Latinos In The Industry
  May 29, 2008  

Last Week to Help NALIP Win $5,000

NALIPsters and LITI Readers:

This is a way to HELP NALIP win a much-needed $5,000 grant. All you need to do is go to, click on NALIP when you register and post a photo plus a few lines of your story/your family story/your PROGRESO and a LATINO. The generous Pernod Ricard company has endowed this grant for the GREAT WORK WE DO. We need the full $5,000 for our upcoming LPA, LWL, LMRG and ongoing support of YOUR PROGRESS.

Please help – THIS WEEK. Click now, put it up, leave a few lines, and Be Counted. So far, we are only eligible for $600 in this Challenge. It’s just like listening to Public Radio – only it doesn’t cost you ANYTHING to join this Challenge Grant. WE NEED 675 more SIGN UPS. PLEASE DON’T LET US LEAVE $4400 on the table. Go NOW! To and share your Story.

About Espíritu De Progreso Latino
Espíritu De Progreso Latino, the Latino Spirit of Progress, is a new community initiative that celebrates and supports the progress of Latinos. This community-based program is designed to raise awareness of the challenges facing Latinos as they strive to achieve their goals of prosperity and a better life for themselves and their families in this country. Espíritu De Progreso Latino aims to shine a spotlight on the issue of personal progress by giving a financial boost to local non-profit organizations that help Latinos to achieve goals through positive programs focused on education, job training and career enhancement. NALIP has been selected as the local Espíritu De Progreso Latino beneficiary for Los Angeles.

Deadline Approaching : The 2008 ALMA Awards

Entries are now being accepted for the 2008 NCLR ALMA Awards nominations. The ALMA Awards - which will kick off National HIspanic Heritage Month - celebrates the people's choice and outstanding artistic achievements of Latinos in film, television, and music and promotes the diverse, accurate, and proportional portrayals of Latinos in American media. The 10th ALMA Awards telecast will showcase extraordinary tributes to salte this historic event.

Visit us online at to see a complete listing of categories for consideration, qualifying rules, submission forms, and more.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday, June 6, 2008 - 8:00pm EST / 5:00pm PST

Call for Entries: East LA Chicano Film Festival

Deadline: August 30th, 2008

Requirements: NO ENTRY FEE, send any length (format VHS or DVD) film with synopsis and press kit (if available), to:
Cine Sin Fin
c/o A La Brava P.R., Inc.
673 South Fickett Street
Los Angeles , California 90023

The Annual East Los Angeles Chicano Film Festival will be taking place in November at various locations throughout the Greater Los Angeles area.

Cine is a growing part of the cultural landscape in Los Angeles, in California, in the United States and Internationally. Each year we screen 50-60 films (feature length documentaries, narratives, shorts and experimental cinema) with an approximate attendance of 5000 people a year. We have consistently drawn in families, artists, producers, directors, youth and persons from all walks of life. Our previous venues include screenings of selected films at the LA Film Festival, Southeast Student Film Festival, Reel Rasquache Film Festival, Cinemas Film Festival and Sin Fronteras Film Festival. We have also had Cine Sin Fin screenings at film festivals in San Jose, CA; San Francisco, CA; Canada and Cuba. In the past several years, Cine has expanded its venues to include Coachella, CA; Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Cine Sin Fin was established by A La Brava Productions in the summer of 1995 to create a permanent venue to screen, develop, produce and promote Chicana/o and Raza filmmakers. We have played a significant role in fostering positive images of our community in film and video. For the past 14 years, we have empowered those individuals and organizations whose films humanize the Chicana/o and Raza experience and have reached audiences who would otherwise not be familiar with it.

In addition, we host several panel discussions with industry leaders who give insight about the perceptions the film industry has towards Chicana/os and the impact of our community's market share. Established Chicana/o filmmakers, actors, writers, directors, producers and activists moderate a forum in which aspiring artists can ask career-defining questions and have them discussed among peers. We also provide workshops which are coordinated by industry professionals and include topics such as: Acting, Directing, Screenwriting, Production Management, and Technical Production. A networking/closing night reception is planned with live entertainment (local East LA Chicano bands) to bring the entertainment communities together. The event is open to the public.

Finally, Cine Sin Fin is proud to recognize the achievements of independent filmmakers, writers, directors, and actors. We close the event with the "Annual" Firme Awards Ceremony which includes Best Documentary, Best Feature Film, and Best Short, the John Alonzo Award for Cinematography, the Anthony Quinn Award for Acting, the Lalo Guerrero Award for Best Soundtrack and the Corky Gonzales Social Justice Award.

For questions contact: Jaime Segall-Gutierrez at or Ernesto Espinoza at



Leslie Valdes
Selected for Disney-ABC 2008 Writing Fellowship

Disney-ABC Television Group and The Walt Disney Studios, in partnership with the Writers Guild of America–West, named 14 new fellows for the 18th annual Writing Fellowship Program, it was announced today by ABC Entertainment and The Walt Disney Studios. The 2008 writing fellows, who begin their year-long paid fellowships this month working with executives from Disney-ABC Television and Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production, include NALIP member Leslie Valdes.

Selected from more than 2,500 applicants, the fourteen new fellows join an impressive alumni group that numbers over 200 participants since 1990. The industry-leading writing program gives participants the opportunity to hone their craft and jump-start their careers through intensive workshops, seminars and personalized mentoring with creative executives from ABC Entertainment Television Group, ABC Studios, Disney Channel, ABC Family and the Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production. Fellows receive a salary for a one-year period.

Leslie Valdes has written for film, television and stage. He recently served as the writer/producer of “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse,” the #1 show on television among pre-schoolers. Previously he wrote for “Dora the Explorer,” during its first four seasons. Leslie has written 10 books for Simon & Schuster: Simon Spotlight, three of which made it onto the New York Times bestseller list for children’s literature. For the stage Leslie co-wrote the live “Dora the Explorer” musical, “The City of Lost Toys,” which broke box- office records at Radio City Music Hall . He is currently headwriter on an animated interactive television series, as well as writing an anime feature for Peach Blossom Media.

Rick Najera
Comedy show in LA

NALIP member Rick Najera and Bill Santiago team up to deliver twice the funny for your money at Casa 0101 Theatre in Los Angeles.

Rick Najera's "Daddy Diaries" and Bill Santiago's "Pardon My Spanglish" Show This Fri/Sat (May 30/31)

In Daddy Diaries, Najera chronicles his experiences as the Mexican father of his three Mexican/Irish children in a brand new show.

TICKETS: Call 323-263-7684 to reserve seats!
$15 General Admission and $12 Students, Seniors, and Boyle Heights Residents.

CASA 0101 is located at
2009 E. First Streeet,
LA, CA 90033



SAG Resumes Talks After AFTRA Deal
(Variety) - Hollywood's strike fever has dropped a few degrees as SAG and the majors resumed talks Wednesday with the majors after AFTRA signed a primetime pact in the middle of the night. FULL STORY

Robert Rodriguez, Rose McGowan Shopping Women's Prison Pilot
(Zap2It) - Networks are getting their first glimpse at "Women in Chains!" a self-explanatory female prison pilot to be directed by Robert Rodriguez and star Rose McGowan. FULL STORY


Jobs & Opportunities

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

Director, Smithsonian Latino Center
The Smithsonian Institution is accepting applications and nominations for the position of Director, Smithsonian Latino Center, established in 1997 to ensure that Latino contributions to art, science and the humanities are highlighted, understood and advanced through the development and support of public programs, scholarly research, museum collections and educational opportunities at the Smithsonian Institution as well as affiliated organizations across the United States and around the world. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Affiliates Sales Coordinator at SiTV
The Ad Sales Coordinator will work directly with the East and West Coast Affiliate Sales team on day-to-day basis. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Productions Marketing Manager
Reporting to the Director of Communications and working closely with the Managing Director of Productions, the Productions Marketing Manager for the Los Angeles County Arts Commission markets the Ford Theatres’ summer and winter seasons, the national and local Holiday Celebration shows and the free concerts in public spaces program. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Outreach Coordinator
Cinema Tropical and Subcine two of the country's leading Latino film-arts organizations, seek a full-time coordinator to work with us as we take our organizations to the next level. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Controller at Maya
This position will control and manage the accounting operations of Maya Entertainment Group, Inc., its subsidiaries and affiliated companies and report to the CFO. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION


From the Editor


Alex Mendoza
Alex Mendoza & Associates
AMARTE Design & Digital Printing
9513 Longden Avenue
Temple City, CA 91780

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Santa Monica, CA 90401

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