Latinos In The Industry
  May 15, 2008  

Apply Now for the 2008 Latino Producers Academy!

Don't miss your chance to participate in one of NALIP's signature programs - the Latino Producers Academy. Taking place in August 2008 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the LPA includes hands-on practicum for Producers at all stages of their professional development.

Documentaries in post-production will have opportunities to re-cut and score sequences with intensive mentoring on their rough cuts and completion plans. Feature projects with directors will work with crews and casts to rehearse, shoot, cut and score scenes from their upcoming production.

This program is open exclusively to NALIP members and/or New Mexico residents, and only to filmmakers with produced work on which they played a key creative role. All Accepted Fellows are invited on full scholarship.

Click here for the full application -- DEADLINE JUNE 2, 2008 --

Funding Deadline: Sundance Documentary Program

In a world where truth is stranger than fiction, we can help you tell the stories that must be told. Each year, the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program awards up to $1.5 million in grants to support documentary films focused on contemporary social issues. Films supported have included My Country, My Country; Why We Fight; Born Into Brothels; Iraq in Fragments; The Inner Tour; The Devil Came on Horseback; and Everything's Cool. 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.

JULY 7, 2008
FEBRUARY 5, 2009

You may submit anytime BEFORE the deadline.
Awards will be announced in November for the July deadline
and in June for the February deadline.

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Deadline Approaching: NALAC Leadership Institute

Attention Latino Artists and Arts Leaders:

Don’t miss the opportunity to apply for the 2008 NALAC Leadership Institute, which takes place in San Antonio, Texas, from July 14-19, 2008. The NALAC Leadership Institute is the premier professional development program for the Latino arts field, providing invaluable administrative skills and leadership training to the next generation of Latino arts leaders. The extended deadline to apply for this year’s Leadership Institute is Wednesday, May 21st.

Now in its 8th year, the NALAC Leadership Institute brings emerging Latino artists and key staff of community based Latino arts and cultural organizations from across the nation for intensive training in nonprofit arts management and leadership development. Fifteen to twenty applicants are selected to attend each year, and up to two people from an organization can apply!

The NALAC Leadership Institute has created a powerful national network of Latino arts leaders, whose creative intellect is shaping the future of Latino arts and culture.

The NALAC Leadership Institute training includes instruction in such areas as:
• Fundraising and Grant Writing
• Capacity Building
• Audience Development
• Outreach & Publicity
• New Technologies
• Trends in Philanthropy
• Leadership Transition
• Case Study Reviews

The NALAC Leadership Institute also provides the unique opportunity to meet and network with peers from around the country working in every artistic discipline.

Past Leadership Institute instructors and presenters have included Rosalba Rolon (Pregones Theater), Abel Lopez (GALA Theatre), Maribel Alvarez (The Southwest Center), Anthony J. Garcia (El Centro Su Teatro), Jesse Borrego (Actor) and Tomas Ybarra Frausto (independent scholar).

Applying to the Leadership Institute is a benefit of NALAC membership. We encourage you to become a member today and enjoy other benefits, such as the opportunity to apply to the NALAC Fund for the Arts grant, free admission to the Regional Arts Training Workshops and discounts to NALAC’s National Convenings.

As a member, you will also receive subscriptions to NALAC’s monthly eBoletin newsletter and tri-annual El Aviso magazine, thus keeping informed about upcoming funding opportunities, events and other great resources for the Latino arts field. Affordable annual membership rates start at $35 for individuals and $45 for families.

For more information, please call 210-432-3982, email or visit

The NALAC Leadership institute is made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Arts; Our Lady of the Lake University; Southwest Airlines; the MetLife Foundation; Texas Commission on the Arts; City of San Antonio Office of Cultural Affairs, NALAC members, individual donors and volunteers.

Call for Entries: Blue Wire Film Festival

Calling for entries! Blue Wire Film Festival is accepting entries for their summer splash film festival—shorts, features, children’s, experimental, documentary, and animation. For more information go to:

A truly indie film festival. Because there are a lot of filmmakers out there who can't get their work into some of the bigger film festivals because celebrities are starting to make independent films, and the bigger film festivals are going after the names. This is a smaller festival where filmmakers have the opportunity to network with other filmmakers like themselves. For filmmakers who don't have the money for expensive equipment, and don't have a studio behind them, but are making some incredible films!

Come show us your art!

Call for Entries: Palm Springs Int. ShortFest

Palm Springs International ShortFest, Aug. 21-27, 2008

Now in its 14th year, the Palm Springs ShortFest has become known world-wide for the community of filmmakers it attracts, and for the quality and scope of its programming. The largest festival of its kind in America, with over 350 short films from more than 40 countries, with a library of more than 2200 films available to film buyers, industry and press in the Film Market running concurrently with the Festival. Included are seminars, technological demonstrations and scheduled 'one-on-one' meetings with industry experts and filmmaking professionals, free to filmmakers who participate. All films submitted are included in the Film Market. Festival includes twenty awards in 6 categories, with cash orfilm production prizes ($100,000 worth of prizes, in all).

Submissions being accepted through May 23 at

Call for Entries: Raindance Film Festival

October 1-12, 2008
London, England

Submit to the Largest Independent Film Festival in the UK. We screen films of all shapes, genres and sizes and have a soft spot for first time filmmakers.

Late Submission Deadline is June 6th
Final Deadline is June 20th for Withoutabox users only.

To submit your film visit

East LA Rep Fundraiser

East LA Rep & Ave. 50 Studio Invite you to A Necessary Conversation with Jorge Huerta, Ph.D. Moderated by Diane Rodriguez

East Los Angeles Repertory Theatre Company (East LA Rep) bring together renown Chicano Theatre scholar, Dr Jorge Huerta, and prominent director/producer, Diane Rodriguez, for an evening of necessary conversation regarding the impact Latino Theatre has made on the American Theatre.  

Join us for an evening of food, refreshments, live music, beautiful art, and
insightful conversation as we reminisce about the early years and look toward the future.

This Necessary Conversation Series is a benefit fundraiser for East LA Rep with food by Taxquito and live music provided by Grupo Chucumite.

May 17, 2008 - 7pm – 10pm
at Ave. 50 Studio / 131 No. Avenue 50 / Highland Park, CA  90042

Donation $50 each or $75 for two

RSVP & Info.
Mercy Castro
(323) 223-1529

The mission of East Los Angeles Repertory Theatre Company (East LA Rep) is to establish East Los Angeles as the epicenter of Latino Theatre in the US.

We accomplish this with the staging of work by playwrights of Latino heritage, a repertory company of actors, the Youth Rep program, productions devised through the Community Series, collaborations, commissions, and the touring presentation of the classics by way of Free Shakespeare at East LA Parks.

Women, Words & Wisdom Blog Tour to Celebrate Latino Book Month

Starting May 19th and running till May 28th, ten Latina authors will post original short stories and inspiring essays as part of the Women, Words & Wisdom blog tour to celebrate Latino Book Month.

Every day during the tour, readers will travel to an author's blog where they are treated to a story and a contest for a prize. This is the fourth tour that the group has done and each one attracts readers and new fans.

"We believe in supporting each other and our books," said Mary Castillo, coordinator of the tour. "We also hope that the blog tour will inspire a new writer out there to sit down and write that book that has been rattling around in her head." Artist Nuvia Crisol Guerra contributed the artwork for the tour logo.

The Women, Words & Wisdom Tour line-up is:

May 19 - Mary Castillo, author of "Switchcraft" (
May 20 - Caridad Ferrer, author of "It's Not About the Accent" (
May 21 – Lara Rios, author of "Becoming Americana" (
May 22 – Mayra Calvani, The Dark Phantom Review (
May 23 – Caridad Piniero, author of "The Calling" Vampire series (
May 24 – Jamie Martinez Wood, author of "Rogelia's House of Magic" (
May 25 – Berta Platas, author of "Cinderella Lopez" (
May 26 – Tracy Montoya, "I'll Be Watching You" (
May 27 – Kathy Cano Murillo, aka "The Crafty Chica" (
May 28 – Misa Ramirez, author of "Living the Vida Lola" (

Cine Cuauhtemoc Pan American Film Festival (Houston)

The 9th Cine Cuauhtemoc Pan American Film Festival will be presented at the University of Houston-Downtown during the dates July 16-17, 2008.

A kick-off event will take place at Bohemeo’s Art Café on July 4, 7:00-9:00p.m.,708 Telephone Road, Houston, Texas 713.923.4277

More info by by e-mailing Jesus Cantu Medel at



Lorena Manríquez & Miguel Picker
LPA/LMM project invited to IFP Rough Cut Lab

NALIP LPA and LMM fellows Lorena Manríquez and Miguel Picker’s film Ulises’ Odyssey was selected for the 2008 Documentary Rough Cut Lab, held in New York City, May 6-9, 2008. The film was one of ten documentary rough cut projects chosen for artistic vision and outstanding promise.

The IFP 2008 Documentary Lab Fellowship is a national program connecting mentors and projects before they are submitted to festivals. Launched in 2005, the Independent Filmmaker Lab aims to identify ten high quality, independently produced documentary features in the rough assembly stage that can benefit from the mentorship of experienced film professionals. The four-day program challenges filmmakers to realize the full potential of their footage and stories prior to industry exposure; providing dynamic advice on technical, creative and post-production issues. The program is specifically geared towards assisting first-time feature filmmakers in the areas of editing, sound, marketing & publicity, distribution and sales.

Daniel Hastings
NALIPster recognized as one of 50 Latino Influencers

On Wednesday February 28, 2008 KinetiX hosted the XBOX Influencer Program. They honored 50 Latino Influencers by giving them a personalized Grand Theft Auto IV Xbox Unit with all the hardware that you need to be the king or queen of Grand Theft Auto IV. Only 50 Latinos in the world received this package, and NALIP member Daniel Hastings was honored to be one of them. Amongst the 50 Latino Influencers were Tony Touch, Malverde, L Boogs, Dulce Ortiz, Laura Stylez, Jessie Terrero, Alan Ket, Porfirio Pina, Nina Sky, DJ Enuff, Bridgez Magazine, Hastings and 38 more Latino Influencers of Today.



It's Indie Movies vs. Indy's Movie at Cannes
(AP) - The Cannes Film Festival usually starts with a movie that's light and goes down easy. So Wednesday's dark, apocalyptic opening film seemed a puzzling choice — even to the movie's director. FULL STORY

Blockbuster Turns Profit
(The Hollywood Reporter) - Video rental giant Blockbuster not only turned a healthy profit in its first quarter but also grew same-store sales in the U.S. for the first time in five years. FULL STORY

Berdejo to Direct Romance Jennifer Can in Spain, US
(Screen Daily) - Notro Films, Versus Entertainment and Videntia Frames to produce film from hot director who has just finished The New Daughter with Kevin Costner. FULL STORY (subscription)

Latina Actress Crystal Mantecon Breaks Through the Mold
Latina actress on 'Prison Break', Crystal Mantecon, who attended NALIP Conference 9, was greeted by the Red Carpet for the world premiere of 'Fissure,' an independent feature film in which she stars as the ONLY Latina cast in the film. The part was originally Caucasian in the breakdown when her agent got it, but she was selected to play the nuclear physics graduate student, Rachel Claris. This continues a long line of roles that Ms. Mantecon has been able to step out of the box of Latina type casting, including roles as an undercover DEA agent, an Iraqi woman named Saree during the war, and a spoiled socialite. "We must keep paving the way for Latino talent and filmmakers to have our very diverse stories told too," she encourages. She is between shooting for her current film project, 'Tree of Life,' a passion project of illustrious writer and director Terrence Malick with great A-list talent, including Brad Pitt and Sean Penn. She also will begin filming soon for Season 4 of 'Prison Break,' and has several more projects in the works.


Jobs & Opportunities

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

Interactive Designer at SíTV
Sí TV is currently looking for an exceptional Interactive Designer who understands the significance of innovative and effective design solutions. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Print Designer at SíTV
Sí TV is currently looking for an exceptional Print Designer who is innovative and understands the significance of great branding and conceptual marketing solutions. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION


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