In addition to engaging Hollywood's elite, NALIP also brings together the industry's current trendsetters.
Furthering the tradition of celebrating Latino visionaries, NALIP will host a red carpet gala honoring one of only eight living performers who has won entertainment's grand slam of the industry's most prestigious awards: The Oscar, The Emmy, The Tony and The Grammy -- the inspirational and magnanimous, Rita Moreno .
The NALIP national conference is organized as three days of workshops and plenaries on film, television and documentaries, plus groundbreaking case studies.
Founded in 1999 by a group of Latino producers, educators and media activists, NALIP is a national organization of industry, independent and community media makers -- directors and producers, writers, performers and advocates -- dedicated to increasing the quality and quantity of images by, for and about Latinos in the media.
What I love most about my work is the process of discovery," says Natalia, "and sharing this with the people that have inspired me the most throughout my life: my father, other filmmakers I have encountered through NALIP
like Cristina Ybarra .
According to NALIP
chair Lillian Jimenez, the org hopes that by next year, the confab will have evolved into a market where attendees can pitch projects to TV, film and dot-com buyers and execs.
NALIP 2010 will showcase what is actually working right now for writers, directors, producers and performers.
NALIP serves as a hub for the development of untold stories and fresh approaches to media production, both locally and globally.
NALIP will bring in heavy hitters like CNN's Soledad O'Brien to give a keynote speech and Q&A with attendees.