October 12,2007


Still running strong, the 11th annual Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival is bringing the best in Latino filmmaking this year to the Arclight Cinemas, October 7-14th. Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity to view and support films by these NALIP Members, Mentors and Fellows.


The 7
(The Oakley 7)
USA / 2007 / 85 min
Directed by LWL and LPA Fellow Adam Schlachter
October 13, 2007, 11:35 pm
Seven High school seniors on a geology field trip to a cave encounter problems not listed in the course outline.


The Stain on the Sidewalk
USA / 2007 / 4 min
US Shorts, Love Stories: Saturday October 13, 7:30 pm
Written Produced and Directed by LPA and LWL Fellow Adam Schlachter
Andy, a high school freshman, secretly longs for Vanessa, the beautiful girlfriend of the neighborhood bully. In a fumbling, yet poetic exercise, he searches for the right words to declare his love for her, hoping she notices him. But ultimately, Andy discovers that actions speak much louder than words.

A Day at the Theatre
(Un día en el teatro)
USA / Mexico / 2007 / 13 min
US Shorts, Diverse Stories: Saturday October 13, 9:30 pm
Directed by NALIP Member Kenneth Castillo and produced by Karla Ojeda
A Day at the Theatre is episode V in a series of short films entitled The Misadventures of Cholo Chaplin. In this particular episode we follow our hero-Cholo Chaplin and his offspring junior as they head out to see a motion picture but instead witness a real life tragedy, as a Latino sailor is literally torn between the patriotism of serving his country and the pride of representing his culture. Violence begets violence in this fable of what it means to be a Latino and an American embodying the same soul.

Community Alert
USA / 2007 / 10 min
US Shorts, Diverse Stories: Saturday October 13, 9:30 pm
Directed by Alvaro Visiers and NALIP Member Ricardo Islas
It all started as a regular day for Sandra until, just in a matter of minutes, an unexpected visitor changed her life forever.

REELot & NALIP Sponsor Panel at Austin Film Festival
October 11, 2007-AUSTIN, TX

John Contrubis

REELot & NALIP present "How Did You Get Your First Movie Made" panel at the
Austin Film Festival on Sat., October 13th at 2:00-3:15pm at the Driskill

For information on attending please go to AUSTINFILMFESTIVAL.COM. Conference
and day passes are available.

Oscar-nominated producer DAVID VALDES (pictured left) (THE ASSASSINATION OF
FROM A THIEF], will discuss their experiences creating their first films.
What mistakes did they make? What worked, and what didn't? Hear firsthand
stories on the process of producing films.

The panel will be moderated by WGA screenwriter and author DREW YANNO.

Special thanks to WGA West for their assistance.

More Information: http://www.AUSTINFILMFESTIVAL.COM

Celebrating Latina Voices and Cinematic Visions
December 7th - 9th

The Boyle Heights Latina Independent Film Extravaganza is back for its third year!

BHLIFE is a festival that features the creative work of Latina filmmakers from all across the country. An event dedicated to the ongoing effort to represent the complexities of our community and the women within it, and break away from the stereotypical images of
Latinas in film.

Our mission is to provide a venue where these stories can be told, to build a network of Latina filmmakers, and inspire other Latina filmmakers to create and share their own unique stories.

Become a sponsor for this great event! Volunteer! Submit your film! Contact us at

For more festival and submission info visit us at bhlife.org & myspace.com/bhlifefestival

--BHLIFE is a production of CASA 0101, a 501(c)(3) non-profit community based performing arts organization dedicated to providing vital artistic, cultural, and educational programs in theater, digital filmmaking, art and dance.


Enter your film - shorts, features, animation, docs, narratives - for a chance to be shown in one of the world's premier film festivals. All genres and styles welcome. Golden Gate Awards13 categories with prizes of up to $10,000. SFIFF51 will be April 24-May 8.

Early deadline: 11/2/07
Final Deadline: 11/30/07

For More Information: http://www.sffs.org/festival/enter.html


11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Confirmed attendees include: Actor Hector Elizondo; “Caine” Creator and Executive Producer, Cynthia Cidre; Belinda Menendez, President, NBC International Television Distribution; Actress Lupe Ontiveros; “Motorcycle Diaries” and Oscar nominated writer Jose Rivera; as well as NALIP’s own, Kathryn Galan.



NALIP/Nosotros member Shawna Baca's films, "Tomoko's Kitchen" and "Isabel" will have screenings at the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival and the LaFemme Film Festival.

"Tomoko's Kitchen"
A film about eight neighbors trapped in their apartment building when their high tech security system fails but find a happy medium in homemade cinnamon rolls.

La Femme Film Festival
Friday, October 12th
12 p.m.
Fine Arts Theatre
8556 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Los Angeles Latino Int'l Festival
Saturday, October 13th
9:30 p.m. - US Shorts - Diversity
Arclight Theatre
6360 Sunset Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028


A man contemplates the strange appearances of a six year old girl.

La Femme Film Festival
Saturday, October 13th
6 p.m.
Wilshire Screening Room
8670 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

NALIP ED, Mentors, Conference-Co chair and Honoree named to Hispanic Women Power 25

Ligiah Villalobos, Writer
At a glance: Since making the transition from television executive to full-time writer in 2001, Villalobos has become an equal force in Spanish- and English-language feature films and television. Education: Studied at Brigham Young University Big deal: After six years of sitting on the shelf, Villalobos' script "La misma luna" ("Under the Same Moon") was independently financed for less than $2 million; it was co-purchased at Sundance by the Weinstein Co. and Fox Searchlight for $5 million, becoming the festival's highest sale for a Spanish-language film. The film is set for release in March 2008. Year in review: Villalobos completed her third season as a writer and executive producer on the Nickelodeon series "Go, Diego, Go!," as well as writing its straight-to-DVD edition and companion book. She also wrote an English-language adaptation of the 2003 Israeli film "Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi" -- "Diego Ascending" -- for Ventazanul, Salma Hayak's production company. Key to success: "I've never had a job that I was qualified to do, but I always thought, 'Why wouldn't I be able to do it?' I'm open to the possibility of what my life could be and to taking risks." Up next: Villalobos is currently pitching a television series, as well as working on another feature film.

Frida Torresblanco, Producer
At a glance: In a year when a triumvirate of Mexican directors -- Alfonso Cuaron, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and Guillermo del Toro -- all made Oscar-nominated films, Torresblanco consolidated power as the president of production at Cuaron's New York-based shingle, Esperanto Filmoj. Education: B.A., film and media studies, Metropolitan University, Madrid; M.A., communication studies, Universidad Complutense Madrid; M.A., literature and scriptwriting, Madrid's School of Literature Big deal: With more gumption than money, she produced del Toro's passion project "Pan's Labyrinth," which won three Oscars. Year in review: Torresblanco kept it mostly in the family, producing a documentary short by Cuaron titled "The Possibility of Hope" and feature directorial debuts from the auteur's screenwriter brother, Carlos (the soccer dramedy "Rudo y Cursi"), and son Jonas (the love story "Ano una"). Key to success: "There are two very important things," she says. "One is discipline and the other one is passion. You need to find something that can really make you alive and happy." Up next: Torresblanco is currently developing "The History of Love," which is being adapted by Mexican screenwriter Sabina Berman from the novel by Nicole Krauss, and a film version of Roald Dahl's "The Witches."

Nely Galan, Producer
At a glance: The entrepreneur, creator of Fox's "The Swan" and former director of entertainment at Telemundo is now launching a wellness, health and beauty reality television show called "The New You." Education: Studied English literature at Barnard College but left when she was offered a job in television Big deal: Galan is in negotiations with NBC and Telemundo to air her new daily show, each of which will feature two women getting a complete makeover; they are then followed by cameras for a year. Year in review: Galan bought the rights to Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez's novel "The Dirty Girls Social Club," which she's developing with producer Debra Martin Chase; she also acquired formats and titles from Telemundo's library that led to a deal with NBC Universal to create English-language novelas. Key to success: "I have the perseverance, discipline and singular focus of a professional athlete," says Galan. "Which isn't to say I don't sometimes wish I could give myself a lobotomy and not have those traits anymore." Up next: A successful real-estate developer on the side, the Cuban-born Galan intends to continue creating multiplatform, sponsor-driven brands in the Latin and Anglo markets. "Otherwise," she explains, "you're just a producer for hire."

Kathryn Galan, Executive Director, NALIP
At a glance: During her six-year tenure as executive director of the nonprofit National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP), Galan has created several signature programs and transformed the organization into one of the preeminent resources for the Hispanic film community. Education: B.A., English, Amherst College; M.A. studies, film and television history, aesthetics and critical theory, UCLA Big deal: Galan spearheaded the creation of a new program with the National Endowment for the Arts called "Doing Your Doc: Diverse Visions, Regional Voices," a three-day workshop to develop more Latino, Asian, Native, Pacific Islander and African-American documentaries outside of New York and Los Angeles. Year in review: Galan kept her calendar full with the Latino Writers Lab, the Latino Producers Academy, the Latino Media Market and NALIP Annual Conference, and the Latino Media Resource Guide. Key to success: "I would say that my career interests generally and over the long-term have been inspired by one of (writer) Joan Didion's most memorable apothegms: 'We tell ourselves stories in order to live,'" she says. "As regards my work as a social activist, I'm fueled by the maxim: 'If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door.'" Up next: In honor of NALIP's 10th anniversary in March 2009, the organization plans to publish a study about Latino decisionmakers in Hollywood. "We're really looking carefully at the Latino story, at Latino progress, at the ways that we're making advancements in the various areas of the industry that are important to us," Galan says.

Helen Hernandez, President and founder, Imagen Foundation
At a glance: With the financial support of Norman Lear and Jerry Perenchio's Embassy Communications, Hernandez, a former labor organizer, started the Imagen Awards and Imagen Foundation in 1985, which both provide access, education and resources for Latinos in entertainment. Education: Studied at George Meany Center for Labor Studies, Washington, D.C., and Antioch College, New York Big deal: This year marked the movement of the Imagen Awards from the Beverly Hilton to the Walt Disney Concert Hall -- where 1,800 people attended the event. Year in review: Imagen continued to fulfill its mission with annual events like the entertainment job fair and community workshops. Key to success: "What I've learned, especially from Norman Lear, is not to be afraid," she says. "When you're committed and you know it's the right thing to do, you do it. And you just keep your eye on the prize." Up next: On Oct. 15, Imagen will host a luncheon to honor the people on its new list of powerful Latinos in Hollywood. "What Imagen is doing now is really trying to create that mechanism to see where the Latinos are in the entertainment industry, not just the entry level but also at the upper echelons, so we can begin to share with the industry, 'Look, this is who we are, and these are the contributions that we've made,'" says Hernandez.


Los Angeles Premiere of L.A. NOIR at the Hollywood Film Festival
USA / 2007 / 10 min
Written and co-produced by LWL and LPA fellow Ricardo Acuña.

In breakout performances, Cris Judd and Staci Flood star in a suspenseful tale about a working stiff poet who chases after a beautiful but mysterious woman haunting him throughout the day, only to find that he’s the one who’s being stalked. A unique, poetic and thought-provoking short film, L.A. NOIR blends Bukowski-inspired poetry, The Twilight Zone and Film Noir to deliver a hybrid writer Ricardo Acuña likes to call 'existential horror'.

Arclight Cinemas (6360 W Sunset Blvd., between Vine and Ivar)
Sunday, October 21, 2007
1:00 P.M.

The award-winning L.A. NOIR has been especially selected to screen as part of Shadowing the Third Man program and will precede a documentary about the classic film. For more information, please visit www.hollywoodawards.com and www.myspace.com/la_noir. Purchase your tickets online at www.ArclightCinemas.com.

Javier Bardem is critical of his work
Tue, 09 Oct 2007 06:11 am PDT
AP - Javier Bardem, an Oscar nominee for 2000's "Before Night Falls," is no fan of his own work. Full Story

Thalia, Mottola welcome baby girl
Tue, 09 Oct 2007 02:53 am PDT
AP - Mexican pop star Thalia has welcomed her first child, a girl named Sabrina Sakae. Full Story

Berry, Del Toro bring passion to "Fire"
Tue, 09 Oct 2007 06:46 am PDT
Reuters - "Things We Lost in the Fire" is an unstable mix of a tearjerker, junkie-recovery story and odd-couple pairing. The film marks the American debut of Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier, whose European films show a strong affinity for stories of human frailties and of families unraveling. So this one is right up her alley. Full Story


WGBH, the PBS station in Boston, is looking for a producer, three
associate producers and a production secretary for a new documentary series, Latin Music USA, beginning production this fall and scheduled to air in January 2009.
From Mambo to Salsa to Tejano to Chicano Rock, Latin pop, and the urban sounds of Hip Hop and Reggaeton, Latin Music USA tells the story of new American music forged from powerful Latin roots, and explores the profound but largely unrecognized influence of Latin music in jazz, rhythm and blues, and rock and roll.


Program Description
Tejano, Chicano Rock and the Nuevo Corrido provide a window into the rise of Mexican American identity in the United States.

Position Overview
The Producer is responsible, under the supervision of the Executive Producer and Senior Producer, for all aspects of production of a one-hour television documentary, and for the research, planning, training or organizing activities that may be necessary or assigned with regard to such production

The Producer is required to have completed one or more long format (1 hour) documentary films for national broadcast and must be familiar with Mexican American culture and music and have working knowledge of Spanish.

The producer will be responsible for outlining the programs concept within the content and stylistic parameters set by the Executive Producer and Senior Producer for the documentary Series and to determine the necessary ingredients of production, including content, writing, editing, directing, talent, budget, research, both content and archive, and final realization of such elements in program format.

The producer will be responsible for originating the programs treatment and script writing, research, planning, training or organizing activities in preparation for program production.

Representing WGBH with regard to funding, research, production, presentation and promotion of programs.

Hiring, with the approval of the Executive Producer and Senior Producer, supervising and training, of production team including Associate Producer, Cinematographer, Editor and all others engaged in the production of the Program in a way that is supports diversity and inclusion in the workplace and interacting in a way that is free from discrimination, intolerance or harassment.

Supervising editing of tape and/or film.

Ensuring adherence to all contracts or agreements and managing production resources with authorized budget.

Ensuring program compliance with all relevant law and government regulations as well as WGBH, PBS and other policies, standards, and practices, including acquiring of all necessary rights, clearances and releases for the appearances of all persons in the program. Maintaining required records.

Be able to work independently while functioning as part of a team, adhering to the requirement of the Series above and beyond those of the Program. Keeping appropriate executives and other producers in the Series informed of production and program plans as necessary, be willing to share production resources and time with other Producers in the Series, adhering to the schedule for screenings, meetings and broadcast as determined by the Executive Producer and the Senior Producer.

The producer will be responsible for generating materials relating to other media such as web, radio or pod casts as may be required by the Executive Producer.


Position Overview
The Associate Producer's responsibilities are delegated by the Executive Producer, Senior Producer, and Producer. The AP will be expected to be thoroughly familiar with the editorial and content objectives of the series. The AP will be asked to assist with the research process, including archive research in conjunction with the Project Archivist. The Associate Producer is responsible for coordinating and managing production shoots, working with service departments and outside vendors. Also responsible for production budget projections, tracking and compliance.

Responsible for supporting diversity and inclusion in the workplace and interacting in a way that is free from discrimination, intolerance or harassment.

- Proven experience in television long form documentary production
- Strong writing, organizational, administrative and
communication skills are required.
- Must be able to multi-task, and able to meet strict deadlines.
- Ability to work independently while still being able to function as part of a collaborative production team.
- Must be familiar with Latino culture and music. Knowledge of Spanish preferred.
- Should have a good working knowledge of HD tape production.
- Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and telephone manner and be comfortable dealing with all production departments and relevant outside vendors including artists, agents and talent managers.
- Working knowledge of Filemaker Pro, Excel software and Internet research sites.
- Bachelors degree or equivalent experience required.


Position Overview
The Production Secretary will work under the direction of the Executive Producer and Senior Producer at WGBH in Boston. The Production Secretary should be familiar with editorial and content objectives of the series and be able to assist in all aspects of production including correspondence, preparation, proofreading, research, database creation/maintenance, coordinating meeting schedules and extensive travel arrangements.

Responsible for supporting diversity and inclusion in the workplace and interacting in a way that is free from discrimination, intolerance or harassment.

- Production/television experience required.
- Must have strong organizational skills and ability to coordinate complicated logistics.
- Must be highly organized, able to multi-task, and able to meet strict deadlines.
- Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and telephone manner and be comfortable dealing with all production departments and relevant outside vendors including artists, agents and talent managers.
- Must be familiar with Latino culture and music and Spanish language.
- Expertise using Microsoft Word, Filemaker Pro, Excel software and Internet research sites.
- College degree or equivalent experience preferred.


Scott Limanek
WGBH National Productions/LATIN MUSIC USA
1 Guest Street
Boston, MA 02135

If you are fluent in English and Spanish here's a chance to practise those cold reading skills and get used to working in a booth with earphones. Volunteer for the Telephone Reader Program.

It's called "telephone" because you record newspaper articles and the listeners call in on the telephone to listen to them. You can also go back and listen to what you recorded and see how you sound. Braille Institute will teach you how to use the equipment and improve the way you sound. The articles will be easier to read than they are in the newspaper as they are typed out and you can choose what you feel more comfortable with, be it sports, world news, local news, etc. It only takes two hours a week, choose your day, Monday through Friday. You'll feel good knowing you are helping people with visual disabilities. Spanish readers are especially needed. You'll be reading from LA OPINI (and maybe you do that anyway).

For more information call (323)663-111 or (800)808-2555 and ask for Catalina Sanchez at Ext. 1390 or Ken at Ext. 1435.


Currently casting Mexican-American parts for an upcoming independent feature film. Shooting to begin in Spring / Summer of 2008. All ages accepted (20 and up to 70 year olds).
Non Mexican-Americans encouraged to submit as well.

The story involves a mans journey into Mexico where his inner demons are challenged by the mythical characters that exist in many of the Mexican folktales still being told today.

Feel free to submit resume/headshot or link to email address: cinemajoey@aol.com

Thank you.




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


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



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