October 19, 2007

NALIP, the National Hispanic Cultural Center, LPB, IAIA, the New Mexico Film Office, KNME, New Mexico Office of African-American Affairs, the NMFI and Albuquerque Hispano Chamber, in association with ITVS, NBPC, PIC, CAAM and NAT Present

A Weekend Seminar to Kick-Start Your Documentary

November 16-18, 2007 in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Don’t miss this unique chance to work with story consultant Fernanda Rossi, the Documentary Doctor, author of the book "Trailer Mechanics", plus receive project mentoring on your proposal, trailer or documentary idea. 
This intensive 3-day workshop is right for you, whether you are just beginning,
have already shot footage, or are seeking finishing funds.
 “Doing your Doc” is designed especially for media makers in the diverse communities of New Mexico, preparing you to receive production funding and apply to national professional programs while developing your unique stories and views.  

Do you have a personal documentary idea,
 or social change community project that needs development? 
Are you considering public television funding sources or need R&D $$??


Doing Your Doc:  3-day Workshop Fee
Early Registration by November 15 - $100; Student w/ Valid ID -- $50
Includes lunches, workshop materials, books & private project mentoring
At the door Registration -- $125;  Students -- $75

Venue Address:  1701 4th St. S.W., Albuquerque, New Mexico



Doing Your Doc: Workshop Overview
November 16 - 18, 2007
1701 4th St. S.W., Albuquerque, New Mexico

FRIDAY, November 16
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm        Orientation & Program overview
                                    Documentary Case-Study Screening and Filmmaker Q & A

SATURDAY, November 17
9:00 am – 5:00 pm         DOCTORING YOUR DOC: How to Structure Your Documentary

Do you have lots of ideas and even footage but no clue where to get started? Or maybe you are stuck in the cutting room? A solid understanding of story structure is as necessary to your documentary as a strong script is to a fiction film. With hands-on exercises, this full-day workshop is for producers, directors, writers and editors, and can give you the guidelines you need to find solutions that are true to your documentary's style. You will:

* Learn story development techniques
* Learn story structure templates in an innovative and easy way
* Identify common pitfalls that waste your time and money during production and post,
and how to avoid them
* Analyze a film as practice for your own project
* Analyze works-in-progress from the audience

5:30 pm – 8:00 pm    Private Mentoring Sessions w/ Guest Filmmakers and Funders –
Have your idea, proposal, trailer, pitch or concept evaluated and discussed for the next best steps to realize your project and documentary production

Bring your work-in-progress, whatever stage it is in –  Not required to attend

SUNDAY, November 18
9:00 am –12:30 pm   TRAILER MECHANICS: How to Make Your Fundraising Trailer
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm    WORKING LUNCH:  Digital Cameras & Hi-Def Cinematography for your Doc
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm    Getting your project off the ground -- Elements for successful Proposals and Budgets

"Can I see your trailer?" Let's face it, a fundraising trailer can make or break your film. It can get you funded or it can put you on the "pass" pile. Stop the guess work of what works and what doesn't with this full day workshop for producers, directors, writers and editors. See all of Ms. Rossi’s “Trailer mechanics” theory in action with real life examples. You will:

* Learn the foundational story structures for fundraising trailers
* Learn the most common mistakes filmmakers make when making their trailers and how to avoid them (not the filmmakers: the mistakes!)
* View trailers before and after Fernanda's doctoring.
* View successful fundraising trailers.
* View fundraising trailers from the audience followed by discussion.

* Review elements of successful Proposal Writing to request funds
* Cover budget formats and requirements for grants and funding
* Discuss funding opportunities and strategies for your doc
* Learn when and how to handle an editor, a DP, etc. in smart production planning



In 2004 the Latino Theater Company signed a 20 year lease with the city of Los Angeles to manage and undertake the revitalization of the Los Angeles Theater Center (LATC). The result, a new vibrant LATC which will serve as a microcosm of the new Los Angeles: a destination center for those pursuing artistic excellence and a laboratory where both tradition and innovation are honored and honed. Opening night is October 25th to coincide with the launch of The World Stage Festival which runs through December 22.

The World Stage Festival will celebrate the reopening of the historic Los Angeles Theatre Center (LATC) bringing together an exciting array of entertainment which encompasses a wide range of world cultures. Opening weekend shows are DANCES FROM A TRIBAL LIFE by American Indian Dance Theatre; THE ROMANCE OF MAGNO RUBIO –from the Ma-Yi Theater Company; WAR OF THE WORLDS - THE RADIO PLAY performed by SITI Company; and ¡GAYTINO! by Dan Guerrero.

The NEW LATC will be home to The Latino Theater Company; Latino Museum of History, Art and Culture; Culture Clash; The Robey Theatre Company; Cedar Grove Productions; Playwrights Arena; The American Indian Dance Theatre; and The UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television. The theater series will capture the creative vitality which comes from people telling their own stories, and digging deep into their own traditions, to address important issues of our day. This new Center will create a space amidst the excitement of downtown Los Angeles, a space wherein the convergence of people, cultures and ideas gives birth to our future.

Opening night and the after party celebration is open to the public. Audience members will be treated to world class theater, live music, food, spirits and a chance to mingle with the actors and special invited guest who will be in attendance to witness the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Tickets: $28.00 (General); $15.00 (Students, Seniors, groups of 10+); (Please note special ticket prices for L.A. VOZ events). Or you can purchase the NEW LATC CULTURAL PASS which includes 4 Shows of Your Choice - $100.00. For more information or to purchase tickets call: Ford Box Office: (323) 461-3673 or logon to http://www.thenewlatcstore.com . For Group Sales call: (213) 489-0994 Festival seating: First come, First served - no assigned seating


Cinequest teams with Campus MovieFest—presenting the Bay Area Grand Finale, a showcase of top student films from the world's largest student film festival.

Join us this Friday for a spectacular night of movies at the famed California Theatre. Get a discounted rate of only $5 with the partner code "Cinequest". You have a chance to receive an Apple computer, iPod and more just for attending this unforgettable celebration. GO HERE for tickets or for more information.



Los Sueños de Angélica (Angélica's Dreams), the first Latino feature-length independent film made in North Carolina, will be screened Sunday, October 21 at the Carolina Theatre in Downtown Durham, NC. The presentation, sponsored by Duke University and the City of Durham, begins at 4:00 PM. Tickets are free.

Los Sueños de Angélica is the moving story of an immigrant couple from Latin America, Angélica and Roberto, who are discussing whether to return to their home country or stay in the United States. With an unexpected event, everything changes and the couple is faced with the difficult realization that one of them will have to sacrifice their dream for the other.

 The film is part of Latino Community Credit Union's groundbreaking Home Buyer Education (HBE) program. These materials consist of an HBE Guide and the companion video series. LCCU will provide 25,000 copies of the guide and 1,200 copies of the video to be used throughout the United States by other credit unions, community centers, and other organizations, thereby increasing its effect far beyond North Carolina.



NALIP member and NALIP San Francisco Leader Mabel Valdiviezo was among the five women recently selected as winners of the second annual Acceleration Grant for Emerging Filmmakers competition.  The grant, awarded annually, is a program of the WIF/GM Alliance, the goal of which is to support talented filmmakers from under-represented communities.

The WIF/GM Acceleration Grant for Emerging Filmmakers is awarded to five up-and-coming female filmmakers, chosen through an application process overseen by a WIF selection committee comprised of professional filmmakers and entertainment industry executives. The grant provides recipients with a broad-based understanding of the business of filmmaking through a six-day, full-immersion mentoring program, shepherded by WIF members, which include some of the industry's most successful female talent.  Congratulations Sarah!


Dear Friends,

We are very excited to announce that the indie I produced last year,  "The Blue Hour" starring Alyssa Milano, Emily Rios and Clarence Williams III, LA premiere will be at the AFFMA Film Festival here in Los Angeles.  The film will be screening on Saturday, Nov. 3rd at 8:30 pm.  The screening will be at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood.

For more info about the film, tickets and AFFMA check out our website at: www.thebluehourmovie.com. If you're in town I hope you can make it to support the film and the AFFMA festival.

I hope to see you there!

Lynnette Ramirez


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.


The 2007 Imagen Award winning short film, PRIMERA COMUNION, written and directed by NALIP Membership Coordinator Daniel Eduvijes Carrera was awarded the Garcia Bross Award at the 5th annual Morelia International Film Festival in Morelia, Mexico.  Provided by one of Mexico’s largest commercial production companies, Garcia Bross, the award consists of production services for the winning director’s next film.

The short drama, PRIMERA COMUNION, relates the story of Elueterio, a young outsider who is confonted with the harsh rituals of a rustic Mexican pueblo where cruelty underlies street life and Catholicism alike.  Filmed on location in historic Atlatlahucan, Morelos (Mexico) with a cast composed primarily of the town’s children, the film is Daniel’s graduate thesis project for an MFA in screenwriting and directing from Columbia University in the City of New York.

For more information about PRIMERA COMUNION or to request a screener copy of the film please visit the MySpace page. To learn more about the Morelia International Film Festival or for a complete list of award winners please visit  www.moreliafilmfest.com



Oct. 16., 2007 - (The New York Observer) - Sin City director Robert Rodriguez is letting his heart get in the way of his better judgment with his forthcoming big-budget remake of Barbarella, a source with knowledge of the production told the Transom. Universal Studios has backed out of backing the movie, whose budget the source pegged at nearly $100 million, because Mr. Rodriguez has insisted on casting his new fiancé, Rose McGowan, in the lead role, famously played by Jane Fonda in the 1968 original directed by Ms. Fonda’s then-husband, Roger Vadim. FULL STORY HERE


Oct. 17, 2007 - (Moldova.org) - U.S. actor Benjamin Bratt has signed on to star in "The Cleaner," a pilot for the A&E Network, the Hollywood Reporter said. In the show, Bratt would play a man who hits rock bottom, goes to prison, kicks his addictions and forms a team dedicated to helping others battle their addictions by any means necessary, while he also tries to reunite with his wife and kids, the entertainment industry trade paper said. FULL STORY HERE


Oct. 17, 2007 - (Digital Spy) - She's an actress, singer, TV producer, fashion designer and perfumier worth an estimated £55m, but we shouldn't be fooled by the rocks that she's got, apparently. Although she’s travelled from the depths of the Bronx to the glittery heights of Hollywood, this Latina lovely is still Jenny from the block. Over the last decade Jennifer Lynn Lopez has kept us enthralled with her headline-grabbing relationships (P. Diddy, Ben Affleck and Marc Anthony have all learned that her love don't cost a thing), her divatastic exploits – everything in her dressing room has got to be white, apparently – and, of course, her impossibly globular bottom. But how much do you really know about the one-woman showbiz corporation? Read on for ten fascinating facts about the irrepressible J.Lo. FULL STORY HERE



Spanish-Language Production Company is seeking Fluent Spanish speaking (and reading) actors, Male and Female.

Title- Confidential (Spanish Reality)
Roles- Various Male and Female all types to do Reenactments (Must be over 18)
Show airs weekly on TV AZTECA AMERICA
Pay- from $75-120 depending on role and if we need you half day or full day ( Full day= 8-10 hours)

Auditions- Weekly in Burbank, CA
Tuesdays and Thursdays (10-4 p.m.) By appointment only 818-524-2700
Online Submission- invisioncast@yahoo.com


Tulchin Entertainment/Tulchin & Associates is searching for applicants with experience/ exposure in entertainment law, international & domestic sales, distribution & financing, marketing, publicity, administration and accounting. Must be organized, multi-tasking skills, proficient computer & Internet skills, and minimum 55 wpm typing. Experience with dictation and fast notes a real plus. Strong knowledge of independent film markets /festival circuits/ production company, agency and management milieu a major asset.

Entry-level position with great potential for advancement. NOT a development/production position.

TO SUBMIT: email Cover Letter & Resume to:
Fax to (310) 914-7927
No Calls please.


Casting roles for the upcoming feature film "Lost in Paradise," slated to shoot in mid March of 2008 on the Big Island of Hawaii. Casting call will take place in December of 2007 in Honolulu.

This is a paid project - Union and Non-union may submit.

ANTHONY MICHAELS (Main Character):
Male / Late 20s / Caucasian. Dark hair, handsome, and tall. Since he was twelve years old, has been fascinated with the Tropical Islands and has been frequently visited, in his dreams, by SOSEPHINA. ANTHONY is an accomplished artist. As a result of his dreams, ANTHONY started a painting of SOSEPHINA and it becomes his obsession to see the picture come to life, as he has fallen in love with his dream girl. We are preferably looking for NAME actors for this part.

SOSEPHINA (Main Character):
Female / 23 yrs old / Pacific Islander. Light coco colored skin, long thick black hair (streaks of red), and is a stunning beauty. SOSEPHINA moves with grace and is filled with the exuberance of enjoying life. As a vision, appearing to ANTHONY, she is exudes grace and beauty. In flashbacks to her life, SOSEPHINA's laughter would calm the roughest ocean. SOSEPHINA is a vision of beauty for all ages. At the end of the script, SOSEPHINA, with a more modern application of makeup and clothing, will be the woman ANTHONY meets on the beach.

Male / 20s. / Caucasian. Tall, dark hair, handsome. He resembles ANTHONY, but in a more refined manner, as JONATHAN is a Navy Officer and is always in uniform. Speaks with a soft proper English accent and, in the scenes with SOSEPHINA, is clearly madly in love with her.

Male / Caucasian. COMMANDER is a Navy Officer, stand up straight, silver white hair (meticulously combed), slightly overweight, and has the bearing of both a proper English gentleman and a Navy Officer. Is gruff in his tone, but clearly bows to CHIEF, as he is also looking to make money and knows that the CHIEF can either help him or destroy him.

THE ROLES BELOW ARE MINOR ROLES, AND YOU MUST BE LOCAL in Honolulu or be willing to work as a local hire.

Male / Pacific Islander. CHIEF is a large man, with wavy black hair parted to the side, trimmed mustache, medium dark skin, very harsh looking face, stern, and speaks with a slight English accent, having attended college in England. While CHIEF has certain refined attributes associated with a proper English gentleman, he is a cruel businessman and rules his Island, business, and family with an iron fist.

Female / Pacific Islander. Average height, average built, pretty, wears her hair in a bun, and is soft spoken. She clearly loves SOSEPHINA and cherishes her above all else, but is also clearly subordinate to CHIEF, allowing the CHIEF to rule.

Female / Caucasian. MOTHER is slender, blonde, and is very pretty. MOTHER is understanding, but doesn't fully understand ANTHONY's obsession. MOTHER is only seen, in the opening scene, where ANTHONY is twelve years old.

Male / Caucasian. FATHER is a businessman, handsome, and confident. He harbors deep feelings for the Tropical Islands, having visited them, when he was in the military. FATHER understands ANTHONY's obsession, as FATHER also has dreams of pretty Island girls. FATHER is only seen, in the opening scene, where ANTHONY is twelve years old.

Male / Pacific Islander. RUPENI is an old, classic Islander. He could be 70 or he could be 100. He is 5'9", dark skin, wavy salt and pepper hair, clean shaven, speaks English with a Native twist, wears traditional Samoan clothing, and appears to believe in the legend of SOSEPHINA. RUPENI is understanding, in a grandfatherly way, and has a sense of humor. He wants to see ANTHONY realize his dream and tries to assist, by gently guiding ANTHONY in the right direction.

Female / Early 20s / Pacific Islander. About 5'5", beautiful figure, light brown colored skin, high cheek bones, long thick brown hair, beautiful smile, and wears a yellow Island flower in her right ear. NAOMI is the Hotel Clerk and is definitely smitten with ANTHONY, as she is somewhat flirtatious. NAOMI slightly resembles SOSEPHINA.

Female / late 30s / All Ethnicities. Wealthy art lover. Snobbish looking, and wears expensive jewelry, as a way of saying, "I'm rich and I know it." WOMAN is only in the Art Gallery scene.

Please submit ONLY if you meet one of the character descriptions.

TO SUBMIT: email your headshot (as jpg file - NO MORE THAN 200K in size, larger files will be automatically deleted and NOT considered) and a resume, and be sure to indicate WHICH ROLE you are submitting for, to:


NALIP Board member looking for a Los Angeles-area furnished sublet, 1-2 bedroooms, from mid-March to early June. Could also consider apartment swapping. I have a two bedroom-2 bathroom apartment around Columbia University in Manhattan.  Rent under $2000, cable and utitilies included.

Please contact Frances Negron-Muntaner, bikbaporub@aol.com




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


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Santa Monica, CA 90401



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