Lisa Cole (United States)

California-born and Arkansas-bred, Lisa Cole is a Los Angeles-based writer-director-producer whose work amplifies underrepresented voices and exposes social injustices. A Student Academy Awards-Oscars® regional finalist, Academy Nicholl’s quarterfinalist, Women in Film (WIF) mentee, Page International Screenplay winner, Cine Qua Non Lab fellow, and Stowe Story Labs/Final Draft fellow, Lisa has several feature films currently in development with prominent producers, including Diamond Girls for Flora Films with Selena Gomez attached to star. Her award-winning short films include Shipwreck, which screened in over 30 festivals worldwide, including Official Selection Diversity in Cannes 2021 Short Film Showcase. Lisa’s background includes documentaries for The Gates Foundation, Sundance Institute, Viacom, BET and A&E, as well as films highlighting women’s health and safety in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Kenya. A graduate of Loyola Marymount University’s School of Cinema & Television, Lisa serves on the Board of the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival.

FilthyIn a small-minded midwestern town, 12-year-old Cherry prepares to sign a “purity pledge” to remain a virgin until marriage. But on the eve of the ceremony, slated to happen before family and friends in her Evangelical church, she experiences her first orgasm and a sexual awakening erupts, pitting natural hormonal desire against the threat of eternal damnation.