Season of the Witches
Does doing good make you good?
Project type: Narrative Feature
Project status: Development
Director: Deborah Riley Draper
Producer: Liz Edwards
Writer/Executive Producer: Sherri Daye Scott
Production Consultant: Ilene Liff-Mier
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Three American students “doing good” in Puerto Rico must decide whether to turn themselves in after covering up the accidental murder of one’s local lover.
Season of the Witches is a psycho-social crime thriller following three American PhD students volunteering in post-hurricane Puerto Rico who accidentally kill a local playboy in a revenge scheme gone wrong. When the “doing good on the Island” women try to cover up the murder, they are pursued by a local detective with demons of her own, raising the stakes on what it means to be loyal and good.
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Meet the Filmmakers
Deborah Riley Draper — Director
Deborah Riley Draper is an award-winning and critically-acclaimed filmmaker, author, motivational speaker and advertising agency veteran. Variety Magazine named Draper to their “2016 Top 10 Documakers to Watch“ list. She is a 2018 TEDx speaker and frequent guest on panels and in media speaking on storytelling, diversity and advertising. Her 2016 documentary, Olympic Pride, American Prejudice, tells the untold story of 18 African Americans who defied Hitler and Jim Crow in 1936 and was a 2017 nominee for the NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Documentary Film and qualified the 2017 Oscars. The film world-premiered at the 2016 LA Film Festival and is an official selection at many festivals, including the Traverse City Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival, St. Louis International Film Festival, Cambridge International Film Festival (UK), and the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. Her debut film, Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution, opened New York Fashion Week and Toronto Fashion Week in 2012. Versailles ‘73 is the first intimate look at the infamous Palace of Versailles fashion show fundraiser, which catapulted the American ready-to-wear to global prominence. The film was theatrical released and premiered on Viacom’s Logo TV in September 2015. Director Tate Taylor (The Help, Girl on the Train) optioned Versailles ’73 and Draper will serve as executive producer of the upcoming feature film. She has earned two regional Emmys, a Gold Effie, and several Addy Awards.
Sherri Daye Scott — Writer/Executive Producer
Writer and producer Sherri Daye Scott has done a bit of it all when it comes to content: produced award-winning shorts, including Brooklyn Reel Sisters Festival fan-favorite, Wanna- Be; co-founded Durham, NC’s Colored Pictures short-film festival; penned personal columns for the Washington Post and Women’s Health; and created AB+L Radio’s popular dating podcast You Can’t F*ck Me!. Her production CV includes work on feature projects such as Black Knight and The Yaya Sisterhood and a stint as a Full-Frame Documentary Film Festival judge and screenings at the Hollywood Black Film Festival, the Los Angeles Pan African Film Festival, the Santa Barbara Heritage Film Series, Dallas’s Black Cinematheque Women’s Festival and Atlanta’s Urban Mediamakers Film Festival.
Liz Edwards — Producer
Producer Liz Edwards started in the film and television industry in 2009 and has worked in a myriad of behind-the-camera roles since, including acting as field producer for UFC properties such asUltimate Insider, Embedded and Road to the Octagon. Her work for Showtime’s All-Access: May Weather vs. McGregor earned her a 2018 Emmy.
Ilene Liff-Mier — Production Consultant
Ilene Liff Mier is a boricua who grew up to be the youngest news producer at CNN en Español. Since then, she’s acted as News Producer CNN en Español and CNN International; produced promos for CNNE, CNNI, TNT-Latin America; and co-produced the reality show Proyecto 48 for TNTLA on location in Venezuela.
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