Latinos In The Industry
  June 10, 2008  

LA Film Festival Diversity EXPO Invitation

Film Independent's LA Film Festival presented by the Los Angeles Times
Cordially invites you to join us in honoring FILM INDEPENDENT’S PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS In cooperation with the DIVERSITY EXPO

Friday, June 20 | 5 pm – 8 pm

Festival on Broxton Avenue
(between Kinross and Weyburn)

Music by Mia Moretti DJ Group E.

An invitation is required.

CLICK HERE or on the picture to the right for a digital copy of the invitation. Print out the invitation and present it at the door.

Early arrival is strongly recommended. Entry is on a space available basis.

The invitation is for one person and is non-transferable. Go to for Festival and parking information.

African Marketplace, Inc. | Afro Funké | APA First Weekend Film Club |
Asia Society Southern California Center | Black Hollywood | Education &
Resource Center (BHERC) | California Council for the Humanities |
California Lawyers for the Arts | California National Organization for
Women (CA NOW) | CARE USA | Chilean Consulate, Los Angeles |
Cinema’s Legacy | Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE) |
Consulate General of Sweden Los Angeles | Consulate of Mexico
in Los Angeles | Dance Camera West | DIVA (Diverse and Inclusive
Visionary Artists) | East West Players | Film Expats | Filmmakers Alliance |
Flag Marketing | Gelson’s Cultural and Promotional Affairs |
German Films | Giant Robot | Grindhouse Film Festival | Human Rights
Watch | Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) | International
Documentary Association (IDA) | | Italian Film
Commission | Japanese External Trade Organization, Los Angeles
(JETRO) | Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles (KCCLA) | LACER
(Literacy, Arts, Culture, Education & Recreation) Afterschool Programs |
LACMA Muse | Latino Public Broadcasting | Legal Aid Foundation of
Los Angeles | Los Angeles Film and TV Office French Embassy |
Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) | NAACP
Hollywood Bureau | National Association of Latino Independent Producers
(NALIP) | Nollywood Foundation, Inc. | NYU Tisch West Alumni Council |
Organization of Black Screenwriters (OBS) | OUTFEST | ProChile,
Los Angeles | Polish Film Festival Los Angeles | Russian-American Business
and Arts Council | Screamfest Horror Film Festival | South East European
Film Festival, Los Angeles | Southern California Indian Center, Inc. |
The Actors’ Network | The Asian Professional Exchange (APEX) |
The Sierra Club Angeles Chapter | The Valley Film Festival | Trade
Commission of Denmark Los Angeles | UCLA African Studies Center |
UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies | UCLA Center for Near European
and Eurasian Studies | UCLA Extension Entertainment Studies
& Performing Arts | UCLA Extension Writers’ Program | UCLA Latin
American Institute | Visual Communications (VC) | Women in Film |
Women in Film International |           

ITVS Funding Announcement

Attention filmmakers! Looking for funding for your next project? INDEPENDENT TELEVISION SERVICE (ITVS) seeks proposals for public TV programs which take creative risks, serve underrepresented audiences and express points of view seldom seen on commercial or public TV.

OPEN CALL provides completion funding for single non-fiction programs (not series) that are already in production. It is our largest funding initiative with two funding rounds per year. There is no minimum or maximum funding amount, though ITVS funds should be the last money in to the project. Please note that the deadlines have changed, and the deadline for Open Call 2008 Round 2 is JULY 18, 2008.

Please note that as of 2008, Open Call no longer accepts submissions for Drama/Narrative projects. ITVS is currently revising its policies regarding submissions in these genres. We will publicize this new policy in the coming months once it has taken effect.

The online application and guidelines are posted on our website at

Deadline Extended: Long Island Latino International Film Festival

The Long Island Latino International Film Festival is inviting filmmakers to submit films by or about Latinos for the opportunity to be screened. Now in our 4th year we will offer a new assembly of selected Latino films showcasing the works of up incoming and established filmmakers. We consider all forms: feature narrative, short films, documentary, animation and experimental shorts.

Extended Deadline: June 26th

For more information and an entry form, go to:

The festival takes place:
September 26-27-28
Charles B. Wang Center
Stony Brook, NY

LILIFF 2008 is hosted by Mezcla Media Market, Inc. We cannot guarantee a submission to the festival if the material is received after the deadline. Please email us for further questions to:

Acting & Producing Project-A-Thon (Miami)

Now accepting registrations for the Summer Acting & Filmmakers Workshops

Ever thought of an acting career? Would you like the chance to work on an upcoming feature film? How about learning how to make movies?

The Florida Media Market is excited to offer two 3-day intense workshops on Acting and Producting over staggered Saturdays, starting this June 21st in Miami, FL. Come learn the in and outs of producing films -- from how to option a script to marketing and distributing a movie once it's completed. Further your acting career by learning the techniques you need to get ahead, what directors and producers are looking for at that first audition and how to get your SAG/AFTRA union membership.

In addition, graduates from the Acting and Producing workshops will receive priority status for casts and crews of upcoming feature film and television projects!

Cost: $300 for each Workshop

Is this the year you make your dreams come true? Ready to take the next step? Simply click here or go to and click on the Membership link and choose the FMM Project-A-Thon: June-July 2008 option to register and pay via PayPal.

For more information, call us at 305-372-4563 or via email at

We hope to see you there!

Filmmakers Workshop

Saturday, June 21
Saturday, July 5
Saturday, July 19

Time: 10am - 5pm

Cost: $300

Basic Overview:
* Mini Writer's Lab
* How to Option a Screenplay
* Marketing & Distributing Films
* Creating Business plans
* Tips for fundraising, grant writing and acquiring film funds
* ..and much more!

Acting Workshop

Saturday, June 28
Saturday, July 12
Saturday, July 26

Time: 10am - 5pm

Cost: $300

Basic Overview
* How to prepare for a casting call: your demo reel
* How to work in front of the camera
* Learn the different acting techniques
* What directors, producers and casting agents are looking for
* How to become a SAG/AFTRA member
* How to get a publicist or agent

NALIP Discount for TV Writers Panel

Scriptwriters Network is proud to host a panel discussion featuring writers of one-hour TV scripts. The event is June 14th, doors open at 1PM. The panel includes:

Dawn DeKeyser: SWN aluma and writer-producer on "Samantha Who". Dawn's also written for many other shows including "Ugly Betty," "Becker," "News Radio," "The Geena Davis Show" and "Conrad Bloom." She has written and developed pilots for NBC, ABC and DreamWorks, been published in literary magazines for her personal essays, and won the Carl Sautter Scriptwriters Network competition, which she attributes to helping her land her first staff job in television.

Jane Espenson: Writer-producer on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Battlestar Galactica."

Melody Fox: SWN alumna and Carl Sautter Competition winner, Melody is currently a writer on "Flash Gordon" for the SciFi Network. Melody Fox began in animation where she wrote for series such as "Rugrats," "Freakazoid" and "Teen Titans". Plus, she created the Stuart Little TV series for HBO-Family, based on the movie. She expanded into one-hour episodic landing staff jobs on UPN's "South Beach," and Jerry Bruckheimer's sexy drama "Skin" for Fox.

Amy Berg: Amy Berg started her career writing Nickelodeon live-action comedies before segueing to one-hour dramas. She's since written prime-time soaps (Fox's North Shore), science fiction shows (Threshold and The 4400), and crime dramas (the upcoming Leverage for TNT).

Jeanette Collins: "Dirt, Big Love"

FREE Drawing for Movie Magic Screenwriter Software
TIME & LOCATION: June 14th at the Charlie Chaplin Theater at Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Ave. (between Bronson and Van Ness). Doors open at 1 pm, with the speaker to begin at 1:30.

NALIP members get in for just $5! Print out this newsletter and take it in to receive your discount.

Non-member admission is $15 ($10 for members of WGA, Women in Film, FIND, FIN, and Screenplay Lab). Enter through the Van Ness gate. Parking is available for $5 on the studio lot; there's also metered street parking.
For more information about the Scriptwriters Network please visit online at or call: 1-888-796-9673 (1-888-SWN-WORD).

Hoop Girls Play Opening at CASA 0101

Opening this Friday, June 13, CASA 0101 presents HOOP GIRLS. Step into the world of these distinct Los Angeles women with a hip hop flair, who desire, fear, grow, and share a love for hoop earrings.

June 13-July 6, 2008
Fri & Sat @ 8pm / Sun @ 3pm

Written by Gabriela Lopez
Directed by Corky Dominguez
Produced by Edward Padilla & Gabriela Lopez
Starring: Jesse Bliss, Julie Evans, Ramona Gonzales, Esperanza Ibarra, Karla Menjivar, Miriam Moses, Christina Torres

$15 Gen, $12 Students/Seniors, $8 Boyle Heights residents
$25 Opening Night Gala on Fri. June 13 (includes pre-show reception/refreshments at FirstStreetStudios, 2026 E. 1st St, LA, CA 90033 from 7-7:45 PM & post-show reception/refreshments at CASA)
$10 Groups of 10 or more!

CASA 0101 Theatre
2009 E. First Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033

Reservations strongly recommended: / 323-263-7684

Sissy Play Opening at Alexandria Hotel

Company of Angels proudly presents the World Premiere of Ricardo Bracho’s “Sissy” at the historic Alexandria Hotel, opening June 13 through July 6, 2008. Directed by Company of Angels Artistic Director, Armando Molina, with the Associate Direction of Tina Sanchez.

In “Sissy” The time is July 19, 1975. Disco 45's revolve, the Sandinistas have gained power in Nicaragua, and in Culver City a young precocious youth is about to turn twelve. The dramas of sibling rivalry, teen pregnancy and progressive politics play as Sissy blows his candles out. 

Playwright Ricardo Bracho was born in Mexico City and raised in Culver City. He is an award-winning playwright, a published essayist and a noted speaker and educator.  Sissy is the recipient of an Asuncion Finalists Award from Pregones Theater, a Panelist's Choice Award from the Edward Albee Theater Festival, the UC Santa Barbara Latino Playwriting Award from the Center for Chicano Studies and the George Houston Bass Award from Brown University.  His other plays include The Sweetest Hangover, A to B, Querido and Puto

“Sissy” is under the skillful direction of COA Artistic Director,Armando Molina. His recent directing credits include “Road to Arivaca” by Evangeline Ordaz, “Anna In The Tropics” by Nilo Cruz at PCPA Theaterfest in Santa Maria California; “Conjunto” by Oliver Mayer at Borderlands Theater Company in Tucson Arizona; “Living Out” By Lisa Loomer at TheatreWorks in Palo Alto, California, and at Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis; and “The Waiting Room” by Lisa Loomer at Company of Angels in Los Angeles. Armando recently received national recognition from the NEA and the Theater Communications Group as a recipient of their Career Development Program for Directors.

In the past year, Company of Angels, Los Angeles’s oldest non-profit theater company, has re-invented itself as a company dedicated to revitalizing and celebrating the full potential of Los Angeles-based theater--through deep connections to L.A. artists and communities.  Upcoming season includes “A Visitor’s Guide to Arivaca”  by Evangeline Ordaz and “Lost” by Bernado Solano.

Tickets for “Sissy” are $20 and can be purchased online at  The Box Office information line is (323) 883-1717. The theatre is located within the historic Alexandria Hotel at 501 S. Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013.



Almudena Carracedo
Made in L.A. wins Henry Hampton award

In early May, LPA fellow and 2008 ESTELA award winner Almudena Carracedo’s documentary Made in L.A. received a Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in Film and Digital Media from the Council on Foundations. The prestigious award was presented to Almudena and her producer Robert Bahar at a moving ceremony in front of 2000+ attendees as part of the Council’s National Conference in Washington DC. The award is named for Henry Hampton, the legendary producer of "Eyes on the Prize”.

At the same time, Made in L.A. continues to make an impact on the international festival circuit, and, with over 40 festivals to date, the film just won the Ecumenical Jury Prize (SIGNIS Award) at Mexico’s Voces contra el Silencio Film Festival, and an official Certificate of Appreciation from the city of Los Angeles.

Just last week Almudena returned from Madrid, Spain, where Made in L.A. was programmed as part of DocumentaMadrid at the prestigious Casa de America. The film screened to packed houses during a 5-night run and received critical acclaim from renowned national publications including El País and Radio Nacional de España.

To read more about Made in L.A. and its outreach visit or Almudena’s blog at



TFI Unveils Ambitious Online Outlet
(indieWIRE) - Hoping to launch a viable new revenue stream for a wide swath of independent films and filmmakers, the Tribeca Film Institute has unveiled Reframe, a curated online outlet with its sights set on filtering some 10,000 films and videos via the Internet. Opening its digital doors today, Reframe is backed by a million dollars in grants from the MacArthur Foundation, and includes a partnership with CreateSpace and Amazon aimed at digitizing and delivering -- on DVD or via Amazon's Unbox service -- films from leading indie, documentary, foreign and experimental filmmakers. FULL STORY


Jobs & Opportunities

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

Casting: Latina and African American Actresses for Play
Breath of Fire is casting for Latinas early mid 20's, Latina mid late 30's, and African American early mid 20's. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION


From the Editor


Alex Mendoza
Alex Mendoza & Associates
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Temple City, CA 91780

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