Latinos In The Industry
  January 24, 2008  

Are You An Actor or a Film Director?
Special Program at NALIP Conference 9

START YOUR CONFERENCE OFF WITH A BANG! 20 performers will have headshots, resumes, and presentations analyzed on March 7,  4- 6 pm at the ”Intensive Marketing & Cold Reading Workshop,” conducted by CBS Casting VP Fern Ornstein and actor/showcase director Mike Gomez.  Be one of the 20 performers and 10 directors selected to participate!  Teams will perform their readings on Saturday at the Actor Showcases, in front of casting professionals like Ms. Orenstein and Rosalina Morales (LA MISMA LUNA), managers like Marilyn Atlas (REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES), and television directors like Felix Alcala (“Cane”), Norberto Barba (“Law & Order”), Julie Hebert (“Numb3rs”), and Roxanne Dawson (“Cold Case”).  Bring your headshots and resumes for the chance to be discovered by one of our panelists.

The first 20 actors and 10 directors to sign up will be accepted, plus a waiting list, but EVERYONE is invited to attend the workshop and readings as observers. Don’t delay:  First come, first served!!  **Just plan to arrive at the NALIP Confence by 3:00 pm on Friday, March 7.**  You won’t be notified in advance, just come to registration then attend this fantastic session!  Log onto  for information about this and many other Conference 9 special signup sessions.


The 1/22/2008 Latinos In The Industry newsletter mistakenly identified NALIP member and Academy Award nominee Francisco Bello as a 2006 LPA Fellow, when in fact he was an LPA Fellow in 2007.


Don't Miss This Deadline!!
Friday Jan. 31 for Conference 9 Scholarships

Apply for our limited number of hotel scholarships and travel stipends. You must be a NALIP, SAG, or Nosotros member and registered for the Conference to qualify.

Go to the Conference 9 website to submit your application by JANUARY 31, 2008.

Pepe Urquijo
2007 LPA Fellow teaches filmmaking at San Quentin

2007 LPA fellow Pepe Urquijo met LPA mentors Beni Matias and Ilan Ziv at last year's Latino Producers Academy, and those friendships have already resulted in some amazing filmmaking experiences. Pepe writes on his blog:

2007 started with me in L.A. but ended with me in San Quentin. Over the summer Beni Matias from NALIP passed my info on to Radical Media in NY as they were looking for someone to teach an intensive 6 week film class to a group of nine incarcerated men. With major help from Shane King, Diane Brodie and Anthony Marchitiello, I taught 9 first time filmmakers and together we all produced 9 short but powerful films that ranged from an "Iron Chef" spin off to water conservation rights and the Klamath River to the Birdman of San Quentin. Each film has its own compelling story both in front and behind the camera. The finished films were shared with San Quentin's general population and from what I've learned the men are still applauding these first time filmmakers visions.

Since the new year, I have been literally on the road working hard with award winning documentarian Ilan Ziv and his timely doc A Journey Among The Believers. We are documenting/talking with grass root activists and ordinary folks from across the country with views from across the ideological spectrum about how their faith in God will or will not influence their vote in the upcoming presidential elections.

Nely Galan
NALIP mentor on Exclusiva / ABC News

Top Hollywood producer and NALIP mentor Nely Galan was recently interviewed on Exclusiva on ABC News. She discussed the future of television and her role in The Apprentice: Celebrity Edition.

Watch the video online here!

Kevin Bender and Edward Hermoza Kramer
Doc premiering at Santa Barbara Int. Film Festival

NALIP members Kevin Bender and Edward Hermoza Kramer (also an LPA fellow) will be premiering their documentary film ¡Thinking Grande! Creating California's Mexican Wonderland at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, playing on Sat. Jan 26 and Tues. Jan 29.

¡Thinking Grande! Creating California's Mexican Wonderland profiles Mexican immigrant Jose Luis Bonilla, dishwasher turned businessman, who spent over twenty years building his colossal, hand-made 'Mexican Disneyland' in the heart of California, only to abandon it after permit problems. But hope still smolders. A new grass-roots effort is underway to complete the village and develop it into a public center for Mexican arts and culture.

For more information on the festival and the film, please visit and


Immigration Makes a Sundance Splash
(indieWIRE) - "Half Nelson" filmmakers Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck returned this week to Sundance with their latest film, "Sugar," the story of Miguel Santos, played by Algenis Perez Soto, an aspiring Dominican baseball player who hopes to succeed in the major leagues in the U.S. FULL STORY

The Latino Presence at Sundance 2008
(LatinoReview) - Although, we couldn’t officially attend this year’s Sundance Film festival due to last minute circumstances, we still have the finger on the ball as spies have been reporting in to me on all things Latino going on at Sundance 2008. FULL STORY

Beyond Sundance, Web Offers Indie Film 2nd Chance
(Reuters) - Director Robert Rodriguez came to the Sundance Film Festival in 1992 with his $7,000 movie "El Mariachi," walked away with the Audience Award and entered Hollywood where he became a big-time moviemaker. FULL STORY

Creatures of the Slopes: The Promotional Costume
(Daily News) - This man is dressed a snow cone to promote his movie "The Sno Cone Stand," described on the Internet Movie Database as "a hilarious summer adventure of non-stop travesties" [and produced by NALIP member Arnie Reyes]. FULL STORY

Bardem's Oscar Nod Saves The Day
(New York Daily News) - Last year's Mexican rule of the Oscars felt decades away as the nominations were announced. Only one Latino name was anywhere in the top categories, Spanish actor Javier Bardem for his supporting role in "No Country for Old Men." FULL STORY

Martin Sheen Playing Dad in Romantic Comedy
(Reuters) - Martin Sheen will play Aaron Eckhart's father in "Traveling," a romantic comedy starring Jennifer Aniston. FULL STORY

Interview: Lourdes Benedicto, star of Cashmere Mafia
( - What's it like to star in TV's juiciest show about women since Sex and the City? Find out in our exclusive Q&A with the Dominican-Filipina actress and mommy-to-be. FULL INTERVIEW

Rotterdam opens with Lamb of God
( - The 37th IFFR opened last night with the world premiere of Argentinian director Lucia Cedron's Lamb Of God. (Subscription required) FULL STORY


Jobs & Opportunities

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

Casting: Bilingual Actresses for "Las Mujeres de Juez"
Grupo de Teatro SINERGIA is searching for two young actresses for our production LAS MUJERES DE JUEZ to be performed at the FRIDA KAHLO Theater from March 6 to April 20. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION


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