Latinos In The Industry
  January 22, 2008  

Documentary Makers: Don't Miss Your Chance to Pitch or Show Off Your Trailer at Conference 9

Sign up today for 2 unique opportunities available to Documentary makers with projects in progress!

First – back by popular demand – the Sample Tape Evaluation panel.  First come, first served – show your 3-5 minute trailer to experts and funders, get the very best feedback to create a killer sample tape. Sign up here, after you register at

Second – repeated from last year – sign up for a chance to pitch your project to a panel of national and international commissioning editors.  Panelists include execs from Sundance Channel, POV, Netflix, HBO, Sundance Documentary Fund, ARTE, and more.  Limited spaces, but everyone can attend.   This session will be a “how to” workshop on refining and packaging your idea, crafting a selling document, and constructing your pitch. This panel will help you incorporate key elements and maximize your chances of success. REMEMBER: You must attend this Saturday panel to pitch your great idea on Sunday in the PITCH FORUM. There will be spots for 8-12 documentary filmmakers available to make 3-5 minute pitches. You will be notified at the Conference if you are selected. Prepare your pitch and bring a trailer on DVD.

So sign up now to secure your spot at

Disney•ABC Television Group Now Accepting Applications for the 2008 ABC•Directors Guild of America Television Directing Fellowship

The Disney·ABC Television Group is accepting applications now through February 29th for the 2008 ABC·DGA Television Directing Fellowship Program. Launched in 2001, the program provides many opportunities for its Fellows including a chance to work alongside ABC, ABC Family and/or Disney Channel series directors.

Several talented alumni of the program have taken the experience and exposure from the Fellowship and parlayed it into successful directing careers. Most notable on the television series front is Seith Mann (2005) who was recently nominated for an NAACP Image Award for his work on HBO's comedy "Entourage" and NBC's drama "Friday Night Lights." His additional directing credits include ABC's "Brothers & Sisters," CBS's "Cold Case" and HBO's "The Wire." Additionally, Dennis Lee (2006) recently directed his first full-length feature film, "Fireflies in the Garden," starring Academy Award-winning actress Julia Roberts and Carrie-Anne Moss ("The Matrix" trilogy) which is slated for release later this year.

Up-and-coming directors who land a coveted spot in the program will become Disney·ABC employees with a salary and full benefits; have the chance to observe various DGA directors working on series aired on Disney·ABC Television Group networks (ABC, ABC Family & Disney Channel); and develop relationships with key industry executives, producers and agents.

Deadline for Entry is February 29, 2008

Applications and detailed submission guidelines can be obtained at

Converge Entertainment Debuts as Sponsor of Sol Dance

converge entertainment, LLC, a Los Angeles based film sales and consulting company focused on Latino themed content, makes its debut as a sponsor of the 2008 Sol Dance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, January 20, 2008-January 22, 2008.

Representing the fusion of American and Latino cultures in independent filmmaking, converge entertainment is a film sales, representation, and consulting firm solely focused on supplying high quality, English and Bilingual Latino themed film content across domestic and global multi-dimensional content distribution platforms.

“The Sol Dance Film Festival is the perfect complement to the Sundance Festival, and we are delighted to be a sponsor,” said Laura Perez, President of converge entertainment. “Converge entertainment and the Festival share the same underlying philosophy--empowerment of Latino independent filmmakers. The Festival will showcase the exciting new voices of Latino independent film--many of who are our fellow NALIP members. Sponsoring the Festival helps ensure those voices will be heard.”

Added Katharyn Bond Márquez, CEO of the company, “There is a great demand for Latino films that express the rich diversity and multi-cultural experiences of Latinos. But Latino independent filmmakers often have two very big hurdles--accessing capital to make films and securing representation for distribution. We want to narrow those gaps by being the nexus that brings together independent Latino filmmakers and content distributors.”

Sol Dance Film Festival is a 3-day event, January 20-22, 2008 taking place at the Anheuser-Busch Filmmaker Discovery House in Park City, Utah. All events take place at Bear Path Lodge, Bud Light Filmmaker Discovery House, 5425 Bobsled Blvd., Park City, UT. The opening night event is January 20th at 7:30pm, featuring master of ceremony Cheech Marin. RSVP at converge entertainment will attend the opening ceremony.

In addition to being a sponsor of the Sol Dance film Festival, converge entertainment will be attending the Sundance Film Festival from January 20, 2008 through January 25, 2008. Filmmakers attending the festivals who want to learn more about converge entertainment’s services, should contact or

For more information about converge entertainment and film submissions, please visit

LATV Networks Acquires American Latino TV

LATV Networks, LLC (LATV), the nation's first bilingual music/entertainment network distributed via digital multicast, announced today that it has acquired American Latino TV(ALTV), the syndication and production company for English-language television shows created by and for bicultural/bilingual U.S. Latinos. The multi-million dollar agreement includes numerous award-winning broadcast syndicated properties such as the weeklies American Latino TV and LatiNation, ALTV's substantial library of video content as well as the New York City-based production, sales and marketing office. In addition, the deal marks LATV's entry into broadcast syndication.

"LATV and American Latino TV have both been at the forefront of shaping the bi-cultural programming marketplace by delivering unique, compelling programming to an ever-growing audience. The synergies between the two companies made it a natural acquisition for LATV as we continue with our mission of reaching today's Hispanic youth market," said Howard Bolter, LATV President and COO. "This deal will greatly enhance our distribution relationships, complement our programming strategy and increase our viewership domestically and internationally."

As a consultant for LATV, former ALTV President and Executive Producer Robert Rose, will continue as Executive Producer of the ALTV weeklies, as well as overseeing LATV's broadcast syndication arm. ALTV Supervising Producer Renzo Devia will also join LATV as a consultant. Adds Mr. Bolter, "Both Robert and Renzo bring a fresh perspective to LATV and we are thrilled to have them as part of the family."

"With ALTV joining LATV, the company's consolidated programming assets and its extensive web strategy give advertisers a unique ability to combine the reach of established broadcast syndication with the frequency of a rapidly-growing digital broadcast network," said Mr. Rose. "It is a win across the board for our affiliates, advertisers, staffers and most importantly, our audience."

ALTV produces, markets and distributes high-quality, award-winning, original content focusing on U.S.-born Latinos and is the oldest and largest television syndication company targeting Latinos with culturally relevant, English-language television programming and media. ALTV's programming includes American Latino TV, LatiNation, and the American Latino Presents quarterly, one-hour specials including the American Latino TV Awards. American Latino TV is an award-winning program currently in its sixth season and with broadcast distribution in over 102 cities and 76 million homesrepresenting almost 70 percent of all television homes and over 90 percent of U.S. Hispanic homes. LatiNation is in its fourth season with distribution in over 90 cities, representing over 85 percent of U.S. Hispanic homes.

Orlando Latin American Film & Heritage Festival, Feb. 14 - 17 (Orlando)

2008”AWAKENING / Art & Culture Inc., a Central Florida 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is proud to present OLAFEST 2008 - The 4th Annual Orlando Latin American Film & Heritage Festival to be held from Thursday, February 14 to Sunday, February 17. The four-day festival this year will be housed at Premiere Cinema 14 at Orlando Fashion Square Mall and at 7 other venues across the city of Orlando, Florida. OLAFEST's executive director Nelson Betancourt and director of strategic partnerships Michael Deliz are NALIP members and founders of the NALIP Orlando chapter, and the festival's director of industry relations is current NALIP Orlando chapter president Jesus Silva.

OLAFEST 2008 will feature over 50 films in five screening rooms with a variety of Special Events including:
- A Tribute to Jacobo Morales, Puerto Rico’s most influential filmmaker, with a
special look-back retrospective of his works and the premiere screening of his latest
film “Angel”. Mr. Morales will be in attendance.
- Otros Aires, Argentina’s most acclaimed neo-tango band in their first concert ever
in the United States. Fresh from their European tour, Otros Aires will perform at the
OLAFEST 2008 Opening Night Concert. With free admission to all the concert is a
Valentine’s Day gift from OLAFEST to the city of Orlando.
- A Love Letter to Venezuela, is OLAFEST’s recognition of the incredible rise of
Venezuelan cinema and filmmaking prowess that in recent years has moved the
country to the forefront of Latin American filmmaking.
- The world premiere of "Muñeca," a film by Christina Soto.
- The NALIP Short Film Showcase, a two hour program of films selected by the Orlando Chapter of NALIP to celebrate the work of NALIP members.

For more information about OLAFEST 2008, the Official Film Selection, and the festival’s Program Schedule, please visit our website at WWW.OLAFEST.ORG

Call for Entries: Expresión En Corto International Film Festival

One of the primary objectives of the EXPRESIÓN EN CORTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL is to provide more opportunities for the exhibition and appreciation of short films and documentaries, rewarding the quality of these films with materials and equipment so as to allow these artists to continue producing film. At the same time, we hope to bring together newcomers alongside the industry's most seasoned professionals, combining forces in a very open, accessible and competitive environment.

THE ELEVENTH EXPRESIÓN EN CORTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL will take place from July 18th – 27th , 2008, in the two host cities of Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende, Gto., México.

The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2008.

For details and submission information, visit:



Best Rates Expire Soon for NALIP Conference 9

Don’t miss out on the chance to register for NALIP Conference 9 at a great discounted rate. Early Bird registration is open until February 4, 2008 for all NALIP, Nosotros, and SAG members at a rate of $185. All affiliate members (IDA, AFTRA, DGA, WGA) qualify for the early bird registration fee at a discounted rate of $250. Remember to log onto, register, and sign up for all the great opportunities available during the Conference. Speakers and events announced daily. 

Meet directors Felix Alcala (“Cane,” “Criminal Minds”), Jesus Trevino (“Bones”), Roxann Dawson (“Cold Case”), Seith Mann (“The Riches,” “The Wire”) and Julie Hebert (NUMB3RS).  Hear from filmmakers Philip Rodriguez (BROWN IS THE NEW GREEN), Frida Torresblanco (PAN’S LABYRINTH) and Sergio Arau (A DAY WITHOUT A MEXICAN).  Meet new first time filmmakers Chris Eska (AUGUST EVENING) and Carlos Ruiz Ruiz (MALDEAMORES).  Plus screenings, keynotes, Awards, comedy, music and more!

So what are you waiting for? Log onto the Conference 9 website before the Early Bird registration ends and prices go UP!

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

Oscar Nominations Bring NALIPsters to the Forefront

Announced today, Oscar nominations bring NALIP Members to the forefront of the industry with nods in the Documentary Short category.

NALIPster Carla Gutierrez edited the Oscar nominated short, LA CORONA (THE CROWN), a film that documents a women's prison in Bogotá, Colombia, where the inmates compete in an annual beauty pageant. Four prisoners are profiled as they prepare for the contest; an unusual manifestation of a national obsession, a touching documentary by filmmakers Amanda Micheli and Isabel Vega.

Francisco Bello, a NALIP Latino Producers Academy 2007 Fellow for his first feature documentary-in-progress, MY FAVORITE ACTOR, was nominated in the 2008 Oscar Documentary Short category for SALIM BABA, a short film he produced and shot with director Tim Sternberg. The film tells the story Salim Muhammad, a 55-year-old man who lives in North Kolkata, India with his wife and five children. Since the age of ten he has made a living screening discarded film scraps for the kids in his surrounding neighborhoods using a hand-cranked projector that he inherited from his father. A pragmatic businessman as well as a cinephile, Salim runs his projector with his sons in the hopes that they will carry on his legacy of showing films to the local children. He is a living link between the birth of cinema and contemporary film. Collectors have long sought to by his projector, but he refuses to sell. For more information, contact visit

Antonio De La Cruz
Salsa Lessons screening at Park City Film Music Festival

NALIP member Antonio De La Cruz's feature film "Salsa Lessons" is screening at the Park City Film Music Festival, January 2008. Screening will be on January 25, 2008 at 4pm (Main Street Mall - 2nd level (333 Main Street. Across from Egyptian Theater)

"Salsa Lessons" is a love story about two people meeting by chance in New York City. Pedro is a Salsa instructor and Rosa wants to learn how to dance salsa. Through the power of salsa dancing they find each other and also discover that their painful past is very much still in their present.

Sandro Fiorin & Alex Garcia
First theatrical release for NALIPster distributors

Alice's House, the first theatrical release for Los Angeles based FiGa Films owned by NALIP members Sandro Fiorin and Alex Garcia, is opening in New York and California on January 25.

Chico Teixeira's multi-award winning first feature about contemporary life in Brazil stars the luminous Carla Ribas as Alice, a middle-aged manicurist living in So Paulo who has to overcome obstacles caused by the male-dominated world she finds herself trapped in.

Alice's House will open January 25 at the following theatres:
- Angelika Film Center
New York, NY
- Landmark Nuart Theatre
West Los Angeles, CA
- Edwards Westpark 8
Irvine, CA
- Landmark Lumiere
San Francisco, CA
- Landmark Shattuck
Berkeley, CA
- Rafael Film Center
San Rafael, CA

For more information go to, or view the trailer online here.



Oscar Nominations Announced
Paramount Vantage and Miramax scored a double whammy as their "No Country for Old Men" and "There Will be Blood" led nominations for the 80th annual Academy Awards with eight bids, including best picture. FULL STORY

Linney, Banderas and Garai Board "Other Man"
( - Laura Linney, Antonio Banderas and Romola Garai have been cast in Richard Eyre's The Other Man , which starts shooting Feb. 14. Liam Neeson is toplining the drama. FULL STORY

Local Brothers Finish Up Film in San Antonio
(KENS 5) - The hit show, “The Brothers Garcia,” ran on Nickelodeon for several years. But Hispanic film productions are still a rarity in Hollywood. That hasn’t discouraged three San Antonio brothers from making movies. FULL STORY

A Dazzling Journey: Alex Rivera's "Sleep Dealer"
(indieWIRE) - True originality and artistic verve push filmmaker [and NALIP member] Alex Rivera's future drama "Sleep Dealer," above other films in Sundance's dramatic competition. Comparisons to popular sci-fi fare like "The Matrix" are understandable but "Sleep Dealer" has more in common with the utopian politics of Fritz Lang's silent epic "Metropolis." FULL REVIEW
NALIP member Alex Rivera was also named to Variety's list of 10 Directors to Watch.


Jobs & Opportunities

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

Casting: Bilingual Internet Soap Opera
Casting for "The Devil You Know," an internet soap opera. Bilingual actors preferred by not required. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION


From the Editor


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