Latinos In The Industry
  May 13, 2008  

NALIP 2008 Spring Latino Writers Lab Concludes in Santa Fe

NALIP's sixth annual Latino Writers Lab completed its first segment this past weekend in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Co-presented by the Writers Guild of America, Time Warner and the New Mexico Film Office, the 2008 LWL ran May 7 - 11. The twenty select screenwriters now spend the summer rewriting their scripts, and return to Santa Monica in September for part 2.

The New Mexico Film Office welcomed the Lab this year for the first time, as part of their effort to mature the above-the-line talents of New Mexicans, while introducing other Latino and Native writers to the opportunities and vistas of the state. Six writers attended from New Mexico, along with three local mentors including writer/director Joan Tewkesbury (NASHVILLE), writer/producer Barbara Martinez-Jitner (BORDERTOWN) and writer/director Gregory Nava (EL NORTE). Six mentor/instructors also participated from Los Angeles: Carlos Bermudez, Ted Braun, Chip Diggins, Harrison Reiner, Miguel Tejada-Flores and Ligiah Villalobos. Additional profesional presentations were given by WGA Diversity director Kim Meyers and NM Film Office Director Lisa Strout.

Writers applied from around the country, and about 25% of applicants were accepted by a professional panel of readers. The full list of participating writers is:

Elvira Carrizal-Dukes - Chaparral, NM
Miguel Duran - Redondo Beach, CA
Sonia Fritz - San Juan, Puerto Rico
JorDan Fuller - Tucson, AZ
Phillip Gunn and David Valdez - Albuquerque, NM
Nancy Hughes - Santa Fe, NM
Summer Joy Main Muñoz - Marina del Rey, CA
Adam Martinez - Los Angeles, CA
Alejandro Mora - Los Angeles, CA
Pedro Olivares - El Cajon, CA
Salvador Paniagua - Playa del Rey, CA
Leo Reyes - Albuquerque, NM
Ricardo Reyes - Hacienda Heights, CA
Cecilia Robles - Los Angeles, CA
Roberto Rochin - Glendale, CA
Luis Carlos Romero Davis - Tucson, AZ
Louie Torellas - Jamaica, NY
Derek Velez Partridge - Astoria, NY
Monica Winter Vigil - Los Angeles, CA

How The Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer - In Theaters May 16

How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer will open on Friday May 16, 2008, in 54 theatres across the U.S. In her tenderly comic, richly textured feature debut, Georgina Garcia Riedel lovingly explores the terrain of longing, loneliness, and self-realization among three generations of single women in a Mexican American family as they grapple with romantic drought.

As sweltering summer stretches over a sun-bleached Arizona border town, Doenoveva (Lucy Gallardo), the Garcia family matriarch, decides to buy a car. The only catch is that she doesn't know how to drive. When she enlists Don Pedro's pedagogical skills, sparks begin to fly--at her house and beyond. Her daughter, Lolita, played with deadpan poignancy by Elizabeth Peseems to have hit a dry spell until things start to sizzle at the butcher shop where she works. Meanwhile, Lolita's teenage daughter, Blanca, a radiant America Ferrera (REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES), engineers an awakening all her own. It's as if the languid heat wave has thawed everyone's defenses and jump-started a sexual revolution.

How The Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer stars LPA Fellow America Ferrera and NALIP member Rick Najera (host of "The State of Latino Comedy" at NALIP Conference 9). Director, writer, and producer Georgina Garcia Riedel is also a NALIP member, as are producer Olga Arana, co-producer Jose C. Mangual, production manager Octavio Marin, and 10 other crew who helped bring the movie to the screen.

For more information on the film, visit

Bush Signs Legislation for National Museum of the American Latino

The Latino community celebrates the passage of bill H.R.512, sponsored by Congressman Xavier Becerra (CA-31) and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. It establishes a commission to study the feasibility of a National Museum of the American Latino and brings the nation one step closer to realizing the full vision of President Lyndon B. Johnson and others in recognizing Latino contributions to America’s past, present and future. Through the leadership of Majority Leader Harry Reid, Sen. Jeff Bingaman, Sen. Ken Salazar, Sen. Robert Menendez, Sen. Mel Martinez and their staff, this important legislation secures the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of the efforts that established the forthcoming Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture, and the extraordinary National Museum of the American Indian on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. “If progress is measured in baby steps, I think it’s safe to say that the president’s pen has brought this important project into its adolescence,” explained Mr. Becerra, “It is my hope that the commission will begin its work soon so that this vision, this dream, will further mature into full reality. It is truly and incredible day.”

Congressman Becerra, Assistant to the Speaker of the House, introduced this legislation during Hispanic Heritage Month in 2003. The measure, part of a larger legislative package, creates a 23-member bipartisan panel that will give the president and Congress recommendations about the scope of the project. Over a two-year period, the panel will consider the location, the cost of construction and maintenance, and the presentation of art, history, politics, business and entertainment in American Latino life.

Deadline Extended: IDA's DocuWeek

Enter DocuWeek™ Theatrical Documentary Showcase! The deadline has been extended to May 21, 2008.

DocuWeek™ presents a public theatrical exhibition of outstanding new films. August 22-28 at Los Angeles' Arclight Theatre.

DocuWeek™ helps to qualify feature and short documentaries for Academy Award® consideration, by screening a seven-day commercial run in a theater in Los Angeles County. To be eligible for Awards consideration a feature film must also complete a seven-day commercial run in a theater in the Borough of Manhattan between September 1, 2007 and August 31, 2008. DocuWeek™ LA alone, does not qualify your feature film, please see the 81st Academy Awards Special Rules for Documentary Awards (Rule Twelve) for complete eligibility and application requirements.

Click here to submit to DocuWeek through Withoutabox.

Call for Entries : NewLatino Filmmakers Screening Series at Anthology Film Archives

NewLatino Filmmakers is currently accepting entries for its July 30th screening at the Anthology Film Archives, when we put the spotlight on creative Latinas working behind the cameras in independent film as image-makers. The series is looking for dynamic women filmmakers and producers that are putting their unique mark on the industry and adding their own spin on the Latin Film New Wave while blazing a trail as today's emerging authors. NewLatino Filmmakers features a day-long series with three distinct sessions: 3-4 short-form documentaries, 3-4 narrative shorts and 1-2 feature presentation, followed by a panel and Q&A session with the filmmakers in attendance.

* Submission Deadline: June 30, 2008 / Screening Date: July 30, 2008
* Screening Theme: Latinas in Cinema: Filmworks Beyond the Glass Ceiling
* Screening Venue: Anthology Film Archives - New York City
* Submission Format: Region 1 DVDs ONLY. Filmmakers selected to screen will be provided with the venue screening formats.
* Submit via Withoutabox:
* Series Director/Curator: Edwin Pagan (

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. (

NALIPsters Invited to Downtown Film Festival LA Launch Party

Special invite to NALIP members:


Please join us to celebrate the official launch party of the much anticipated Downtown Film Festival LA! Although our festival is slated for August later this year, we are hosting a party to invite filmmakers to participate in our ongoing events leading up to the festival. In the weeks to come we will host many private parties on our rooftop terrace, private screenings, industry workshops and more. Please join our community!

May 17th

7:30pm - 11:00pm
510 S. Hewitt St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Please RSVP to:

The first annual Downtown Film Festival - Los Angeles (DTFF-LA), the first dedicated film festival in the historic core of the Entertainment Capital of the World, will be held August, 13-17, 2008. The five-day event will celebrate Downtown L.A.'s renaissance with a series of film screenings of Hollywood, independent and classic historic films, lectures, panel discussions, and exhibits, and parties and receptions.

The Downtown Film Festival was established to celebrate the resurgence of Downtown L.A. in all its facets - its historic movie palaces core, its legendary cultural and ethnic institutions, and its thriving business and residential communities. In 2008, its inaugural year, the Downtown Film Festival - Los Angeles will showcase why Downtown has become L.A.'s most exciting "new" community.

Submission Deadline: June 1st



David Bianchi
LPA Fellow's film official selection at festivals

LPA Fellow and LMM participant DAVID BIANCHI recently directed and produced a feature length documentary 'Outspoken - Los Angeles' and brought it to the LPA. The website is now LIVE! It has been accepted into 2 festivals so far -- they Hollywood Black Film Festival & Delray Beach. You may check it out at:

Trailers available, please take a moment and check out a great documentary.

Meanwhile, the narrative feature film he co-produced and co-starred, FAREWLL DARNKNESS, recently sold out a world premiere in Chicago and just won BEST FEATURE FILM at the Delray Beach Intl. Film Festival! It was also accepted into the Drake Intl. Film Festival in Italy, that will be held at the Royal Palace of Caserta with the Italian President in attendance.

Trailer is available at:

Hector Ceballos
NALIPster's pilot EASTLA premiering at USC

The NALIP community is invited to attend the premiere screening of EASTLA, USC's yearly episodic television pilot. NALIPster Hector Ceballos has been involved with the project for two semesters as a director and co-executive producer.

Thursday, May 15th
3:00 PM
Eileen Norris Theatre
USC's University Park Campus
Admission is free and open to the public.

The Wire meets East L.A. in this family drama about an Army veteran returning home to find that the war he left behind is still raging in his own back yard.

Anjanette Delgado
Simon & Schuster publishes NALIPster’s “The Heartbreak Pill”

Erika Luna is a thirty-something scientist living and working in Miami. When her husband of seven years; the very successful, very smart, very good-looking, founding partner of one of Miami’s most successful Public Relations firms falls in lust with another woman, their marriage spirals to hell and Erika’s practical nature leads her down the strangest of paths. What’s a scientist to do when slapped with pain so deep it interferes with breathing?  Try to cure it, of course!  This is the premise of Emmy award-winning writer, producer, and NALIP member Anjanette Delgado’s delightfully funny and touchingly poignant debut novel, THE HEARTBREAK PILL (Atria Books, April 2008)

Evocative of Sex and the City in the best way, this bright and funny novel has received rave reviews, with Publisher’s Weekly saying, “Great scenes and funny lines! Fans will have fun easily suspending disbelief throughout.”

Anjanette Delgado is a high concept writer in the Hollywood tradition.  She began her career as a journalist, working for outlets such as NBC, CNN, Univisión, and Telemundo, covering presidential coups, elections, Olympics, the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and both Iraq wars. She has written for Vogue, Urban Latino, and the International Documentary Association magazine, written and produced lifestyle programs and documentaries for MGM Latin America, and in 2002, wrote and developed the sitcom “Great in Bed” for HBO Latin America. She is currently at work on her second novel, THE CALLE OCHO CLAIRVOYANT.



"In The Heights" Leads Tony Noms
(Variety) - Latino tuner "In the Heights" and Rodgers & Hammerstein revival "South Pacific" led the nominations for the 62nd Tony Awards, bagging 13 and 11 mentions, respectively. FULL STORY

Argentinian Film Steals Top Prize at Jeonju
(Screen Daily) - Matias Pineiro's Argentine film The Stolen Man picked up the $10,000 top Woosuk Award at Korea's 9th Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF). FULL STORY

Films Distribution Picks up Salamandra
(Screen Daily) - Films Distribution has picked up Directors' Fortnight selection Salamandra by director Pablo Aguero heading into the Cannes Film Festival. FULL STORY

Provincetown Celebrates 10 Years With Garcia Bernal
(indieWIRE) - The 10th Annual Provincetown International Film Festival announced some of its programming and its annual honorary awards Monday, with Gael Garcia Bernal taking the Excellence in Acting Award and Jane Lynch receiving the Faith Hubley Memorial Award. FULL STORY


Jobs & Opportunities

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

Assistant Editor at Doc Production Company
Documentary production company with offices in mid-Wilshire and Silverlake seeking highly organized, highly technically-proficient, problem-solving Assistant Editors. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Production Assistant to Work Saturday, May 17th
PA to work 12noon - Midnite, pay $100, fun environment, great project for any filmmaker. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting: "Water & Power" (San Diego)
San Diego Repertory Theatre is currently accepting submissions from union and non-union actors for the San Diego Premier of Water & Power, Featuring Herbert Siguenza of Culture Clash as Power. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION


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