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”).
Suzanne has partnered with Producer, Rob Deege, on her Mark L. Smith (“The Midnight Sky” “The Revenant”) suspense thriller HARDCOURT and on Mark’s family film, THE HUNTERS. She has teamed up with British producer, Simon Brooks, Canyon Creek Films, on writer/director Mark Rosman’s (“Time Toys” “A Perfect Man”) film IN MY LIFE and they are in the casting process having attached Tom Hughes (“Victoria”), Wyatt Oleff (“It”), Janeane Garofalo (“Ratatouille”), and Kevin Pollak (“The Usual Suspects”). IN MY LIFE is a story about a teenage boy who has a life changing experience when he gets to spend a day with John Lennon. Suzanne has optioned “Drawing from Memory” a novel by Ronnie Berman and partnered with Producer Anne Marie Gillen (“Under Suspicion”). The treatment/lookbook for the 4-part limited series was written by Donna Jason. Suzanne has partnered with Mark Stansberry on an award-winning screenplay, SCOUTS HONOR, a family action drama about the boy scouts who served as spies in WWI. She has joined producer Rob Deege on a one-hour TV pilot WUNDERLAND written by Christopher DeWan and they’ve attached Showrunner James Thorpe (“Private Eyes”).
Suzanne has teamed up with Jason Piette, Disrupting Influence, on Joanna Bloem’s screenplay adaptation of MOSAIC, a novel by Gayle Lynds. Sean McNamara (“Sole Surfer” “Reagan”) is attached to direct.
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 seventy 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 (suzannelyons.net/indiefilm) 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.