Latinos In The Industry
  December 11, 2007  

NALIP and the MIT Media Lab
In association with LPB, ITVS, NBPC, PIC & CAAM, the Center for Independent Documentaries, WGBH, The Color of Film Collaborative & The Filmmakers Collaborative present

January 11-13, 2008 in Boston, Massachusetts

A Weekend Seminar to Kick-Start Your Documentary


Don’t miss this unique chance to work with story consultant Fernanda Rossi, the Documentary Doctor, author of the book "Trailer Mechanics", plus receive project mentoring on your proposal, trailer or documentary idea. This intensive 3-day workshop is right for you, whether you are just beginning, have already shot footage, or are seeking finishing funds.
 “Doing your Doc” is designed especially for media makers in the diverse communities of New England, preparing you to receive production funding and apply to national professional programs while developing your unique stories and views.  

Do you have a personal documentary idea, or social change community project that needs development?  Are you considering public television funding sources or need R&D $$??

Join us in Boston/Cambridge - January 11-13 - Friday night through Sunday at 5pm


Doing Your Doc:  3-day Workshop Fee
Early Registration by January 11- $100; Student w/ Valid ID -- $50
Includes lunches, workshop materials, books & private project mentoring
At the door Registration -- $125;  Students -- $75

Venue Address:  Bartos Theatre, The Media Laboratory, Wiesner Building
20 Ames Street, Cambridge, MA


NALIP / LMRG Needs Your Updated Information

We are getting close to our final deadline to update your information in the Latino Media Resource Guide 5th Edition. If you already submitted your Data Collection Form, THANK YOU! If you are still working on it, please submit it no later than December 21. 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 at OR call us 310-395-8880.

DEADLINE IS DEC. 21st, 2007

NATPE Discount Offer for NALIP Members

NATPE '08 is just around the corner and once again, the premiere media content conference and market will offer NALIP members the same discount it offers NATPE members for a substantial savings on regisration fees. As a result, NATPE 2008 registration rates could be as much as a 25% discount off non-member rates depending on the time frame for when they purchase their registrations. The early bird registration rate closes on December 14 and NALIP members who act now will only pay $650 (NATPE Member rate) instead of $900 (Non-member rate). The rate goes up to $770 for Members after that date vs. $1025 for non members.

NALIP Members who wish to take advantage of the online discount NATPE registration dicount offer should contact the NALIP Membership office at 310-395-8880 to request the discount code. Members may also request the code with an email addressed to

Call for Entries: New York International Latino Film Festival

Approaching nine years of celebrating Latino cinematic excellence, the New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) announces its open call for 2008 applicant entries for film submissions in all genres. The deadline is Friday, March 14, 2008.

Deadlines to submit U.S. and international films for the 2008 NYILFF are:
* March 14, 2008 - OFFICIAL DEADLINE
* April 11, 2008 - LATE DEADLINE

Showcasing films that present a cross-section of the diverse Latino culture to an audience of over 20,000 film fans and industry executives from throughout the U.S., the NYILFF is now the premiere marketplace for Latino film.

The NYILFF will consider films from North, Central and South America and the Caribbean made by, featuring, about and/or for the Latino community. It also 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.

Previous NYILFF premieres include:
El Cantante, Bella, Favela Rising, Quinceañera, Rikers High, Imagining Argentina, Girlfight, Raising Victor Vargas, Empire, Crazy/Beautiful, Nicotina, A Day Without a Mexican, Undefeated, Manito, Washington Heights, Rhythm of The name a few.

For more information and to download an application and regulation form, please visit:

Call for Entries: World Hunger Year's Harry Chapin Media Awards

Deadline: February 1, 2008

A program of World Hunger Year (, the Harry Chapin Media Awards, formerly the World Hunger Media Awards, were created to encourage the media to "tell the story of hunger and poverty." The awards honor print and electronic media for outstanding coverage that positively impacts hunger, poverty, and self-reliance. The awards also honor work that focuses on the causes of hunger and poverty and the forces creating self- reliance.

The awards are cash prizes of $1,000 to $2,500 each, and cover six media categories: Newspaper; Periodical (magazine or e-zine); TV/Film; Radio; Photojournalism; and Books.

Entries for the 2007 awards must have appeared in the media be- tween January 1 and December 31, 2007. International entries must be submitted in English. Unpublished manuscripts or photographs are not eligible. Television, film, and radio must have been broadcast.

All entries must include appropriate application fees. Visit the World Hunger Year Web site for complete program information.

RFP Link:

For additional RFPs in Journalism/Media, visit:

LALIFF Fundraising Auction Online

George Lopez, America Ferrera, Pedro Almodovar, Antonio Banderas, Edward James Olmos and many more contribute to the charity auction online until December 14 at

Film and TV stars and artists participate in a special fundraising auction to benefit the Latino International Film Institute (LIFI) and the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF), non-profit organizations who promote the development and exhibition of independent and diverse films by Latino filmmakers from around the world. The auction will offer cast signed scripts of TV hits such as "Ugly Betty," "Battlestar Galactica" and "Scrubs," as well as a signed copy of Oscar winner Pedro Almodovar's screenplay Volver and a signed poster of Antonio Bandera's blockbuster film Shrek 3. The charity auction will also offer an original autograph photograph by Korda of his most famous subject - Che Guevara.

For more information on the auction, please visit:

Downtown L.A. Film Festival Holiday Party

The Organizers of the forthcoming DOWNTOWN L.A. FILM FESTIVAL and L.A. Modern Living cordially invite you to a Holiday Celebration: Friday, December 14th from 7-11pm.

The Higgins Building
108 W. 2nd Street
Penthouse #1007
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(between Main and Broadway in Downtown's Old Bank District)

Please RSVP to:

For more information about the Downtown LA Film Festival, launching June 11-15, 2008, please visit:

Upcoming Events at The New LATC

La Virgen de Guadalupe, Dios Inantzin
December 13, 14, 15 & 16
& 20, 21 & 22, 2007
THE NEW LATC - Theater One Juan Di & Virgen
514 S. Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

If you missed it at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels you can still see it at THE NEW LATC!

In Spanish with English Supertitles

With Suzanna Guzman as La Virgen de Guadalupe
Sal Lopez as Juan Diego
and Castulo Guerra, Valente Rodriguez, Cris Franco, Geoffrey Rivas, Pepe Serna, Lucy Rodriguez & Dyana Ortelli

Thursday, Friday & Saturday @ 8pm
Sunday Dec 16 @ 3pm
Saturday Dec 22 @ 3pm & 8pm

General Admission $28.00
Students, Seniors & Groups of 10 or more $15.00
To purchase tickets or
call the Ford Box office: 323 461-3673 (Wed-Sun 12pm to 6pm)
(Performances at THE NEW LATC - Not at The Ford)
For further information: (213) 489-0994

A Discussion of La Virgen de Guadalupe: History, Art & Tradition

Saturday, December 15, 1-4 pm
The New LATC
Theater 2
514 S. Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Sponsored by The Latino Museum of History, Art and Culture, the Latino Theater Company, the Guadalupe Institute, the UCLA School of Arts and Architecture, and the UCLA Latin American Institute

Presented in conjunction with the Latino Theater Company's production of La Virgen de Guadalupe, Dios Inantzin

Moderator: Steven Loza, Professor, Dept. of Ethnomusicology, UCLA

Francisco Miranda Godinez, Colegio de Michocan
Michael Keleher, Director, Guadalupe Institue, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Juan Gomez-Quinones, Dept. of Hisory, UCLA
Jose Luis Valenzuela, Professor of Theater, UCLA, and Director, Latino Theater Company
Evelina Fernandez, Latino Theater Company
Sybil Venegas, Professor of Art History, East Los Angeles College (Not confirmed)
Suzanna Guzman, LA Opera, Lead role in LTC's La Virgen de Guadalupe (not confirmed)
Robert Stevenson, Professor Emeritus of Musicology, UCLA

Open to the public and free of charge. For further information: (213) 626-7600.

Gumdrops & The Funny Uncle
December 13-16
Thursday & Friday @ 8:00PM
Saturday 3:00PM & 8:00PM

Theater 3
514 S. Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
General Admission: $28.00
Students, Seniors, Groups of 10+ : $15.00
For tickets call the Ford Box Office: (323) 461-3673
or online

Liz Lerman Dance Exchange presents this dance theater piece described as a "kid-friendly holiday celebration for today's families." It celebrates traditional families, blended families (through divorce and re-marriage) and non-traditional families (the work is inspired in part by creator-director Peter DiMuro's real-life experience as a gay uncle). Suitable for family audiences.

Scene Building Workshop
Thursday- Saturday, December 13 -15, 7:00pm, & Saturday, December 13, 2:00pm

Renowned shadow-puppeteer Molly Ross will be on hand to guide audience members to create giant shadow-and-light slides to become part of the scenery of the performance following. We need your expertise on what you imagine Home to be, so we can use the image on stage! ALL are welcome to this free event. For workshop information: (213) 489-0994 or Info@THENEWLATC.COM


Carla Gutierrez
"La Corona" Doc in Sundance Film Festival

LA CORONA, a documentary edited by LPA Fellow, Carla Gutierrez will be featured at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.

The HBO film is directed by Amanda Micheli and Isabel Vega and co-edited by Luis Colina.  It follows four female prisoners who compete in a beauty pageant in a Bogotá prison.

Carla also edited, MIGHTY MOUNTAINS OF COMEDY, which won an Emmy in 2007.  She's currently cutting the LPB- Funded documentary, SHE WANTS TO BE A MATADOR.

Joaquin Gil
Video Editing Class Released on DVD

VASST, publishers of one of the most prestigious lines of DVD-based training and educational materials, is proud to announce a re-issue of NALIP member and LPA Mentor Joaquin (Kino) Gil's must-have "VIDEO EDITING MASTER CLASS: Editing on the Right Side of the Brain" series of information packed, entertaining and insightful master classes about the art and craft of editing, illustrated with abundant examples and wonderful animations, targeted to anyone who ever wanted to learn real editing regardless of the software/hardware used.

Joaquin (Kino) Gil ( ) is a digital artist and filmmaker whose work dynamically bridges across traditional audiovisual art forms. Contributing effects TD to high-end projects like Starship Troopers, Contact, As Good as It Gets and Godzilla, before setting up his production shop in 2001 to pursue indie production and post.

Join Kino Gil for an insider view of the multiple dynamics of the craft of editing, presented most originally by a filmmaker whose editorial and post work is known for excellence and innovation.

This DVD is an exploration of the editing craft designed to give you a whole new outlook on the way to approach an editing project and the tools to go with it, regardless of the editing platform or tools present, past and, yes, Virginia, future ones too.

Chapters include: Reviewing your work space * Screen Space and TimeScene * Pacing and Rhythm * Editing and Intention * Story Telling basics * Clarity of Presentation

The DVD can be found on AMAZON.COM

or through the main VASST store

A sample chapter of the work is posted at

"Four and a Half Stars" - Rated as "hot" by ViR Review. Hurry and do not let this opportunity go by.



'No Country' tops with N.Y. film critics
(Variety) - "No Country for Old Men" was the big winner in Monday's voting for the New York Film Critics Circle awards, winning best film and three other prizes. FULL STORY

Actors in the Oscar Race
Don Cheadle talks, but will voters listen? John Cusack gives the tragedy of the Iraq war a personal touch in "Grace Is Gone." Will Ryan Gosling ask Bianca to the Oscars if he makes the shortlist for the second year in a row? FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Bilingual Associate Producer for Chavez Doc
Peabody award winning and Emmy nominated independent production company immediately staffing an untitled documentary project about Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

SAG: Manager - Lead Organizer - Policy & Planning
If you are an organizer, if you are interested in the entertainment business, if you care about fair compensation for actors and artists, this could be your dream job. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Production Assistant
Nash Entertainment, located at Sunset Gower Studio in Hollywood, is seeking a Production Assistant. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Several Positions at Maya Entertainment
Maya Entertainment is hiring for the following positions: Graphic Designer for Identity Logo, Graphic/Web Developer/Publicity, Marketing Director, Marketing Assistant. FULL JOB DESCRIPTIONS HERE

Casting: "14" Play
Casting a white male, white female, latino male (fluent in Spanish), and latina female (fluent in Spanish).

Casting: Promo Shoot - Journey To the Egg
We are looking for actors for a comedy shoot in Bel-Air/Hollywood Hills, for a promo scheduled to be shown to executives in entertainment and air on ABC and KCAL TV. FULL 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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