Sonia Gonzalez Among Finalists for NALIP & Netflix’s Women of Color Incubator

Sonia Gonzalez will be bringing her art to life…

The National Association of Latino Independent Producers and Netflix have announced the third cohort for their Women of Color Incubator, with the Mexican-American writer and filmmaker among the finalists.

Women of Color Incubator,

In addition to Gonzalez, the class of filmmakers includes Michelle Salcedo, Jackie! Zhou, Lorena Duran and Fabiola Andrade.

The cohort chosen from a pool of over 100 applications.

After studying French Literature at Stanford University, Gonzalez moved to Paris, France, to work in television development.

Salcedo was named Best New Filmmaker of the Year in 2020 and is an award-winning director with over 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry. In 2022, Salcedo directed the action feature film, “Switch & Bait,” which was shot on location in Serbia.

Zhou is a Los Angeles-based multidisciplinary artist, director and sound designer “keen on blurring the lines between formats and disciplines.” Their short Order for Pickup was produced through Hillman Grad and Indeed’s Rising Voices fellowship and premiered at the 2023 Tribeca Film Festival.

Duran is a Dominican-American director and cinematographer. Her films have been official selections for the International Rotterdam Film Festival, Palm Springs ShortFest, Atlanta Film Festival and New Orleans Film Festival.

Lastly, Andrade is a Honduras-born, US–based filmmaker “inspired by her multicultural heritage and interdisciplinary background.” Her creative journey in Honduras started as a photographer and copywriter while receiving her BA in Mass Communication.

The Women of Color Incubator, supported by the Netflix Fund for Creative Equity, provides five women of color with the opportunity, access, mentorship and production support to develop and produce each of their original short films.

With support from executives at NALIP and Netflix, the filmmakers receive guidance through all stages of the filmmaking journey — from pre-production, filming, post-production and eventual distribution.

“For the past 25 years, NALIP has dedicated itself to championing the voices of Latino and diverse creators within the dynamic landscape of the entertainment industry. Our commitment to amplify the narratives of a vibrant multicultural community is possible through strategic partnerships with like-minded visionaries,” Diana Luna, executive director of NALIP, said in a statement.

Luna added, “In a transformative collaboration with Netflix, this groundbreaking initiative delivers financial support, mentorship and development to a cohort of exceptionally diverse women filmmakers in their journey to telling powerful stories.”

All five filmmakers receive a $30,000 film grant to produce their work. The films will be presented at a special screening at NALIP’s Diverse Women in Media Forum on April 18 at The London West Hollywood.

NALIP also provided an update on the recent accomplishments of the class of 2022. Holly M. Kaplan’s “Sunflower Girl” premiered at the Uppsala Short Film Festival and continues its festival run across Europe and North America. Nicole Otero’s “Wait for Night” was selected for The Future of Film is Female Grant grant, as Otero is developing her feature film debut.

Akilah ‘Ak’ Walker and Diana Gonzalez-Morett’s “Pedacito de Carne” had its world premiere at the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF), then focused on their impact campaign in support of caretakers

and families affected by Frontotemporal Degeneration.

Jhanvi Motla’s “Mirage” won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Short at the Santa Fe International Film Festival. Motla was also reaped as a 1497 Features LabMentee, where she is developing her directorial debut under the guidance of Mira Nair. Finally, Frida Perez’s “Detox” premiered at 2022’s LALIFF. Perez is currently developing a show with Apple TV+ and Point Grey.

Learn more about the five finalists and the NALIP here.

Flavio Alves’ Debut Film “Garden Left Behind” Lands UK Deal with Bohemia Media

Flavio Alves’ debut project won’t be left behind

The 51-year-old Brazilian LGBTIQ rights activities, writer and filmmaker’s Garden Left Behind has landed a UK deal with Bohemia Media.

Flavio Alves

Alves’ film, the 2019 SXSW Audience Award, tells the story of a young Mexican trans woman and her grandmother who navigate life as undocumented immigrants in New York City.

Carlie Guevara and Miriam Cruz star. It also stars Michael Madsen, Ed Asner, Anthony Abdo, Tamara Williams, Ivana Black, Kristen Lovell, Danny Flaherty and Alex Kruz.

The film’s release is scheduled for Q1, 2021.

It was partially crowd-funded through eBay and received support from organizations like GLAAD, Jerome Foundation, NYSCA, Trans Filmmakers Project, IFP Narrative Lab, NALIP, and Film Society of Lincoln Center, among others.

Paloma Martinez’ “The Edge” Earns Spot on the Inaugural Latinx TV List

Paloma Martinez has made the (Latinx) list…

During the NALIP Media Summit, members of NALIPThe Black List and The Untitled Latinx Project to announced the 10 original television pilots selected as part of the inaugural Latinx TV List, with the Latina filmmaker’s The Edge aka El Borde earning a spot.

Paloma Martinez

Martinez’s pilot centers on a teenage girl US/Mexico border who must prove there’s an unnerving new life form evolving and threatening human existence after a destructive storm triggers the largest sewage spill in the history of North America.

The Black List teamed with the Latin Tracking Board, NALIP, Remezcla and The Untitled Latinx Project for the list. Here were the requirements:

  • Writers should be Latinos residing currently in the US – any country of origin or other status is fine
  • Any kind of story is eligible and will be considered
  • All scripts must have one Latinx character in a prominent, lead role
  • Scripts can be bilingual as long as they are written primarily in English
  • Half-hours and one-hours considered. No webseries.
  • All levels of experience considered for submitting writers
  • Scripts submitted should be as free from attachments as possible
  • Writers must be at least 18 years of age upon submission

The writers on the Latinx TV List will have their pilots shared with Hulu, which plans to offer a WGAminimum blind pilot script deal to two of the writers or writing teams, in addition to meeting with all 10 writers selected. Writers selected by Hulu may decide whether or not to accept any deal offered by Hulu — the final decision remains entirely in the hands of the writer.

“NALIP is thrilled to have partnered once again with the Black List for the Latinx TV List,” said Ben Lopez. “We have always aimed to be a platform for underrepresented communities and the winners now have a chance to tell their incredible stories. We also applaud Hulu in their commitment to the Latinx community. In collaboration with our partners, The Black List, Untitled Latinx Project, Latin Tracking Board, and Remezcla, we would like to sincerely congratulate this year’s Latinx TV List!”

Here are the 10 selected scripts for the Latinx TV List in alphabetical order:

CUBA LIBRE by Niko Gutierrez-Kovner 
CUBA LIBRE tells the story of Fidel Castro’s revolution through the eyes of a couple who become crucial to its success, risking their marriage, their livelihoods, and their lives for a movement that ultimately loses sight of the people in one man’s blind pursuit of power.

THE EDGE/EL BORDE by Paloma Martinez

After a destructive storm triggers the largest sewage spill in the history of North America at the US/Mexico border, a local teenage girl must prove there is an unnerving new life form evolving and threatening human existence.

HOME by AJ Mendez

A dark comedy about a young Latina who struggles to re-enter the world after surviving a suicide attempt, but uses her comatose Mormon roommate’s seemingly perfect identity to start fresh.

INSIDE CUNT by Anna Salinas
A brash 28-year-old Nuyorican is pulled into a dangerous world of international espionage when her vagina suddenly starts intercepting Russian spy signals.


Miggy, a perpetually upbeat and slightly naive loser, must survive a road trip across a nuclear wasteland with the help of his misfit coworker, old school abuelo, and a wisecracking chatterbox who happens to be a giant, mutated cockroach.

MACHO LIBRE by Marcelina Chavira

After his fathers pass away, a mature and woke AF 11 year-old boy is forced to move in with his estranged, old school, super macho, ex-luchador grandfather above the aging man’s eccentric wrestling academy.

NOVIA by Giovanni J. Maldonado Chinea & Myles Clifford Hawthorne

In 1929, a young girl escapes her abusive life in Mexico City for Los Angeles and the promise of stardom in a Spanish-language version of the Universal classic, DRACULA — only to find that the monsters of one’s past don’t simply vanish, but follow. Based on the true story of Lupita Tovar.

PAPI by Dominic Colón

PAPI, is a half hour dramedy that explores the life of Kilo Rodriguez, a closeted bisexual barber from the Bronx, who on his 21st birthday, unexpectedly gets custody of his foul-mouthed six-year old daughter. As Kilo tries to navigate becoming an adult, while avoiding the temptations of the streets, and understanding his fluid sexuality, he embarks on a transformative journey discovering what it takes to be a good “Papi.”

SUNPATCH ALLEY by Juan Carlos Fernandez
The times, they are a-changin’ in this dark, comedic drama set in 1970’s New York. GRACIE FUENTES, the creative director of a popular kids’ show, finds her noble pursuits of inclusion continually steamrolled by the show’s sexist and alcoholic star, LOUIE BARNETT. But when the station is taken over by the crime family Louie is indebted to, Gracie seizes the opportunity to take matters into her own hands. “Sesame’s mean streets.”

USERNAME by Barbara Soares
After joining an A.I. talent agency where she impersonates a CGI Instagram celebrity, a hacker finds herself at the center of a high-stakes conspiracy when that same celebrity begins enlisting her followers to commit suicide.

HBO Max Developing Claudia Forestieri’s “The Gordita Chronicles”

Claudia Forestieri is getting personal on her next project…

HBO Max has put in development The Gordita Chroniclesa coming-of-age kids and family comedy from the half-Dominican writer, Josh Berman’s Osprey ProductionsZoe Saldana’s Cinestar Pictures and Sony Pictures Television, where Osprey is under a deal.

Claudia Forestieri

Written by Forestieri, The Gordita Chronicles, loosely inspired by Forestieri’s life, centers around a Latina reporter looking back on her childhood as a chubby, willful and reluctant Dominican immigrant growing up with her eccentric family in 1980s Miami.

Berman and Chris Kingexecutive produce for Osprey Productions. Zoe Saldana, Mariel Saldanaand Cisely Saldanaexecutive produce for Cinestar Pictures. Forestieri is co-executive producer. Sony Pictures Television is the studio.

Forestieri was a producer for Telemundo’s L.A. affiliate where she earned five local Emmys and a GLAAD Media award for her work covering the Latino community. She is an alumnus of HBO’s Access Writing FellowshipNALIP’s Latino Writers Lab and NBC’s Writers on the Vergeprogram. Forestieri is a writer on the upcoming Selena: The Seriesfor Netflix and previously wrote on Freeform’s Good Trouble.

Saldana is next set to star and executive produce From Scratch, a limited series from Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshinefor Netflix.