Lisa Simmons is the founder and president of The Color of Film Collaborative, Inc., (TCOF), an organization of actors, producers, directors and others with an interest in creating and supporting positive images of people of color in film, theater, and other media. The Color of Film Collaborative co-produces the Roxbury Film Festival, a festival that celebrates the vision and the voice of independent filmmakers of color. Lisa has been producing independent films in the Boston area for over 10 years and serves on the Board Filmmakers Collaborative and The League of Women for Community Service, and is a former member of Women in Film and Video/New England for which she served for two years. She has received the Image Award from Women in Film New England, the Diversity award from Our Place Theater Project and a leadership award from the Urban League Guild of Eastern Massachusetts. Currently Lisa spends most of her time behind the camera producing, mentoring and creating more and better opportunities for filmmakers of color. In addition to producing other filmmakers’ work, Lisa is also an independent producer and is currently producing and writing a documentary on the history of Boston’s Black theatre during the WPA. She has also produced live theater in and around the Boston area.