Latinos In The Industry
  December 4, 2007  

Now Accepting Submissions for Its Annual Directors Lab in Los Angeles!

Running in the spring of 2008, the Lab is an intensive seven-week program designed to help directors develop their craft.

Under the guidance of the Lab Instructor, participants go through production—casting, rehearsing, shooting, and editing—of selected scenes from their feature length screenplays. Participants learn how to break down a script into a shot list, collaborate with cinematographers, work with actors, and construct a scene in the editing process. We provide the participants with camera and sound packages to shoot their scenes.

A secondary goal of the program is to introduce the directors in the program to film professionals who can advise them on both the craft and business of filmmaking as they move towards getting their features made. Lab fellows have one-on-one meetings with established directors, producers, and other industry professionals who act as advisors on the participants’ projects.

Filmmakers accepted into the Lab also receive a complimentary pass to Film Independent’s Director Series, which runs concurrently, and also receive a free one-year membership with Film Independent.

Past Lab Instructors include Allison Anders (Things Behind the Sun), Tony Drazan (Hurlyburly), Rodrigo García (Nine Lives), Keith Gordon (Waking the Dead), Greg Harrison (November), Charlie Herman-Wurmfeld (Kissing Jessica Stein), Nicole Holofcener (Friends With Money), and Jeremy Podeswa (Fugitive Pieces).

Submission Deadlines & Fees: Deadline: December 14, 2007 (postmarked) $55 Film Independent members $75 non-members For an application or more information, click here.

If you're considering applying for the 2008 Directors Lab, come to this informal Q&A with Director of Talent Development Josh Welsh. Learn what Film Independent is looking for in the application process and get answers to your questions about the Lab.

Where: Film Independent offices
9911 W. Pico Blvd., 11th floor
Los Angeles, CA 90035
When: Thursday, December 6, 7:30 PM
Free and open to the public.
Reservations: Not required.

NALIP Members Invited to VideoAge's Traditional NATPE Breakfast Meeting.

Date: Monday, January 28 (proceedings reported in our next-day's Daily) Time: 9:00 AM-10:30 AM
Place: Breakers 1 room (across the hall from the Mandalay Bay Ballroom. On your way to the Convention floor)
Special guests include: Rick Feldman, NATPE; Maritza Guimet, Florida Media Market; Patricia Linger, Brasil TV Forum; Neal Lloyd, CEO Meetings & Conferences Elena Sunbeam:,World Content Market


Underground Dance Masters: Final History of a Forgotten Era to Have its NY Premier at the Walter Reade Theater

Tracing the entire origin, evolution and history of Urban Dance or what the world now calls breakdance or hip-hop dance, Underground Dance Masters: Final History of a Forgotten Era evolved from the Guzman-Sanchez Study™ and has quickly become the definitive take on the most important developments in contemporary dance

Walter Reade Theater
Lincoln Center Plaza
165 West 65th Street
Jan 5, 2008
8:30 P.M.

For more information, contact Thomas Guzman-Sanchez GS Medio Group 19210 Dearborn St. Northridge, CA 91324

The Acting Buzz Invites You to Two Amazing Workshops


"Demo Reels for Actors" (Saturday, December 15th 11am-2pm) 
Two of LA's premiere demo reel editors debunk myths and share insights into creating a high quality, eye-catching, casting friendly, demo reel. 

"The Acting Buzz Free Class" (multiple dates available - see website) 
In one hour you will become informed, enlightened and inspired to transform your acting career into a successful business with practical, no nonsense tools you can begin using immediately.

Visit for course and registration details. 

The Acting Buzz
Monique Marrier (NALIP Member)
866.928.BUZZ (2899)

The American Cinematheque Presents: Distribution for Independent Film: A Panel of Top Industry Experts

A question and answer session will follow the moderated panel.

Tuesday, December 4th
7:30pm - 9:30PM
American Cinematheque
The Max Palevsky Theatre at the Aero
1328 Montana Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90403

Join leading players in theatrical, television and DVD distribution and exhibition who will unravel the mysteries for the independent filmmaker. In this frank discussion, you will learn about options that are available to you when your film doesn't sell outright to a major distributor -- how it all works, what it costs and what you as the filmmaker needs to know. Educate yourself about booking, figures for spending and earning on a film, what it costs to advertise, what is expected by the exhibitor (theatre), what materials you will you need (including legal agreements) before you are ready to sell or exhibit your film. There will also be discussion of the future of theatrical film distribution and current trends. The audience will follow the process of distribution through the various phases.

Expert Panelists Include: Bob Aaronson - Red Envelope Entertainment (REE), a Netflix Company; Gary Garfinkel - Senior Vice President - Content Strategy & Acquisition, Showtime Networks; Mike McClellan - VP Film Buyer for Landmark Theaters Corp.; Ted Sarandos - Chief Content Officer, Netflix; Barry Schuler - Managing Director, DFJ Growth, Former Chairman & CEO, AOL, Inc.; David Shultz - President, Vitagraph Films LLC (Theatrical)

For Amor Released in Wal-Mart Stores Nationwide

Just in time for the holidays, look for a copy of For Amor at your local Walmart, or order online at the following link.

Lobo Video Productions
P.O. Box 10094
Glendale, California 91209
Visit our website:


Boyle Heights Latina Independent Film Extravaganza:
Latina Film Maker Incubator

The Boyle Heights Latina Independent Film Extravaganza (BHLIFE), the first festival with all an Latina filmmaker line up, is back for its third year and it will take place December 7th, 8th and 9th. Founded by one of the most successful Latina writers of our generation, Josefina Lopez (writer Real Women Have Curves), BHLIFE aims to build a network of Latina filmmakers that will draw attention to the growing number of Latinas working behind the camera. The films of these Latinas constitute a body of work that acts as a powerful statement against the stereotypical portrayals of Latinas on screen, said Lopez. The festival will take place at Theatre CASA 0101 at 2009 East 1st St. 90033, Boyle Heights .

BHLIFE is a celebration of Latinas, their voices and their visions. BHLIFE is a festival that features the creative work of Latina film directors from all across the country. An event dedicated to the ongoing effort to represent the complexities of our community and the women within it.

The opening film will be "The Man of Two Havanas", by writer/ director Vivien Lesnik Weisman. The opening night Gala will take place at the brand new Boyle Heights Technology Youth Center, which is operated by the Youth Opportunity Movement (LAYOM) located at 1600 East 4th St , Los Angeles, CA .

Contact us via e-mail at:

For movie line-up and schedule go to:

Call for Entries: 10th Anniversary Sarasota Film Festival

Early Deadline: January 11, 2008
Late Deadline: February 1, 2008
Details and Online Submission:

3 Competitions, 4 Audience Awards and Cash Prizes, totaling $20,000! Highlights include panels and talk backs with leading industry professionals and special guests, with 45,000 admissions for over 200 films selected!

Sarasota Film Festival
April 4 - April 13, 2008

Staged Reading of Soledad is Gone Forever

Please join us for the Staged Reading of our award-winning screenplay, featuring outstanding actors: Lupe Ontiveros (Tortilla Heaven, Real Women Have Curves, Selena), Richard Yniguez (B Girl, Meet Me in Miami, Boulevard Nights), Omar Chagall (Frida, The Argentine), Lidia Pires (Ladrón Que Roba a Ladrón) and Yvette Yates as Soledad. The purpose of this event is to determine the flow of the script and to obtain feedback from the actors and audience.

Logline: When SOLEDAD GONZALEZ hears that her father’s body has been found in a mass grave, she returns to her Chilean homeland to confront her father’s killer, unaware that the murderer carries a secret that will threaten her life and challenge her to forgive him.

Date: Saturday, December 8
Time: 2-6 PM (please arrive no later than 1:45p)
Location: Lonny Chapman Group Repertory Theater
10900 Burbank Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
(818) 700-4878

The Ricardo Montalban Repertory Theatre Company (RMRTC) Announce Closing of the Latino Commedia Dell'Arte Musical...Virgin Love!

Saturday, 8pm December 8th at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre... located in Hollywood.

This is the third production of the RMRTC this season and has been a successful 8 week run. We are inviting everyone to come and celebrate our closing night show and to stay and join in the festivities.... Tickets are still available at or .

We would like to thank all of you out there who have come and supported our theatre and company in 2007... Merry Christmas to you all and have a Happy New Year.



Another NALIP Member at Sundance

Canadadian-based, NALIP Member Diego Briceño-Orduz recently co-edited "The Women of Brukman” alongside Fernando López-Esquiva from Argentina. The film was directed by Isaac Isitan and deals with the impacts of, and problems created by, globalization. The film has been selected to screen at Sundance in 2008.


Sixty-One Films Named Eligible for Golden Globe Foreign Language Award
(Screen Daily) Films include some not eligible for the Academy Award foreign category including The Diving Bell And The Butterfly, The Kite Runner and Lust, Caution. FULL STORY

XXY Continues Winning Streak at Argentina's Sur Prizes
Ricardo Darin's film noir The Signal/La Señal walked away with only  three awards out of 12 nominations. FULL STORY

'Housewives' boosts ABC's ratings
(Variety) Network also scores with 'Stars' By RICK KISSELL 'Dancing With the Stars' 'Dancing With the Stars' finale was the week's most-watched program. 'Desperate Housewives' ABC's 'Desperate Housewives' was the week's top show in 18-49. A twister on "Desperate Housewives" helped blow the roof off an already big week for ABC, as the Alphabet logged the most convincing primetime ratings victory for any net this season. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Reggaeton Documentary Project Now Casting
Project will trace the music of Puerto Rico, in particular the development of Reggaeton. JOB DESCRIPTION

Seeking Director of Photography, Line Producer and Los Angeles-Based Crew for Music Video
Shooting on HD. Budget is not huge but there is definitely pay. JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting Voiceover Actors
Looking for Cuban actresses 30-40, to do English w/ slight accent. JOB DESCRIPTION


From the Editor


Alex Mendoza
Alex Mendoza & Associates
AMARTE Design & Digital Printing
9513 Longden Avenue
Temple City, CA 91780

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Santa Monica, CA 90401

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