"Alex's Ramblings" included in this issue, read it at the end!



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.

There is less than one week left to apply, so send in your application now! Don't miss this incredible opportunity.

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





June 16th-22nd, 2007
Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY

NALIP, in association with the FLAHERTY International Film Seminars, again offers a NALIP Membership Development (Matching Grant) Program Opportunity: Scholarships to the 2007 Flaherty Film Seminar in Poughkeepsie , New York June 16-22. 3 Professional Development Fellowships are offered to NALIP members: $350 from IFS, $350 from NALIP will be given to each NALIP Fellow towards the $1000 tuition (covers room, board, materials, travel for the entire week) and travel.



The Professional Development Fellowship is designed for emerging or mid-career professionals such as filmmakers, programmers, writers, scholars, archivists, and media librarians, who might otherwise be unable to attend the Seminar without financial aid. Grants are applied directly towards registration for the seminar.

To apply, follow the instructions on the application form and submit all the requested materials in PDF or Word format to . All documentation must be submitted by March 19,2007

This is for NALIP members only -- check your status at our office: 310-395-8880 or renew today at!

Flaherty SouthThis Year's Seminar - South of the Other: Using as a point of departure the remarkably intoxicating historical period of social change during which people throughout the globe refused the political and cultural domination of imperialism, the 2007 Flaherty Film Seminar will explore the myriad ways in which cinema from Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe has exploded, invented and reconfigured notions of the self and'Ôthe other.' Themes such as homelands, migration, identity, gender, cultural specificity, Third Cinema, and notions of "the popular" will be examined.

Programmers are Cinema Tropical co-founder and co-director Carlos A. Gutiérrez, and African Film Festival founder Mahen Bonetti.

This weeklong program entices viewers to partake in unusual and unexpected ways. Beyond merely bearing witness, participants will engage in interactive media, re-imagine social roles and models of behavior, and break down the barriers that keep audiences safely seated and the maker tucked behind a camera...


Black Butterfly, Jaguar Girl, Pinata Woman And Other Super Hero Girls, Like Me.

created by Luis Alfaro
written by Maria Elena Cervantes, Sandra C. Munoz, & Marisela Norte

Feb 23 - March 25, 2007
Friday & Saturdays @ 8 pm
Sundays @ 3 pm

Admission: $8-20 Sliding Scale

El Gallo Plaza Theater
4545 E. Cesar Chavez Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90022

For info and to RSVP please call (323) 276- 1868 or



Two Films with a NALIP Connection are sneak peaking at SXSW this week! A Doc feature - Ricardo Ainslie's Ya Basta and the first narrative feature by NALIP Austin member Chris Eska - August Evening! We also have a NALIP Austin panel and reception at SXSW tomorrow.

This documentary participated in NALIP's "Doing your Doc: Diverse Visions, Regional VOices" workshop held in Austin, TX in Fall 2006 in its early rough cut string out stage with Hector Galan as its mentor. It went on to get finishing funds and is sneak peaking at the SXSW Film Festival on Wednesday. There's already buzz about the film. Hector continued to mentor the project after the NALIP doc workshop. It is a very moving film that just grabs you.

CLICK HERE for screening details for Ya Basta!

Congratulations to NALIP Austin Chapter Member Chris Eska whose first feature film will sneak peak at SXSW! He is also participating on the nalip panel and another filmmaking panel. He is another maker that is buzzing.

August Evening follows an aging undocumented worker, Jaime, and his young widowed daughter-in-law, Lupe, as their lives are thrown into upheaval. Lupe is more of a daughter to Jaime than his own children, and the two try to stick together... but change is inevitable. Filmed on location in rural south Texas, August Evening is inspired by naturalistic 1950's world cinema and is set in a world of humming cicadas, chicken farms, ethereal music, gentle glances, and rustling leaves.

Chris Eska studied sociology and art at Rice University before attending UCLA's MFA film directing program. His short films have screened on PBS, at the Coca-Cola Refreshing Filmmaker's Competition, the Texas Filmmaker's Showcase, and at film festivals worldwide. DOKI-DOKI, his UCLA master's thesis film, premiered on the national PBS series Independent Lens with an introduction by Susan Sarandon. AUGUST EVENING is his first feature and is a two-time Austin Film Society Texas Filmmaker's Production Fund Grant recipient.

CLICK HERE for screening details for August Evening!

The NALIP Austin Chapter has also once again coordinated the Latino Filmmaking Panel at SXSW and is hosting a reception after the panel with live music at the Copa.

Latino Filmmaking
Room 15
Tuesday, March 13th
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Are we on the cusp of a new Latino wave in the entertainment industry? Recently ABC's Ugly Betty has become a runaway success and three Mexican directors (Guillermo Del Toro, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Alfonso Cuaron) have become a global force in cinema. Are Latinos in the U.S. on the verge of a breakthrough? Various industry professionals share their thoughts on ethnicity and the entertainment industry and how their roles are affected and what the future might hold.

Amparo Garcia-Crow Founder, Inspirit Studios

- Amparo Garcia-Crow, Founder, Inspirit Studios
- Lizzie Martinez, Freelance
- Chris Eska, Dir, August Evening
- Lupe Valdez Agent, Acclaim Talent/Anteros Films
- Yesenia Garcia, Actress, NALIP

CLICK HERE for details

Also of interest at SXSW:
A Conversation with Elizabeth Avellan

Room 15
Monday, March 12th
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Elizabeth Avellan is the groundbreaking producer of such hit films as SIN CITY, the SPY KIDS trilogy, and ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO. Avellan was also an executive producer on IN AND OUT OF FOCUS, a documentary about balancing motherhood and a career in the film business. In addition, she executive produced SECUESTRO EXPRESS, a topical Venezuelan narrative about the dangerous trend of "express" kidnappings in her home country. Currently, Avellan is working on Troublemaker's next project, GRINDHOUSE, along with independently producing THE TRUTH IN TERMS OF BEAUTY, an intimate look at the life of photographer Herman Leonard. Join her during a one-on-one discussion about her impressive career, and what the future holds for more groundbreaking productions.

Sandra Condito , Dimension Films

- Elizabeth Avellan, Troublemaker Studios
- Sandra Condito, Dimension Films

CLICK HERE for details



Mar. 12, 2007 - LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Dramas with single male leads are as popular as ever, but none of the leads went to a black actor this pilot season. That is not surprising given the fact that there hasn't been a successful drama series with a black lead. There have been a number of attempts through the years, including three with James Earl Jones: "Paris," "Gabriel's Fire" and "Under One Roof." More recently, UPN's "Kevin Hill" and ABC's "Day Break" starred Taye Diggs. USA Network tried a new spin on "Kojak" with Ving Rhames as the lillipop-loving detective, while on the opposite side of the law, Andre Braugher led a crew of criminals on FX's "Thief," for which he won an Emmy. A few years ago, Braugher toplined another critically praised but short-lived series, ABC's medical drama "Gideon's Crossing." Full Story here


Mar. 13, 2007 - (Variety) - Bigtime novelists don't usually give away Hollywood rights to their work. But scribe Jonathan Lethem is basically doing that -- with a few caveats. For "You Don't Love Me Yet," his L.A.-based, music-themed novel that sees release this week, Lethem will give away the film option to a "select filmmaker." By eliminating the option fee, he hopes he also has removed a deterrent faced by some producers. But in what amounts to a variation on a backend deal, he wants to be paid 2% of the budget once the pic's made -- and that's no small sum, if the budget starts to climb. Arrangement gives Lethem control over who would make the film; he says he hasn't decided on anyone in advance or made a secret deal with a producer. Lethem also wants all rights to the characters to go into the public domain after five years. That could make larger studio distributors, who rely on ancillaries based on such characters, a little more reluctant to make or buy the film. Full Story here



We are looking for completed feature drama or feature action scripts about rebellious teens on skateboards. Specifically, we're looking for something in the vein of 'Kids' or 'The Outsiders,' except with skaters.

Budget will be between $1 and $2 million. NON-WGA writers only should submit.

I am a veteran music video producer, and although this will be my first feature, I am working with a professional skater who is attached to this project.

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4. You will be submitting a logline and synopsis only, and you will be contacted to submit the full script only if there is interest from the production company.


FREEDOM FILES, a 9-part documentary series on everyday Americans standing up for their civil liberties, is searching for full-time assistant editors. Paid position in Los Angeles. The person will be one of 2 assistant editors on the project.

Starts approximately March 19th and goes for about 21 weeks.

We're looking for people with excellent Final Cut Pro experience. Ability to handle: digitizing, logging, exporting, media managing, trouble shooting, etc. We're working on an X-SAN, and using Pilotware, so experience with those a plus (especially Pilotware).

TO APPLY: please email your resume & cover letter to both emails below:


Director of Photgraphy Needed
Experiecence with Panasonic 24p DV Camera for short film, "Look at Me," a dramedy about a young woman dealing with self esteem. Shooting dates: late April, weekends.

TO APPLY: send reels to or call 323-218-9182


We are looking for the best and brightest contestants to take a shot at $1 million on America's hottest new game show! You MUST be over 25 years old, live or be able to come to the LA area, and not been on a game show in the past 10 years.

We are holding auditions the next 2 weeks, so respond ASAP as spots are filling fast.

Please email the following to:
You MUST include the following information:
1) First and Last Name
2) Age
3) Contact Phone Number
4) Photo (jpeg preferred)
5) A Short Paragraph on why you would be the perfect contestant



Mis Queridos Compinches and Compinchas,

IT IS OVER!!! The best opportunity this year to further one’s career, the NALIP Conference 8 at Newport Beach, is over, finito, caput, done. Four days of the best education in our field, the best networking opportunities, the best to meet old friends (I re-acquainted with an old school chum of mine, Hernan de Becky, that I have not seen since we graduated in 1985), the best to meet new friends (I found a twin soul on the PR filmmaker Jose Orraca), the best to get motivated and excited, the best to do new business or push ahead old ones, but…, as usual, the best of the best is… EL TACO DE OJO (Special mention here to Veronica)!!! I don’t want to be cataloged as a player, I attend the Conference with my wife of 25 years, but we are in a business that over appreciates beautiful people, somebody has to do some research in current trends, que no? If you missed it, in your sin you carry your punishment. If you attended, it was a pleasure to see you all in there.

I again this year write this rambling at a time I’m nursing a humongous hangover, this one NOT induced by alcohol (I promise you that I just drank ONE tequila and that ONE was Sunday late with some leftover delegates), is due to just plain exhaustion. As you may know, one of my companies, AMARTE Design & Digital Printing, has been honored to be retained by NALIP to handle their Event Graphic Image Program for the last four years. Contrary to previous years this year I failed to have all the materials at hand by the time the conference started. If you registered Thursday and were unable to pick up your ID Badge not until Friday Morning, I do personally and humbly, ask for your forgiveness. Do not blame the organization (I’m already in deep caca creek with the leadership), it was entirely my fault. To those that noticed my failures, but immediately forgave, thank you for your generosity. To those that didn’t noticed them, thank you, for being so despistados.

Well, those are the bad news. The good ones… everything else were superbly executed by the organization. The breakout sessions this year were less crammed (it seems impossible, at the end of each of the Conferences, that NALIP can do better, to surprise us every year with an even better one). Per some of my friends and acquaintances, some of the breakout sessions achieved epiphany status. And then again, there are many delegates and speakers that do not attend any session if they are not in the panel; the Conference is so good and well attended that being there is just enough to draw a benefit from it.

I myself had the infinite pleasure to host a chat between five of the top Latino Activists in our industry; Alex Nogales (NHMC), Moctesuma Esparza (NALIP), Helen Hernandez (Imagen Foundation), Eddie Olmos (LALIFF, LPB) and Frank Zuñiga (Producer/Director, former Chair of the NHMC) that prolonged way above the time allotted, where we talked about the past, current and probable future of the Latinos in the Industry.

Even when I don’t have the official results, I am empirically seguro that the “Speed Pitching” sessions and the Latino Media Market™ were very successful furthering the projects of some of those that were clever enough to sign for them well in advance. But not only in those formal opportunities was the wheeling and dealing happening. It was exciting to walk the halls (and I don’t exaggerate when I tell you that I most have walked more than 50 times the entire length of that pinche long chorizo of a hotel) while people were showing their projects on portable DVD players (oh, so many of them) and giving their 5 minute pitches in impromptu meetings happening everywhere. All kinds of distribution and production companies were present there. I personally did very good with all my companies; Alex Mendoza and Associates, landed two new clients for our consulting services; AMARTE Design and Digital Printing, for which the Conference is its best showcase, and ALPA Development Co., a lodging real estate company, with which I am trying to develop an hotel in Ensenada, Baja, Mexico. Yes even THAT business was benefited by the Conference since, just yesterday, a dear friend of mine, to whom I have told about my hotel project during the Conference, called me to introduce me with a prospective legit partner with loads of cash. Is just that good, is just that good.

The parties…? Well, as I told you, this year I worked so hard and under such stress, that I was every night “mamado” (as Colombians like to say). So I didn’t attend but the Gala, that was outstandingly entertaining thanks to Joey Medina who functioned as host of the event (I was amazed that I didn’t snooze during it). But I got reports on all of them being as good or better than previous years (of course the best is reported to have been the after Gala party, perhaps due to the fact that I sent to the party the bottle of tequila that I was supposed to have drank myself that night).

I have to go back to work on all those projects pushed to the back burner while I am overwhelmingly occupied by the Conference (and the NHMC Awards Gala, that happens just two weeks before), but I will be remise if I don’t address the following to the novatos to the Conference:

I am seguro that you are now still in a high due to your participation on the Conference, your motivation is at a max, and that now you have better hopes for success. Well this is the time to harness that enthusiasm and energy and start making those follow-up calls that you promised to do. If any of the Big Wigs that you met asked you to call or send something to them, do it now! All contact info for the speakers is at the end of the Conference Program Guide. Even if you didn’t meet any Big Honcho personally, call them any way, you could even lie that you met them in the halls, they have met so many new people that I am sure they will believe you. Now that the Conference is over, is the time to use what you learned and the people you met, to further your project(s) during the rest of the year, so in the next Conference (who knows?), may be the time to close on that deal!!!

OK, mijos y mijas, an orgasmic pleasure to have shared with you, once more, one of the best events for Latinos in the Industry in the year. See ya all next year at Dana Point, le cae negra al que no vaya!

Un abrazote, apapacho y besote pa tochos! Si, tambien pa ustedes, los machotes.

Alexito el Cansadito


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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