Latinos In The Industry
  November 8, 2007  

Save the Date: NALIP Conference 9 - March 2008

NALIP's ninth Conference, SIN LIMITES: Trends in Pan-Latino Cinema will be held March 7 – 9, 2008 at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott in Dana Point, California.

The Conference will look at the remarkable growth in cross-boundary, cross-cultural creations that have developed in the Latino media landscape. The program will highlight case-studies and showcases of talent, while including workshops and seminars, keynotes and our 2008 Estela Awards.

This year’s conference co-chairs are producer Frida Torresblanco (Pan's Labyrinth) and playwright Elaine Romero (Secret Things). The Conference 9 website, with full program and registration information will be available online starting December 1, 2007.

Teen Producers Project Celebration and Fundraiser (SD)

Media Arts Center San Diego (MACSD) will be hosting its 6th Anniversary Teen Producers Project Celebration and Student Scholarship Fundraiser on Friday, December 7th at 5:30 p.m. at the Museum of Contemporary Arts San Diegos new Downtown location 1100 Kettner Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101

The event will include the premiere screening of two locally-produced Teen Producer Project documentaries from the past year. The documentaries to be premiered are; I Want My Parents Back, which is part of the ongoing City Stories project. In I Want My Parents Back a group of San Diego teens explore the issue of immigration and the effects of recent ICE raids on the community and specifically, the Munoz family.

The event will also be the premiere of The A-G Requirements: Your Pathways to Californias Colleges and Universities, a collaborative project with San Diego County Office of Education (LRET Division) and Migrant Education (Region IX). The A-G Requirements: Your Pathways to Californias Colleges and Universities focuses the issue education, and Teen Producers explain the requirements needed to continue education after high school by telling the story of a successful student, Stephanie Aguilar, and the sacrifices her family has made in order for her to pursue a higher education.

In addition to the film screening, there will be music, a silent auction, photo opportunities with Teen Producers Project students, parents, instructors, sponsors and community partners. Guests will be served an array of hors douevres and cocktails. Former and present Teen Producers Project students will be honored, and a new Teen Producers Project scholarship recipient will be announced. All donations will benefit future Teen Producers Project programs and youth scholarship funds, including the Greg Muskewitz Fund.

Suggested Donations: $50 for Guests; $500 for Patrons; and $1000 for Corporate Sponsors (includes table and promotional opportunities).

RSVP/Donate: or contact Farzad Nikbakht at (619) 230-1938 x 102

Ten Seats Left in Doc Trailer Workshop

To raise money for a doc an efficient demo is a must!
If your documentary trailer/demo hasn't raised any money... Or worse, no demo yet?!?!
Here is an invaluable workshop:

Saturday, November 10th, 10AM-6PM the full day complete version!
with acclaimed story consultant Fernanda Rossi, The Documentary Doctor.


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. It's the book in action!

"What she has to offer is really worth its weight in gold. She breaks it down, gives you a new perspective and renews your faith in what you're doing."
--Joyce Guy, filmmaker of "Dancing Like Home"
"Very useful, practical and fun."
--Felipe Lacerda, editor "Central Station", director "Bus 174"
"It's like getting a map into the woods"
--Laura Poitras, producer/director "Flag Wars" (broadcast on POV/PBS), 2007 Academy Award Nominee for "My Country, My Country"


Trailer Mechanics: Making a Fundraising Demo That Actually Gets Funding
* Learn the most common mistakes filmmakers make when making their trailers and how to avoid them (not the filmmakers, the mistakes).
* Learn the foundational story structures for fundraising trailers
* View trailers before and after Fernanda's doctoring.
* View successful fundraising trailers.
* View fundraising trailers from the audience followed by discussion.

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!

- Early Registration by Nov. 1st and pay only $120 (normally $135!)
- At the door and pay only $135 (normally $150!)

and be sure to click the box to get your discount!

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

Thank you to Los Angeles based producer/director Jonathan Skurnik for facilitating this event.


Robert Kelley
E-book about Suad Leija (pictured), document forgery

Operation Paper Tiger, available online in e-book PDF format by NALIP member Robert Kelley and soon to be made into a film, describes a family documents forgery business as recounted by family member Suad Leija. Known as the Castorena Leija-Sanchez organization. The book provides a first hand look at the personal story of Suad Leija from age ten to present day. It exposes family members, operations and the previously unknown world of the largest Mexican counterfeit documents enterprise in operation since the 1980s and which has since been declared a major threat to the U.S., according to Kelly.

The book can be ordered at
Inquiries with regard to the project for either film or television can be directed to Robert Kelly, or 404-474-0945.



Lumina strikes North American deal for Lovesickness
( - UK-based sales company Lumina Films has sold North American rights to Puerto Rican comedy Lovesickness (Maldeamores), also an Oscar contender, to Maya Releasing. FULL STORY (subscription required)

Chile's Hot in New York
(Variety) - Gotham plays host to the first biennial showcase of Chilean cinema, which kicked off Thursday with Matias Bize's drama "En la cama" (In bed) followed by a Q&A with the helmer. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Casting: Bilingual Mexican Actress
805filmworks is looking for an actress, she has to be Mexicana, regional accent Michoacan, Guadalajara, Baja, Chihuahua, Vera Cruz, Durango, or Sinaloense, she must be bilingual. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting: Latino Actors for Stage Reading
LATINO ACTORS invited for a Stage Reading of SOLEDAD IS GONE FOREVER, a scripts that won the Best Screenplay Award at the Florida Media Market and participated at the Sundance Producers Conference 2007. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting: Latina Comedic/Dramatic Actors (NYC)
We are growing fast and are working on a few new projects for 2008, including a new musical currently being developed, and are seeking actresses and an assistant director. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Latino Filmmaker to Inspire Bronx Student (NYC)
I am a NALIP member and a media educator teaching HS students in the Bronx. I also mentor students in a youth media program, and I am reaching out to you and the NALIP community in hopes that you can help one of my students who is a bright young adult but a bit confused. FULL OPPORTUNITY DESCRIPTION

From the Editor


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