Latinos In The Industry
  January 29, 2008  

Leadership Strategies with Moctesuma Esparza: Friday, March 7 at 11:00 am

Join Award Winning Producer, Entrepreneur and Activist Moctesuma Esparza for a private seminar exploring the keys to personal and professional success. Mr. Esparza will explore the philosophical approach to language and intention that is essential for personal transformation. When you learn to speak with intention your actions take on new purpose and when you speak with power you in turn act with power.

Sign up is required, and only the first 60 people will be accepted. It is scheduled for the Conference Opening Day: first of THREE scintillating Leadership Workshops on Friday, March 7, 11 – 3 pm. Don’t miss the kickoff seminar. Sign up TODAY! Plan to arrive in Dana Point by 11 a.m..

There will also be a waiting list. Log on to to register for Conference 9 and sign up for this unique opportunity to advance your vision for yourself with NALIP leader Moctesuma. DEADLINE MARCH 1, 2008.

NALIPster Alex Rivera a Big Sundance Prize Winner!

Alex Rivera's sci-fi thriller "Sleep Dealer" won the $20,000 Alfred P. Sloan Prize recognizing excellence in science and technology in filmmaking at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. The Sloan jury is comprised of Alan Alda, director Michael Polish, author Evan I. Schwartz and scientists Benedict Schwegler Jr. and John Underkoffler.

The Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award for outstanding achievement in writing went to Alex Rivera and writing partner David Riker.

"Dealer," an official entry in the Sundance dramatic competition, is a "1984"-style tale of a man struggling with mind control in a totalitarian society. Rivera's Spanish-language debut feature was produced by Anthony Bregman for Likely Story and is generating sales buzz.

IFC and others are rumored to be in negotiations for this NALIPster's unique film. UTA and attorney Andrew Hurwitz are repping sales of the film.

Don't miss Alex and the SLEEP DEALER case study at NALIP Conference 9. Register today at

First Time Documentary Filmmaker Grant - Deadline Extended

Full Frame is Now Accepting Applications for the Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant.

Garrett Scott made a distinctive mark in documentary film during his short career. Without any formal training, he directed CUL DE SAC: A SUBURBAN WAR STORY. He went on to make the award-winning OCCUPATION: DREAMLAND, co-directed with Ian Olds. He was a beloved member of film communities from San Francisco to New York City and several points in between. In 2006, Scott died of a heart attack at age 37.

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival - April 3-6, 2008. Throughout the four day festival, grant recipients will be given access to films, participate in master classes and be mentored by experienced filmmakers.

Applications must be RECEIVED BY February 11, 2008

Please visit for more information.

George Lopez, Lilian Garcia, Charo, and Perez Hilton on American Latino TV and Latination

The award-winning, nationally syndicated TV programs American Latino TV (ALTV) and LatiNation announced today that new episodes will begin airing this weekend, February 2 and 3 in over 100 cities throughout the U.S.. The groundbreaking, English-language shows will debut new shows that continue their mission of celebrating American Latino culture for everyone.

American Latino TV, "celebrating American Latino Pride," kicks things off with WWE announcer and sexy songstress, Lilian Garcia as she shares her transformation from pro wrestling ring presenter to full-fledged recording artist. Then American Latino heads to Hollywood for an exclusive interview with celebrity blogger and TV personality, Perez Hilton, as he dishes on the keys to his success and why he relishes being Hollywood's most hated gossip blogger. American Latino shines the spotlight on the windy city with Chi-town's own Chicago Fire, one of the elite Major League Soccer franchises in the U.S. and the Chicago Chapter of Amistad Car Club, whose members are breaking the stereotype associated with Latino car clubs. Lastly, viewers are treated to an outrageous and exclusive interview with the one-and-only, legendary superstar, Charo. The multi-talented and pioneering celebrity takes a look back at her famed career and tells how her trademark "Cuchi-Cuchi" dance helped opened the door for sexy celebs J-Lo, Beyonce and Latinas in Hollywood.

LatiNation, "representing a new generation," features a segment on DeSanti Talents, a talent and modeling agency owned by Susie DeSantiago, a former model now representing the beautiful people of Chicago. Also on this episode, comedian George Lopez discusses the controversial documentary, "Brown is the New Green," which uncovers how the U.S. Hispanic marketing industry contributes to a skewed image of Latinos in the media. LatiNation also soars through the dirt hills with Pro BMX dirt jumper, Ricardo Laguna. Then join LatiNation host and Sirius Radio personality Jose as he holds a jam session with Latino hardcore rockers, Madball.

American Latino TV and LatiNation, award-winning, English-language Latino themed TV programs are part of LatiNation, LLC, a subsidiary of LATV Networks. They are seen in over 100 cities nationwide as well as the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Go to, and for links to where to watch, information on the hosts, photos, videos and more information.

Ladrón Que Roba a Ladrón out on DVD

Ladrón Que Roba a Ladrón boasts one of the biggest casts ever for a Spanish-language movie and toplines some of the biggest Latino stars around. The international cast includes Saul Lisazo, Miguel Varoni, Gabriel Soto, Fernando Colunga, Oscar Torre (CBS's Cane), Julie Gonzalo (Christmas With The Kranks, DodgeBall), Sonya Smith, Ruben Garfias, Jojo Henrickson, Ivonne Montero, Richard Azurdia and Jon Molerio. The Roni Menendez/ Jim McNamara/ Ben O'Dell project was written by Jojo Henrickson, directed by Joe Menendez and co-produced by Meta Valentic.


"The con they carefully plan is perilous and close to impossible, but the outcome is surprisingly heart-warming and satisfying"
Claudia Puig, USA TODAY

"Directed by Joe Menendez and written by José Angel Henrickson, Ladrón Que Roba a Ladrón (A Thief Who Robs a Thief) hews to the conventions of the heist movie while adding a sweet, karmic kick."
Jeannette Catsoulis, NEW YORK TIMES

"International talents converge for an entertaining genre exercise."

The Documentary Film Makers Course

With Sundance over, you may feel inspired to start up that documentary film you've always wanted to do. Or maybe you've begun one and need a little push to keep going. The Documentary Film Makers Course can help!

Taught by working filmmakers and the authors of The Documentary Film Makers Handbook, Andrew Zinnes and Genevieve Jolliffe, this two day course will save you money, time and gray hairs.

Topics: story and structure, legal issues, financing, production, post, slaes, dsitribution and the Doc Tonic Workshop.

When: February 9-10, 2008 9AM-6PM
Where: The Heart Touch Project, 3400 Airport Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90405
Price: $299 (NALIP members $249 with coupon code NALIP)

Go to or call 310-941-2168 to register for the course or for more information.

San Diego Black Film Festival: Jan. 31 - Feb. 3

Join our friends at the SAN DIEGO BLACK FILM FESTIVAL and enjoy some great films spotlighting Black Cinema, including five fantastic Black-Latino films. JANUARY 31 - FEBRUARY 3

Felix Compleanos (2/1--9:30pm)
(Short drama, USA, 18 min., Dir. Frank Jackson)
Bad decisions made in the past will haunt your dreams in the present.

The Guerrero Project (2/3--11am)
(Short documentary, USA 54 min., Dir. Karuna Eberl)
In 1827 the pirate Spanish slave ship Guerrero sank off the coast of Florida while being chased by a British warship. Today a surly band of treasure hunters, government archaeologists and African American scuba divers are each striving to be the first to uncover the wreck site.

Streets of Color (2/3--11am)
(Short documentary, Trinidad and Tobago, 52 min., Dir. Dalton Narine)
The dichotomy of Trinidad's Carnival, pitting traditional performance art themes against new-wave designers of minimalist or 'bikini' costumes that appeal to the glamour and beauty of female revelers.

(Short comedy, USA ,14 min., Dir. Tyrone Huff)
The dinner table is set as Randal, a young Black man, attempts to impress his future, Mexican in-laws. Add in a side of language barriers, a helping of cultural differences, a bowl of Chiles and this table heats up into what turns out to be one fun, comedic and heart-warming take on that ever-dreaded meeting of the parents.

(Short documentary, Brazil, 23 min., Dir. Sylvia Johnson)
A dynamic young ex-criminal turned percussion drummer from a marginalized community in Brazil does his best to stay straight despite the odds.

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Thursday Jan. 31 (6 pm - 8 pm)
Friday Feb. 1 (6 pm - 8:30pm)
Saturday Feb. 2 (11 am - 8:30 pm)
Sunday Feb. 3 (11am-1pm)

Thursday January 31, 2008 (6 pm - 8:30 pm)
United Artists Theater, Festival VIP Room, Horton Plaza Mall

All screenings are presented at Regal United Artists Theater Horton Plaza 14, located at 4th & E Street in downtown San Diego. The Theater is located at the Mall's 4th and 5th floor levels.

The 2008 San Diego Black Film Festival office opens January 7, 2008. The festival office is located at 740 Market Street in downtown's East Village. Here, the public can purchase festival screening and party tickets as well as festival packages and obtain festival programs, etc. Festival office hours are daily: 11am-6pm. Tickets are also available on-line at:



LMM Non-Scripted Series Ideas - Deadline Extended!
NALIP Conference 9

There are still spots open to pitch your non-scripted programming ideas at the Latino Media Market!  For the third year, SiTV is taking meetings at the Latino Media Market™, and they are looking for fresh entertainment concepts with a strong original hook!  Even if accepted, you still have lots of time to participate in the Conference, too.  Do you have an idea to submit?

SiTV targets young mainstream Latinos in a variety of platforms (TV, Web, Mobile). SiTV sees itself as lifestyle network and they are constantly on the lookout for reality programming (comedic, competitive, or just plain interesting personalities), talk shows, games, sports, and unique music programming. Visit to see what they already have done.

Deadline is now moved to Friday, February 8, 2008.
REMEMBER, you must be registered for the Conference to apply to the Latino Media Market.  Go to the Conference website today.

Daniel Eduvijes Carrera
Primera Comunion at Santa Barbara Int. Film Festival

"Primera Comunion is one of those rare cinematic debuts which heralds to the world the arrival of an exciting new talent." - Karen Wang, Independent Feature Project; Tribeca Film Institute

PRIMERA COMUNION, written and directed by NALIP member Daniel Eduvijes Carrera, will be screening in Shorts Program Six at the 2008 Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

The winner of the 2007 Directors Guild of America Student Film Award, The Imagen Award, The Garcia Bross Award and numerous other festival accolades, PRIMERA COMUNION is Daniel's masters thesis for an MFA in film directing from Columbia University in New York City.

In this eerily compelling short, a young outsider is confronted with the harsh rituals of a rustic Mexican village where cruelty underlies street-life and Catholicism alike. PRIMERA COMUNION is a dramatic exploration of spirituality, poverty, and the brutal reality of street children in Mexico filmed in elegant 35 mm. black and white photography. It was shot on-location in historic Atlatlhucan, Morelos (Mexico) with a cast composed directly of the town's native children.

Don't miss your chance to catch this multi-award winning short film on the big screen!

Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Shorts Program Six

Saturday, February 2 Marjorie Luke Theater 10 pm
Sunday, February 3 Victoria Hall Theater 3:30 pm

For more information, please visit the film's MySpace page and



Del Toro Doubles Up for "Hobbit"
(The Hollywood Reporter) - Guillermo del Toro is in talks to direct back-to-back installments of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit," which is being co-financed by New Line and MGM. Del Toro's name was on a short list of directors who could tackle the project, one of the most anticipated literary adaptations of the past decade. FULL STORY

"Crash" Coming to Starz as a TV Series
(AP) - The Oscar-winning "Crash" is coming to TV as a drama series this year. The 13-episode, one-hour series will air on cable's Starz as its first original drama series, the network announced Monday. FULL STORY

SAG Award Winners Announced
(Variety) - Daniel Day-Lewis wins for best actor for his performance in "There Will Be Blood," "No Country for Old Men" takes best cast award and more. Get the complete list of winners at the 14th annual SAG awards. FULL STORY


Jobs & Opportunities

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

Casting: "The Groundskeeper" SAG Short
Two individuals from different social classes connect romantically, but social norms and attitudes threaten to destroy their relationship. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Composer for Play
I've written a play with music with mostly Mexican American characters and I'm looking for someone comfortable with Latin Rap as well as more traditional sounds. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION


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