"This is a love story that is begging to be thrown into reverse, but is so gripping that the audience, like Ophelia herself, will find it impossible to let go.Wonderfully shot and magnificently performed, ‘Ophelia’ is an exemplary short film and well worth a place on your watch list."
| Nigel Morgan (CameoLaunch)
Initiative | 26 is a collaboration of Initiative Productions and 26 Films, Inc. Together, we are dedicated to dynamic storytelling through various mediums, including theatre, television, and film. We focus on developing new material with emerging artists and reimagining classic texts, as they speak to the personal and political climate of our modern age.
Valorie Curry | Ophelia | Executive producer
Valorie Curry received a degree in theatre Arts from California State University, Fullerton. She is a founding member of Los Angeles’ Ovation Award-winning Coeurage Theatre Company, with which she starred in Balm in Gilead and the west coast premiere of Shakespeare’s Double Falsehood. Other theater credits include The Diviners (The Kennedy Center), One Day When We Were Young (Edinburgh Fringe premiere), The Diary of Anne Frank (La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts). Her television appearances include Veronica Mars, Psych, CSI: New York, The Following, House of Lies.
She starred as Charlotte in the international blockbuster Twilight: Breaking Dawn. Recent film credits include Blair Witch and Ewan McGregor’s American Pastoral. She can be seen next in Amazon’s upcoming series The Tick, starring as Dot Everest.
Sam Underwood | Hamlet | screenwriter | EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Sam Underwood, originally hailing from England, is the founder of Initiative Productions. He most recently starred opposite Kevin Bacon in Fox’s hit drama The Following, in which he played twins Mark and Luke. Other recent television appearances include Showtime’s Dexter, Homeland, and Power on STARZ.
Sam is also the founder of Fundamental theater Project, a non-profit arts organization dedicated to supporting international artists in New York. His stage work includes Peter Shaffer's Equus opposite Alec Baldwin, Hamlet opposite Alec Baldwin and Kate Mulgrew, and the world premiere of Tennessee Williams' In Masks Outrageous and Austere opposite Shirley Knight.
JAMIE SIMS | DIRECTOR
Jamie earned a degree in Film Production from The University for the Creative Arts, Farnham with a First class honors. He is an award winning director of both theatre and Film, including more than forty short Films over the last eight years. Selected credits include Beach Potato (London Short Film Festival, Film The House: Winner ‘Best Comedy’), Good Treatment (London Sci-Fi 48 Hour Challenge, Forster Film Film Festival: Winner Creativity Award), HOWL (No-Gloss Film Festival, Portobello Road Film Festival, Camerimage; The Golden Tadpole nomination, BKSTS/National Student Widescreen Awards’ Film of the Year, Screentest, winner Best Horror/Thriller, Best Screenplay), and Bus Stop, which premiered at the London Short Film Festival, and was the winner of many awards, including multiple Best Film and Best Acting Ensemble at Film festivals across the UK.
He wrote a thesis on the “Practicality of adapting Shakespeare’s 400 year old texts to 21st century cinema” and is thrilled to have added to Shakespeare’s legacy.
Jacquie Dore | Producer
Originally from Portland, Maine, Jacquie caught the love of Films from her uncle, Vice President of the then Resorts Sports Network (RSN), now Outside TV. Jacquie studied Television and Film Production at Ithaca College, and ICLA in Los Angeles. A member of the Directors Guild of America, Jacquie is currently an Assistant Director for NBC’s hit show, “The Blacklist,” and has worked on various shows such as Marvel’s “Daredevil,” NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU,” and Fox’s hit, “The Following.”
David Tuttman | Director of Photography
David Tuttman is Film and television cinematographer based in New York. Tuttman photographed the hit FOX / Warner Brothers series “The Following” starring Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy. Prior to that, he shot “Damages” for FX and Sony, starring the Academy Award, Emmy Award and Golden Globe winning Glenn Close, among numerous other distinguished actors. “Damages” garnered several prestigious awards including a Golden Globe Award to Glenn Close for Best Actress; Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Series and Best Performances from Ted Danson, Rose Byrne, William Hurt; Emmy Award Nomination for Best Series; Emmy Award Best Actress Glenn Close and Best Supporting Actor Zeljko Ivanek. David started in the business in the camera department and has worked with many great industry figures including Sidney Pollack, Spike Lee, Michael Caton-Jones, Dick Wolf, Harold Ramis, Barry Sonnenfeld, Mark Baker and others.
Frederick Lloyd | Composer
Frederick Lloyd is an award winning Composer and Director. His music has featured on theatrical trailers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Mad Max: Fury Road, Fantastic Four, Captain Phillips and Zero Dark Thirty to name a few, as well as numerous TV spots and teasers for films such as American Sniper, Serena and Creed. His short Film, Pantheon, won Best Film, Best Score and Best Production Design at the 2013 Screentest Festival and has been screened and nominated for awards at festivals across the globe, including the prestigious Camerimage Festival in Poland, NFFTY in Seattle, USA and the London Short Film Festival.