Latinos In The Industry
  April 17, 2008  

Call for Entries: IFP Independent Film Week

Call for Entries - Submit Your Project Now!
Deadlines Beginning May 2. If Selected, Participation is FREE.
September 14 to 19, 2008, New York

Submit your project today to the "Project Forum" of Independent Film Week, formerly known as the IFP Market. The "Project Forum" is comprised of three sections for new works in development: Emerging Narrative (writers, directors seeking producers), No Borders (producers with partial financing) & Spotlight on Documentaries (filmmakers in production or post).

Approximately 150 projects are invited to take more than 2000 pitch meetings and network with over 1000 industry professionals annually. More than $100,000 total value in the form of cash, product donations & services will be awarded. * $10,000 - The Fledgling Fund Award For Emerging Latino Filmmakers

May 2, 2008 - Emerging Narrative
May 2, 2008 - No Borders International
May 23, 2008 - No Borders Domestic
May 2, 2008 - Spotlight on Documentaries Early
May 23, 2008 - Spotlight on Documentaries Late
Submission Fee:$50/$60
IFP membership required prior submission
If selected, participation is FREE.

To submit, visit

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. To be a part of IFP's 30 year legacy, submit your project now the "Project Forum" of the Independent Film Week.

Deadline Approaching: HBO/NYILFF Short Film Competition


HBO has teamed with THE NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL LATINO FILM FESTIVAL (NYILFF) to find the next hot Latino Filmmaker. The HBO/NYILFF Short Film Competition is an opportunity for one talented filmmaker to receive $15,000 in funding to produce and direct on digital video (DV) an original short film narrative. The final film produced from the winning screenplay will be presented on screen this summer during the 2008 New York International Latino Film Festival.

NALIP members who have won this competition in past years include LMM 2008 Filmmaker Hugo Perez, who won for Betty la Flaca, and NALIP-DR member Freddy Vargas, who made Hispaniola last year.


Ceasar and Chuy on LATV

CEASAR AND CHUY are a couple of animated characters that watch and critique music videos. They’ve become a fan favorite, and the word on the street regarding this dynamic pair is quickly spreading.

The Ceasar and Chuy program portrays a couple of Latino hosts of a music video show on LATV, but they also venture out into the East City Junior Vocational College where they interact with an array of interestingly hilarious characters, including the always controversial PROFESSOR KEEL WHITEY; which is an extremely liberal professor determined to save minorities from their poor ghetto lives.

In their community college classroom, Ceasar and Chuy also interact with their best friend JEROME, who lives with a constant race-paranoia complex. Jerome feels that everything that happens in his life, good or bad, it is caused because he’s a Black man.

In their classroom, Ceasar and Chuy also intermingle with DHAT HO, a Vietnamese exchange student who observes very conservative political values; and also with a Mexican-American young lady known as ROSARIO, a 17 year-old mother of three.

Ceasar and Chuy are not only at the studio or school, since sometimes they have to meet with AL POWERS, the VP of Marketing and Promotions for the network, and is always trying to get Ceasar and Chuy to peddle a product to their audience.

Ceasar and Chuy have a natural inclination towards politics and important issues affecting society in general, and the characters have discussed everything from immigration to religion during their program. They generally present a neutral message via way of expressing extreme opposite views. The comedic entertainment aspects derive from Ceasar and Chuy’s interactions and conflict with each other.

The Ceasar and Chuy program is written and voiced by Keu Reyes and Rick Najera, animated by artist Alfonso Amey and scored by music producer Ricardo Love.

The Ceasar and Chuy program can be seen Mondays and Fridays at 9:30pm on the LATV Network, and Ceasar and Chuy can be reach directly through their Myspace page at or through

Call for Entries: LA Shorts Fest

12th Annual LA Shorts Fest is the largest short film festival in the world. We are accredited by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences. In past years, 29 participants have earned Academy Award nominations. Last year’s award winners received prizes totaling over $100,000. The festival annually attracts more than 20,000 moviegoers, filmmakers and entertainment executives looking for the hottest new talent. We have honored some of Hollywood’s legends of the past: Charles Chaplin, Harold Lloyd, and Robert Wise; along with actors Martin Landau, James Woods, Gary Oldman and directors Tim Burton, Bryan Singer, Jan de Bont and Paul Haggis.

Regular: April 25, 2008
Final: May 26, 2008

Submit Online:

ITVS Program Development Seminar (Boston)

NALIP BOSTON invites you to:
ITVS Program Development Seminar at WGBH
With Richard Saiz and Guest Filmmaker Juan Mandelbaum
Sat. April 26, 2008 9am – 1pm

Cahners Room, WGBH
One Guest St, Boston 02135
(r.s.v.p. required: ) 

Senior Programming Manager Richard Saiz will conduct a seminar about the process of developing a project for ITVS from writing the treatment to production considerations as they relate to directorial authority. Clips representing various genres of the documentary form will be shown. The emphasis of this seminar will be the “personal” documentary and will explore challenges posed when the director is both mediator and protagonist; navigating between observer and observed; revelatory moments and self-revelation; self-awareness and objectivity.

He will be joined by Producer Juan Mandelbaum discussing his new film Our Disappeared/Nuestros Desaparecidos,  that will premiere on Independent Lens in the 2008/9 season.  In this ITVS funded film, director Mandelbaum returns to his native Argentina to find out what happened to friends and loved ones who were kidnapped and “disappeared” during the 1976-1983 military dictatorship. His searches uncover dramatic stories that reveal the depths of terror experienced by his friends and their families. Their surviving children continue the struggle for memory and justice. Made with funding from the ITVS Diversity Development Fund and Open Call, the Sundance Institute Documentary Fund, and Latino Public Broadcasting.

Richard Saiz, SENIOR PROGRAMMING MANAGER,  has over 30 years experience as a television journalist, producer, director and writer in both public and commercial broadcasting. He joined the ITVS staff in 1999 as the program manager for Open Call. In that capacity, he improved the initiative by implementing changes including the requirement of works-in-progress and a more rigorous departmental first cut of all proposals as part of the review process. These changes have improved the overall quality of Open Call proposals. Recently, he has led an effort to improve the number and quality of drama projects funded by ITVS. Richard first worked with ITVS as a consultant in 1995 when he was hired as coordinating producer for the series Making Peace. He also served three times as a panelist for Open Call. A long-time producer, his credits include 18 documentaries produced for Westinghouse and national syndication. He has won numerous awards including the duPont-Columbia Silver Baton and “Best TV Documentary” from the San Francisco International Film Festival.

Juan Mandelbaum a documentary producer and director, has also worked as teacher, curator and consultant.  His work has been broadcast on a variety of venues, from AMERICAN PLAYHOUSE to SESAME STREET, and has won multiple awards, including national and regional EMMY awards and nominations.   Juan was a producer/director at WGBH-Boston on the AMERICAS series, a 10-part series on Latin America for PBS and Channel 4-UK.  Juan’s independent productions have been aired on PBS and in many festivals and are in worldwide distribution.  These include Caetano in Bahia,  Ringl and Pit,  A New World of Music, and the Poetry Heaven series on The Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival.  Juan studied sociology in his native Argentina, and worked as a journalist, photographer and educator until he left for the US in 1977 to leave behind the military dictatorship. He holds an M.A. in Communications from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.  Juan is past president of International Film Seminars, organizers of the Flaherty Film Seminars.

RSVP REQUIRED:  Limited seating.  Please RSVP to Carrie English at

PARKING:  Guest Street Garage:  Coming down Guest St. from Market St., entry is on the right, after Newbury Comic’s offices.  Look for the blue P marking the garage entrance.  Upon entering the garage, proceed to the gate and get a ticket.  When you reach the third floor, take a right, gong as far as you can toward the side of the garage, and park at the “WGBH VISITOR SPACES” along the fence wall.  Do not proceed up the ramp past the second gate.  Take your ticket with you to be validated at the end of your event at One Guest Street, on your way out, as the validation is only active for 15 minutes.

NALIP Discount for Doc Film Makers Course (LA & SF)

"A powerful seminar that was jam packed with great information from the first hour to the closing night. Barely three months later I am now in productiion directing my first feature length documnentary thanks to their guidance and wisdom." Shane Harvey, Producer/Director, Vancouver

We'll show YOU how to turn YOUR GREAT IDEAS into GREAT DOCUMENTARIES and start a career making movies, AND making money. Learn how to get your documentary MADE, what technology to use, how much it will cost, what makes a great subject that will transfer into market sales, the pitfalls, the shortcuts, all in a two day intensive seminar for documentary film makers.

This two-day seminar is run by the co-author of The Documentary Film Makers Handbook - Andrew Zinnes, a professional producer, writer and consultant has worked in both narrative and documentary for nearly two decades. His work has been seen on MTV, PBS, BBC, ITV and Ch4.

Topics include: story, research, legal, production, post, film festivals, sales and distribution and a documentary workshop.

Free Material: Save thousands in licensing fees with a DVD on the Fair Use clause (all students receive).

Los Angeles
When: April 26-27, 2008, 9AM-6PM
Where: Filmmakers Alliance, 1030 W Hillcrest Blvd., Inglewood, CA 90301
Price: $299 (NALIP members price $249 with coupon code NALIP)

San Francisco/Berkeley
When: May 3-4, 2008 10AM-6PM
Where: East Bay Media Center, 1939 Addison St., Berkeley, CA 94704
Price: $299 (NALIP members price $249 with coupon code NALIP)

Go to or call 310-941-2168 to get more testimonials, information or to register for the seminar.

Panel of Studio Execs Who Find Talent

SANDRA LORD proudly invites you to the AWARD WINNING ("Best Networking Event in L.A.") HOLLYWOOD NETWORKING BREAKFAST(R)


8:00a.m - 10:30a.m. Check-in starts at 7:20a.m.
Postmark Deadline for Registration – FRIDAY, April 18th, 2008

The Beverly Hills Country Club
3084 Motor Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(south of Twentieth Century Fox Studios)

FREE PARKING is available in the back lot
located on Patricia Avenue/Street, behind the tennis courts.
VALET PARKING also available for $4

See details below

Produced in Los Angeles to benefit
A non-profit organization dedicated to promoting diversity in American culture


Featuring executives whose job it is to find the next set of talented people — both in front of and behind the cameras – executives who are committed to finding today's most exciting and unique voices and talents -- Writers, Producers, Directors, Actors, etc.

In this newly created position, Edwards will be recruiting diverse creative executives, writers and directors for the NBC Universal network, studio, cableand feature entities. (See full bio below)

CASTING DIRECTOR (Formerly of Finn/Hiller Casting)
Sarah Finn has been casting feature films for over ten years, and joined forces with Randi Hiller in 2000 to form Finn/Hiller Casting. Together they have cast a broad range of films spanning every genre - credits include: Crash, Terminator 3, Blue Crush, Gridiron Gang, In the Valley of Elah, Miracle, Coach Carter, Dreamer, She's the Man, Swat, the upcoming Adam Sandler, Oliver Stone, Edward Norton, and Robert Downey, Jr. films, and many others. (See full bio below)

In his current position, Ron spearheads efforts to guide more diverse actors, writers, and directors into jobs on series broadcast on FBC, and/or on shows produced by 20th Century Fox TV and to support Fox content that features diversity in the media marketplace. (See full bio below)

In this crucially decisive position, Erika identifies diverse writing talent for the network, oversees NBC's competitive writing program, Writers on the Verge and works with diversity initiatives such as The Director in Training Program and Comedy Shortcuts. (See full bio below)

FIRST TIME ATTENDEES (ONLY) may take $5 OFF of the pre-paid/on-time reservation price listed below – You MUST include a copy of this email with your check to receive the discount!



Pre-paid reservations (postmarked by APRIL 17, 2008): $40 per person ($35 for first time INFOLIST attendees!) (full breakfast). Checks or money-orders must be made payable to: Changing Images In America, MUST be accompanied by our reservations form and mailed to: P.O. Box 2688, Hollywood, CA 90078. YOUR CASHED CHECK IS YOUR CONFIRMATION. WE DO NOT MAIL TICKETS, EMAIL OR CALL YOU TO CONFIRM RECEIPT OF YOUR CHECK. We do NOT accept credit card, email or phone reservations. We are UNABLE able to receiveExpress Mail, Certified Mal, or Registered Mail or any mail that requires us to stand on postal lines. Reservations cannot be rolled over to another month, but can be transferred to someone else for the date paid for only.


Pre-confirmed Late Reservation: $45, cash only. Walk-ins: $50, cash only. As usual, for our attendance list, emergency contact, and for security purposes, you MUST include a business card and/or list your profession, phone number and other contact info, also the LEGAL NAME (as it appears on state issued I.D.), FOR YOU AND ALL GUESTS who are paid for on your check.

Dress code and other policies apply, including RESERVATION INFO & CANCELLATION POLICY. Go to:
OFFICE PHONE: (323) 465-9800

Meet privately with a guest speaker!
For more information on how to be considered for this great opportunity, please go to:



Roberto Gudiño
Below the Fold accepted into Arizona Int. Film Festival

NALIP member and LPA Documentary Liason Roberto Gudiño's documentary film Below the Fold: The Pulitzer that Defined Latino Journalism has just been accepted into the 2008 Arizona International Film Festival.

Roberto produced, directed and shot the 23 min documentary. This documentary reveals how in 1984, a group of young Los Angeles Times reporters battled institutional prejudice and changed the newspaper industry when they became the first Latinos to win journalism's highest prize.

Interviews with the writers and examples of the Times' former depictions of the Latino community establish the background for Latin American journalism's first Pulitzer. Current Latino journalists ask questions about whether, even after that groundbreaking event, the place of Latin American voices in the media has really changed. Shipherd Reed from The Arizona Daily Star called it "A Strong Film."

Below the Fold and will screen on Thursday, April 24 at 8:00PM at The Screening Room, 127 East Congress as part of the Cine Chicano shorts program in Tucson, Arizona.

Noemi Figueroa Soulet
The Borinqueneers to screen at Rincon Int. Film Fest.

NALIP Member Noemi Figueroa Soulet’s documentary film THE BORINQUENEERS is an Official Selection in the Rincon International Film Festival in Puerto Rico to be held April 22nd through 26th, 2008. There will be over 60 entertaining films to see from 14 countries in 5 days! THE BORINQUENEERS is scheduled to be screened in English on Friday, April 25th at 4:00pm, followed by a Q&A session with the Filmmaker and a 65th Infantry veteran, Salvador Romero Rivera. The full schedule of films, screening times and venues as well as Festival event information can be found at


El Pozo Productions announced that its documentary film THE BORINQUENEERS received the Award of Excellence from the 2008 Accolade Competition which recognizes outstanding work in film, television and video. The Accolade is an international, non-traditional venue. Awards go to those filmmakers who produce fresh, standout entertainment, animation and compelling documentaries. The Accolade recognizes filmmakers, large and small, who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity. The Accolade receives entries from all over the world that are are judged by highly qualified professionals in the film and television industry. Producer/Director Noemi Figueroa Soulet stated "This is an unexpected treat. I am extremely happy and proud to receive such a wonderful award as the Accolade."

"The Borinqueneers is a well-crafted, carefully-edited feature documentary highlighting the proud story of the only all-Hispanic unit in US Army history, the Puerto Rican 65th Infantry Regiment. The filmmakers keep viewers engaged in this fascinating story through skilled narration, use of rare archival footage and prudent use of engaging interviews. It's sure to generate appreciation in viewers unfamiliar with the contributions of the 65th. It's a standout production that deserves wide distribution on television and cable." Thomas Baker, Ph.D., Coordinator, Accolade Competition.

In The Accolade competition, The Borinqueneers documentary was one of only nine films to receive an "Award of Excellence" the second highest honors in the Accolade competition. Less than 15 percent of entries receive this honor.

In winning an Accolade, El Pozo Productions joins the ranks of other high-profile winners of this internationally respected award. Information about the Accolade and a list of recent winners can be found at


Producer/Director Noemi Figueroa Soulet will be appearing at two Borders Stores in Puerto Rico to promote THE BORINQUENEERS documentary film on Thursday, April 24th at 8pm at Borders in Plaza Las Americas Mall and on Sunday, April 27th at 3pm at Borders in Mayaguez. She will be available for a Q&A session. Visit the Borders website for more information.

Patrick Rooney
Streetballers to debut at Hollywood Black Film Fest.

The feature film Streetballers will be making its world premiere at the 2008 Hollywood Black Film Festival.

Streetballers was produced by Producer/Actor and NALIP Member Patrick Rooney, and written and directed by Matthew Krentz. Patrick also stars in the film alongside Matthew Krentz, Adrieanne Perez, Jimmy McKinney, and Craig Thomas.

The festival will be held June 3rd – 8th, 2008 in Beverly Hills.

Streetballers is for basketball, what Field of Dreams was for baseball. Defining street basketball as America's new favorite pastime, it is a story driven by passion, faith, and achieving goals. A story capturing the poetic nature of street basketball, highlighting the struggles endured on and off the court by the purest of athletes. Constantly searching for sanity in the midst of alcoholism, racism, and drugs, John Hogan and Jacob Whitmore, two junior college basketball players, find release and therapy while competing at one of the most competitive and poetic street courts in the U.S. Both men must spend an entire summer helping one another overcome their adversities. Their dedication and love for the game of basketball transcends from the playground courts into each of their dysfunctional households where the two boys play the constant role of the father figure. Pounding through life one day at a time, Jacob has no choice but to play in an underground league, constantly fighting to keep his cousin Damon out of debt, and possible death. John's overpowering guilt and family trauma erupt into a state of confusion and beauty with each spiritual intervention of Terry Gibson, a neighborhood boy killed by John's older brother Michael in a drunk driving accident. Together, the two boys paint a sad and delightful portrait with their innocence, concerns, and faith in the unknown.



Few U.S. Pics Set for Cannes Festivals
(Variety) - With just five days left before Cannes fest topper Thierry Fremaux is due to announce the lineup for the May 14-28 event, much uncertainly surrounds the competition titles, as the availability of some films and the completion status of others remains in question. FULL STORY

SAG Signs Interim Pact With Indie Film Company
(AP) - The Screen Actors Guild has cut a deal that would let its members work for an independent film company regardless of a future strike against the major studios. FULL STORY

Jaman to Distribute BBC Online has announced the acquisition of a collection of fils from BBC Worldwide America for online distribution. FULL STORY


Jobs & Opportunities

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

Logger/Transcriber at SiTV
SiTV is looking for experienced Logger and/or Transcriber to work both day and evening shifts, M-F. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Crime or Supernatural Thriller Scripts
White Knuckle Films is looking for completed high-concept crime or supernatural thriller scripts. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION


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