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Bardem, Shakira, Ferrera- Nominated for Golden Globe

Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Javier Bardem – No Country For Old Men

Best Original Song - Motion Picture
"Despedida" – Love In The Time Of Cholera
Music By: Shakira and Antonio Pinto
Lyrics By: Shakira

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series - Musical Or Comedy
America Ferrera – Ugly Betty (ABC)

Buena Suerte!




"LIBERTY KID" - Coming to NYC in 2008

January 9-17, 2008
Pioneer Theater
155 East 3rd. St @ Ave. A
New York City
See below for detail

"a powerful drama… Chaiken works with a delicate touch… Potent,
thoroughly believable performances… Deeply poignant". Hollywood

"Smoothly kinetic… Glaringly real." Variety

"Sensitively drawn… Strong performances". LA Weekly

Schedule and tix:

more at:


VH1 asks, who wants to be a telenovela star?

Lifestyle cable network VH1 is beefing up its reality slate, ordering an eight-episode series featuring aspiring telenovela stars.

The network also has ordered new installments of "Celebrity Fit Club" and "ego trip's The (White) Rapper Show" -- both of which will feature a twist.

In "Viva Hollywood!" 12 bilingual Latino and Latina contestants will learn the "7 Deadly Sins of Telenovelas" -- passion, lust, charisma, drama, fire, seduction and scandal -- in order to impress the judges: actress-singer Maria Conchita Alonso and singer-songwriter Carlos Ponce. Astrologer Walter Mercado will give the contestants guidance.

The winner will land a role on a telenovela airing on Spanish-language broadcaster Telemundo, management representation, and a $100,000 prize. The hour-long series premieres in the spring.

"Fit Club's" sixth season, currently in production also for a spring premiere, will star former cast members competing with a new group of celebrities. Returning cast members Tina Yothers, Willie Aames, model Toccara Jones and Dustin Diamond comprise one team, while comedienne Sommore, Brian Dunkleman, Erin Moran and A.J. Benza comprise the other.

The follow-up to "Rapper," titled "ego trip's Miss Rap Supreme," will feature a search for the next great female MC. Rapper MC Serch will return to host "Miss Rap Supreme," which just wrapped production and also is set for spring. Female rapper Yo Yo is set to co-host.

This year, VH1 has launched 18 unscripted series or specials averaging at least 1 million viewers. Topping that list are "I Love New York's" first and second seasons (3.9 million and 3.7 million season-to-date, respectively), "Charm School" (3.3 million) and "Rock of Love With Bret Michaels" (2.5 million, with the finale drawing 5.4 million to become the second-most-watched VH1 telecast ever).

By Kimberly NordykeMon
Reuters/Hollywood Reporter



Winner to be featured at the 2008 New York International Latino Film Festival

BREA, Calif. – (October 15, 2007) – Suzuki Auto, widely known for its exciting and life-enthusiast-focused products, has teamed with the New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) and to announce the official call for entries for its first nationwide animation contest, ¡Anímate! – La vida Suzuki, which will run from October 15, 2007 through February 29, 2008 and conclude with the winning animation being featured at the 2008 NYILFF in July.

"Suzuki is thrilled to launch its first-ever animation contest in partnership with the New York International Latino Film Festival," said Gene Brown, vice president of marketing, Suzuki Auto. "This exciting contest is a unique opportunity to connect our company and products with the Latino creative community and with those who choose to live life instead of watch it go by."

The online animation contest gives animators over 18 years of age, and who are U.S. residents, an opportunity to create original animated work with an urban Latino feel that reflects the Suzuki "Way of Life" brand proposition, which promises vehicles for active lifestyles, adventurers and thrill-seekers. Submissions must be no more than three minutes in length and feature Suzuki Auto branding and a Suzuki automobile, such as the dynamic XL7 crossover SUV.

The Grand Prize winner, to be announced in March, will receive an all-expense paid trip for two to the 2008 NYILFF, where the winning animation will be featured, and a grant of $5,000 to produce a series of two webisodes that will run on site in June and July. Participants should visit for complete submission guidelines and to submit the online Entry Form. Online animation video submissions will be accepted on the contest Web site starting on October 15, 2007.

"We are thrilled to have Suzuki as our official automotive partner," said NYILFF executive director and Cinedulce CEO, Elizabeth Gardner. "We are inspired by the company's commitment to support Latino talent, particularly in animation, a new programming addition for us. We are also honored Suzuki selected Cinedulce, our new Urban Latino digital distribution platform, as the online destination for this exciting contest."

Suzuki played a starring role as the official automotive sponsor of the 8th NYILFF in New York City last summer, when the ¡Anímate! – La vida Suzuki contest was first announced, and has committed to continue its partnership with the film festival at least through 2008. For more information on NYILFF, visit

About American Suzuki
The Brea, Calif.-based Automotive Operations of American Suzuki Motor Corporation was founded in 1985 by parent company Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC) and currently markets its vehicles in the United States through a network of more than 500 automotive dealerships in 49 states. Based in Hamamatsu, Japan, SMC is a diversified worldwide automobile, motorcycle and outboard motor manufacturer with sales of more than two million new automobiles annually. Founded in 1909 and incorporated in 1920, SMC has operations in 187 countries. For more information, visit

Launched in 1999, the New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) is now the premier Urban Latino film event in the country. Its mission is to showcase the works of the hottest emerging Latino filmmaking talent in the U.S. and Latin America, offer expansive images of the Latino experience, and celebrate the diversity and spirit of the Latino community. Programming includes the flagship film festival in NYC, new music and art showcases, family and community events, scholarships for aspiring filmmakers, and a nationally recognized short film competition in partnership with HBO. The NYILFF is the only film event to have had the endorsement of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's NYC Latin Media and Entertainment Commission since its formation in 2003. For more information, visit

About Cinedulce
Founded in 2007 by the directors of the New York International Latino Film Festival, the nation's premier Urban Latino film event, Cinedulce is the only filmed entertainment distribution platform created specifically for the Urban, Urban Latino and Latin audiences. For more information, visit


John Leguizamo's and Freddy Rodriguez's New Project

According to Variety, Freddy Rodriguez and John Leguizamo will star in Overture Films' family dramedy "Humboldt Park."

Alfredo De Villa ("Washington Heights") is attached to direct from a script penned by Rick Najera ("Latinolouges"), Ted Perkins and Alison Swan.

Story revolves around the return of three siblings to their parents' home for the holidays in Humboldt Park on Chicago's northwest side.
State Street Pictures and 2DS Prods. are producing.

State Street's Robert Teitel and George Tillman Jr. will produce, with Rene Rigal exec producing. Reid Brody and Paul Kim from 2DS will also exec produce alongside Rodriguez.

"Alfredo is an ambitious and talented director that we know will bring creative passion to this film," Overture chief operating officer Danny Rosett said.

Rodriguez's recent credits include "Grindhouse" and "Bobby."
Leguizamo starred in "The Happening" and "The Take."


Staged Reading of "Soledad Is Gone Forever"

One of our NYILFF 07 shorts, "Soledad Is Gone Forever" from director Mabel Valdiviezo, will be showcased on stage. The reading of the film will feature actors such as:

Lupe Ontiveros (Tortilla Heaven, Real Women Have Curves, Selena), Richard Yniguez (B Girl, Meet Me in Miami, Boulevard Nights), Omar Chagall (Frida, The Argentine), Lidia Pires (Ladrón Que Roba a Ladrón) and Yvette Yates as Soledad.
The purpose of this event is to determine the flow of the script and to obtain feedback from the actors and audience.

SYNOPSIS: When SOLEDAD GONZALEZ hears that her father’s body has been found in a mass grave, she returns to her Chilean homeland to confront her father’s killer, unaware that the murderer carries a secret that will threaten her life and challenge her to forgive him.

If you are located in the West Coast, here are the directions:

Date: Saturday, December 8
Time: 2-6 PM (please arrive no later than 1:45p)
Location: Lonny Chapman Group Repertory Theater
10900 Burbank Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
(818) 700-4878

-courtesy of NALIP's "Latinos In The Industry" newsletter

Latinos In Sundance

The Sundance Film Festival will take place January 17-27th in Utah.

Among the Latino films competing at this year’s festival are Mexico’s “Parpados Azules”, Colombia’s “Perro Come Perro”, Peru’s “The Wind and the Water” and “Sleep Dealer” directed by Alex Rivera and starring Jacob Vargas ("Bobby") and Leonor Varela ("Where God Left His Shoes")

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Official Deadline: March 14th
Late Deadline: April 11th
(We are now accepting films of all genres for the 2008 edition.)

Celebrating nine years of Latino cinematic excellence, NYILFF is committed to showcasing films and artists that offer expansive depictions of Latino culture to a cross-section of our diverse nationalities and communities. NYILFF screens films made by, about and/or for the Latino community. Emerging beyond just a film festival and into a premiere marketplace for Latino film, the festival attracts over 20,000 attendees and industry executives from throughout the U.S.

NYILFF will consider films made by, featuring, about and/or for the Latino community. The festival will consider all forms: feature narrative, short films, documentary and experimental shorts. All projects must have been completed by no earlier than 2006. Projects in a language other English must have English subtitles. Films cannot have been broadcast (television or Internet) or distributed commercially in the U.S. prior to the festival. Exceptions are made for short films and documentaries. All genres are welcome.



Liberty Kid
A Glass Eye Pix presentation, in association with RingTheJing Entertainment, of a Glass Eye Pix production. Produced by Roger Kass, Mike S. Ryan, Larry Fessenden. Executive producers, Claude Wasserstein, Andrea Van Beuren. Co-producer, Mike King. Directed, written by Ilya Chaiken.

With: Al Thompson, Kareem Savinon, Raquel Jordan, Rosa Ramos, Anny Mariano, Johnny Rivera, Rayniel Rufino.
(English, Spanish dialogue)

In writer-director Ilya Chaiken's sophomore outing (after her well-received "Margarita Happy Hour"), almost everything of dramatic import transpires offscreen, starting with the attacks on the World Trade Center and ending with the Iraq war. Doodling in the margins of these two monumental events, Chaiken focuses on the fortunes of two Brooklyn homies who lose their jobs at the Statue of Liberty following 9/11. Winner of the top film prize at the New York Latino fest (leave it to Tribeca to corner every DV-shot 9/11 pic and miss the best one), the breezily indirect "Liberty Kid" could score with indie auds.
Self-styled visionary Derrick (Al Thompson) aspires to more than his dead-end job at the Liberty Island concession stand. He plans to pass his GED and go to college, though how he intends to do so while paying child support for his adorable 3-year-old twins remains hazy. Tico (Kareem Savinon), on the other hand, lives in the moment, savoring weed, women and song.

Chaiken's not one for straight-ahead exposition, and it takes viewers a while to sort out who's who in Derrick's extended Dominican family or Tico's network of homeboys and girls. From the outset, work gives shape and structure to the two friends' days as they wake each other up, hop the ferry, load and unload supplies and pick up pretty women with practiced ease, their daily routine presented in smooth-flowing montages before catastrophe strikes.

The first plane hitting the World Trade Center's north tower provides a rude awakening for Derrick, napping on the ferry on his way to work. But shock and incredulity immediately give way to more prosaic considerations. As Derrick, Tico and friends stride past walls covered with photos of the missing, the drama is not death and destruction, but a three-hour walk home over the Brooklyn Bridge and the shutdown of the Statue of Liberty.

Unable to find another job, Derrick reluctantly joins Tico, who has drifted into small-time drug-dealing, soon becoming accustomed to the good life. But a robbery and a romantic betrayal drive Derrick into the waiting clutches of army recruiters who buttonhole him after a GED exam, their slick "concerned" spiel expertly blending fact and fiction.

Chaiken represents Derrick's experience in Iraq as a simple fade to black. His return is unseen and unheralded as he wanders, almost shell-shocked, in and out of the story. His silence, sometimes broken by measured speech, manifests deep trauma.

Evident throughout is Chaiken's ability to patiently build a scene without fanfare or artifice. Her highly evolved feel for dialogue, here the soft-shoe patter of longtime friends, goes a long way toward naturalizing this rather high-concept undertaking, further helped by the seeming casualness of Thompson and Savinon's sharp thesping.

Tech credits are fine. Eliot Rockett's crisp HD lensing formulates abstract compositions within glaringly real locations,while smoothly kinetic editing by Chaiken and Dave Rock makes any discontinuity or sudden absence seem that much more jarring.

Camera (color, HD), Eliot Rockett; editor, Chaiken, Dave Rock; music, Jeff Grace; music supervisor, Alan Wilkis; production designer, Jesse Cain; sound, Josh Anderson; casting, Victoria Asness, Nate Williams. Reviewed at New York Latino Film Festival, July 28, 2007. (Also in Los Angeles Film Festival -- competing.) Running time: 91 MIN.