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Realize Your Dream: Get Your Film on the Silver Screen

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Saturday, August 20, 2005

A panel explains how the makers of films like *Constellation* and *Squeeze* got over the hurdles and realized the dream of getting their works to premiere festivals and up on the silver screen. This panel discussion is a part of the 2005 Roxbury Film Festival, a project of ACT Roxbury.

Graduated from Boston University's School of Communications, Robert Patton Spruill, uses his father, actor and teacher James Spruill, in all his films. Also, he recently was set to direct *Trifect*a, an independent crime thriller centered on gambling. The film was to star David Caruso (who also co-wrote the script) but the film never came to fruition. Spruill purchased the Roxbury, Massachusetts home of the late Henry Hampton with plans to renovate the property's 32-garage stalls into larger offices for his company The Film Shack . He currently teaches film at the Massachusetts College of Art.
Lisa Simmons is the founder and president of The Color of Film Collaborative, Inc., (TCOF), an organization of actors, producers, directors and others with an interest in creating and supporting positive images of people of color in film, theater, and other media. The Color of Film Collaborative co-produces the Roxbury Film Festival, a festival that celebrates the vision and the voice of independent filmmakers of color. Lisa has been producing independent films in the Boston area for over 10 years and serves on the Board Filmmakers Collaborative and The League of Women for Community Service, and is a former member of Women in Film and Video/New England for which she served for two years. She has received the Image Award from Women in Film New England, the Diversity award from Our Place Theater Project and a leadership award from the Urban League Guild of Eastern Massachusetts. Currently Lisa spends most of her time behind the camera producing, mentoring and creating more and better opportunities for filmmakers of color. In addition to producing other filmmakers' work, Lisa is also an independent producer and is currently producing and writing a documentary on the history of Boston's Black theatre during the WPA. She has also produced live theater in and around the Boston area.