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On a small Caribbean island, a middle-aged man chases a fading dream. In his obsessive determination to hold on to his failing business, he has sacrificed everything. His marriage lies broken and his debts have risen beyond his reach. His bitter father ignores his pleas for help — unable to forgive an act of betrayal committed twenty years ago. With his business hanging in the balance, little does he know that its fate lies thousands of miles away in the hands of his son, struggling through his own mounting challenges, who must choose between securing his own future and betraying his family’s past.
Lisa Harewood fulfilled a lifelong dream in 2006 when she accepted the challenge of producing her first feature film, A Hand Full of Dirt, written and directed by Russell Watson. The film is currently being readied for market and is a testament to the resourcefulness and tenacity that all Caribbean filmmakers must possess to bring the region’s stories to light.
Working with a shoestring budget and a largely non-professional cast, Lisa was able to draw on her 12 years of experience in the trenches of arts marketing, advertising, corporate video production and development support communication.
Constantly on a quest to become a more versatile professional, Lisa holds a BA in Mass Communication from the University of the West Indies and an MA in Creative and Media Enterprises from the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom. She has also completed a course in Producing for Independent Film at the Metropolitan Film School in London where she gained a mentor in Oscar-nominated producer Jonny Persey (Solomon and Gaenor, Deep Water, Little Ashes).
Lisa’s production company, Gate House Media, has two other projects in the pipeline: a literary adaptation of a Caribbean novella as well as a micro-budget documentary in which Lisa has stepped behind the camera as both cinematographer and director.
Lisa is deeply committed to spearheading projects that explore original subject matter through collaborative, innovative and financially sustainable filmmaking, while contributing to the development of the audience for Caribbean cinema.
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Lisa Harewood’s participation is made possible by the generosity of Invest Barbados.