April 24, 2007


NALIP has selected 12 projects/13 Fellows to attend their fifth Latino Writers Lab starting Wednesday May 2 in New York City Chosen from a very competitive national pool of writers vying for a chance to attend the 2-part lab, the 2007 LWL. Fellows come from Arizona, California, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York , Puerto Rico and Toronto, Canada. Each writer brings a rough draft or treatment to develop at the spring workshop, which includes screenwriting techniques taught by USC instructor David Howard, and private project mentoring for 4 afternoons. The writers then have the summer to complete a fresh draft, which is discussed in seminars and mentoring sessions during the fall session in Santa Monica.

Time Warner is a long-time supporter of NALIP, and has made a commitment to the education and professional development of Latino/a creative artists through the LWL and LPA Programs in 2007 and 2008. The in-depth, hands-on and concrete advancement of projects and careers in these National Signature Programs has a tangible effect on writers, producers and directors.

Time Warner joins the Writers Guild of America East, a program sponsor since its inception. The union's dedication to diversity and storied support of emerging and mid-career professional writers will be discussed at a special lunch presentation during the Lab. Executive Producer Joana Vicente, HD Net Films will also do sessions with the writers, along with generous LPA and Conference mentor Fernando Ramirez, who supplies essential legal survival wisdom to the 2007 Fellows.

All events are held at the Beekman Tower Hotel in New York . The Fall Lab will take place in September in Santa Monica . The 2007 Fellows are:

Illiam Carillo, New York, NY

Isabel Duarte, Toronto, Ontario

Marilyn Duarte, Toronto, Ontario

Jaime Escallon-Buraglia, Toronto, Ontario

Conrad Gomez, Albuquerque, NM

Cristina Ibarra, New York, NY

Sonia Malfa, New York, NY

Adrian Martinez, New York, NY

Martin Neilan, Montclair, NJ

Jose A. Martinez Ortiz, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Juan Jose Quintana, Venice, CA

Raul Rios, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Marco Santiago, Phoenix, AZ


Enjoy Latin cinema while entering to win a trip for two to Tribeca Film Festival's Red Carpet World Premiere event. Hurry...contest ends this Wednesday April 25th. When you enter make sure to enjoy Jaman's most recent Latin American library addition FOREIGN LAND by Walter Salles director of Motorcycle Diaries. Click here to enter: http://www.jaman.com/redcarpet/index.html


ROPA VIEJA FILMS and PARADOX SMOKE PRODUCTIONS proudly announce the World Premiere of our film, "SALIM BABA," produced and photographed by NALIP New York member Francisco Bello, in competition at the 2007 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL!

About the Film:
Salim Muhammad is a 55-year-old man who lives in North Kolkata, India with his wife and five children. Since the age of ten he has made a living screening discarded film scraps for the kids in his surrounding neighborhoods using a hand-cranked 1897 bioscope projector that he inherited from his father. A pragmatic businessman as well as a cinephile, Salim runs his projector with his sons in the hopes that they will carry on his legacy of showing films to the local children.

For ticketing and info please visit www.tribecafilmfestival.org

SALIM BABA will be screening as part of the "Family Legacy" program of short films at the following times:
Thu, Apr 26, 11:15pm
Sat, Apr 28, 5:30pm
Tue, May 1, 10:00pm
Fri, May 4, 8:00pm
Sun, May 6, 2:00pm

Please visit the Tribeca Film Festival website for pricing and theater locations.

Please come support the film and cast your votes!!!

Hope to see you there!
Francisco Bello
Tim Sternberg
Ropa Vieja Films


Nalipster Alex Castillo proudly announces the world premiere of Amarelinha, the poignant story of a Brazilian little boy (Brody Cody Lee) who fakes a learning disability to get more attention from his father (Alex Castillo). Amarelinha will world premiere as an official selection in the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival.

Written and directed by Francois Choquet, this English/Portuguese language family film is set in Downtown Los Angeles and combines live action with animation. The following are the Tribeca Film Festival screening dates and times:

Saturday April 28 @ 10 am and Sunday 29 @ 10:30 am
AMC Kips Bay
570 second Avenue (at 32nd St.)
New York, NY 10016

Wednesday May 2 @ 3:30 pm
AMC Village VII (AV7)
66 Third Avenue (at 11th St.)
New York, NY 10003

Thursday May 3 @ 3pm
Regal Cinemas Battery Park Cinemas 11
102 North End Avenue (at Vesey St.)
New York, NY 10281

Sunday May 6, @ 10 am
Tribeca Cinemas (TC)
54 Varick Street (Below Canal Street, at Laight St.);
New York, NY 10013

More information at:


NALIP member Henry K. Priest heads to New York in hopes to further develop a project in development titled BEYOND THE MAT. The project was selected by Robert De Niros' team at Tribeca Film Festival to participate in the much coveted Tribeca All Access (TAA) program. (April 25th - May 6th, 2007)

Beyond the MatFor its fourth year, the program will showcase 32 projects by people of color. TAA matches African American, Latino, Asian American, Native American and Pacific Islander filmmakers with potential investors in a series of one-on-one meetings and other events during the annual Tribeca Film Festival.

Penned by Chapman University graduate Erik Martinez, BEYOND THE MAT is a story of two high school wrestlers put their friendship on the line for the sport they love, setting one of them on a journey to self-discovery that brings him one step closer to manhood.

There is already a buzz about the project as it garnered much support from the wrestling community and is endorsed by the US Olympic Wrestling team, the National High School Coaches Association and many organizations. “The wrestling community in the US is 20 million strong but the sport of wrestling has been under represented in the media. We believe a film about the great sport is long overdue.” said Priest who has become the go-to-guy for projects that feature the sport of wrestling. In the past he has produced, written, directed, choreographed, and cast wrestling scenes in international and national commercials for companies like Nike, Adidas, SBC Global and others.

BEYOND THE MAT will be directed by Van M. Pham, produced by Kase Chong, Teresa Hsu and Henry K. Priest. For investment opportunities and to learn more about the project visit the films website where you may view a trailer at http://www.BeyondtheMattheMovie.com.

NALIP members may be familiar with Priest as he is a three time NALIP award winner. He was recognized as the 2004 NALIP Video Slam winner with the film he produced titled UnderDOG, 2005 NALIPsters on View winner with the film Sunday Evening Haircut, and 2007 NALIP winner in the Documentary Pitch Competition with his animated pitch of a documentary feature film titled Veritas. Other projects recently produced by Priest include the soon to be released A Stain on the Sidewalk which stars Emily Rios (Quinceanera) and is written, directed and produced by Adam Schlachter (Imagen Award winner for My Backyard Was a Mountain); and American Identity, written, directed and produced by Steven Rollins with Jesse Garcia (Quinceanera) on screen and also on board as producer.

CONTACT Henry K. Priest Phone: (323)365-1496
Email: Henry@BeyondtheMattheMovie.com


Independent filmmaking is about passion and skill. But it's also about access and opportunity. That's where Project:Involve comes in. It's Film Independent's signature diversity program linking you to mentorships, education, and job placement. We've opened the door for over 475 diverse filmmakers - it's your turn now.

If you possess a diverse, independent vision and are passionate about pursuing a career in filmmaking, apply to Project:Involve!

Past mentors and workshop leaders include Carl Franklin, Catherine Hardwicke, Spike Jonze, Kasi Lemmons, Christopher Nolan, Alexander Payne, and John Singleton. P:I alumni include Effie T. Brown (Real Women Have Curves), Billy Luther (Miss Navajo), and Jessica Sanders (After Innocence).

Now accepting applications for the 2007–2008 program year.

For an application and more information on Project:Involve, visit FilmIndependent.org and click on "Diversity" or email ProjectInv@FilmIndependent.org

NALIP members may apply at the discounted Film Independent member rate!

FINAL DEADLINE: Monday, April 30, 2007


Hot Tamales Live premiered April 2002 and FIVE YEARS LATER, we are still launching new stars and creating a platform for multi-talented and multi-ethnic performers. We have been featured on E!, Access Hollywood, Extra, Insider, Univision, Telemundo, Fox, CBS NY, New York Daily News, Los Angeles Times and much more…

We are now the longest running female Comedy/Variety show in the Nation!!

Latin Hollywood Films, is proud to announce that Hot Tamales Live is now solely owned by our company. We are now ready for a worldwide multi media launching. Be part of the celebration!!! Bring everyone you know, that needs a laugh after TAX SEASON! Make your reservations now before we sell out.

Join us Thursday, April 26th @ 8PM
World Famous Comedy Store
8433 Sunset Blvd /cross street La Cienega

Tickets: $15 Dollars Per Person/ 2 Drink Minimum 21 and over.
For VIP Comp Tickets RSVP by email Kikikiss@aol.com or Call 310 441-5454

With Your Host: Kiki Melendez
All Star Lineup: Shayma Tash, Sexy Marlo, Sunda Croonquist, Shawn Pelofsky, Shayla Rivera, Ludo Vika, Bernadette, Grace Fraga
MUCHO MACHO: “The Vince Vaughn Wild Wild West Tour” Ahmed Ahmed
Sketch Comedy: Dave Cobert, Maeria Paez, Samath Lam, Marlen Alto, Ada Luz Pla, Emanuel Gironi, Marion Davis, and Keyla Wood.
Featuring: Mr and Mrs Smith Salsa
Produced and Directed by: Kiki Melendez


Amigos of Culture Clash, come join us on our 23rd anniversary Saturday, Cinco De Mayo (May 5) @ 3:00 PM at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre. We're also celebrating 23 years of politically relevant, historical and hysterical theater work as well as the launch of public ticket sales to our L.A. premiere of Culture Clash's ZORRO IN HELL. We're giving away FREE opening night tickets to the first 30 who dare to dress in ZORRO outfits! Help us unveil the theatre's marquee and receive free goodies like it was the El Monte Swap Meet!

At the Ricardo Montalban Theatre located at 1615 North Vine Street, in the heart of Hollywood. Get your "Z On" sharply at 3:00 PM.

Viva Culture Clash!



Watts Village Theater Company presents: Always & Forever

(World Premiere) by Michael Spillers
Directed by Guillermo Avilés-Rodríguez

What happens when a group of kids and St. Jesus Malverde take a '56 Chevy to Tijuana? If you’ve ever wondered what México, Morrissey and Adán Sánchez have in common, don't miss the world premiere of Always & Forever.

Featuring: Richard Azurdia, Gisselle Castellanos, Jesus Castanos-Chima, Cristina Frias, Horacio Galaviz, Dennis Garcia, Giselle Jones, Rudy Marquez, Xavier Moreno

Apr. 14 - 29 Thurs. - Sat. at 8:00 p.m. and Sun. at 2:00 p.m.

[Inside the Ford] @ The Ford Amphitheatre
2580 Cahuenga Blvd., East, Hollywood, CA 90068

Tickets $20, Students and Seniors $10*
*tickets must be purchased through the Box Office
Box Office: (323) 461-3673

For more details about ALWAYS & FOREVER and Watts
Village Theater Company, please visit:

April 26th at 8pm
April 27th at 8pm
April 28th at 8pm
April 29th at 2pm (Closing Performance)





Living heritage: George Cisneros does a final check on his digital mural installation, Somos (We Are), at Museo Alameda.

Texas' most visited city is quintessentially Latino and proud of it.

San Antonio, with a population of 1.7 million, is the USA's seventh-largest city and is 60% Latino. So it's only fitting, perhaps, that the newest attraction here is what's billed as the nation's largest Latino museum. The Smithsonian-affiliated Museo Alameda opened April 13 on San Antonio's Market Square. The flamboyant pink-and-green building boasts 20,000 square feet of exhibit space in 11 galleries that illuminate the modern Latino experience in this country.

Plus, it's probably the only museum of any kind to sport a pink-and-green elevator floor airbrushed low-rider-car style.

The museum "is telling an American story through Latino eyes," he says. "A place like this in the time we're living is especially important because it says that culture knows no borders. We're all blended."

After years of fits and starts, a lively arts scene is taking root in Southtown, adjacent to downtown. At the San Angel Folk Art gallery in the Blue Star Arts Complex, owner Hank Lee sells the work of 25 contemporary artists. Not all the creators are Latino, but much of the work has a Latin flavor.

"We're at this great crossroads. Mexico, the American Southwest and the American South come together here," he says. "The roots are so strong in this town, people gravitate toward Hispanic art."

It wasn't always this way, says Franco Mondini Ruiz, 47, an attorney turned artist whose fanciful re-created botanica occupies a permanent gallery at the Museo Alameda.

"Fabulous things have happened in the last 10 to 15 years," he says. "Many Latino artists here were self-taught. The parents of Mexican-American kids my age weren't going to send us to college to become artists. We were going to become doctors and lawyers. So we made do with what we had. And then suddenly, outsiders were telling us we were fabulous."

Nowhere is this Latino pride more visible than in Market Square, the historic heart of the Latino community. The opening of the Museo Alameda is a long time coming. Restaurant owner Jorge Cortez says he and others set out 17 years ago to create a cultural zone in Market Square, which he still regards as the "heartbeat of Latin culture" in San Antonio.

And director Muñoz forged the first museum affiliation with the Smithsonian a decade ago. (Now, 152 museums have that status.) Inside are objects as disparate as an early NASA satellite, Mexican Emperor Maximilian's emerald ring and vintage Mexican movie posters.

Putting the finishing touches on his botanica exhibit, artist Ruiz surveys the adjoining gift shop, stocked with wonderfully quirky items — a "Make Tacos Not War" art piece, an Andy Warhol-style soup can piñata.

"Assimilation happened five minutes ago," he says. "There's still so much that has to happen. But it's finally happening. We are creating our own institution, and we get to interpret our own culture rather than having it interpreted for us."

Excerpt from article by Jayne Clark for USA TODAY

Photo by Joel Salcido for USA TODAY


PRIMERA COMUNION, an award winning short film written and directed by NALIP Membership Coordinator Daniel Eduvijes Carrera will be screening Thursday, April 26 as a part of Film Independent’s Project: Involve Directors Showcase. 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.

When: Thursday, April 26 at 8:00 pm

Where: REDCAT Theater, in the Disney Concert Hall Complex, Downtown Los Angeles

Admission is free. RSVP (required) at projectinv@filmindependent.org

Film Independent champions the cause of independent film and supports a community of artists who embody diversity, innovation, and uniqueness of vision. For more information about Film Independent, directions or for a complete listing of films in the Project: Involve Directors Showcase please visit www.filmindependent.org


NALIP Latino Writers Lab's script honored at Columbia University.

NALIP's Lab alumni Jose Luis Orbegozo and Michael Niederman received Columbia University's screenwriting highest honors for their screenplay Saint Carlos of Gowanus. The feature script, developed during the 2006 Lab under Miguel Tejada-Flores' mentorship, tells the story of an indigenous Kechua boy from Ecuador who can heal the sick with his hands.

10-minute excerpts of Saint Carlos of Gowanus will be read on Monday, May 7th, at the Screenwriting Night of the Columbia University Film Festival. Mike and Jose Luis will also participate in ScriptConnect, an initiative from Columbia University to connect the writers with NY and LA film industry members.

CUFF - Screenplay Readings
McGraw Hill Auditorium
1221 Avenue of the Americas (entrance on 49th Street)
Monday, May 7, 2007
6:00pm Faculty Selects Screenplay Readings
7:15pm Awards Presentations and Reception
Visit the website

SAINT CARLOS OF GOWANUS (Coming of age drama )
Columbia University Faculty Selects, 2007

Don't call it Magic. Little Carlos wouldn't.

Little Carlos can heal the sick with his hands. But is this power a blessing of a curse? After the death of his wise Grandma Rosa, Carlos is left on his own to understand why has been given this gift. As the adults in his life, including the self-serving Pentecostal preacher Santino, and Jorge, his conflicted father, try to influence him to their own benefit, Carlos must travel far from his home, a tiny Ecuadorian town, to a foreign land called New York City, to discover the answers of his path and to find a path for his future.

JOSE LUIS ORBEGOZO and MICHAEL NIEDERMAN first met at an interdisciplinary writing class at Columbia University. As a final project they developed Bare, a multi-media dramatic piece combining live performers interacting with video installations. Soon after that, they co-wrote Proof of Birth, the script for Jose Luis' thesis film. Proof of Birth won Best Screenplay at the 2006 BEA (Broadcast Education Association) screenwriting competition. In February of 2006, Mike and Jose Luis traveled to Ecuador to do field research with indigenous Kechua communities, in order to develop their feature scrip, Saint Carlos or Gowanus. Saint Carlos was selected to participate in the NALIP (National Association of Latino Independent Producers) Screenwriters Lab, sponsored by TimeWarner. Saint Carlos of Gowanus was honored as a Faculty Selects screenplay at the 2007 Columbia Film Festival Screenplay Competition.

Jose Luis, a former Spanish teacher in his native Colombia and in the US, currently works developing an educational TV series for CUNY-TV, which he will also direct.

Mike, a New York City native, received his MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University in 2006. He is the co-artistic director of Ignited States, and works in non-profit education.




Apr. 22, 2007 - LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "Ugly Betty" star America Ferrera is in negotiations to reprise her role as Carmen in "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2," a sequel to the 2005 comedy-drama about a group of galpals who bond over a pair of shared jeans. Multiple sources say Ferrera's return isn't by choice. The actress, whose star turn in the ABC series has catapulted her to cover-girl status, is being forced to the negotiating table by the film's producer Alcon Entertainment, which exercised its sequel option on Ferrera, along with her co-stars, Amber Tamblyn, Alexis Bledel and Blake Lively. Alcon, which has a deal at Warner Bros., is owned by FedEx chairman Fred Smith. In fact, the actress had been eyeing a starring role in "An Invisible Sign of My Own," a film in development at MGM, sources added. That project is being produced by Ventanazul, MGM's recently launched Latino label run by Salma Hayek, who also is executive producer of "Ugly Betty." Full Story here


Apr. 20, 2007 - HOLLYWOOD (News.com.au) - Erik Estrada, the once hunky star of the hit 1970s show CHiPs was honoured with a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame today. As officer Frank "Ponch" Poncherello in the series based on the exploits of two California Highway Patrol officers, Estrada set hearts fluttering with his Latino good looks and cheeky way with the ladies. Estrada arrived in style, heading a California Highway Patrol motorcade, to unveil the 2336th star on the landmark at Hollywood Boulevard. Estrada was honoured as "a shining example of Hollywood's great tradition of stardom turned to the purpose of important humanitarian causes". Full Story here



Busy Post Production Studio in Santa Monica seeking to fill a full time client services position.

Candidate should have great organization skills, be fast and cheerful to clients and on the phone--- person will also do reception duties, filing, ordering lunches, keeping clients happy with their individual needs.

Position will expand based on abilities. Position is 5 day week 9am-5pm. Person must have car. Spanish speaking a major Plus. You must have the skill set we are looking for. This is an entry level position but will grow with the right person.

Pay is negotiable.

TO APPLY: email your resume and cover letter to clientservices101@yahoo.com


Larry Levinson Productions is looking for completed feature-length western scripts as writing samples for a writer-to-hire opportunity. We will also consider these submissions for an outright option. This will be for a series of low budget television movies, so submissions should be for a television audience and should reflect an understanding of television formatting and budgets.

WGA and non-WGA writers may submit. Budget should be between $1 and $5 million.

Our credits include 'Desolation Canyon,' 'Rough Riders,' and 'Johnson County War.'

1. Please go to www.InkTippro.com/leads
2. Enter your email address (you will be signing up for InkTip's newsletter - FREE!)
3. Copy/Paste this code: 24x41k39m1
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.


Metaphor Entertainment, Inc. is looking for completed DRAMATIC screenplays. They have partnered up with Temple Club Entertainment, a film financing company, to develop several projects from $200K - $5M. We are ONLY accepting DRAMATIC screenplays at this time. Please do not submit any other genres.

E mail ALL the following information to: info@metaphorfilms.com

1. Logline and synopsis only
2. Estimated budget
3. Any attachments the project currently has
4. A note stating that you are the sole copyright owner and that you have the right to submit your script for production consideration.
5. No writer/directors may apply unless you have a proven theatrical track record or you are willing to let someone else direct. Please include a note clarifying.
6. You MUST put in the subject line: Jeff Gund Referral


Auditions for the Latino Theater company's production of Melancholia will be held this thursday at the Los Angeles Theater center. 514 South Spring street, LA, 90013. Attached is a schedule and character breakdowns. SIDES AVAILABLE on SIDES EXPRESS. To schedule an audition contact Fidel Gomez or Geoff Rivas at (213) 489-0994. Or email them at fidelegomez@aol.com or grivas@latinotheater.com

Character Breakdowns:

MARIO: Male. Any ethnicity. 18-25. A marine from East LA recently returned from Iraq. Mario comes home a shell of his former self. He struggles to maintain a sense of normalcy while his mental and emotional life begins to crumble.

CHRISTINE: Female. Latina. 18-25. Mario's sister. A brainiac with a smart mouth. Christine is inquisitive and questions everything. She is excited for Mario's return but suspects that he is changed.

ALEXIS: Female. Any Ethnicity. 18-25. Mario's girlfriend. She has faithfully awaited his return so that they may start a life together. She is smart, educated but with a sense of humor. She initially ignores Mario's changed behavior but ultimately must let him go.

GLORIA: Female. Any Ethnicity. 38-45. Mario's mother. Gloria is all heart. Her first-born son is her greatest pride. Her maternal instinct tells her something is wrong with him. She blames herself for letting him go to war.


Date: Thursday April 26th
Time: 10am to 6pm

Start Date: May 1st
Days and times: Mondays through Fridays 6pm to 10pm, and Saturdays 3pm to 7pm.
Tech: May 27th through the 31st all day.

May 31st to June 23rd.
Thursday through Saturday with two shows on Saturday.
4 weeks total.

Fringe festival (In Edinburgh, Scotland)
Rehearsals start July 30th
Festival: August 5th t0 the 27th


“Celia Cruz: The Musical”
Cardenas Marketing Network(CMN)

The Musical produced by David Maldonado and directed by Jaime Azpillicueta, is based on the life of “Salsa Queen” Celia Cruz

announces Open Auditions for Off-Broadway production of



All performers are welcome to audition on April 30, however, all must be bilingual (Spanish/English). The roles are for: Celia Cruz (Afro-Latina females: 20-70); Pedro Knight (Afro-Latino males: 20-70); Male Nurse (Urban Latino males: 26-29); and Ensemble/Others: (Afro-Latino male and female singers/dancers: 20-45). All the people taking part in the auditions must provide a resume and a photograph.

Women auditioning for the role of Celia should prepare a salsa and bolero song. Men auditioning for the roles of Pedro and/or Male Nurse should prepare a monologue in Spanish. Those who are unable to attend should mail a photo and resume to: ATTN: Celia Cruz: The Musical, Orpheus Group Casting, 167 Chrystie St., New York, NY 10002.




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Alex Mendoza & Associates
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