Suzanne Lyons, Producer/President, Snowfall Films, Inc.
In 1999 Ms. Lyons launched Snowfall Films and to date has produced/executive produced twelve movies. These include: A BAFTA award-winning British comedy UNDERTAKING BETTY (aka “Plots With A View”), with actors Christopher Walken, Brenda Blethyn, Alfred Molina and Naomi Watts with Miramax Distribution. British/Canadian thriller JERICHO MANSIONS staring James Caan, Genevieve Bujold, Maribel Verdu and Jennifer Tilly. JERICHO MANSIONS was an official selection at the Montreal Film Festival and the Hollywood Film Festival. British/Canadian family comedy BAILEY’S BILLION$ which stars Dean Cain, Laurie Holden, Tim Curry, and Jon Lovitz. A drama HEART IS DECEITFUL ABOVE ALL THINGS, based on J.T. LeRoy novel, starring Asia Argento, Marilyn Manson, Winona Ryder and Peter Fonda. The film premiered during the Directors Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival and screened to high acclaim at the Toronto Film Festival.
Suzanne co-produced the family film THE CHAPERONE with the WWE and distributor Samuel Goldwyn Films, directed by Stephen Herek (“Mr. Holland’s Opus”) and starring Ariel Winter (“Modern Family”) and wrestling star Paul Levesque (Triple H). In addition Ms. Lyons produced three indie thrillers, CANDY STRIPERS distributed by Screen Gems, SÉANCE and PORTAL, both distributed by Lionsgate, and she exec produced DESERT OF BLOOD.
Suzanne co-exec produced the psychological thriller, THE CALLING with Breaking Ball Pictures, Manis Films (“Ides of March”) and exec producer Christine Vachon (“Boys Don’t Cry), with Jason Stone directing and Sony doing distribution. The cast includes Susan Sarandon, Ellen Burstyn, Donald Sutherland and Topher Grace. Suzanne produced a thriller titled MOST LIKELY TO… DIE with MarVista Entertainment which stars Heather Morris, Jake Busey and Perez Hilton and it will be released in the spring of 2016. She just complete production on a family action adventure film TIME TOYS with Director/Writer/Producer Mark Rosman (“A Wish Come True” “Kate and William”). The film stars Greg Germann and Ed Begley Jr.
A few projects currently in development include: An award winning screenplay, SCOUTS HONOR, a World War I family action drama with interest from child actor Gulliver McGraph (“Lincoln”); Mark L. Smith’s (“The Revenant” “Firestarter”) suspense thriller, HARDCOURT; an animated Christmas feature, OMARR THE CHRISTMAS CAMEL with interest from actor/singer Amy Grant. Suzanne recently partnered with Alan Shafer, Careyes Pictures, and together they are developing both half hour and hour long TV series.
Prior to her work as a film producer, Ms. Lyons was VP of Marketing for a Canadian Television Network where she also created, produced and directed news and series programming. She worked in Philadelphia as a sales agent selling both film and television for international distribution. When Suzanne moved to Los Angeles she designed, launched and ran a film school, Flash Forward Institute, for people of all facets and levels of the industry.
Suzanne has been a keynote speaker, guest speaker, moderator and panelist at over fifty entertainment industry events, festivals, organizations, guilds and film schools. In 2012 Ms. Lyons published her book through Focal Press (Taylor and Francis Publishing) titled Indie Film Producing: The Craft of Low Budget Filmmaking (www.suzannelyons.net/indiefilm). She also hosted over 125 informational videos for the industry (www.youtube.com/suzannelyons).