“If you can’t find work, make it yourself.” Meet two people who have done just that. Laura Gómez has produced her own short films showcasing her work as an actor and she’s now wrapping a second season on Netflix’s "Orange is the New Black". Netflix is already more popular than any other subscriber service — HBO included — and has 33.4 million subscribers, redefining where series are being delivered and how they’re viewed – a new avenue for producers and actors. Jean-Marc Berne was composing & performing music for himself and his brother (a recording artist); and is now scoring music and tapping into his extensive catalog for films.
Date & Program Schedule: Monday, January 27, 2014 from 6-10pm
6-8pm – Happy Hour & Networking
8pm – Fireside Chat Interview: Laura Gómez, Actor, Producer & Asst. Dir.
8:30pm – Musical acoustic performance: Jean-Marc Berne, Musician & Composer
9-10pm – Networking
• Moderator: Tío Louie/Louis E. Perego Moreno – President, Skyline Features
• Laura Gómez – Actor, Director, Producer & Screenwriter
• Jean-Marc Berne – Songwriter, Audio Producer & Voiceover Coach
Photo portraits: “Confessions”
Venue & location: Alquimia (Bistro Bar), 506 Ninth Avenue, between West 38th and West 39th streets, NYC. Food and drink available at cash bar.
She plays Blanca Flores, an extravagant Dominican inmate with very big hair and a boyfriend called Diablo, in the Netflix original hit series, "Orange is the New Black", which recently finished wrapping season 2. She has starred in several short films, including To Kill a Roach - Winner of the NYU Fall 2012 Technisphere Award for Outstanding Achievement - which she wrote, directed, produced and edited. In 2011, she was a recipient of the IX Screenwriting Developing Grant from the Carolina Foundation in Spain, and since 2007, she’s been an active member of Repertorio Español, where she has performed in critically acclaimed plays, like Doña Flor and her Two Husbands and The House of the Spirits, and most recently was the Assistant Director in the acclaimed Spanish play ¡Ay Carmela! She has just finished post-production on her seconnd short film Hallelujah, which she stars in, and also wrote, produced, and directed. www.lauragomez.net
A bilingual songwriter with an extensive catalog of over 100 original songs in both English and Spanish. His song “One Way Street,” won The Punisher Video Game Contest, earning him and his brother Alex Berne a spot in “The Punisher” video game soundtrack in 2004. In September 2006 the song “Canta por ella,” co-written with his brother Alex, was published by Bad Boy Latino. He composed music and wrote the lyrics for “Atrévete a Más” ("Dare to Go Beyond"), R.Evolución Latina’s international fundraising campaign. He’s a bilingual English-Spanish audio producer and voiceover coach, having produced radio, TV, and web commercials, as well as several audiobooks and documentaries. His latest song, “Joga Con El Corazón” (2013), is a tribute to the upcoming Soccer World Cup in Brazil, which has opened the possibility of licensing his song for a soon-to-be-released documentary.
Tío Louie/Louis E. Perego Moreno (Moderator)
An Interactive Content Producer & Educator who for 32 years has owned Skyline Features, a bilingual multimedia and educational production company developing documentaries, television programming and advertising commercials featuring Latinos, Blacks, Women, Urban Youth and LGBT. He has trained 1,500 Latino & African American youth over 10 years to produce 70 documentary shorts. For documentary features he was the Producer/Director of Latina Confessions (2010) and co-producer of American Dreams Deferred (2013) on PBS.
Become a member of
• National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP)
• Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA)
• United Latino Professionals (ULP).