Monthly Archives: November 2007

Pew Hispanic Center Releases Report on English Usage Among Latinos in the United States

Nearly all Hispanic adults born in the United States of immigrant parents report they are fluent in English. By contrast, only a small minority of their parents describe themselves as skilled English speakers. This finding of a dramatic increase in English-language ability from one generation of Hispanics to the next emerges from a new analysis of six Pew Hispanic Center surveys conducted from 2002 to 2006 among a total of more than 14,000 Latino adults.
The analysis finds that fewer than one-in-four (23%) Latino immigrants reports being able to speak English very well. However, fully 88% of their U.S.-born adult children report that they speak English very well. Among later generations of Hispanic adults, the figure rises to 94%. Reading ability in English shows a similar trend. The analysis also finds that English is spoken more commonly at work than at home.
The report is available at the Pew Hispanic Center’s website,

Uruguayan Film Screening: Whisky (2004)

Whisky Poster
The Spanish and Portuguese Department Film Series and LLILAS present:
Uruguayan Cinema
Whisky (2004)
a film by Juan Pablo Rebella and Pablo Stoll
Monday December 3 2007
7:30pm in MEZ 1.306

Free Admission
Whisky tells the story of Jacobo Koller, a Jewish sexagenarian who runs a stock factory in Montevideo with three female employees. Two operate the ancient machines while the other is his faithful assistant Marta (Mirella Pascual), who attends to his every need.
Jacobo persuades Marta to pretend to be his wife during his mother’s unveiling in order to show his younger brother, Herman (who happens to run his own stocking factory in Brazil) that he is no longer single, and is able to fulfill the requirements left in his mother’s will.
Furthermore, and from a global perspective, the film has been compared to the style of Aki Kaurismäki and Jim Jarmusch, and it follows the great tradition of bone dry humor. The Silver Ariel for Best Latin-American Film, the Goya for Best Spanish Language Foreign Film, and the FIPRESCI Prize at the Cannes Film Festival confirm its caliber.

Link to NALIP Job Board

Review job opportunities on the National Association of Latino Independent Producers Job Board here.


We need a researcher to do a day or two (or maybe more) of picture and document research for A CLASS APART, a new documentary for PBS about the Hernandez v. Texas Supreme Court case of 1954 and the post WWII Mexican American civil rights movement. A CLASS APART is directed by Carlos Sandoval (“Farmingville”) and is a production of Camino Bluff Productions. More info about the film is at
We’re in the middle of editing the film and are looking for some images (photos, documents, etc.) to help bring the story to life. We’re in New York City and it’s hard for us to come to Texas, so we’re hoping to hire a student or other Austin-based researcher who can find us what we need in the Benson Latin American Collection and possibly other parts of the University of Texas Library. We will provide very specific guidance and a reasonable stipend for the work.
If you’re interested or available, please contact Peter Miller at Camino Bluff Productions,, 212 666 3266.

Hispanic Interests Move to Mainstream

CAA’s Haubegger Helps Clients Tailor Programming to Growing Market
(TV Week)– November 25, 2007. By Allison J. Waldman
When people in the business want to know what Hispanic TV viewers in the U.S. are thinking, feeling and watching, they turn to CAA executive Christy Haubegger, be­cause she knows the Hispanic market.
In 1996 the Mexican American native of Houston came up with the idea for a magazine for Hispanic women. She founded Latina maga zine and ran it until 2002, when she moved to California.
“I worked as an executive producer on the James L. Brooks film ‘Spanglish.’ And now at CAA, I really work throughout the agency helping our clients understand or take advantage of some of these emerging new demographics,” Ms. Haubegger said.
Link to the full story here

UT Learning Center Job Information Session

Wednesday, November 28
5:30 p.m.
UTC 4.104

The UT Learning Center is an academic support center that helps students succeed academically. It offers many rewarding job opportunities to UT undergraduates, including tutoring and mentoring positions. In this session you will hear about positions that will train you to help other students and enable you to build your resume in the process. The UTLC will be hiring for Spring and Fall 2008 and offers one of the highest hourly pay rates on campus.

¿Quién mató a la llamita blanca? (2006)

Llamita Blanca
The ILASSA Cultural Committee presents
¿Quién mató a la llamita blanca? (Who Killed the Little White Llama?)
Wednesday November 28th
7:00 pm
SRH 3.111

The movie will be in Spanish with English subtitles
Free and open to the public
Directed by Rodrigo Bellott / Bolivia / 2006 / 112 minutes
Synopsis: Jacinto and Domitila are two indigenous Bolivians, happily married… and the most notorious criminals in the country. When they are paid to transport 50kg of cocaine to the Brazilian border, they embark on a journey that will take them through the jungles, mountains, deserts and cities of Bolivia on a riotous adventure. This black comedy gives an insight to some of the most serious problems of Bolivia: racism, corruption and poverty.