March 15, 2007

NALIP, LPB & the NEA with Columbia College Chicago and IFP/Chicago Present
April 13-15 2007 in Chicago, Illinois

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? Join us in Chicago - April 13-15 – Friday night through Sunday night for Doing Your Doc: Diverse Visions, Regional Voices.

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 Illinois, preparing you to receive production funding and apply to national professional programs while developing your unique stories and views.

For more information visit us online at or call (310) 395.8880.


Watch NALIP Estella Winner for Narrative
Judy Hecht Demmontet’s,

Opening, March 16, 2007

Written and Directed by Judy Hecht Dumontet


God, Greed, and the American Dream.   A tiny town in New Mexico is turned upside down when the face of Jesus Christ appears upon a tortilla.

Welcome toFalfúrrias, New Mexico…population 73.   A tightly-knit community revolving around church, family, and fresh Mexican food – and not necessarily in that order.

Across the plaza from the church is the town’s only restaurant, called Tortilla Heaven. It’s owner and proprietor, Isidor Navarro, makes the very best food in all of New Mexico. But no one knows about it — except for the 72 other people who live in the town. Why? Because Falfúrrias is 3 miles from the highway, and the only thing linking them to the rest of humanity is, as they call it, a pinche dirt road. Which isn’t a good thing.

One Sunday, while the rest of town piously prays the Lord’s Mass, Isidor makes tortillas for the lunchtime crowd.  But today he’s having trouble with the dough.  He rolls it, slaps it, slams it; yet time and again one tortilla comes out wrong.  “Jesus pinche Christ!” he curses, tossing it onto the comal (grill). What he doesn’t notice is that the tortilla begins to burn — in a very special way. And on it appears the face of the just maligned Jesus Christ.

It is undoubtedly a miracle. In the most unlikely of places.

Of course you can't keep a miracle secret. By next day the whole town crowds into Isidor's restaurant. And no one's there to eat. “Show us the miracle!,” “We want to see the Tortilla with the face of Jesus Christ!” Suddenly, Isidor has a revelation: he can make a fortune! He charges them 3 bucks a head; $1 for the Father, $2 for the Son, $3 for the Holy Spirit. And although no-one is rich in Falfúrrias, everyone happily pulls out the green.   

Word spreads like wildfire. The pilgrims come from all around the State. To worship. To gawk. To leave heart-felt prayers tacked to the walls of the Tortilla's newly-built shrine. There’s a counting of the miracles; all the unexplainable and wondrous events occasioned by the Tortilla’s appearance: including a child who can suddenly walk; a suddenly profitable business for Isidor, and, most convincingly, the resuscitation of a pig.   

Among the hordes comes a city-slicker named Gil Garcia. Suspiciously out of place in a bright red, souped-up, low-rider pick-up, with three Chicana babes always in tow. Billing himself as a management consultant, agent, and attorney-at-law, Gil introduces Isidor to the ideas of expansion and franchising…even Tortilla Heaven merchandising. All Isidor has to do is “sign on the dotted line”….and all his dreams for himself and his family will come true. Of course, Isidor signs Gil on his partner.

As the bucks begin to roll in, everyone in town tries to claim the Tortilla for themselves. The mayor insists the Tortilla belongs to the city, with all admission fees to go towards building a municipal golf course.   The priest knows better: “Jesus Christ is the registered trademark of the Roman Catholic Church!, ” he insists. Soon there are souvenirs, memorabilia, and the Mug of the Holy Mug   (“Have Jesus with your coffee – as He appeared to us!!”).  Under Gil’s guidance, Isidor eventually takes in everyone in Falfúrrias as his business partners, and for a while everyone can live off the Tortilla…and does.

But of course Gil is really the master of the scam. Manipulating the contractual fine print and preying upon ignorance and greed, Gil soon pits family against family, friends against friends, husband against wife. Rather than basking in riches and glory, Falfúrrias is being pulled deeper and deeper in debt. Suddenly the whole town is fighting. No one is speaking to anyone, no one is sleeping with anyone, and Tortilla Heaven becomes Tortilla Hell. Even Isidor’s wife and young son want nothing to do with him.

At the brink of financial disaster and facing the estrangement of his family, Idisor resolves to restore normalcy. But is he too late? And who in Hell is this Gil?

And that’s when the REAL miracle occurs.


The Producers Guild of America is proud to announce its third annual Producing Workshop, “THE POWER OF DIVERSITY.” This Workshop will draw upon a wide range of seminars and perspectives designed to foster the development of diverse voices in Television Comedy, One Hour Drama, Reality Television Series and Motion Pictures.  

Up to twenty (20) participants will be encouraged to explore, create and refine creative visions and stories that reflect our diverse culture.  Applicants may be at any stage of career development, from emerging creative voices to those well-established in their careers.

This year’s program provides a veritable “crash course” in producing, giving participants a comprehensive overview of the essential skills of the producing trade through a series of seminars and master classes with some of the top professionals working in film and television today, supported by one-on-one mentoring work with a member of the Producers Guild.  Topics to be addressed include: writing, pitching, budgeting and scheduling, fundraising, marketing, and new media opportunities. 

  • Workshop call for entries is now open and closes on April 13th at 5:00 p.m.
  • Applicants will be notified by April 27, 2007.
  • Workshop sessions will take place throughout the months of May and June. If selected, participants must be available to attend the duration of the program.
  • Workshop sessions  typically will be held weekday evenings from approximately 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Producers Guild of America offices at 8530 Wilshire Blvd., Ste 450, Beverly Hills, CA 90211.

Speakers at this year’s Workshop will include Marshall Herskovitz (Blood Diamond, The Last Samurai), Mark Gordon (Grey’s Anatomy, Saving Private Ryan) and Debra Martin Chase (Courage Under Fire, The Princess Diaries) in addition to others. 

Only one application/project per applicant, please.  Applicants must apply by mail only.  No faxes or drop offs will be accepted.  To apply, please submit:

  • Application (CLICK HERE to download).
  • 1-2 page treatment or outline of project (TV Comedy, One Hour Drama, Motion Picture); or detailed 1-2 page plan of execution (Reality Television Series).  In addition to summarizing the project, the submission must demonstrate an engagement with questions and issues of diversity.
  • A current resume.

Send (4) copies of all materials to:   PGA Producing Workshop
Producers Guild of America
8530 Wilshire Blvd. Ste 450
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

For inquiries contact Helen Vonderheide at (310) 358-9020 x100.  The PGA Workshop is offered at no charge; a good idea and passion are the only requirements for admission.

All projects must be registered with the Writers Guild of America prior to submission.


THE NEW LOS ANGELES is screening at two LA film festivals this month. Never have the stories in the film—living wage, hotel worker organizing, immigrant rights, black-brown dialogue—been more timely than in today's Los Angeles.

Saturday, March 17th @ 7:00 PM*
The Other Venice Film Festival

@ Switch Studios
316 S. Venice Blvd, Venice, CA, 90291
Tickets: $10; Street parking available
*THE NEW LOS ANGELES is part of the Political Film Series 1 programming block and will be preceded by 25 minutes of shorts. For more information or to purchase tickets online (recommended), visit

Sunday, March 18th @ 3:30 PM**
San Fernando Valley International Film Festival

@ Beverly Garland's Holiday Inn
4222 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91602
Tickets: FREE (seating on a first come basis); Parking at hotel: $6
**THE NEW LOS ANGELES is part of the Documentaries programming block and will be preceded by two films, so we anticipate THE NEW LOS ANGELES will begin around 5:30 PM (please arrive early to ensure a seat). For more information, visit

THE NEW LOS ANGELES is a powerful portrait of a city transformed by immigration, race and labor. The film takes the viewer on a journey from the bitterly fought, racially driven election that brought Mayor Tom Bradley to power in 1973, to the historic election of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Along the way, it profiles the political empowerment of Latinos and immigrants working in multi-ethnic coalitions to transform their lives. Includes interviews with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Maria Elena Durazo, Assemblywoman Karen Bass, and the late Miguel Contreras. THE NEW LOS ANGELES was directed and produced by Lyn Goldfarb. Please visit for more information or to order a DVD.


taught by the authors of
"I Liked It, Didn't Love It: Screenplay Development from the Inside Out"
Rona Edwards and Monika Skerbelis

Saturday, March 17, 2007
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

The Writers Store
2040 Westwood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025

"Maneuvering Film Festivals" provides the strategy needed to get the most out of the 3,000 film festivals around the world to advance your film career. In order to have success at marking yourself at the many film festivals available, you need to have the tools. This course will provide valuable tips and resources to help you organize and put together the necessary materials needed to have a productive and beneficial festival experience.

This class will cover such topics as:
* Targeting the right Film Festivals for your film
* What you need to know when submitting your film
* Creating a promotional strategy
* Making the Festival circuit work for you

Please RSVP by calling at (800) 272-8927 or emailing:

RONA EDWARDS, A graduate of California Institute of the Arts, was Vice President of Creative Affairs for Emmy-winning actor, John Larroquette, Emmy-winning producer, Fern Field and Oscar-winning producer, Michael Phillips. With five movies to her credit, including Out of Sync (VH1) and The Companion (USA/SciFi), she recently set-up up a feature Matchmakers at Warner Bros. and Blind Trust airing in 2007 on Lifetime Television.

MONIKA SKERBELIS has fifteen years of studio executive experience working in the story department at Paramount Pictures, 20th Century Fox and running the story department at Universal Pictures. She is the Artistic and Programming Director for the Big Bear Lake International Film Festival. She is a producer with Edwards Skerbelis Entertainment (ESE).


REEL RASQUACHE 2007: Festival of the U.S. Latino Experience in Film & Art
DEADLINE: March 30, 2007

A unique West Coast celebration of films by and about U.S. Latinos, the 4th annual Reel Rasquache Film Festival will take place on the weekend of May 4th-6th at California State University, Los Angeles. 

Filmmakers are invited to submit films that celebrate the rich spectrum of Latina/o experiences in the U.S. on all topics and in all genres - animation, documentary, experimental, features, and shorts.

Reel Rasquache, in its fourth year continues to strive to build bridges/puentes – between East and West Los Angeles, between community and the University, between U.S. Latino independents and the Hollywood industry. By showcasing new works by U.S. Latino filmmakers and artists, the Festival will promote access – by local communities, filmgoers and entertainment industries to new U.S. Latino film and art. By facilitating an intersection of U.S. film and arts communities, University academic programs, and diverse audiences from across Los Angeles, the Festival will provide a forum to promote/showcase new talent and provide students with new learning opportunities.

For Festival information, submission specifications, and to download the 2007 Entry Form, please visit



Did you apply to the Conference Story Development Workshop? Or did you attend it and are now ready to write your screenplay? Do you have a first draft that needs special feedback to be ready for producers, directors or funders? NALIP's Latino Writers Lab is the Program for You!!

This unique program invites you to a 5-day intensive in New York where your script is mentored, in detail, gives you the summer for your writing and then brings you to Santa Monica in September for more ideas on scene structure and script notes.

NOTHING like this is available elsewhere for Latino/a screenwriters!
Postmark deadline is FRIDAY, MARCH 16 - Get your materials to us or drop them by Santa Monica on Monday. Don't miss this year's program. Download registration details HERE


Every year three films are selected from the NALIP Conference series, NALIPsters on View, that represent the best in short-filmmaking among NALIP Members.

The top three films this year were:

PRIMERA COMUNION by Daniel Eduvijes Carrera

A DAY AT THE THEATER by Kenneth Castillo

BLACKBERRIES by Yennifer Behrens

These films were chosen by the NALIPsters on View selections committee and will be awarded autographed George Romero memorabilia. Many thanks to everyone who screened their work and congratulations to our winners!


President Kreger Defends Ken Burn’s Exclusion of Latinos from WWII Documentary

In a March 13th letter to Latino community representatives, Paula Kerger, President and CEO of the Public Broadcasting System (PBS), rejected the demand that PBS delay the release of Ken Burns’ 7-part WWII documentary, until it is re-edited to include the Latino experience. “This is unacceptable and an insult to the hundreds of thousands of Latino veterans who served in World War II,” responded Professor Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez of the University of Texas at Austin and one of the leaders of the Defend the Honor Campaign that met with Kerger last week to discuss the issue.

The Ken Burns documentary, which is scheduled to air in late September, has been the target of mounting criticism in the Latino community because of its exclusion of the experience of Latinos. The 14-hour series was six years in the making.

“How is it possible, that in the six years it took to make this film, no one involved thought to ask where are the Latino stories?” asked Gus Chavez, another founder of the Defend the Honor Campaign.

In her reply to the group, Kerger noted that PBS is supporting community outreach and educational initiatives attached to the Burns documentary. That local programming is intended to “bring forth the many stories that are not part of the Ken Burns series.” PBS will consider programs produced by local stations by possible national airing, she said.

But the local programming isn’t enough, the Defend the Honor Campaign organizers said.

“Once again they want to relegate us to being the side attraction, keeping us out of the main act,” explained Marta Garcia, a New York-based founder of the Hispanic group.

Angelo Falcón, another founding member of the Defend The Honor Campaign, noted that the timing of the Burns documentary was particularly troublesome.

“Our demand for inclusion comes at a time when the Latino community is too often under attack as being ‘unwelcomed foreigners,’ despite the fact that the majority of us are U.S. citizens and, in the case of WWII, close to half a million of us served this country,” said Falcón.

Rivas-Rodriguez, who established the U.S. Latino & Latina WWII Oral History Project at the University of Texas at Austin eight years ago, said that the community response to news of the Burns documentary has been visceral.

“All Americans feel a deep, personal, connection to WWII,” she said. “These are our parents, our grandparents, aunts and uncles. We know their contributions and sacrifices. And we are painfully aware of how the have not had the recognition they deserve. It is our duty to right this wrong.”

Various Latino groups and individuals are calling for a boycott of PBS, while others plan to pressure the corporate, foundation and government sponsors of PBS and Ken Burns, said Chavez, a Defend the Honor Campaign organizer out of San Diego, CA.

“We are disappointed that PBS, being a public television network, was not more responsive to our community’s concerns,” said Chavez. “They have not heard the last from us.”

Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez is an associate professor of journalism at the University of Texas at Austin and director of the U.S. Latino & Latina WWII Oral History Project (
Gus Chavez is a Latino community development and education advocate based in San Diego.
Marta Garcia is founder and co-chair of the New York Chapter of the National Hispanic Medica Coalition
Angelo Falcón is president and founder of the National Institute for Latino Policy, based in New York City


Mar. 13, 2007 - (Screendaily) - Action epic breaks North American record for biggest March opening and comes in as third biggest R-rated opening; Disney's Wild Hogs trails with $28m in second place, while Sony's Ghost Rider crossed $100m threshold. Full Story here (reg. required)


Mar. 13, 2007 - AUSTIN (AP) - Películas de kung fu mal dobladas, spaghetti westerns, efectos de mala calidad, diálogos cursis, sexo, violencia, sangre y mucho más (o menos, según el punto de vista) sirvió de inspiración para "Grindhouse", la nueva película de Robert Rodríguez y Quentin Tarantino. Full Story here



Ten years-old and growing, the ILFF, the Bay Area’s only Latino film festival, is seeking an Executive Director to carry out the festival’s mission. This person, who should be bilingual, is responsible to the Board of Directors for all aspects of the organization’s success, including strategic planning, day-to-day operations, financial stability and the maintenance of positive relationships with all constituencies. Salary commensurate with experience.

TO APPLY: contact Board Chair John Petrovsky Carvajal at or (415) 453-3616 x. 231


Boutique foreign film distribution company with offices in Venice seeks full-time executive assistant, $25K. Start soon or immediately.

Phones, invoicing, scheduling, shipments, and administrative duties. Superior writing and communication skills required along with computer/MS Office savvy. Background in graphic design, web content administration, and Quickbooks helpful but not required; will train. Love of foreign film/interest in distribution a strong plus; potential for growth for the right candidate.

TO APPLY: email your resume and cover letter, with "Assistant Applicant" in the subject line, to:


Telegroup Canada

We are looking for romantic comedies and romantic dramas (similar in feel to the Harlequin romance novels) that have a small cast (two leads and 4-5 principals) and a small number of locations. Must be contemporary, with an emphasis on tight, linear storylines, e.g.: "Single woman with a busy career trying to find the time to meet a man;" "Woman with kids going through a divorce and getting back into dating;" " Widower or just divorced, juggling work, kids and starting to date again."

Credits include 'Lonely Knights' and 'Rescue Me' which are still in distribution and airing on TV. I took a sabbatical from the industry for quite a few years, but am now back in it. In addition to having a project going to the various networks as a series, I also have other strong ties in the industry that have allowed me to garner financing for the right script.

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America's Next Top Model is now casting for Cycle 9. We are searching for women, ages 18 to 27, and 5'7" or taller. If you think you have what it takes to make it in the high stress, high stakes world of modeling, please email us ASAP!

Please email ALL the information listed below to:

In your submission, you MUST include the following information:
1. Name
2. Age
3. Height
4. Weight
5. US Citizen (yes or no?)
6. Contact Information
7. Photos (Preferably one head shot and one full body picture)

For more info about the show, please go to:


Cima Productions Inc. is an independent feature film production company with a proven track record focusing on the Latino market. (For more info please visit: We’re looking for action and/or comedy writers to work for hire from our original concepts. Pay will be deferred but guaranteed upon production. High likelihood that your work will get produced! Get screen credit. Get in the union. Send inquiries to: You will be forwarded a script release to begin the process.


Casting Associate Mike Pointer is offering another round of FREE COMMERCIAL CLASSES this month! Excellent information on how to make thousands of dollars in residual income doing television commercials. Mr. Pointer teaches outstanding cutting edge strategies that help actors quit their day jobs, and build a successful career.

These classes are highly recommended by top agencies such as Commercial Talent, Commercials Unlimited, The Morgan Agency etc.

The upcoming dates are:
Sat., Mar. 17th, 6pm
Sun. Mar., 18th, 6pm
Wed., Mar. 21st, 7pm
Sat. Mar., 24th, 6pm
Sun., Mar. 25th, 6pm

Bring a headshot and resume. Arrive 15 minutes early for awesome door prizes including 50% off photo shoot discounts!

Call (323) 939-4612 or sign up online at

Class to be held at:
Hey, I Saw Your Commercial! Studios
1017 South La Brea Ave. #B
(1 Blk. South of Olympic Blvd.)
Los Angeles, CA 90019
(323) 939-4612




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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