Latinos In The Industry

Latino Themed Movies Take the Spotlight at Sundance Film Festival

By S.J. Main, Film Producer and CEO of the Latino Film Fund
For The Huffington Post's Latino Voices

Aurora Guerrero won't claim she represents every Latino: "I don't want the film industry to label me as the 'one' Chicana filmmaker and expect me to be the only voice for our communities...No, no, no!"

It is undeniable that Latino voices are largely underrepresented and/or distressingly cliched through the current perspective of American media, therefore it is rare that a filmmaker like Guerrero has the opportunity to share her voice through moviemaking, and perhaps more profound is that her voice is getting the recognition it deserves.

Sundance Institute strives to serve as the premiere forum for unique voices in independent film: "[A] discovery festival that is committed to representing the wide spectrum of independent cinematic work being made today." The Institute's featured event, the Sundance Film Festival, opens today in Park City, Utah, to an expected snow flurry of celebrities, filmmakers, filmgoers, industry professionals and more.

Mosquita y Mari is Latina director Aurora Guerrero's first feature film and it will premiere in the "Next" category of the Sundance Film Festival 2012, a non-competitive program the festival defines as "films [that] stretch limited resources to create impactful art." Guerrero's acceptance to the festival is an accomplishment; of the nearly 12,000 films submitted to the festival this year, less than 2% were accepted. [Aurora participated in NALIP's Latino Producers Academy with Mosquita y Mari.]

The film Mosquita y Mari explores the complexities of a budding friendship between two Chicana high schoolers in Los Angeles' Huntington Park as they struggle to recognize the sexual undercurrent in their relationship.


Call for Submissions: The Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund & TFI New Media Fund

The Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund and TFI New Media Fund are now open for submissions! There is no application fee for either program, and the deadline for both is March 6th, 2012.

The Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund provides finishing funds to feature-length doc which highlight issues of social importance from around the world. Funded films are driven by thoughtful and in-depth storytelling, bolstered by a compelling visual approach. You can find out more about how to apply by reading the Rules and Regulations and FAQ.

The TFI New Media Fund provides funding and support to non-fiction, social issue media projects which go beyond traditional screens -- integrating film with content across media platforms, from video games and mobile apps to social networks and interactive websites. Check out the Rules and Regulations and FAQ.

Ready to apply? You can start an online application here.

New Executives Named as Part of TeleFutura Expansion

By Tim Molloy, The Wrap

Peter Griffin and company are about to cluelessly offend in a second language: Seth MacFarlane's "Family Guy" will air in Spanish in the U.S. for the first time on Univision's TeleFutura channel. The airing is part of an expansion of TeleFutura announced Tuesday. It also includes a new talk show for TV host Charytin and the appointment of two new executives: Luis Fernandez-Rocha was named senior vice president of TeleFutura and Carlos Bardasano was named vice president of programming and original productions for TeleFutura, effective immediately.

Fernandez-Rocha, most recently the senior vice president and regional director of Univision Television Group in the southeast, will now oversee all operations of the network. He will report to Luis Fernandez, president of entertainment and Univision Studios. Bardasano, who was previously a managing director at Spanish media management company Kastuera, will handle entertainment programming for the network, reporting to Fernandez-Rocha. Both will be based in Miami.

"I am pleased to welcome two of the most talented executives in the business to our growing TeleFutura Network. Both Luis and Carlos bring extensive experience with an understanding of the U.S. Hispanic community that will be instrumental in their leadership of the Network and its continued development," said Fernandez. "With such strong track records, I am confident that these are the ideal executives to usher in a new era of programming prominence for TeleFutura, which builds on the momentum of the exciting lineup expansion announcements we made today."

Fernandez-Rocha has more than 25 years of experience in Spanish-language broadcasting, including serving as vice president and general manager of WLTV 23 and WAMI 69 since 2002.

Before working at Kastuera, Bardasano was executive vice president of entertainment for Telemundo. He also previously served as vice president of programming development for Univision Television Networks, where he developed pilot programs and co-productions. He started his broadcast career at Universal Studios, working on NBC primetime sitcoms.

Film Independent Directors Close-Up Begins February 8

Film Independent's Directors Close-Up gives you access to go behind the scenes with prolific film directors and their collaborators. You'll learn about their creative process and discover answers to your questions along the way. Beginning February 8, every Wednesday night for five weeks will cover essential filmmaking topics. Held at The Landmark in West Los Angeles.

Confirmed speakers include: Jeff Nichols (writer/director Take Shelter, Shotgun Stories), Will Files (sound designer, The Tree of Life, Take Shelter), Mike Mills (writer/director, Beginners, Thumbsucker), Jonathan Levine (director, 50/50, writer, The Wackness), Will Reiser (writer, 50/50), Phil Johnston (writer, Cedar Rapids) and more to be announced.

Moderators will be Robin Swicord (writer, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Jane Austen Book Club), Harry Lennix (actor, Man of Steel, Across the Universe) and Greg Ellwood (Editor-in-Chief,

Space is limited. Register before January 27 and receive the special early registration rate of $99 (regular price $149). Click here to buy your pass today

  Working to Change Human Trafficking
(The Malibu Times) - Malibu filmmaker [and NALIP member] Chelo Alvarez-Stehle is bringing focus to a delicate, but all-too real problem that most Americans assume no longer exists: slavery. FULL STORY

Consumer Movie Disc Rentals -11% In 2011 As Paid VOD Grows
(Deadline Hollywood) - The year-end report from market research firm The NPD Group provides yet more evidence that the disc-rental business is in trouble. The silver lining is that many consumers now are paying to rent movies from VOD services: They accounted for 31% of all paid movie rentals last year. FULL STORY

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From the Editor
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Cesar Gamino
NALIPster featured on Adelante on PBS

Actor, producer and NALIP member Cesar Gamino was featured on this week's episode of Adelante on PBS. Watch the episode online here!

Cesar is best known for his award winning short film The Violinist which played over 30 film festivals internationally including LALIFF 2010 and earned 11 awards and 4 nominations including Best Actor for Cesar.

Jovanny Venegas
NALIPster starring in three films in 2012

Actor and NALIP member Jovanny Venegas (LPA 2010) will be on the big screen in three different films in 2012: Yo Soy Tu Nina, a modern bilingual coming of age 'Novela' or soap opera; K-11, starring Mexican soap actress Kate del Castillo; and 5th Street, a film that underscores the complicated moral issues involved with street justice. Jovanny will also be appearing in a nation wide commercial featuring R&B singer Alicia Keys and husband, rapper Swizz Beatz.

Yo Soy Tu Nina is a modern bilingual 'Novela' or soap opera. The film is a coming of age film that deals with teen pregnancy and the pressures of teen love, sex and family. Jovanny plays the lead character of 'Tony' a suave, rebellious teenager in high school who's goal is to sleep with his high school girlfriend, without knowing what love and sex is all about, and being ignorant to the repercussions of what it is to be a teen father.

K-11 was an actual unit of the Los Angeles County jail where gay and transgender inmates are separated from the mainline population. In the film, K-11 is ruled by a transsexual named Mousey, played by Mexican Soap Opera Queen Kate Del Castillo. The film is directed by Jules Stewart who is the mother of Twilight Star Kristen Stewart. Jovanny will be portraying a gay Asian inmate trying to survive the Kafkaesque nightmare. The film is scheduled to premier this year at the Berlin International Film Festival.

In 5th Street Jovanny portrays the role of Joaquin, a young troubled gangmember who will is featured in a comedic pot smoking scene. The film underscores the complicated moral issues involved with street justice when the justice system in place fails to protect its citizens.The characters are infused with humanity in that the good guys aren't always good and the bad not always bad. Hispanics are portrayed not only as gang members but also as responsible, ethical, educated and intelligent pillars of society.

After many years of working as an entertainment news reporter and host for various networks Jovanny launched which is is the premier urban entertainment variety news website. Jovanny was inspired by NALIP's mission to portray Latinos in a positive manner in media. In addition Jovanny also founded the "Look At Me Now!" foundation. A program who's main focus is at-risk students.


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