Julia Verdin
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Veteran filmmaker Julia Verdin is a multi-hyphenate – she is known as an accomplished producer, award-winning Director and has written a number of screenplays.

Having been in the film business for 30 years, Julia has established herself as one of Hollywood’s leading independent producers, with over 36 critically acclaimed feature films produced to date. She founded and has been running Rough Diamond Productions since 1995. She has also recently made her mark as a writer and director and has just completed directing her second film.

Julia is known for developing great material and has hands-on produced many films from inception all the way to release. Julia has an excellent overall knowledge of all aspects of filmmaking including story development, casting and packaging, budgeting, financing, on set production skills, festival strategy, and getting films sold and out into the marketplace. She has great creative instincts, excellent people skills, good at problem-solving and solution orientated and knows how to run a set smoothly and bring the best out of everybody involved.

Some of the memorable, acclaimed theatrical releases and top film festival favorites Julia has produced, include the recent 2 Jacks, directed by Bernard Rose, based on the Leo Tolstoy short story “Two Hussars”: the film starred Danny Huston, Jack Huston, Sienna Miller, Jacqueline Bisset, and Billy Zane; Stander, directed by Bronwen Hughes starring Thomas Jane, Deborah Unger, Dexter Fletcher, and David O’Hara; Sony Pictures Classics released The Merchant of Venice, directed by Michael Radford, starring Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons, and Joseph Fiennes; and Riding The Bullet based on a Stephen King story, directed by Mick Garris, and starring David Arquette, Jonathan Jackson, Erica Christensen, and Barbara Hershey. Julia’s faith-based film, The Least Among You was a Lionsgate release, starring Lou Gossett Jr., Lauren Holly, and William Devane, and featured in major festivals, being nominated for two N.A.A.C.P awards. Julia also Executive Produced the 2015 Lionsgate release Born of War, directed by Vicky Jewson, starring James Frain and Sophia Black D’Elia.

As a director, her former acting background has given her the tools to support her actors and bring out amazing performances, and her producing background enables her to stay on budget while bringing out the best creative results.

Her directorial debut, Lost Girls starring Bar Paly, Marisol Nichols, and Jamie Harris has been doing well on the festival circuit and won several awards including Best Social Impact film at The Culver City Film festival. The film has also been broadcast as part of an educational program on sex trafficking of minors and has been screened by organizations and communities and is currently in distribution.

Julia is currently in post-production on a feature film she directed, wrote and produced, Lost Girls: Angie’s Story, set around the world of sex trafficking again, this time focusing on a victim’s difficulty re-integrating with her family, re-finding her self-worth whilst combating ongoing threats to herself and loved ones from traffickers. The film stars Olivia d’Abo, Dylan Sprayberry, Antony Montgomery, Randolph Batinkoff, Jane Widdup, M.C. Lyte and Amin Joseph.

Julia enjoys working with non-profits and create narrative media to highlight the work they do. She recently directed a short promo for GIFT (Global initiative fighting Trafficking) and a short film Brown from a story written by foster youth from the Ridgeway foundation who also acted in the film for non profit Kids in the Spotlight to be screened at Paramount Studios in November.

Julia is also currently directing a documentary on trafficking as a companion educational piece to her Lost Girls film series.

Recent producing work includes Pursued for director Jeffrey Obrow, starring Sam Trammell, Molly Ringwald, Angus Macfayden and Miesha Tate and Paul Sorvino and One by One directed By Jeffrey Obrow, starring Dwight Yoakam and Christopher Lloyd both in post-production and the recently released The Unwilling starring Dina Meyer, Lance Henriksen and Jake Thomas which has won many awards at top horror festivals.

Julia’s films have been selected for many major film festivals including Sundance, Toronto, Venice, AFI, Raindance, Vancouver International, and London.

Some other films Julia produced earlier in her career include: I Witness, directed by Rowdy Harrington, starring Jeff Daniels and James Spader, Blast, directed by Tony Hickox, starring Eddie Griffin, Vinnie Jones and Vivica Fox, Green Mail starring Steven Baldwin and Tom Skerritt, The Shipment starring Mathew Modine, Nick Turturro and Elisabeth Berkley, The Contaminated Man starring William Hurt, Peter Weller and Natasha McElhone and STYX starring Peter Weller, Angus MacFayden and Brian Brown, directed by Alex Wright, Ballad of the Nightingale with Virginia Madsen, Maria Cuccinota (Il Postino), Seymour Cassell, Michael Madsen and Harry Dean Stanton, Lone Hero directed by Ken Sanzel starring Lou Diamond Philips, Sean Patrick Flanery and Robert Forester, Slipstream starring Sean Austin and Vinnie Jones, The Set Up, a bank heist thriller based on a James Hadley Chase best-selling novel, directed by Strathford Hamilton starring Billy Zane, James Coburn, Mia Sara and James Russo for MGM/Showtime, and Temptation, an action-packed revenge thriller for Dino De Laurentiis Communications starring Jeff Fahey, David Keith and Alison Doody, also directed by Strathford Hamilton.

Julia is also known as a leading educator in film: her book Success in Films, a guide to developing, funding, producing, and marketing indie films is on many college syllabuses around the world and has helped many filmmakers. She speaks regularly on film for many organizations including BAFTA, Women In Film, WGA, AFM panels and Story Expo. Julia is also a top indie film consultant and has helped many filmmakers get their films made. She has an MA in film from Staffordshire University and tutors film MA students and also teaches filmmaking workshops.

Julia received the La Femme 2015 Executive Achievement Award and was honored for her work in film and supporting female filmmakers. She served as a judge at the 2015 LA Shorts Festival, speaks regularly on film festival panels and supports up and coming filmmakers. She served on the board of BAFTA LA for ten years and chaired the film committee and was instrumental in starting up the BAFTA newcomer program and encouraging mentorship of up and coming filmmakers.

Julia is also the founder and director of Artists For Change, a 501c non-profit with a mission of raising awareness on key social issues through film and media and encouraging filmmakers to think about the content that they make and the effect they have on the world.

Julia is passionate about raising awareness on critical social issues through the powerful medium of film and encourages filmmakers to think about making content that contributes to a better world.

For more information visit:

www.roughdiamondproductions.net/julia-verdin
www.imdb.com
www.artists4change.org

BOARD MEMBER OF ARTISTS FOR CHANGE ( Non profit creating social issue driven media)July 2017- current

BOARD MEMBER OF BAFTA LA (BRITISH ACADEMY OF FILM AND TELEVISION ARTS) – JAN 2006 – JAN 2016

BOARD MEMBER OF SEVEN ARTS PLC – FILM PRODUCTION AND DISTRIBUTION COMPANY – FEB 2007 – OCT 2010

MEMBERSHIPS: BAFTA, SAG, EQUITY, SOHO HOUSE

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Producer Resume

Title

Film

Director

Distributor

Year

Location

Producer 2 Jacks
(Danny Huston, Jack Huston,
Sienna Miller, Jacqueline Bisett)
Bernard Rose Breaking Glass Pictures 2012 Los Angeles
Executive Producer Born of War
(Sofia Black D’Elia, James Frain,
Lydia Leonard)
Vicky Jewson Arclight Films 2012 UK/Morocco
Producer The Ninth Cloud
(Jean Hughes Anglade, Michael Madsen,
Leo Gregory)
Jane Spencer Shoreline Entertainment 2010 London
Producer The Least Among You
(Lou Gossett Jr., Lauren Holly,
William Devane)
Mark Young Lionsgate 2008 Los Angeles
Co-Producer Senior Skip Day
(Tara Reid, Larry Miller,
Norm Macdonald)
Nick Weiss First Look Pictures 2006 Los Angeles
Executive Producer The Merchant of Venice
(Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons,
Joseph Fiennes)
Michael Radford Sony Pictures Classics 2004 Italy
Co-Producer Riding The Bullet
(David Arquette, Erika Christensen,
Jonathan Jackson, Barbara Hershey,
Cliff Robertson, Nick Katt)
Mark Garris MPCA 2003 Vancouver
Co-Producer Slipstream
(Sean Astin, Vinnie Jones)
David van Eyessen Lionsgate 2003 South Africa
Producer Stander
(Thomas Jane, Deborah Unger,
Dexter Fletcher)
Bronwen Hughes Seven Arts Pictures 2003 South Africa
Co-Producer Blast
(Eddie Griffin, Breckin Meyer,
Vinnie Jones)
Tony Hickox MPCA/Gemini 2003 South Africa
Co-Producer Dracula 3000
(Casper Van Dien, Erika Eleniak,
Coolio)
Darrell Roodt MPCA/Apollo 2003 South Africa
Co-Producer I Witness
(Jeff Daniels, James Spader,
Portia De Rossi)
Rowdy Herrington Promark UK LTD 2002 Puerto Rico
Co-Producer Consequence
(Armand Assante, Rick Schroeder)
Tony Hickox MPCA 2002 South Africa
Co-Producer Pavement
(Robert Patrick, Lauren Holly)
Darrell Roodt Warner Bros. 2002 South Africa
Co-Producer Black Point
(David Caruso, Thomas Ian Griffith,
Susan Haskell)
David MacKay Promark UK LTD 2002 Canada
Co-Producer Lone Hero
(Lou Diamond Phillips, Robert Forster,
Sean Patrick Flanery)
Ken Sanzel Promark UK LTD 2002 Canada
Producer Greenmail
(Stephen Baldwin, Tom Skerritt,
D.B. Sweeney, Kelly Rowan)
Jonathan Heal Promark UK LTD 2001 Canada
Producer Styx
(Peter Weller, Angus Macfayden,
Brian Brown)
Alex Wright Promark UK LTD 2001 South Africa
Producer The Shipment
(Matthew Modine, Nicholas Turturro,
Robert Loggia, Elisabeth Berkley)
Alex Wright Promark UK LTD 2000 Canada
Producer Contaminated Man
(William Hurt, Peter Weller,
Natascha McElhone)
Anthony Hickox Promark Films 2000 Budapest
Associate Producer In Pursuit
(Claudia Schiffer, Daniel Baldwin,
Dean Stockwell, Coolio)
Peter Pistor Endemol Entertainment 2000 Los Angeles
Co-Producer Ballad of the Nightingale
(Virginia Madsen, Maria Cuccinota,
Seymour Cassel, Harry Dean Stanton,
Michael Madsen)
Guy Greville Morris August Films 1999 Los Angeles
Producer Detour
(Jeff Fahey, Gary Busey,
Michael Madsen, James Russo)
Joey Travolta Shoreline Entertainment 1998 Spokane
Producer Perfect Assassins
(Andrew McCarthey, Robert Patrick,
Portia Rossi, Nick Mancuso)
H. Gordon Boos Promark Films 1998 USA
Producer Matter of Trust
(Joan Severance, C. Thomas Howell,
Nick Mancuso)
Joey Travolta Shoreline Entertainment 1998 Los Angeles
Executive Producer Past Perfect
(Eric Roberts, Nick Mancuso,
Saul Rubinek)
Jonathan Heap Live Entertainment
Nu-Image
1996 Vancouver
Producer The Set Up
(Billy Zane, Mia Sara,
James Coburn)
Strath Hamilton MGM/Showtime 1995 Los Angeles
Producer Tempation
(Jeff Fahey, David Keith,
Philip Casnoff, Alison Doody)
Strath Hamilton Dino De Lorentiis 1994 Los Angeles
Executive Producer Spy Trap
(Danielle DuClos, Jason Kristofer)
Arthur Sherman Hemdale 1988 Washington
Production/Development
Executive for W.A.S.A. Films
The Fourth Protocol
(Michael Caine, Pierce Brosnan)
John McKenzie Lorimar Motion Pictures 1987 UK

Director Bio

Julia Verdin wrote and directed the feature film Lost Girls: Angie’s Story, set around the world of sex trafficking. The film is about the challenges trafficking survivor, sixteen-year-old Angie, faces with re-integrating with her family and reclaiming her self-worth while combating ongoing threats to herself and loved ones from traffickers. The film stars Olivia d’Abo, Dylan Sprayberry, Antony Montgomery, Randolph Batinkoff, Jane Widdup, M.C. Lyte and Amin Joseph.

Julia enjoys working with non-profits and create narrative media to highlight the work they do. She recently directed a short promo for GIFT (Global initiative fighting Trafficking) and a short film Brown from a story written by foster youth from the Ridgeway foundation who also acted in the film for non profit Kids in the Spotlight to be screened at Paramount Studios in November 2019.

Julia received industry attention as a director with her award-winning directorial debut short film, Lost Girls starring Bar Paly, Marisol Nichols, and Jamie Harris. The film garnered attention on the festival circuit and won several awards including Best Social Impact film at The Culver City Film festival. The film was broadcast as part of an educational program on sex trafficking of minors and picked up for US distribution by Criterion and by Shorts International for foreign. It has been embraced and used by organizations fighting against trafficking and screened for communities for educational purposes.

Julia is currently directing a documentary on trafficking as a companion educational piece to her Lost Girls film series and in developing a new project about the tragedy of honor killings as well as a TV series based on her Lost Girl’s stories. Julia is passionate about making social issue-driven films as a writer/director and using the power of cinema to shed light on important social and humanitarian issues.

Prior embarking on a directing career, Julia was one of Hollywood’s leading independent producers, with 36 critically acclaimed feature films produced to date including theatrically released films such as Stander, directed by Bronwen Hughes starring Tom Jane, Deborah Unger, Dexter Fletcher and David O’Hara; Sony Classics release The Merchant of Venice, directed by Michael Radford, and starring Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons, and Joseph Fiennes; and Riding The Bullet based on a Stephen King story, directed by Mick Garris, and starring David Arquette, Jonathan Jackson, Erica Christensen, and Barbara Hershey. Other recent credits included the award nominated social message film The Least Among You and Two Jacks with Sienna Miller, Danny Huston, Jack Huston, and Jaqueline Bisset. These films played in major film festivals including Sundance, Venice, Toronto, Montreal, and London.

Julia trained and started in the film business as an actress and this as well as years spent working closely and learning from other directors as a producer has enabled her to have an excellent ability to communicate well with actors and elicit great performances. She has studied with some of the top director’s coaches including Joan Scheckel and Judith Weston and is part of the Scheckel alumni directing group that meets regularly to workshop material.
Her former producing background has given her the training and skills to stay on a budget and schedule and find creative solutions when needed. Julia has excellent leadership skills and knows how to maintain a smooth-running production. She also has an MA in film with distinction and is known as an educator and mentor for many young filmmakers.

Having worked in the film business for 30 years and hands-on produced many films from idea inception all the way to release, Julia has an excellent overall knowledge of all aspects of film making from story development, casting and packaging, budgeting, financing, on set production skills, festival strategy, and getting films sold and out into the marketplace. Julia is also a top indie film consultant and speaks regularly on industry panels including BAFTA LA, American Film Market Seminars, Women in Film, WGA, and many film festival panels.

Julia received the La Femme 2015 Executive Achievement Award and was honored for her work in film and supporting female filmmakers. Other directing awards include Best Drama and Best Ensemble Cast from Los Angeles independent film festival, an award of excellence from IndieFest and Best Social Impact award at The Culver City Film festival.
She is a member of BAFTA and AWD and holds both US and British passports.

For more information visit:

www.roughdiamondproductions.net/julia-verdin
www.imdb.com
www.artists4change.org

 

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What others are saying…

"I have known Julia Verdin for more than 12 years and I worked with her on several films when I was head of production at Promark Entertainment. I hired her as a producer on several international productions because of her knowledge of international distribution, physical production and talent relationships. She has great story instincts and knows how to re shape a script to make it talent and production friendly.

She also has great on set producing skills and all the films she produced were done on time and on budget. She has great talent packaging skills and put together the casts for several of our films as well as producing them. She was great at getting us top name talent and also finding really interesting choices for all the supporting roles. She is very professional and experienced at what she does and I would highly recommend her both as a producer and for casting purposes."

David Bixler - 20th Century Fox Home EntertainmentSVP, Acquisitions & Productions VP, MGM Worldwide Distribution

"Julia is one of the best producer I have ever worked with. She really understands a director’s needs and always seems to solve problems before they happen. She keeps a wonderfully calm, focused set and has a great eye for casting, always delivering me wonderful actors for every role. It helps that she has the best talent connections of anyone I know in the business. Julia will always be my number one choice of producers to work with."

Anthony HickoxDirector: Knife Edge, Blast, Contaminated Man, Consequence, Hellraiser 3

"I worked with Julia Verdin recently on TWO JACKS. We had a wonderful working experience and she worked tirelessly as a producer to get the best for every aspect of the film. She pulled together miracles on the smallish budget we had. As a director I was given all the tools I needed to make a great film and felt backed up by her every step of the way. She fights to get the best of everything.

She also has great taste in actors – we did not use a casting director and cast the film ourselves. She also got me great Heads of Departments who were really creative and good. She also creates a really good energy working environment for all concerned and it was a really good experience all round. I was really pleased with the way the film turned out."

Bernard RoseDirector: Candyman, Immortal Beloved, Mr. Nice and 2 Jacks

"Producer Julia Verdin and I embarked on the most ambitious and exciting feature film of my career thus far, shooting STANDER in the cities and townships of South Africa. The film re-created dozens of notorious bank robberies, as well as riots with thousands of extras and military convoys.

Julia had the ability to keep our production calm, focused and smooth running, even under difficult and challenging conditions. She always maintained a fantastic attitude, and has terrific people skills. As a director, I felt incredibly well supported, especially with her level of perseverance and solution-oriented way of thinking. Working with producer Julia Verdin meant I had an invaluable ally and creative partner.

In addition, Julia through her management background was instrumental in putting together our cast. She has terrific personal contacts in the acting community, and great taste to know who is right."

Bronwen HughesDirector: Stander, Forces of Nature, Harriet The Spy

"Julia has consulted with me on a number of occasions and I have always been more than happy with the results. I have made several feature films and always begin the process by bringing Julia in at the beginning to give story notes and casting suggestions.

Her story ideas are insightful and her understanding of casting is amazing. The lists of actors she provides me with are fantastic.

When I am in the editing process I turn to Julia again because I have to start the ‘selling phase.’ Julia knows the players out there and who is looking for what kind of film. My investors and I, again, are always happy with the results.

Julia has a wealth of knowledge and gets the job done quickly and perfectly. I couldn’t recommend her more. She really knows the lay of the land."

Jeffrey ObrowProducers and Artists Development Group, LLC

"Julia is one of the most wonderful producers I have worked with. She did an amazing job for us with ‘STANDER’ and as a result I have hired her on a number of other films for the company. I also invited her to join our board of directors on which she served a 3-year term and always had great insights and suggestions. Julia has also consulted for us on a number of projects and is great with script notes and casting ideas and has really good production knowledge and skills. Most importantly, she is passionate, smart, honest and reliable and gets things done quickly and efficiently. I highly recommend her."

Peter HoffmanCEO – Seven Arts Pictures

"Julia has been an excellent partner in polishing my script for ‘An Invisible Army.’ Her insights into story and character are strong and were most helpful in sharpening the script. Not only was working together a truly creative experience, but has proved to be successful as we now have placed the project with a financing and production company and plan to be shooting the film next spring.

I am most grateful for her passion and commitment to the project and highly recommend her to anyone who wants to take their script out to the market place."

Eva GardosDirector: An American Rhapsody