Rough Diamond Productions

Rough Diamond Productions Founded by producer Julia Verdin in 1993, Rough Diamond Productions is an independent feature film production company located in Los Angeles.
Founded by producer Julia Verdin in 1993, Rough Diamond Productions is an independent feature film production company known for having produced more than 30 original and inspiring pictures of the highest quality that both entertain and engage audiences. Films produced have been released theatrically and played at many of the major film festivals. Known for making high quality, outstanding films at all independent budget levels, with great production value that focus costs where it counts the most on the screen, Rough Diamond has great top talent relationships, as we nurture talent, and work in a collaborative way. Our current goal is to work with directors and writers with original voices. We particularly look for stories set in interesting worlds that have both a commercial aspect, and a strong social message that will engage both the international and domestic markets. We focus on collaborating with a wide variety of industry professionals worldwide, striving to work with and build long lasting relationships with producers, directors, writers, talent and investors and to pool strengths in order to create films that will emotionally resonate with, and inspire audiences, and be successful both critically and commercially. The team at Rough Diamond is open to looking at projects for Film, TV and New Media, and in all genres, with a stress on strong concepts and stories.
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06/01/2017

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Lost GirlsWritten and Directed by Julia verdinpremieres in Shorts Program 2 at #lawomensfest LA Live Regal Cinemas Frida...
03/17/2017

Lost Girls
Written and Directed by Julia verdin
premieres in Shorts Program 2 at #lawomensfest LA Live Regal Cinemas Friday, March 24 at 2:00 pm
A former victim, who is forced to lure young girls into sex trafficking, is given an unexpected gift from a 15-year-old she kidnaps. The gift ignites her lost faith and memory of her former self and gives her the courage to confront her inner demons and dangerous employers in order to break free from the cycle of victimization.
Ticket Link http://bpt.me/2880243

Lost Girls
Written and Directed by Julia verdin
premieres in Shorts Program 2 at #lawomensfest LA Live Regal Cinemas Friday, March 24 at 2:00 pm
A former victim, who is forced to lure young girls into sex trafficking, is given an unexpected gift from a 15-year-old she kidnaps. The gift ignites her lost faith and memory of her former self and gives her the courage to confront her inner demons and dangerous employers in order to break free from the cycle of victimization.

Ticket Link http://bpt.me/2880243
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It's that day of the month, again! Ready to mix and mingle?
03/14/2017
Raindance L.A.

It's that day of the month, again! Ready to mix and mingle?

Tomorrow is the day!

[LAST CHANCE] Get your film funded, made, and seen. Our film production course starts this upcoming Monday with 4 top sp...
02/21/2017
Raindance L.A.

[LAST CHANCE] Get your film funded, made, and seen. Our film production course starts this upcoming Monday with 4 top speakers.

Learn how to PRODUCE your FILM in 5-Monday-evenings with legendary Hollywood speakers.

Julia Verdin ('Merchant of Venice' - Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons), Jason Piette ('Head In The Clouds' - Charlize Theron and Penelope Cruz), Charles Berg ('Swelter' - Jean-Claude Van Damme), and Lorraine D'alessio (2016 Century City Bar Association Lawyer of the Year).

-- IN-PERSON | LIVE ONLINE | VOD -- Starts 02/27

Lost Girls
02/15/2017
Lost Girls

Lost Girls

Some good news to start a good morning.

Dear Lost Girls, Dear Support Groups, Dear Everyone,This is the principal.Love,The HelpedThere are miracles everywhere. ...
01/20/2017

Dear Lost Girls, Dear Support Groups, Dear Everyone,
This is the principal.
Love,
The Helped
There are miracles everywhere. Make one. Be one.

Lost Girls
01/06/2017

Lost Girls

Congratulations to Bar Paly on her California Women's Film Festival nomination for Best Actress. #LostGirls Bar paly

Lost Girls
01/06/2017

Lost Girls

Congratulations to Julia Verdin on her California Women's Film Festival nomination for Best Director. #LostGirls

Lost Girls
01/06/2017

Lost Girls

Congratulations to Cristina Cibrian on her California Women's Film Festival nomination for Best Supporting Actress. #LostGirls

12/06/2016
Eventbrite

Our film, #LostGirls, a 24 minute short film on sex trafficking of minors, will be screened tomorrow (Tue. Dec. 6th) at 9pm at the Culver City Film Festival.

The screening will be followed by a cast & filmmaker Q&A.
Location: The Arclight in Culver City - 9500 Culver Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232

We will be meeting for drinks after at Kayn Daves (9341 Culver Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 as well.

To purchase your tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/culver-city-film-festival-tick…

We hope to see you all with us!

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We're very excited to announce that our film, #LostGirls, will be screened at the Culver City Film Festival on December ...
11/21/2016

We're very excited to announce that our film, #LostGirls, will be screened at the Culver City Film Festival on December 6th at 9pm at the Arclight Cinemas Hollywood. Come, join us and our friends!

To purchase your ticket: http://culvercityfilmfestival.com/schedule/

Congrats Julia Verdin Lost Girls has been accepted into the Culver City Film Festival

We're very excited to announce that #LostGirls has been awarded best drama!! Thanks to all of our cast, crew, and suppor...
10/04/2016

We're very excited to announce that #LostGirls has been awarded best drama!! Thanks to all of our cast, crew, and supporters who have been with us on this beautiful journey!!

#LostGirls will be screening at LA Femme Film Festival on October 23rd at 2pm. We're very excited and look forward to se...
09/30/2016

#LostGirls will be screening at LA Femme Film Festival on October 23rd at 2pm. We're very excited and look forward to seeing you there with us!

PURCHASE TICKETS: http://www.lafemme.org/tickets/

Fun photos from our mixer last night!
09/14/2016

Fun photos from our mixer last night!

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09/13/2016
Lost Girls (2016) - Trailer

#LostGirls

A film by Julia Verdin

"Inspired by stories that broke my heart..."

A film by Julia Verdin Starring Bar Paly, Marisol Nichols, Siena Goines, Cristina Cibrian, Will Brandt, Tori Girffith, with Rena Owen and Jamie Harris www.Lo...

"Julia Verdin’s film is not only a valiant undertaking; it is extraordinarily moving." Great review in The Huffington ...
09/06/2016
Lost Girls – A Portrayal of Child Sex Trafficking

"Julia Verdin’s film is not only a valiant undertaking; it is extraordinarily moving."

Great review in The Huffington Post for #LostGirls by Jillian Dale

Estimated to be a $32 billion trade, sex trafficking is the largest illegal industry in the world. Lost Girls is a social message film, produced by Rough...

Brits in LA
08/31/2016
Brits in LA

Brits in LA

Ever wondered about what goes on in the darker side of LA?
Then you should check out fellow Brit Julia Verdin’s compelling film Lost Girls premiering this weekend at the prestigious LA Shorts Fest

Date / Time: Sunday, September 4th at 9:55 PM
Location: Regal LA LIVE Stadium 14
: A Barco Innovation Center. 1000 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015.

Tickets : http://lashortsfest.com/film_program_details.asp?programnumber=19

The screening will be followed by a Q&A

Julia made the short to raise awareness of the terrible growing global problem of sex trafficking of minors surprisingly LA, London, NY and Dallas are four of the biggest cities in the world where it goes on.
The film has a terrific cast including Bar Paly, you may remember her as the stunning blonde lead in the last Michael Bay film Sem dor, sem ganho - Brasil and NCIS.
Marisol Nichols who is currently staring on CW show Riverdale, Siena Goines, Rena Owen, Will Brandt, Cristina Cibrian and the always compelling Jamie Harris .

The story is about a former victim who is forced to lure young girls into sex trafficking who is given an unexpected gift from a 15 year old she kidnaps. It taps into her lost faith and memory of her former self and gives her the courage to confront her inner demons and dangerous employers in order to break free from the cycle of victimization.

Visit their website www.lostgirlsfilms.com to learn more

Synopsis
When Kara spots fifteen year old, Marisol, being treated badly by her class-mates, she befriends her and seduces her with gifts and a party invite. However the unexpected happens when Marisol seeing her inner pain gives her a gift that taps into her lost faith and former sense of self. She betrays Marisol in the most horrific way but as we are about to judge Kara, we are shown the darkness of the world that Kara herself is trapped into. We witness her struggle as the memory of her former self returns and she has to make some hard decisions to break the cycle of abuse.

We're excited! Check out the trailer of The Unwilling !
08/30/2016
The Unwilling

We're excited! Check out the trailer of The Unwilling !

Great article today on front page of Fangoria Feed magazine on #TheUnwilling. Check out our new exclusive trailer! David Lipper Dina Meyer Dina Meyer Official Lance Henriksen Robert Rusler Robert Rusler Jake Thomas Bree Williamson Austin Highsmith Jonathan Heap Stephen L. Melillo Bertone Visuals Rough Diamond Productions

Rough Diamond founder, producer/director Julia Verdin will speak on Friday, May 26, 2016 at 1PM on “CREATING AWARENESS...
05/26/2016
World Bank-Annenberg Summer Institute: Executive Education

Rough Diamond founder, producer/director Julia Verdin will speak on Friday, May 26, 2016 at 1PM on “CREATING AWARENESS ON SOCIAL ISSUES THROUGH FILM ” for World Bank and USC Annenberg Summer Institute’s “Executive Education” panel designed for leaders, strategists and advisors.

The series of courses will be taught by leading experts from the World Bank Group, External and Corporate Relations (ECR), Operational Communications unit; the World Bank’s Leadership, Learning and Innovation Group (LLI); the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California; and the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.

The World Bank-Annenberg Summer Institute is designed for leaders, strategists and advisors who want to strengthen the critical communication skills required to support change agents and reform initiatives in developing countries.

Get your film funded, made and seen!
03/31/2016
Producer's Foundation Certificate - Raindance LA

Get your film funded, made and seen!

This course can be attended in person in Los Angeles or Live Online. Also available on Video-On-Demand*. Taught by producer Julia Verdin, who has produced 30 feature films including Merchant of…

02/18/2016

Filmmaking is a real democracy- it's up to the audience to vote with their tickets.
-Dean Devlin

11/20/2015

Helping a young, talented British director - Adam Linzey - to cast his film. These two roles are open. We'll be doing casting on Sunday. Please email materials to [email protected]

[ALEX]Male, 30-45, BRITISH, Any ethnicity. Alex a British roofer has lived in Los Angeles for almost two years. He moved to be closer to his ex-girlfriend but has been single for over a year. Alex, whilst drunk driving, sees his friend and co worker Jeff throw a man off of a bridge. But he can’t be sure of what he’s seen and whether it was a murder. He has to know but he can’t just accuse his friend outright. Alex must investigate even though it could cause his friend to go to jail. LEAD

[JEFF]Male, 30-45, AMERICAN, Any Ethnicity. Jeff is a friendly family man and the owner of a roofing company in Los Angeles. He has just impulsively killed a man he didn't know by throwing him off a bridge to settle a score after a bar fight. Jeff desperately wants to hide this but his friend, Alex, sees him. As Alex starts to ask questions Jeff he must decide if his friendship is more important than his freedom. LEAD

11/15/2015

Congrats to our wonderful client Olivia D'Abo and looking forward to celebrating retrospective of her amazing body of work at The Studio City Film Festival tonight!

LAST 3 DAYS! Learn how you can answer these questions in just 5 Mondays:- What do you need for your project to be financ...
09/04/2015
Producer's Foundation Certificate (5 Weeks) - Raindance LA

LAST 3 DAYS! Learn how you can answer these questions in just 5 Mondays:

- What do you need for your project to be financeable?
- How do you determine profit participation?
- What marketing materials do you need to sell your film?
- How do you find distribution?
- How do you create a do-able schedule?
- Who and what should you have contracts with?
- Where do you find the best tax incentives?

Get Your Movie Funded, Made and Seen This course can be attended in person in Los Angeles or Live Online. Also available on Video-On-Demand*. Taught by producer Julia Verdin who has produced 30 feature films including Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons and most recently 2 Jacks star…

Looking to get your movie funded, made, and seen?Join producer Julia Verdin in class, online or on VOD and get your Prod...
08/01/2015
www.raindance.org

Looking to get your movie funded, made, and seen?

Join producer Julia Verdin in class, online or on VOD and get your Producer’s Foundation Certificate in just 5 weeks.

Limited-Time Early Bird Special is now available. Book the course for only $219!

Taught by producer Julia Verdin, who has produced more than 30 feature films including Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons, and 2 Jacks starring Sienna Miller, Danny Huston and Jack Huston...

Great day for all! #LoveWins
06/26/2015

Great day for all! #LoveWins

On set for #LostGirls.
04/30/2015

On set for #LostGirls.

Check out www.lostgirlsfilms.com for more information!
04/30/2015
LOST GIRLS: Hollywood Stands Up Against Sex Trafficking

Check out www.lostgirlsfilms.com for more information!

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) April 29, 2015 -- At a time when many sometimes consider topics such as race, homosexuality and war to be taboo subjects, films like Selma, American Sniper and The Imitation Game are gaining huge success behind their respective social message plotlines. In 2014, the issue of…

Lovely photos with lovely people...
04/13/2015

Lovely photos with lovely people...

2nd annual Raindance LA and Rough Diamond Productions Easter Party

ONLY 4 DAYS LEFT! Our lovely friend, Jill Dale is now at 67% of their funding goal on Indiegogo. Please help her make th...
04/07/2015
CLICK HERE to support OMNISCIENT

ONLY 4 DAYS LEFT! Our lovely friend, Jill Dale is now at 67% of their funding goal on Indiegogo. Please help her make this happen today as we are getting so close to the finish line. Would you consider a $10 contribution to this incredible #scifi film?
Please go ahead and do this today and receive a shout out in the credits of the film. THANK YOU!

Never silence the voices in your head. | Crowdfunding is a democratic way to support the fundraising needs of your community. Make a contribution today!

Come to the #RaindanceLA and #RoughDiamond Mixer tonight!
03/18/2015
Upcoming Events | EVENT: Raindance Mixer (March) | Raindance LA

Come to the #RaindanceLA and #RoughDiamond Mixer tonight!

« All Events EVENT: Raindance Mixer (March) March 18 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Details Date: March 18 Time: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Venue Vaucluse Lounge 8210 W Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90046 United States + Google Map Phone: (323) 848-2900 Organizer Raindance LA Phone: (323) 848-2900 Email: [email protected]

EXCITING NEWS EVERYONE!!! We have our first cast member for LOST GIRLS! It's amazingly talented Marisol Nichols, you mig...
02/20/2015

EXCITING NEWS EVERYONE!!!

We have our first cast member for LOST GIRLS!

It's amazingly talented Marisol Nichols,

you might know her from hit TV series such as 24, Cold Case or Blind Justice or have seen her appear on hit shows such as Charmed, Boy Meets World or Friends. Her first movie debut was Vegas Vacation as Audrey Griswold.

We are super excited to have Marisol on board for this amazing project. Marisol is a dedicated anti-sex trafficking supporter herself and has been helping to fight against human trafficking for years now.

Welcome Marisol!

And a quick reminder we have 10 days left on our campaign!

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/lost-girls--2/x/9441949#home

Lost Girls
02/06/2015
Lost Girls

Lost Girls

A teenage girl sold to sex traffickers, struggles with shame, her faith and self-acceptance.

See for yourself how easy it is to be kidnapped for Sex Slavery! Watch this video of a teen from Florida to tell you the...
02/05/2015
Teen sold as sex slave

See for yourself how easy it is to be kidnapped for Sex Slavery! Watch this video of a teen from Florida to tell you the story herself and help us raise awareness by donating and sharing Lost Girls - https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/lost-girls--2/x/9441949#home

It's time people started acting human.

Video on Today: Oct. 9: A Florida teen recalls being tricked into sexual slavery. TODAY’s Meredith Vieira talks to the teen’s mom, Lisa Brant, as well as Marc Klaas, founder of KlaasKids, about the issue.

Our Julia, Janet and Deedee attended an event in Hollywood held by amazing Marisol Nichols, with the president of Nation...
02/03/2015

Our Julia, Janet and Deedee attended an event in Hollywood held by amazing Marisol Nichols, with the president of National Center for Missing and Exploited Children - John D. Ryan and the founder of Youth of Human Rights International - Dr. Mary Shuttleworth, people who dedicated their lives to fight and stop Sex Trafficking.

This modern day slavery needs to be stopped. Are you educated enough about this problem? Would you know what to do if you came across a trafficked child? What if it was your own child that went missing? Do you know who to call?

Sex trafficking is a worldwide issue that is happening in America at this very moment, possibly in your neighborhood. You and your children have the right to know about this, because education about the problem and its cause can prevent it. These predators can target your child as their next victim. Visit: http://www.missingkids.com/ to find out more.

Lost Girls is a project that is more than just a film. It's an educational tool for future generations to stop this abomination. Just ask yourself, when the last time someone told you about Sex Trafficking was being an issue. It's the 3rd most money making business alongside drugs, except you cannot resell a drug the way you can human body. Child's body.

Help us stop this. Share this project with your friends, every dollar helps to create a better tomorrow -

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/lost-girls--2/x/9441949

Thank you all for your donations so far! You are wonderful!

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