Monthly Archives: August 2012

Sábado Gigante Welcomes Latino/a Community to Campus

All students are invited!

Thursday, August 30

4 to 6 PM

Gregory Gym

Sábado Gigante is a day of fun, free food, live music and great prizes – and it’s the biggest Latina/o community event of the year at UT. Learn about the 35 Latina/o student organizations on campus and meet new people. For more information, contact

Check us out at CommUnity 2012!

If you are attending CommUnity 2012, you should stop by and say hi.

From 6:30-8:00 p.m. on August 28, the Latino Media Studies program interns will be running a booth at CommUnity. CommUnity is the welcoming program for College of Communication students that precedes the Gone to Texas rally celebration. Various student organizations, academic advisors and career advisors will be in attendance to welcome new students. The event will also feature free food, music, games, UT prizes and a dance-off.

For the fist time, The Latino Media Studies will run a booth at the event that will feature informational pamphlets and the smiling faces of our new interns, who will be able to answer questions. New students and current students at the event are encouraged to come by and learn more about the program.

CommUnity will be on Tuesday, August 28 in the Texas Union Ballroom (UNB 3.202) from 6:30-8:00 p.m. After the event, the new Communication students will walk together to the UT Tower to enjoy the Gone to Texas rally.

We hope you stop by our booth, say hello and find out more about our program!

On Univision’s Nightly News, a Plea for Presidential Debate on Latino Issues

Univision used its nightly news broadcast on Wednesday to plead with both presidential campaigns to accommodate an additional debate, on Univision, directed at the issues of concern to Latino viewers.

The hosts of “Noticiero Univision,” Jorge Ramos and María Elena Salinas, directly urged Mitt Romney and President Obama to participate in a debate or forum for its Hispanic viewers, according to the network.

Link to the full article here.

Production Assistants Needed for Independent Feature “Latino” Project

Production Title: CLOSER TO BOTTOM

This No Budget Feature Film has been in the planning stages for months and we are gearing up to start shooting weekends and evenings in October. We need highly capable assistants to the producers for pre-production and planning as well as for organizing during the production itself. Our Production Assistants will wear many hats from administrative, to crew, to being a set extra on camera. Every department has a need for assistants. We need dedicated student help who will commit to this project until completion.

We also need people interested in helping design and maintain the web and social media campaigns of this independent film project. Possible internship credit may be available.

CLOSER TO BOTTOM is a Latino coming-of-age film being shot on location in Austin and in a studio in San Antonio. As a No Budget Project, all qualified cast and crew will have an ownership stake in the project through our Cine Coop.

Because no one is getting paid upfront to work on this project, we are seeking two or three part-time volunteers for each role in the production (not including principal actors). Backup personnel for each position will help assure us that competent people will be there when the production needs it. For much of the Fall Semester, students will perform much of their work on phones and the Internet and on-location once shooting begins.

For more information, contact ALEX AVILA at (primary) or (secondary).

Alex Avila (Writer/Director) was Senior Producer for NPR’s Latino USA from 1998 to 2010, winning several national awards for journalism during his tenure. He received his B.S. in Radio-Television-Film from the University of Texas at Austin in 1994 after learning film production at New York University from 1989-1991. He was co-director of the Chicano/Latino Film Forum from 1993-1999. He is currently a PhD student in Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin and has taught as an adjunct faculty member at St. Edward’s University (2007-2011) and San Antonio College (2010 – present).