Deanna Shapiro is an experienced, by-the-numbers, producer of quality independent films with high production value. Starting her career as a child actress and model, she is best known for her role as Tiffany (“Tune-In-Tokyo”) in the movie “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” with Sarah Jessica Parker.
In 1997, Deanna switched from acting to writing, directing and producing when she launched her own production company through which she directed and produced her self-written, first feature film, “The Legend of Cryin’ Ryan” for which she won Best Director and Best Feature Film awards at The RiverRun International Film Festival and also the “Top Applause” Audience Favorite at the Santa Clarita International Family Film Festival.
In 2005, she teamed up with Kim Bass (“In Living Color”, “Sister Sister”, “Keenan & Kel”) of Bass Entertainment and produced the Key-Art Award nominated Internet campaign for Universal’s “The 40 Year Old Virgin“. The following year, Shapiro produced “Succubus: Hell-Bent,” a feature starring Gary Busey, David Keith, Lorenzo Lamas and Kelly Hu.
In 2008, she partnered with Bass again for the gritty, psychological thriller, “Junkyard Dog,” starring Vivica A. Fox, Brad Douriff, John Kapelos and Innis Casey. Junkyard Dog headlined the 2010 Women’s International Film Festival in Miami which was followed by a successful, international home entertainment release.
Ms. Shapiro’s next production was “Kill Speed,“ a high-octane, youth oriented action film that stars Robert Patrick, Tom Arnold, Shawnee Smith, Andrew Keegan, Brandon Quinn and Nick Carter (Backstreet Boys). Kill Speed set a precedence in filmmaking as the first feature production to have a major portion of principal photography shot and directed in mid-air from a “flying” video village while the lead actors performed their scenes while actually flying in specially outfitted, experimental aircraft.
In 2013, Deanna produced “Bad Behavior“, a thriller starring Linda Hamilton, Ted McGinley and Hallee Hirsh, followed by the indie drama, “A Better Place” which won numerous awards including the Best Independent Film award at the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival and Best Narrative Film award at the Los Angeles Movie Awards.
In 2016, Ms. Shapiro produced, the Best Actor and Actress Award winning drama “Day of Days“, starring Hollywood veteran actor, Tom Skerritt.
Ms. Shapiro most recently produced the Urban comedy, “HeadShop” with an all-star cast of Nicole Ari Parker, Deon Cole, Kimberly Elise, Loretta Devine, Evan Ross, Tony Plana, Roger Cross and Reno Wilson. HeadShop is scheduled for a 2018 theatrical release.
Deanna is now set to produce a slate of projects with Bass Entertainment.
Aside from producing movies, Shapiro is actively involved with animal rescue charities. She founded The Cat Cause Foundation (www.catcause.com ), a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to saving the lives of abused, abandoned and injured stray cats and kittens by providing medical care and attention to cats for adoption into safe and loving permanent homes. The organization prides itself in that it does not turn away or euthanize felv-fiv positive or feral cats.