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, written and directed by Mark L. Smith (“The Midnight Sky” “The Revenant”) and winner of the Shockerfest award, and PORTAL, both distributed by Lionsgate. She also exec produced DESERT OF BLOOD.
Suzanne co-exec produced the psychological thriller, THE CALLING with Breaking Ball Pictures, Manis Films (“Ides of March”) and 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 and most recently a family action adventure sci-fi film TIME TOYS produced with Director/Writer Mark Rosman (“A Cinderella Story”). She just completed post on director/actor Reggie Currelley’s action thriller A DARK WAY OUT.
Suzanne is in development on Mark L. Smith (“The Revenant” “The Midnight Sky”) suspense thriller HARDCOURT and family drama THE HUNTERS. Suzanne has also optioned Mark’s faith-based family drama, OF GHOSTS AND TRAINS. She has developed an award-winning screenplay with writers Kate Robbins and Jill Garson titled SCOUTS HONOR, a family action drama about the boy scouts who served as spies in WWI. Suzanne is working with writer/director Mark Rosman on his brilliant John Lennon film project IN MY LIFE, and she has partnered with producer Jason Piette (“The Merchant of Venice” “Iron Sky”), writers Joanna Bloem, Kate Robbins and James Thorpe and director/producer Sean McNamara (“Sole Survivor” “Reagan”) on MOSAIC, based on the novel by New York Times bestselling author Gayle Lynds. Suzanne has partnered with producer Jeffrey Katz, Legacy Media Ventures, on writer Laura Archibald’s screenplay EFFA, a film about the first African-American woman to manage a baseball team in the 1930s and 40s, and on Laura’s music based film project THE LADIES OF LAUREL CANYON. Katz and Suzanne have also partnered with Franco Sama on Rob Kerr’s historic script A TENTH OF MERCY based on true events. She has recently optioned a comedic teen horror screenplay, EVE OF DESTRUCTION by Bobby Sacher. This past summer Suzanne teamed with TV showrunner James Thorpe and optioned Kathryn Taylor’s book MISTY’S MISADVENTURES, a light mystery series they plan to shoot in Newfoundland.
Prior to her work as a film producer, Ms. Lyons was VP of Marketing for a Canadian Television station and Network where she also created, produced and directed news and series. She worked in Philadelphia as a sales agent selling film and TV for international distribution. When she moved to Los Angeles she designed, launched and ran a film school, Flash Forward Institute, for people of all facets of the industry. She’s done speaking engagements at over eighty entertainment industry events, festivals, organizations, guilds and film schools. In 2012 she published her book through Focal Press titled Indie Film Producing: The Craft of Low Budget Filmmaking and recently launched her Indie Film Producing Masterclass, https://www.ifhacademy.com/indie-film-producing-workshop. She’s also hosted 130 informational videos for the industry youtube.com/suzannelyons. Suzanne is a member of the Producers Guild of America.