Young American filmmaker who made his feature directing and writing debut with the low-budget slice-of-Brooklyn-life film, "Laws of Gravity" (1992). Telling the story of childhood friends who, for varying reasons, turn to low-level crime, the film was hailed for both its visceral camerawork and authentic street smarts. A graduate of the SUNY Purchase film program, Gomez previously worked as a sound recordist and editor for fellow alum Hal Hartley on his features "The Unbelievable Truth" (1989) and "Trust" (1990) and the short "Theory of Achievement" (1991).
"New Jersey Drive" (1995), his second feature and first produced by a studio, again explored the world of urban street denizens--this time Newark, NJ. Gomez was praised for bringing "a startlingly fresh portrait of street culture" to the screen with this tale of black teens who steal cars for thrills over the course of a summer and the trouble they reap as a result. While generally well received, "New Jersey Drive" weathered criticism for what some people saw as a nihilistic view of inner-city life.
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First feature credit, sound recordist for Hal Hartley's "The Unbelievable Truth"
Served as an assistant editor on Charles Lane's "Sidewalk Stories"
Served as editor on Hal Hartley's "Trust"
Debut as an actor, Hal Hartley's short "Theory of Achievement"
Feature directing and writing debut with "Laws of Gravity"
Episodic TV directing debut, "Homicide: Life on the Street" (NBC), subsequently directed several episodes
First studio produced feature, "New Jersey Drive"
Directed several episodes of the HBO series "Oz"