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Laura Archibald is the CEO of Red Jasper Films, a film production company focusing on historic and biographically oriented feature films and documentaries. Their eclectic catalogue includes films that cover the history of music in the 60’s, Negro league baseball in the 40’s and the political and social history of Cuba through the eyes of an outsider.
Laura had the privilege of working with many of her musical heroes in her documentary, Greenwich Village: Music that Defined a Generation, narrated by Susan Sarandon. One of the highlights of making the film was having Kris Kristofferson perform at the Grammy Museum screening in Los Angeles.
With the ability to travel in Cuba as a Canadian, Laura has put into development a biopic of Havana Philharmonic founder and Frank Sinatra neighbour, Mary McCarthy. Mary settled in Cuba in 1923 and lived through the country’s fascinating and controversial history until her death in 2007. Through connections with Cuban actors, producers and diplomats, the road less travelled will become busy as production rolls into Havana for the filming of this feature film.
Effa Manley crossed her legs, looked inside the baseball stadium, and saw freedom! Men underestimated her. Women felt intimidated. Yet, as this story on her life shows, Effa Manley - a female maverick in the world of Negro League Baseball, and the first woman inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame - took her vision far beyond the baseball stadium.View Project
Mary McCarthy fell in love with the people of Cuba. Hers is a story that bears witness to the complicated history of a country and the unchanging spirit of a dedicated soul who failed in the literal sense, but succeeded metaphorically in her goal of outliving Castro. A 'riches to rags' story of an interloper who becomes the denizen.View Project
Starring Susan Sarandon, Buffy Sainte Marie, Carly Simon, Kris Kristofferson, Happy Traum, John Sebastian, Bob Dylan, Harry Chapin, Tom Chapin, Steve Earle and Judy Collins, this feature length documentary film revisits the music scene in Greenwich Village, NYC from 1961-1973.View Project
In 1964 New York, Grand Central Station had developed an escalating rodent situation, requiring the recruitment of twelve random Cats, to form a team and be promptly tasked with expelling the undesirable Rats hat drove unwanted Illegal rodents from the terminal... As you probably suspected, the mammal did not meet the end humans expected, but the Cats had fun, as they Ruled the Tracks of the station, dining on Oysters below the stars under the ceiling's constellation! Alas their luck was minimal and Cats soon meowed in pain, as it was plain that once again, they were booted, banished from the station, "on the run" in search of absolution from their Humane Society frustrations!View Project