Lisa is a multi-award winning Producer living in LA. Originally from the UK, she spent over twenty years as a performer in musical theatre, playing many leading roles in London’s West End in addition to touring all over the UK, Europe, USA and internationally. As a creative, she has assisted some of the world’s finest choreographers in numerous projects.
Lisa’s dreams to become a producer were realized in 2016 when she launched LDR Creative LLC, a company that offers new works in all creative genres an opportunity to shine.
Her company’s first film ‘Early Mourning’ has 21 festivals under it’s belt. Winning 5 awards including the Audience Award for Best Short Film at The Soho International Film Festival in NYC. It finished it's 2017 film festival journey with a screening at the infamous Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
Khadifa is an award-winning Director. She trained at the iconic London Studio Centre in all aspects of dance. After 10 years as a Dancer she moved to New York to further study acting.
On her return to London, frustrated by the lack of opportunities for actresses of colour, Khadifa wrote, produced and acted in a web series based on her New York experiences. It was then that Khadifa realised her true passion lay behind the camera and Rollacosta Productions was formed to help increase diversity on both sides of the camera. After producing and filming some improvised web series and directing fitness videos, Khadifa returned to NYC to write and co-produce The Woman Who Knocked On My Door (Best Indie Short, LA Film Awards) with Finelight Films. Since then Khadifa has executive produced 3 multi award winning short films and her first play, Black Women Dating White Men was performed at the Drayton Arms Theatre in Sept 2019. Uprooted will be her feature-length film directorial debut.
AND ADDITIONAL CHOREOGRAPHY
Zak trained at Millennium Performing Arts, London Studio Centre and The BRIT School. Zak is Head of Jazz Dance at Millennium Performing Arts and was a panelist for the Artist Of Choice Awards 2016.
As a performer he has starred in the West End and internationally in Strictly Ballroom, High Society; Dirty Rotten Scoundrels; Viva Forever!; Sweet Charity; Carousel; Aladdin; Mary Poppins; Chicago; We Will Rock You; West Side Story; Legally Blonde; She Loves Me; Cats; Saturday Night Fever; Absolutely Fabulous; Maybe (Emma Bunton).
As a Choreographer he has created: All Quiet On The Western Front and Dorian Gray (Incognito Theatre - Off Broadway, London and Edinburgh); Story Of Our Youth (NYT); HERE, London Road, Standing By (Stanwix Theatre); POSH (Warwick Arts Centre); Freshwave Expression, Last Minute Tango, Heat of the Night, Revealed! And TheOtherSide (MPA); Associate Choreographer (Royal Danish Ballet School).
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Matt is an original co-founder of On The Rocks Films, serves as the resident Director of Photography as well as an actor and director. Owner for over a decade of Matt Simpkins Photography, he has grown his interest and skills from stills to cinema.
Beyond his work with OTRF, he has worked on the camera crew for multiple large budget shorts and feature films expanding his experience and knowledge.
Matt is also a member of Actors Equity Association and has been seen in numerous theatrical productions in NYC and around the country.
JOAN GILL AMORIM
Joan is an editor with a passion for telling stories and giving a voice to the marginalized. Originally from southeastern Virginia, she’s lived in Italy and Hong Kong before making London her home. This has led her to work in documentary, but she also enjoys making and editing fictional films, content and commercials, as well as writing.
Her past editorial work includes the award-winning Whirlpool, a look at the life of Helen Keller, and the subsequent documentary, Making a Whirlpool following a deaf composer as she creates the soundscape for the film. The short film she edited last year, Hymn of Hate takes place on the battlefields of World War I and is currently making the festival rounds. She also served as the first assistant editor on Kevin Macdonald’s 2018 documentary Whitney, and Mother Nature is one of the highest-viewed in Nowness’ history.