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  • published Jose Medina Rodriguez in Staff 2023-01-30 10:33:06 -0800

    Jose Medina Rodriguez - Latino Lens Assistant Coordinator

    Jose Medina Rodriguez is a multifaceted Mexican, writer, director and producer. Originally from Mexico City, he was introduced to the world of television through the lens of telenovelas, while sneaking into his fathers job as a camera operator. This coalesced working backstage on local theater productions, and soon after fell in love with screenwriting. All leading to writing and producing a four episode web series “Chef’s Kiss”. Jose focuses on narratives exploring intimate themes such as homelessness, LGBTQ+ struggles, domestic violence, and social justice from underrepresented perspectives. Jose joined the NALIP team in 2020 to be a part of the push for inclusion of diversity in the entertainment industry. He has worked on signature programs like, Latino Media Fest, Diverse Women in Media Forum, NALIP Media Summit, The Emerging Content Creators Inclusion Initiative, and most recently the Latino Media Market. Jose is Los Angeles-based working on the pilot for his next series. Jose holds a Bachelor of Arts in Film & Television Production from California State University, Northridge.

  • 2022 Early Career Bootcamp NALIP Cohort

    Meet the Early Career Bootcamp 2022 Cohort from NALIP

    The National Association of Latino Independent Producers is happy to announce the 2022 Early Career Bootcamp selected participants.

    NALIP joined a collective of amazing nonprofits to find talented professionals in the industry for an opportunity to participate in this 6-week long bootcamp to gain a strong understanding of the different facets of the entertainment industry and potential careers. 

    Sessions with industry experts across different fields will meet the full cohort and share insights on careers in the entertainment industry. The Early Career Bootcamp will take place virtually from August through September 2022.


    NALIP is proud to announce this year’s selected participants are:

    Alexa Ayala

    I am a first-generation Chicana college graduate from California State University Los Angeles and proud Chicana. My goal is to become a Director/ Producer. Started as a PA in television and became an associate producer for sports journalism. Currently, I was selected for a mentorship with Disney and their Vice Presidents of post-production. Being a woman of color in has presented its hurdles. I have experienced discrimination, harassment and sexism. There needs to be change, I have proven time and time again that a woman is more than capable of doing a job in a higher role in entertainment industry.


    Geoffrey Yebra-Glenn

    As a Mexican-American television writer, Geoffrey Yebra-Glenn focuses on creating family dramas with Latinx characters who reconcile with their past to find a way forward. To elevate his dramatic storytelling, he utilizes the three ‘S’s’ - a surrealist, supernatural, or satirical twist. Valuing his eclectic worldview, Geoffrey grew up along the Texas-Mexican border and resides in New York City. Geoffrey has honed his craft within Roadmap’s Career Writer program, having won runner-up in their Diversity Initiative. His screenplays have been shortlisted at Sundance and as a finalist in WeScreenplay’s TV Pilot Competition.


    Jose Luis Magaña

    Jose Luis Magaña is currently a Development & Programming Coordinator at Crown Media Family Networks. He has co-developed over six films, including The Christmas House 2: Deck Those Halls. He’s currently co-developing three series for the network. Jose Luis’s mission is to tell inclusive and diverse stories, especially the horror genre, where he believes there is a lack of representation. With Guillermo del Toro and Jordan Peele as influences, Jose Luis wants to tell stories that not only entertain but also begin and/or continue conversations about underrepresented communities, topics or themes that deserve to be told front and center.


    Joshua Toro

    Joshua Toro is an emergent creative producer. His debut short film, “Suspicion,” screened at the Austin Film Festival and was nominated for Best After Dark Short at Indie Memphis. In 2019 he was named one of AFF’s 25 Screenwriters to Watch via Movie Maker. A creative multi-hyphenate, he has worked for Tony-nominated dramatists, mega-influencers, and Emmy-nominated producers. He belongs to the National Association of Latino Independent Producers. He received a BA from Yale University, where he won the Howard R. Lamar Prize in Film and the CCAM Interdisciplinary Arts Award. He’s currently an MFA candidate at USC’s Peter Stark Producing Program.


    Laila Wilson

    Afro-Latina creative, Laila, hails from Long Island, NY, is currently pursuing an MFA in Television Writing at Stony Brook University. Serving as the Current Programming Intern at The CW Network, she covered scripted series across multiple genres. She was the founder/president of the first Women in Animation club at a SUNY campus to establish professional development opportunities for underrepresented groups. Her previous accomplishments include the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence, SUNY ACT Scholarship for Student Excellence and Initiative, Kennedy Center Playwriting Intensive participant, The Television Academy Foundation Internship Program finalist, and YoungArts competition winner for an original screenplay.


    Savana Vagueiro da Fonseca

    Born in the Amazonian state of Acre, Brazil, I immigrated to New Haven, CT, when I was a child. In Brazil, my parents were activists and artists who collaborated on photography and film projects and have inspired my creative pursuits.

    I have worked in digital media education and branded digital content production. In 2019, I managed the development and production of State of Pride, a YouTube Originals documentary, and won the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Documentary.

    After graduating from UCLAs TFT Producers Program, my goal is to produce stories made by and for BIPOC communities around the world. 


    Congratulations again!



  • published Veronica Kompalic in Staff 2022-05-26 11:04:27 -0700

    Veronica Kompalic - Latino Lens Coordinator

    Vero Kompalic is a Venezuelan filmmaker, programmer and painter. She focuses her scholarship work on postcolonial feminist discourse, with publications on the sexual transgression of Breillat’s work and the radical cinema of Mariana Rondon. She served as an AP and writer on SUMMERTIME, which premiered at SUNDANCE and was theatrically released in 2021. In 2020 she founded DISCORDIA, an independent production company, with her longtime collaborators. 

  • published M88 in Sponsors Directory 2022-05-01 14:07:49 -0700


    In 2020, M88 was launched to support and amplify the next generation of artists and cultural leaders. The independently operated representation firm, led by President and Managing Partner Phillip Sun and Partners Oronde Garrett and Gaby Mena, represents storytellers, actors, writers and multi-hyphenates.  

    Our artists and creators push culture through collaboration, fearlessness and innovation. We promise to tirelessly advocate for the new ideas and paradigms that reflect the diverse and dynamic world in which we live. 

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  • published 3pas Studios in Sponsors Directory 2022-05-01 14:05:27 -0700

    3pas Studios

    3Pas Studios is a film and television company co-founded by Eugenio Derbez and Ben Odell. In television, their highly anticipated half-hour comedy, ACAPULCO launches this fall on Apple+. In the unscripted space, DE VIAJE CON LOS DERBEZ, is Amazon's most watched show in Latin America and their Emmy award winning unscripted competition show LOL is one of Amazon most successful unscripted shows globally. 3Pas also has a robust feature division responsible for the box office hits, OVERBOARD and HOW TO BE A LATIN LOVER. They just wrapped THE VALET, a remake of the eponymous French film starring Eugenio Derbez, Samara Weaving and Max Greenfield for Lionsgate and Hulu.

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  • Can I apply if I reside outside the United States?


    Unfortunately, you will need to reside within the 50 states of the United States in order to receive the funding for the Latino Lens incubators.

  • published In The Heights in #LatinxGoldOpen 2021-04-26 17:25:58 -0700

    In The Heights

    Directed by: Jon M. Chu
    Written by: Quiara Alegría Hudes
    Produced by: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegría Hudes, Scott Sanders, Anthony Bregman & Mara Jacobs
    Cast: Anthony Ramos, Corey Hawkins, Leslie Grace, Melissa Barrera, Olga Merediz, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Gregory Diaz IV, Stephanie Beatriz, Dascha Polanco and Jimmy Smits
    Synopsis: The scent of a cafecito caliente hangs in the air just outside of the 181st Street subway stop. The likeable, magnetic bodega owner Usnavi saves every penny from his daily grind as he hopes, imagines and sings about a better life.