February 13, 2007


Date: Monday March 5 -- 12:30 - 2:00 PM

Location: Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus, Batten 2106

Admission: General Public: $10; Students & Film Society Members: $5; MDC & UM Students: Free with student I.D.

Description: Since the 1980s, experts have been predicting a Hispanic media explosion. This seems to finally have happened since Ricky Martin, Shakira and Ugly Betty have become household names. However, the much-touted successes of a handful of performers and TV shows still beg the question of whether these changes are structural or cosmetic. Is it any easier today to make Latin-themed films and documentaries than it was 25 years ago? In this panel, high-profile producers, filmmakers and programmers ponder the question: are U.S. Latinos really rising?

Moderator: Frances Negròn-Muntaner - Executive Board Member, National Association of Latino Independent Producers/Professor, Columbia University

Panelists: Ela Troyano - NALIP Member, Director of LA LUPE; Cynthia Lopez - Vice President, American Documentary P.O.V./NALIP BOD; Benjamin Odell - Head of Development & Production, Panamax Films; Eddie Lytton - Writer/Producer, The Filmcollectiv

For more information, the full REEL Education Seminar Series lineup and ticket ordering please visit:


THE DIVERSITY DEVELOPMENT FUND (DDF) provides up to $15,000 in research and development funding for both seasoned and emerging producers of color. From writing a script to creating a trailer, DDF cultivates new projects destined for Public Television that are in the early stages of development. Producers must identify themselves as minority producers belonging to one or more of the following communities of color: African American, Latino/Latina, Asian American, Pacific Islander, Native American/Native Alaskan, or Arab American. Deadline: March 30, 2007. Guidelines and applications at www.itvs.org/producers/funding.html
Questions? Call Kathryn Washington (415) 356-8383 x258; Kathryn_Washington@itvs.org

FUNDING FOR INDIE PRODUCTIONS: LINKING INDEPENDENTS AND CO-PRODUCING STATIONS (LINCS) from Independent Television Service (ITVS) provides completion funding in the form of matching funds up to $100,000 for collaborations between public TV stations and indie producers. Projects must already be in production as evidenced by a work-in-progress tape of at least five minutes and all genres are eligible, including documentary, fiction, animation and innovative combinations. Only single shows of standard broadcast length (26:40 or 56:40) are eligible - no series. Programs should stimulate civic discourse and find innovative ways to explore regional, cultural, political, social or economic issues. Indie film and videomakers are encouraged to seek collaborations with their local public TV stations. Deadline: May 24, 2007. Guidelines and applications at www.itvs.org/producers/funding.html
Questions? Call Rod Minott (415) 356-8383 x270; Rod_Minott@itvs.org


SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival
June 12-17, 2007

100 films representing over 40 countries * Over $50,000 in prizes *
State-of-the-art digital projection

Apply now at SILVERDOCS.com or Withoutabox.com
Deadlines - Regular: February 16 Late: March 9

4-Day International Conference
4 days * 60+ programs and events * 600+ industry professionals
Cutting edge content in an intimate environment

$10,000 ACE Grant
SILVERDOCS and ACE (Animal Content in Entertainment) now accepting documentary grant proposals for theatrical, television, or new media distribution (20 to 90 mins) Project may be in any stage of development or in need of finishing funds Must cover one of the animal issues from the ACE tip sheet list


February 2nd - 24th

Two one act plays: The "Wafer" by Arthur Meiselman and "Red Colombian Sky" by Katrina Elias

Katrina Elias has been asked to be a resident writer for the new Ricardo Montalban Repertory Theatre in Hollywood, California. She is the playwright of "Red Colombian Sky" directed by Felipe Alejandro, currently being performed as part of a two one-act bill. RMRTC has created a cozy black-box theatre upon the theatre's large stage.

24 Performances:
Thursday - Sunday @ 8PM
Sat - Sun Matinee @ 3PM

For More Information:


For the first time in its 40 year history, the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre will be presenting twelve of the hottest, cutting edge Latina poets and performers in an exciting festival at its permanent theater, 304 West 47th Street, in the heart of Broadway, beginning Thursday, March 8, 2007 at 8 p.m.

SANDRA MARÍA ESTEVES, the revered Puerto Rican poet often referred to as the ‘Godmother of Nuyorican Letters’, MARIPOSA, one of the most dynamic, young poets of the New York Latino scene, as well as all time favorites LA BRUJA, the powerhouse performer PATTY DUKES, the queen of the college poetry circuit LINDA NIEVES-POWELL, and the fiery PRISIONERA have joined the roster of performers who will be participating for 8 performances at the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre. Adding their talent to this special theatrical event will be veterans such as CARMEN D. LUCCA, DRA. MIRNA NIEVES and the popular RHINA VÁLENTIN, along with the seasoned, award winning poets CARMEN VALLE and LOURDES VAZQUEZ.

Throughout the years, the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater has established a consistent record as a professional, bilingual theater company which has added diversity and quality productions to the New York theatrical landscape. The company, founded by the Puerto Rican actress Miriam Colón, has been an Actors Equity company since 1967, and has become a mecca for Hispanic and mainstream audiences who enjoy high quality, professional bilingual productions.

Opening night for the LATINA POETS FESTIVAL 2007 will be on Thursday, March 8, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. Performances also on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. Sunday performances will be at 3:00 p.m. only. This limited engagement production will run only till Sunday, March 18 at the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, 304 West 47th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues. Admission is $20 or $15 for properly identified students or senior citizens. TDF is OK. Reservations: 212-354-1293.

Purchase tickets at www.telecharge.com. Click on Puerto Rican Traveling Theater.


Media Arts Center San Diego and Union Bank of California are proud to present the fourth annual Arte Latino in conjunction with 2007 San Diego Latino Film Festival [March 8- 18, 2007]. This year’s art exhibition highlights the work of one of Mexico’s greatest political cartoonists and illustrators EL CHANGO Ernesto Garcia Cabral (1890 – 1968) alongside 14 contemporary Latino illustrators in the POP ART field of comic strips, comic books, and animation. The exhibition runs from February 15 – March 18 at San Diego Art Institute: Museum of the Living Artist at The House of Charm in Balboa Park (1439 El Prado, San Diego).

Ernesto Garcia Cabral, known as “El Chango,” left Mexico to study art in Paris just before WWI, and became well known there as a cartoonist. He returned to Mexico in 1918 and quickly became one of the country's premiere illustrators. He is best known for his expressive caricatures, which illustrated the posters for Mexican film comedies throughout the forties and fifties. For years, his fame was limited to Mexico but most recently this is rapidly changing in the international art scene. His legacy is also revealed in the amazing documentary ‘Vida en un Bolado: El Chango Garcia Cabral’ thatwill be shown at the San Diego Latino Film Festival on March 13th at 4:00 PM at UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas at Hazard Center courtesy of his family estate.

For more iinformation visit:



March is near and Conference 8 will soon be here!

The National Association of Latino Independent Producers™ encourages you to sign-up for our Story Development Workshop

Interested in sharpening your development skills? Do you have a project that needs an accelerated burst of development? The National Association of Latino Independent Producers Story Development Workshop may be the workshop you’re looking for.

The workshop is taught by UCLA Extension Instructor of Story Analysis and Screenplay Development, HARRISON REINER, and runs concurrent with Conference 8. Session times and days include; Friday evening 3/09, Saturday afternoon 03/10 and Sunday morning 03/11.

This is a personalized session that engages, collaboratively, with your emerging story to get it in the right shape to go to a next step. ***You must apply and be invited. Details available on line.***

You must be registered for the Conference in order to sign up. The Conference takes place March 8 - 11, in Newport Beach, CA. More information can be found on the Conference website.


Join Award Winning Producer, Entrepreneur and Activist Moctesuma Esparza for a private seminar where he will share the keys to personal and professional success.

As promised on our closing day of the 2006 Conference, this Conference 8 seminar will provide you with structures and tools that allow you to generate new possibilities in every aspect of your life.

Come discover your ability to communicate with impact, effectiveness, and grace.

Dialogue with leaders, one-on-one role-playing, and exercises will be covered.

This exceptional opportunity will take place at the conclusion of Conference 8, Sunday, March 11 from 10:30AM - 1:30PM. **You must sign up to be admitted – Do it Today!!**

You must be registered for the Conference in order to sign up. The Conference takes place March 8 – 11 in Newport Beach, California. More information can be found on the Conference website.



Feb. 12, 2007 - NEW YORK - AIM TV Group announced today that American Latino TV (ALTV), the original “in culture” English-language show for and by U.S. Latinos that “celebrates American Latino Pride” and its companion program LatiNation “representing a new generation” will be premiering brand new episodes this weekend in over 100 markets nationwide. The new episodes will feature a wide variety of Latinos making it big on television, from the “Dog Whisperer”, to an out of this world Las Vegas car salesman; and a special blending of cultura in the United States exploring the untapped culture of Asian Latinos, and an evolution of a musical movement from the Bronx.

ON AMERICAN LATINO TV: WWOR-My9 Sat @ 12 Noon / Sun @ 4PM
The overdue and growing influence and presence of Latinos on U.S. television is highlighted when this special episode of American Latino TV highlighting the Best of Latinos in Television airs this weekend. American Latino TV goes to Las Vegas to visit with Chop, the charismatic, smooth talking star of A&E’s “King of Cars.” In Los Angeles, American Latino offers a lesson on dealing with problem pets with Cesar Millan, better known as “The Dog Whisperer”, the first Latino to have his own show on the National Geographic Channel. Food aficionados will delight over Chef Daisy Martinez’s savory specialties with her cheerful personality and mastery of Latin cocina. Sports fans will cheer for the Latino contestants of the unscripted boxing drama, hit Reality show, “The Contender.”

This special episode of LatiNation offers a unique and compelling look at the fusion of different cultures all over the U.S, featuring groups of Latinos blending with other cultures. LatiNation delves into the Panamanian culture in the United States and explores its West Indian influence. Two New York Asian Latinos discuss what it’s like to be the product of two cultures. In San Francisco, LatiNation features an entertaining look at one of the largest Filipino communities in the U.S., Daly City also known as “little Manila”. Then it’s samba time when LatiNation features a unique look at Brazilian-Americans to answer the question: Are Brazilians really Latino? Then the show looks at how Latinos in the Bronx contributed to the creation of two distinct styles of music as chronicled in the documentary “From Mambo to Hip Hop.”

American Latino TV is in its fifth season of broadcast syndication in a record high of over 100 markets representing over 91% of al U.S. Hispanic Homes. LatiNation is in its third season also with a record high distribution of 88 markets representing over 86% of U.S. Hispanic TV homes. For information on upcoming episodes or additional markets, go to the shows’ websites at www.AIMTVGroup.com


Feb. 11, 2007 - (Variety) - Opting for recent awards-season favorites, the Writers Guild of America presented its top screenplay trophies to Michael Arndt for "Little Miss Sunshine" in the original category and William Monahan for "The Departed" in the adapted category. Arndt's dysfunctional family comedy bested "Babel," "The Queen," "Stranger Than Fiction" and "United 93." Monahan's crime drama -- adapted from the 2002 Hong Kong thriller "Infernal Affairs" -- topped "Borat," "The Devil Wears Prada," "Little Children" and "Thank You for Smoking." Both Arndt and Monahan were first-time WGA nominees, together with the rest of the field. Full Story here


Feb. 9, 2007 - ORLANDO (Orlando Sentinel) - OLA Fest, the annual Orlando Latin American Film & Heritage Festival, has to be Orlando's fastest growing film festival. Now in its third year, it has grown from a hastily-mounted four-film, poetry slam event slipped onto the calendar at the Downtown Media Arts Center back in 2005, to an 80-film, multiconcert, multipoet and multivenue event. "This growth has me surprised, or stupefied," chuckles festival founder Nelson Betancourt, an Orlando marketing and public relations professional. "I look back and see how, every year, our reach exceeds our grasp, and how it gets a little scary as you approach your deadlines and you're still raising funds." And accepting films. At press time, OLA Fest was planning to show some 30 feature films and more than 50 short films in a couple of downtown venues, including the former DMAC, now called Avalon Island. That's in addition to concerts, filmmaker talks and poetry readings. Full Story here



Arclight Films is hiring a Financial Controller to work directly with the Managing Director on all areas of finance within the company, including production, distribution, and sales financing.

The controller is responsible for managing accounting functions and preparation of reports and statistics detailing financial results. Establishes and maintains accounting practices to ensure accurate and reliable data necessary for business operations. May specialize in one or more functional accounting area such as accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, budget, tax, etc.

Email a brief cover letter and resume to:


We need cameramen and editors for a 14 episode TV show covering the hottest news in film, TV, music, fashion etc in Hollywood for a Swedish TV channel. We need people that have access to PAL equipment.

Pay is negotiable, depending upon experience and the equipment you have access to.

E mail Thomas Undhagen at:


Storytellerz is hiring freelance graphic artists to work out of our Marina Del Rey Office. Must know Aftereffects/Photoshop/3-D Studio. Should have television opening credits/montage or similar type of reel. Must be a self starter and able to take a storyboard concept to completion.

Pay is from $35 to $75/hr. - depending on experience.

Email your resume (as text within the email, NOT as an attachment), and a LINK to your reel (no attachments please) to:


Are you a SUPER ASSISTANT on the verge of being a Casting Associate? Just haven't been given that break you need to show that you will be an awesome Casting Director?

Ivy Isenberg (formerly of Weber & Associates) has opened her own casting office and is in IMMEDIATE need of a super assistant for multiple projects.

EXPECT TO BE VERY BUSY - I am looking for someone I can promote. New office is on Sunset and Crescent Heights, in West Hollywood. You must be VERY organized , a FAST worker and know comedic actors. Candidates must have scripted TV and/or film experience. Those with only Reality background will NOT be considered for this position.

Please email your resume with salary requirements to:

*Job starts ASAP* (the week of 2/12/07) and will last at least thru May/June.


1211 Pictures Entertainment is seeking cast and crew for its fourth feature film. This a low-budget film under SAG Contract. Most positions are deferred pay, shoots in May 2007. The film is the story of Juan Rodriguez, an immigrant who makes his way to the United States in search of becoming a millionaire. Shoots in Tijuana, Ensenada, Los Angeles

Writer/Producer/Director - Frank Aragon

Seeking all positions including: Line producer, 1st AD, 2nd AD, DP, Asst. to Producer

We are casting for the following:

Juan - Lead / MALE / 20 TO 30 / Hispanic, Latin
An immigrant seeking a better life in America, a risk-taker, his
limitation's are only what he sets upon himself, great personality that wins
him favor wherever he goes and whatever he does.

Marisol - Lead / FEMALE / 18 TO 30 / Hispanic, Latin
An immigrant who only dreams of taking care of her family. Beautiful,
dark skinned. A nurse in a hospital in Mexico, starting over in the
United States.

Joe Vitittoe - Co-Star / MALE / 45 TO 75 / Caucasian,
A lawyer with a heart and love for Latins, plays a pivotal role in Juan's

Mary - Lead / FEMALE / 15 TO 20 / East Indian, Hispanic, Italian, Latin,
Native American The object of Juan's affection, and inspiration, she works
in a funeral home as a receptionist. She is very smart but also naive.

Pablo - Lead / MALE / 25 TO 35 / Hispanic, Latin
An ambulance chasing attorney who is given a hand by Juan and returns the
favor that will change his life forever.

Stephanie - Lead / FEMALE / 19 TO 30 / Caucasian, Eastern European, Hispanic, Native American
A prostitute, a girl who comes from a rough life and hates most men, except Juan.

To apply or audition, email: frankthedirector@aol.com




Alex Mendoza
Alex Mendoza & Associates
AMARTE Design & Digital Printing
9513 Longden Avenue
Temple City, CA 91780


1323 Lincoln Blvd., #220
Santa Monica, CA 90401



To post news, announcements, business data or job postings, please click on the following link: webmaster@nalip.info.  To SUBSCRIBE send an email to admin-LITI-subscribe@nalip.info or to UNSUBSCRIBE send an email to admin-LITI-unsubscribe@nalip.org .

The Latinos in the Industry e-Newsletter is a free service provided by the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) with the generous assistance of Alex Mendoza & Associates (AMA) in an “as-is” basis for the education and information of users only. NALIP and/or AMA, their principal(s), employees, agents or representatives shall under no circumstances be liable for any loss or damage, including, but not limited to, loss of profits, goodwill or indirect or consequential loss arising out of any use of or inaccuracies in the information. All warranties expressed or implied are excluded to the fullest extent permissible by law. All comments and postings, including those by the Editor, are the responsibility of those individuals posting and no endorsement by NALIP and/or AMA should be inferred. Referral links and individual e-mail forwarding are permitted. NALIP reserves the right to withdraw or delete information or to discontinue this service at any time. All quoted, linked and/or referred information, as well as all copyrights and trademarks, are the property of their respective holders, used here under license and/or “fair-use” rules. ©2005 NALIP.