Latinos In The Industry
  February 19, 2008  

NALIP and Back Stage Present a Special Latino Edition of



This is a free event, open to Latino/Latina performers of all ages and experience. Some casting directors have specific needs, but most want to meet new talent.

The call begins with your arrival and registration at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa at 25135 Park Lantern in Dana Point, CA. Go to Dana 1 meeting room. Doors will open for registration at 7 AM. Please do not arrive before this time. Parking available at the hotel ($14 for the first three hours; $2 additional for the 4th and the 5th hour; $22 flat fee after that).

Casting Directors and Representatives holding Calls Include:

Mark Teschner - “General Hospital”                                                Blanca Valdez Casting
Anthony Krauss - CBS Diversity Casting                                    Jaime Ferrar - JFA
Rosalinda Morales-FarMore Casting & Prod                                    Ivan de Paz Mgmt
NBC/Telemundo                  The Disney Channel                        mun2

There will also be great panels from Nosotros, AFTRA, NALIP, and Mun2. They will provide valuable information about your career and opportunities.  Speakers include Flavio Morales: Mun2; Yancey Arias: LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD; Dan Navarro, recording artist; Kiki Melendez, comedienne; Jason George, TV and film actor and Pepe Barreto, Univision newsperson.

For any questions, email or click HERE to go to the Actorfest at Conference 9 website.  Casting directors added daily!  Read Back Stage, too, for details!

CALL ENDS AS NALIP Conference 9 BEGINS.  Check out the program at and maybe stay the entire weekend!!!

Important: Wave of Hope Campaign

Dear LITI Readers,

In response to the rise in hate speech, scapegoating, and violence that has surrounded the immigration debate, and which has affected our entire community. National Council of La Raza, of which NALIP is an affiliate, has officially launched the "Wave of Hope Campaign" to educate Americans about these acts and their consequences. Our aim is to counterbalance negative messages about Latinos, our community, and our contributions to and place in this country.

8,000-10,000 Latino media leaders read this eNewsletter each week. Each of you has friends and family, colleagues and a professional network. We ask you to raise the volume of our collective voice. Please visit the website that NCLR is hosting, and click on the section called "WRITE THE MEDIA." The greater the response from Affiliates throughout the country, the stronger our message that hate speech and irresponsible journalism are not acceptable to our community.
Please inform yourselves and your network about this issue: NALIP Member Ray Santisteban has cut two informational videos, which can be viewed at this site. We invite you to send examples of hate speech and hate crimes to NCLR to include on the website.

Together we can push back on this hate and promote more hopeful, positive messages that will benefit both our community and our country. I am grateful for your work and our continued partnership, and I thank each of you for standing with NCLR and NALIP to defend our community and our principles through this campaign.


Deadline Approaching: The Nickelodeon Writing Fellowship

Nickelodeon is offering writing fellowships in live action and animated television to writers with diverse backgrounds and experiences. Participants will have hands-on interaction with executives writing spec scripts and pitching story ideas.

The program, developed to broaden Nickelodeon’s outreach efforts, provides a salaried position for up to one year. The next submission period ends on February 28, 2008.

Applications and submission guidelines are available on our website at

Information via phone: 818.736.3663
Information via email:

CineFestival Deadline Extended to Feb. 29! Plus, Trailer Trash Challenge

The deadline for CineFestival has been extended to February 29th. If you have any questions, please contact us at the info listed below. To clarify submission guidlines, we are happy to view work directly addressing the Chican@/Latin@ experience, starring Chican@/Latin@s in a major role, or employing Chican@/Latin@s in an above-the-line position (Writer, Director, Producer).

Also, read below for some details about our new "Trailer Trash Challenge." We encourage you to submit your wildest, b-movie style, mex-ploitational 1-2 minute trailer for a chance to win fun prizes and celebrate our collective love for filmmaking! We'll be posting more info about this shortly on our website --

And remember, that we are still accepting proposals/abstracts for articles to print in Tonantzin (the CineFestival publication), on topics relating Latin@s to film, video and new media.


CineFestival en San Antonio, the nation's longest-running Latino film festival, is extending its deadline for submissions to Friday, February 29, 2008. Filmmakers are encouraged to download the festival's entry form or submit electronically via Links to both methods are available on the CineFestival website,

The 30th Annual CineFestival en San Antonio will take place from April 10 to 13, 2008 at the historic Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center in San Antonio, Texas. The theme for this year's festival is "Digital Revolutionaries: Celebrating 30 Years of Chicano Film and Video." CineFestival is seeking the best Latino features, shorts, documentaries, animation, experimental films and youth works for its 30th annual festival. The call for entries deadline is Friday, February 29, 2008.

This four-day event, which begins Thursday, April 10, will feature screenings, workshops, panel discussions, networking opportunities, gala celebrations, stars and a special CineFestival retrospective art exhibit. Sunday, April 13 will feature senior and family friendly programming. Innovative uses of new technology will also be highlighted through competitions, demonstrations and the involvement of youth filmmakers from media programs throughout San Antonio.

This year's CineFestival will be Co-Directed by Victor Payan and Sandra Pena Sarmiento, two filmmakers who have extensive knowledge of Latino cinema. Victor Payan is an award-winning writer and producer who has worked on documentaries for PBS, has more than ten year's experience with the San Diego Latino Film Festival and has coordinated a major multicultural festival in San Diego. He is also a youth media instructor in San Antonio and is co-creator of the Keep on Crossin' art project.
Sandra Pena Sarmiento is an award-winning filmmaker and curator who served as Festival Director for the San Diego Latino Film Festival. She has also worked with the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival and Spanish-language television networks such as Telemundo, Univision and Fox Latin American. Her seminal writing, "The Pocha Manifesto" was published in Jump Cut film journal and reprinted in the 1993 CineFestival en San Antonio program.

This year's CineFestival will also feature the prestigious Premio Mesquite audience award as well as juried awards for Best Feature, Best Short, Best Experimental Film, Best South Texas First Film and Best San Antonio Young Filmmaker. In addition, the 30th Annual CineFestival en San Antonio will introduce a new Trailer Trash Challenge, which invites filmmakers to create and submit outrageous trailers in any genre.

CineFestival will accept submissions postmarked thru Friday, February 29th, 2008. For information on how to submit a film or to download the 2008 CineFestival Entry Form, please visit the CineFestival Website at For more information, contact CineFestival Co-Directors Sandra Pena Sarmiento and Victor Payan by email at or by phone at 619-701-0073 or 714-417-0073.

2008 CineFestival en San Antonio
c/o Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center
1300 Guadalupe St.
San Antonio, TX 78207
Ph: 210-271-3151 / Fx: 210-271-3480
Web: or

Call for Entries: Reel Rasquache

REEL RASQUACHE 2008: Festival of the U.S. Latino Experience in Film & Art
Deadline: April 25, 2008
A unique West Coast celebration of films by and about U.S. Latinos

The 5th annual Reel Rasquache Film Festival will take place on the weekend of May 30, 31, June 1, 2008 at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex on the campus of California State University, Los Angeles.

Filmmakers are invited to submit films that celebrate the rich diversity of Latino experiences in the U.S. on all topics and in all genres - animation, documentary, experimental, features, and shorts. Reel Rasquache is accepting film submissions through April 25th.

For the fifth consecutive year, Reel Rasquache will bring together East and West Los Angeles, community and University, U.S. Latina/o independents and the Hollywood industry. Showcasing new films, performance, art and music on the U.S. Latino experience by filmmakers and artists nation-wide.

The three-day event will feature screenings, filmmaking workshops and panel discussions, multimedia spoken word, live music, receptions, and networking opportunities. The Festival will also feature the prestigious Rasquache Awards honoring the 2008 U.S. Latino Pioneer, Trailblazer, and Life Achiever in the entertainment industry.

For information on how to submit a film and to download the submission form, or to apply to be an assistant director or a volunteer, please visit the Reel Rasquache Website at

For more information, contact Reel Rasquache Director, John Ramirez at or call 323.343.4207.

Call for Entries: Medina Del Camp Internacional Film Festival

21th MEDINA DEL CAMPO INTERNACIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (April 11-19, 2008) is now accepting submissions!

Deadline: February 29th

Considered as one of the most prestigious short film festivals in Spain, the festival is admitting submissions for its new category: Internacional short film awards in digital format. Competition is open to all nationalities. Two awards of $3,000 and $1,500 will be granted. Please send your work to the following address before deadline February 29 2008. For further information visit:

LAFF's Fast Track Film Financing Program Launched

The Los Angeles Film Festival FAST TRACK PROGRAM, designed to connect filmmakers and their current projects with financiers and other industry professionals, is currently looking for new films in development in order to help get them made!

The FAST TRACK program is being re-launched as a Film Financing MARKET -- now open to ALL FILMMAKERS. So if you or your members have a film they want to get fast-tracked in production...this is the program for you!

You can download the application (due March 31) at the following link:

Previous Fast Track projects include this years Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner FROZEN RIVER, and many others. For more details...please read the benefits and requirements below...


Film Independent is now accepting submissions for its Fast Track program that runs during the Los Angeles Film Festival. The deadline for submissions to the program is 31 March 2008.

Designed to help filmmakers move their current projects, narrative as well as documentary, forward, Fast Track connects them with financiers, production companies, and other industry professionals. This highly selective program is open to established as well as up-and-coming filmmakers with exceptional projects still seeking funding.

Film Independent is also re-launching the program as a film financing market at the Los Angeles Film Festival. In past years, the program was restricted to alumni of the Los Angeles Film Festival and graduates of Film Independent's Talent Development Programs, the Filmmaker Labs, Project: Involve, and the Spirit Award grant winners. Selected filmmakers would get a pass to the festival and one day of industry meetings. This year, we are opening the program to all filmmakers, both national and international, who have strong feature films seeking their financing.

Additionally, the program is being greatly expanded to better serve filmmakers. The filmmakers chosen for the 2008 Fast Track program will receive:
- an Industry pass to the 2008 Los Angeles Film Festival
- three days of intensive, high-level industry meetings
- a pass to the 2008 Financing Conference that takes place during the Festival
- a pass to the Filmmaker Forum, which runs in the fall of 2008.
- complimentary membership in Film Independent
- year-round support from Film Independent

"We initially designed Fast Track to help alumni of the Los Angeles Film Festival and our Talent Development Programs," said Josh Welsh, Director of Talent Development. "But the program has been so successful that we want to open it to all filmmakers with strong features in search of financing."

Previous Fast Track projects include Courtney Hunt's Frozen River, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival; Sterlin Harjo's Spirit Award nominated Four Sheets to the Wind; Jennifer Westfeldt's Ira and Abby; Jessica Sanders' award-winning documentary After Innocence; Chris Chan Lee's Undoing; and Scott Prendergast's feature Kabluey, which had its world premier at the 2007 Los Angeles Film Festival.

For an application and information, go to

Producing Your Low Budget Film Workshop - Spring Dates

PRODUCING YOUR LOW BUDGET FILM: A Comprehensive Course in 7 Sessions
Presented By: SUZANNE LYONS, Co-Founder of the Flash Forward Institute, Snowfall Films, Inc and WindChill Films, Inc

THE COURSE: This workshop is unique in that it will literally guide you through the entire process of making your film. From my own hands on experience on my last few films I will be taking you through every detailed facet of filmmaking.

Producing Your Ultra Low Budget Film is an intensive 2 month course that takes you through the step by step journey of making your ultra low budget feature film. The Workshop includes:
- How to option a screenplay - Forming an LLC
- Preparing a sales presentation for investors - Creating your killer pitch
- Designing your business plan - Getting a mentor
- Hiring a line producer - Scheduling your EPK
- Creating an empowering environment on set - Finessing a budget & schedule
- Hiring a director - How to cast your film
- Developing a timeline - Creating a marketing strategy
- The details of pre-production - The secrets of a great Production
- Learning the ropes of post - Choosing the right distributor
- Getting the best deal from your distributor - Preparing for delivery
- Entering Film Festivals - Taxes (1099s, Accounting and K1s)

YOUR JOB: In the two month period you will be putting together your Business Plan, your LLC agreements (even if you are not ready to make your film at this point) and your Sales Presentation. You are going to learn how to raise money for your film and you will have all the tools and know how to do it!

GUEST SPEAKERS: (pending availabilities)
Established Film Director Veteran feature line producer Entertainment Attorney
Well known Distributor Feature Editor, 1st Ad, DP

SUZANNE LYONS BIOGRAPHY: In the late 1990s Ms. Lyons co-founded Snowfall Films, Inc. and has produced 5 feature films with actors including Christopher Walken, Naomi Watts, James Caan, Alfred Molina, Brenda Blethyn, Jon Lovitz, Dean Cain, Winona Ryder, Peter Fonda and Adrian Paul. Snowfall Films is gearing up to produce its next picture in Belfast with lead actor Michael Pitt this fall. In 2005 Snowfall Films created a genre division, WindChill Films, Inc. and they just completed their third SAG Ultra Low Budget horror/thriller. ( Ms. Lyons is co-founder of the Flash Forward Institute. She has led hundreds of film industry seminars to over 15,000 participants in the US and Canada.

COST: $1,475 (Includes Lunch and Course Materials)
Early Bird Special: Pay by April 4th and pay $1,275 (SAVE $200)
Check and Visa/MC (paypal) accepted
$200 non refundable Deposit to hold your space (No double discounts permitted)

Saturday, April 19, Session #1 - 9:30am 12:30, Session #2 1:30 - 4:30pm
Monday Evenings, Session #3 - April 28; Session #4 - May 12; Session #5 May 19;
Session #6 - June 2; Session #7 June 9 (all evenings are 7:00pm 10:15pm)

PLUS: Team meetings on alternate weeks with your teams (Teams change each time)

WHERE: Burbank

HOW TO REGISTER: Call Snowfall/WindChill Films at 818-558-5917 or email Suzanne Lyons directly at



Conference 9 Discount Hotel Rate Expires Soon

TWO DAYS LEFT TO Take advantage of the fantastic rates at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa.  Single & Double $184/night, Triple room $215/night.  Get your own room, or team up with another NALIPster.  But you MUST make your RESERVATION there SOON.  Call 1-888-637-3318. Ask for the NALIP Conference room rate.

Reservations must be made by Thursday, February 21 in order to receive the group rate. Limited availability. Cancellations must be received by 4pm seven days prior to arrival.

Harrison Reiner Story Development Workshop

For a third year, NALIP mentor, UCLA instructor and CBS Story Analyst Harrison Reiner holds his unique Story Development Workshop during NALIP Conference 9.  You must register for the Conference, and then apply. ONLY 10 will be invited, so submit early for best consideration. 

Requirements:  submit a full resume, plus a writing sample of 20-30 pages (screenplay, stage play, short story, treatment or manuscript - beginning with page 1).  EMAIL YOUR PACKAGE to, with “H Reiner Story Development workshop APPLICATION” in the subject line.  You will receive confirmation of admittance.  More information available on the Conference 9 website.

The Stain on the Sidewalk
Selected for 2008 South by Southwest Film Festival

Executive Producers and NALIP members Alex Castillo (“Father Figure”) and Henry Priest (“American Identity”) and writer/director and NALIP member Adam Schlachter (“My Backyard was a Mountain”) are pleased to announce “The Stain on the Sidewalk” starring Emily Rios (“Quinceanera”) is an official competition selection in the prestigious 2008 South by Southwest Film Festival.

The Stain on the Sidewalk” is the poignant story of a boy hoping to make a lasting impression on the object of his affection. The film’s impressive young cast features Imagen and Alma Award nominee and Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury and Audience Award winner “Quinceanera” lead actress Emily Rios, along with J. R. Cruz and Andrew Aguilar.

2008 South by Southwest Film Festival
March 7-15th,
Austin, Texas
For screening time and tickets:

 For information: and


Brazilian Film Wins at Berlin Festival
(Bloomberg) - The Elite Squad, a film about police corruption and drug dealing in the slums of Rio de Janeiro, won the Golden Bear award for the best movie at the Berlin Film Festival. FULL STORY

"Juno" Hits Niche Mark
(Variety) - Fox Searchlight's best picture contender "Juno" has become the biggest specialty hit in six years, grossing an estimated $125 million through Monday. FULL STORY

Telemundo Alters Upfront
(The Hollywood Reporter) - NBC Universal's Telemundo said Tuesday that it will forgo its traditional upfront in New York and take its presentation on the road as the Spanish-language broadcaster looks to develop a closer relationship with regional clients. FULL STORY

Interview With John Ortiz
(LatinoReview) - John Ortiz has been acting for a long time now, and his most recognizable roles recently was playing the sheriff in the Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, one of the bad guys in Mann's Miami Vice, and Russell Crowe's junkie partner in American Gangster. FULL INTERVIEW


Jobs & Opportunities

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

US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Top Job Announcements
The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) is looking to fill three high level positions: President & CEO, Chief Operating Officer, Vice President - Marketing. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the USHCC is the nation's largest Hispanic organization representing more than 1.6 million Hispanic-owned businesses in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, which earn more than $200 billion annually. It serves as the umbrella organization for more than 150 chambers nationwide and it actively promotes the economic growth and development of Hispanic entrepreneurs. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Still Casting: Trailer for Young Adult Novel
We're still casting for a book trailer for my young adult novel, Rogelia's House of Magic (to be released by Random House), featuring three Latina teens who learn about magic and life from a curandera. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting: Makeup Artists For National TV Show
A new reality TV show is seeking makeup artists with all levels of experience to put their skills to the test for an opportunity to be taught by the best in the business and take their careers to the next level. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Crew For Comedy Short
I am looking a couple of PA's, a grip, a boom operator, a sound mixer, I am willing to talk to some DP's with Hi-Def experience.


From the Editor


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

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Santa Monica, CA 90401

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