This Kenyan born, award winning writer/director/actress/comedian came onto the scene with her directorial debut, the documentary, “Bound: Africans vs African-Americans” (BOUND), which played a dozen festivals around the world and won the Women In Film- Lena Sharpe Award at the 2014 Seattle International Film Festival, the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2015 Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles, and the Best Film Directed by a Woman of Color Award at the 2015 African Diaspora Film Festival in New York. BOUND was released on iTunes and the Urban Movie Channel.
Peres is currently in pre-production with her follow-up feature, “The Basket Weaver”, winner of the 2015 Meryl Streep NYWIFT Writer’s Lab Competition, finalist at the 2015 Hollywood Screenplay Contest and Semi-Finalist at the 2015 Table Read My Screenplay competition in London. In 2014 “Seasons of Love”, a script she co-wrote with Sharon Brathwaite, was produced by Taraji P. Henson (“Empire”, “Hidden Figures”) for Lifetime Network and garnered them an NAACP Nomination for Outstanding Writing of a Television Movie. Peres and Sharon first worked together on the script “The Call”, whose short film went on to win the Mel Van Peebles Award at the San Francisco Black Film Festival. Peres’ writing resume also includes original works for the stage. “Cut” premiered at The Walt Disney Concert Hall – REDCAT in 2010 and “Beauty For Ashes” premiered in LA in 2009.
A commanding actress, Peres is an LA Ovation nominee and has appeared in over two dozen plays in New York and Los Angeles. She’s played coveted roles like Hamlet in the LATC presentation of “Hamlet: Princess of Nubia” and Lady Macbeth in the Coleman and Smith Artistic company’s presentation of “Mocbet”. Her recent acting credits include the Off-Broadway production of “Supernatural”, “Break The Whip” directed by Academy Award ® winning director Tim Robbins, “Red Noses” directed by Tony Award ® winning director Dominique Serrand and the feature film “Default” opposite David Oyelowo (Selma). Her voice has also landed her roles in films like Christopher Nolan’s “Inception” and Sasha Baron Cohen’s film “The Brothers Grimsby”.
A consummate comedian, Peres studied improv at the Groundlings School and standup comedy with legendary comedian Judy Carter. She blogs at Kenyangirlonanamericansafari.blogspot.com and a collection of her writings are featured in her debut novel, “On The Verge”, published by Underground Voices
Name: Peres Owino
Lives in: Los Angeles, California
Company: Nyar Nam Productions, LLC
Occupation: Actor, Comedian, Director, Playwright, Producer, Screenwriter and Stage Director
The Brothers Grimsby
Film (Action, Adventure and Comedy) Miscellaneous Crew MI6's top assassin (Mark Strong) has a brother. Unfortunately for him, he's a football hooligan (Sacha Baron Cohen) from the town of Grimsby. Nobby has everything a man from the poor English fishing town of Grimsby could want - 9 children and the most attractive girlfriend in northern England (Rebel Wilson). There's only one thing missing in his life: his little brother, Sebastian. After they were adopted by different families as children, Nobby spent 28 years searching for him. Upon hearing of his location, Nobby sets off to reunite with his brother, unaware that not only is his brother an MI6 agent, but he's just uncovered a plot that puts the world in danger. On the run and wrongfully accused, Sebastian realizes that if he is going to save the world, he will need the help of its biggest idiot. Written by Sony Pictures Entertainment
Seasons of Love
TV Movie (Comedy, Drama and Romance) Writer Set in the picturesque backdrop of New York, "Seasons of Love" is a romantic, soulful holiday drama about two people who struggle to find love against the odds, while reconciling with the past and learning the true value of family.
Film (Action and Thriller) Actress A news crew is taken hostage on an airplane set to take off from the Seychelles by a gang of Somali pirates whose leader is driven by one goal: to be interviewed by a prominent member of the crew, legendary journalist Frank Saltzman.
Bound: Africans versus African Americans
Film (Documentary, Drama, Family and History) Writer BOUND: African versus African Americans (AVAA) is a hard hitting documentary that addresses the little known tension that exists between Africans and African Americans. AVAA uses personal testimonials to expose this rift, then it takes us on a journey through the corridors of African and African American historical experiences as it illuminates the moments that divide and those that bind Africans and African American. Written by Anonymous
Buni TV Comedy Series
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Film (Short, Drama and War) Actress Blistering heat in the desert of Sudan. A pregnant mother and her two young children are on the search for water and safety from the ruthless Janjaweed militia. When the brother is too weak to continue, Haleema is sent by her mother to find water. A dangerous journey full of hope and despair begins. Written by Anonymous
Film (Short, Biography, Drama and War) Actress The true story of Bosco, a young musician orphaned and blinded by the 1993 Burundian genocide, taken in by a member of the tribe he believes is responsible for the death of his mother, Bosco is forced to choose between hatred and hope.
Television (Crime, Drama, Mystery and Thriller) Actress Ex-cop and recovering alcoholic Hank Dolworth partners with his best friend, former criminal Britt Pollack, in an unlicensed private investigation business.
Film (Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi and Thriller) Miscellaneous Crew Dom Cobb is a skilled thief, the absolute best in the dangerous art of extraction, stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state, when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb's rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved. Now Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. One last job could give him his life back but only if he can accomplish the impossible - inception. Instead of the perfect heist, Cobb and his team of specialists have to pull off the reverse: their task is not to steal an idea but to plant one. If they succeed, it could be the perfect crime. But no amount of careful planning or expertise can prepare the team for the dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. An enemy that only Cobb could have seen coming. Written by Warner Bros. Pictures
Film (Short and Romance) Actress Think Twice is a romantic comedy that tells the story of Micheal and Jennifer, who are dating and trying to get to know each other. As the two finish preparing for a night on the town and are about to walk out the door they are interrupted by their noisy friends. To appease their friends, Michael and Jennifer decide to tell them what happened on their last date. Through a series of hair raising, thought-provoking, comedic flashbacks, we find out that ironically, they both had daydreams that address the worst the other person could be. The question becomes, will their daydreams cause them to 'Think Twice' about pursing a relationship with each other? Written by Crystal Penn
Film (Short and Drama) Writer The Call is a dramatic piece that charts the journey of a woman awaiting the outcome of a phone call, while revisiting her relationship with the two men that define her past and her future. Lauren James is a bright young woman struggling to keep her past a secret. Quincy Michaels her boyfriend believes in their love until he discovers the high price he may pay for this true love. Lewis Wright is a professional NFL player whose love for the ladies could cost him everything. Rachel is Lauren's sexy, fashion model best friend who always gets her man. Yolanda is Lauren's loud mouth, scattered brain girlfriend who always seems to be an embarrassment. Through a cascade of flash backs Lauren comes face to face with forgotten memories. Memories that place her in an unforeseen situation, forcing her to be patient and wait for... The Call. Written by Princess Monique (Executive Producer, Director, Co-Writer)
The Basket Weaver
Film (Drama) Writer Seven years after being abducted by rebel soldiers, a young African woman and her six year old son return to her husband only to find that it is impossible to truly come home when ghosts have followed you from the jungle.
NAACP Image Awards - Nominee for Best Original Teleplay
PAFF - Audience Award for Best Documentary "BOUND: Africans vs African Americans"
ADIFF - Best Film Directed by WOC "BOUND: Africans vs African Americans"
Meryl Streep & NYWIFTV Screenwriting Competition Winner "The Basket Weaver"
Table Read My Screenplay - London - Finalist "The Basket Weaver"
SIFF - WIF Lena Sharpe Award Winner "BOUND: Africans vs African Americans"