Deanna Shapiro is a producer of high quality, independent feature films. 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, Shapiro switched from acting to writing, directing and producing independent films and launched her own production company, In The Light Entertainment. Through her company, she wrote, directed and produced her first feature film, “The Legend of Cryin’ Ryan” for which she won Best Director and Best Feature Film 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 Pictures and produced the Key-Art Award nominated Internet campaign for Universal’s “The 40 Year Old Virgin“. During this time, she also produced numerous shorts and infomercials. The following year, Shapiro produced “Succubus: Hell-Bent,” a feature also written and directed by Bass, starring Gary Busey, David Keith, Lorenzo Lamas and Kelly Hu. In 2008, she teamed up 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 and was released later that year.
Shapiro’s next production was “Kill Speed“, a high-octane, youth oriented, “Top Gun”-meets-“Fast & Furious” tale about best friends who fly home-built, high-tech planes to deliver Mexican manufactured crystal meth throughout rural California in order to fund their Hollywood, rock-star lifestyle. Kill Speed stars actors Robert Patrick, Tom Arnold, Shawnee Smith, Andrew Keegan, Brandon Quinn and Nick Carter (Backstreet Boys), and also features an original song by Carter. Kill Speed set a precedence in film making history as the first film to have a major portion of principal photography shot and directed in mid-air from a “flying” video village while the lead actors acted their scenes while actually flying in specially outfitted, experimental aircraft.
In 2010, Shapiro launched her new production company, Beautiful Lie Pictures and has since produced “Bad Behavior“, a thriller starring Linda Hamilton, Ted McGinley and Hallee Hirsh, and the drama, “A Better Place” which has 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.
Shapiro most recently produced, “Day of Days“, starring Tom Skerritt, the story of a reclusive, God-fearing 91-year-old man and a young Cuban refugee home-aid worker who struggle to come to terms with their regrets, the unbearable pain of unacceptable loss, love and the most difficult and beautiful of human truths: life ends and life goes on.
Shapiro now is set to produce a slate of projects with Bass Entertainment Pictures, including, “The UnBroken“, a western starring Jeremy Sumpter, and “Tyson’s Run“, a family drama.
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.