Director / Producer/ Executive Producer
Roxanna Lewis’s creative approach to filmmaking originates from her deep roots as a theatrical director and choreographer. Her work has been presented across the US and beyond, from Broadway to Lincoln Center Out-Of-Doors to the Presidential Task Force on Disabilities Showcase in Washington DC, to performances for international dignitaries and audiences in France, Germany, Scotland, Guatemala, Italy, Japan, Thailand and Hong Kong with feature stories on BBC-TV, ABC-TV and Moscow Television. Her career has also fortuitously led her to work with individuals who happen to be amputees, paraplegic, wheelchair users, d/Deaf, blind, neurodiverse and neurotypical.
Roxanna is a 2021 Video Consortium SONY Mentorship Program Finalist, has won two Art Ventures Grants (2020 & 2017) via the Community Foundation of Northeast Florida, backed and supported by prestigious NEA funding. The first grant provided funding for Roxanna to attend a film program in NYC and shoot her first short film THE CROSSING starring Cote de Pablo (NCIS). Additionally, Roxanna earned an individual Artist Grant from the Community First Cares Foundation (2017). Other highlights include directing shorts THE SHIFT and I DIDN'T KNOW.
Roxanna's made turkey soup while interviewing Dr. Maya Angelou for PBS and has written with Emmy Nominated Actor/Director Ben Gazzara on his autobiography. She has worked on projects with Island Records, SONY UK, MPress Records, ABC-TV, CNN.COM, The Discovery Channel, Showtime, Mindless Entertainment, DNA Productions, The Revolver Film Company and Kilo Productions. Roxanna is the Founder/CEO of Roxxiedanz Productions, Inc.
Affiliations:New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT & WIFT-FL);Women Independent Producers (WIP); The Gotham;
Video Consortium (VC); Society for Stage Directors & Choreographers (SDC) and Co-chair of the S.U.N.Y. Purchase Women’s Leadership Network (PWLN)
COVID-19 training: Safe Sets International
Cinematographer / Executive Producer
Josh Hansbrough began his career as a cinematographer for Action Sports movies and made-for-TV documentaries on the SUPER BOWL OF SURFING, the Triple Crown of Surfing. Following his international action sports endeavors, he began to focus his efforts on the art of storytelling, shedding light on social and environmental issues. His short film directorial debut was RIDING THE WAVE OF AUTISM, which earned him an Honorable Mention at the Blue Ocean Film Festival and the film premiered opening night of the 25th Annual Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival with Ed Burns’ film Nice Guy Johnny.
Hansbrough recently directed the short documentary PEACE OF HEART, which has played at six film festivals, such as the Awareness Film Festival in Los Angeles and Washington West Film Festival in Washington D.C. These festivals’ mission statements are “story can change the world” and “spotlighting filmmakers committed to making positive change throughout the world.”
Hansbrough has created branded entertainment and films with 4 million+ views. Notable brands he's worked with include Netflix, the PGA TOUR, Best Buy, NBC, Oakley, Red Bull, Mastercard, NASCAR Productions, Billabong, SoBe PepsiCo, Vans, Windowseat Pictures, and many others.
SHARON Y. COBB
Screenwriter/ Executive Producer
Sharon Y. Cobb is a member of Writers Guild of America west and has sold a dozen projects to Hollywood including Return of the Sweet Birds to Fox 2000 (Danny Glover and Babyface Edmonds), co-written with Carolyn McDonald. Her British film LIGHTHOUSE HILL was released on DVD after premiering at film festivals and was broadcast by SkyTV worldwide. Her action movie ON HOSTILE GROUND was broadcast on TBS and worldwide.
Sharon co-wrote a horror feature June with director L. Gustavo Cooper. JUNE was released in October 2015 on DVD, Netflix and RedBox. She also wrote a music video for Dalton Cyr’s song “Invisible” as well as Cyr’s award-winning music film Breathe. She wrote short films MAGICAL MYSTERY CURE and ORTEGA RIVER RATS.
Several award-winning short films have been written by Sharon including: ZOMBIE ROCK (2018 LOL JAX Zombie Film Festival) winning Best Film, Best Writing, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Makeup; KEEPER OF THE GROOVE (2015 Washington, D.C. 48 Hour Film Project) winning Honorable Mention Best Writing and Best Character and BUDDY (2013 Savannah 48 Hour Film Project), starred Kennedy Brice (June) and she won Best Actress. THE OTHER HALF (2012 48 Go Green International Film Competition) won Runner Up Best Film and was screened at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, CA. Being Becca (2012 24 Hour International Film Racing Competition), placed 3rd Runner-Up for Best Film and the star, Shelby Sporl, won Best Leading Actress.
Sharon's feature, THE MAN WITH THE WHITE VAN, co-written with director Warren Skeels and produced by Legion M in LA, went into principal photography September 2021. Sharon received the Jacksonville Industry Achievement Award from the Jacksonville Film & Television Commission, October 2021.
Executive Producer/ Running Man
RYAN ELIZABETH CUNNINGHAM (she/her) is a queer writer/director and Emmy and Peabody award-winning producer. She's EP/Director on the docuseries EXPECTING AMY (HBO Max) about Amy Schumer’s pregnancy, and the standup specials ILANA GLAZER: THE PLANET IS BURNING (Amazon), and CLUB CUMMING PRESENTS A QUEER COMEDY EXTRAVAGANZA! (Showtime), hosted by Alan Cumming.
Ryan recently launched the development company Running Woman with the goal of telling stories that haven’t been heard before. She represented the TV projects THE FUGITIVE GAME (2018), TRANSMANIA (2019) and MARY (2020) in the IFP (now The Gotham) Project Forum. Ryan is very passionate about promoting women’s issues, LGBTQ+ stories, and neurodiversity in her work.
Select TV producer credits include BROAD CITY and INSIDE AMY SCHUMER (Comedy Central), SEARCH PARTY and THE LAST O.G. (TBS); LOUIE (FX); STRANGERS (Facebook); THE SHIVERING TRUTH (Adult Swim); HORACE AND PETE (Hulu); THE ELECTRIC COMPANY (PBS), as well as several prominent stand-up specials for Netflix and HBO, including Executive Producing AMY SCHUMER GROWING for Netflix.
Film producing credits include Rachel Israel's feature KEEP THE CHANGE, starring the first leading cast of actors on the autism spectrum and winner of Best Narrative Feature at Tribeca Film Festival 2017; Dan Powell & Liz Rohrbaugh’s BECKS, winner of the LA Film Festival 2017; and the ill-fated I LOVE YOU, DADDY, directed by Louis C.K., which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival.
She has also co-owned the NYC-based post house Running Man for the last decade. She lives in Brooklyn with her 11-year-old daughter who is on the autism spectrum and likes to build large art installations in various places around their apartment. Ryan is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design and co-chair of the RISD Fund, as well as working as an adjunct professor for the film department.
Executive Producer/Running Man
TROY THOMPSON started Running Man in 2009 with his business partner Ryan Cunningham as a place to inspire creativity, and over the last 14 years has seen it turn into one of New York's premiere post houses.
He has been working in television and film for 25 years now as both an editor and colorist with an unending attention to detail. Of late his credits include PATRIOT ACT with Hasan Minhaj, ZIWE, FLATBUSH MISDEMEANORS, AT HOME WITH AMY SEDARIS, BROAD CITY, INSIDE AMY SCHUMER, SEARCH PARTY, THE DETOUR and THE CHARACTERS. He has worked on stand-up specials for Chris Rock, Hasan Minhaj, Amy Schumer, Mike Birbiglia, Roy Wood Jr., Atsuko Okatsuka, Aida Rodriguez, Yvonne Orji, and music specials for Apple Live for Alicia Keys and Mary J. Blige. His work in feature films include the HBO documentary THE TRANSLIST; co-productions of 3rd STREET BLACKOUT, CLAIRE IN MOTION, KEEP THE CHANGE, winner of the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival; and BECKS, winner of the US Fiction Prize at the LA Film Festival.
Troy’s most recent goal is to be a part of content that will someday inspire his 11-year-old daughter.
MONIQUE MADRID is an independent film festival co-creator and co-producer based in Jacksonville, FL. Monique ventured into producing and editing for Argyle Forest Films after graduating from the University of North Florida. Award winning short films include: NOVEL IDEA, NO LAUGHING MATTER and RED MACHETE. She's served as editor on the shorts, UNINVITED and RED MACHETE and lent her talents as story editor on LOST GIRL for Hawk9 Productions.
In 2016, Monique co-created a comedy film festival called LOL JAX Film Festival providing a platform to local community filmmakers, actors/actresses, and comedians to showcase their short films and talent. She is currently the city co-producer for the Jacksonville 48 Hour Film Project which is an international filming competition and awarded “Top 40 Under 40” in the 2020 Jacksonville Business Journal.
As a 2021 graduate of the University of Central Florida, Ally has cast numerous films in Florida and Georgia. Most recently, she was just invited to join Taylormade Casting to cast projects for Nickelodeon. and to cast "First Ladies" on Netflix later this year. Her passion and creativity for casting has allowed her to be in her dream job and she is extremely blessed to be able to work in the arts full-time! She is thrilled and honored to work under Roxanna Lewis for this heartfelt film for the Autism community!
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Associate Producer/ Running Man
DAISY BORDERS is a screenwriter and development associate at Running Man Post and Running Woman.
She has 5 years of experience in the industry and has worked on shows such as Showtime's ZIWE and FLATBUSH MISDEMEANORS, along with ALAN CUMMING PRESENTS A QUEER COMEDY EXTRAVAGANZA, and HBO MAX's AMY SCHUMER: GROWING.
She's a signed novelist with a FANTASY NOVEL to be released in 2024 and has written two feature films.
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