Robert Rodriguez Co-Producing New Market at Fantastic Fest Aiming to Aid Latin Filmmakers

Fantastic Fest — the Austin, TX-based genre festival focusing on horror, fantasy, sci-fi, and action films — announced today it will host an international co-production market for genre films called Fantastic Market|Mercado Fantastico. The new venture is being co-produced by Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey network and CANANA, a Mexican production and distribution outlet helmed by Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna, Pablo Cruz, and Julian Levin. The inaugural market is scheduled to premiere from September 19-26 during Fantastic Fest.

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Documentary Examines Race and the Exclusion of Women in History

REBEL, a documentary entailing the amazing story of Loreta Janeta Velazquez, a Cuban immigrant from New Orleans who went to battle during the American Civil War. Award-winning filmmaker director María Agui Carter, does a beautiful job in bringing Velazquez’story to life. Carter captures the drama and historical material of this mystery.

“Rebel” premieres on PBS Friday, May 24 at 9 CST.

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UT Multicultural Engagement Center seeking student Graphic Designer for the 2013-2014 academic year

The Graphic Designer produces highly creative visual work for print, internet and social media. Manages own projects, working within budget and schedule requirements. Confers with the full-time staff and student agencies to create quality products. Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

· Works directly with full-time staff and student agencies to design and produce marketing materials – such as print brochures, publicity flyers, t-shirt designs and promotional videos.
· Coordinates multiple projects for all agencies and the MEC at one time, producing quality materials under tight deadlines.
· Ensures the consistent implementation of brand graphic standards according to MEC/DDCE policy.
· Maintains computer files/artworks for archival purposes.
· Handles designated projects from start to completion.
· Ensures delivery of work on-time and within budget.

Required Skills:
· The ability to demonstrate innovative thinking quickly and execute creative strategies visually.
· Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with full-time staff and student agencies.
· The ability to work on numerous projects with limited supervision in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment.
· A thorough understanding of print production: file requirements, optimization of images, paper selection and press check experience.
· Proficiency in applicable software platforms such as Adobe Creative Suite including InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator and Final Cut Express.

Time commitment: 15 hours per week

Payment: $9.00 per hour

Deadline to apply: July 31, 2013

Send a resume, cover letter and sample portfolio (including 1-2 promotional videos, art pieces, design projects, and 2-3 examples of publicity) to Tony Vo at Applicants may choose to submit a video explaining why they are interested and qualified for the position in lieu of a cover letter.

Position is open until filled. Phone/Skype interviews will be conducted the week of August 5-9, 2013. Follow-up interviews as needed the week of August 12-16, 2013. New hire expected to attend the MEC Staff Retreat (August 21-25, 2013), and will begin working the 1st week of classes.

Media Companies Aim to Woo Advertisers and Latinos

From the New York Times
By and
Published: May 15, 2013

Hispanic media companies continued to aggressively target advertisers this week with some major announcements from Fox Hispanic Media executives kicking off Wednesday’s upfront presentations.

Fox Hispanic Media, part of News Corporation, is composed of four Latino-focused networks: FOX Deportes, FOX Life, Nat Geo Mundo and MundoFox. Executives focused the bulk of their presentation on sports programming at Fox Deportes and MundoFox, the newest Spanish-language network in the United States, which made its debut last summer. Fox Life focuses on programming for women and Nat Geo Mundo produces family programming.

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Austin Ad Fed event this Friday: Digital Conference on the Latino Market

Austin Ad Fed event this Friday: Digital Conference on the Latino Market

State of Mind: Understanding the Latino Experience
A digital conference on the Latino Market

Friday, May 3, 2013
Conference: 1:00 – 5:00pm
El After Party: 5:00 – 7:00pm
Location: Blanton Museum of Art

Join us in the Hispanic Marketing Symposium, a half day digital conference that will provide marketing, advertising, business and nonprofit professionals ideas and strategies that will help create more meaningful connections with today’s Latino. Keynote speakers are:

Chiqui Cartagena
Author of Latino Boom II: Catch the Biggest Demographic Wave Since the Baby Boom and VP of Corporate Marketing for Univision Communications, Inc. in New York City.
Keynote: Meet Hispanic Millennials

Lonnie Limon
President of iNSPIRE!
Keynote: The Latino State of Mind – Technology, Race and Music
Lonnie Limon, a 16 year advertising veteran, is President of iNSPIRE! in Dallas, Texas. With a varied background in brand leadership, media, promotions and event marketing, Limon is constantly looking for opportunities to bring his teams together in a collaborative learning environment.

Documentary Film Explores Story of San Diego’s Chicano Park

“Under the Bridge” tells the story of San Diego’s Chicano Park and includes interviews with Chicano activists, muralists, musicians and artists, such as Alurista, Enrique Morones, Salvador Torres, Yolanda Lopez, Mario Torero, Celia Rodriguez, Yermo Aranda and Ramon “Chunky” Sanchez.

Chicano Park was created when residents of Barrio Logan objected to the building of a Highway Patrol Sub-station in their neighbourhood.  Earlier this year the park was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and celebrates its 43rd Anniversary this weekend.

Indiewire said that by “exploring the marginalization of indigenous Chicano rights, the film re-frames the immigration debate in a provocative way.”

Stream the documentary here, or watch for free on


“Blancanieves” Screening Launches the 16th Cine Las Americas Film Festival

Blancanieves, a film by Pablo Berger, will be screening at the Stateside Theatre at the Paramount on Tuesday, April 16 at 8 PM, and will be followed by a reception.
The Spanish film stars Maribel Verdú, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Ángela Molina, Pere Ponce and Macarena García.

The Cine Las Americas Festival runs April 16-21.
To purchase tickets and view the full festival schedule, please visit


Documentary Screening: “Latinos Beyond Reel: Challenging a Media Stereotype”

The Latino Media Studies Program will be hosting the documentary screening on Thursday, April 4 at 2 PM in BMC 5.102. The event is free and open to the public.


“Covering Mexico for Texas: Correspondents in the Borderlands and Beyond”

The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas is hosting “Covering Mexico for Texas: Correspondents in the Borderlands and Beyond” next Thursday, April 4, at 4 PM in CMA 5.160.

Speakers: Dudley Althaus, former Mexico city Bureau Chief for the Houston Chronicle, Alfredo Corchado, Mexico Bureau Chief for the Dallas Morning News, Angela Kochenga, Border Bureau Chief in El Paso, TX, for Belo KHOU 11 News. Moderator: Zita Arocha from the University of Texas El Pasp and Borderzine. Free and open to the public.

Submission Deadline for Undergraduate Research Journal (URJ) is February 22, 2013

The Undergraduate Research Journal (URJ) is looking for interesting research papers written by past or current undergraduate students. Submissions can include articles written for classes, independent study, supervised research, senior theses, etc. In addition to gaining a competitive edge for graduate school and job applications, authors of published papers are entered into the running for a $200 award for the best paper, and a $100 award for the second-place paper.

The journal is published every spring semester, and is circulated across campus and submitted to the Library of Congress.

The submission deadline for the 2012-2013 school year is February 22, 2013 at 11:59pm.

To learn more, please visit