Lisa France's passion for film spiked after an interesting turn of events. Back in college, France was a cross country athlete and a Division 1 basketball player, which she took up professionally after graduation. However, it was only when she stumbled across the famous 1998 romance film Meet Joe Black shooting in her neighborhood that she became convinced to pursue her career as a director. France directed, wrote and produced her first film, Love In Tow, in 1999 and received the "Best Comedy" award a year later. Ever since, she has produced various successful films.

However, one of France's greatest works and the highlight of her career was filming the series Queen Sugar. While filming, France simultaneously faced hardships due to the Black Lives Matter movement and the onset of COVID. She and her crew lost many friends and family members and also dealt with crime on set. Trying to infuse her feelings and the real-life events into the show was a very emotional experience for her. "We poured our thoughts and emotions into those 10 episodes," she says. Her passion for film and the quality of her work have helped her earn a reputable name in the film industry.

LASM: How did you get interested in the film industry?

Lisa France: My boss and I were walking by a little county players' theater in New York where they were holding auditions. A woman chased me down and told me to audition for a transvestite in a play called Come Back to the Five and Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean. I auditioned and I got the understudy, but I turned it down and moved to New York and studied acting.

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