Latinos In The Industry
  April 29, 2008  

LAMC Announces Artist Lineup, Panel Schedule, and NALIPster Screening! (NYC)

Free Central Park SummerStage Concert (Saturday, July 12th) Features Mexican Rock Songstress Julieta Venegas and Monterrey's Electro-Rockers Plastilina Mosh Along With Chilean Buzz DJ Bitman

Free Celebrate Brooklyn @ Prospect Park Concert (Friday, July 11th) Features Brazilian Girls, Miranda! And Ticklah

Additional LAMC Artists Include Pacha Massive, Mexican Institute of Sound, CuCu Diamantes (Yerba Buena), Ticklah, Emmanuel Horvilleur, Sussie 4, Ximena Sariana, Zigmat And Forro In The Dark

The Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC) has announced this summer's concert and showcase lineup. Among the highlights are a free Central Park Summer Stage concert on Saturday, July 12th featuring Mexican rock songstress Julieta Venegas, Mexican electro-rockers Plastilina Mosh and Chilean buzz DJ Bitman. LAMC's annual concert at Celebrate Brooklyn will take place the evening of Friday, July 11th in Prospect Park, and this year's lineup will feature Argentine electro-pop band Miranda!, New York City's own melting pop band Brazilian Girls and dub master Ticklah (Easy Star All-Stars + Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra). Additional LAMC events include an Experimental Film Night in Brooklyn, Music and Film Night @ Central Park SummerStage, Indie Showcase @ The Mercury Lounge, Terra showcase @ Bowery Ballroom, Cyloop/Gibson Acoustic Showcase @ SOB's, and the Pepsi Blue Carpet Bash Closing Party.


With a warm welcome from the Big Apple, the biggest event in the world for cutting-edge Latin music will return to the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City from July 8th - 12th. Discounted registration for LAMC is available for only $249 at (discounted rate expires on June 1st ). Featuring leading artists as well as many of the music industry's most prominent decision-makers, the ninth annual LAMC is a "must play" event for developing and established acts alike.

"Major music events like the 9th Annual Latin Alternative Music Conference draw music fans from around the world to New York City," said Mayor Michael Bloomberg. "Through the work of the Latin Media and Entertainment Commission, New York has been able to attract and retain major Latin events generating millions in economic activity for our City. As we continue to showcase the talent and rich cultural diversity of Nueva York, hosting events like the LAMC helps us as we stake our claim as the Latin media and entertainment capital of the world."

With past conferences averaging more than 1,250 music industry attendees and 25,000 concert fans each year, LAMC 2008 promises to be an exciting year yet again. This multi-day conference provides networking opportunities with the genre's leading artists, label executives, journalists, marketers, managers, retailers and programmers. It is the most extensive Latin music conference to date.

LAMC will be returning for its second year in Mexico City and Buenos Aires on September 5th and September 22th-24th, respectively.

Tuesday, July 8th:

- 8:00pm - 11:00pm: LAMC Underground Film Night at 282 North Henry Gallery (Brooklyn)
Featuring ¿Habrán Esperanzas?, a film by Felipe Monsalve With DJ set to be provided by special Guest DJ
Presented by Zune

Wednesday, July 9th:

- 3:00pm - 5:00pm: LAMC Registration @ The Roosevelt Hotel

- 5:00pm - 8:00pm: LAMC Music & Film Night at Central Park Summerstage featuring Bragging Rights: Stickball Stories, a film by NALIPster / former board member Sonia N. Gonzalez, with musical performance by CuCu Diamantes (of Yerba Buena) and prelude by Andres Levin.

- 8:00pm - 1:00am: LAMC Indie Showcase at The Mercury Lounge
Co-Presented by GoTV, Gibson, Discmakers, and Myspace Latino
Performances by Zigmat (New York), Che Sudaka (Barcelona), Allá (Chicago), Forro in the Dark (New York), Guajiro (Puerto Rico/Miami) plus special guests!

Thursday, July 10th:

- 9:00am - 5:00pm: LAMC Registration, Panels & Exhibits @ The Roosevelt Hotel

- 11:00am - 5:00pm: Panel Day One at The Roosevelt Hotel featuring topics:

WIDENING LATIN MUSIC'S GLOBAL REACH: How new tour markets and new technologies are creating opportunities at home and abroad Presented by Cyloop

CAN I OUTSOURCE MY RECORD LABEL (OR NOT)?: New business models in a changing marketplace

HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE: How the U.S. Latin listener hears new music
Presented by Batanga

- 6:00pm - 8:30pm: LAMC Acoustic Showcase at SOB's Co-Presented by Cyloop and Gibson
Performances by: Che Sudaka, Udi E Geral, Chana, Emmanuel Horvilleur, Zigmat, Very Be Careful, plus special guests!

- 9:00pm - 1:00am: LAMC Bowery Ballroom Showcase Presented by Terra
Performances by: Pacha Massive, Emmanuel Horvilleur, Sussie 4, Mexican Institute of Sound, Ximena Sariñana, plus special guests!

Friday, July 11th:

- 9:00am - 5:00pm: LAMC Registration, Panels & Exhibits @ The Roosevelt Hotel, Mezzanine Level

- 11:30am - 5:00pm: Panel Day Two at The Roosevelt Hotel featuring topics:

BLOGUEANDO: How Latino-oriented and indie music blogs and bloggers are helping artists connect with new audiences and brands

FROM UGLY BETTY TO TIGER WOODS: Licensing opportunities for new Latin sounds

- 2:00pm - 3:00pm: Moses Avalon Q&A session

- 7:30pm - 11:00pm: LAMC/Celebrate Brooklyn Show at Prospect Park Bandshell Presented by ZUNE
Performances by: Brazilian Girls, Ticklah and Miranda!

Saturday, July 12th:

- 3:00pm -7:00pm: LAMC/Central Park Summerstage Show at Rumsey Playfield Presented by MTV Tr3s
Performances by: Julieta Venegas, Plastilina Mosh and DJ Bitman

- 8:00pm - 10:00pm: Pepsi Blue Carpet Bash//LAMC Closing Night Party Sponsored by ZUNE, Pepsi and others
Come out and celebrate with the spirits and sounds of some of Latin Alternative's hottest artists!

For more information on the Latin Alternative Music Conference please visit:
Sponsorship - Jennifer Sarkissian - - 818.763.1397
Media Relations - Paul Dryden - - 818.763.1397

Opportunity for NALIP Members: SunnySide of the Docs with US Independents


Participation under the US Independents banner at SunnySide of the Docs offers you a chance to develop your international network and to learn more about the international documentary market. It is a meeting spot for documentary professionals where you can take part in various forums, case studies and screenings apart from selling your latest production or seeking funding for your next. More information is on the website -

What is the value in attending this market? In 2007, registrants included1902 professionals - 126 TV Channels and 310 buyers and commissioning editors from 46 different countries. The atmosphere is relaxed and the opportunities for meetings are many.

US Independents staff will be on hand to help you network with producers and commissioning editors. Key participants have been invited to the stand to meet informally with the group to help you better explore the market and the indivual needs of broadcasters and CE¹s.

A reduced registration fee for US Independents' Participants of 525 Euros per person entitles you to:
* 1 accreditation
* 2 films or 2 projects listed in the General Catalogue and the videoteque; or one in each category
* access to the information forums, case studies and public screenings
* additional accreditations from the same company 500 Euros per person.

Travel, hotel and expenses are the responsibility of each registrant. Registration fees are non-refundable but may be transferred up until May 9.

To apply: contact: Meg Villarreal - /207-7293274 or Diana Ingraham - /301-897-5511.


LA Press Club and the Media Image Coalition present “May Day Melee: One Year Later”

Noted media professionals look back on last year’s May Day immigration rally, and reforms instituted by the Los Angeles Police Department, and discuss its impact on reporting immigration issues within the community; how we can prevent another one from happening; and the coverage of Latinos and immigration issues in news and entertainment.

“As emotionally disturbing as the events of May 1, 2007 were, it is vitally important that we examine how those images impact the continuing coverage and portrayal of Latinos in the media,” said Ray Bradford, president of the Media Image Coalition (and AFTRA’s National Director for Equal Employment Opportunities).

Panelists include:
-  Pepe Barreto, Entertainment Reporter, KMEX-TV
-  Yareli Arizmendi, co-wrote screenplay and starred in "A Day Without a Mexican"
-  Rick Nahmias, writer, filmmaker, and photographer, "The Migrant Project:  Contemporary California Farm Workers"
-  Laura Angelica Simon, award-winning writer and producer of "Fear and Learning at Hoover Elementary"
-  A senior representative from the Los Angeles Police Department (to be named)

When – Thursday, May 8th, Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Program starts at 7:45 p.m.
Where – The Steve Allen Theater at the LA Press Club; 4773 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 90027; Plenty of free parking behind the building (enter off of Berendo Street); Click here for a map; Metro: Red line, Sunset/Vermont station
Welcome comments by Chris Woodyard, Press Club President, Adrian Dove, President of the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations, and Robin Toma, Executive Director for LACCHR; Introductory comments by Ray Bradford, MIC President.

FYI: This event is free to the public but space is limited.  Please RSVP by calling 323.634.8263 or emailing and give us your name, contact information and how many are in your party.

Finding & Developing New Ideas - Free Writers Store Seminar

Edwards and Skerbelis present "Finding New Ideas." This free seminar will offer an introductory overall view of finding ideas and developing them into cohesive stories. The lecture will be followed by a Q&A with Edwards & Skerbelis.

In order to have success at finding and developing your ideas, you need to know how to look for them and then how to structure them on paper. This course will provide valuable tips and resources to help you organize and develop your ideas and get them out of your head and on paper. Knowing how to do this will also help writers, producers and filmmakers alike have a place from which to pitch their ideas and/or jump to the next step: writing the screenplay.

Saturday, May 3, 2008 (11am - 12:00 pm)

Please RSVP for the Writers Store event by calling one of their friendly product consultants at (800) 272-8927or emailing

The Writers Store
2040 Westwood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025

About the Instructors:
A graduate of California Institute of the Arts, Rona Edwards was Vice President of Creative Affairs for Emmy-winning actor, John Larroquette, Emmy-winning producer, Fern Field and Oscar-winning producer, Michael Phillips. With seven movies to her credit, including Out of Sync (VH1) and The Companion (USA/SciFi), she recently set-up up a feature Matchmakers at Warner Bros. as well as the movie Blind Trust which aired in 2007 on Lifetime Television.

Monika Skerbelis
has fifteen years of studio executive experience working in the story department at Paramount Pictures, 20th Century Fox and running the story department at Universal Pictures. She is the Artistic and Programming Director for the Big Bear Lake International Film Festival. She is a producer with Edwards Skerbelis Entertainment (ESE).

Music, Food and Fun in June at California's 'Mexican Disneyland'

Singer Rogelio Martinez will headline a June 8 day of Mexican music, food and fun at Rancho Bonilla in New Cuyama, California.

Rancho Bonilla, in rural Santa Barbara county, is the 'Mexican Disneyland' featured in NALIP member Kevin Bender's new documentary Thinking Grande! Creating California's Mexican Wonderland.

The film depicts the twenty-year effort of Jose Luis Bonilla, immigrant from Zacatecas, to build his 'little piece of Mexico,' a stunning, idealized re-creation of a typical Mexican village. Rancho Bonilla once rocked to the sounds of Vicente Fernandez and Juan Gabriel, but that was before Bonilla abandoned his efforts several years ago in the face of permit problems and bureaucracy. Son David Bonilla has taken over the reins and is promoting the June concert which also features La Original Banda Limon.

The Bonillas plan this to be the first step in the rebirth of Rancho Bonilla as a public center for Mexican Arts and Culture.

Rancho Bonilla is on Highway 166 about an hour east of Santa Maria. The event will run from 1pm to 8pm on Sunday June 8, and tickets are available at El Toro Market in Santa Maria. For more information about the concert and the film visit or



Edward Hermoza Kramer
LPA Fellow receives Emmy nomination for LMM's Community Band

Y Productions is pleased to announce that the documentary "Community Band - Our Lives in Music" has been nominated for an Emmy award for outstanding achievement in the cultural documentary category. Produced and directed by NALIPster and LPA Fellow Edward Hermoza Kramer, the film features local musicians in the Coastal Communities Concert Band. Riveting performances are interlaced with poignant behind-the-scenes stories of passion and dedication. The documentary is a tribute to the universal need to make and share music and reminds us of the importance of community and memory.

"Community Band" was featured at the 2008 Latino Media Market in Dana Point, and has aired on local San Diego stations including KPBS and is currently looking for national distribution. "The film has been recieved extremely well in educational and musical circles" says Kramer. "For me it's a testament to how powerful music is to not only unite us but to mobilize us as well."

Many thanks to all who supported the production of the project, it was truly an efort of "common unity," Community.

Click here to watch the trailer online.

Benjamin Lopez NALIPster wins 3 Awards at Ricon Int. Film Festival

NALIP member Benjamin Lopez wins 3 awards with his new feature film, "Mi Verano con Amanda."

Screened at Conference 9 in March at NALIPsters on View, MI VERANO won Best Puerto Rican Film, Best Actor and the Audience Prize at the Ricon International Film Festival.

La película puertorriqueña Mi Verano con Amanda se exhibió por primera vez el pasado viernes 25 de abril como parte del Rincón International Film Festival. La misma recibió gran aceptación de parte del público asistente, compuesto principalmente por turistas, cineastas y aficionados al cine, además de los organizadores del evento. Resultado de su aprobación son los tres premios obtenidos por este largometraje durante las premiaciones celebradas ayer sábado como parte del cierre del evento. Esta película se levantó con tres premiaciones: Mejor Película de Puerto Rico, Mejor Actor: Joel 'el Rockero Loco' Contreras y el premio más importante de la noche: El Premio de la Audiencia.

"Esto significa para nosotros un adelanto de lo que será la reacción del público a nuestra película el próximo mes de junio cuando llegue a los cines locales. El hecho que nos hayan dado el Premio de la Audiencia demuestra que no es necesario tener altos presupuestos ni actores de renombre para lograr un producto de calidad. Al final del día se trata de tener un proyecto original, una buena historia representada por actores talentosos que agraden y entretengan al público bajo una visión artística bien realizada", comentó Benjamín 'Benji' López, Director y Escritor de la película al recibir el premio. Este recibió múltiples elogios y fue felicitado especialmente por Terestella González, Directora de la Compañía de Turismo y Annette Montoto del Banco de Desarrollo de Puerto Rico, quienes estuvieron presentes en la actividad.

Mi Verano con Amanda es la segunda película de Benji, también director de Taínos, producida por Eduardo Correa para Innova Entertainment. La misma cuenta la historia de Gaby (Joel 'el Rockero Loco' Contreras), quien junto a sus amigos Fabio (Francis Rosas), RS (Eugene Rodríguez) y Chicho (Erik Rodríguez), deciden pasar sus vacaciones juntos en una casa de verano. Gaby es un chico tímido e inseguro que está perdidamente enamorado de Amanda (Tania Rodríguez), una reconocida modelo, pero esta no le corresponde. En sus intentos de conquistarla, sus amigos deciden ayudarle y se topan con situaciones y personajes jocosos que convierten ese verano en uno de gran diversión y locuras.

Mi Verano con Amanda estrena en cines de Puerto Rico a mediados de junio.

Para mayor información visita: o MySpace. Para mas información del Rincón International Film Festival visita:

Antonio De La Cruz
Salsa Lessons feature screening May 7 (NYC)

NALIP member Antonio De La Cruz's second feature film, "Salsa Lessons," will be screening Wednesday, May 7, 2008, 9:30pm

Anthology Film Archives
32 2nd Avenue
New York, NY 10003 USA
Telephone: (212) 505-5181
Fax: (212) 477-2714

You can take F train to 2nd Ave and walk one block. Visit the Anthology Film Archives website for more information.



'Brothers & Sisters,' 'Ugly Betty' win GLAAD Awards Again
(AP) - Two ABC series were in repeats - as winners - at the annual awards honoring good work in media presentations of gays and lesbians. FULL STORY

"La Leon" Tops Torino GLBT Fest's Awards
(indieWIRE) - The Torino GLBT Film Festival wrapped up its 23rd year Sunday with the jury announcing the festival's winners. Argentinean film "La Leon," directed by Santiago Otheguy, won best feature film. FULL STORY

Uno Mas: Pays Tribute To Cuban Giant
(KRXI-TV Reno) - One of the most revered and influential Cuban musicians of the 20th century, the late bassist, bandleader and composer Israel "Cachao" Lopez is the subject of a heartfelt documentary co-produced by actor and longtime champion Andy Garcia that made it's world premiere Monday night as part of the San Francisco Film Festival. FULL STORY

"Blindness" to open Cannes Film Festival
( - Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles' English-language film will reportedly open the festival while Laurent Cantet's Entre Les Murs will be the third French film competition. FULL STORY (subscription)


Jobs & Opportunities

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

Web Project Manager at Si TV
We are seeking a motivated individual to manage the day-to-day operations of project teams performing interactive builds, updates and maintenance of websites that capture user generated content for our on-air programs. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting: NALIPster's Feature (NYC)
NALIP member Antonio De La Cruz is casting for his third feature, "The Children of Hip Hop. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Narrator, Producers' Rep for NALIPster's Doc
NALIP member Mike Cuenca is currently seeking a narrator and a producers' representative for his documentary "Father Hidalgo's Mexico: Exploring the past and the present of the places where Mexico was born." FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Assistant Editor (NYC)
A part time possition is available for an experienced assistant editor for an HBO project. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION


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