Latinos In The Industry
  May 6, 2008  

Call for Entries: P.O.V. 2009 Season

P.O.V. Announces Open Call For Entries for the 2009 Broadcast Season

P.O.V., public television’s premiere showcase for independent non-fiction film, seeks submissions from all perspectives to showcase in annual PBS series. P.O.V. welcomes all subjects, styles and lengths. Unfinished films may be eligible for completion funds. Open Call guidelines are available for review at

The submission arrival deadline is June 27th
Apply online today!
Please visit us at to apply.

Questions? Call P.O.V. at 1-800-756-3300 ext. 380

Call for Applications: Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program

Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program
NEW DEADLINES: JULY 7, 2008 and FEBRUARY 5, 2009

Each year, the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program awards more than $1.5 million in grants to support documentary films focused on contemporary social issues worldwide. Films supported have included My Country, My Country; Why We Fight; Born Into Brothels; Al Otro Lado; Iraq in Fragments; The Inner Tour; The Devil Came on Horseback; Made in LA; and Everything's Cool.

In a world where truth is stranger than fiction, we can help you tell the stories that must be told. If you believe that creative non-fiction filmmaking is vital to society, and you are an artist with passion for the work of storytelling, we want to hear about your project. Tell us what you see.

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Deadlines Approaching: Independent Film Week (NYC)

Submit Your Project Now!
> Emerging Narrative Screenplay Deadline - Deadline extended to May 15
> Documentary Work in Progress - Deadline May 23
> No Borders Domestic Screenplay - Deadline May 23

If Selected, Participation is FREE.

Formerly known as the IFP Market, Independent Film Week is the oldest and largest forum in the US for the discovery of new projects in development and new voices on the independent film scene. In 2007, more than 1,000 industry professionals attended Independent Film Week. More than 2000 pitch meetings were arranged with buyers. More than $100,000 total value in the form of cash, product donations & services were awarded.

Independent Film Week will help you:
* Connect with financiers & producers
* Meet distributors, broadcasters and sales agents
* Network with festival programmers

Approximately 150 new works-in-development are accepted into the Project Forum in one of the following three sections.
* Emerging Narrative (For writers and writer/directors seeking producers)
* No Borders International Co-Production Market (For producers with partial financing seeking additional partners)
* Spotlight on Docs (For filmmakers in production or post-production seeking financing partners, broadcast/distribution, and festival invitations)

* $5,000 - The Kodak Grand Jury Screenwriting Award with Cash Stipend Provided by Artists Public Domain
* $10,000 - The Fledgling Fund Award for Socially Conscious Documentaries
* $10,000 – The Fledgling Fund Award for Emerging Latino Filmmakers
* 8 Panasonic Digital Filmmaker Grants for Emerging Narrative Screenplays

* Submission Fee: $60
* NEW! If your project is selected, your participation is complimentary - no further fees apply!
* IFP membership is required prior to submission (minimum level: Interactive Membership at $35 level)
* Acceptance includes full registration to the Independent Filmmaker Conference
* For more information, please visit
* Questions: or 212.465.8200 x 222.

Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble presents "Portrait of Ten Women"

Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble Presents PORTRAIT OF TEN WOMEN
Written by Fanny Garcia, Directed By Ingrid Marquez

Experience the shame, sadness, determination, laughter and hope as ten brave Latinas open their hearts and share their inspirational stories of learning to live with HIV/Aids. FOR RESERVATIONS PLEASE CALL 714-540-1157

April Ibarra, Jackie Bustamante, Bunnie Rivera, Samantha Chagollan, Brenda Banda,Laura Palacios, Carmen Guo, Dina Jauregui, Elsa Martinez Phillips

Opens Friday, May 9 through Saturday, June 7
Friday & Saturday, 8 PM / Sunday 4 PM
Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble
310 W. 5th St. (2nd floor), Santa Ana, CA 92701



Alex Rivera
Sleep Dealer acquired by Maya Entertainment

By Winter Miller for Variety

[Founding NALIP member] Alex Rivera's Sundance award winner, the sci-fi tale "Sleep Dealer," has sealed a deal for domestic distribution with Maya Entertainment. Spanish-language pic nabbed the 2008 Park City fest's Alfred P. Sloan and Waldo Salt Screenwriting kudos. Futuristic film creates an environment where Mexican immigrant labor is outsourced from Tijuana via cyber network, with remote-controlled robots working in the United States. Cast includes Luis Fernando Pena, Leonor Varela and Jacob Vegas.

"Science fiction has always only told stories of the first world, but the whole world has a future; I wanted to look at the future of the rest of the world," Rivera said.

Tyro helmer co-wrote the script with David Riker based on the concept of Rivera's short "Why Cybraceros."

"Sleep" is the debut outing for producer Anthony Bregman's shingle Likely Story, which also has "Synecdoche, New York" unspooling in Cannes.

"The film uses the unique combination of science fiction and fantasy to bring across a provocative message about assimilation in the United States within the global economy," said Jose Martinez Jr., head of acquisitions for Maya.

Release date is not yet set, but the company plans an aggressive strategy to reach sci-fi gamers, arthouse auds and the Latino market. Fortissimo has sold international rights to Roadshow for Australia/New Zealand, Svensk for Scandinavia and pubcaster NHK for Japanese TV. Maya Entertainment is a Latino-run distribution company focused specifically on the growing U.S. Latino market. Upcoming releases include "How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer" May 16 and "August Evening" in August. Company owns a multiplex in Salinas, and is developing others in Bakersfield and Santa Fe, N.M.

Noemi Figueroa Soulet
The Borinqueneers wins best doc at Rincon Int. Film Fest

We just got back from beautiful Puerto Rico where the BORINQUENEERS was screened at the Rincon International Film Festival in Rincon. After the film was shown, Producer and NALIP member Noemi Figueroa Soulet and 65th veteran Salvador Romero Rivera participated in a question-and-answer session. We had a wonderful turnout!

In fact, THE BORINQUENEERS won the Best Documentary award in the Puerto Rico Film Category.



Cannes Participant Registration Up 8%
(Variety) - The Cannes Marche du Film announced that by April 17, participant registration was up 8% on same time last year, with more than 8,042 film professionals signed up. FULL STORY

UMG Acquires Univision Music Group
(The Hollywood Reporter) - After an extraordinary seven-year run, Univision Music Group has been acquired in full by Universal Music Group. FULL STORY


Jobs & Opportunities

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

Casting: Three Roles in TV Pilot
NALIP Member Beata Kulish and her partner Brian Freidman are holding auditions for a TV pilot. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting: MTV's "True Life: I'm Nuyorican"
MTV’s True Life is looking for people of Puerto Rican descent living in New York City to tell us their stories. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Completed Christmas Script
Daniel L. Paulson Productions is looking for completed feature-length Christmas scripts that convey the spirit of the holidays, are contemporary, target a family audience. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Senior Web Developer at SíTV
SíTV, the only English-Language television network for American Latinos, is seeking a Senior Web Developer. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION
(Web Project Manager position is also still hiring)


From the Editor


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