Latinos In The Industry

11 Latin Movies You Probably Didn't See Last Year But Should

By NALIP member Vanessa Erazo and Eddy Martinez, for ReMezcla

It's been a tough year for Hollywood. Box office sales are down 4% compared to last year. But it's hard to feel bad for an industry that sold close to $10 billion worth of movie tickets. Even when it's a good year for theater sales, it's always a struggle for independent and foreign films to attract an audience. In comparison to a big studio movie that can make hundreds of millions of dollars the top ten grossing foreign films of the year made less than $30 million collectively.

Since we know it's sometimes hard to make it out to an art house, here is our list of the Top Eleven Latino Films of 2011 That You Probably Didn't See But Should (the Full Story includes trailers for all of the films).

Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu

The director of Amores Perros, 21 Grams, and Babel was back in the theater this year with one of the top grossing foreign language films of the year. Biutiful is the story of a father who is trying to protect his two children from his out of control wife but knows that he will die soon. He does what he can to survive, emotionally and physically. If any of you saw the film in a theater, it is hard to deny the power of Javier Bardem's performance in the lead role, especially when everyone around you is sobbing uncontrollably. Besides inciting public crying Bardem also nabbed an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. The film was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film and countless other awards: Golden Globes, Ariel (Mexico), Goya (Spain), and BAFTA (Britain).


"Business Plan 2.0 Building Basics" Virtual Intensive Bootcamp

Let 2012 be the year you get your movie made! NALIP mentor and founder Stacey Parks is offering a course to help you kick off the new year right: the Film Specific Business Plan 2.0 'Virtual' Intensive which focuses on how to formulate an independent film Business Plan for today's marketplace... one that allows you to raise money responsibly for your film and incorporates both traditional and 'new' 2.0 revenue streams.

This online program starts on Thursday January 12, but you can you save $50 off tuition of you register by Wednesday January 11. Click here to read more and to register while there's still a few seats left.

Deadline Approaching: Cine Las Americas International Film Festival

Cine Las Americas invites filmmakers, producers and distributors to participate in The Cine Las Americas International Film Festival, now in its fifteenth consecutive year. The festival will be held April 24-29, 2012 in Austin, Texas. The festival showcases contemporary films from Latin America (North, Central, South America, and the Caribbean) and the Iberian Peninsula. Films made by or about Latinos in the U.S. or the rest of the world, and films by or about indigenous groups of the Americas are also invited to participate.

Deadline: January 16, 2012 at 5:00pm ($20, or $15 for students or NALIP members)
Late Deadline: January 30, 2012 at 5:00pm ($40, or $30 for students or NALIP members)
Please note: submission deadlines are not postmark deadlines.

For complete guidelines and more information please visit

Free Latino Film Program at LACMA, Jan. 21-22

The film series Contested Visions in Latin America Through Film will take place at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Bing Theater on January 21 starting at 1:00pm and January 22 starting at 12:30pm. All films are free, though tickets are required.

Hosted by Edward James Olmos, actor, producer, director, and community activist, and curated by Marlene Dermer, director and programmer of the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF), this special film program, explores themes from the exhibition Contested Visions in the Spanish Colonial World through cinema.

On January 21, the program includes a fascinating selection of feature films followed by a conversation with some of the directors and actors. The conversation starts at 6:45 pm, after the last film of the day.

On January 22, a series of shorts and documentaries will be screened.

Click here to view the full program and reserve your free tickets online.

This film program was made possible with the support of Paul and Herta Amir, JoAnn Busuttil, Darrel Couturier, William Escalera, Francisco George, Elisabeth Waldo Music and Paul A. Dentzel, MCMAFN Foundation.

Image: El puente dorado (The Golden Bridge), Peru, 2001. Directed by Jorge Carmona del Solar.

  Kickstarter Campaign Secrets from Record-Breaking Documentary Director Jennifer Fox
(POV Films Blog) - Jennifer Fox and her My Reincarnation (POV 2012) team raised a record-breaking $154,000, the most ever for Kickstarter campaign for a finished film and the second highest ever raised for a documentary. Watch the video interview with Fox to find out how she did it. FULL STORY

European Film Market Launches American Indie Initiative
(Variety) - The 2012 European Film Market will offer a meeting point for independent American filmmakers to meet and network at the Martin Gropius Bau venue during the Berlin Film Festival, which runs Feb. 9-19. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

Visit the NALIP Job Opportunities page for all the latest listings.

Assistant Video/Multimedia Producer at Harvard Kennedy School (Cambridge)
Harvard Kennedy School is seeking a flexible video and multimedia assistant producer who will split his/her time between the Office of Communications and Public Affairs (OCPA) and the Case Program. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

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Lupe Ontiveros
NALIP Lifetime Achievement Award winner's new series ¡Rob! premieres Thursday

The new comedy ¡Rob! starring NALIP Lifetime Achievement Award winner Lupe Ontiveros, Cheech Marin, and Rob Schneider will premiere on Thursday, Jan. 12 at 8:30pm/7:30c on CBS. The series also stars Claudia Bassols, Diana Maria Riva, and Eugenio Derbez.

¡Rob! is a comedy a lifelong bachelor who just married into a tight-knit Mexican-American family. Rob is a successful landscape architect who, after a whirlwind romance, marries Maggie, a beautiful, smart book translator, who is way out of his league. After eloping in Las Vegas, Maggie and Rob must break the news to her overprotective, judgmental parents, Rosa and Fernando, that they are married. Shocked by news that they've eloped, the family remains skeptical of Maggie's choice for a husband, with the exception of her uncle Hector, the black sheep of the family, who immediately declares himself Rob's best friend. Rob hopes he will one day win over his new in-laws, aunts, uncles and Maggie's Abuelita, and live happily ever after with his one true love, Maggie.

Alex Castillo
NALIPster co-stars in premiere of House of Lies

NALIP member Alex Castillo co-stars in the series premiere of Showtime's House of Lies. Keep an eye open for re-runs of the premiere this week, or watch the episode for free on the show's webpage.


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