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, directed by Stephen Herek (“Mr. Holland’s Opus”) and starring Ariel Winter (“Modern Family”) and wrestling star Paul Levesque. Suzanne has also produced three thrillers, CANDY STRIPERS distributed by Screen Gems, SÉANCE, written and directed by Mark L. Smith (“The Revenant”) and winner of the Shockerfest award, and PORTAL, both distributed by Lionsgate and she’s 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 a family action adventure sci-fi film TIME TOYS with Director/Writer/Producer Mark Rosman (“A Cinderella Story”).
Suzanne has partnered with producer, Rob Deege, on her Mark L. Smith (“The Revenant” “The Midnight Sky”) suspense thriller HARDCOURT and Mark’s family drama, THE HUNTERS. She’s teamed up with producer, Simon Brooks (“White Noise”), Canyon Creek Films, on writer/director Mark Rosman’s (“Time Toys” “The Perfect Man”) film IN MY LIFE and they are shooting in the Spring. They have attached Kevin Pollak (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” “The Usual Suspects”), Janeane Garofalo (“Ratatouille” “Wet Hot American Summer”) and Wyatt Oleff (“It” “I am Not Okay with This”), and Tom Hughes (“Victoria” “Shephard”) to play Lennon. 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 developed an award-winning screenplay with writers Kate Robbins and Jill Garson titled SCOUTS HONOR, a family action drama about the boy scouts who served as spies in WWI. Suzanne has partnered with Producer Anne Marie Gillen (“Under Suspicion”) on DRAWING FROM MEMORY, a novel by Ronnie Berman and they are working with writer Donna Jason on the treatment for a limited series called THE MURAL with interest from Showrunner James Thorpe. She is working with producer Jason Piette (“The Merchant of Venice” “Iron Sky”), writer Joanna Bloem and director Sean McNamara (“Sole Survivor” “Reagan”) on MOSAIC based on the novel by New York Times bestseller Gayle Lynds. Suzanne just teamed up to produce with writer/producer Reggie Currelley on his action thriller ROBBING MY SOUL which is shooting in January, 2022.
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. She has published her book Indie Film Producing: The Craft of Low Budget Filmmaking (Focal Press) and launched her one-day Indie Film Producing Masterclass along with eight webinars at www.IFHAcademy.com. She’s also hosted 130 informational videos for the industry (youtube.com/suzannelyons) and has written twenty-five industry related Blogs available on her website. Suzanne is a member of the Producers Guild of America.