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The NALIP Awards committee is proud to announce the Latino media makers and luminaries who will receive this year's prestigious NALIP awards in the following categories:

  • LUPE AWARD
  • LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
  • MEDIA ADVOCACY AWARD
  • PIONEER AWARD
  • OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
  • HBO Doc AWARD

NALIP 2014 MEDIA SUMMIT GALA AWARDS

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LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: ANDY GARCÍA

Andy García is an accomplished, multi-faceted artist who has been honored for his work as an actor, producer, director and composer/musician.

García can currently be seen in the critically acclaimed Rob the Mob, which he starred and executive produced, and in Fox’s Rio 2. He also just starred in the acclaimed Hallmark Hall of Fame production Christmas In Conway, and can be seen in the upcoming films Let’s Be Cops, Kill the Messenger and What About Love.

The most recent title from his production company, CineSon, is the romantic comedy At Middleton. The film is produced by García and Glenn German who co-wrote, along with director Adam Rodgers. For his role in At Middleton, Garcia won the Best Actor award at the Boston Film Festival.

Released in 2011 is the drama 5 Days of War with García portraying President Mikheil Saakashvili. Garcia also starred in the sequel The Pink Panther Deux, as well as New York, I Love You, La Linea, The Exodus of Charlie Wright, The Open Road, The Dark Truth, and For Greater Glory of which earned him an Alma Award nomination for Best Actor. In 2013, Movieguide awarded García a Grace Award for his inspiring performance in For Greater Glory. The movie also won Movieguide’s Faith & Freedom Award that same year.

García also executive produced Magic City Memoirs and starred in the independent crime drama The Air I Breathe. In 2010, CineSon released the critically acclaimed comedy-drama City Island. The film, which García produced and starred in, premiered and won the prestigious Audience Award at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.

In 2006, García made his feature film directorial debut with The Lost City, a project he was developing for 17 years. He composed the film’s original score and also produced the soundtrack. The Lost City earned Garcia Best Director and Best Film Awards at the 2006 Imagen Awards.

García is the voice of a German shepherd in the Walt Disney live action film Beverly Hills Chihuahua, starred in Smokin’ Aces, Twisted, and Modigliani of which he was also executive producer. Additionally, García joined the all-star ensemble cast of Steven Soderbergh’s hit remake of Ocean’s Eleven, Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thirteen.

García garnered Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather: Part III in 1990. He later received an Emmy Award nomination and his second Golden Globe Award nomination for his portrayal of legendary Cuban trumpeter Arturo Sandoval in HBO’s 2000 biopic and award-winning For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story.

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Raúl Castillo is an accomplished stage and screen actor and writer. Most recently, he garnered accolades for his turn as Richie in the HBO series “Looking”.

Castillo is a proud member of LAByrinth Theater Company in New York City and author of the play Knives and Other Sharp Objects, which premiered in 2009 at the Public Theater, co-produced with LAByrinth.

His stage credits include Jose Rivera’s Adoration of the Old Woman (Intar), Fish Men (Goodman Theater), Smoke (Signature Theater), A Lifetime Burning (Primary Stages), School of the Americas (LAByrinth/Public Theater), and Flowers (Ensemble Studio Theater).

Castillo made his feature film debut in Amexicano, which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in 2007. Ronnie Scheib of Variety called his performance “pitch-perfect”. He followed that up with a string of roles in independent films including Cold Weather, Don’t Let Me Drown, My Best Day, The Girl and the screen adaptation of Rudolfo Anaya’s seminal novel Bless Me, Ultima. He picked up honorable mention for a performance at AFI Fest in 2012 for the Student Academy Award-winning short film Narcocorrido.

Castillo’s guest starring TV credits include “Blue Bloods”, “Law and Order” and “Nurse Jackie”.

Born and raised on the Texas-Mexico border and based in New York City, Castillo studied theater at Boston University's School for the Arts.

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Emilio Nicolas, Sr. is a pioneer and founder of Spanish-language television in the United States, and co-owner of the first U.S. Spanish-language network (SIN). Over time, he and his partners successfully leveraged that small station and grew it to more than 200 affiliate stations nationwide. But it was a decades-long, uphill battle for Nicolas to ultimately create a significant cultural and economic legacy for all Spanish-speaking citizens.

In 1955, Nicolas started San Antonio’s KCOR-TV, Channel 41, (later known as KWEX-TV) with his father-in-law, Rauol Cortez. Nicolas became the first news director, producer and general manager. As a 26-year old Mexican immigrant, he realized the enormous potential television could have on the Mexican-American community, which in 1955, made up the vast majority of the Spanish-speaking population in the U.S.

From the beginning, Nicolas made sure KCOR-TV offered programming important to the Hispanic community – not only news and entertainment from local neighborhoods, but from Mexico and Latin America, as well.

Meanwhile, advertisers were leery of running ads for their businesses in Spanish. Yet in 1961, Nicolas bought KCOR-TV with a group of investors who were sure of the Spanish-language market potential. They opened two new stations in Los Angeles and San Jose, California, forming the Spanish International Communications Corporation (SICC) and Spanish International Network (SIN). During the next several years, Nicolas traveled throughout the nation to educate advertisers about the potential buying power of the underserved Hispanic market.

Nicolas became the station’s general manager and president, and changed KCOR-TV’s call letters to KWEX-TV. KWEX-TV was a UHF channel, not one of the more popular VHF channels. Nicolas and his partners began a lobbying effort, along with other UHF station owners nationwide, requiring Congress to push reluctant TV manufacturers to include UHF capability in TV sets.

As a direct result of their efforts, Congress passed the All Channel Receiver Act in 1962. The bill called for UHF tuners to be built in all new television sets. KWEX-TV could now reach their Spanish speaking audience.

Throughout the ‘70s and early ‘80s, Nicolas’ national on-air editorials forced national attention and influenced Congress on such key issues as immigration laws and discrimination.

He was most aware of the plight of the underprivileged in San Antonio, and in 1975, he co-created the first annual Teleton Navideno with then Archbishop Patrick Flores of the Archdiocese of San Antonio, which raised millions of dollars to serve those in need.

Nicolas and his partners also pioneered cutting-edge satellite technology, cable television and repeater stations. Additionally, SIN formed another partnership to bring the 1962 World Cup Soccer to the United States, and in 1982, the network led the way by hiring Teresa Rodriguez as the first woman to host a national prime time newscast in Spanish or English.

Nicolas’ legacy will undoubtedly be his unyielding efforts in leading the battle to give Spanish-speaking people a voice, develop pride in their history and culture, and helping to create one of the most important U.S. consumer groups in the 21st century - the Hispanic market.

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MEDIA ADVOCACY AWARD: AMBULANTE | CANANA

CANANA is a Mexico-based production company founded in 2005 by Diego Luna, Gael García Bernal, Pablo Cruz, and most recently joined by partner and CEO Julián Levin. The company’s mission is to develop projects that will open doors to Latin American talent, while telling social-minded stories that respect the current context and entity of the country.

Among some of CANANA’s growing slate of film productions are Manto Acúifero, Cesar Chavez, Paraíso, Miss Bala, Revolución, The Invisibles, Sin Nombre, Deficit, and Cochochi.

Since 2010, CANANA began to explore new creative formats in order to enhance their creativity and contents. In collaboration with Canal Once TV Mexico as a platform, a successful path of television productions began, finding an excellent response from the public and addressing a wide variety of themes and genres on screen. Some of their TV productions include “Back Home”, “Alguien Más”, “Contra Campo”, “Verdaderamente Durazo”, and “Soy tu fan”.

In 2005, CANANA launched Ambulante, a film festival that travels to areas with limited access to film, diversifying and democratizing documentary culture. Founded by actors and filmmakers, Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna, Pablo Cruz, and Elena Fortes, the non-profit organization focuses on supporting and promoting documentary film as a tool for social and cultural transformation. Ambulante’s objective is to reach a broader audience by screening films in a wide array of venues and offering most of its programming for free.

Ambulante California emerges as part of AMBULANTE GLOBAL, and represents the first official attempt to establish a long-term presence outside of Latin America of the successful touring documentary platform across the United States. From September 21 to October 4, Ambulante California will travel and tap into Los Angeles' vibrant multi-ethnic neighborhoods to engage and activate audiences. In partnership with community organizations, the aim is to create unique, itinerant exhibition spaces to present stories that reflect communities’ diverse heritage, enhance cross-cultural appreciation of other viewpoints, and overall bridge the gap of accessibility when it comes to the exhibition of innovative documentary cinema.

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OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: PANTELION

Pantelion Films is the first major Latino Hollywood studio and a joint venture between Lionsgate and Grupo Televisa. Launched in 2010, it produces and acquires movies that speak directly to acculturated and Spanish-dominant Hispanics alike. Pantelion Films is in the midst of a string of box office successes, highlighted by last summer’s record-breaking hit Instructions Not Included, which has grossed nearly $100 million worldwide and became the top-grossing Spanish-language film of all time in the U.S. Among some of Pantelion’s releases include Pan’s Labyrinth, Pulling Strings, Casa de mi Padre, The Hours, Chavez and From Prada to Nada. Additionally, Pantelion’s partnership with the largest cinema chains in America ensures that each film is accessible nationwide.

 

 

GALA AWARDS HISTORY

NALIP 2013 GALA AWARD WINNERS

 

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ESTELA NARRATIVE AWARD: AURORA GUERRERO

Xicana filmmaker, LGBT director, and screenwriter from California. Described as activist first and filmmaker second, Guerrero focuses on collaborative work with her communities.


ESTELA NARRATIVE AWARD FINALIST: JESSE SALMERON (Dreamer, 2013)


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ESTELA DOCUMENTARY AWARD: BEN DeJESUS

As founder of Diamante Pictures, Ben DeJesus is a rising director/producer in the worlds of television, music videos, commercials, DVD, and web content.

 


ESTELA DOCUMENTARY AWARD FINALIST: KIMBERLY BAUTISTA (Justice For My Sister, 2012)


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LUPE AWARD: GINA RODRIGUEZ

An American actress. She is best known for her roles as Majo Tenorio in musical drama film Filly Brown and as Beverly in the soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful.

 


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LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR MEDIA ADVOCACY: NATIONAL HISPANIC FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS

Actors Jimmy Smits, Sonia Braga, Esai Morales, Merel Julia along with the attorney Felix Sanchez created the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts in 1997 to advance the presence of Latinos in the media, telecommunications and entertainment industries.

 


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LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: DANNY TREJO

An actor and producer who has developed a prolific career in the movie business.

 

 


NALIP 2012 GALA AWARD WINNERS

 

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ESTELA NARRATIVE AWARD: PATRICIA MARTINEZ DE VELASCO

Writer, Director of  AQUI ENTRE NOS/Between us, one of the top 5 Box Office Mexican Films in 2012, an award winner comedy and one of the most talked about films of the year. Patricia is also an award winning director of shorts films, documentaries and commercials “(Reality”, about anorexia, is included in the permanent collection of the Department of Film and Media at the MoMA).

 


ESTELA NARRATIVE AWARD FINALIST: GERARDO NARANJO (Miss Bala 2011, Drama/Mex 2006)


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ESTELA DOCUMENTARY AWARD: ARI LUIS PALOS & ERIN ISABEL McGINNIS

Filmmakers from Dos Vatos Productions deeply influenced by Mexican traditions of storytelling.

 


ESTELA DOCUMENTARY AWARD FINALIST: TATIANA HUEZO SANCHEZ (El Lugar Más Pequeño "The Tiniest Place" 2011)


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LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR ADVOCACY: JERRY VELASCO

An accomplished actor, producer, publicist, arts advocate, union organizer and personal manager, as well as president of Velasco & Associates.

 


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LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: RITA MORENO

An actress who has managed a thriving entertainment career for nearly 70 years. She belongs to an elite group of only eight living performers who have won the industry’s most prestigious awards: the Oscar, Emmy, Tony and Grammy.

 


 

NALIP 2011 GALA AWARD WINNERS

 

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ESTELA NARRATIVE AWARD: JAVIER FUENTES LEON

Peruvian film director based in Los Angeles and best known for his directorial long-feature debut Undertow (Spanish title Contracorriente).

 


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ESTELA DOCUMENTARY AWARD: FRANCISCO BELLO

Oscar and Emmy nominated filmmaker and founder of Ropa Vieja Films.

 

 


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LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR ADVOCACY: GOV. BILL RICHARDSON

Bill Richardson is one of the most prominent Hispanic politicians in the United States.

 

 


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OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: SOFIA VERGARA

One of the leads on ABC's six-time Emmy award winning series, "Modern Family" and one of the few Hispanic stars to find crossover success.

 


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DEDICATION TO DIVERSITY AND COMMITMENT TO LATINO MEDIA AWARD: POV

Produced by American Documentary, Inc. and beginning its 24th season on PBS in 2011, POV is the longest-running showcase on American television to feature the work of today’s best independent documentary filmmakers.

 


NALIP 2010 GALA AWARD WINNERS

 

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ESTELA NARRATIVE AWARD: PETER BRATT

Writer, director and producer. With his critically acclaimed independent first feature film Follow Me Home (1996), he dared to explore race and identity from the multiple and intersecting perspectives of Chicanos, African Americans, and Native Americans. 


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ESTELA DOCUMENTARY AWARD: NICOLAS ENTEL

An Argentine born - New York based filmmaker. He directed the multiple award-winning documentary film Orquesta Tipica. He is also the founder of Red Creek Productions, one the largest Latino owned production companies in the US.

 


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OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: LUPE ONTIVEROS

An award-winning actress, producer, activist, and visionary who has made many memorable and lasting contributions to the entertainment industry.

 


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LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR ADVOCACY: ALEX NOGALES

Regarded as one of the entertainment industry’s leading spokespersons for Hispanic media advocacy. He has dedicated his career to creating employment opportunities for American Latinos in front of and behind the camera in film, television and radio.

 


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OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: PETER MURRIETA

Writer, executive producer and producer of television shows and genre movies that have reached great success with audiences of all ages. Produced the successful TV show “Wizards of Waverly Place” for the past three years, which won an Emmy in 2009. 


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DEDICATION TO DIVERSITY AND COMMITMENT TO LATINO MEDIA AWARD: Disney-ABC Television Group

A leading network representing diversity as recognized by the industry. In 2008, ABC picked up six ALMA awards for the promotion of fair, accurate and balanced portrayals of Latinos in the entertainment industry.

 


NALIP 2009 GALA AWARD WINNERS

 

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ESTELA NARRATIVE AWARD: CRUZ ANGELES

Director, writer and editor. This Brooklyn-based filmmaker, made his feature film directorial debut at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival with Don't Let Me Drown.

 


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ESTELA DOCUMENTARY AWARD: HUGO PEREZ

A director, producer, writer, editor, and cameraman whose work often focuses on his Cuban heritage. Perez is Producer and Director of Neither Memory Nor Magic - a feature documentary recipient of a 2010 NEH Chairman’s Grant.

 


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OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: KENNY ORTEGA

An Emmy-award-winning producer/director/choreographer whose box office gross for his creative work just surpassed $1 billion. He is director of High School Musical (1, 2 & 3) and Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert.


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PIONEER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR ADVOCACY: RAY ANDRADE

A media activist, producer, and pioneer in advancing diversity within the field of Latino Media. In the late 60s and 70s he created Justicia, a Chicano protest group that challenged the lack of and inaccurate portrayal of Chicano representation in media.

 


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PIONEER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD AS A FILMMAKER: RAPHAEL MONTAÑEZ ORTIZ

A Rutgers University professor of fine arts. In the late 1950s, he was a central figure in the international art movement of Destructivism, producing significant “destroyed” works in recycled cinema, performance, and sculpture, including the first U.S. Latino film.

 


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CORPORATE COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY: HBO & HBO LATINO

The premium television programming subsidiary of Time Warner Inc., providing 24-hour pay television services to over 40 million U.S. subscribers. These services offer the most popular subscription video on demand products. HBO Latino is a dedicated Spanish-language premium channel that delivers compelling and relevant programming to the U.S./Latino market.


NALIP 2008 GALA AWARDS WINNERS

 

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ESTELA NARRATIVE AWARD: PATRICIA RIGGIN

Director of La Misma Luna/Under The Same Moon. Her first short film, La Milpa, screened in over 30 international film festivals and received 20 awards, among them the Student Academy Award and the Mexican Academy Award for Best Short Film.


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ESTELA DOCUMENTARY AWARD: ALMUDENA CARRACEDO

Director, producer, cinematographer, co-editor and co-writer of the documentary Made In L.A. The film received a strong critical response and was called “An excellent documentary… about basic human dignity” by The New York Times.

 


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OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: LIGIAH VILLALOBOS

Head Writer on the Nick Jr. series, “Go, Diego! Go!,” and is the Writer/Executive Producer on the feature film La Misma Luna/Under The Same Moon.

 


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LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT IN ADVOCACY AWARD: MAGGIE RIVAS-RODRIGUEZ, PhD

Associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Journalism. In 2007, she spearheaded a national initiative to ensure that the experience of Latino WWII veterans was included, in a meaningful way, in the Ken Burns documentary series, “The War.”

 


NALIP 2007 GALA AWARD WINNERS

 

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ESTELA NARRATIVE AWARD: JUDY HECHT-DUMONTET

Writer, director, and a producer of the film Tortilla Heaven. She is a past winner of the Directors’ Guild Award for most outstanding new Latino filmmaker.

 


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ESTELA DOCUMENTARY AWARD: NATALIA ALMADA

Her debut feature-length documentary Al Otro Lado is about immigration, drug trafficking and Corrido music. It was nationally broadcast on PBS’ P.O.V. in August 2006 and had a special week-long engagement at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

 


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OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: "UGLY BETTY" PRODUCING TEAM

The creative minds behind the hit television show “Ugly Betty” first took their inspiration from writer/producer Fernando Gaitan, creator of the original Colombian novella “Betty La Fea.” Salma Hayek and her partner Jose Tamez are Executive Producers of “Ugly Betty.”


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LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR ADVOCACY: EDWARD JAMES OLMOS

Actor, producer, director and community activist Edward James Olmos was born and raised in East Los Angeles. He has received an LA Drama Circle Award, an Emmy (and three nominations) and two Golden Globe Awards. In 1988, he received an Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of Jaime Escalante in Stand And Deliver, which he also produced. 


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LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN FILM: GEORGE ROMERO

Writer/director and has been making films from the age of 14, matriculating into the industrial-film business in Pittsburgh. In 1968, he accrued enough capital to make his first feature-length film, the graphically gruesome zombie picture, Night Of The Living Dead.

 


NALIP 2006 GALA AWARD WINNERS

 

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ESTELA NARRATIVE AWARD: RODRIGO GARCIA

Colombian-born and raised in Mexico City. He has been credited as a cinematographer, writer, and director. He photographed Danzon, Mi Vida Loca and the television movie Gia.

 


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ESTELA DOCUMENTARY AWARD: MARILYN AGRELO

Director of the documentary Mad Hot Ballroom. With over 15 years of experience in the world of filmmaking and production.

 


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OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: MOCTEZUMA ESPARZA

Award-winning filmmaker, producer, entertainment executive and entrepreneur is well known for his contribution to the movie industry and his commitment to providing access and opportunities for Latinos in Hollywood.

 


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LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR ADVOCACY: HELEN HERNANDEZ

For the last 20 years, she has been the Executive Producer for the Imagen Awards. Over the years, the Imagen Foundation has honored such entertainment industry professionals such as Placido Domingo, George Lopez, Andy Garcia, Crisitina Saralegui, Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Phil Roman, Edward James Olmos, Bill Melendez, Rita Moreno, Jennifer Lopez and Hector Elizondo. These awards exemplify the best of what Hollywood can produce in portraying the image of Latinos and Latino culture.


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LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN PRODUCING: DAVID VALDES

One of the film industry's busiest and most respected film producers. During the course of his long and diversified career, he has enjoyed successful collaborations with such noted filmmakers as Clint Eastwood, Francis Ford Coppola, Frank Darabont, Kevin Costner and has helped launch the careers of a number of popular actors. 


NALIP 2005 GALA AWARD WINNERS

 

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OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: JEFF VALDEZ

One of the first to recognize that Latinos wanted to see themselves in English-language TV programs beyond the traditional Spanish-speaking stations, Mr. Valdez created, hosted, and produced the local Los Angeles TV series COMEDY COMPADRES and a myriad of other projects, leading the Los Angeles Times to dub him “the Ed Sullivan of Latino talent.”


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LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: RAUL YZAGUIRRE

His involvement in many of the most critical legislative and public policy issues of the last three decades has made him a key national player on behalf of Hispanic Americans.

 


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LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD AS A PRODUCER: LOURDES PORTILLO

Mexico-born and Chicana identified, her films have focused on the search for Latino identity. In 1978, after graduating from The San Francisco Art Institute, she used American Film Institute Independent Filmmaker Award monies to create her internationally praised narrative film After The Earthquake/Despues Del Terremoto, about a Nicaraguan refugee living in San Francisco.


NALIP 2004 GALA AWARD WINNERS

 

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OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN PRODUCING: SALMA HAYEK

Prolific actress, producer, director and Academy Award Nominee, Salma Hayek produced and starred as the Mexican surrealist painter Frida Kahlo in the successful biographical film Frida. Hayek powered the project into production by the sheer force of her desire to bring the story of her countrywoman to the screen.


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LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR MEDIA ADVOCACY: RICHARD PEREZ

A teacher, community activist, and published author. He is a leading analyst of media stereotyping, campus organizing, youth leadership development and political empowerment, and an outspoken commentator on urban problems, electoral politics, and U.S. economic structure.

 


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PIONEER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN PRODUCING: DR. AIDA BARRERA

With a long history as a creator and producer-director of television and radio programming that focuses attention on American minority populations, with a special emphasis on U.S. Latinos.