Latinos In The Industry
  January 15, 2008  

Espiritu de Progreso Latino Celebrates Aspirations and Economic Advancement of Latinos
Local Non-Profit Programs Receive Boost

Global Spirit Brands Celebrate The Latino Spirit of Progress With New Initiative Advancing Aspirations of Latinos In L.A. - NALIP To Benefit

Espritu De Progreso Latino, the Latino Spirit of Progress, a new community initiative that celebrates and supports the progress of Latinos, will kick-off on January 15, 2008, in Los Angeles. This community-based program is designed to raise awareness of the challenges facing Latinos as they strive to achieve their goals of prosperity and a better life for themselves and their families in this country. NALIP Members and Friends can join the program by going to -- Post your photo & story, and click NALIP!

Sponsored by three of the worlds leading spirit brands, Chivas Regal Scotch, Malibu Rum & Stolichnaya Vodka, Espritu De Progreso Latino aims to shine a spotlight on the issue of personal progressconsistently listed by U.S. Latinos as one of their top concernsby giving a financial boost to local non-profit organizations that help Latinos to achieve goals through positive programs focused on education, job training and career enhancement. Partnering organizations were selected through a rigorous RFP process based on accountability and compatibility with the mission and goals of the program and program sponsors. Funding will be driven by community participation, across two markets, Los Angeles and New York.

NALIP Selected as Beneficiary
NALIP, a Los Angeles-based non-profit organization, acclaimed as the first in the nation to provide assistance for Latino filmmakers and producers, has been selected as the local Espritu De Progreso Latino beneficiary for Los Angeles.

NALIP, with its long history of providing effective tools to help individual Latinos achieve their dreams and touch the highest points of personal success is perfectly aligned with the mission at the heart of our program. At the same time, NALIP reinforces our fundamental criteria for success: cultural pride and enhanced self-esteem, says Bill Cherrie, Vice President of Multicultural Marketing for Pernod Ricard, parent company for the sponsoring brands.

According to NALIP Executive Director Kathryn F. Galan, the organization advances Latino progress in multiple ways. "NALIP makes sure that artists are trained and supported to increase the quality and quantity of images by and about Latinos everywhere you see media," she says. "Writers and directors, producers and performers of films, television and documentaries are bettering themselves and improving the images of Latinos so when you see great shows such as Ugly Betty and Cane, or movies like WALKOUT, you are seeing American Latinos finally telling our stories."

Community Participation Drives Program Success
By design, Espritu De Progreso Latino will engage the entire Los Angeles community, substantially raising awareness, by linking the amount of funding to an online platform that invites individuals to share photos and stories depicting the accomplishment of Latinos; including personal success or the achievements of others. For each upload, Chivas Regal Scotch, Malibu Rum & Stolichnaya Vodka will make a cash donation to the partner charities on the list. Photos or images that personify the struggles or accomplishments of Latinos and Latinas are welcome. Theres no limit to the number of photos or stories an individual can upload, and everyone is invited to submit multiple times to generate maximum funds for the beneficiaries. The program will conclude with an exhibit of representative photos from NALIPs members, scheduled for May, 2008.

Spokespersons for the exclusives brands, Chivas Regal Scotch, Malibu Rum & Stolichnaya Vodka, are calling on the entire Los Angeles community to rally behind the program and its mission by uploading to The greater the community participation in Los Angeles, the more funds flow into NALIP programs.

Through their rich contributions and accomplishments over the years, Latinos have significantly improved our communities, making Los Angeles a better place to live, work and play, adds Cherrie. The public can substantially help others by sharing their personal experiences that capture this indomitable spirit.

According to Carlos Santiago, President and CEO, Santiago Solutions Group, Latinos in this country have a strong desire to attain the best possible living conditions and educational access for their families, often against great odds. Espritu De Progreso Latino is designed to celebrate one of the most salient characteristic of the Latino community in Los Angelesthe drive and force to reach a better future.

For additional details, log onto And be sure to select NALIP if you post a story or photo: goes to filmmaker development support!

NALIPsters needed at Sundance

Dear Nalip members:

Cynthia Lopez, Vice President of American Documentary | P.O.V., a co-founding board member of NALIP and currently a Trustee of our organization, is seeking the volunteer assistance of Nalip members during Sundance.

Following is an outline of volunteer tasks. If you are able to volunteer for P.O.V., please contact, T: 212 989 7425 x 312, to coordinate/schedule your volunteer assignment.

- Photographer * Brunch Jan 20 * 1 pm to 4 pm (volunteer available) in Park City, Utah
- Guest Welcome * Brunch Jan 20 * 1 pm to 4 pm assistance with checking-in guests at the door. (volunteer available)
- Camera person to video tape party and some panels (stipend available)

NALIPsters that volunteer or work at the event in Park City will be welcome to join us for the brunch as a great networking opportunity.

2008 The Imagen Foundation Job Fair

Creating Opportunities and Opening Doors
13th Annual Imagen Entertainment Industry JOB FAIR

FREE To The General Public - FREE Workshops

Saturday, February 9th, 2008
9AM - 4PM

Double Tree Hotel
924 W. Huntington Dr. Monrovia, CA 91016
(Huntington Drive exit off 210 Freeway)

No Registration Necesary
Job Seekers: Dress professionally & Bring Copies of Your Resume

Scheduled Session Times
9:00 - 10:00 AM, 10:00 - 11:00 AM, 11:00 - 12:00 PM, 1:00 - 2:00 PM, 2:00 - 3:00 PM, 3:00 - 4:00 PM

Attendees will be admitted in groups with a maximum of 300 per session.
Imagen is offering this event at no charge to the general public.
email: or call 877-344-9441

NALIP / LMRG5 Final Call to Update Your Information

The FINAL deadline to update your information in the Latino Media Resource Guide 5th Edition is this Friday, January 18th. If you already submitted your Data Collection Form, THANK YOU!!! If you are still working on it, please submit it NOW. DO NOT BE LEFT OUT.

If you did not receive an interactive Data Collection Form via email where you can update your profile easily online, PLEASE email us @ OR call us 310-395-8880.


Mas Comedy Debuting on LATV

Mas Comedy debuts January 16, at 6pm and 9pm Pacific time on LATV.

Mas Comedy is the first nationally syndicated Latino stand up and sketch comedy show. Mas Comedy will highlight the best Latino comedians and sketch artists in the nation. Mas Comedy lineup includes Felipe Esparza, Richard Villa, Cristela Alonzo, Magician Wako, Alfred Robles and Steve Trevino. Mas Comedy will also air outrageous sketches produced and performed by Culture Clash, Latino Comedy Project, Capirotada and Latinolouges.

Mas Comedy is created by Rick Najera, VP of Development at LATV, and produced by Oskar Toruno (Homies Hip Hop Show). Mas Comedy is a half hour comedy show that debuts exclusively on LATV, Wednesday, January 16, 2008.

Call for Entries: New York International Latino Film Festival


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NYILFF will consider films made by, featuring, about and/or for the Latino community. The festival will consider all forms: feature narrative, short films, documentary and experimental shorts. All projects must have been completed by no earlier than 2006. Projects in a language other English must have English subtitles. Films cannot have been broadcast (television or Internet) or distributed commercially in the U.S. prior to the festival. Exceptions are made for short films and documentaries. All genres are welcome. More information at

"Of Men and Gods" at Egyptian Theatre

at the Egyptian Theatre's Spielberg Theatre, Los Angeles, CA

Co-presented with the Latino International Film Festival, Los Angeles

The Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase is a regional project that aims to encourage the development of the film industry in the Caribbean region and to connect the audiences in the Caribbean with the works that have been systematically marginalized from the film market both within and outside the region.

Wednesday, January 16 - 7:30 PM
OF MEN AND GODS, 2002, Haiti, 52 min. Dir. Anne Lescot. This exceptional documentary shot in Haiti is about the intersection of a gay subculture and Voodou. The encounter of these two worlds leads us into a powerful, mystical and symbolic environment where freedom of being, of existing, and of incarnating the gods is expressed through theatrics and deep emotion. Through this we learn of the need these men have to find meaning to their lives in a society where homosexuality is still a taboo subject. Through Voodou, some homosexual Haitians find an explanation to their sexuality, and regard themselves as children of the gods, therefore provided with protection.This same divine protection is also what forces the civilian society to accept and respect these men, though with limitations. A riveting exploration of a very sensitive topic, helped immensely by touching characters who bear a will to live and to be who they are regardless of the obstacles met on their way. In French Creole with English subtitles.

All Access Weekend for Filmmakers & Writers


February 8th - 10th, 2008
at the Beverly Garland Hotel in North Hollywood

How can a filmmaker or writer meet over 60 producers, actors, managers, and directors in 3 days? By taking the Sherwood Oaks All Access Weekend for Filmmakers and Writers!

Confirmed guests for 2008 All Access Weekend include:
Peter Segal (director, Anger Management, Get Smart)
Adam Rifkin (writer/director, Look)
David Benioff (writer, KiteRunner)
Penelope Spheeris (director, Wayne's World)
Joe Mantegna (actor, Simpson's Movie)
Mike Farrell (actor/producer, Mash, Patch Adams)
Hector Elizondo (actor, Caine, Runaway Bride)
David Foster (producer, Mask of Zorro)
Richard C. Berman (producer, Grumpy Old Men)
Richard Shepard (director, Hunting Party, Matador)
Robert Eisele (writer, Great Debators)
plus another 50 additional guests!

Last year, Sherwood Oaks' All Access Weekend exceeded expectations with
David Milch (writer NYDP Blue, Deadwood, etc.) and JJ Abrams (director, Lost, Mi3)

See the David Milch video clip at:

See the JJ Abrams video clip at:

See a preview of the 2008 All Access Weekend at:

The Second Annual All Access Weekend will include breakout sessions into smaller groups after every panel allowing learning and access to over 60 key Hollywood contacts!

The Basic Pass gets you 10 panels, and other breakout meetings from February 8th - 10th at the Beverly Garland Hotel in North Hollywood.

Click the special Link below, and get 24% OFF the Basic Pass until January 18th.
Use the special link below, and pay only $75 for the Basic Pass (normally $99)! Walk-in registration on-site is $199, so be sure to secure your spot now!

Go to:
OR call (323) 878-2226 and mention to get your discount!

See the detailed schedule at:

Limited space available - reserve your space now as this class will sell out! Only 20 slots are available at this price!



Latino Media Market
Application Deadline: January 25, 2008

Latino Media Market Deadline SOON: January 25, 2008
Do you have a project ready to finance or distribute?

• Direct-to-DVD or low-budget film production
• Documentary work-in-progress
• Feature development project or
• Non-scripted Television Series idea

Are you ready to meet with Executives, Producers, and Funders that can bring contacts and progress to your projects?  Are you ready to follow ESL and EL GENERAL on a path from development to funding to production and beyond?

Don’t miss one of NALIP’s most powerful Signature Programs  -- March 7- 9, 2008!

The Latino Media Market runs concurrent to our National Conference in Dana Point, CA.  Registration is the first step at the Conference website.

Deadline is January 25, 2008

Log on to, register for Conference 9, and download your application NOW!

Any questions,  please call/email Maria Jose Oliva at or David Perez, at 310-395-8880

Lorena Manriquez
Produced Online Vodcast

From the left: NALIP member Lorena Manriquez, Katina Parker, Teralyn Wade, Zeinabu Davis and Desta.

NBPC NEW MEDIA INSTITUTE IN MISSISSIPPI: NALIP member Lorena Manriquez recently produced a vodcast (video podcast) with Tania Cuevas, Zeinabu Davis, Katina Parker, and Teralyn Wade entitled Delta Children: Future of the Blues. This project was produced as part of NBPC's New Media Institute 2007 when 26 producers were selected from around the country and gathered in Jackson, Mississippi to create new media pieces documenting Blues culture in the Mississippi Delta. NMI 2007 was funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).

Delta Children: Future of the Blues (4 min. 37 sec.) is an informative and light-hearted vodcast that effectively passes the baton from accomplished blues musicians to young people who wish to continue the legacy of blues music through the recording of live music sessions.

The vodcast is available online here.

María Laura Ruggiero
Selected for Berlinale Talent Campus

Argentinian filmmaker and NALIP member María Laura Ruggiero has been invited to attend the 6th BERLINALE TALENT CAMPUS in Berlin from February 9th to the 14th, 2008. She passed a selection of 3300 applicants from 120 countries. Not only has she been selected as Young Talent by the Berlinale for the second time, but she was also selected to attend the Talent Project Market 2008 with her feature film project Arches. The project will be one of the 11 Talent Projects presented in the official Project Catalogue, alongside the 25 regular Official Projects of the Berlinale Co-Production Market. This catalogue will be sent to the approximately 350 participants of the Berlinale Co-Production Market (financiers, sales agents, producers who are interested in becoming involved in the selected projects) prior to the event. Meetings can be requested through SeirenFilms or contacting the Berlinale Talent Campus' team. Arches is the only Latin American Project selected for this program.

For more information, meetings and press:




Golden Globes Winners Announced
(Variety) - "Atonement" wins Golden Globe for best motion picture (drama), Daniel Day-Lewis takes best actor trophy in a motion picture (drama) for his performance in "There Will Be Blood," Julie Christie wins best actress in a motion picture (drama) for "Away from Her," "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" wins in best comedy or musical category and more. FULL STORY

Hayek Joins Reilly in Weitz's "Freak"
(Variety) - Salma Hayek is joining a freak show. The actress has signed on to star opposite John C. Reilly in Universal Pictures' horror drama "Cirque du Freak," which will mark her first acting role since her maternity leave. FULL STORY


Jobs & Opportunities

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

Vice President of Production at ITVS
ITVS seeks qualified candidates for the position of Vice President of Production. This person will provide leadership and expertise in the production, contracting, packaging and delivery of independent documentaries to public broadcasting systems. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting: Two Latina Actors
Seeking two Latinas in their 30s for a short film about how diabetes affects Latino families. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Hiring Casting Associates at Major Network
Major network is looking to hire experienced Casting Associates. Must have experience in reality television. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting: "Calling Home" Web Series (Boston)
Open auditions are being scheduled for CALLING HOME, a web series scheduled to launch in March 2008. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION


From the Editor


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Temple City, CA 91780

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Santa Monica, CA 90401

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