Latinos In The Industry
  January 8, 2008  

Chapter/Membership Forum at NALIP Pre-Conference 9

THURSDAY, MARCH 6 – Dana Point, CA

NALIP invites you to travel early to Conference 9 and discuss the state of Membership and Chapters.  This forum is open to ALL members, Chapter leaders or organizers:  not just 2 per chapter.  The discussion will be dynamic, informative, productive and essential for all local, regional and national leadership at NALIP.

Please join this important Forum on Thursday, March 6, 2-6 pm at the Conference Hotel, the Laguna Cliffs Marriott.  Should we HAVE Chapters?  How do you need to start or reinvigorate a Chapter? What does the National organization do for membership and regional groups? Why are Chapters helpful for your professional development?  What kind of leadership is necessary to maintain a great Chapter? And anything else you want to discuss with NALIP Board and Staff.

Discount Hotel Rates apply for Thursday night, as well, and scholarships will be extended to Forum attendees. So register and apply early to secure your spot at the table.  Special pre-Conference Leadership Seminars will be scheduled for Friday, along with other surprise activities, so book now at

REMEMBER  that Scholarships are available to attend the Conference and these important sessions.

For more information, contact the NALIP office at 310-395-8880.

Calling All 2008 NALIP Conference 9 PAs

March 7 – 9, 2008 @ the Laguna Cliffs Marriott, Dana Point, Ca.

Becoming a Production Assistant for the 2008 Conference:
- Discount Conference Rate of $110
- Get priority choice of Panels/Events/Sessions
- Attend Keynote/Award Luncheons & Opening and Closing night Festivities
- Network closely with the Conference Production Staff and guest speakers/guests
- A great gift bag loaded with goodies from our generous Conference Sponsors

* Individual Internships for Credit Available
* Inquire about earning Service Hours for your Campus Groups/Organizations

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Seed Grants for Indigenous Filmmakers

The All Roads Film Project is a National Geographic initiative created to provide an international platform for indigenous and underrepresented minority-culture artists to share their cultures, stories, and perspectives through the power of film and photography. All Roads includes a film festival, photography program, and seed grant program.

The All Roads Seed Grant Program funds film projects by and about indigenous and underrepresented minority-culture filmmakers from all reaches of the globe. The program seeks filmmakers who bring their lives and communities to light through first-person storytelling. The grant program is open to indigenous and under-represented minority culture filmmakers, as well as filmmakers who can demonstrate that they have been designated by indigenous or minority communities to tell their story.

Grants range up to a maximum of $10,000 each.

Submission deadlines are quarterly on the 15th of each March, June, September, and December. Visit the program's Web site for complete guidelines and application procedures:

International Documentary Challenge Returns to Hot Docs

After a sold-out screening in 2007, The International Documentary Challenge returns to Hot Docs in April 2008! Registration for the 3rd annual Doc Challenge, held March 6-10, 2008, opens on January 7, 2008. The Doc Challenge is a timed filmmaking competition where filmmakers from around the world have just 5 days to make a short non-fiction film. Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival, the Presenting Partner, will once again host the theatrical premiere of the finalists and the awards ceremony during the Festival. After the premiere of the finalists, showcases of regionally produced films will be held, including an IDA sponsored screening in Los Angeles, a SILVERDOCS sponsored screening in Washington DC, a Big Sky Documentary Film Festival screening in Montana, a DOC sponsored screening in Toronto, a Northwest Film Forum sponsored screening in Seattle, a Film Action Oregon sponsored screening in Portland and many more! Additionally, a Best of DVD will be released and television distribution will be pursued by a distribution partner.

Registration opens: January 7, 2008
Early Registration Deadline: February 11, 2008
Final Registration Deadline: March 5, 2008
Doc Challenge: March 6-10, 2008

Space is limited - only the first 250 teams to register will be accepted.

Complete details and entry forms can be found online at

The Doc Challenge is produced by Doug Whyte of KDHX Community Media and sponsored by Hot Docs, the International Documentary Association, the Documentary Organization of Canada, SILVERDOCS, the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival and Film Action Oregon.

Join The Imagen Foundation at NATPE

The Imagen Foundation is inviting Latino independent producers to join them in their booth at NATPE. If you have projects to sell or want to network with television distribution executives or attend the myriad of media oriented sessions, then this is where you should be. The National Association of Television Production Executives (NATPE) Conference is being held at the Mandalay Bay Hotel from January 29-31 in Las Vegas.

Imagen receives a special member rate of $770 to attend the conference. Booth space is limited.

Please contact Helen Hernandez at (626) 836-6100 or for more information.

LatinoReview Launches Online Screening Series with NALIPster Short

LatinoReview(LR) announced today it's launch of a monthly film screening series with exclusive content on their website. Every month, the website will launch and exhibit a selected short film and unveil this never-before-seen content in it's entirety on the LatinoReview site. To embark on this event, the first inaugural short for the new year and the month of January is the anime RED PRINCESS BLUES ANIMATED: THE BOOK OF VIOLENCE.

LatinoReview who has reviewed many films in the past; decided this time they would switch it up and provide an opportunity for filmmakers to display their short films. LR has always been able to provide exclusive interviews and reviews, but with the added content, this is sure to provide passage way for films that may not in the normal route obtain notoriety through regular media outlets. LR will launch once a month a short film that has not been viewed online before alongside with intimate review. This month's film will be reviewed by LR's notorious "El Mayimbe". At this time LR is accepting submissions of short films. Only one film will be selected per month.

The short film RED PRINCESS BLUES ANIMATED: THE BOOK OF VIOLENCE (RPB) is written and produced by NALIPster Alex Ferrari. Making his directorial debut is Dan Cregan. RPB is an animated short film prequel to Ferrari's feature film RED PRINCESS BLUES. The tale is about twelve year old girl who finds herself in a strange country looking for her father. She is taken in by a unique looking man who goes by Nino. The short film is narrated from the view of the girl and the things she is going through. She soon discovers the "Book of Violence" and the beginning of her journey that leads to vengeance. To see the premiere of RPB please go to:

The Documentary Film Makers Course offers NALIP Discount

Happy New Year from The Documentary Film Makers Course. We are offering our first seminar of the year February 9-10, 2008 in Los Angeles. All NALIP members get a discount rate of $249 instead of the normal $299 rate.

The course is taught by working filmmakers and authors of The Documentary Film Makers Handbook, Andrew Zinnes and Genvieve Jolliffe. The course covers such topics as story and structure, legal issues, finance options, production, post, sales and distribution. In addition, we have a workshop segment where you can get answers specific to your project so you can have an actionable plan to help you move forward.

Please go to to purchase the course and for more information. NALIP members use coupon code NALIP to get the discount. Please call 310-941-2168 if you have any quesitons.



Harrison Reiner Story Development Workshop
At NALIP Conference 9

Don’t miss this Unique Story Development Workshop held during NALIP Conference 9.  Deadline is FEBRUARY 25, 2008

Interested in sharpening your development skills? Do you have a project that needs an accelerated burst of development? The NALIP Story Development Workshop may be the workshop you’re looking for. For Jessica Morales, the workshop was exactly what she needed to enhance her writing skills. “I completed three scripts about Latinas and I wanted to prove that they have interesting stories to share that would interest everyone.”

The workshop is taught by UCLA Extension Instructor of Story Analysis and Screenplay Development, HARRISON REINER, and runs concurrent with Conference 9.

This is a personalized session that engages, collaboratively, with your emerging story to get it in the right shape to go to a next step. You must apply and ONLY 10 will be invited.

After you Register for the Conference, you will apply by submitting a full resume, and a writing sample of 20-30 pages (screenplay, stage play, short story, treatment or manuscript - beginning with page 1). 

After you Register, EMAIL YOUR RESUME AND WRITING SAMPLE BY FEB. 25, 2008 to, with “H Reiner Story Development workshop APPLICATION” in the subject line.

You will be notified by NALIP if accepted, and provided a workshop schedule. 

You must be registered for the Conference in order to sign up. The Conference takes place March 7-9, 2008. More information at


NALIPsters and Friends:

If you are in the New England or Atlanta Area, don't miss this great 3-day weekend workshop with Documentary Doctor Fernanda Rossi, special case study, public television funding information and personal mentoring.

"Doing your Doc: Diverse Visions, Regional Voices" is designed to support filmmakers telling local and regional stories, artists expanding their voices to national platforms, doc makers just beginning or further into production. Click here for details on both workshops, plus to Register Online!

"Doing your Doc" Boston -- Jan 11 - 13 at MIT's Media Lab

"Doing your Doc" Atlanta -- Jan 25 - 27 at DAEL Lab, Georgia State

Anayansi Prado
Awarded Creative Capital Grant for Doc

NALIP member and LPA Fellow Anayansi Prado was awarded the Creative Capital Grant for her new documentary "Give Us Your Retired, Your Rich, Your Americans."

"Give Us Your Retired, Your Rich, Your Americans" explores the growing phenomenon of Americans retirees migrating to Latin America, specifically to Panama, and the effects and challenges faced by both the retirees and the local Panamanian communities in which they live. The film focuses on the island of Bocas del Toro, Panama where locals are increasingly conflicted about the presence of Americans. Often these new arrivals move into developments built on land considered to be national treasures and the cost of living is rising rapidly. At the same time, they offer hopes of better employment and quality of life for Panamanians.

Born in Panama, Anayansi Prado moved to the United States as a teenager. Her debut documentary, Maid in America, screened nationally on the PBS Independent Lens series. Prado recently completed her second film, Children in No Man’s Land, about the 100,000 unaccompanied immigrant minors crossing the US/Mexico border every year. She also served as an executive producer on the Discovery en Español series Voces de Cambio which featured Carlos Santana and Edward James Olmos.




Golden Globes Ruin Has Ripples
(Variety) - With the Golden Globes losing its luster this year, the big question now is just how much green Hollywood will lose as a result. Cancellation of the kudocast due to the strike could cost the local economy upwards of $80 million, according to the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. FULL STORY

Indies Dominate Directors Guild Nominations
(The Hollywood Reporter) - Edgy indie fare dominated feature-film nominations for the DGA Award, with Paramount Vantage and Miramax each figuring in three of the noms. FULL STORY

Has Sundance Lost Its Soul?
(Guardian Unlimited) - In 1978 Robert Redford's Sundance Festival launched as a small offbeat event showcasing American independent film to a few hardy followers in Utah. It helped discover talents like Soderbergh, Tarantino and Kevin Smith - but, 30 years on, have the big dollars and celebrity jamboree cost Sundance its credibility? FULL STORY


Jobs & Opportunities

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

Manager of Video Production at Sí TV
Si TVis currently looking for a Manager of Video Production to join our winning Digital Media team. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Promo Scheduling Coordinator at Sí TV
Sí TV is currently looking for a Promo Scheduling Coordinator to join our winning Creative team. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Director of Affilliate Marketing at Sí TV
Sí TV is currently looking for a Director of Affiliate Marketing to join our winning Marketing team. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Production Team for Music Video
Atomicus Creative Group and Director Daniel Hastings are looking for a production team for a music video production in California. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting: Latina of Mexican Descent for Music Video
Atomicus Creative Group is looking for a Drop Dead Gorgeus Latina of Mexican descent for a music video production in California. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Watts Village Theater Company Holding Auditions
Watts Village Theater Company is holding auditions for its upcoming season, including several roles for Latinos and Latinas. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting: Feature Film "Johnny Violence" (Central Illinois)
Heroic Age Studios is casting the feature film "Johnny Violence," a SAG film scheduled to film in the Summer of 2008. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION


From the Editor


Alex Mendoza
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