Guided by the vision of supporting skills, projects, and relationships among Latinx content creators, NALIP is proud to present, the 20th Annual NALIP Media Summit, July 25-28, 2019. For the last twenty years the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) has been dedicated to facilitating the advancement and engagement of Latinx creators across multiple media platforms. Today, NALIP exists as a leading organization in supporting and championing Latinx talent behind and in-front of the camera. NALIP has sought to be 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. Together, with you, #WeAreInclusion.
Throughout its twenty year history, NALIP has wholeheartedly committed itself to supporting emerging and existing Latinx content creators ascertain their voice within the entertainment industry. With the understanding that the industry is constantly changing, NALIP has worked to provide support, resources, and above all, a community to Latinx content creators. NALIP is proud to stand as a leading organization in the amplification of Latinx voices across media platforms.
Our roundtable conversations feature prominent Latinx content creators across the United States. We hope you are inspired by their stories as much as they have inspired us!
Jorge R. Gutiérrez is an award-winning animator, painter, writer and director born in Mexico City and raised in Tijuana. Gutierrez, a CalArts BFA & MFA grad, is the creator and director of films, cartoons, and paintings inspired by his deep love for Mexican pop and folk culture. He and his wife Sandra Equihua created the multiple Emmy award-winning animated television series, "El Tigre, The Adventures of Manny Rivera" for Nickelodeon. In 2014 Gutierrez ;co-wrote and directed the animated film "The Book of Life" produced by Guillermo del Toro for 20th Century Fox. Most recently he directed the Emmy nominated VR short "Son of Jaguar" for Google Spotlight Stories and is currently writing and directing a limited series "Maya and The Three" for Netflix.
Michelle Badillo is a gay, Latinx writer from Queens, New York. She has written for Netflix’s One Day at a Time, and Freeform’s The Bold Type, and is currently a co-producer on Freeform’s Unrelated. She refuses to learn the difference between tragedy and comedy.
Writing the Breakthrough
Julia is currently the Executive Story Editor on MR.IGLESIAS for Netflix. She a multi-faceted writer with a knack for both comedy and drama. She's staffed on GALAVANT with Dan Fogelman, STUCK IN THE MIDDLE, and has developed projects for Will Packer Productions, Kronicle Media, Fullscreen Media, and ABCd.
A graduate of the ABC/Disney Writing Program, Julia's passion for TV writing grew from creating and starring in EAST WILLYB, an innovative web series which the NY Times called the "Latino show for a new generation." Most recently, Julia sold and developed the web series as a pilot for ABC/ABC Studios. A graduate of Brown University, Julia cut her teeth as an actress in the lucrative world of New York's off (off) Broadway theater.
Influenced by her "mutt" identity and nontraditional upbringing, Julia's love of storytelling is fueled by her once-in-a-lifetime experiences: she lived in Chile during the country's first democratic elections; studied singing at the prestigious "Fame" high school; toured nationally with her one-woman show; and once spoke with Fidel Castro.
Carrie Lozano is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and journalist. She is currently director of the International Documentary Association's Enterprise Documentary and Pare Lorentz funds. In addition, she is a lecturer at U.C. Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism documentary film program, where she is also an alum. Prior to that, she led the Bay Area Video Coalition’s National MediaMaker Fellowship, was director of operations for New Day Films, and worked at Al Jazeera America as senior producer of the network’s award-winning investigative series Fault Lines and as executive producer of its Dupont-winning documentary strand. Among other work, she produced the Academy Award nominee The Weather Underground, the live cinema piece Utopia In Four Movements and produced, directed and edited the Teddy Award nominee Reporter Zero. Her recent film about acclaimed jazz pianist Fred Hersch, The Ballad of Fred Hersch, premiered in 2016.
Simon Kilmurry is the executive director of the International Documentary
Association (IDA). He oversees all IDA programs and operations, including
filmmaker services, funding, educational programs, the IDA Awards, IDA’s
Getting Real conference, and advocacy for the field. In 2017 he launched IDA’s
Enterprise Documentary Fund, a $1 million annual granting fund supporting
creative documentary and journalism.
He serves on the board of jurors of the George Foster Peabody Awards and is a
member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, the Producers
Guild of America, and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Prior to IDA he served as the executive producer of POV, the long-running PBS
showcase of independent documentaries where he received one Prime Time
Emmy, three Prime Time Emmy nominations, 17 News and Documentary Emmy
Awards, more than 60 News & Documentary Emmy nominations, and six
Alex Rivera is a filmmaker who has been telling new, urgent, and visually adventurous Latino stories for more than twenty years. His first feature film, Sleep Dealer, won multiple awards at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival. Rivera’s second feature film, a documentary/scripted hybrid, The Infiltrators, won both the Audience Award and the Innovators Award in the NEXT section of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. His work has been supported by the Ford Foundation, the Tribeca Film Institute, Time Warner, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, the Open Society Institute, Creative Capital, and many others. Alex studied at Hampshire College, was the Rothschild Lecturer at Harvard University, and is currently a Visiting Professor of Media Studies at Queens College.
A highly sought after show-runner with over 20 years of experience in the unscripted space, Cat Rodriguez began her career helping mold some of MTV’s most seminal shows like “Next,” “Date My Mom,” “Parental Control,” and “Bam’s Unholy Union.” Following two stand-out seasons on the critically acclaimed “LA Ink” with Kat Von D, Cat then went on to produce of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” where she became known for her skillful and authentic storytelling abilities. That show’s success lead to a wide variety of opportunities in many different genres including docu-dramas (Lifetime’s Little Women: LA & Atlanta), competition (Bravo’s Chef Academy, Lifetime’s Models of the Runway), comedic sitcoms (USA’s Chrisley Knows Best), and bold new social experiments (Lifetime’s Seven Year Switch, Bravo’s Stripped).
Eva Vives won the Best Short Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival with FIVE FEET HIGH AND RISING, a short she cast, edited and produced. She followed that up with the feature RAISING VICTOR VARGAS, which she co- wrote. Vives’ short film JOIN THE CLUB premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2016. That same year, she attended the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, Directors Lab, Skywalker Sound and Music and the Producers Lab.
Her semi-autobiographical debut feature ALL ABOUT NINA, starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Common, opened in theaters last year and is available on Netflix. Vives just finished directing an episode of the hit TV show THE AFFAIR, which will air in August.
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