Latinos In The Industry
  November 13, 2007  

NALIP Mentors and Members Rally at WGA Strike

NALIP mentors and members supported the WGA strike on the picket line last week. Pictured in the left photo are Roberto Orci, Josefina Lopez, Nancy de los Santos, and Ligiah Villalobos. In the right photo, LPA Fellow/WGAW Diversity Exec Tery Lopez and LPA/LWL Mentor Ligiah Villalobos walk the picket line.

For in-depth coverage of the WGA strike, visit the Variety WGA Writers Strike page or The Hollywood Reporter's Strike Zone page.

Call for Entries: Music Nation Shorts Competition

Music Nation is hosting a short film/music video competition sponsored by Honda, in conjunction with the national emerging artists organization, Gen Art. The winner of this easy-to-enter video competition will receive free airline tickets and a hotel stay in Park City, UT for the Sundance Film Festival!

The competition is FREE to enter. For more information visit the contest website:

Call for Entries: Poster Contest for Chicago Latino Film Festival

Enter for the chance to win $500 and have your design become the face of the Festival; it will be on the cover of one million newsprint schedules that are inserted in various Chicago newspapers. Your artwork will be on invitations, program books, t-shirts and much more. The winning design will be selected by a panel of industry judges in the fields of design, arts, public relations and marketing. The winning poster will be unveiled during a mid-January 2008 reception

Deadline: Friday, November 30, 2007 at 5:00 p.m

* The contest is open to all artists. All entries must be received by deadline: Friday, Nov. 30 at 5:00 p.m.
* There is no limit to the number of entries submitted.
* IMPORTANT: Entries must be mounted on an 8 1/2"w by 11"h board.
* May use colors and design concepts that create a strong graphic presentation.
* The design must be easily translated to a variety of print materials such as 30" by 36" size posters, new print ads, cotton t-shirts, bus ads, film, etc.
* Incorporate "24th Chicago Latino Film Festival, April 4–16, 2008" in the artwork.
* Include your name, address, email and phone number on the back of each submission.
* Entries will be evaluated based on appeal, content and marketability. The decision of the judges is final.
* The International Latino Cultural Center does not assume responsibility for submissions. Artists providing a self-addressed stamped envelope will have their design(s) returned.

Send submissions to:
International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago
CLFF Poster Contest Submission
c/o Columbia College Chicago
600 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605

For more information call (312) 431-1330 -

IDA 2008 Membership Drive

The International Documentary Association has started its 2008 Membership Drive.

For a limited time we are offering a special membership price of only $75 that's a $10 savings off the regular membership. This offer starts effective immediately and will end December 31st. 2007.

It's simple, just go here to join online:

Thought of becoming a member, but haven't? Why not? If you love Docs than don't hesitate and join now! We welcome New Members.

On behalf of IDA we thank you and hope that you will join us in order to meet other passionate filmmakers or film lovers...

Join now and you'll also be able to receive the membership rate for our upcoming IDA Award Gala Benefit December 7th. at the Director Guild of America, L.A....
Save the date!

Please note that our membership starts Jan. 1, 2008 and ends on Dec. 31, 2008.

Seminar: The Business of Acting, Nov. 17

The Business of Acting: How to Market Yourself for Film, TV, and Theater
with casting director & producer Susan Johnston

* How do you present yourself in the best light?
* What do your headshots say about you?
* What is the standard resume layout, and what is appropriate to put on your resume?
* How do you get out there and get seen? What does what you wear say about you?
* What does your body language say? What type are you?

Saturday, November 17th, 2007
10am - 1pm
in Hollywood, CA

In this three hour seminar, you will learn how to properly submit and market yourself for Film, TV, and Theater.
Learn to package yourself and your talent to launch yourself to the career you desire.
Learn the inside information nobody else tells you, and get answers to all of your acting questions.

In this seminar we will also go through the entire audition process, and learn how to analyze a character, create a back-story, and use your emotions, sense memory, and life experience to create a viable character and make your audition stand out!

Susan Johnston is a working casting director and producer, and has taught nationwide at universities and conferences. Susan's casting and producing credits include feature films, television shows, and commercials. She has been interviewed for books such as "Hollywood Drive-What it Takes to Break In" and "Hang In and Make it in the Entertainment Industry" by Eve Light Honthaner, and for "Career Opportunities in the Film Industry, 2nd Edition" by Jan Yager.

Mention when you register, and get $5 OFF!
That's just $20 (regularly $25) for the seminar,
Plus, get a FREE copy of the must-have book, "LA For Free * Almost" (a $10 Value!)
This book gives invaluable information and tips on how to get what you need for free (or cheap) in Los Angeles!

You may register in one of two ways:
Pay securely with a credit card via Paypal:
1. Go onto
2. Click on "Send Money."
3. Enter as the recipient, and your email as the sender.
4. Enter $20 for the payment, and include " Discount" in the message section.
5. Press Continue and follow the prompts to enter your credit card information and complete the payment.
Send a check or money order for $20 to:

Susan Johnston Casting
Attn: InfoList Discount
P.O. Box 1514
Studio City, CA 91614

For questions, or further information, please email:

Love, light, and thanks,
Susan Johnston


Chelo Alvarez
Wins Dean LA Film Grant

NALIP member Chelo Alvarez (right,) producer/director for the documentary SOLD IN AMERICA, along with producer/director of photography Cari Lutz (center) were awarded the 2007 Roy W. Dean LA Film Grant by Carole Joyce (left,) of From the Heart Productions, a non profit dedicated to funding films that are “unique and make a contribution to society.” These grants are available for shorts and low budget independents as well as documentary filmmakers.

Sold in America is a modern-day tale of sex slavery that weaves the stories of women sold in the United States at an early age and their struggle to find freedom. In this character-driven documentary, we see how these women leave behind their harrowing past and become survivors who are now fighting to change the laws that shield the traffickers as well as helping to free those still entrapped.

Marcial Rios Salcido
Wins at Cine Sin Fin

Marcial Rios Salcido, won Best Director at the 13th annual Cine Sin Fin Chicano film festival on Saturday November 10th. Cine Sin Fin is dedicated to fostering artistic achievement and cross-cultural understanding.

"A director is only as good as his crew. This award is in honor to my producers, actors, crew and family. Maquillaje was a labor of love and I¹m extremely excited that it¹s beginning to pay off." Marcial is known for his work in bilingual music television, and his short film, "La Tierra del Dolor."

Maquillaje follows the story of Monica, a used car lot clown with "big girl" syndrome, and her life in a small border town.

Shawna Baca
Show in MySpace contest

Voting is open for NALIP member Shawna Baca's “Chillin’ with the Gonzalezes” as featured in the Myspace/FOX Television Storyteller Challenge.

"Chillin' with the Gonzalezes" is the story of a blue-collar couple whose lives are constantly interrupted by their conniving live-in Grandma and her best friend and partner-in-crime: a cutthroat saleswoman trapped in the body of a nine-year-old neighbor girl. This is the "Granny Krumps" episode.

Vote now on the the project's MySpace page!


DGA Selects Daniel Eduvijes Carrera As Best Latino Director 2007 For Primera Comunion
(Latin Heat Online) - Former NALIP Membership Coordinator Daniel Eduvijes Carrera was recently named Best Latino Student Director by the Directors Guild of America for his short film Primera Comunion. FULL STORY

"Linha" Sells to Several Territories
(Variety) - “Linha de passe,” co-directed by Walter Salles and Daniela Thomas, has been sold to Diaphana in France, RAI Cinema in Italy, Cineart in Benelux, Spentzos in Greece, CLMC in Portugal and Shani in Israel. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Crew, DP and Makeup/Hair for Short Film
BACK FROM REALITY, a 20 minute short film shooting on 24p, seeks crew.

Web Designer for X-Games Athlete
Looking for a website designer to develop a modern and professional website for an X-Games Professional Athlete specializing in the street luge, extreme camera shots and custom camera riggings, located in the San Fernando Valley.

From the Editor


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

1323 Lincoln Blvd., #220
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Contact us at webmaster@nalip.infoTo post news, announcements, business data or job postings.

 To SUBSCRIBE send an email to

to UNSUBSCRIBE send an email to


The Latinos in the Industry e-Newsletter is a free service provided by the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) with the generous assistance of Alex Mendoza & Associates (AMA) in an “as-is” basis for the education and information of users only. NALIP and/or AMA, their principal(s), employees, agents or representatives shall under no circumstances be liable for any loss or damage, including, but not limited to, loss of profits, goodwill or indirect or consequential loss arising out of any use of or inaccuracies in the information. All warranties expressed or implied are excluded to the fullest extent permissible by law. All comments and postings, including those by the Editor, are the responsibility of those individuals posting and no endorsement by NALIP and/or AMA should be inferred. Referral links and individual e-mail forwarding are permitted. NALIP reserves the right to withdraw or delete information or to discontinue this service at any time. All quoted, linked and/or referred information, as well as all copyrights and trademarks, are the property of their respective holders, used here under license and/or “fair-use” rules. © NALIP.