November 1, 2007


AFI FEST 2007 Presented by Audi
NOVEMBER 1 - 11, Arc Light Hollywood

AFI FEST 2007 is proud to invite you to the following screenings hosted by NALIP as part of the 2007 Film Festival:

DIR: Raul Marchand
Puerto Rico
CAST: CAST Humberto Busto, Elena Iguina, Luz Maria Rondon, Sunshine Logroño, Mariana Pabon, Marisol Calero

When drag queen Manuela best female friend needs him to pose as her fiancé the deception quickly turns into more that either can handle. This triumphantly irreverent gem from Puerto Rico is the rare farce that is as moving as it is hilarious.
Mon. Nov 5, 7:30 pm / Wed. Nov 7, 4:45 pm

DIR: Gael Garcia Bernal
CAST: CAST Luz Cipriota, Tenoch Huerta Mejia, Camila Sodi, Gael Garc?a Bernal, Ana Serradilla

Bourgeois, hip-hop-loving Cristobal (Gael Garcia Bernal) invites his friends over for a barbecue at his parents' weekend home. His younger sister (Camila Sodi) and her hippie, pill-popping friends are also staying at the house. The subtle socioeconomic clashes between groups, as well as between siblings, are both comic and intense. Garcia Bernal makes his directorial debut in this beautifully nuanced portrait of modern Mexican youth.
Sun. Nov 4, 7:00 pm / Wed. Nov 7, 1:30 pm

AFI FEST is proud to present one of the world's most anticipated showcases of international film, as part of the longest-running film festival in Los Angeles. We are honored to be working with your host organization to present this wonderful program of ground-breaking cinema.

All Screenings are at the ArcLight Hollywood
6360 Sunset Boulevard at Ivar
Tickets and Passes on Sale Now!
Regular screenings $11, weekday matinees $8

For passes, tickets and full Festival details, please call
1.866.AFIFEST or visit

Seeking Festival Volunteers!


Lots of ideas and/or hundreds of hours of footage and no clue where to start?
Stuck in the cutting room with a rough cut that is flat and dead boring?
Have a demo that hasnt raised any money? Or worse... no demo at all?

with acclaimed story consultant Fernanda Rossi, The Documentary Doctor

Doctoring your Doc: How to Structure your Documentary
Saturday, November 3rd, 10am-6pm. Limited seating reserve your space now!
Bring your work-in-progress for analysis and discussion! (Not required to attend)

Trailer Mechanics: Making a Fundraising Demo That Actually Gets Funding
Saturday, November 10th, 10am-6pm. Limited seating reserve your space now!
Bring your trailer or footage (raw or cut) for analysis and discussion! (Not required to attend)

There will also be a raffle at each class for a $100 gift certificate!

Ms. Rossi has doctored over 150 documentaries including this year's Academy Award Nominee Recycled Life by Leslie Iwerks. She is also the author of the book Trailer Mechanics: A Guide to Making your Documentary Fundraising Demo.

If you have ever attended the one-hour presentation on fundraising demos or read her book, this is your chance to attend the full day workshop with all the theory, structure templates, before & after, and successful real life examples. Its the book in action!

Black Assoc. Doc Filmmakers, CineWomen, Doculink, FIND, IDA, and NALIP.
Get $15 OFF a single course registration, and $30 OFF for both courses!
- Early Registration by Nov. 2nd (either workshop) and pay only $120 (normally $135!)
- At the door (either workshop) and pay only $135 (normally $150!)
- BOTH workshops (in advance) pay only $200 (normally $230!)


Both courses take place at:
Lionsgate Screening Room
2700 Colorado Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90404


Tampa Continues to Showcase US Independent Films Featuring a Latin Beat.
With a nod to its Hispanic heritage, the Gasparilla Film Festival presents by Wachovia will take place from Wednesday, February 27th- Sunday, March 2nd, 2008.

The 5 day Festival  will showcase more than 50 films and shorts in the following categories:

Latin Panorama - a broad range of top Latin independent films
Extreme and Action Sports- wild thrills and adrenaline-pumping action
Fun & Fear - a mix of comedies and horrors
Short Films - including family- friendly and music video
Special Screenings - Featured American indies

The Festival will be juried by reputable filmmakers and journalists who are industry professionals. Separate juries will be used for both the Latin Panorama section and the Extreme/Action Sports section.

Jury and Audience Awards will honor the following categories: Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Picture -Short, Best Picture - Feature, Best Cinematography, Best Original Screenplay, Best Latin Film, Best Ensemble Cast, Best Homegrown Music Video, and the Young Filmmaker Award. Other award categories will also be presented at Closing Night Ceremonies at the Florida Aquarium on Sunday, March 2nd, 2008.

The Festival will take place at venues in and surrounding Ybor City - Tampa’s National Historic District and Latin Quarter. The Festival will begin its celebration of independent film with a VIP reception and Preview Party at Tampa’s historic Tampa Theatre, a nationally recognized historical landmark

Please submit all films and shorts by going to or if you have questions, please email us at

Gasparilla Film Festival website:


Calling all Zoot Suiters!  A 30th anniversary celebration of the landmark play that shattered the glass ceiling for Latinos in the entertainment industry and became the first Chicano play on Broadway will be held on April 6, 2008, at Pomona College, in Claremont, CA. The reunion of the cast from the original 1978 Zoot Suit stageproductions and 1981 movie will be the capstone event of two-weeks of student performances of Luis Valdez’s masterpiece of the American Theater canon, Zoot Suit. Additional campus and citywide celebrations will be announced.

The Zoot Suit Tribute event, hosted by the Pomona College Alumni Association in conjunction with the Latino/a Alumni of Pomona College (LAPC), will celebrate the play’s pivotal historical significance and honor playwright and director Luis Valdez (El Teatro Campesino, Zoot Suit, La Bamba) and other Zoot Suit alumni for their contributions to the arts, the farm workers struggle and social justice. “The Pomona College Alumni Association is proud to sponsor this event and recognize Luis and other distinguished Zoot Suit alumni like Rose Portillo, an original cast member and one of our own from the class of ’75,” said Carlos Garcia, president of the Pomona College Alumni Association.

On April 2-13, Zoot Suit will be performed by students from The Claremont Colleges and produced by the Pomona College Theatre & Dance Department. Pomona College Professor Alma Martinez, Ph.D., an actor in the original play and film will direct the play.

Under Valdez’s pen, Zoot Suit took two of the most infamous moments in Los Angeles history, the Zoot Suit Riots and Sleepy Lagoon Murder case, and re-envisioned these events as pinnacles of community organizing, pride and celebration.  Premiering in 1978 at the Mark Taper Forum, Zoot Suit broke all existing box office records and introduced Hollywood to some of the highest profile Latinos in the industry today: Edward James Olmos (Battlestar Gallactica and Walkout), Tony Plana, (Ugly Betty and Officer and a Gentleman) and Lupe Ontiveros (Real Women Have Curves and Selena). Other Zoot Suit alumni include industry luminaries Tyne Daly (Judging Amy), Jack Bender (executive director, Lost) Andy Tennant (director, Hitch) and Kurtwood Smith (That 70’s Show).

Zoot Suit cast members are invited to RSVP as soon as possible to reserve tickets for the April 6th Zoot Suit gallery exhibit at 11 am, performance at 1pm and Tribute event at 4 pm. Tickets for the three events are $50 and are open only to Zoot Suit alumni, Pomona College alumni and student cast members. RSVP at 818.566.7722, ext. 3. For more information, go to ZootSuitApril2008@pomona.edu or call 909.607.4382.


2nd Annual Film Finance & Distribution Summit
Where Hollywood meets Wall Street
December 3 to 4, 2007 - Renaissance Hollywood Hotel - Hollywood, CA

The demand for films has grown exponentially which in turn has caused a need for capital for the production and distribution of film. The studio business historically returns around 10% per year, with the growth of DVD's and On Demand features there is a market for development. One film production company with the aid of hedge funds/private equity raised close to $100 Million for movie projects, with an eye toward making around $20 Million in specialty pictures and or genre productions. With the proliferation of hedge funds and private investors venturing into the film industry a growing global market, and soft money incentives cropping up in almost every corner of the world, making a movie has become more of a jigsaw puzzle than one-stop shopping. In this climate, producers have to be creative in piecing together the big money pie. This conference will give an overview of the issues and provide solutions so that the industry can meet national and international consumer needs.

Potential Topics to Be Covered:
* A look at the current trends in film financing; what to expect in 2008.
* The rise of commercial banks in motion picture finance.
* Private capital markets and motion picture finance.
* Country production incentives (Canadian film production incentives, etc) -A review of multi-jurisdictional financing -Working through product placement from brand integration -Finding tax incentives throughout the U.S.
* Opportunities for growth; how institutional investors can take advantage of investing in the film industry.
* Miscellaneous methods of financing; utilizing bonds and assets

For more information visit the official summit webpage.



Hello Nalip:

I'm a fellow NALIP member who is currently a finalist in the March of Dimes "Every Baby Has a Story" competition.

My piece is title, "My Story, Eleni." And, it's starring my little daughter.

I need you support and your votes!

Please go to the following link and vote for, "My Story, Eleni." And please send this link to
your friends, family and contacts.

The voting will take place all through the month of
November, so, please lets get the word out!

Thank you sooo much,
Roberto S. Oregel


On October 20th and 21st NALIP member Raza Burgee's documentary "FIFTY FOR WOMEN AIN'T WHAT IT USED TO BE" was screened at the Indie Film Festival sponsored by The Black Hollywood Entertainment Resource Center. The Festival was held at Raleigh Studios on Melrose Avenue in Hollywood.

Please go to for the full information about the film and other information.



Oct. 30, 2007 - SANTA MONICA (UPI) - Spanish actor Antonio Banderas, the voice for the character of Puss in Boots in the "Shrek" cartoon sequels, is setting up his own animation house. Banderas' Green Moon Producciones, based in Spain, has teamed with Spanish animation studio Kandor Graphics to create an as-yet-unnamed cartoon production house, reported Tuesday. FULL STORY HERE



MDRP is a challenging 18 month program for talented high performing individuals. Through special training, guidance and education, the program seeks to foster the development of future managers/leaders and provide a continuous pipeline of new and emerging talent to the Nielsen organization. The program is designed to develop a multi-skilled, multi-talented workforce through exposure to: our businesses, a variety of functional disciplines, and educational experiences. Upon successful completion of the program, participants are placed within one of our business units.

Our next MDR Program will run from July 2008 through December 2009.

The MDR Program consists of three major components:
• Cross-Functional Rotation Assignments: The main learning component of the MDR program is the rotation assignments which provide on-the-job learning and broad breadth of knowledge. Through project assignments, participants gain invaluable practical work experience. The assignments are cross-functional in nature and span across different geographical areas. The selection of projects/assignments depends on several variables including: businesses needs, participant’s background, experience, desired career path, and project availability.
• Training & Development: Participants are also supported throughout their tenure in the program with training that will enable them to meet their development objectives. The coursework content focuses on the media and marketing information areas: Industry Information, Clients, Business Processes, Technology, and a wide variety of Professional Development classes.
• Mentoring: Each MDR participant is paired up with a more experienced person (mentor) who assists the participant (mentee) in developing skills and knowledge that will enhance the participant’s professional and personal growth. The mentor provides direction to participants with rotation assignments, career planning, and individual development planning and post-program placement.

Candidate Criteria
This highly competitive Program expects and looks for excellence in candidates who bring diverse backgrounds to innovation and problem solving. We look for well-rounded recent college graduates who possess the following qualities:
• Undergraduate G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher (average participant G.P.A is 3.50)
• Graduated within the last 2 years
• Leadership role in college and/or extra curricular activities
• Willingness and ability to travel extensively and willingness to commit to a multiyear career with Nielsen after completion of program
• Must be willing to relocate anywhere in the US upon completion of the program
• Strong desire to enter and develop within the media and/or marketing information industries
• Demonstrated background in taking initiative
• Capacity and motivation for hard work and commitment to excellence
• Strong interpersonal and written communication skills
• Excellent organizational, leadership and problem solving skills
• Strong PC Skills

External Candidate Application Process
If you would like to be considered for participation in our next MDRP class, please send your application to

You must submit the following required documents:
1. Your resume and cover letter which should include reasons why you are interested in the program
2. A copy of your official transcripts
3. A letter of recommendation from the Dean/college professor of your specific degreed program

Deadline for 2008–2009 Program is March 31, 2008.

For more information on the MDR Program, please visit us at:

For information about The Nielsen Company, go to:



CBS's Big Brother is gearing up for another season of fun!

Are you an outgoing, intriguing, competitive person who would make the perfect BIG BROTHER HouseGuest?

Are you willing to compete for half a million dollars against other participants as aggressive and ambitious as you are? Then we want to hear from YOU!

Be sure to mention you heard about this from Jeff Gund at, and email ALL OF THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION to the email listed for each CITY (or surrounding area) below:
You MUST include the following information:
1. Your name
2. Age
3. Occupation
4. Marital / Relationship Status / number of Children
5. Best contact phone number
6. What city you live in
7. A few CURRENT pics of yourself
8. And a little about yourself and any special skills, hobbies, what sets you apart from others, WHY YOU WOULD WIN BIG BROTHER, WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO WIN, and WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH HALF OF A MILLION DOLLARS?
9. Be sure to mention you heard about this from Jeff Gund at!

Use the email address associated with your audition city below to submit:

Please email Darren Toon at:

Please email Sandra Petko at:

NEW YORK CITY (& Long Island & Philadelphia)
Please email Christopher Catalano at:

Please email:


Looking for a DVD author for small project. Short menu page needed with three to four sections of information.

Pay is $30 per hour.

TO SUBMIT: please submit portfolio or examples to:




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


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