British Producer/Director Julia Verdin has established herself as one of Hollywood’s leading independent producers/directors with 33 feature films made to date.
Verdin has produced acclaimed theatrical releases including the Newmarket release 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. These films played in major film festivals including Sundance, Venice, Toronto and London.
Her faith based film, Lionsgate release, The Least Among You, starring Lou Gossett Jr., Lauren Holly and William Devane, premiered on Showtime and was featured in many major festivals. The film was nominated for the 2012 NAACP awards for Outstanding Television Movie and Best Lead Actor.
Julia’s recent film 2 Jacks, based on Leo Tolstoy short story “Two Hussars,” directed by Bernard Rose, and starring Danny Huston, Jack Huston, Sienna Miller, Jacqueline Bisset, was released theatrically in the US and is still playing on Netflix and VOD. The film also played in prestigious festivals including Montreal world, Vancouver international and the Hollywood film festival. Julia Executive Produced Born of War, directed by Vicky Jewson starring James Frain and Sophia Black D’Elia released by Lionsgate. Julia also produced The Ninth Cloud, directed by Jane Spencer starring Jean Hughes Anglade, Michael Madsen, Leo Gregory and Megan Maczko which played in festivals including Shanghai International, Raindance and in the Best of British section at The Glasgow international festival.
Currently in distribution is The Unwilling directed by Oscar-nominated director Jonathan Heap, starring Dina Meyer, Lance Henriksen and Jake Thomas as well as her directorial debut Lost Girls which she also produced starring Bar Paly, Marisol Nichols, Siena Goines, Rena Owen and Jamie Harris. She has also been a co-producer on 7Seconds starring Christopher Lloyd and Dwight Yoakum, which just wrapped principal photography.
Some of the films Julia produced earlier in her career include I Witness, directed by Rowdy Harrington, starring Jeff Daniels and James Spader, Green Mail starring Steven Baldwin and Tom Skerritt, The Shipment starring Mathew Modine and Nick Turturro and Elisabeth Berkley, The Contaminated Man starring William Hurt, Peter Weller and Natascha McElhone and STYX starring Peter Weller, Angus MacFayden and Brian Brown, directed by Alex Wright, and all for Promark. Ballad of the Nightingale with Virginia Madsen, Maria Cuccinota (Il Postino), Seymour Cassell, Michael Madsen and Harry Dean Stanton, and Lone Hero directed by Ken Sanzel starring Lou Diamond Philips, Sean Patrick Flanery and Robert Forester, Slipstream starring Sean Austin and Vinnie Jones, and The Set Up, a bank heist thriller based on a James Hadley Chase best-selling novel, which stars Billy Zane, James Coburn, Mia Sara and James Russo for MGM/Showtime, and Temptation, an action-packed revenge thriller for Dino De Laurentis Communications starring Jeff Fahey, David Keith and Alison Doody, both directed by Strathford Hamilton.
Verdin is currently developing various projects with well-established Hollywood writers and directors including Surviving Christmas, written and to be directed by Academy Award Nominated filmmaker James Dearden; Invisible Army by acclaimed festival award winning writer/director Éva Gárdos; A.K.A written by Phillip Morton and to be directed by Academy Award Nominated director Jonathan Heap; Curtains, a WGA Autumn Stories 2010 selected period piece about eccentric Parisian stage actress Sarah Bernhardt, written by Cynthia Riddle and will also be a co-producer on William Gibson’s Neuromancer to be directed by Vincenzo Natali.
Verdin is based in Los Angeles, and still maintains a base in London. She served on the Board of Seven Arts Pictures PLC, a public film production and foreign sales company, from 2007-2010 and served for 9 years on the board of BAFTA LA from 2002 and 2006 -2011 and 2013-2016. Whilst on the board of BAFTA LA she chaired various committees including the film committee, awards season tea committee and the newcomers committee.
Having worked in the film business for 30 years and hands on produced many films from idea inception all the way to release, Verdin has an excellent overall knowledge of all aspects of filmmaking from story development, casting and packaging, budgeting, financing, on set production skills, festival strategy, and getting films sold and out into the marketplace. Verdin 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 and has given seminars on producing films for the last 2 years at StoryExpo. She is also the author of the popular filmmaker’s guide Success in Film.
Verdin received the La Femme 2015 Executive Achievement Award and was honored for her work in film and supporting female filmmakers. She also served as a judge on the 2015 LA Shorts festival. She believes strongly in mentorship and mentors many young filmmakers.
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