Latinos In The Industry
  April 22, 2008  

Register Now for Doing Your Doc - Denver!

NALIP, CPB, the NEA and the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
In association with Rocky Mountain PBS, LPB, ITVS, NBPC, PIC, Women Make Movies & CAAM, the Colorado Film School, Denver Film Society, and the Documentary Cinema Institute, Present

A Weekend Seminar in Denver to Kick-Start Your Documentary


Don’t miss this unique chance to work with story consultant Fernanda Rossi, the Documentary Doctor, author of the book "Trailer Mechanics," plus receive project mentoring on your proposal, trailer or documentary idea. This intensive 3-day workshop is right for you, whether you are just beginning, have already shot footage on a documentary project, or are seeking finishing funds.

"Doing your Doc" is designed especially for media makers in the diverse communities of Denver, preparing you to receive production funding and apply to national professional programs while developing your unique stories and views.  

Doing Your Doc:  3-day Workshop Fee
Early Registration by May 15 - $100; Student w/ Valid ID -- $50
Includes lunches, workshop materials, books & private project mentoring
At the door Registration -- $125;  Students -- $75

Venue Address:  Rocky Mountain PBS - Channel 6
1089 Bannock Street, Denver, CO

For more information including a full schedule visit the Doing Your Doc webpage, or click here to Register Online now!

2 Paid Summer Internships at NALIP

What:  NALIP seeks 2 energetic and reliable college-level students interested in working at the NALIP office in Santa Monica this summer. Two positions available: one in the membership office in non-profit arts management; another with our Signature program Latino Producers Academy. Minorities highly encouraged to apply!!

Positions include:

  1. LPA Assistant Coordinator- participates in all aspects of the preparation and execution of our 20-day Latino filmmaker development program. This includes processing the applicants, admitting Latino/a documentary and feature Fellows, preparing and then producing the Latino Producers Academy progrma, with top industry mentors for select film & documentary works-in-progress.
  1. Membership Office Intern- assists membership Office for Latino/a media organization including eNewsletter, member services, office management, phone and correspondence, database management and special project support, including community outreach at Los Angeles Film Festival and 12-day latino Producers Academy for feature and documentary makers in Santa Fe, New Mexico

    *Submit cover letter and resume to contacts listed below

Who:   Student eligibility for internship positions is limited to currently enrolled
undergraduates who reside in and/or attend college in Los Angeles County, will have completed at least one semester of college by June, and will not graduate before December 2008.  Please visit the Los Angeles County Arts Commission website to read the specific education requirements at:

When:  Both are 10-week paid ($3,500) internships, June - August 2008, for the summer in Santa Monica, California.
***INCLUDES travel to Santa Fe, New Mexico in August for 10 to 15 days as part of staff team.***

- Strong communication and interpersonal skills (excellent phone skills)
- Basic PC proficiency - Skilled in use of internet, e-mail, Excel and Word processing software.
- Organizational skills - Keeps files and work area organized.
- Must be energetic, self-motivated, solution oriented/problem solver, thorough, reliable and committed to high quality performance.
- Production Can Do attitude
- Flexible
- Awareness of or interest in independent film and documentary world.
- Maintains inventory and equipment to ensure smooth office operation.
- Demonstrates professionalism at all times.

Do not miss this unique opportunity – Apply for this job! (Deadline: May 5, 2008)
Octavio Marin-Signature Programs Director
Maura K. Concannon-Membership Coordinator
1323 Lincoln Blvd., #220
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Tel. (310) 395-8880
Fax. (310) 395-8811,

Disney•ABC Talent Development & Diversity Seeking Diverse Writer's Assistant Candidates

We are now accepting resumes for diverse writer's assistant candidates. This program was created in answer to various ABC, ABC Family and Disney Channel Executive Producers' desire to increase the diversity of their writing staffs. Disney•ABC Talent Development & Diversity will provide productions hiring diverse writer's assistants up to nine months of salary reimbursement for the candidate. Past candidates have been staffed on Disney•ABC Television Group series such as: "Men in Trees," "Lincoln Heights" and "Kyle XY."

Ideal candidates should have a passion for television, and interest in writing for the medium, and though it is not required, it is helpful if candidates have had exporuse to the television production process. Upon receipt of resumes, qualified candidates will be entered into a database. Should writer's assistant positions become available, Disney•ABC Talent Development and Diversity will submit potential candidates to inquiring showrunners.

Please submit resumes to:

FX Network Mini-Pilot Competition

FX Network (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Rescue Me, Nip/Tuck, The Shield) is looking for their next hit comedy and YOU have the opportunity to create it for them! Submission deadline is May 1st.

Make a 3 minute comedy film – think a mini-pilot – that is a sample of the show you would like to make. It should introduce the premise and the main characters. Along with that, you need to upload a 1-2 page brief which outlines the plot of future episodes, the main characters, and the themes.

Priority consideration for submissions – details are below!

Be sure to check out FX's current comedy It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, to get a feel for the network's sensibility. They are looking for a show in a similar irreverent, over-the-top vein. Scripted, unscripted or animated shows are all acceptable. FX is NOT looking for dramedy, but an all-out half-hour comedy. They want fun and provocative, but they also want smart and clever. They want a show whose primary appeal is to young adults 18-34, but not to the exclusion of adults in older demographics.

More information and clips of the show can be found at:

From the competition submissions, ten semi-finalists will revise their shorts based on notes from FX and receive $1,000. The Network expects noticeable differences in response to their notes, so shoot in a manner which will allow flexibility. Be sure to get sufficient coverage of your characters (angles and takes). It may be helpful to shoot more than the minimum you expect to use in your final cut. Unlike previous Filmaka contests, winning this competition will involve interactivity and development with Filmaka and FX. You may even be asked to do reshoots, so try to use actors and locations that you may be able to use again a few weeks later.

After the shorts are revised, one winner will be chosen to receive a budget of up to $40,000 to create a 15- to 20-minute presentation. FX will then decide, based on that presentation, if they want to produce a full-length pilot and possibly order the series for production. If they do, FX will, subject to good faith negotiation, enter into an agreement with the Competition Winner with respect to production services for the series.

1. Go to and click on FX Competition for submission requirements and guidelines, and submit your film as instructed there.
2. submissions will be given priority consideration by sending an email as described below:
AFTER you have submitted your film per the guidelines on the FX website, use the email link below to notify Filmaka that you heard about this from Jeff Gund at and you will receive priority consideration (do NOT submit your film or other materials to this email, however - just your name, film title, and that I referred you). Send your email to:

Filmaka will begin accepting uploads for this competition on Monday, April 21. The deadline for submitting your film and written brief is midnight on May 1, 2008. Be sure your film file is less than 500MB and your pitch is in a PDF document (if you need a free PDF converter, try All submission details are on the website as described above.

Call for Applications: PLIE Film Discovery Program

Professional Latinos In Entertainment (PLIE), a non-profit organization, is calling out to up and coming Film Directors to be part of the Film Discovery Program. The PLIE Film Discovery Program is an extensive directing workshop that gives a diverse filmmaker the tools to create and direct a professional 3 minute piece or 30 second commercial. The workshop not only provides the means to exercise their talent and learn new skills in directing but also an opportunity to create a professional sample of their work that is so essential to their own success as a director but often difficult to accomplish on their own.

The Professional Latino’s In Entertainment has already given out two awards to two filmmakers; Shawna Baca, who was the 2008 recipient of The Emerging New Media Director Award. Shawna Baca was given the resources to produce and direct a 30 second commercial spec for Anheuser- Busch. The second award went to Claudia Duran, who was the 2008 recipient of the Emerging Film Director Award. Claudia is currently shooting her short “Journey To The Egg,” a live- action piece featuring real actors, illustrating their daily lives, and their ever so epic journey to life itself. The story follows one little sperm with one giant endeavor - to be born.

Directors wishing to apply for the Professional Latino’s In Entertainment Film Discovery Program can log on to the website at and apply on line, that process is free.

Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival

September 12- 19, 2008 @ the Egyptian Theater & Chinese 6 Mann Cinemas on Hollywood


One of the most prominent Latino Film Festivals in the USA, LALIFF promotes the richness and diversity of Latin Cinema by showcasing films from the United States, Latin America, Central America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal. LALIFF celebrates the work of existing and emerging Latino talent while creating a bridge between independent filmmakers and the film industry in Hollywood. LALIFF serves as a catalyst for the promotion and distribution of Latino films.

LALIFF presents feature films, documentaries, shorts and special screenings. The films showcase a wide variety of themes by Latino filmmakers, producers, writers and actors, as well as movies that depict Latino culture. It is a competitive festival with prizes and a venue where filmmakers come together with buyers and distributors. Our Industry Office facilitates meetings and keeps a video library for Hollywood executives. LALIFF also offers industry workshops, panels, labs, networking receptions, educational programs, and hosts some of the best Galas in Tinseltown. We hope you will join us!

For more information call or write:
Att: Marlene Dermer
Program Department
6777 HOLLYWOOD BLVD Suite 500
323-469-9066 Telephone
323-469-9067 Fax

IndieProducer Schmoozefest, April 25

You are cordially invited to attend an entertainment industry networking event
IP SCHMOOZEFEST hosted by IndieProducer
featuring TOP INDUSTRY MENTORS available to speak with you ONE-ON-ONE!

Our VIP Mentors are:
Sonny Mallhi - Executive VP of Vertigo Entertainment (Shutter, The Grudge, The Departed, The Lake House)
Abby Brammell - Actress (Like Dandelion Dust, The Unit)
Karen T Bolt - Development Executive at Carrie Productions (Danny Glover's Production Company). Karen WILL be accepting pitches for all you screenwriters and producers!
Chris Denson - Producer and Consultant for the American Film Institute's Digital Media Lab
Karen Wilson -, the online film group that teaches you how to navigate the studio system

FRIDAY, April 25th, 2008
7:30pm - 9:30pm

An evening of high level networking!
And stay afterward for dancing, drinking, dining, and all around fun!
9:30pm - 2am

at AQUA, Restaurant & Lounge
Located at
424 N. Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(just south of Little Santa Monica Blvd.)
Valet Parking or street parking available

Get $10 OFF if you purchase your ticket online in advance!
Pay only $15 to attend this event by clicking the link below, or pay $25 at the door (until sold out).
No RSVP is required; however, pre-registration at the link above is highly recommended, as this event will most likely sell out! You should print out a copy of your online receipt just in case, and I highly encourage arriving EARLY!!

Newport Beach Film Festival, April 27

Come Celebrate Latino Film and Culture 

Join us on Sunday, April 27th for a celebration of Latin cinema and culture. The evening will begin with a trio of feature films, including Stray Dog (Cao Sem Dono), a romantic drama from Brazil; About Crying (Lo Bueno do Llorar) a relationship mystery from Chile; and Used Parts (Partes Usadas), a migration saga from Mexico. The festivities will continue at The Orange County Museum of Art where you will enjoy complimentary Latino food and beverages from Taleo Mexican Grill, Portos Bakery, Amazon Churrascaria, Karl Strauss Brewing Company and Latino themed gift bags. Additional entertainment includes a live salsa band performance.

For more information and ticket sales please visit

See the Spotlight section for information on NALIPster and LPA editor Ronen Pestes' documentary, screening at the festival!

Fashion Meets Music, April 24

NALIP member Sandra Varona produces Fashion Meets Music, an evening of Live Performances, Shopping, Runway Fun & Dancing. In conjunction with Def Jam, Fashion Meets Music takes over the Forbidden City on Thursday the 24th of April, 2008. Event starts at 9pm, 21 & over.

All NALIP members are invited!

1718 Vine Street, Hollywood 90028


Lowriding in Aztlan Screening and Event (San Jose)

I am very proud to announce that “Lowriding in Aztlan” will be screening at the Mexican Heritage Plaza on Thursday, May 1st, 6pm-10pm. It will be a part of the “Old School / New School” event that will take place on the same day.

The “Old School” portion of the event will highlight the rich history of lowriding through a Q & A panel of those lowriders highlighted in the current lowrider art exhibit that is on display at the plaza. The “New School” portion will be a screening of the film “Lowriding in Aztlan” followed by a Q & A with some of the films cast:

Kita Lealao, Founder, UCE CC
Robby Quisol, Founder, Impalas CC
Freddy Alfaro, internationally renound lowrider artist, Alfaro Designs
Jimmy Gustamantes, Founder, Viejitos CC, Silicon Valley Chapter

This film will be the first lowrider film to screen at such a large venue in the East Side of San Jose since Boulevard Nights was shown, nearly 30 years ago!

The East Side as well as lowriding community has long awaited a lowriding event such as this one. And although we have achieved great national success with our film, it has finally come home to screen where it was originally meant to be screened, in East San Jose at the MexicanHeritage Plaza.

Tickets will sell out fast, so get yours while you can! Here's the info:

Tickets for “Old School / New School”: $15 adults; $10 students, seniors, children. Call (408) 928-5563 for tickets or more information.

Mexican Heritage Plaza’s gallery exhibition on lowriders – Mi Coche, My Culture, Livin’ the Lowrider Lifestyle – will also be open from 12:00 noon to 10:00 pm on May 1st.

Please contact me at or through MySpace if anyone has any questions. Also, formal flyer to come this week as well.

Thanks again everyone for your continued support of the film and hope to see you there!!!

Daniel Osorio
Jasso-Osorio Entertainment
“Lowriding in Aztlan”



Open Letter to NALIP, and PBS Premiere


Our film, Roberto Clemente premiered Monday on PBS, after which a Spanish-language version will be available for free viewing online at

However, I am not writing in my capacity as filmmaker, but in the capacity of advocate. The fact is there are too few programs by and or about Latinos on PBS at the national level and NALIP could and should be doing more to pressure PBS for greater inclusion.

I don't have to trot out examples of Ken Burns' "The War" to illustrate this problem. This has been happening for quite some time...Back in 1994, Ken Burns did the same thing with "Baseball."
Daily News columnist and author Juan Gonzalez (who is interviewed in our film) explained "perhaps the greatest Burns revision of history occurred with his 1994 film Baseball. In 18 hours of gripping drama, guess how much time Burns devoted to Latino ballplayers? Six minutes: four to Roberto Clemente, and two to all the other Latinos." That was a spectacular omission, given that modern-day rosters are more than a third Latino.

I am glad that our film does some of the work of correcting these mistakes, but lets be honest, there needs to be a greater chunk of the public media pie devoted to Latino producers --and not just small amounts of set aside money-so that these kinds of mistakes do not habitually re-occur. As a NALIP Board member I want to see our organization put intelligent pressure PBS to hire Latino leadership at the programming and executive levels so that PBS producer rosters - like Major League Baseball's rosters in the early 1970s - begin to reflect something closer to reality.

At this moment many Latino producers have to both make films and be their own advocates within the system...There will always be some of this, but we're at a moment, when we should be able to see better results with a little bit of pressure. I'd like to make this part of our local and national dialogues.

In the meantime, if you have the time, I hope you can support our project:

About the film: Roberto Clemente features interviews with Pulitzer Prize-winning authors David Maraniss (Clemente) and George F. Will (Men at Work: The Craft of Baseball) as well as journalist and author Juan Gonzalez (Harvest of Empire), Vera Clemente, Baseball Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda, and former teammates. Golden Globe Award-winning actor Jimmy Smits (The West Wing, NYPD Blue) narrates.

For more information, full credits and recent press, please visit:

Thank you,
Bernardo Ruiz
NALIP Board of Directors

Ronen Pestes
LPA editor's movie in Newport Film Festival

"25 TO LIFE" is a great feature documentary that LPA editor Ronen Pestes recently edited. It is screening at the NEWPORT BEACH FILM FESTIVAL this weekend.

It is going to be a great Sunny day in California, which means that you can head south and check Newport beach and then chill watching some movies in the festival.

Our screening is at 4:15PM this coming Saturday - the 26th of April.

Richard Martinez
NALIPster's original score in Hot Docs film

BLAST!, which will premier this week at HOT DOCS, the largest documentary film festival in North America held every spring in Toronto, features an original score by  Richard Martinez, film composer and NALIP/NY member.

Directed by Paul Devlin (Power Trip) BLAST! reveals the random, haphazard side of science and the tenacious drive of  a team of University of Pennsylvania scientists who seek to unravel humankind’s most basic question: How did we get here?  Their risky, scientific adventure sends them on a journey from the Arctic to Antarctica, from out-of-focus disappointment, to complete destruction and disaster, to ultimate triumph.

Martinez's score follows the camera and the sweeping landscapes of earth, sky and human emotion with absolute precision and magic. BLAST!  will also be broadcast by BBC Europe in the fall.  

Perla de Leon
La Casita in Rincon Int. Film Fest April 24

NALIP member Perla de Leon's film La Caista will screen at the Rincon International Film Festival on April 24th 10:45am at Villa Cofresi in Rincon, Puerto Rico.

First time filmmaker, Perla de Leon, has written a personal story that captures the strugles and human spirit of a working class community in New York City. Inspired by a personal tragedy, this short story introduces us to a traditional community where neighbors spend their free time farming and socializing in little wooden houses known as "casitas". In the summer of '97 everything changes when an accident at a job site ends the life of one of their closest friends and neighbor. A seven year old girl turns the tragedy into spiritual strength and hope for her community.



Belladonna, Matson Form Partnership
(Variety) - Belladonna Productions and Matson Films have partnered to acquire Latin American films for U.S. distribution, a program they plan to replicate for other regions. FULL STORY

Character Actor Gómez on Broadway, TV, and Film
(New York Daily News) - It took a hit Latino musical and a little twist of fate to bring native New Yorker and perennial character actor Carlos Gómez back to Broadway. FULL STORY


Jobs & Opportunities

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

Writer for Big Budget "Matrix" Style Project
We are looking for completed feature-length action scripts to consider as writing samples for a writer-for-hire opportunity for a big-budget, 'Matrix'-style project. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Writer for NALIPster's Project
NALIP member Alejandro Antonio from Dream K Entertainment is looking for a scriptwriter for his next big project. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting: "The Imposter" Play
Casting numerous roles for Americas Theatre Arts Foundation performance of "The Imposter." FULL JOB DESCRIPTION


From the Editor


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

1323 Lincoln Blvd., #220
Santa Monica, CA 90401

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