reiner_alysia_2017Alysia Reiner

Alysia is best known for her role as Natalie “Fig” Figueroa, the tough-as-nails assistant warden everyone loves to hate on NETFLIX’s hit series Orange is the New Black. Alysia won a SAG award as part of the amazing ensemble cast, and you can see her in all 5 binge-worthy seasons. She is currently in production on Season 6 of OITNB and recently launched her very own eco-friendly fashion label, Livari. Alysia recently wrapped production as both a producer and star of motherhood dark comedy Egg, starring with Christina Hendricks and Anna Camp.

You can also catch her as Sunny in season 1 and 2 of F/X’s critical hit and Peadbody Award winning Better Things, brought to you by the inimitable Louie CK and Pamela Adlon. Alysia can also be seen in recent/upcoming episodes of Younger, Broad City, and Odd Mom Out.

On the film front, Alysia stars with Anna Gunn in Equity, the first ever female driven Wall Street film, which she also produced. The film premiered at Sundance in 2016, was acquired by SONY PICTURES CLASSICS. Equity was nominated for 4 Women’s Image Network awards and won best screenplay. Equity was Alysia’s first feature as both actress and producer. Reiner has acted in countless critically acclaimed and award-winning films and television shows, working with film masters like Sideways director Alexander Payne, Jodie Foster, Richard Loncraine, Matt Weiner, Lee Toland Krieger, Wai-Keung Lau, and the amazing Meera Menon, the director of Equity.

Alysia works as a change maker for women, and has been invited to THE WHITE HOUSE, THE UNITED NATIONS, S.H.E. SUMMIT, GOOGLE, CATALYST, WOMEN’s MEDIA SUMMIT, FOUNDERS/COLLISION and CANNES LION to speak about breaking barriers for women in all fields. She was awarded the PERSISTENCE OF VISION AWARD by the Women’s Media Summit, and has been honored with the VOICE OF A WOMAN AWARD, the MOVES POWER WOMAN AWARD, the PIONEER IN FILMMAKING AWARD, and the FOUNDERS AWARD FOR SUPPORT. She was recognized as an INTELLIGENT OPTIMIST in Ode Magazine and profiled by New York Women in Film and Television as a woman to watch.

Passionately committed to protecting the environment, Reiner is a champion of all things eco-friendly. In addition to her zero-waste fashion line LIVARI, her completely green Harlem brownstone renovation has been featured on “World’s Greenest Homes,” “Home & Family,” and “Renovation Nation.”

Additionally, Reiner is involved with many other nonprofits. She is on the board of the STILL SHE RISE which serves incarcerated women in Tulsa, GEENA DAVIS INSTITUTE FOR GENDER EQUALITY, and the Women’s Prison Association, who gave her the SARAH POWELL AWARD FOR LEADERSHIP; The Cancer Support Community, Actors for Autism, The Young Women’s Leadership Network, SAY: The Stuttering Association for the Young, and Bent on Learning.  “Speed Grieving,” the award winning short film that Alysia created, produced and stars in, had it’s world premiere at The Hamptons International Film Festival, and is now used as a grief counseling tool in every Cancer Support Community center in the country.

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Solving the Financial Puzzle: Where and How to Find the Money You Need, sponsored by Entertainment Partners

Financing comes in all shapes and sizes and the challenge of finding the right balance of funds often delays the start of production—sometimes indefinitely. Listen to filmmakers who have successfully cracked the code, and hear how they used varying combinations of equity, gap and mezzanine financing, as well as pre-sales, tax incentives and/or foreign subsidies to address their budgetary needs. We'll also discuss best practices to employ and mark some of the key pitfalls to avoid.