Lisa Robertson wrote and directed her short film, “COMMERCE,” as a fellow of the prestigious American Film Institute Directing Workshop for Women, winning an Adrienne Shelly Foundation Award Grant in support of taking the short to feature. Festival awards and nominations followed and the film qualified for Academy Award consideration. Two years after its global release, COMMERCE remains a top Drama Short bestseller on iTunes.
The feature screenplay of “COMMERCE,” also received fellowship to the Film Independent Screenwriters Lab and was selected as one of eight narrative features for the FAST TRACK film financing market at the Los Angeles Film Festival.
Lisa also works extensively with film and television directors, delving into and finding the thematic spine of the material, visual language, psychological transition and arc of the protagonist – as well as technique of working deeply (and succinctly) with actors.
Lisa directed CHRISTMAS EVE , 1914 for Audible.com, a sixty minute World War One audio drama by Emmy and Peabody award winner, Charles Olivier starring Damon Herriman, Cameron Daddo, Cody Fern, Lance Guest, Xander Berkley and Nate Jones.
Lisa most recently held the position of Directing Advisor to the prestigious Film Independent Project Involve, overseeing directing fellows during production of six short films that premiered at Los Angeles Film Festival, 2015.
Grant Winning Project: COMMERCE
In the grip of a spiraling compulsion that threatens to alienate him from his family, a Los Angeles businessman, Ken, encounters a young gambler, Pete, who could save or destroy him in the City of Commerce. A psychological drama/thriller, Commerce is a taut, suspenseful account of gambling addiction and its impact on a man’s life and family.
Trailer link: https://vimeo.com/48820678