Win Passes to NALIP’s 2017 Media Summit

Win Passes to NALIP’s 2017 Media Summit

Posted by NALIP on February 10, 2017

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NALIP has now opened submissions for the 2017 #CreateWithUs Video Challenge! Showcase your creativity in a short (60 seconds) video and get a chance to win a pass to the 2017 Media Summit.  The NALIP Media Summit, to be held at the Hollywood & Highland on June 22-25th, gives the opportunity to network with other talented content creators, industry professionals and access many of the highly anticipated panels, workshops and more!

HOW TO ENTER

Produce a 60 second video of a reenactment/remake of your favorite film and explain in that same video why this film made you want to create.

Once you’ve produced your video, upload it YouTube and submit your link to [email protected] Make sure to label it 2017 #CreateWithUs challenge. We will then:

  • Evaluate the submitted videos and select the top 3 creative videos to upload to our Facebook page.

  • Videos should be submitted by April 10, 2017 and the winner will be announced April 24, 2017

Guidelines:

  • Video should be 60 seconds or less.

  • Appropriate content accepted only.

  • It can be a reenactment of a short scene, create a trailer, you can make an animated version or turn your favorite drama into a comedy or horror. Be creative!

  • In that same video tell us why the film you chose made you want to create. Together the short remake and explanation should be no more than 60 seconds. (Explanation should be part of the video NOT in writing) You can divide the time however you would like.

If your video gets selected, it will be uploaded to NALIP’s Facebook page. Make sure to have your friends and family like the video and our FB page. The contestant with the most “likes” will win a free pass to NALIP’s 2017 Media Summit!

Remember to submit your video to [email protected]

Top 3 videos will be uploaded by April 14, 2017 and the winner will be announced April 24, 2017.

If you have any questions, email [email protected]

CPB Enriches Media and Supports Diverse Voices

CPB Enriches Media and Supports Diverse Voices

Posted by NALIP on February 10, 2017

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In today’s market, a cup of coffee can cost more than the average contribution for public media, which costs close to $1.35 annually, according to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) website. A drop in the bucket when it comes to preserving an institution that brings local stations and programs to American homes.

Arguably, the most influential factor that has contributed to the advance of each generation has been access to information. Even before the Internet, there have been public broadcast stations that have provided news, entertainment, and culture for entire generations--and one of the main sources of funding behind those stations has been the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Public media such as local news and radio stations depend on the grants they receive from the CPB, which distributes about $445 million a year in federal funding.

This nonprofit corporation has been a longtime supporter of organizations like NALIP, as it values “collaboration, innovation, engagement, and diversity,” and provides support to nurture content that reflects those values. It’s clear that our vision and values align, and for that reason we continue to be partners in our efforts to create an impact in the media.

Born out of the Public Broadcasting Act in 1967, CPB often exhibits its values through partnerships. Last month, CPB and PBS joined forces to implement new media programs that would help foster low-income youths’ understanding of early science and literacy. Through their efforts, five stations were integrated with the program, each in a different state, in order to provide “new PBS KIDS science and literacy-based programming, mobile apps and digital games.”

CPB also aides in the development and execution of journalism. In November of 2016, CPB awarded a $500,000 grant to Oregon Public Broadcasting, WXXI-Rochester and ideastream Cleveland to identify the best methods of widely distributing enterprise journalism pieces. All three stations will work on multimedia journalism projects that can impact their communities.

“Many public media organizations are doing top-notch work in radio, TV and digital, but that work often doesn’t reach a wide audience. We have an incredible opportunity to combine our collaborative strength with the reach of our broadcast and digital platforms in ways few other media outlets can,” said Morgan Holm, senior vice president and chief content officer of Oregon Public Broadcasting, in a press release for CPB.

CPB supports nearly 1,500 public television and radio stations nationwide. Its grants and support coupled with its values demonstrates this corporation’s integral part within the public media sector. It has allowed and given a platform for diverse voices, content and essentially culture to enter our homes. We must continue to value and prioritize institutions like CPB that have long stood by artists visions and their stories. After all, who doesn’t like PBS?

 

What you Missed at The Guilds

What you Missed at The Guilds

Posted by NALIP on February 10, 2017

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(Image courtesy of VOA Indonesia)

In the midst of awards season, it can be difficult to keep up with the abundance of nominations and recipients. Receiving a Guild award in Hollywood is a great honor and recipients deserve recognition. With that being said, we wanted to highlight some of those who went home victorious and some of the most talked about topics at this year’s most celebrated awards ceremonies.

Last week kicked off with the 28th annual Producers Guild Awards (PGA). The PGA’s Darryl F. Zanuck Award for top feature film is known to be a “great barometer for Oscar’s best picture winner,” according to Deadline, which went to “La La Land” this year. There is no doubt the musical-comedy will win at least some of its 14 Oscar nominations and this may just reinforce it’s Best Picture win. See the full list of winners here.

After the PGA’s, the 23rd Screen Actor Guild (SAG) awards took place at the Shrine Auditorium in LA. With the push for inclusion on everyone’s mind, Taylor Schilling and Jackie Cruz made sure to acknowledge how a diverse cast can create amazing content during their acceptance speech for the cast of “Orange is the New Black.” OITNB won Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series for the third consecutive year, ruling out contenders such as “The Big Bang Theory” and “Blackish.”

In a pleasantly shocking win, “Stranger Things,” the Netflix original series that had everyone talking last summer, won Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a TV Drama Series, edging out “Game of Thrones” and the acclaimed HBO drama “Westworld.” The young cast’s excitement definitely brought smiles to the room. Check out the full list of winners here.

The week ended with the 69th Directors Guild of America Awards (DGA). Once again, “La La Land” took the top award. Director Damien Chazelle won Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Feature Film, beating out the directors of "Arrival," "Lion," "Manchester by the Sea" and "Moonlight." However, the most talked about subject of the night was not Chazelle’s win, but America’s current political climate.

Several speakers throughout the night referenced or declared their disdain for President Trump’s immigration ban. Alejandro G. Iñárritu joked about how Denis Villeneuve (“Arrival”) just made him worry about the status of his work visa, and then went on to discuss the importance of telling compeling human stories. Others spoke about the importance of diversity regardless of status.

“I would not personally be standing in this room, on this stage, I wouldn’t be here at all, if not for immigrants,” said DGA President Paris Barclay at the award ceremony.

There’s much debate going on in Hollywood over whether or not award recipients and speakers should use these stages to discuss their political point of view. Regardless of what an individual’s political view may be, one important thread of thought is common throughout these discussions and that is more inclusion.

 

'You're Killing Me Susana' to Premiere!

'You're Killing Me Susana' to Premiere!

Posted by NALIP on February 10, 2017

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Longtime NALIP supporter Roberto Sneider to release his new film!
The new film You're Killing Me Susana by Roberto Sneider (Arrancame La Vida) starring Gael Garcia Bernal is coming out in theaters across Los Angeles this coming Friday, February 17th. The film, based in a Mexican bestseller novel called Ciudades Desiertas. The story follows Eligio, a Mexican macho in modern Mexico who travels to the US to "force" his wife back into his life. This new stylized comedy premiered at the Mill Valley Film Festival with great reviews. 
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Watch the Trailer HERE!

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Celebrating Black History Month

Celebrating Black History Month

Posted by NALIP · February 10, 2017

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In celebration of Black History Month, PBS is re-airing BRIDGING THE DIVIDE, a documentary portraying the story of Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley- the nation’s first African American mayor elected in an overwhelmingly white city. The video celebrates Mayor Bradley for his remarkable contribution to the City of Los Angeles as his 100th birthday approaches this year.

The City of Los Angeles has also decided to join PBS in the celebration. LAX unveiled a three-minute permanent video display, inspired by the documentary, at Tom Bradley International Terminal. The display is at the Great Hall's Time Tower. LA City Hall is also continuously screening the documentary on the 3rd floor bridge and is showcasing several other exhibits featuring Mayor Bradley. If you are in LA and have time, stop by and see the incredible displays paying tribute to an extraordinary moment in history.

Though BRIDGING THE DIVIDE tells a story which happened years ago, the issues highlighted in the documentary remain relevant and critical in today’s society. The documentary honors an election which transformed the City of Los Angeles and laid the foundation for what the city is today. To learn more about the BRIDGING THE DIVIDE, or to purchase it, visit the documentary website.

Yara Martinez Lands Recurring Role

Yara Martinez Lands Recurring Role

Posted by NALIP · February 10, 2017

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We’ve already come to know and love her as Rafael’s troubled but endearingly well-intentioned sister Luisa on the CW’s breakout hit ‘Jane the Virgin’. Now, Yara Martinez is set to lend her comedic chops to a darker character as a series regular in Amazon’s series ‘The Tick’.  The show centers on the unlikely duo of a timid accountant and the titular blue superhero, with whom he unwittingly forms an alliance as he attempts to unravel the conspiracy that rules his city. This show has also showcase the talent of other Latinos such as longtime NALIP supporter Berto Colon, who also plays a character on ‘Orange is The New Black’ and Christian Navarro, who was previously on ‘Vinyl’.

Martinez had already appeared on the pilot episode as a guest star in the role of Ms. Lint, but her role has now been promoted to series regular. Martinez also recurs on Amazon’s comedy series ‘I Love Dick’.

Check out more on ‘The Tick’ at Deadline.com

 

NALIP Member Nancy Mejia Makes AFI's DWW

NALIP Member Nancy Mejia Makes AFI's DWW

Posted by NALIP · February 10, 2017

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Congratulations to NALIP member Nancy Mejia for making the AFI Directing Workshop for Women (DWW)! A total of 8 participants were selected, including Nancy. The selected participants will receive guided instruction and direct a short film or new media project. All completed projects will be showcased the following year. NALIP is proud to support the work and accomplishments of Nancy, who has been a member of NALIP for several years and has been involved with our signature programs and events. She showcased her short film 'Mateo' during the 2015 Latino Lens Showcase, she was part of the 2015 Diverse Women in Media Residency Lab, Latino Lens: MiTu Network Incubator and was a semi finalist in the 2016 Latino Lens Shorts Narrative Incubator. We look forward to showcasing and supporting her future work!

Learn more about Nancy and the rest of the DWW participants at: AFI.com

 

NEA an Advocate for the Arts

NEA an Advocate for the Arts

Posted by NALIP · February 07, 2017

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The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) was established in 1965 as a U.S. government agency, and brings hope and creativity to the heart of artists and organizations across the nation. Thanks to the support of the NEA, communities have access to valuable and critical grants that make so many great projects possible.

To date, the NEA has awarded more than 140,000 grants in support of programs and organizations that shape our culture, one of these organizations being NALIP. Thanks to our supporters we continue being the premiere Latino media organization, giving Latino/a writers, producers, directors and performers the opportunity to advance their projects and careers. The NEA have been a part of the Sundance Film Festival, PBS's Great Performances series and the American Film Festival among many others.

Agencies such as the NEA give creators a voice, and provide the necessary funding to create programs, projects and opportunities in the arts. They give different organizations, fellowships and non-profits, such as NALIP the chance to advocate and provide for content creators, by putting together programs like the Latino Lens Incubators. Those who aren’t familiar with the NEA, chances are they’ve read a book, seen a movie, enjoyed the artwork that exists in part because of the NEA. It has quietly been a backbone for many establishments in the arts, an important part of society and a driver of culture.

The NEA provides communities with history, culture, art and a unique identity. Thank you, National Endowment of the Arts for strengthening our communities and providing diverse opportunities.

To learn more about the NEA visit: Arts.gov

NALIPster Maru Buendia to Screen at CineFestival!

NALIPster Maru Buendia to Screen at CineFestival!

Posted by NALIP · February 07, 2017

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Congratulations to NALIPster, Maru Buendia! Her Sci-Fi Short Film, ‘Windows’, will be screening at CineFestival in San Antonio, Texas on February 25th at 4 p.m. as part of the Shorts Program 1.

Maru, winner of the Cary Grant Film Award by the Princess Grace Foundation (2007), obtained her MFA in Film Production at the University of Texas at Austin in December 2008. She worked for 3 years at Troublemaker Studios in the VFX Department on films like Machete, Predators and Spy Kids 4.

‘Windows’ was part of NALIP’s Latino Lens Short Narrative Incubator and screened at the 2016 NALIP Media Summit. Her short film touches on the topics of humanity and technology. It is about two isolated women who bond by sharing their lives from a distance through their apartment windows. They are blocks apart, but despite their efforts, will never meet. We are excited to see Maru Buendia at CineFestival in Texas for the screening of her film!

For more information on Maru Buendia and her work, visit her website and watch the 'Windows' trailer

Check out the rest of the films at Cinefestival.org

 

Don't Miss Out on HBO Access

Don't Miss Out on HBO Access

Posted by NALIP · February 02, 2017

 

NALIP's annual Media Summit Presenting sponsor HBO launches the HBO Access Writing Fellowship program. Take advantage of an incredible opportunity to advance in your careers!

 

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