May 29, 2007

DEADLINE JUNE 1 : CBS DIVERSITY INSTITUTE WRITERS MENTORING PROGRAM

This Friday, June 1 is the deadline for the fifth session of the CBS Diversity Institute's Writers Mentoring Program.

CBSThe Writers Mentoring Program helps aspiring writers to break in and move up in the business. Each participant is matched with two mentors - one is a senior level writer/producer on a CBS primetime series, the other is a CBS or Paramount TV creative executive. Participants meet regularly with their mentors for advice and support on improving their writing skills as well as career advice and guidance

The primary focus of CBS' Diversity Institute Writers Mentoring Program is to provide access and networking opportunities for talented and motivated diverse writers – with a focus on writers of color.  The program is based in Los Angeles.  It begins in October 2007 and runs through the end of May 2008.

The Writers Mentoring Program is not employment and there is no monetary compensation. It is, instead, a structured program of career development, support, and personal access to executives and decision-making processes; with the goal of preparing aspiring writers for later employment opportunities in television.

For more information and an application visit www.cbsdiversity.com


STUDENT FILMMAKERS SCREEN SHORTS CELEBRATING LATINO COMMUNITY LEADERS (SAN DIEGO)

As part of the Voices of Change project, four short documentaries produced by local youth will be screened at the third floor auditorium of the Central Public Library on Wednesday, June 27th at 6:30 PM. The Central Library is located at 820 E St. in downtown San Diego. Youth producers from the Media Arts Center San Diego Teen Producers Project and interviewees will be present for a Q&A after the screening. Additionally, two short behind the scenes documentaries profiling the project and the student filmmakers will be screened. The screening is free and open to the public.

Young people living in the San Diego neighborhoods of Barrio Logan, Downtown, Golden Hill, North Park and El Cajon have produced four short documentary videos about important community leaders over the past year. Working alongside media arts instructors from the Media Arts Center San Diego, teen filmmakers interviewed and researched the life work of Roger Cazares, Victor Ochoa, Father Richard Brown, and Herminia Acosta Enrique (Techitzin), to create a four-part series of compelling stories that celebrate and document Latino leadership in our communities, as well as address important issues like immigration, affordable housing, art, culture, and community organizing.

Films to be screened:

The Premiere of Herminia Enrique, Defendiendo Mi Cultura
Herminia Acosta Enrique (Techitzin) spent her life giving back to the community and celebrating her cultural heritage by educating children in dance, culture, and history. This film documents her commitment to the community.

Roger Cazares: Justice, Passion, & Community
From his mother's altruism to his father's work as a labor organizer, Roger Cazares found a passion for justice that guided his work and continues to shape his current efforts to make San Diego a better place for all people.

El Padrecito del Barrio
This film explores Father Richard Brown’s dedication to Barrio Logan and his love for the people who live there.

Pintando La Comunidad
For Victor Ochoa, art is meant to empower, educate, and create dialogue in the community. This documentary explores the work and ideas of this Chicano artist and activist.


THE NEW LATINO THEATER COMPANY PRESENTS "MELANCHOLIA"

Melancholia
Directed by Jose Luis Valenzuela
Developed and Written by the LTC Laboratory
Produced by Latino Theater Company

May 31st - June 23rd, 2007
Thursdays & Fridays @ 8PM
Saturdays @ 2PM & 8PM

Los Angeles Theatre Center (Theater 4)
514 S. Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

WITH:
Geoffrey Rivas, Lucy Rodriguez, Fidel Gomez, Carmen Corral, Michael Esparza, Sam Golarzi, Ramiro Segovia, Tonantzin Esparza, Hugo Medina, and Esperanza Ibarra

General Admission: $20.00
Students, Seniors, Groups (10+): $15.00

For Reservations call:
(213) 489-3281
or email: tickets@latinotheater.com

About the Play:
“Melancholia” is a unique look at mental and emotional damage inflicted on service men & women and their families after experiencing combat. The play explores the subject matter from a specifically Latino cultural perspective. Under the direction of Jose Luis Valenzuela, Melancholia was developed by the Latino Theater Company Laboratory through a process of research, improvisation and the exploration of new theatrical expressions. The play approaches the topic with drama, humor, music, dance, movement and a little Shakespeare.


CALL FOR ENTRIES: CARACOL DE PLATA

Caracol de Plata seeks advertisers, sponsoring businesses, and non-profit organizations in general from Latin America, Spain, Portugal and any other country in the world where Ibero-American communities exist to participate in their public service announcement competition. In categories ranging from Print Press, Television, Radio and Alternative Media, Caracol de Plata will be honoring public service announcements that demonstrate originality, creativity, and diverse content.

For more information on Caracol de Plata and their call for entries, please visit www.caracoldeplata.org


PUSH FOR LATINA HOST ON "THE VIEW"

Thank you to all of you who have responded to my recent email regarding my recommendation as HOST for THE VIEW.

Outspoken Latina LA TIMES writer Alisa Valdes Rodriguez is encouraging all Latinos to send emails to Barbara Walters of THE VIEW voicing our opinion that we MUST have a Latina host on THE VIEW. I was, of course, flattered when I happened to see her blog and discover she was recommending me for the position. Needless to say, I would LOVE to voice my extremely loud and outspoken pro-Latino position on the show!

Now, with my limited cyber capabilities, here are the DIRECT LINKS to log on to the blog and post a message, and/or, even more important, send BAWA Walters an email, to make it much easier.

Alisa Valdes Rodriguez -- DIRECT LINK TO BLOG:
http://alisavaldesrodriguez.blogspot.com

(click on: THE VIEW NEEDS A LATINA); you can also click on a direct link to send
Barbara Walters an email;

Or:
BARBARA WALTERS -- DIRECT LINK TO SEND HER AN EMAIL:
http://abc.go.com/theview/hosts/walters.html

PLEASE FORWARD TO ALL LATINOS AND PROGRESSIVE INDIVIDUALS WHO THINK WE NEED LATINO REPRESENTATION!

thank you.
ortelli

 

NALIPSTER'S "ASH WEDNESDAY" AT NYILFF

The independent film "Ash Wednesday: Capítulo Unus" will have its World Premiere at the New York International Latino Film Festival in New York City, presented by HBO.

The New York International Latino Film Festival will run from July 24-29. Calixto Chinchilla, the Executive Director of the festival stated: "This year the festival received a record number of films making this year a difficult, yet beautiful year to program."

The festival will be announcing the full lineup and schedules very soon, which will be posted at www.nylatinofilm.com.

Synopsis: Ash Wednesday: Capitulo Unus is a highly stylized thriller of an underworld of unspoken brutality, secrets and shame. A seemingly innocent reckless act starts an explosive sequence of life-changing events for one family that leads to an international threat of a longstanding crime world.

The cold-blooded crime world will never be the same. "Ash Wednesday: Capítulo Unus" is directed by Ricardo Mendoza, and it is his second feature film. The first, El Escape of De Los Santos (El Escape De Los Santos) participated in the Hollywood DV Festival, and was picked up for distribution by Venevision International. The movie was released in 2006 on DVD nationwide in retailers everywhere, as well as on video on demand through the traditional outlets, hotel chains and on Virgin America airlines.

For theatrical trailers, video clips, photos, film stills, audio, and more please visit: www.digitalworkstudios.com

 

 

 

HOW MANY MEXICAN STEREOTYPES DO YOU KNOW?

May 25, 2007 - SAN DIEGO (La Prensa San Diego) - As a little boy growing up in Laredo, Texas, William “Memo” Nericcio used to watch Speedy Gonzalez cartoons like any other American kid in the 1970s. “I used to laugh a lot with that little mouse,” said the San Diego State University English professor. “I used to laugh at the way he talked, the way the other mice used to behave.” In Laredo, Nericcio was part of the Mexican majority there, that’s why he never questioned the negative portrayals of Mexicans through the cartoon. "Everybody looked the same as me, everybody talked the same as me, so it wasn’t an issue,” he said. It wasn’t until he made it to graduate school that he started looking at media stereotypes of Mexicans more critically. “I began to look at it as a scholar, with different eyes,” he said. “I realized that those images were wrong.” Full Story here


"UGLY BETTY" ACTOR FINDS WORK OUTSIDE STEREOTYPES

May 25, 2007- (HispanicBusiness.com) - For more than three decades, classically-trained actor Tony Plana has portrayed characters who couldn't be further from his real self and has successfully built a career along the way in an industry where only a handful of Hispanics have thrived. Today, the 54-year-old actor appears as Ignacio Suarez on the hit ABC show,Ugly Betty. It's a role Mr. Plana says is like "coming full circle." "My wife says that this character, of all the characters I've played in over 30 years of making films and television shows, is the closest to who I really am," Mr. Plana says. Despite a system that does little to promote Hispanics, Mr. Plana has carved a successful career as a film, television and stage actor. Considered one of the pioneering Hispanic actors – alongside Edward James Olmos, Cheech Marin and Hector Elizondo – Mr. Plana has helped pave the way for other Hispanic artists, especially through his 15-year-old East L.A. Classic Theatre. Full Story here


THE POLITICAL PIN-UP

May 22, 2007 - (The Guardian) - It was a brisk day in London, 2005. Gael García Bernal, the doe-eyed Mexican star of Amores Perros, The Motorcycle Diaries, Babel and The Science of Sleep, was walking through Whitechapel in the East End of London with a couple of friends. It was during his run at the Almeida theatre in Lorca's Blood Wedding. "We were really hungover. And all of a sudden one of us started to dance," he says. "It was very cold. One of us said, 'Imagine we were going to Tepoztlán. Imagine if we were going to a swimming pool.'" Tepoztlán is a village outside Mexico City known for its swanky weekend houses, country retreats for the capital's wealthy. "We imagined this yuppie guy who goes to his parents' place, and tries to stop his girlfriend getting there," he says. An idle fancy born from the London chill has now become a film: Déficit, García Bernal's directorial debut, which premiered in the Critics' Week (out of the main competition) at Cannes yesterday. Full Story here


BULLOCK SET TO STAR IN "PROPOSAL"

May 24, 2007 - (Variety) - Sandra Bullock has been tapped to star in Touchstone Pictures' romantic comedy "The Proposal." Mandeville's David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman are producing; Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci will exec produce. Peter Chiarelli script concerns a demanding female boss faced with deportation to Canada who agrees to a sham engagement and marriage with her young male assistant. A director has yet to be named. Full Story here


CANNES YOU GO TO "EL CINE?"

May 26, 2007 - PHOENIX (KJZZ) - The 60th Annual Cannes Film Festival invites two local Latino filmmakers to screen their Spanish-language short film about three immigrants crossing the dangerous Sonoran Desert. KJZZ's Marcos Najera reports. Audio Story here

 

EQUITY STAGE MANAGER

Rick Khan, Artistic Director of the Tony-Award winning Crossroads Theater Company is seeking an equity Stage Manager for the Lincoln Center showcase of YO SOY LATINA!. Please send resume and contact info to me at latinoflavored@aol.com and I will pass it on. Must be available 5/31, 6/1, 6/5 and 6/6.

Thank you,
Linda Nieves-Powell
www.latinoflavored.com


PRODUCERS, DP, UPM WANTED FOR FILM PROJECTS (AUSTIN OR LA)

Looking to hire 2 Co-Producers to start immediately. We need the person to know the ins and outs of producing. If they KICK Booty, they will be given incentives. We will also pay for HOTEL, PER DIEM, and all related.

Also, we need a Line Producer, UPM, DP. Austin, TX preferred but consider LA too.

One Film is a faced paced High School Teen Comedy. The other film is a Young Market Horror Movie. Both movies would cover the teen market and 18-35 market.

These films are not Studio, but Independent, SAG. This is a paid job.

THE FILM is based in AUSTIN, TEXAS with PREP in LOS ANGELES.

AEM Entertainment/Paramito Films is producing this project.

We plan to shoot two movies PREP/ PRINCIPAL with 6 months.

TO SUBMIT: please email your cover letter and resume, including your contact info, and any websites if applicable, to:
aem@aementertainmentcorp.com

Be sure to put which job you are applying for in the subject line of the email.

Warm regards,
Eric McCall
www.AemEntertainmentCorp.com


EDITOR FOR DOCUMENTARY SERIES

Eyes of the World Productions seeks EDITOR for 30-45 minute documentary
(Episode 1 of 5 part series).

Editor MUST:
* Be based on the Westside (LA)
* Have your own PROFESSIONAL FCP SYSTEM
* Be available for 6-8 weeks starting in mid to late July
* Have proven documentary storytelling track record on longer form projects and solid technical skills
* Experience working on episodes which include a number of computer graphics and animations
* Be a positive, dedicated person
* Have good references

Pay range: $1500-2000/week depending on experience and inclusive of system.

ABOUT THE PROJECT:
Methamphetamine Addiction and Recovery is an innovative package of five video programs and companion print curricula that gives scientifically accurate, clinically up to date, and compelling information about methamphetamine addiction and recovery. Its primary audience is recovering meth users and their families in the thousands of treatment programs around North America.

The projects is sponsored by The Tom and Stacy Siebel Foundation, UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Program, and The State of California.

ABOUT US:
Eyes of the World uses the power of media to raise awareness of social issues to create positive change. We make advocacy videos, promotional videos, educational videos, and documentaries.

TO SUBMIT: email your resume and LINKS ONLY (NO movie files as attachments) to:
melissa@eyesoftheworldproductions.com

If you do not have your reel on the web, you may send a physical reel to us at:
Melissa Rossi
Eyes of the World Productions
PO Box 777
Venice CA 90291

Thank you!


PART-TIME PERSONAL ASSISTANT

at Wondervision Entertainment & Music

Part-Time Personal Assistant wanted on as-needed basis.

REQUIREMENTS:
Must have knowledge in the music & entertainment industries
Must have own Vehicle
Must have PR Skills
Knowledge Of Copyrights & Entertainment Contracts
Production Assistant Experience A Plus

MUST BE:
Quiet Worker
Trustworthy
Reliable
Confidential
Self Motivated
Computer Literate
Extremely Organized
Christian - A Plus

DUTIES:
Office Duties
Setting Appointments
Personal Errand
Research
Making Press Kits
Music Studio Experience A Plus

TO APPLY: email your cover letter, resume, and list of referrals to Wondervision Entertainment & Music at:
godmaestro@aol.com


CASTING CALL: HD SHORT "THE BOYS"

Primo Pictures is casting a 30 minute film titled "The Boys", shot on HD. Shooting dates: First week of August.

Logline: A coming of age/ road trip story about four friends coming to terms on their friendship, lives and culture.

We are currently seeking strong up and coming actors for the following characters. Its very important the actors look the age.

Diego ( 18 years old, Latino, clean cut, smart, the boy next door look, LEAD)

Jimmy (18 years old, a Latino James Dean, cool, guitar playing ability a plus, LEAD)

Ramon (18 years old, Latino, athletic type, stud, cocky, full of testosterone, LEAD)

Papas (18 years old, Latino, overweight, quiet, extremely shy, preferably tall, LEAD)

Stephanie (20 years old, Caucasian, blond, superficial, attractive, O.C. type, Co-LEAD)

Valerie (18 years old, Caucasian, free spirited, attractive, O.C. type, Co-LEAD)

Vanessa (18 years old, Latina, sassy, emotional, hard nose, attractive, SUPPORTING)

Lucy (45 years old, Latina, mother type, loving, caring, SUPPORTING)

Tio Cruz (55 years old, Latino, tough, overly worked, high tempered, SUPPORTING)

Skateboarder (12-14 years old, quirky, quick witted, SUPPORTING)

There is some pay, including copy, credit, meals, traveling, & lodging.

Email headshots to primopictures@yahoo.com or send to:
3520 Amethyst Street, Los Angeles, CA. 90032
Attention: John Carvajal

 

 

Editor

Alex Mendoza
Alex Mendoza & Associates
AMARTE Design & Digital Printing
9513 Longden Avenue
Temple City, CA 91780
626-614-8277

Co-Editor


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