Latinos In The Industry
  May 8, 2008  

Pangea Day: The First Global Campfire

May 10, 2008 is Pangea Day - a worldwide event that helps people see themselves in others through the power of film.

Created by Jehane Noujaim, award-winning Pangea Day documentary filmmaker of Control Room, through a grant awarded with the prestigious TED prize, Pangea Day links venues from all over the world to produce a four hour program of powerful films, visionary speakers and inspiring music.

The events will be broadcast live through the internet, television, digital cinemas and mobile phones, reaching people in countries around the globe at the same time.

Individuals and organizations are organizing local screenings of Pangea Day. NALIP will hold a screening in Santa Fe, New Mexico as part of our Sixth National Latino Writers Lab. Twenty writers from six states, and six mentor/instructors will be in Santa Fe, May 7 - 11, as part of this Signature Program intensive.

We hope that you check out this unique and vital global event, organize a house party or just visit online at

Call for Applications: LATV Festival's Diversity Fellowship Program

Through NALIP's partnership with NATPE, we’re offering you this great opportunity to be a Diversity Fellow at NATPE’s upcoming LATV Festival. Here’s some information about NATPE’s 3rd Annual Diversity Fellowship Program:

In collaboration with the Walter Katz Foundation, this program offers a small group of emerging television and video content creators of diverse backgrounds with the next step in their career development. Through a series of mentoring meetings, workshops, networking and educational opportunities, the Fellows are afforded a unique opportunity to make valuable contacts and gain real insight into the television industry.

NATPE provides the Fellows with four nights of accommodation, all entrance fees to LATV Festival events (July 30 – Aug. 1), special lunches, networking events, one-on-one time with a mentor, and ground transportation. The Fellows are responsible for their own airfare and incidentals. The Fellows are chosen through a selection and submission process.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please download the application HERE and follow the submission instructions. Please note that the submission deadline is May 30, 2008. For more information, please contact Lance Yuen at

Call for Entries: Josiah Youth Media Festival

In 2006, Josiah Miles Neundorf, a talented and prolific media artist from San Antonio, Texas, passed away as a result of Osteosarcoma, a cancer of the bone. In his short twenty years with us, Josiah expanded the lives of those who knew him through his brilliance, his joy and his determination to create outstanding works in the midst of the pain and physical ravages from this disease.

In honor of this artist, who only wanted to share his wonderment with the world around us, his parents, Marcus and Nancy Neundorf with the URBAN-15 Group have created the Josiah Youth Media Festival , an annual event designed to showcase outstanding works by young film, video and media artists.

Postmark deadline for entries is June 1, 2008

The three-day event will take place at the URBAN-15 Studio in San Antonio, Texas on July 10, 11 and 12, 2008. In addition to screenings, there will be opportunities for critiques, panel discussions and product demonstrations.

For more information, and to download an application, please visit:



Benjamin Daniel Lobato
NALIP Fellow accepted into PGA Diversity Program

NALIP member and LPA Fellow Benjamin Daniel Lobato selected to participate in the 2008 Producer’s Guild of America Producing Workshop.  His project, The Promised Land was one of only six feature films selected for the program and is described as a drama in the style of Babel and Amores Perros

The Promised Land takes place on 9/11 and follows three soldiers conducting counter-drug surveillance in a remote region near the Arizona Border who lose radio contact after hearing, “America is under attack,” and battle over what actions to take as their fates collide with a drug-runner on a mission from a God, and a pregnant immigrant couple in search of the American Dream. 

The PGA workshop provides a veritable “crash course” in producing through seminars, master classes with top professionals in film and television, and one-on-one mentoring with Producers Guild members.  This year speakers include Marshall Herskovitz (Blood Diamond, The Last Samurai), Mark Gordon (Grey’s Anatomy, Saving Private Ryan) and Debra Martin Chase (Courage Under Fire, The Princess Diaries) in addition to others.



Picturehouse, WIP Close Up Shop
(Variety) - Warner Brothers ended months of speculation Thursday by shuttering both Picturehouse and Warner Independent Pictures. FULL STORY

AFTRA Opens Talks With Studios
(The Hollywood Reporter) - A last-ditch effort by SAG to keep negotiations alive with the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers was shuttered Wednesday by sister union AFTRA, which refused to postpone for a third time its scheduled talks with the producers. FULL STORY

13 Projects Chosen for Sundance Directors and Screenwriters Lab
(indieWIRE) - Thirteen projects have been selected by the Sundance Institute to participate in its June directors and screenwriters labs. FULL STORY

Universal, Focus Bolster Relationship with Almodovars' El Deseo
(Screen Daily) - Universal has signed on to co-finance Pedro Almodovar's Broken Embraces (Los Abrazos Rotaos) and Focus will sell the new film. FULL STORY

Eva Mendes to play Queen Of The South for Essential
(Screen Daily) - Ben Kingsley and Josh Hartnett to co-star in drug saga based on novel by Perez-Reverte; Jonathan Jakubowicz to direct Avellan and Condito are producing. FULL STORY


Jobs & Opportunities

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

Fox Sports Video Producer - On-Air Promotions
This position is responsible for video mastering and delivery of all FOX Sports On-Air promotions. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Intern to Help Develop Series
Award-winning writer/producer/director team seeking intern to assist in connection with the development of a new series. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting: "Look To The Moon" (NYC)
Independent feature in New York City is casting Latina females, and males of all ethnicities. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION


From the Editor


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