March 22, 2007


DEADLINE: Received at PBS by 5:00pm on Friday, March 30

The CPB/PBS Producers Workshop at WGBH is an intensive, week-long seminar for producers who create or intend to create works for public broadcasting, either through a public television station or independently. Now in its seventh year, the Workshop is an opportunity for these producers to develop the skills that will benefit them most, through classes and through direct contact with some of public television's most talented personnel.

PBSThe definition of "producer" includes producer/writers and producer/directors; individuals who have worked locally as well as nationally, in all genres of programming; professionals who work in video, film, and interactive media; and those who work in studio-based as well as field production.

It is important to note that the Workshop is not for beginners. The program has been designed as advanced training, to hone and upgrade skills at a relatively high level so that the participants can apply these skills to works in progress or in the future.

The goal is to encourage a diverse and talented group of producers who will create new and greater programming achievements in public broadcasting. Many of the Workshop producers have since contributed to public television's signature programming (American Experience, History Detectives, African American Lives, Quest, NOW, P.O.V.). They have made programming for national, regional and local broadcast (The Quiltmakers of Gee’s Bend, New Jersey Legacies, Oregon Field Story) and online (Katrina Film Project, Journey to Planet Earth website). Their independent films (The Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela, Mirror Dance, Grassroots Rising, Dance Party: The Teenarama Story, Learning to Swallow, Miss Navajo) have reached national PBS air and major festival screenings.

Past participants identify the Producers Workshops as a valuable opportunity to meet, to learn, to connect with the larger public television family. As one Workshopper wrote last year, "It was so valuable to hear from [the presenters] in such intimate and concentrated sessions -- I felt really supported." Or, as another put it, "The sessions just zip by and we all wanted them to last longer. By the end, we’d built so many lasting relationships and none of us were eager for it to end, and yet we were all anxious to get back to our work, inspired to produce great films."

This year’s Producers Workshop will be held at WGBH Boston, Saturday, June 16 through Friday, June 22, 2007. The twenty participants will receive scholarship support that includes the cost of the workshop, and reasonable expenses for airfare, hotel accommodations, meals, and ground transportation.

To be considered, applications must be received at PBS by 5:00 pm on Friday, March 30. Details and application forms are available at


Film Independent is now accepting submissions for its annual Directors Lab that will take place in Los Angeles in July and August 2007. A maximum of ten screenwriters will be chosen for this intensive seven-week program, designed to help screenwriters working in independent film to improve their craft. Lab fellows receive feedback on their scripts from the Lab Instructor, outside advisors, and the other writers in the program. Film Independent is looking for well-written, compelling, independent screenplays that are nonetheless not fully polished – i.e., the writer is still creatively engaged in the writing of the script and is at a point where he or she would welcome and benefit from feedback and discussion. Writers are accepted into the program to work on the specific screenplay with which they apply. A complete draft is required to apply.

Past instructors include Mardik Martin (co-writer, Mean Streets, Raging Bull), Jeff Stockwell (The Road to Terabithia, Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys), Howard Suber (UCLA), Barbara Turner (Georgia, The Company), and Lee David Zlotoff (Spitfire Grill).

Past guest speakers and advisors include Michael Seitzman (North Country), Mike White (The Good Girl), José Rivera (Motorcycle Diaries), Don Roos (The Opposite of Sex), Rian Johnson (Brick), and Richard Kelly (Donnie Darko).

The Film Independent Filmmaker Labs are the incubators for the next generation of independent filmmakers. Committed to cultivating writers, directors, and producers with strong, original voices, the Labs provide filmmakers with the opportunity to develop their new work in a nurturing yet challenging creative environment. The following projects are just some of the exciting projects that have gone through the labs: So Yong Kim's Sundance-winning film, In Between Days; Jessica Sanders' After Innocence, short listed for the Academy Awards' documentary category; Andrea Millers' Dark Matter, starring Val Kilmer and Meryl Streep; Scott Prendergast's Kabluey, currently in post with Lisa Kudrow; Dana Jackson's Park starring Billy Baldwin; Mora Stephens and Joel Stephens' Conventioneers, winner of an Independent Spirit Award; Ted Kroeber's American Gun, recently released by IFC Films.

Submission Deadlines & Fees: Early Deadline: May 4, 2007 (postmarked) $35 Film Independent Members $55 Non-members

Late Deadline: May 28, 2007 (postmarked) $55 Film Independent Members $75 Non-members

All applicants to the Screenwriters Lab receive written coverage of their submitted scripts, regardless of acceptance to the program.

For an application or more information, go to:

For more information, please contact 310/432.1275, or email


The third annual HollyShorts Short Film Festival, which takes place August 10-12, 2007 is accepting entries. "On the heels of last year's HollyShorts, which featured 53 of the best short films from around the world, we are looking forward to a strong slate of submissions for the third annual event," said Sol. "With great industry support such as Women in Film, which last year donated a $2500 studio rental package from Casablanca Studios in Palm Springs to our WIF Award winner, this year's festival is poised to be fantastic and feature some most talented filmmakers along with great prizes."

All short films must be 30 minutes or under. Categories include Short Live Action, Short Animation, Short Documentary and Student Short ($5 Discount for all Student shorts).

Prizes include the studio package, cash prizes, film equipment and camera rental package, gift bags, distribution on and many more! Prize categories include Best Short, Best Drama, Audience choice, Best Comedy, Best Doc and Best Animation, plus many more!

Regular Deadline: April 27th $25
Extended Deadline: May 27th $35

Filmmakers are encouraged to submit their short films through Withoutabox by visiting:
You may visit the Hollyshorts website for information on submitting directly to Hollyshorts via mail:

About HollyShorts:
HollyShorts Short Film Festival is an annual short film festival showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe. HollyShorts is devoted to the advancement filmmakers through screenings, Q&A sessions and networking events. The HollyShorts Film festival showcases the top short films produced 30- minutes or less.

Hollyshorts Short Film Festival takes place:
AUGUST 10th - 12th, 2007
6356 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
Just West of Ivar on the south side of the street

For Questions or other information, please contact:
Theo Dumont/Daniel Sol
HollyShorts, Short Film Festival
phone: (818) 760-9897


CINESOL FILM FESTIVAL is currently accepting film entries. The 14th Annual Cinesol Film Festival is set for Labor Day weekend, Aug. 31-Sept. 2 at the South Padre Island Convention Center, South Padre Island, Texas. Send in your documentaries, features, shorts, horrors, comedies.

The Early Bird deadline is May 1.

For more information, call (956) 793-8783 or visit


Be part of the making of Brown is the New Green, a PBS documentary Produced by Phillip Rodriguez, about Latinos: Marketing & Media that features Comedian/Actor/Producer George Lopez.

We want to know where people watch TV. Take a photo of your living room, kitchen, work, hairdressers, grocery store, bar, restaurant, and/or wherever it is you or maybe someone you know, or even a stranger is watching TV.

It doesn’t matter if the TV is on or off, just snap a picture of the front of the TV and the room or location it’s in and e-mail it to:

Send it in with all your information including name, address, phone number and e-mail and if your photo is selected to be part of Brown is the New Green we will contact you to include your name in the credits of the documentary, an invitation to the premiere and send you a free DVD of the show.



Congratulations to the three winners of NALIP’s Conference 8 Loteria Raffle!

Voy Executive Director and former Latino Writer’s Lab speaker Dino Hainline won first prize, a $2,250 cash award. He intends to purchase a laptop computer that will allow him to “start working on projects from mobile locations.” NALIP Chicago Leader Juan Lopez won 1,000 dollars' worth of Showbiz Software, and Latino Producer’s Academy Fellow Edward Kramer received a Video iPod courtesy of Lifetime Television Networks. Many thanks to all of the NALIP members who purchased tickets, crossed their fingers and contributed to another great Loteria raffle. Congratulations again to our winners!


PRIMERA COMUNION, a short film written and directed by NALIP Membership Coordinator Daniel Eduvijes Carrera will be premiering this weekend in competition at the XIInd Annual Guadalajara International Film Festival in Guadalajara, Mexico. In the short drama, a young outsider is confronted with the harsh rituals of a rustic Mexican pueblo where cruelty underlies street life and Catholicism alike. Filmed on location in historic Atlatlahucan, Morelos with a cast composed primarily of the town’s children, PRIMERA COMUNION is Daniel’s graduate thesis film for an MFA in screenwriting and directing from Columbia University in the City of New York.



Mar. 21, 2007 - NEW YORK (AP) - Getting a jump in planning for next season, ABC announced on Wednesday that it had ordered new episodes for 14 programs that will return in the fall. They include three series that debuted this season: the surprise hit "Ugly Betty," the drama "Brothers & Sisters" and Anne Heche's Alaskan sojourn "Men in Trees." Most of the other returnees are no surprises. "Grey's Anatomy," "Desperate Housewives," "Lost" and "Boston Legal" will all be back. ABC is also committed to several of its successful reality shows, including "The Bachelor," "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," "Dancing With the Stars," "America's Funniest Home Videos," "Supernanny" and "Wife Swap." The late-night "Jimmy Kimmel Live" will also be back in the fall, said ABC Entertainment President Stephen McPherson. None of the network's comedies, including long-running series like "According to Jim" or "George Lopez," received an early commitment for next fall. The broadcast networks all announce their fall schedule to advertisers in May. Full Story here


Mar. 22, 2007 - (ScreenDaily) - As Pan´s Labyrinth scoops Mexico's Ariel Awards, Guillermo Del Toro, Cuaron and Inarritu call for amendments to Mexico's tax-shelter law with a view to filming co-productions in their homeland. Full Story here (registration required)


Mar. 20, 2007 - LOS ANGELES –The National Latino Media Council (NLMC) today sent a letter to Paula Kerger, PBS President and Chief Executive Officer, asking for an immediate meeting to discuss the exclusion of Latinos in Ken Burn’s THE WAR. “It is inconceivable how a documentary on World War II that took six years to complete would exclude the contributions of 500,000 Latinos that served our country proudly,” said retired Congressman Esteban Torres, NLMC Chair. “Without the inclusion of Latinos this documentary is inaccurate and should not be broadcast on public television.”

“It is unacceptable to us that PBS does not have a mechanism in place to flag this type of intolerable creative oversight before the end of a project,” added Marta Garcia Co-Chair of the National Hispanic Media Coalition, New York Chapter. “PBS is partially supported by tax dollars and as such, there is an obligation by PBS to provide for an accurate and complete documentary.”

NLMC is joining forces with dozens of organizations and thousands of individuals mobilizing to force Ken Burns to include the Latino experience. “Thousands of people that have family members that fought in World War II are outraged to learn that THE WAR excludes the American Latino experience,” said Martin Castro, President & CEO of the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation. “Latinos were the group that proportionally received the most Congressional Medals of Honor and we cannot be left out of the World War II story. We must be included.”

“What makes matters worse is that this documentary has an educational component, which will be widely distributed in schools. Latino children will not benefit from seeing their ancestor’s contributions to this country and this is disheartening to say the least,” concluded Congressman Torres..

Below is a copy of the letter sent to Paula Kerger.

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NLMC is comprised of 15 of the largest Latino Civil Rights and advocacy organizations in the nation and advocates for diversity in the media, especially as it impacts the Latino community.

National Latino Media Council Member Organizations:
* Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute * Latino Literacy Now * League of United Latin American Citizens * Mexican American Legal Defense & Education Fund * Mexican American Opportunity Foundation * National Association of Hispanic Publications * National Association of Latino Elected Officials * National Association of Latino Independent Producers * National Hispanic Media Coalition * National Institute for Latino Policy * National Puerto Rican Coalition * Nosotros * Puerto Rican Legal Defense & Education Fund *

National Latino Media Council
1201 W. 5th Street, T-205, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Tel: (213) 534-3026 · Fax: (213) 534-3027

March 20, 2007

Ms. Paula Kerger
PBS President and Chief Executive Officer
PBS Office of the Corporate Secretary
2100 Crystal Drive
Arlington, VA 22202

Dear Ms. Kerger:

As the Chair of the National Latino Media Council (NLMC), a national coalition comprised of 15 of the largest Latino advocacy, civil rights groups in the nation, I share with you our dismay at your March 13, 2007 letter to Latino leaders. The letter states the unwillingness of the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) to correct the record in Ken Burn’s THE WAR documentary, even though it neglects to cover the Latino story.

As you might be aware, an estimated five hundred thousand Hispanic Americans served their country proudly during World War II. Many of our fathers and uncles died for this country and their sacrifice and service has earned them the right to be included in any documentary relating to this war. PBS will disrespect our community if it broadcasts THE WAR and omits the patriotic participation of the American Latino in that struggle.

We question PBS’s record of embracing diversity. Your response to our leaders request for inclusion in this series confirms the belief in many parts of our community that PBS is intended only for the elite and not for everyone else, especially the disenfranchised. PBS’s current diversity efforts are irrelevant if, when it comes down to what is really important to the Latino community, which is our historic contributions to this country, PBS is unwilling to stand up for the truth. At a time when Latinos are often used as scapegoats in the media for all society’s ills, it is imperative that public television be willing to include the Latino patriotic contributions to this country. If it does not, there is no reason for it to continue to be funded by our tax dollars and we are forced to consider advocating for PBS to be defunded.

I am requesting a meeting with you as soon as possible to discuss this further. Please contact Alex Nogales at the National Hispanic Media Coalition, NLMC’s Secretariat, at (213) 534-3026 to schedule a meeting.

Congressman Esteban Torres (Retired)
National Latino Media Council Chair



We are looking for writing samples from Spanish-fluent writers of educational children's programming. Submissions must be in either Spanish or Spanglish, and must be written for a children's audience, something in the vein of "Plaza Sesamo."

WGA and non-WGA writers may submit.

I am the owner and operator of the Sylvia Ferguson & Associates Talent Agency.

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We are seeking post production assistance on our final touches of an outstanding short film titled "American Identity." The project has been invited to showcase as a special presentation to open the shorts film program at the 2007 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL IN FRANCE!


Editor / Trailer Producer: We need an editor to produce a two minute trailer that will be showcased at film festivals, movie theaters and online.

Special effects person: We need one scene produced using a blue screen. We already shot the blue screen. We need someone to lay in some pictures in a panoramic shot. (Copy/Credit/Some pay)

ABOUT THE PROJECT A story of two best friends serving in the US army. Their personal lives are explored to see how the events of Septemeber 11th changed their lives forever. Both are sent to battle, one came home, one didn't. (Short Film / 16mm / 38 minutes)

PURPOSE OF THE PROJECT The short film is made to be dedicated to a man and woman who lost their lives on American Airlines Flight 11 from Boston to LA on September 11. Proceeds from the film will go to "Wives and Children's Fund of Military Personnel Lost Since 9/11." CNN is doing a half hour behind the scenes feature on the making of this movie, how it came to be and the purpose that it serves. This is a short film made to gain interest in the feature film in development. The big budget feature already has financing at distribution deal in place.

SECURED DISTRIBUTION The project has distribution in the US in 27 other countries including distribution in Foreign Theaters (est. 1,030 screens) and Domestic Theaters (est. 580 screens). Other distribution outlets already secure include foreign and domestic television, internet and DVD sales.

NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT Because of the sensitive topic it explores, the film has garnered national and international support. Thanks to many sponsors this short film will have the look and feel of a big budget feature! The cast includes many A and B - list celebs who are donating their time. Donations include a major studio donating a back lot to shoot scenes, military equipment and vehicles: Hummers, helicopters etc., camera package, full post production facilities, Kodak film, Cinemfilm film processing, Motorhomes, Fotokem, 2 airports, airline tickets, hotel rooms and more have been donated including a complete production crew working on deferment in Atlanta and Los Angeles.

PRODUCTION TEAM Written and Directed by Stephen Rollins Produced by Stephen Rollins, Jesse Garcia and Henry K. Priest. Starring Allen Nabors and Jesse Garcia (Sundance award winning film Quinceanera)

TO APPLY: please send resumes/reels/ links to producer Henry K. Priest at:


JOB SUMMARY: Rapidly growing non-profit seeks a part-time ADMINSTRATIVE STAFF ASSISTANT to support Executive Director and Project Manager in all areas of organizational needs in Culver City, CA. Our mission is to bring theatre arts to youth, ages 12-21, from the foster care, juvenile justice systems and other "at-risk" communities. Currently there is no other program of this kind working regularly with this population, either on a county or state level. This is an entry level position with potential for professional growth and an opportunity to be involved in a thriving non-profit!

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES (Essential Job Duties & Tasks): *Provide administrative and clerical support such as preparation of correspondences, coordinating meetings, timesheet tracking. *This position is primarily responsible for routine correspondence, typing, filing, answering incoming phone calls. *Maintenance of data entry in Filemaker *Oversee accounts payable & donation tracking *Maintains office supplies. *Completes all large mailings and purchasing of postage. *Photocopying of program and promotional materials.

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES: 1.Attend meetings and type meeting minutes. 2.Faxing of press releases to media outlets. 3.Support volunteer recruitment by posting text onto selected list servs, screen prospective volunteers and schedule appointments to meet with Program Manager and/or Project Manager. 4.Occasional design and creation of fliers and email blast to our current contacts 5.Assist Executive Director in tracking and meeting grant deadlines

SKILLS/KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED: *Minimum of Associate Degree or equivalent work experience. *Must be comfortable using a computer. Proficient in Microsoft Office applications, Excel, Word, basic spreadsheet/database applications, experience with Filemaker is a plus. *Effective verbal, writing, listening and overall communication skills *Detail oriented, with high productivity. *Effective multi-tasking skills *Ability to work independently yet have a team-player attitude. *Experience with multiple corresponding deadlines in a faced-paced environment. *Ability to deal with the general public. *Ability to do basic accounting (i.e. bill payments) *Valid State Driver's License

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS/WORK ENVIRONMENT: Must be able to drive a motor vehicle. Must be able to lift 30 pounds. Must be flexible working in a fast-paced, non-profit environment. Experience or interest in theatre and youth arts education is a plus.

DISCLAIMER: The information presented indicates the general nature and level of work expected of employees in this classification. It is not designed to contain, nor to be interpreted as, a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications and objectives required of employees assigned to this job.

SUBMISSION PROCESS: For consideration please fax OR email cover letter & resume in Microsoft Word format to (310) 590-3191 or Reference "Administrative Staff Assistant" in the subject line of your emails. Salary commensurate with experience.

WHO WE ARE: The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization of professional artists. Our programs cultivate pride, racial tolerance and social consciousness. Read more about us at


Extremely busy Broadcast Design/Production Company looking for talented and experienced motion design/animators. Must have minimum of 3 years experience. Many high profile clients and projects so must know AfterEffects and its 3D camera very well. Strong design skill, self started and team player. 3D experience with Cinema 4d a plus.

Freelance to start with possible full-time position in the future.

TO APPLY: please email resume anda LINK to your demo to:
You may mail your resume and demo to:
JANDM Advertising and Productions
Attn: Sergio Cardenas
16122 Sherman Way
Van Nuys CA, 91406

Looking forward to receiving your submissions!


Frida Kahlo Theatre
AEA 99 Seat Code
Written/Directed by Ruben Amavizca

The play will run from April 12 to May 20 Thursdays, Firdays and Saturdays
at 8 PM, Sundays at 6 PM

MARITZA: Young actress to play late teen early twenties. Any ethnicity, BUT

There is some pay contact Ruben,




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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