIPster, to premiere in LA

NALIP member Joseph Julian Gonzalez just finished scoring a wonderful film for the Lifetime Movie Network called Little Girl Lost: The Delimar Vera Story. It's a heartwarming true story of a mother searching for her child under incredible circumstances. It stars Scrubs' Judy Reyes and A. Martinez.

There will be a special screening before the official air date on Thursday, August 7, at the Directors Guild in Beverly Hills. Please RSVP to Dior Mixon at 212-424-7204 by August 1 and email Joseph Julian Gonzalez as well if you can make it.

Daniel Eduvijes Carrera
NALIPster featured in online arts magazine

Former NALIP membership coordinator Daniel Eduvijes Carrera is featured in the Summer Edition of the online multi-media magazine Native American Indigenous Cinema and Arts.

Read an interview in which Daniel discusses film school, the inspiration behind his art, the making of his multiple award winning short film PRIMERA COMUNION, his New Media Artist Fellowship and his debut feature film. View set stills and behind the scenes photography from PRIMERA COMUNION or see the video player for an exclusive look at one of Carrera's little seen short films, LONCHE, a film he says was a trial run for PRIMERA COMUNION!



Venice Competition Includes Aronofsky, Arriaga, Kitano, Ozpetek
( - Competition includes four Italian films; Directors showing out of competition inlcude Claire Denis, Abbas Kiarostami, Manoel de Oliveria, Fabrice Du Welz. FULL STORY

Robert Rodriguez, Rose McGowan Reunite To Bring Vulnerable Hero Red Sonja To The Big Screen
(MTV) - She's one of the most kick-ass comic heroines ever created: a sword-wielding, horse-riding, bow-carrying (not to mention bikini-wearing) female warrior of epic proportions. FULL STORY

Gael Garcia Bernal Plans Doc Project on Resistance
( - Gael Garcia Bernal is teaming up with director Marc Silver and the UK's Pulse Films on Resist, an ambitious feature documentary and web project. FULL STORY

Jennifer Lopez to Star in Governess
(Variety) - Jennifer Lopez will topline Yari Film Group’s romantic comedy "The Governess," with Nigel Cole directing. FULL STORY

Indie Prison Comedy Locks up Julianna Margulies, Alan Arkin
(Reuters) - "ER" veteran Julianna Margulies, British actress Emily Mortimer and "Little Miss Sunshine" Oscar-winner Alan Arkin have joined Andy Garcia in the indie family comedy "City Island." FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Writer/Producer and Editor at SiTV
SiTV is currently looking for an exceptional Writer/Producer & Editor who understands the significance of working for a fast moving, start up company. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Graphics/Producer & Editor at SiTV
SiTV is currently looking for an exceptional Graphics/Producer & Editor who understands the significance of working for a fast moving, start up company. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting: Non-Union Latino Actors for Touring Production (Houston)
Alley Theatre Education & Community Engagement seeks non-union Latino actors ages 20-45 for a paid educational touring production t o be performed in the greater Houston area. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION


From the Editor


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