NALIP at Sundance 2018

Posted by on January 11, 2018

NALIP participated in several events at this year's 2018 Sundance Film Festival. We partnered up with STARZ, Latina Mag, & MiTu in order to bring conversations of Latinos on screen and their representation as well as provide networking opportunities. Check out our recap video to see NALIP and the media community support diverse content creators below!











FridayVida Case Study: Deeper dive into Starz new series


NALIP and STARZ partnered at Sundance this year to discuss the network’s new drama series “Vida,” which will premiere in 2018. The show is one of the first of its kind, having a majority of Latinos both in casting and behind the scenes. The series features Mexican-American sisters Emma and Lyn (Mishel Prada, Melissa Barrera) from the Eastside of Los Angeles who couldn’t be more different or distanced from each other. Circumstances force them to return to their old neighborhood, where they are confronted by the past and shocking truth about their mother’s identity.


Panelists: Tanya Saracho, Nancy C. Mejia, Melissa Barrera, Mishel Prada and Chelsea Rendon.

Moderator: Ben Lopez 



SundayLatiNXT Film & Entertainment panel with Latina Magazine


The panel gave center stage to needed conversations on Latino representation in the film and entertainment industry as well as provided networking opportunities for aspiring storytellers.    

Robyn Moreno (Co-President/ Latina)
Ben Lopez (executive director, NALIP)

Carmen Wong (CEO & Producer, Malecon Productions)
Tanya Saracho (Executive Producer & Showrunner, STARZ’s Vida)
Yvette Yates (Producer, Impossible Dream Ent.)
Michelle Knudsen - (Manager & Producer, MXN Entertainment)



MondayBrunch w/ NALIP & MiTu


The “Stories of Us” brunch celebrated Latino creators and their voices. The brunch discussed how to build an ecosystem that supports Latino creators and advances the careers of women of color in media. Guests also discussed the impact of digital content, its creation and future implications with emerging platforms.


Beatriz Acevedo, President and co-founder, mitú
David Ortiz, Head of Development, mitú
Ben Lopez, Executive Director of NALIP