Latinos In The Industry
  March 20, 2008  

All-Female Mariachi Band Doc on PBS's Independent Lens

A wonderful new documentary called Companeras will air on April 1st on the PBS series Independent Lens. Companeras is a rousing, passionate look at America's first all-female mariachi band, L.A.'s Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles. You can see more at the officialwebsite --

COMPAÑERAS is an intimate profile of America’s first all-female mariachi band: Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles. Since 1994, this 12-member group has been taking on a male-dominated musical tradition and building the popularity of mariachi music.

Alternating between heart-stirring performances and behind-the-scenes band drama, the film reveals the intense, passionate world of female mariachi. Interwoven throughout are the stories of two women: 19-year-old Angelica, a devoted groupie of Reyna who comes to Los Angeles to fulfill her dream of auditioning for the group, and Cindy, the group’s leader and the only non-Latina, who struggles to assert her authority over the other members without alienating everyone.

As the stories of Cindy and Angelica unfold over the course of the film, we witness other members of the group struggling with issues universal to women everywhere: how to balance family life with career, how to achieve equal pay, how to deal with emotional conflict and how to balance competing priorities.

Musically stunning and emotionally compelling, this intimate film sheds light not only on a unique and fascinating Mexican tradition, but also on larger issues of gender and culture in American society.

NALIP Discount for Documentary Film Makers Course

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

Documentary Film Making is EXPLODING with new film makers winning Oscars, doing deals with broadcasters, selling DVDs direct, and all with technology they could buy with a credit card. In short, making movies win major awards, reach audiences and make money...

We 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 one off two day intensive seminar is run by the authors of The Documentary Film Makers Handbook - Brit Film Maker Genevieve Jolliffe and seasoned US Doc Film Maker Andrew Zinnes. They are professional filmmakers who have worked in both the narrative and documentary arena for nearly two decades. Their docs have been seen on the MTV, PBS, BBC, ITV and Ch4. They have taught this class with universal success in London, LA, Denver and Vancouver.

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

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

Festival Internacional de Cine en Plaza Mexico

It is our honor to invite you to the 2nd International Film Festival  at
The Plaza  Mexico Ballroom
3100 E Imperial Hwy
Lynwood, CA 90262

Please join us in our Opening Ceremonies
Friday, April 4-6 2007
6:00pm – 10:00pm

Red Carpet and VIP Presentation by Distinguished Actress Angélica Aragón
And enjoy watching this year’s movies throughout the weekend

RSVP: 213-989-1595 or



Vangie Griego
Calavera Highway doc wins at SD Latino Film Fest

"Calavera Highway," a film by Renee Tajima-Pena and NALIP board member Vangie Griego won the Best Feature Documentary Award at the San Diego Latino Film Festival this past weekend! Congratulations Renee and Vangie!

Upcoming screenings:

Full Frame Documentary Festival
Saturday April 5, 7pm, Durham Civic Center Theatre

Chicago Latino Film Festival
Saturday April 12 and Thursday, April 17

San Francisco International Film Festival
Sunday, May 4, 2008 at 6:15 PM -- Sundance Cinemas Kabuki
Wednesday, May 7, 2008 at 1:00 PM -- Sundance Cinemas Kabuki
Thursday, May 8, 2008 at 6:30 PM-- Pacific Film Archive
Wednesday, May 7 Awards ceremony: Best Television Documentary Feature Award



Studios Zooming in on Latino Moviegoers
(USA Today) - Mexican actress Kate del Castillo didn't get recognized much by the tony denizens of Beverly Hills during her visit to promote her film Under the Same Moon, but she made the maids, doormen and other blue-collar workers breathless with excitement everywhere she went. FULL STORY

SBS Launches Film Division
(Radio Ink) - SBS announced the launch of Megafilms, a wholly-owned film subsidiary. Megafilms will produce full-length features, telenovelas, documentaries and other content in Spanish for domestic and international distribution. FULL STORY

Paula Garces on Harold & Kumar 2, Red Princess Blues
( - Harold and Kumar's Paula Garces, who plays Maria in the flick stopped by to talk about the sequel "Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay" and "Red Princess Blues." VIDEO INTERVIEW


Jobs & Opportunities

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

Casting: My Tender Matador play
A farcical thriller with a difference, performed in both English and in Spanish. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Creature Feature / Horror Scripts
We are looking for completed creature feature horror scripts with interesting characters. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION


From the Editor


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