Latinos In The Industry
  February 12, 2008  

Cool Case Studies at Conference 9
Filmmakers & Their Unique Stories

Join film directors Chris Eska (AUGUST EVENING), Carlos Ruíz Ruíz (MALDEAMORES), and Nestor Miranda (START UP) as they join us in Dana Point to discuss the process and inspiration behind each of their feature films.

Each one tells a very different story, from a very different place.  Each has a unique creative production and funding story.  Each has been garnering national attention and, now, distribution by MAYA Pictures, the newest film distributor for Latino filmmakers.  

Plus, straight from his Sundance premiere, join founding NALIP member Alex Rivera as he tells his story of SLEEP DEALER, from Sundance Lab to Sundance Film Festival.  ONLY at NALIP Conference 9.  Sign up today, and check out the other great stories to be told March 7 – 9!


Digital Television Transition Update

As many of you are aware, after February 17, 2009, all full-power television stations will broadcast in digital only. This means that people with analog TVs that use either rabbit ears or a rooftop antenna to view their sets will need to take action in order to continue watching their TV sets.

All communities, including the Latino community, must be properly informed of this upcoming deadline and how the DTV transition will impact them. NALIP members/constituents with analog televisions should know that you have three options.

1. - Purchase a DTV converter box:
Beginning January 1, 2008, all U.S. households will be eligible to apply for a maximum of two (2) coupons, each worth $40.

Apply by Phone: (888) 388-2009
Apply by Fax: (877) 388-4632
Apply By Mail: Post Office Box 2000, Portland, OR 97208
Apply On-Line:

The coupons may be applied only towards the purchase of converter boxes which are expected to cost around $60. Once the coupons are issued they will expire after 90 days of issuance.

Latino consumers that require a coupon should request them promptly (during the first phase of the coupon distribution) to avoid additional requirements that will take effect once the initial $890 million in federal funds are depleted.

Request for coupons during the second phase of coupon distribution will be limited to households that receive only over-the-air television and will require an added certification requirement for the coupon seeker. This additional certification requirement may deter some Latinos from applying.

The DTV converter boxes will be available at participating retailers in late February-early March, 2008.

2. - Subscribe to a video service provider:
Members/constituents can also subscribe to a cable, satellite or telephone company video service provider to continue using their analog TV sets. In other words, if someone already has cable, satellite or a telephone company video service provider they do not need to do anything regarding the DTV transition even if they have an analog television set. However, if in the future they disconnect this service, they will need a converter box for their analog television.

3. - Purchase a Digital TV set:
The third option is to purchase a new television set with a built-in digital tuner. All televisions with a digital tuner are able to receive digital signals broadcast by television stations. This of course is the most expensive option, and although it is not necessary, it is still a viable option nonetheless.

NHMC, along with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, LULAC, MAOF, NALEO, NALIP, and NCLR are current members of the DTV Transition Coalition. The DTV Transition Coalition does NOT lobby for money or issues and there is no membership fee. Its sole purpose is to inform Americans about the upcoming transition to digital television on February 17, 2009.

For more information about the DTV Transition and the Coupon Program please go to: or contact Ingrid Gonzalez at

Deadline Approaching : CineFestival en San Antonio

Submission Deadline : February 15, 2008

NALIP Members Victor Payan and Sandra Pena Sarmiento are Co-Directors of this year's CineFestival Latino Film Festival, which takes place April 10-13 in San Antonio, TX, and we encourage you to submit your films so that we can have the best representation of Latino features, shorts, documentaries, experimental and youth works for this year, which is the 30th Anniversary of the festival.

CineFestival has played an important role in the development of the Latino film community, and many of today's Latino film luminaries have screened there early in their careers. Please help spread the word and don't forget to submit your films. It will be a great event, and we hope to see you there.

For details and application information, visit

Call for Entries: aluCine 2008

Deadline: May 31, 2008

Submit your short film/video/new media work to aluCine Toronto Latin Media Festival and make an impact! Send MINIDV (NTSC) or DVD PREVIEW copy with a completed entry form.

aluCine is the premiere showcase of cutting-edge Latin Short Film and Video. As a policultural festival aluCine has included and international showcase to promote critical dialogue between Latin and non- Latin artists. Our workshops and artists talks examine diverse theoretical, philosophical and technical perspectives on visual representation.


- Short film/video - The shorter the better! No longer than 30 minutes max Interesting, insightful & creative films. ALL GENRES - Documentary, Narrative, Experimental, Animation, Digital Story, Web Art, and Progressive Music Videos etc.

- Documentaries - In particular, we are looking for films on Latin American Social issues, Change with new perspectives, Global South Politics, LGBT, Youth Activism, Race, Gender, Human Rights and the Environment

- Workshops and Artists Talk's proposals

Open to all ages - Youth-produced projects encouraged! Please read our festival policy and fill in all the information required in the entry form before sending us your preview tape and entry form (festival policy).

All submissions must be received by May 31st . You will be notified of the programming committee's final decision by August 31st - 2006. Todos los trabajos tienen que estar a más tardar May 31. Se informará acerca de la seleccion en Agosto 31.

Find Distribution at the Short Film Market (NYC)

All filmmakers know that at end of the day it is all about getting their film seen by an audience. NYC- based Clarendon Entertainment, an Online/ DVD Distribution Company and LMF Productions, LLC, an independent production company (consisting of NALIP members Ylenia Castillo, Erika Colon, Yadira Garcia), are bridging the gap of access for the hundreds of short films made every year that never get seen through their first Short Film Market on Thursday, February 21, 2008. This will also serve to as a networking event between New York’s brightest filmmakers, actors, media professionals and entrepreneurs.

Additionally, the event will be broadcasted live to over a million subscribers of and also include AIM Television's Help! Change TV campaign, which promotes the change of current television ratings sampling of the U.S. Latinos.

WHY: Traditionally, short films seldom achieve distribution primarily because most independent filmmakers: cannot get into prestigious film markets without a sales rep; are first-time filmmakers; or do not get into film festivals. Because of the surge in digital media, independent now have opportunities for distribution models are proven to be successful. Join us and fill up your rolodex!

Filmmakers will have an opportunity to sell their completed short films, vie for potential financing, and mingle with television and film festival executives.

WHEN: Thursday, February 21, 2007
The Door Lounge
508 Ninth Avenue NYC 10018
Between 38th Street & 39th Street
Doors Open at 6PM

About LMF Productions
LMF Productions, LLC Productions is a New York- based production company focusing on creating high quality film, television, digital programming. LMF Productions recently wrapped on their next project entitled “Cookie.” To learn more, email us

About Clarendon Entertainment
CEI finances, produces and acquires high-quality short-form urban content from emerging independent filmmakers and packages and distributes them under the Urban S.L.A.M. (Short Live Action Movies) brand in various media. Urban S.L.A.M. is currently available on DVD, online via Urban SLAM Broadband, and as part of the Urban S.L.A.M. Film Festival, which books film screening events at colleges and universities and non-profit arts organizations across the nation.

Videoteca del Sur Seeking Latin American Films

Videoteca del Sur request work for our screening series at from New York; Havana, Cuba; and Central America.

Founded in 1989 in New York City, Videoteca del Sur is non-for profit organization dedicated to the distribution, promotion and dissemination of Latin American film and videos. Videoteca del Sur is a unique organization in the United States in that it exclusively maintains regular Latin American film and has promoted filmmakers and their work which have been requested by important festivals, events and distributors that are familiar with our program.

Since 2001, we have a branch in Havana, Cuba where we work with ICAIC. On 2005, qe open a branch in San Jose, Costa Rica; Granada, Nicaragua and Panama City Our program consists on a weekly event that also includes a film discussion with intellectuals and experts on film -more information, visit

Please send copies in DVD, through regular mail (certified), to:

Pedro Zurita/Director
Apartado 11434-1000
San José - Costa Rica



Ray Santisteban
LPA Fellow's Videos Against Hate

Hi Folks,

I just finished working on two info spots for the National Council of La Raza countering anti-immigrant speach in the US. I edited and videotaped the ADL spot, and edited the Mark Potok spot. There is another one coming out soon, which I also taped and edited. If you're interested the links are below:

Code Words of Hate
Suspect Spokespeople

Best wishes,



Strike Enters Countdown Mode
(Variety) - The final step to ending the WGA strike is now hours away. Members are starting to vote on lifting the three-month-old strike order via a pair of membership meetings in New York and Los Angeles. FULL STORY

"Betty" Back, Drops 2 Exec Producers
(The Hollywood Reporter) - ABC's "Ugly Betty" will be heading back to production with a smaller producing team. Executive producers Marco Pennette and James Hayman were let go from the sophomore dramedy Monday, the same day the series was renewed for a third season. FULL STORY

George Romero: More "Dead" From a Master of the Genre
(International Herald Tribune) - Romero is now 68, and his influence has long saturated the cultural mainstream, but he has exhumed his living dead yet again for "Diary of the Dead," opening Friday in the United States, next month in Britain and in May in Japan. FULL STORY

Peña Proud New Face of PBS Kids
(La Prensa San Diego) - While Latino-themed cartoons like Nick Jr.’s “Dora the Explorer” and PBS’s “Maya and Miguel” have been some of the leaders in bilingual children’s programming in recent years, Jennifer Peña, an actress and certified public school teacher, says pre-schoolers have been missing something that she can now deliver: a real-life Latina role model. FULL STORY

Indio Int. Hispanic Film Festival Kicks-off Feb. 21
(The Desert Sun) - More than twenty Hispanic and Latino-themed films will be sreened at the 8th Annual Indio International Hispanic Film Festival to be held Feb. 21-24, at the Indio Performing Arts Center, 45-175 Fargo St., Indio. FULL STORY


Jobs & Opportunities

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

Casting: Trailer for Young Adult Novel
Casting for five actors for a book trailer for my young adult novel, Rogelia's House of Magic, which will be released by Random House on June 10, 2008. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Television Comedy Pilot Scripts
Cinelight Studios are looking for completed 1/2-hour contemporary comedy pilots for television. Specifically, we're looking for offbeat, unique, or dark pilots and concepts that are unlike any existing series on television today. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Assistant at Entertainment Law Firm
Great opportunity for an assistant interested in working for a leading entertainment law firm. 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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