Prime Latino Media Salon, Oct. 10 in NYC

NALIP-NY, Tio Louie, HOLA, and United Latino Professionals NY invite you to join us at the Prime Latino Media Salon, New York's only monthly series for Latino multimedia-makers and actors. The next event is Thurs., Oct. 10 from 6-8:30pm.

This month's program features networking and a panel discussion with Latino narrative filmmakers: Lorena Gordon & Sandy Perez, Daniel Maldonado, Sonia Malfa, and Derek Velez Partridge.

They're storytellers with heart and a mission. That's why we strategically selected to feature four impressive Latino narrative filmmakers with a message. Three films about people with disabilities and one about the strength women have to draw on when a marriage is mired in domestic violence. Come and see clips from their films and learn about their journey, inspiration and a revolution in filmmaking taking place in New York's Latino multimedia community.

Date & Program Schedule: Thursday, October 10th, 6-8:30PM
6PM: Arrival & Networking
6:30-7:30: Live recording for TV broadcast on Manhattan Neighborhood Network
7:30-8:30: Networking

• Moderator: TIO LOUIE/Louis E. Perego Moreno, Pres., Skyline Features
• Lorena Gordon & Sandy Perez: Lorena, Director & Writer & Sandy, Producer on the short film "work-in-progress," Times Like These
• Daniel Maldonado: Director & Writer behind the feature, H.O.M.E.
• Sonia Malfa: Director & writer of the acclaimed short, Close Your Eyes
• Derek Velez Partridge: Director, Producer, Editor of the feature film, A Miracle in Spanish Harlem opening in 100 theaters nationally on Dec. 06th

Venue & location: El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center, 175 E. 104th Street (between Lexington & Third Avenues)
Lorena Gordon
She has directed and produced the short films Fallen Hero, The Uninvited, The Cure, and Alone. She has also been fortunate to work with and learn from her mentors including: Martin Scorsese, Sam Mendes, and Ben Stiller. Her first major short film as Director and writer, Times Like These is autobiographical and focuses on her immigrant mother at the hands of her abusive and cheating husband who with a young son and pregnant wrestles with the dilemma of leaving and conjures the courage to escape,

Sandy Perez
A Cuban film producer with over six years of experience working in the Cuban and international film industry, his most recent feature film was the critically acclaimed Una Noche (Sundance Selected and released by IFC), premiered at the Berlinale (2012) and went on to win awards for Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Actor at the Tribeca Film Festival (2012). He graduated from the International Film and Television School of San Antonio de los Baños in Cuba. He is Producer on Times Like These about domestic violence and breaking away.

Daniel Maldonado
An award-winning filmmaker who through early exploration of identity, found his reality through the lens of contrast. He graduated from the School Of Visual Arts. His works have ranged from short narrative films to experimental documentaries. Daniel is currently in production on his first feature film entitled, H.O.M.E., which is a social realist project about the human condition, comprised of two stories following characters on personal journeys in search for a human connection in an alienating city.

Sonia Malfa
A native of Buffalo, she has produced films, TV and commercials for clients such as NFL, Nike, MTV, and Discovery Channel including the feature doc, Drake: Better Than Good Enough. Sonia received her B.A. in American Studies from the Univ. of CA. at Santa Cruz and a M.A. in American Studies from the Univ. of Buffalo. She is the recipient of the NY State Council for the Art Individual Filmmakers grant for her debut narrative short, Close Your Eyes, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Set in Spanish Harlem the film was shot on 35mm about visually impaired Imani Cortes, a 13-year-old gifted photographer longing to experience her first kiss.

Derek Velez Partridge
Founder of Vista Clara Productions, he has been producing, directing and writing screenplays for over fifteen years. He has done short films, commercials and two feature films, No Deposit, No Return and presently, A Miracle in Spanish Harlem that is a magical romantic drama about a widower father of two girls who's a struggling business owner in need of a miracle, starring Kate Del Castillo (La Reina del Sur on Telemundo/mun2 & Showtime's Weeds) and Luis Antonio Ramos (Lucky 7 on ABC and Do The Right Thing) releasing in theaters nationwide Dec. 06th.