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IMPACT TOGETHER: Insight from black storytellers on how to take control of the Latinx narrative

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When: February 24, 2020

Where: Ricardo Montalban Rooftop - 1615 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Time: 7-10pm

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Come hear firsthand how the black community was able to join forces and take control of their narrative in media. Nosotros hosts an in-depth conversation with prominent Black producers to ask and learn how we as Latinx storytellers can do the same once and for all. Hear from esteemed producers Mel Jones, James Lopez and Tommy Oliver on ways they have been able to surpass these challenges. Hosted by Actress and Nosotros Vice-Chair, Natalia Ochoa.

TOMMY OLIVER: FOUNDER OF CONFLUENTIAL FILMS

Writer/director/producer/entrepreneur, Tommy Oliver, past projects include producing the Sony thriller THE PERFECT GUY, which opened as the #1 film in the US to $26M+, co-creating and executive producing the wildly popular docu-series, BLACK LOVE (Viola Davis, Sterling K. Brown, Terry Crews, etc.), producing the Sundance Audience Award winner KINYARWANDA, a film Roger Ebert ranked number six on his top ten films of 2011 and 1982 (a film he also wrote & directed), which premiered at TIFF to critical acclaim and was acquired by Lionsgate Entertainment.

He’s currently in post on a feature documentary produced by Common & John Legend, and is producing a slate of 2020 films featuring Queen Latifah, Gabrielle Union, T.I., and many more. He’s also the founder of Confluential Films, which currently has projects setup at HBO, Netflix, Sony, and more.

His films have earned dozens of accolades and awards, including grants from the San Francisco Film Society, Cinereach and Tribeca Film Institute, and awards including the Marquee Audience Award at the Austin Film Festival, the World Audience Award at AFI Fest, a special jury award from SXSW and Best Film at UrbanWorld and ABFF.

MEL JONES: a multi-talented producer and director. The Howard University alum holds a Bachelor of Science in Radio, Television and Film and later earned her Master of Fine Arts in Producing at American Film Institute. Mel served as Head of Production for Stephanie Allain's Homegrown Pictures for 5 years. She served as a producer on two breakout Sundance Film Festival hits – associate producer on Justin Simien’s Dear White People and Gerard McMurray’s Burning Sands as well as Netflix Original Film Juanita starring Alfre Woodard and Blair Underwood and The Weekend starring Sasheer Zamata and Y'lan Noel which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival . Jones made her directorial debut at Sundance with “Leimert Park,” a MACRO digital series. Most recently, she produced the film Really Love starring Kofi Siriboe with Charles King's MACRO.

JAMES F. LOPEZ: PRESIDENT of WILL PACKER PRODUCTIONS

Producer James F. Lopez is President of Will Packer Productions. He is responsible for developing and overseeing production on all film projects through the company’s first-look deal with Universal Pictures.Lopez produced the recently released “The Photograph”, directed by Stella Meghie and starring Issa Rae and LaKeith Stanfield. He was also a producer on “Little” starring Issa Rae, Regina Hall and Marsai Martin as well as “What Men Want” starring Taraji P. Henson and “Breaking In” starring Gabrielle Union. He was an executive producer on the hit comedy “Girls Trip” starring Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Queen Latifah and Tiffany Haddish. The film opened to critical acclaim and has grossed over $140 million to date. He also executive produced “Night School” starring Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish, and “Almost Christmas” starring Gabrielle Union and Danny Glover. He has several projects in development including the musical “Praise This”, the female LatinX project “TIAS”, the action thriller “BEAST”, the urban drama “312” and the ancient African epic “Warrior Queen”.Prior to joining Will Packer Productions, Lopez was Senior Vice President of Production at Screen Gems, a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment. During his tenure, Lopez oversaw some of the company’s top grossing and most anticipated projects. He was the production executive for the box office hit “Think Like A Man.” Lopez also oversaw production on “About Last Night,” “Think Like A Man Too,” “The Wedding Ringer,” “The Perfect Guy” and “When The Bough Breaks” for the studio. He also produced and conceived the story for the acclaimed short film “#AmeriCAN,” directed by Nate Parker.Lopez’ films have grossed more than $830 million at the box office to date.Before joining Screen Gems Lopez was Senior Vice President of Marketing for Atlantic Records, where he was instrumental in developing and managing the marketing campaigns for several multi-platinum artists including the rapper T.I. He also directed a series of television commercials for album campaigns and led efforts for film soundtracks and brand partnerships. Lopez’s music video for T.I.’s “No Matter What” from his double platinum album Paper Trail was nominated for an MTV Video Music Award. Lopez also has a Grammy Award nomination for producing a long-form video for Nappy Roots.Lopez holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Sam Houston State University where he played football for four years. He is a member of The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, is on the Board Council for the Producers Guild of America and has been included on Ebony Magazine’s Power 100 list and Imagen Foundation’s Most Powerful & Influential Latinos in Entertainment.

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