EXCLUSIVE: The 2022 Latinx List finalists, showcasing excellence by emerging Latinx screenwriters, were presented by The Latin Tracking Board, NALIP, the Untitled Latinx Project and The Black List.
The select script stack consists of five original pilots and six original features. Among the finalists are Daniel F. Pérez (2096) and Makana Lani (quota), who have been awarded WGA-minimum screenwriting deals by Netflix through the Latinx list’s partnership with the streamer, announced last summer.
“By providing this opportunity, the Latinx list kicks open the door for aspiring writers, and I’m honored to be selected from among such talented creatives,” Lani said. “As a queer, underrepresented writer, I am thrilled to be writing a screenplay for Netflix – a company that is truly fulfilling its mission of championing diverse voices.”
“That makes me very happy 2096 is part of this year’s Latinx roster and is excited to continue growing with Netflix!” said Perez. “Thank you to The Black List and its partners.”
Black List founder Franklin Leonard said he encourages “anyone who needs good writing to read these scripts, whether they’re looking for a Latinx writer or not. We’re incredibly excited to see what happens with Daniel and Makana’s development deals with Netflix and all of these projects, wherever they end up.”
Gloria Calderón Kellett, founding member of the Latinx Project Untitled, added that the advocacy group is “extremely excited to once again be working with the Latin Tracking Board, NALIP and Netflix to bring better representation and opportunities to underrepresented communities.”
“LATB is proud of all the incredible and compelling stories read during this process,” concluded LATB’s Andrea Juárez Wax, “and we’re excited to see what the future holds for the chosen writers on this project.”
The Latinx List was created in 2019 to encourage storytelling by historically overlooked authors and has since helped expand 20’s work and create new opportunities and avenues for advancement in the industry. Notable alumni of the program, which secured Hulu screenwriting deals for three writers last year, include Aitch Alberto (Aristotle and Dante discover the mysteries of the universe), Esteban Arango and Erick Castrillon (blast beat), Juan Avella (Bolichikos), Niko Gutierrez-Kovner (beef, PerryMason), Dax de la Monta, Juan Carlos Fernandez (HBO Max’s Green Lantern), Danya Jimenez and Hannah McMechan (Luna likes), David and Francisco Salazar (Nowhere), Anna Salinas (prey) and Francesca Sloane (Mr and Mrs Smith).
See below for more information on the authors and projects selected for the 2022 Latinx List.
Celina Paiz & JB Herndon
An immigrant nurse inherits a fortune and a curse when her longtime patient, a wealthy Manhattan recluse, deserts her from the family empire.
Daniel F Perez
An aspiring writer works as an assistant on an offbeat and provocative teen drama series while struggling to adapt a literary masterpiece by a late Chilean writer.
THE RIGHT ONE LIVES
After years of struggling to find the perfect partner, a hopelessly romantic English professor finally meets his soul mate – only to find that she’s already dead.
When a young woman is overcome by the stress of being her father’s only caregiver, she is drawn into the dangerous and illegal world of taking over street racing.
Malinche, a withdrawn third generation “Cochina”, decides to live the life “Cochina and Proud” because her Bisabuela didn’t cross the hot Mexican desert for her great-granddaughter to be a sixteen-year-old virgin, DUH!
The Garcia family is forced to confront the sins of their past after a demonic spirit takes possession of their hard-fought, state-of-the-art home in east Los Angeles.
THE STRANGE MONSTER IN THE RIVERA HOUSE
Aida and her daughter Aidita are struggling to survive the ravages of a hurricane that has devastated the island of Puerto Rico when they suddenly find a strange creature living in their backyard that could be the solution to all their problems…or so they think .
Gabriela Garcia Medina
LITTLE CON LILI
A 10-year-old girl, her working-class mother, and her estranged grandmother must make their way across America to find the girl’s long-lost father.
Gabriella A Moses
EL TIMBRE DE TU VOZ
Yaneris, a Dominican teenager, plots a way to escape from her hometown of Sosúa, where her only destiny seems to be becoming an escort. After unexpectedly falling in love with her ex-pat boss’ son, she decides he could be the ticket to a new life – for her and her disabled sister.
In a last-ditch effort to save their marriage, Mia and Emily flee the city to their secluded lakeside home – only to be met by the home’s deranged former owners when a violent storm hits. Trapped inside, it’s pair against pair and only one marriage will survive.
AYITI: THE LAST DAYS OF PARADISE
In 1503, on the island of Ayiti, a small local boy was orphaned when Spanish conquistadors raided his village and slaughtered the indigenous people in their thirst for gold. Adopted by Catholic monks, he grows up in Spanish society, but when he awakens to the atrocities being committed against his people, he takes up arms and leads a bitter rebellion against the colonizers. Based on real events.