Latinos In The Industry
  November 15, 2007  

NALIP E.D. Recommends: Audiocast of the Week

Have you checked out the new NALIP Website? Have you visited the Audiocast section? Have you explored the wealth of information captured here, from NALIP Conference 7 and 8?

Many of you heard about Nely Galán's sold out workshop, "Follow Your Bliss With A Backup Position: How To Produce What You Love Without Selling Your Soul," where Nely Galán of Galán Entertainment talked about how you can be a producer, make projects you love and create wealth, all without selling your soul. Others of you were there and wished you had a recording to replay!

Well, here it is, on the on the Audiocasts page. Simply click on the Producers Series section, and choose the top audiocast on the right. Download it to your iPod, listen to it on your computer, send the link to your friends. Or explore the rest of our growing library of panels and events from past Conferences! And let us know Your story of producing what you love.

New Multimedia Outlet Seeks Short Films

Mini Movie Channel, a newly formed international multiplatform  company, is seeking short films. The first phase of the Mini Movie  project will be a U.S. website scheduled to launch at the end of  2007, and subsequent phases will include wireless and television  channels. Mini Movie is primarily interested in short-form comedy,  whether live action or animated, although other genres will be  considered. Running times of submitted films should be under 15 minutes.

Mini Movie Channel pays up-front licensing fees for films selected  for programming, based on a formula that takes running time, prior  exposure in our target platforms, and other factors into  consideration. Selected films will be broadcast on Mini Movie Channel  free of charge to consumers. Mini Movie Channel will not sell  downloads of movies.

Filmmakers wishing to submit work for consideration should send an  NTSC/Region Zero screener DVD to the below address, or contact the  company for instructions regarding electronic uploading. Those whose  work has been selected will be contacted for a discussion of terms.  All clearance issues must be resolved prior to entering into a Mini  Movie license deal, so before submitting please consider whether  issues such as copyrighted music or clips, SAG actor arrangements,  and the use of copyrighted logos/products may impede the licensing  process for your film. Once a film is programmed and licensed,  filmmakers will need to deliver product on MiniDV, DVCAM, DigiBeta,  or Betacam (no film prints).

For additional information, visit the company's temporary site,

Send films to:
Submissions Mini Movie
9440 S. Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 710
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Filmmakers with questions should e-mail  or call Carla Sanders at (310) 424-4064.

WIF Event with Casting Director of Ugly Betty

Women in Film Actors Group Event
We invite the WIF members, the Entertainment Industry Community, & men too!

Friday, November 30, 2007
7:00pm-9:00pm (doors open 6:45pm)

Guest Speaker: Jeff Greenberg, CSA, Emmy Nominated and Artios Award Winning Casting Director! Jeff is the casting director of the Hit ABC television show Ugly Betty!

Mr. Greenberg has been a successful casting director since the 1980s. He has cast some of the top shows in film and television! Cheers, My So Called Life, Wings and Frasier are just a few of the television projects he had worked.

WIF members-no charge (must show WIF ID card).
Non Members-$15

RSVP is Needed for a seat: Email Leslie Berger, Chairperson at Please include in your email if you are a member of Women in Film along with your name(s) who will be attending. Seating is Limited.
I will be collecting headshot/resume at the sign in desk. They will be given to Mr. Greenberg after the event.

Held at: Raleigh Studios-662 N. Van Ness, Los Angeles, 90038. It is one block south of Melrose. On Lot Parking Fee is $6. There is some street parking available.
The meeting will be held in the Chaplin Building upstairs in the Chaplin Theatre.

"El Cascanueces" at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre

In a few days we will enter the Holiday season. Here at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre we will be in grand celebration with the presentation of "El Cascanueces", "The Nutcracker" in Spanish.

Ballet Mexico Del Noreste, in this historical debut in the United States, brings to the stage Mexico's and Cuba's premier ballerinas and dancers along with a stunning cast of 70 dancers and actors. Critics have acclaimed Ballet Mexico's production of this enchanting family tale of love and magic as one of the world's best.

DECEMBER 15th 8:00pm & DECEMBER 16th 2:00pm – 7:00pm
*Sunday Night Performance will be at 7:00 PM instead 8:00 PM *

INFO (323) 230.9819

"En Un Sol Amarillo" Finishing its Acclaimed Run

Center Theatre Group and FITLA have joined forces to present EN UN SOL AMARILLO performed by the internationally known Teatro de los Andes from Bolivia written and directed by Cesar Brie.

The show runs thru. Nov. 25, 2007 at The Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City and is performed in Spanish with English supertitles.

Fusing actual testimonies with electrifying imagery Teatro de los Andes recreates the feverish atmosphere of Bolivia in 1998 when a massive earthquake rocked the country’s foundations. Great reviews by the LA Times and the Hollywood Reported and the theatre pick from the LA Weekly. This is theatre at its best!

Visit for more information.

Javier Bardem: Transformation on Film (NYC)

Wednesday | November 28, 2007
8:00 PM - 9:15 PM

Javier Bardem: Transformation on Film
Hear Javier Bardem, the first Spanish actor to have been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor, discuss his work and his current film, "No Country for Old Men," based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy and directed by the Coen Brothers. The award-winning actor ("Before Night Falls," "The Sea Inside," "Collateral," "The Dancer Upstairs") is one of the special honorees of the IFP's Gotham Awards this year. Moderated by Lynn Hirschberg, New York Times Magazine editor at large.

BUY TICKETS online here

Tickets: $25
Address: TheTimesCenter, 242 West 41st Street, New York City

Two Immigration Films this Friday (SF)

This Friday the ILFF presents two quality films about the migrant experience. Join us at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts and meet Chris Eska, director of August Evening.

Asalto al sueño / Assaulted Dream.
2006, Uli Stelzner. 84 Mins. Feature Documentary

Mission Cultural Center For Latino Arts, Friday, November 16th, 5:30 PM.

Thousands of people leave their impoverished Central American countries every year with hopes of making it to the USA. This heavy-hitting documentary centers on a group of young Central American men and women in a small border town in southern Mexico striving to reach the United States to make a better life for themselves and their families. Riding the rails northward on what is described as one of the most dangerous routes in the world, these migrants encounter peril around every bend - coyotes, thieves, gangs, the police and the military - all waiting to take what little they are able to carry with them - or even their lives. In the context of globalization, violence and corruption, "Asalto al Sueño" is a beautifully crafted and striking account of the high cost incurred by the thousands trying to escape a nightmare to reach the mythical American Dream.

More Information & Tickets

August Evening
2007, Chris Eska 128 Mins. Feature Narrative

Mission Cultural Center For Latino Arts, Friday, November 16th, 7:30 PM.

Followed by a Q&A with Chris Eska

A family of undocumented workers in Texas faces a series of tough choices threatening the bonds that hold them together. Their very survival is at stake. The lives of an aging farm hand and his young, widowed daughter-in-law are thrown into upheaval. Parents and their grown children find difficulty expressing both love and mutual disappointment. A father recognizes the unstoppable force of time and must say goodbye to his daughter so she can start her own life. Through vivid characters, gentle humor and subtle romance, this drama shows the collision of cultures and generations and how redemption can come from the most unlikely places. Lush cinematography and the skillful hand of Director Chris Eska force viewers to ask hard questions about their own family ties. Heartwarming scenes highlight the bittersweet nature of life, finding resolution in the warmth of the characters, beauty in sadness, and the universality of the human experience.

More Information & Tickets


Cristina Kotz Cornejo
"3 Américas" premiered at Woodstock Film Fest

Wild Wimmin Films is pleased to announce that 3 Américas
the feature film debut of Cristina Kotz Cornejo had its World Premiere at the Woodstock Film Festival on October 11-14.

3 Américas was developed in the NALIP 2004 Latino Writers Lab with mentor Alfredo DeVilla and participated in the NALIP 2005 Sundance Development Program.

Here is what one reviewer said about the film (excerpt from a longer review at

An Upstate State of Mind
Day One at the Woodstock Film Festival,
by Sarah Coleman
"The film is beautifully shot, and the screenplay is a marvel of minimalism in which every word matters. As América, newcomer Kristen Gonzalez gives an utterly compelling performance, her smoldering temper perfectly offset by the bone-weariness portrayed by veteran Argentinian actress Ana Maria Colombo. If the story has a somewhat predictable arc – two prickly, difficult women gradually come to care for each other – it's handled gracefully and with infinite subtlety. Kotz Cornejo based some of the narrative on her own experiences as a teen, and in the post-screening Q&A she described how she had to resist a producer who "wanted me to change the script to include tango, because I didn't want to be that clichéd." Luckily, she succeeded: the film is a cliché-free zone, and a richly nuanced character study."

For more information on the film visit For press info contact Neyda Martinez at

Written and Directed by Cristina Kotz Cornejo
Produced by Angela Counts and Cristina Kotz Cornejo
Cinematography by Chad Davidson
Production Design by Toni Barton
Costume Design by Cynthia August
Music Composed by Germaine Franco (NALIP Member)
Additional Music by Andy Kotz
Edited by Cristina Kotz Cornejo


Latin American Film Fans ask, Where Are Our Movies?
(Reuters) - Latin American cinema may be enjoying a Golden Age, but the movies must sometimes travel the world before they can get a showing on their home turf. FULL STORY

US Wants Talented Foreign Directors
(Variety) - Hollywood's lure has always enticed foreign directors, and despite strong filmmaking support in many countries, there are those whose dreams of making movies in the States drives them to U.S. shores. FULL STORY

Directors Say War Films Make Up For Poor Reporting
(Reuters) - Two Hollywood directors who are part of a wave of films about the war in Iraq and the broader fallout from the September 11, 2001 attacks have said they were only doing what media failed to do - telling the truth. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Casting: Male, 50s to 70s (Tucson)
The Catalina Players is looking for Joe Chavez –50's to 70s. This character is one of the leads for our January comedy production of The King of the Kosher Grocer. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

From the Editor


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