The Public Humanist

The Public Humanist contributor: Lisa Simmons

Lisa SimmonsLisa Simmons is the founder and president of, The Color of Film Collaborative, Inc. (TCOF), an organization of actors, producers, directors and others with an interest in creating and supporting positive images of people of color in film, theater, and other media. The Color of Film Collaborative co-produces the Roxbury Film Festival, a festival that celebrates the vision and the voice of independent filmmakers of color. Lisa has been producing independent films in the Boston area for over 10 years and serves on the Board Filmmakers Collaborative and The League of Women for Community Service, and is a former member of Women in Film and Video/New England for which she served for two years. She has received the Image Award from Women in Film New England, the Diversity award from Our Place Theater Project and a leadership award from the Urban League Guild of Eastern Massachusetts. In addition to producing other filmmakers’ work, Lisa is also an independent producer and is currently producing and writing a documentary on the history of Boston’s Black theatre during the WPA. She is a member of the board at Mass Humanities.

Revitalizing Cities: The Synergy of the Arts and Businesses

Those of us in the arts community clearly understand the important role that culture plays in the economic viability of a community. When there is a strong and stable arts and cultural community, people will come to take part in the programming whether it be theater, film, visual art, music or dance, and in turn look for places to eat, shop and relax before or after a cultural event.

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From Prose to the Silver Screen

The saying goes that badly written novels make great films and great novels make lousy films. True? Let’s put it to the test. Bringing up Baby: OK story, great movie (I think this had something to do with Cary Grant). Silence of the Lambs: OK book, great movie. Memoirs of a Geisha: great book, good movie. Children of Men: great book, amazing movie. I could go on, and I am sure you could as well, so add your own list to this one and see where the plot points lie, (no pun intended).

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Mammy, Jezebel, and the Neighborhood Drug Dealer

In Search of the Common Good by fellow Public Humanist David Tebaldi talks about America suffering from two anxieties, one of them economic and the other moral. I found this conversation very interesting in light of the work I do as an independent film and theater producer and the president of a nonprofit the Color of Film Collaborative, Inc., a nonprofit that supports independent filmmakers creating more diverse images of people of color in the media and performing arts.

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