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  • Diverse Women in Media Forum 2019

    Member Rate: $70

    Non-Member Rate: $80

    Be the first to secure your spot for the 2019 Diverse Women in Media Forum at our Winter Rate

    Your pass gives you access to the incredible sessions that #DWIMF19 has to offer, including our networking mixer at the end of the night. 

    Passes do not include access to mentorship sessions. A purchased pass is required to be eligible for mentorship sessions.

    Non-members who purchase their pass at the member rate will be required to pay the difference in rates prior to the forum or on-site in order to be admitted.


  • Diverse Women in Media Forum 2019

    About the Forum

    NALIP’s Diverse Women in Media Initiative (DWIMI) seeks to empower, inspire and advance women of diverse backgrounds to influential positions in media to improve diverse representation on and behind the camera.

    The Diverse Women in Media Forum is an exclusive one day event that brings together diverse women to meet, inspire and empower each other. The purpose of the Forum is to help women advance to positions of influence and power within media. Attendees will learn from dynamic industry women leaders, hear thought-provoking sessions and workshops to come away with new tools, ideas and connections to influence the future of women in media.


    Check Out the Trailer for #DWIMF19! 


    1PM - 2:30PM

    Mentorship Session

    2:30PM - 3PM

    Welcome Remarks

    3PM - 4PM

    The Vision

    4:30PM - 5:30PM

    Setting It Up

    6PM - 7PM

    TBA - Presented by SONY Pictures Television

    7PM - 7:30PM

    Closing Remarks

    7:30PM - 9:30PM

    Networking Mixer

    Featured Speakers

    Frances Negrón-Muntaner - Filmmaker, Writer, Scholar, Professor

    Diane Ikemiyashiro - Executive Director, Original Programming (Disney Junior)

    Teri Weinberg - President (Yellow Brick Road)

    Karla Pita Loor - Chief Development Officer (Television Academy Foundation)

    More speakers to be announced soon!

    Purchase Your Pass

    Passes for the 2019 Diverse Women in Media Forum are available NOW

    Get your pass at our Winter Rate by clicking HERE.

    Volunteer for the 2019 Diverse Women in Media Forum

    Join NALIP as a Volunteer for the Diverse Women in Media Forum! Apply now to be a part of this empowering event! Women are encouraged to apply as the forum is an all women's event! Fill out the form here for more information!

    Mentorship Sessions at #DWIMF19

    Are you an emerging to mid-level industry professional in need of mentorship? Our intimate mentorship session at the 2019 Diverse Women in Media Forum is the perfect place to build the relationships that will last you a lifetime. 

    Apply for this exclusive opportunity at:

    Event Details

    December 05, 2019 at 1pm
    The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills
    1020 N San Vicente Blvd
    West Hollywood, CA 90069
    United States
    Google map and directions

  • published Chelsea Rendon Boards the Series ‘Shameless’ in Members 2019-09-06 18:32:44 -0700

    Chelsea Rendon Boards the Series ‘Shameless’

    Image Courtesy of Deadline

    Vida star Chelsea Rendon is set to join Shameless in a recurring role as Anne, the charismatic — and dangerously fun — new coworker of Carl (Ethan Cutkosky) at Captain Bob’s. Early on, the two have contentious relationship but then she shows Carl a different perspective on being poor on the South Side.

    The tenth season of the William H. Macy-fronted series from Warner Bros. TV picks up six months after last season’s finale with Frank (Macy) using his leg injury to collect as many prescription drugs as possible and his exploits leading him to an old friend. Meanwhile, Debbie (Emma Kenney), emboldened by the $50,000 left to her by Fiona, has stepped in as the new matriarch, ruling over the Gallagher household with an iron fist. Lip (Jeremy Allen White) navigates his relationship with a newly affectionate Tami (Kate Miner). Carl (Ethan Cutkosky) has to decide what to do with his life as he finishes military school and heads back to the South side. Liam (Isaiah) is committed to learning more about black history and culture under the tutelage of V (Shanola Hampton) as Kev (Steve Howey) faces an identity crisis. Gallavich returns this season as Ian (Monaghan) and Mickey (Noel Fisher) rekindle their romance in prison as both cellmates and lovers.

    Shameless returns for its tenth season Sunday, November 3 on Showtime.

    Read more: Deadline

  • Oscilloscope Acquires Alex Rivera and Cristina Ibarra’s ‘The Infiltrators’

    Photo Courtesy of Deadline. 

    Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired U.S. rights to the critically acclaimed immigration feature The Infiltrators. Directed by Alex Rivera and Cristina Ibarra, the film made its world premiere earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival where it went on to won the Audience Award: NEXT and the NEXT Innovator Prize. Oscilloscope is set to release the feature in theaters before streaming on digital platforms.

    “Many films have focused on the suffering of immigrants in America, but we wanted to tell a different story—one not of victims, but of visionaries,” said Rivera and Ibarra. The film is produced by Ibarra and Rivera along with Darren Dean and Daniel J. Chalfen.

    Read more about the film here:

  • 'Thor' Star Tessa Thompson Teases Valkyrie as Marvel's First LGBTQ Superhero

    Photo Courtesy Of Marvel Studios

    Tessa Thompson's Valkyrie looks to be breaking ground for Marvel Studios as its first out LBGTQ hero.

    In the aftermath of Avengers: Endgame, Valkyrie assumed the role of ruler of New Asgard, the town populated by refugee Asgardians. “As new king [of Asgard], she needs to find her queen. That will be the first order of business," said Thompson during Marvel Studio's Hall H Panel at Comic Con.



  • published #NALIP20TH 2018-07-19 15:54:06 -0700


    As a leading organization in the advancement of Latinx creators across many media platforms, NALIP has been a constant support in assisting content creators like writers, directors, producers and other industry professionals to find their passion and get their step in the industry. With the help of NALIP, many people have the ability to find their voice and voice their opinions.

    The roundtable conversation will be conducted across the United States of many types of content creators that came from a variety of different types of background. They have became the inspiration all over the world in the media and other entertainment platforms. We hope you are inspired by these content creators’ stories as much as they have inspired us!



    For 20 years, NALIP has acknowledged the work of the individuals who represent talent both in front of and behind the camera. We have continuously looked at how we look to support agents and managers who are actively working towards a more inclusive industry. As active proponents of inclusion on various levels of entertainment, this roundtable discussion will lock in on the importance of meaningful representation in mainstream media and share their experiences in identifying emerging talent. These agents and managers will also discuss their experience being a part of the NALIP community, what their journeys into the industry were like, and what they believe the future will bring.


    Watch the Agents & Managers Roundtable!



    NALIP’s mission to serve the Latinx community encompasses the understanding that having a space to connect and share ideas is an essential element to generating an accurate representation of our community within the industry. It is through our NALIP programs that we are making the effort to create, promote, and distribute diverse and inclusive content. With our programs, NALIP looks to build on previous residential instruction programs and growing incubation efforts by supporting filmmakers with direct content production in order to address the need for diverse content and creators in the industry.


    Watch the NALIP Program Fellows Roundtable!



    From its inception, NALIP has worked towards making the entertainment industry a more diverse and inclusive industry that acknowledges and understands content made by and for underrepresented communities. In recent years, the dialogue surrounding the homogenous makeup of the film critic community has led to criticism of the field itself, begging the question: Where is the disconnect? According to a study done by Dr. Stacy L. Smith at USC, white male reviewers write about 62% more reviews than women of color. In this roundtable discussion, prominent figures in the film critic community will take a look at the current state of the industry and share how the NALIP community is creating a new industry standard.


    Watch the Film Critics Roundtable!

    From its conception, NALIP has been motivated by the way in which content creators in public media play a vital role in society in that they help audiences engage in a broader and more nuanced view of the world. Throughout our 19 years at NALIP, we have honored filmmakers in public media through a variety of core programming such as our Public Media/Documentary Labs which dates back from our Santa Fe days to our more current initiatives such as the Beyond Graduate Digital Incubator. This round table discussion will explore the different ways in which NALIP has strived to create a community within the unscripted space in the past,  ways in which NALIP is engaging with the speakers in present day, and what those who work in non-fiction landscape hope to see within the coming years as they develop new content in a changing industry

    Pamela A. Aguilar is Senior Director of Programming and Development for PBS. She identifies, develops and oversees the production of original Primetime content in arts, culture, nature, science, history and independent film. She works closely with Latino Public Broadcasting, to develop the nationally broadcast documentary series, VOCES and with co-producing partners like VOX Media, the BBC, and with producing member stations like WGBH, WNET and TPT. Her latest project, No Passport Required with Chef Marcus Samuelsson (VOX), is a multi-platform docu-series that celebrates America’s diverse cultural mosaic. Other credits include, Big Pacific, narrated by Daniel Dae Kim (NHNZ), The Wonders of Mexico, narrated by Anthony Mendez, 9 Months That Made You (BBC), and the Emmy nominated In Defense of Food. Pamela a member of NALIP’s Diverse Women in Media Advisory Committee, a graduate of The New School University in New York City and hails from the Golden State of California.

    Lorena Manríquez is an award-winning independent filmmaker based in Los Angeles. While living in Jackson, Mississippi, Lorena volunteered to serve as president of the board of the Crossroads Film Society in the early 2000s, and became inspired to make films herself.  She began working on her first feature documentary, Ulises’ Odyssey, and was the recipient of a number of film industry fellowships, including the NALIP Producers Academy, the CPB/PBS Producers Academy, the IFP Rough Cut Lab, and Firelight Documentary Lab. Ulises’ Odyssey screened at international festivals, and had its broadcast premiere on PBS in 2015 on WTTW Chicago.  Ms. Manríquez’ film Siqueiros: Walls of Passion was awarded two California Documentary Project grants by Cal Humanities, ITVS Diversity Development Fund, ITVS Open Call funding, Latino Public Broadcasting Public Media funding, and Firelight Media Next Step funding. She has directed and produced two short documentaries for Field of Vision: Hopewell (2016), featured in The New Yorker magazine website, and Here I’ll Stay (2017) for the ‘Our 100 Days’ documentary series in partnership with Firelight Media.

    In addition to her work as a filmmaker, Ms. Manríquez is a Senior Professional Engineer at Shannon and Wilson Inc. in Los Angeles.  She is a native of Santiago, Chile, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geophysics and Physics Engineering from Washington and Lee University, and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech.

    Alan Dominguez (founding partner, Loco Lane Filmworks) recently wrapped production on a documentary short for the Beyond Graduation series in conjunction with NALIP, World Channel, and Corporation for Public Broadcasting. He also directed a short doc, Clever (2016) - about the journey of a former MS13 member and his current work with youth. The film has been shown throughout the US as well as the Morelia International Film Festival in Mexico and was executive produced by Oscar winning documentary filmmaker, Daniel Junge. Domínguez also finished a short doc, Borderball (2016), about the difficult journey of Mexican-born baseball players to the Major Leagues in the USA. He also directed and edited Photos of Angie (2011), an hour-long documentary about the murder of Angie Zapata, a transgender teenager whose murder was the first successful prosecution of the murder of a transperson as a hate crime. He is also a film educator and founder of Loco Lane Filmworks, which produces content for non-profits, educational institutions, and political candidates.

    As a reporter and documentary filmmaker, Chelo has worked for over two decades exposing stories of sexual exploitation and trafficking. Born in Spain, she worked in Japan in documentaries for NHK Enterprises and became Tokyo’s and then Los Angeles’ correspondent for Spain’s El Mundo daily. In 1995, she moved to California and in 2002, Canal+ Spain turned her first reportage on child trafficking in the Himalayas into the documentary film Tin Girls. She created several short documentaries, producing/directing Sol in America: A Modern-Day Tale of Sex Slavery, and producing Through the Wall, a short documentary about a family divided by the US/Mexico border, official selection at Doc NYC and winner of the 2106 Imagen Awards. As an impact producer, Chelo has presented the award-winning Sands of Silence: Waves of Courage documentary on sexual violence and trafficking she produced/directed at the United Nations, the European Parliament, colleges from Oxford to Yale, deported moms and refugees in Mexico, and prisons in Spain and California, to both survivors and perpetrators. Chelo is pre-production of a documentary on sexual violence offenders serving time. Her work has been published, among others, by Geo, El Mundo, El País, The Malibu Times, The Huffington Post, Documentary magazine, and The Guardian.

    Iliana is a filmmaker based in Austin, Texas and Mexico City. She was born and raised in El Paso, Texas by Mexican immigrant parents. A former Bill Gates Millennium Scholar, she holds an MFA in film production and directing from UCLA. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Steven Bochco Fellowship, the Hollywood Foreign Press Award, the Edie and Lew Wasserman Fellowship and the National Hispanic Foundation of the Arts Scholarship, among others. Her MFA thesis film, Child of the Desert, won Best Short Film and the Texas Award at the Oscar qualifying 2012 USA Film Festival. She was a 2013 Film Independent Project Involve Directing Fellow and was selected for the 2013 TransAtlantic Talent Lab in Reykjavik, Iceland. In 2014, she was selected for the Sundance-sponsored Latino Screenwriting Project with her script, Paper Birds Learn to Fly. Iliana has directed short documentaries, fiction shorts and a narrative fiction feature, Detained in the Desert, which had its world premiere at the 2012 Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival. In 2017, Firelight Media awarded her an Impact Producer Fellowship. In 2018, she was selected as a Berlinale Talent and most recently co-directed a short documentary, An Uncertain Future, with Chelsea Hernandez. The short has screened at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival and won a Jury Award for Best Texas Short. It has also screened at the 2018 Aspen ShortsFest where it won the Youth Jury Award. Iliana is currently in early production of her first feature documentary, Julian.

    Not only are Latinx producers prominent, loyal and important in today’s industry, but they have become one of the largest demographics in the society. They’re ability to tell a story and connect to their audience are unteachable. The stories that they created like Coco and Jane the Virgin are so relatable that it creates a deep impact on the audience and outside the Hispanic culture as well.

    NALIP has been helping the Latinx producers by constantly building and promoting their content all across the media platforms. For over 18 years, NALIP continues to provide professor development, community building and mentoring to help start many content creators.

  • New Bilingual Digital Production Studio called Fluency Plus

    Telemundo is creating a new bilingual digital production studio called Fluency Plus. Fluency Plus’s vision is to create a mixture of Spanish and English content to tap into what marketers called the “200-percenters”, which are 100 percent Latino and 100 percent American. 

    Fluency Plus will produce content such as web and social-first series, miniseries, alternative, comedy and 360-degree virtual reality experiences. Fluency Plus will create two dramas called Love Clicks and Quinceañera. They will include a telenovela called Much Ado About Nada. For the foodies, they will produce Secret Salsa and Today’s Special. For those that enjoy the latest gossip and keeping up with celebrities, they will create a daily celebrity show MVTO. Lastly, for those that want to stay up-to-date with the latest in tech and innovation, Fluency Plus will produce a show that will focus on Hispanic inventors called No Inventes.

    To read more about Fluency Plus, click HERE.


  • Google Releases Jorge Gutierrez’s VR Short ‘Son of Jaguar’ on HTC Vive


     Taken at the 2017 Latino Media Fest


    If you attended the 2017 Latino Media Fest, hosted by NALIP, this past September, you probably got a chance to experience ‘Son of Jaguar’ in VR. If you weren't able to attend, here's your chance to experience Jorge Gutierrez’s ‘Son of Jaguar’. It was released for the HTC Vive VR headset this past Monday. You can now experience this in the comfort of your our home, on a flight, or where ever you choose to use your VR headset.

    ‘Son of Jaguar’ is the longest Spotlight Story piece to date, lasting between 8 and 10 minutes. Its dialogue features Jorge Gutierrez as the voiceover for the main character, and his own wife Sandra Equihua does the voiceover for the wrestler’s wife. ‘Son of Jaguar’ is about an aging Mexican wrestler who comes back from previous defeat, while losing his leg in a match, to support his family in need facing financial struggle.

    If you don’t already own a VR headset, go get the HTC Vive to see and experience ‘Son of Jaguar’ for yourself. Read more HERE, for more details on ‘Son of Jaguar’.


  • published AFI FEST 2017 presented by Audi in Members 2017-11-02 20:28:02 -0700

    AFI FEST 2017 presented by Audi


    AFI FEST 2017 presented by Audi will be held on November 9th-16th, 2017 at the Dolby Theatre, TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre, Mark Goodson Screening Room, and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. A program of the American Film Institute, AFI FEST presented by Audi is a celebration of global cinema and today’s Hollywood, an opportunity for master filmmakers and emerging artists to come together with audiences in the movie capital of the world. AFI FEST is the only festival of its stature that is free to the public. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes AFI FEST as a qualifying festival for both Short Film categories for the annual Academy Awards®.


     NALIP will be presenting the following two films:


    Director: Michel Franco
    Screenwriter: Michel Franco
    Producer: Michel Franco, Lorenzo Vigas, Moises Zonana
    Executive Producer: Tim Roth, Rodolfo Cova, David Zonana, Gabriel Ripstein
    Director of Photography: Yves Cape
    Editor: Jorge Weisz, Michel Franco
    Cast: Emma Suárez, Ana Valeria Becerril, Enrique Arrizon, Joanna Larequi, Hernán Mendoza

    Mexico, 2017
    103 min.
    World Cinema Section

    In AFI FEST alum Michel Franco's latest feature, a domineering mother suddenly arrives to assist with her teenage daughter's pregnancy. But her true motives will soon emerge.

    Seventeen-year-old Valeria is pregnant and lives with her sister Clara. She wants to keep her pregnancy a secret from her absent and domineering mother April. When Clara tells April about her sister’s condition, their mother suddenly arrives, full of loving support and promises to help Valeria through this life-changing event. But once the baby is born, April’s true intentions are revealed and it becomes clear why Valeria wanted to keep her mother away. Anchored by fantastic performances from acclaimed Spanish actress Emma Suárez (JULIETA, AFI FEST 2016) and newcomer Ana Valeria Becerril, AFI FEST alum Michel Franco crafts a tense drama that explores how the complexities of family dynamics can lead to chaos. – Jenn Murphy

    More Info:

    SUMMER 1993

    Director: Carla Simón
    Screenwriter: Carla Simón
    Producer: Valérie Delpierre
    Executive Producer: Maria Zamora, Valérie Delpierre
    Director of Photography: Santiago Racaj
    Editor: Didac Palou, Ana Pfaff
    Production Designer: Mireia Graell
    Music: Pau Boïgues, Ernest Pipó
    Cast: Laia Artigas, Paula Robles, Bruna Cusí, David Veraguer, Fermi Reixacha

    Spain, 2017
    96 min.
    New Auteurs Section

    In this unforgettable and autobiographical debut, a six-year-old girl goes to live with her extended family in the Catalan countryside following her mother's death from an AIDS-related illness.

    When her mother dies of an AIDS-related illness, six-year-old Frida has to leave her home in Barcelona to live with her uncle, aunt and four-year-old cousin in the Catalan countryside. Though surrounded by loving and understanding family members, with visits from her religious grandmother, the adjustment is hard for everyone. Amid the film’s striking lack of sentimentality and sun-kissed imagery that belie the heartbreak under the surface, Frida and her new family deal with the complex and contradictory emotions of an orphaned child that unpredictably arise every day. Written and directed by Carla Simón, and based on her own life story, SUMMER 1993 is an unforgettable reminder that the only certainty in life is not only death, but that life itself continues. – Sudeep Sharma

    More Info:

    Connect with AFI FEST at (@AFIFEST), and

  • published NALIPsters Films Screen at FICG in LA in Members 2017-11-02 20:26:47 -0700

    NALIPsters Films Screen at FICG in LA


    Photo courtesy of FICG in LA

    Congratulations to our NALIPsters who will be screening their films this Saturday at the Guadalajara International Film Festival (FICG) in Los Angeles, taking place in the TCL Chinese 6 Theaters in Hollywood.


    Photo courtesy of FICG in LA

    Elisa Lleras (co-producer) and Pau Brunet (producer) will be screening "Nobody's Watching" (Nadie Nos Mira).

    Elisa Lleras has extensive experience both as a creative and line producer in scripted content. Having graduated from Columbia University with a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Producing, Elisa has line produced features such as Frankenstein, , Camino, and the upcoming We Are Boats. Elisa has produced for La Panda Productions and Spectrevision / Company X. 

    Pau Brunet is the co-founder of LA-based La Panda Productions, and a producer with over 10 years of experience in development, international sales and production. Pau is executive producer on the films "Open Windows", "10,000KM" and "People You May Know". Pau doubles his work as a producer with the box office, marketing and development analyst in Spain and States. 

    The film "Nobody's Watching" tells the story of an actor in Buenos Aires who moves to New York City for a promised role and a new start. When the project stalls he chooses menial work rather than give up on his acting dreams, a decision that puts him on the level of any other struggling undocumented immigrants, despite his whiteness and connections to the privileged. When he loses the trust of a generous friend, his life unravels, ultimately leading him to reconcile his imperfect situation back home with the harsh reality of an uncertain future in the U.S. "Nobody's Watching" will be playing on Friday, November 3, at 6:45pm. You can get tickets here

    Photo courtesy of FICG in LA

    Yelyna De Leon (writer) and Luis Iga (director) will be screening their film "Murder in the Woods", a film starring Danny Trejo. 

    Yelyna De Leon is an award winning Writer, Producer and Actress. As an actress she can be seen in several television series such as Shameless, Bones, Ray Donovan, A Better Life and East Side Story. Behind the scenes Yelyna is committed and her work focuses on non-stereotypical characters for Latinos and strong female characters. Yelyna is a 16/17 NALIP, Univision writing fellow where her one hour drama, Las Fresas de East L.A. is a finalist in contention for an 85 episode order. She is also a 2015 NHMC, ABC/NBC writing fellow. You can read more about her in our #WeAreInclusion profiles here

    Luis Iga is an award winning filmmaker born in Saltillo Mexico. Mr. Iga received an MFA in Film and Television Production from the renowned School of Cinematic Arts at USC. Mr. Iga founded the production company REZINATE Entertainment where he holds many projects in TV and Film and is in talks with productions companies and studios to make them a reality.

    "Murder in the Woods" tells the story of a murder that occurred on a dark, cold night in 2006, in a cabin in the woods. The Police called it a murder suicide. The case was closed but the dark secrets surrounding this horrible incident are still very much alive in the haunted cabin to this day. Nine years later, a group of teens plan a weekend, birthday trip to the very same cabin where the murder happened. Creepy omens start to arise as soon as they leave for their trip. "Murder in the Woods", will be playing on Saturday, November 4 at 2:15pm. You can get tickets here


    Photo courtesy of FICG in LA

    Laura Plancarte (director) will be screening "Siblings" (Hermanos).

    Laura Plancarte has worked in a diverse range of mediums including; film, performance and video installation creating interdisciplinary live projects displayed in Museums and cultural spaces in Mexico City, Barcelona, Florence and London. In 2006 and 2007 she was awarded a grant from BNP Paribas and she has also been sponsored by the Mexican cultural institutions: La Colección Jumex, La Fundación del Centro Histórico, UNAM and Secretaría de Cultura del Estado de Jalisco. Today her main working medium is film.

    The film tells in parallel narrative the story of two Mexican brothers that want to return to the US after being deported and the story of an American woman who lost her house due to the worldwide economical crisis and believes she can get it back through Trump’s promises. Both journeys lead them to their past and relatives who they believe can help them achieve their american dream. Immigration has been shown in many ways, but it has never been presented through the lives of Mexicans and Americans who live similar situations due to poverty and lack of family structure. "Siblings" will be playing on Saturday, November 4, at 2pm. You can get tickets here



    Photo courtesy of FICG in LA

    Ángel Estrada Soto (director) and Inti Cordera (producer) will be screening "They Called Me King Tiger / Me llamaban King Tiger" on Friday, November 3, at 3:30pm. The film is set in June of 1967, where the court of Tierra Amarilla, New Mexico, was assaulted by armed men under the command of Chicano leader, Reies López Tijerina. The outcome of such bold action, was the largest manhunt in the recent history of the United States. Tijerina managed to survive prison, a psychiatric hospital, and several assassination attempts. The Chicano movement faded away, and everyone thought the same of Tijerina. People speak of him as a saint, an illuminated man, a man looking for a fair cause through violence.


  • Alejandro G. Inarritu Receiving a Special Award for VR installation ‘Carne y Arena’

    Photo courtesy of Fondazione Prada

    Mexican director Alejandro G. Iñárritu's virtual reality installation, “Carne y Arena (Virtually Present, Physically Invisible)” will be receiving a special oscar from the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences at the 9th annual Governor's Awards on November 11. 

    Iñárritu is best known for his recent Oscar wins in 2015 for "Birdman" and in 2016 for "Revenant". The Academy doesn't often give special oscars, with the last being given to Pixar's "Toy Story" over 20 years ago. Many of the special awards are given to visual effects artists throughout the years who have introduced technological innovations that change the way filmmaking can be done and experienced. 

    The 6-minute installation can be viewed at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) until January 15, 2018. The installation is based on true accounts, and puts audiences in the experience of being a refugee crossing the US-Mexico border. 

    You can read more at Variety

  • NALIP Latino Media Awards Foster Outburst of Cultural Pride, Turn Political


    Mariah Carrillo for NALIP

    Dozens of Hollywood’s leading Latino figures, from independent film producers to trailblazing actors, gathered Saturday night to celebrate the milestones achieved within the industry over the past year. The first of its kind since the presidential election, the ceremony not-so-subtly teemed with political references and inspiring communal support.

    “I’m going to use this to smash all the walls they build around us,” said The Book of Life director Jorge Gutierrez, referring to his award for Tech Arts Innovator. Gutierrez, among others, praised the recent yet incremental wave of Latino visibility in the media, which he attributes to a stronger generational desire to be represented onscreen.

    One of the main honorees, Zoe Saldana, who received the Outstanding Achievement in Film award for her roles in Guardians of the Galaxy, Avatar and Star Trek, among others, gave an emotional speech that silenced an otherwise animated atmosphere, stressing the importance of surpassing race and ethnicity when it comes to talent.

    “For any person of color that looks in a TV and doesn’t see a positive reflection of who they are, I want them to feel like they don’t have to be singled out because they're exotic or ethnic, but because they're powerful,” she said.

    Along similar lines were remarks made by Kate Del Castillo, who won the award for Outstanding Achievement in Television, as she called out the business for limiting Latina roles to stereotyped or sexualized characters. Castillo’s public decrial of the Mexican government, as well as her controversial correspondence with kingpin El Chapo, notably brokering an interview with Sean Penn in October 2015, placed her under high scrutiny and surveillance, ultimately preventing her from returning to the country.

    Despite the outcome, Castillo’s candor and appreciable conviction left no doubt regarding her intentions to continue using her fame and success as a political platform, appearing to broaden her scope of criticism.

    “It is no time to be silent; we must fight against any administration that manipulates and tries to distance us all from our humanity,” she said as the crowd erupted in cheers.

    Another salient theme throughout the evening was the celebration of a gradual induction of Latino actors into traditionally white-dominated roles. From the beloved butler in Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel to the geeky teen in Dope, and now Flash Thompson in Marvel’s up-and-coming Spider-Man: Homecoming, Tony Revolori has been paving a path for young Latino actors by broadening and diversifying casting opportunities.

    “I'm playing a traditionally 6'2" blue-eyed white guy, and there's not a single line of exposition in this Marvel movie to explain why that is — and that's amazing,” he said of his new role.

    Revolori was awarded the Lupe Ontiveros award, honoring his efforts to expand the character landscape for Latino actors.

    Ben Lopez, executive director of NALIP, made note of the same phenomenon across major blockbusters.

    “How do you engage an audience that’s typically seen you as the maid, the gangster, the gardener? Now we’re looking at a badass like Zoe battling monsters in space, or Diego Luna as a a rebel leader in Rogue One,” he added, “All doors are starting to open; a woman heroine just saved an entire franchise.”

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  • NALIP Announces Finalists for the Latino Lens Fest & Showcase Shorts Program


    NALIP is proud to announce the finalists for the Shorts Film Program of the second annual Latino Lens Festival and Showcase taking place October 30th at the Avalon Hollywood. After hundreds of submissions and much consideration, NALIP has chosen the four films to be featured during our Shorts Presentation. They are: 'Toyed' by Jorge "Jokes" Yanes, 'Mosca' by Lizette Barrera, 'Disco Inferno' by Alice Waddington and 'Blast Beat' by Esteban Arango.

    In 'Toyed' a young graffiti artist in Miami circa 1991 risks it all to compete against a mysterious new rival in Jorge "Jokes" Yanes' film. Yanes is a writer and Emmy-winning editor, specializing in music videos, narratives and documentary form. 'Toyed' was written by Yanes and J. Bishop.

    Lizette Barrera's 'Mosca' tells the story of a wayward teen who revisits her hometown to reconnect with her cousin, despite her aunt's wishes. Barrera co-wrote the script with Renier Murrillo and the film is produced by Jazmin Diaz and Rebecca Jackson.'Mosca' was featured in the 23rd Annual Austin Film Festival and was an official selection of the Women in Texas Film Festival 2016 where Barrera won the Filmmakers to Watch award.

    A weary hell minion is on a mission to rescue her boss. But the Devil is not ready to get back to her daily routine in Alice Waddington’s ‘Disco Inferno.’Writer-Director Alice Waddington’s profoundly vivid vision pours itself into her creations and evidently so in ‘Disco Inferno’. The film is making the rounds at festivals around the world.

    Two Colombian immigrant brothers, Carly and Mateo, try to tackle the culture shock of the United States, a family member's deportation and their mother's affair in 'Blast Beat.' Esteban Arango cowrote the film with Erick Castrillon. The short was an official selection for The International Competition at Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival 2016.

    The Latino Lens Festival & Showcase aims to display a wide range of voices and narratives that are crafted by Latino content creators, in the hopes of advancing the exposure and accessibility of Latino-crafted cinema, television and art forms. This year the event will feature workshops, panels and screenings aimed to prepare content creators for the future of entertainment.


  • published PGA Leading Diversity Support At LLFS in News & Updates 2016-10-29 14:37:13 -0700

    PGA Leading Diversity Support At LLFS


    NALIP and The Producers Guild of America are proud to present this year's Producers' Master Class, a continuation of our master class series, led by powerhouse industry experts, Mike Medavoy (producer, Phoenix Pictures) and Sergio Aguero (producer, Campanario) and new addition Vice President of Theatrical Motion Pictures, David Friendly.

    Jairo Alvarado Manager/Producer at Circle of Confusion, will be on hand at the event to introduce and moderate the LLFS Producer’s Master Class. The master class will focus on producing within the industry and the lessons these professionals have learned along the way.

    If you've seen it chances are he's produced it. Mike Medavoy has worked on over 300 feature films, seven of which have won Best Picture Oscars. Joining International Famous Agency as vice president in charge of the motion picture department in 1971, he worked with such prestigious clients as Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Terrence Malick, just to name a few. As chairman and co-founder of Phoenix Pictures, Medavoy has brought films such as “The People vs. Larry Flynt,” “The Mirror Has Two Faces,” “All the King’s Men,” “Zodiac,” and more to the big screen. He is currently working on an eight-part mini-series for National Geographic, “The Long Road Home,” about the battle of Sadr City in Iraq on April 4th, 2004.

    Sergio Aguero is coming off the FOX series “Red Band Society” which he executive produced. He has produced/exec-produced studio and indie movies that have grossed $180 million worldwide, such as “Y Tu Mama Tambien” and Warner Brother’s “No Reservations”. He is currently working on a family dramedy based on a Spanish hit series at Twentieth Fox Television.

    David Friendly, is executive producer of USA’s new drama “Queen of the South,” he is an Academy Award-nominated producer who has produced over twenty-five films to date and worked with some of the most prestigious directors including Ron Howard, Ed Zwick and the team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris.

    NALIP is pleased to have the support and participation of the PGA during our long fought battle for diversity in entertainment. NALIP’s Latino Lens Festival and Showcase aims to display a wide range of voices and narratives that are crafted by Latino content creators, in the hopes of advancing the exposure and accessibility of Latino-crafted cinema, television and art forms.

    We invite you, directors, writers, cinematographers and all content creators, especially the producers to #CreateWithUs and learn from masters of this industry.

  • Carlos Yorvick and Sandra Vergara Named Co-Presenters at Latino Lens 16


    Co-presenting the awards ceremony this year are Sandra Vergara and Carlos Yorvick best known for his work as Juan Gabriel in the TV series Hasta que te conocí. These two incredibly talented and young visionaries will join NALIP as we celebrate amazing Latino artists and their accomplishments.

    At age 17, Sandra Vergara moved from Colombia to Los Angeles with her cousin, Modern Family actress Sofia Vergara. She studied FX make-up design and theatre, though it was the latter that captured her heart. In addition to numerous hosting appearances, she has appeared on shows like CSI: Las Vegas, NIP/TUCK and The Bold and the Beautiful. Most recently, Sandra co-hosted a show on E! with RuPaul called Good Work. She has also done several films, including starring opposite Colin Farrell in the Dreamworks’ feature Fright Night.

    Carlos Yorvick is a Mexican actor best known for his recent work on the bio-series Hasta que te conoci, where he portrays a young Juan Gabriel, "El Divo de Juarez." Yorvick has also worked on commercials, music videos, theater productions as well as films such as 21 OutsBlack Water and Angela's Mask. He is currently working on his first album under the direction of music producer Toby Sandoval who's worked with other talented artists like The Black Eyed Peas, Paulina Rubio and Pedro Fernandez.

    Be sure to catch these talented presenters in action at this year's Latino Lens Festival and Showcase, Oct. 30th at the Avalon Hollywood!

  • published The Cross Cultural Video Summit in News & Updates 2016-10-29 14:35:05 -0700

    The Cross Cultural Video Summit


    The Cross Cultural Video Summit is a special half-day event presented by NGL Media and the Disney ABC Television Group taking place Thursday, Nov. 10th on the Walt Disney Studio Lot. Co-founded by actor, John Leguizamo, NGL Media is focused on creating premium video content and innovative multicultural video marketing solutions since it's inception.

    The summit will focus on how multicultural Gen-Zr’s and Millennials are influencing media, marketing and entertainment through video, and will bring together a unique set of attendees and panelists consisting of TV and web show producers, digital video content distributors, new mainstream media companies, Fortune 500 advertisers, media and entertainment companies, and celebrities and influencers. Melissa Fumero ('Brooklyn 99'), Danay Garcia ('The Walking Dead') and NALIP's Executive Director, Axel Caballero, are among the featured speakers at this year's Summit.

    Click here for more information and to RSVP!

  • published Pablo Larrain to Accept Latino Lens Award! in News & Updates 2016-10-29 14:34:15 -0700

    Pablo Larrain to Accept Latino Lens Award!


    Director Pablo Larraín to Accept Best Latin American Film for NERUDA and Filmmaker of the Year Award.

    The 2016 Latino Lens Festival and Showcase, sponsored by NBCUniversal, to present awards to best Latin American work by Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín for his film NERUDA, starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Luis Gnecco, and Chile’s official Academy Award® selection for Best Foreign Language film, as well as best LatinX work by filmmaker Fede Alvarez for Don’t Breathe. Larraín also directed the upcoming biopic Jackie. The Latino Lens Award for Larraín will be presented by Pablo Cruz, who established Canana with Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna. The awardees were selected from a nomination tier panel of experts and the winners were voted by the NALIP membership of Latino creators and producers.

  • Latino Lens Fest program available NOW on NALIP App


    App available on Apple iOS and Google Android

    Get the NALIP Events app and take all your 2016 Latino Lens Festival & Showcase information on the go. The app has everything you need to know about our event and is designed to enhance your experience at the Fest & Showcase. It’s super easy to use! Below are some tips to get you started.

    1. Make a Profile

    Making a profile allows you to make a schedule and game plan for the event, as well as see who else is attending! It’s a great way to ensure you don’t miss any sessions and be on the lookout for familiar faces during all the commotion and excitement.

    Once you open the app, click on “Latino Lens Showcase”. From there, select the hamburger menu at the top left hand corner and press “Login” at the very top. Fill out all your information and select “Submit.” You’ll get a notification saying an email is being sent to create a password, don’t worry too much about it (it’s optional!). 


    2. Explore

     Now that your profile is set up you can check everything out. The hamburger menu features sessions, speakers, exhibitors and venue map. Make sure to get familiar with the information and email for any questions.  


    3. Schedule Your Day

    We are presenting master classes, screenings and interactive booths, make sure to strategize and be efficient with your time! We recommend going through the event and adding your favorites to your in-app schedule or personal calendar, both options are listed at the top of each session.


    4. Edit Your NALIP Business Card 

    Afraid you’ll run out of business cards at the event? We have you covered! Under the hamburger menu, click “Contacts” then “My Card” and customize yours! Now you can exchange digital business cards with other attendees, just press the plus sign on the top right corner.

    You're all set! Check back on the app during the 2016 Latino Lens Fest & Showcase for pictures, videos, and social media updates. We’ll see you at the Avalon Hollywood NALIPsters!


    NALIP Events app is available on Apple iOS and Google Android. For more information, go to LatinoLensFest&showcase.