Underwater Dreams at #DreaMIT Triumphs

Underwater Dreams at #DreaMIT Triumphs

Posted by NALIP on October 31, 2014

I have become highly skeptical of immigration movies. I don’t know why, but maybe it’s because our collective has received so many emails this year, that it suddenly feels like overkill.

Immigration rights is a “hot topic,” and while more and more projects have become real movies and even Oscar winners, very little has happened when it comes to real immigration reform.

The documentary genre has answered the call to focus more on immigrant rights. But is Main Street, USA responding with real action? Perhaps that real action will soon become reality now that Underwater Dreams is in this world.

This past Friday night, I was invited to a free screening of Mary Mazzio’s exquisite film hosted by #DreaMIT, a new immigrant rights group founded by MIT students, and held at the university’s iconic Building 10 (you know, the one with the big dome).

Having not seen the film (and knowing that it has gotten a lot of love, including from Colbert), I decided to attend. Then, when I was informed that the key members of #DreaMIT would be publicly announcing that they are MIT students who happen to be undocumented, I knew the night would be historic. The #Undocu community would now be part of one of the world’s most prestigious universities.

Before the screening, I talked with #DreaMIT’s José Gómez, an MIT sophomore from Texas who revealed that night that he was undocumented.


Read more at Latino Rebels.

HBO Goes Digital: To Launch Internet Standalone Stream Service

HBO Goes Digital: To Launch Internet Standalone Stream Service

Posted by NALIP on October 15, 2014


HBO announced Wednesday that it would start a stand-alone Internet streaming service in the United States in 2015 that would not require a subscription to a traditional television service.

The premium cable network, which is home to original programming and movies, is attempting to lure a new generation of viewers who might never pay for traditional television packages or have canceled their cable or satellite service.

Richard Plepler, chief executive of HBO, pointed to 10 million homes in the United States that pay for broadband connections but not a traditional TV service. 

Read More via NY Times

Your Guide to Everything Latino at the Urbanworld Film Festival

Your Guide to Everything Latino at the Urbanworld Film Festival

Posted by NALIP on September 18, 2014

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BY Mary Angelica Molina

Like a Gotham or a Krypton or an El Dorado, Urbanworld Film Festival surges through New York City’s asphalt this weekend and sets-up an afro-futuristic kingdom where film and mediamakers of color take center stage. And for this year’s festival they have curated a strong selection of Latino films for you to get space-age on. Though there are heartfelt and poignant confessionals like HBO’s Habla Men and action packed tales of border-crossings such as Los Ángeles, Urbanworld is taking you out of the present and into the supernatural, the weird, the ciencia ficción, and summoning the latent Oscar Wao inside all of us. (Cue riveting Hans Zimmer track here.) Urbanworld runs from September 17-21. Check out these “films”… or are they instructional videos that will help you survive the industrial apocalypse?

Director: Aaref Rodriguez 

Saturday Sept. 20, 7:45pm


A recently released convict returns to Highland Park (also known as The Avenues) where he is confronted with old demons, new allies and tough obstacles as he hopes to reunite with his estranged daughter. Based on a true story.


HBO’s Habla Men
Director: Alberto Ferreras

Saturday Sept. 20, 6pm

Charismatic Latino personalities like Junot Diaz and Blue Demon open up about what it means to be Latino. The 11th installment of HBO’s acclaimed series.

Sleep Dealer
Director: Alex Rivera

Friday Sept. 19, 9:45pm

In a futuristic Mexico where borders are sealed off, Memo is unable to enter the United States in order to reunite with his parents. Thus he is forced to work at a digital factory and connect his body to a robot in America in order to find them.

Director: Jose Nestor Marquez

Friday Sept. 19, 11pm

Isa Reyes discovers a chip in her brain that is causing her dreams to merge with reality. When a company that wants to exploit her powerful dreams kidnaps her, she uncovers a conspiracy that spans from the forests of Mexico to Wall Street.

Cry Now
Director: Alberto Barboza

Friday Sept. 19, 7:30pm

Vincent is a street artist rambling through LA’s Boyle Heights when he meets Luzy, a beautiful and fierce tattoo artist. Though their attraction for one another is bridled by their respective significant others, Vincent in intent on courting Luzy and his search for her will immerse us in East LA’s unique music scene. Lupe Ontiveros’ last performance.

Lake Los Angeles
Director: Mike Ott

Saturday Sept. 20, 3pm

A middle-aged Cuban man who works at a holding house forms a friendship with Cecilia, a 10 year-old Mexican girl who ends up there alone and who creates fantastical tales with which to battle her desolation.

Los Ángeles
Director: Damian John Harper

Friday Sept. 19, 3:30pm

In southern Mexico, Mateo is seventeen and preparing to migrate to Los Angeles in order to support his family. However, before he can depart, the leader of a local gang demands he become a member by committing murder.

Night Has Settled
Director: Steve Clark

Saturday Sept. 20, 9:30pm

Oliver is thirteen and poised to enter the sex and alcohol laced teenage world of “firsts.” However, he becomes traumatized when his housekeeper has a stroke, as she is the woman whom he considers to be his true mother. What was supposed to be an exhilarating rite of passage becomes complicated by intense emotions of loss, fear and guilt.

What It Was
Director: Daniel Armando

Friday Sept. 19, 6pm

Adina leaves Hollywood and returns to New York, where old passions are awakened. The past and the present intertwine as she tumbles through a series of intense relationships that force her to confront her true identity.

Director: Laura Checkoway

Saturday Sept. 20, 5:30pm

New Yorker Lucky Torres grew up in foster care after her mother left her and her sister Fantasy. She hides a lifetime of abuse and abandonment behind an angry, tattooed exterior. While her sister has settled down, Lucky remains a homeless, unemployed single mother, jumping from girlfriend to girlfriend. Still, Lucky dreams of true love and success in this documentary.


Check this out on Remezcla.

‘The View’ Taps Lauren Sanchez to Guest-Host

‘The View’ Taps Lauren Sanchez to Guest-Host

Posted by NALIP on July 29, 2014


by Tim Kenneally via The Wrap photo: Celebrity Fan Web

Former “So You Think You Can Dance” host will appear on the ABC talk show Wednesday

With “The View” working to revamp its panel, Lauren Sanchez has been tapped as a guest co-host on the ABC daytime talk show.

Sanchez, a former news personality at KCOP-TV in Los Angeles and the original host of “So You Think You Can Dance,” will guest co-host the show on Wednesday.

“So happy to be in #NYC .. excited to co-host The View @theviewtv this Wednesday,” Sanchez wrote on her Twitter account Monday.

The ABC talk show is currently in the throes of reinvention. Following Barbara Walters’ departure earlier this year, news broke that Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy would not be returning to the series, leaving Whoopi Goldberg as the only current panelist who'll return next season.

The series recently decided to bring back Rosie O'Donnell, who had a previous controversial run on the show.

Sanchez joins other recent guest hosts such as Alicia Menendez of Fusion's “AM Tonight,” Meghan McCain, WGN's Ana Beleval and Sara Haines of ABC News.

Tells us what you think. Should Latina's only guest host or stay permanently on the show?

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Support Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal in their doc film festival: Ambulante

Support Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal in their doc film festival: Ambulante

Posted by NALIP · July 09, 2014


Be a part of bringing Ambulante to the U.S for the first time! Recently awarded with NALIP's Media Advocacy award, Ambulante is the documentary non profit founded in 2005 by Mexican actors and filmmakers, Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal. The traveling documentary film festival has over nine years of experience organizing an epic three month tour across twelve different states in Mexico, bringing documentaries to areas with limited access to film. For the first time, Ambulante is expanding the successful model to the U.S. Working closely with local organizations the aim is to create unique exhibition spaces and present multi-cultural documentaries that illustrate the remarkable genre of non fiction storytelling. During its 2 week from Sept. 21 - Oct. 4 Ambulante will travel across different LA communities to reach diverse audiences through its mobile cinema platform. Help them reach their goal of securing supplemental funds to enrich each screening with music, art and creative performances. Rewards include signed postcards by Gael Garcia Bernal, a chance to party with Diego Luna at the pre-launch Opening Kickstarter Backers only party, screener access to unreleased films like Revolucion, Los Chidos and Reportero, and the chance to have your face featured in the film festival trailer. Save the date, Sept. 21 - Oct. 4

Contribute your support here!

Doing Your Doc 2014

Doing Your Doc 2014

Posted by NALIP · June 26, 2014

Two additional sessions of Doing Your Doc remain in 2014, to be announced soon!

Are you an emerging media maker with a documentary idea, a work-in-progress, or proposal that needs development? Whether you are just beginning, have already shot footage, or have a rough cut and are seeking finishing funds, this session is right for you. Designed primarily for content creators in diverse and local communities working on their first documentary film, Doing Your Doc is an intimate conversation about project development, process, distribution, and outreach.  Only two additional sessions of Doing Your Doc remain in 2014, to receive email updates place your name on our sign up list.


Would you like Doing Your Doc to be hosted in your city? Let us know!

Doing Your Doc is presented by the NEA Media Arts