March 1, 2007



The Latino Writers Lab™ is a unique program for NALIP members who aspire to work as professional screenwriters, or who desire to develop a strong, viable screenplay for production or sale. It includes skills development by professional instructors, direct mentoring of your work-in-progress by writer/mentors, and professional lunches on legal, guild and industry information. Only 12 – 15 writers will be selected to participate in this 10-day intensive workshop.

The first five-day seminar will be conducted in New York City May 2 - 6, 2007, beginning Wednesday evening with an orientation and screening. The second five-day Fall seminar will be held in Santa Monica, CA, in mid-September. Commitment to both seminars and the writing work in between is a MUST – you’ll thank us!

In its fifth year, the Latino Writers Lab offers a new opportunity. You are now able to submit your story/script if it is written in Spanish! You must be fluent in English for all morning sessions, screenings and professional lunches with instructors and executives. Individual projects written in Spanish will also be analyzed and mentored by Spanish speaking professionals!

ONLY 4 Hotel scholarships will be available in each location: submit a one page essay explaining why you need this housing assistance, and acknowledge your commitment to participate as a volunteer in future NALIP programs. Special NALIP hotel rates available for all LWL out-of-town writers.

TO APPLY: Download the information packet and application online at:



This month NALIP member Beth Bird's documentary "Everyone Their Grain of Sand" continues its 15 city theatrical tour of Mexico as part of Ambulante. Screening dates and location are listed below. For screening times please visit:

Created by Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna, Ambulante’s mission is to “bring documentary films to places where they are rarely seen in order to build an audience that can actively participate in the re-imagi(ni)ng of a diversified media culture...hoping to simultaneously mobilize public opinion and transform the cinematic landscape in Mexico.” Films screen at 18 major cineplexes throughout Mexico.

In addition to Everyone Their Grain of Sand, this year’s line-up is comprised of over 20 award-winning films, including Academy Award winner Inconvenient Truth, Academy Award nominee Jesus Camp, Independent Spirit Award winner The Road to Guantanamo, Maquilapolis, and many others. See website for complete film listings.

Festival Schedule Now On-line & Advanced Movie Tickets Available!

The Media Arts Center San Diego is proud to announce the 2007 San Diego Latino Film Festival (March 8-18) with more than 185 films from Mexico, Cuba, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Guatemala, Brazil, Bolivia, Argentina, Spain and the U.S. Our biggest selection ever! Attending filmmakers and fans will see over 185 films including: Mexico's current box office hit Cansada de Besar Sapos (Mexico), Argentina's Official Oscars '07 Selection Family Law (Argentina) , Sundance winner En El Hoyo, Toronto winner Bella, North American Premiere of Wood & Stock (Brazil), Cuba's Official Oscars '07 Selection El Benny, Diego Luna starrer Solo Dios Sabe, 2007 Sundance Documentary Bajo Juarez, Ricardo Darin's El Aura, Luis Estrada's La Ley de Herodes follow-up Un Mundo Maravilloso, Tim Robbins' The Secret Life of Words, Wilmer Valderrama's El Muerto, and Lupe Ontiveros Tortilla Heaven (U.S.A.) .

In addition, as part of SDLFF’s "Guest Director" series, Chilean legend Miguel Littin ( La Ultima Luna & El Chacal de NahuelToro ) will curate a series of movie classics that influenced his career ( Rebel Without a Cause and Fellini’s Roma ).

This year’s SDLFF program includes even more opportunities for the public to share the spotlight with over 100 guest filmmakers and actors onsite. Highlights include: workshops on On-line Filming, Indy Film Promotion, Documentary Production, and Getting Comics Produced for the Screen; "Para la Familia" events (with day long events and a special appearance by Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer ); the "Hecho en Chile” Retrospective of Chilean Films (1957-2006)," SDLFF’s "Top Ten to Watch"; the 1st Annual Cine’mation program ; and celebrity tributes to acclaimed director Robert Young (Alambrista), and Mexican screen icons like Germán Robles (El Vampiro) and Damián Alcazar (Un Mundo Maravilloso and Solo Dios Sabe). ¡Arte Latino! Exhibits (with world renowned Mexican cartoonist “EL CHANGO” Cabral), and ¡Sonido Latino! Concerts @ the Fest , will round out evenings with a touch of glamour, culture and rhythm.

Some of the confirmed celebrities include: Itati Cantoral ( Cansada de Besar Sapos ), Kate Del Castillo ( Trade ), Gastón Pauls ( Illuminados Por El Fuego and Una Estrella Y Dos Cafes ), Jacob Vargas (Hills Have Eyes 2, Selena, Traffic, Get Shorty and Bobby), Lupe Ontiveros ( Tortilla Heaven , Desperate Housewives), Gaby Platas ( Asi del Precipicio ), Ariel nominee Alejandra Gollas ( Efectos Secundarios ), Dora the Explorer (Nickelodeon Cine'mation), Dayanara Torres , Tristan Ulloa ( Salvador, Maroa), Daniel Gimenez Cacho (Las Vidas de Celia , Y Tu Mama Tambien), and Eduardo Verastegui ( Bella and Chasing Papi).

The 14th annual event takes place March 8 – 18, 2007 at the UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas Hazard Center (off the 163 Freeway on Friars Road) in beautiful San Diego, California.

Tickets range from $7 to $9.00 for film screenings, $5 to $30 for concerts and galas. Tickets can be purchased on-line NOW or at the UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas at Hazard Center (7510 Hazard Center Dr, San Diego, CA 92108) Box Office starting March 1st. Box office is open daily from 10AM to 8:30PM. All proceeds from the annual San Diego Latino Film Festival benefit MACSD's year-round education program for under-served youth, The Teen Producers Project.

For additional information please visit festival website at or call 619-230-1938.


The boxing film BROKEN ( ), starring film Jose Yenque (BETWEEN, PUÑOS ROSAS, THE LAST ADAM, I BELIEVE IN AMERICA, TRAFFIC) has been selected to screen at the 14th San Diego Latino Film Festival, March 8-18, 2007.

BROKEN, written, produced and directed by NALIP Member David Wendelman, tells the story of a small-time boxer Luis Morales, who having survived the volatile streets of East Los Angeles and empowered himself through the sport of boxing, is now pressured to leave the ring and face his own mortality - the one opponent he cannot beat.

Saturday, March 10, 3:00 pm
Shorts Program - Hecho en U.S.A.
Screen #1
UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas at Hazard Center
7510 Hazard Center Drive, #100
(off 163 Freeway and Friars Rd.)




Join Nickelodeon for its Writer's Symposium sponsored by the Nick Writing Fellowship. It promises to be a fun-filled and informative event, complete with unique insider information, one-on-one interaction with network executives, and creative speed pitching!


Sign-up for a Chance to PITCH at the Friday, March 9 Workshop, Nickelodeon's Writer's Symposium, DEADLINE, March 2 - 5:00 pm PST. **Must be Registered for the Conference, as well**

How can you prepare? - Develop a log line and a ½ page premise for an original and unique show idea that you think would be a perfect fit as Nickelodeon programming (live action or animation). Visit for more show info.

What do you need to do?

Fax in the following information, by 5:00pm (PST) on Friday, March 2nd, to 818-736-3840:
- 1/2 page premise for your original and unique show idea
- Name, phone number, and email address
- Signed copy of the SUBMISSION RELEASE FORM available for download here:

For questions, email us at

Writer's Symposium Topics will include:
• What Makes a Great Script
• Network Development Process
• The Race through Production
• Speed Pitching

Nickelodeon's Writer's Symposium
Sponsored by the Nick Writing Fellowship
When: March 9, 2007 @ 3:00pm
Where: NALIP, Conference 8



Mar. 1, 2007 - (Variety) - Viggo Mortensen and Antonio Banderas are lending star power to Mexico's 22nd Guadalajara Intl. Film Festival, which runs March 22-30. Mortensen stars in Spanish pic "Alatriste," which screens in fest's blockbusters showcase, Vox Office. Pic's helmer Agustin Diaz Yanes also plans to attend. Banderas will present his latest pic as director, "El camino de los Ingleses" (Summer Rain), based on the Spanish novel by Antonio Soler. This year's edition includes a slew of Mexican directorial debuts, among them ad director Simon Bross' "Malos habitos" (Bad Habits), Enrique Begne's "Dos abrazos" (Two Embraces), Juan Patricio Riveroll's "Opera" and Ernesto Contreras' "Parpados azules." Full Story here


Feb. 27, 2007 - (Variety) - Like virtually every other entertainment business confab these days, the traditionally standup-oriented U.S. Comedy Arts Festival is getting heckled by the digital revolution. It's logical response? Change the material. With comedic talent increasingly showcased online on MySpace pages and in viral videos -- and the TV networks and tenpercenteries saving SkyMiles to find them there -- the festival is working to invent ways to include performances that aren't exactly live. Or, in the words of festival CEO Bob Crestani, "We're doing some things a little differently this year."

In its 13th year, the festival's slate will include the "Broadband Theater," billed as "a new show that looks at the genre-busting ideas being found on the Web." Hosted by Sara Schaefer (from AOL music channel "The DL"), the show will screen the works of JibJab co-founders Evan and Gregg Spiridellis, podcast guru Jonathan Coulton and online sketch comedy troupe Olde English. Full Story here



Must be able to speak and read fluently in English and Spanish. Production experience a must (i.e. Handle releases, gear, runs, etc.). Experience in traveling through Central and Northern Mexico a plus. Dual citizenship a plus.

Travel dates for show are March 11 - 26th, 2007.

Salary: $125 per day; airfare and hotel covered by network

TO APPLY: email resumes to


VANGUARD Cinema & Jaula de los Perros Productions Is looking for two Latino actors to fill two crucial roles for the feature film 'FRONTERA'!

From director, Jose Rocha & producer, Adam Jacobo comes "FRONTERA", a thriller feature film, portraying the desire of money taking the life and blood of many innocent people in the human trafficking at the USA/Mexico boarder... La "FRONTERA".


Manuel - Tall, handsome, light skinned (Guero), Mexican male in his 20's. Born in Mexico but lives in CA, his strong character is defined by his L.A. surroundings. Travels to Mexico and while returning to L.A. illegally he finds himself fighting for his life. Athletic body, dresses with a checkered cowboy shirt and jeans. Must be bilingual. Must speak perfect Spanish. Have Dramatic Monologue.

Fer (Fernando) - Latino male in his early-mid 20's. Son of Immigrants, raised in the streets of L.A he beat the odds and attends medical school making his mother proud. But is involved in a turbulent and dark situation his mother wouldn't approve of. Tall, Dark & Handsome, Bilingual, Clean cut.

Have Dramatic Monologue.

When: Friday, March 2, 2007

Time: 5:15pm - 9pm
(Parking is $2 after 5pm with validation from studio)

Patricia Sturla Studios
3440 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 450
Los Angeles, CA 90010-2101

Adam Jacobo:




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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