September 25, 2007


The television series CANE premieres tonight at 10:00pm EST and PST on CBS. The series features 10 Latino regulars in the cast.

CANE is an epic drama about the external rivalries and internal power struggles of a large Cuban-American family running an immensely successful rum and sugar business in South Florida.  When the family patriarch, Pancho, is offered a lucrative but questionable deal by his bitter adversaries, the Samuels, to purchase thousands of acres of sugar fields, he's faced with a tough choice: Should he cash out of the sugar business and focus solely on rum, which would please his impulsive natural son, Frank, or protect the family legacy that he built from the ground up by not selling, and side with his adopted son, Alex, who mistrusts the Samuels and still sees value in sugar?

Alex and Frank's approach to business is as different as their approach to life.  While Frank might lose focus chasing women, Alex is deeply in love with his beautiful wife, Isabel, who is also Pancho's daughter.  Married when she was just 17 years old, Isabel balances Alex by choosing not to involve herself in the business, focusing instead on their three children, Jaime, Katie and Artie, who are determined to forge their own paths outside the family.  Jaime has a deep love for his father, but also yearns to make it on his own outside of the family business and when he's accepted to a reputable college he must face the decision to please Alex or stick by his beloved girlfriend Rebecca and choose a new life.  Katie is their rebellious teenage daughter who looks and acts far older than she is. Henry, Pancho's youngest son, prefers to stand in the sidelines while his oldest siblings battle for control of the Duque’s interests.  While her sons wrestle with their own personal difficulties and secrets, Pancho's wife, Amalia, sees to the normal inter-personal conflicts that occur within an extended family and bridges the gap between the three generations hosting the family's large music-filled cookouts and lively dinners.  For the Duques, will family allegiance come first or will their secrets and acrimonious conflicts over love, lust and control of the family fortune be their downfall?


This September 27, 2007, Columbia's Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race will kick off an exciting film series on Latino immigration. Curated by filmmaker, Columbia professor, and NALIP Executive Board member Frances Negrón-Muntaner, the series will include five of the best films documenting the immigration experiences of Mexicans, Cubans, Dominicans, Puerto Ricans, and Central Americans to the U.S. All directors, including actress Rosie Perez, will be present to engage the audience in conversation.

The series hopes to contribute to the on-going debate on immigration, citizenship, and globalization. Over the last few years, the press has devoted considerable attention to the discussion of Latino immigration, usually under the rubric of “illegality.” The objective of the series is to provide a forum to discuss the roots, implications, and impact of Latino migration to the U.S. through the lens of Latino independent filmmakers. The retrospective format will also allow for the discussion of how images of Latino immigration have shifted over the last decade.

The series begins with Angel Muñiz's classic comedy Nueba Yol (1995), which follows the hysterical adventures of a good-natured man (played by Balbuena, one of the most popular actors on Dominican television) as he tries to make New York his home.

After Nueba Yol, the series continues with Balseros (2002), an epic documentary on Cuban rafters by Carlos Bosch and Josep Maria Domenech; Yo soy boricua, pa' que tu lo sepas (2006), Rosie Perez's personal exploration of Puerto Rican contemporary culture in the context of migration; Wetback (2004), Arturo Perez Torres's heartbreaking tale of Central American border crossers; The Sixth Section (2003), Alex Rivera's fascinating look into how Mexican immigrants are remaking their hometowns from upstate New York, and Made in LA (2007), Almudena Carracenos and Robert Bahar's moving story about the journey of self empowerment by Latina garment workers.

The full schedule is below. All events are open and free to the public, and take place at Columbia University.

Angel Muñiz, Nueba Yol (1995)
September 27
7:00 - 10:00 pm
516 Hamilton Hall

Carles Bosch and Josep Maria Domènech, Balseros (2002)
October 18
7:00 - 10:00 pm
304 Barnard Hall / Held Auditorium

Rosie Perez, Yo Soy Boricua, Pa'que Tu Lo Sepa s (2006)
October 29
7:00 - 10:00 pm
717 Hamilton Hall

Arturo Perez Torres, Wetback (2004)
November 15
7:00 - 10:00 pm
207 Warren Hall

Alex Rivera, The Sixth Section (2003)
December 4
7:00 - 10:00 pm
301 Philosophy Hall / GSAS Lounge

Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar, Made in LA (2007)
December 4
7:00 - 10:00 pm
301 Philosophy Hall / GSAS Lounge


Working on a documentary film with a California twist? KQED Public Television in San Francisco seeks documentaries about California for our two series "Truly California" and "Truly California Shorts."

For hour-long documentaries filmmakers are offered significant post production resources to complete broadcast versions of their films - including an online, sound mix, closed captioning - and promotion, a web site, a licensing fee, and broadcast. Projects should be completed films, fine cuts, advanced rough cuts, or festival versions. Your materials must be received by November 1, 2007 to be considered. Visit for further details.

For short (30 minutes or less) documentaries we offer distribution both on the KQED website and as podcasts via iTunes, etc. You'll get a modest fee for a nonexclusive license. We do not broadcast these films. There is no deadline for Truly California Shorts; we review films as they come in. Visit our website at: for more information and submission materials.


Mexico’s LA MISMA LUNA (Under the Same Moon) and Spain’s EL CAMINO DE LOS INGLESES (Summer Rain) Selected as Opening and Closing Films

Filmmaker and activist Edward James Olmos and Marlene Dermer, co-founders of the Los Angeles Latino Film Festival (LALIFF) announced the 2007 festival lineup today. 

LALIFF, which for the last ten years, has celebrated the rich diversity and artistry of Latino film and films that address Latino realities, will open on Sunday, October 7th, with Under the Same Moon (La Misma Luna), the spell-binding feature film debut of Mexican director Patricia Riggen. Closing night, Sunday, October 14th, will be highlighted by El Camino de los Ingleses(Summer Rain), the second feature film directed by Gabi Award Winner Antonio Banderas. Presenting the best in Ibero-American cinema from Mexico to Spain, the 11th annual festival is sharply defined, says Dermer by coming of age stories and films from Latina women, an unprecedented coincidence that makes this year’s festival one of the strongest programs ever.

In a potent addition to the opening and closing selections, award-winning director Alfredo de Villa (Washington Heights, Yellow) returns with his second LALIFF premiere, Adrift in Manhattan(USA), starring Heather Graham, William Baldwin, Dominic Chianese, Victor Rasuk and Elizabeth Peña. From Brazil, A Casa De Alice (Alice’s House), directed by Chico Teixeira, and winner of the Special Jury Award at the recent Guadalajara International Film Festival, also premieres at the festival this year.

The 11th Edition of the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival will take place from October 7-14, 2007 at the ArcLight Cinemas, 6360 W Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028. Tickets will be available at the ArcLight Cinemas Box office and website:

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NALIP Founding Board Member and Past Chair Cynthia Lopez accepts a very special "industry" award from the Emmy's for P.O.V.'s outstanding documentary programming, and for the organization's 20th anniversary on PBS.

The awards were presented at the News & Documentary Emmy Awards black-tie dinner at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers on Monday, September 24.

Congratulations to Cynthia and to POV for its two decades as a showcase for outstanding independent documentary films!

For further information about P.O.V, please visit


More than $100,000 in cash, donations and services were awarded on Thursday afternoon as the Independent Feature Project (IFP) showcased filmmakers and their new projects during the organization's annual "Independent Film Week" in New York City.

Among this year's winners of the Panasonic in-kind filmmaking grant were NALIP Member Gloria LaMorte and Paola Mendoza for their screenplay "We Can." Congratulations Gloria and Paola!

For further information about the IFP market, please visit


2007 Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival

Executive Producers and NALIP members Alex Castillo (“Father Figure”) and Henry Priest (“American Identity”) and director and NALIP member Adam Schlachter (“My Backyard was a Mountain”) are pleased to announce the world premiere of “The Stain on the Sidewalk” starring Emily Rios (“Quinceanera”).

“The Stain on the Sidewalk” is the poignant story of a boy hoping to make a lasting impression on the object of his affection.  The film’s impressive young cast features Imagen and Alma Award nominee and Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury and Audience Award winner “Quinceanera” lead actress Emily Rios, along with J. R. Cruz and Andrew Aguilar.

2007 Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival
October 7-14th,
ArcLight Cinemas - Hollywood
For tickets:

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San Francisco producer and director Mabel Valdiviezo screens her latest production "Carlos Baron, Poeta Pano on Spark, a KQED TV show about Bay Area artists in San Francisco.

Bay Area multicultural theatre evangelist, Carlos Baron, takes us on fascinating road trip to Chile to explore love and exile through the poetry of Pablo Neruda after the death of Pinochet. Shadow theatre, music and dance, run a powerful link between Baron's life and the Nobel poet that inspires his work.

"Carlos Baron, Poeta Pan," will air on Wed., Sept. 26 at 7:30 pm and will repeat on Sun., Sept. 30, at 6:30 am on KQED Channel 9. You can also view it on the web.

Carlos Baron is a production of SPARK/KQED and was produced by Mabel Valdiviezo. Valdiviezo, former NALIP San Francisco Co-Chair, won the NYILFF-NALIP Pitch Contest in July with her feature film project Soledad Is Gone Forever. She participated at the Sundance Producers Conference 2007 and has been recently nominated for a Sundance NHK International Filmmaker Award.

Visit for more information about other upcoming screenings.


Dear Fellow NALIP Members,

following updates on our film, SALIM BABA.

2007 Screenings to Date:
Tribeca Film Festival
IDA DocuWeek and Academy Award Qualification Tour (Short Documentary)
Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films, Winner: Second
Prize for Best Documentary
Telluride Film Festival
IFP Market

Upcoming 2007 Screenings (Confirmed):
Festival Nouveau Cinema, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Atlantic Film Festival, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Bend Film Festival
Mill Valley Film Festival
Woodstock Film Festival
Sidewalk Film Festival
Margaret Mead Film Festival
Indo-American Arts Council Film Festival

For info on screenings for any of the above festivals, please check the festival web sites.

Thanks to NALIP and its membership for your continued support!

Francisco Bello
Producer, SALIM BABA
Ropa Vieja Films

About the Film:

Salim Muhammad is a 55-year-old man who lives in North Kolkata, India with his wife and five children. Since the age of ten he has made a living screening discarded film scraps for the kids in his
surrounding neighborhoods using a hand-cranked 1897 bioscope projector that he inherited from his father. A pragmatic businessman as well as a cinephile, Salim runs his projector with his sons in the hopes that they will carry on his legacy of showing films to the local children.


Christina Soto's short film, Perros Sin Amor, was selected into the
Boston Latino International Film Festival, also The
Cine Sin Fin Fest., Los Angeles, Cal.

Perros Sin Amor is a visual exploration of an artist's inner struggle in a life faced with uncertainty and doubt as she
pursues her art.



Sep. 24, 2007 - SANTA ANA (Business Wire) - Home Media Magazine is teaming with the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) to host a DVD industry event at the 11th annual film festival. The festival takes place Oct. 7-14 at the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood, Calif. Home Media Magazine's Angelique Flores on Oct. 9 will moderate a panel, "Distributing Your Film on DVD," at the festival with the top Latino DVD distributors and suppliers in the home entertainment business for an audience of filmmakers and other LALIFF attendees. FULL STORY HERE


Sep. 21, 2007 - (Variety) - Nobody walks around a chalk outline in this pilot, which, given CBS' recent history, represents something of an upset. Rather, the show hearks back to the network's 1970s roots, when family dynasties collided against fabulously opulent backdrops - in this case, focusing on a Cuban-American clan's sugar empire. Well cast, with a sturdy central presence in Jimmy Smits as the adopted son handed the keys to the kingdom, "Cane" yearns to be "Dallas" with a salsa flavor, providing an early test of the Eye web's strategy to stretch beyond its crime-and-punishment profile. FULL STORY HERE


The following content is from Variety's Spotlight: Spain/San Sebastian Festival report.

A decade ago, few Spanish directors ventured abroad. Now there's a directorial diaspora.

Spain's dominant pay TV player, Sogecable, is getting into broadband and voice telephony in an aggressive move to bolster its subscriber base, not to mention the country's lagging pay TV sector.

As far as offshore auds are concerned, Spanish cinema in 2007 can be boiled down to the two names on its Oscar-winning A-team: Pedro Almodovar, loved abroad but merely admired at home, and Alejandro Amenabar, Spain's finest Hollywood director.

For the first time in years, more U.S. series than domestic skeins made Spain's TV top 10 during many weeks in the 2006-07 season. That worries local producers: Despite high ratings for hoary Spanish shows -- often local comedies -- 80% of new fiction has underperformed broadcasters' channel share.

In official competition terms, San Sebastian's bounty this year is down from 2006 in international preems, but there's still a slew of high-quality arthouse items that combine edginess and craft with the fest's traditional Spanish-Latino slant.



We are looking for a spanish speaking, production experienced assistant to the director and producer of upcoming Dreamworks film. These are major Spanish filmmakers doing their second English-language film. Prepping immediately, filming late January through April, post production May and beyond all based in Los Angeles. Steady work for nearly a year -- plus a great insight into the studio filmmaking process. The best job on a film, at an assistant level! Seasoned US producers and studio involved, as well.

Duties include those typical of executive assistant, organizing schedule, storyboards, script. Must be fluent in Spanish, and have valid drivers license.

Please send candidate info to


Calling All Writers,

LATV is looking for writers for their new upcoming shows. Television writers, comedy writers, and sketch writers for new and exciting programming geared to all Latinos. Being bilingual (Spanish) is not necessary but being funny is. Please e-mail your resume and/or samples to Oskar Toruno at


Title: Program Officer, Arts
Location: Los Angeles
Reports to: Program Director, Arts
Application Deadline: September 28, 2007
Start Date: October 2007/TBD

The Foundation

The James Irvine Foundation is a private, nonprofit grantmaking foundation dedicated to expanding opportunity for the people of California to participate in a vibrant, successful and inclusive society. The Foundation’s grantmaking is organized around three program areas: Arts, Youth and California Perspectives, which focuses on increasing public understanding of critical issues facing the state. With current assets of over $1.8 billion, the Foundation expects to make grants of $75 million in 2007 for the people of California.

Position Summary

The Program Officer manages and monitors grants for the Arts program, as assigned by the Program Director. The Program Officer undertakes initial screening of potential grantees, arranges and attends meetings with current and prospective grantees, conducts site visits, prepares docket materials, monitors active grants, and where appropriate, prepares post-grant assessments. The Program Officer also manages program consultants and intermediary organizations, as assigned by the Program Director. The Program Officer represents the Foundation at key events across the state, and builds relationships in the fields related to the Arts program. The Program Officer works collaboratively with all Foundation staff to achieve Foundation-wide goals. Based in Los Angeles, the Program Officer reports directly to the Program Director for Arts and works as an integral member of the Arts Program team.

For full list of duties, responsibilities, required skills, and application process, please go to the online job posting at:


The following positions are now open at the
(Job Descriptions & Qualifications below)

About the Latino Theater Company:

For over twenty years, the Latino Theater Company (LTC), a non-profit professional theater company, has been dedicated to creating plays which exploring the U.S. Latino Experience in bold, contemporary terms. In December, 2006 LTC became the new operators of the Los Angeles Theatre Center (LATC) located in the Historic bank district in downtown Los Angeles. LTC is committed to creating a world-class cultural arts center at the LATC that reflects the rich diversity of Los Angeles. The new vibrant LATC will become a microcosm of the new Los Angeles; a destination center for pursuing artistic excellent and a laboratory where both tradition and innovation are honored and honed. The new LATC will be creative space in the midst of downtown Los Angeles where people, cultures and ideas converge to give birth to the new Los Angeles. For more information on the new LATC and LTC visit our website at .

POSITION: Administrative Manager – Full Time

PRIMARY DUTIES: Candidate will run administration and operations for a growing downtown non-profit theater company. Responsibilities include: development and implementation of bookkeeping (accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll) and personnel functions, insurance, database management, information technology and supervision of receptionist and interns.

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicant must have a Bachelor's Degree with some accounting coursework or have two years of relevant experience. Must be dependable, detailed-oriented, organized and ability to juggle multiple projects. Basic computer skills, an understanding of basic bookkeeping, good communications skills and ability to take initiative and work independently are required.

SALARY: Salary depending on experience.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

TO APPLY: Please send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to

POSITION: Marketing Manager – Full Time

PRIMARY DUTIES: Candidate will create and manage the marketing function in a growing nonprofit theater. Candidate will work with consultants and upper management to create marketing strategies for organizational, subscription and single ticket campaigns, and be responsible for implementing the public relations, marketing, advertising and outreach activities. Responsible for maintaining subscription and single ticket databases, as well as supervising public relations consultant and group sales manager.

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicant must have 2 years experience marketing an entertainment produc, and the initiative and drive to create a small marketing department. Must have excellent written and oral communications skills; be able to work independently as well as collaboratively; strong management and administrative skills and be computer literate.

SALARY: Salary based on experience.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

TO APPLY: Please send cover letter, resume and salary history to

POSITION: Receptionist – Full Time

PRIMARY DUTIES: Responsibilities include but are not limited to: answering the telephone, photocopying, data base management, scheduling meetings, filing, and providing clerical assistance to administrative office.

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicant must be dependable, detail-minded, organized and be able to work independently. Applicant should possess excellent written and oral communications skills as well as excellent computer skills and a basic understanding of Myspace and Facebook. Bilingual in Spanish a plus.

SALARY: $10-12/hour depending on experience.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

TO APPLY: Please send cover letter and resume to


TriCoast Studios - Lenin

We are looking for completed feature-length screenplays or MOW scripts about the life of Russian leader and revolutionary Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, AKA Lenin. Budget has yet to be determined, although as a prospective period piece, we anticipate going high with this one.

WGA and non-WGA writers may submit.

Our credits include 'Moving McAllister,' 'The Cellar Door,' 'Pledge This!' and 'Madison.'

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