We had the good fortune of connecting with Roxanne Griffith and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Roxanne, why did you pursue a creative career?
This is something that I ask myself often, but I feel it comes down to having a desire to create. I’ve always been interested in telling stories, and was one of those kids who liked making things up to see when people would catch on. As an adult, this transitioned into wanting to tell stories and to work with others and helping them tell their stories. As a producer, I find it so rewarding to work with a director or writer in developing their scripts and ideas. The freedom of where a story could go and how it changes as you develop it is such an exciting process to be a part of. It’s hard to imagine myself doing anything else, and I have tried in the past to pursue other more practical careers. But I always drawn back to filmmaking and storytelling. There are stories I want to tell and artists I want to work with, and I feel very lucky that I get to work in the field that I do.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I love working as a producer. It is so satisfying to work on a film from start to finish; working with a director from script development, to being on set, so going through post and then festivals. I like that my job does not end when we wrap, and that I continue to be a part of the film’s journey for years after we shoot. I came to LA in 2018 to go to the American Film Institute Conservatory and study producing. I made two thesis films there, SPACESHIP and WHY DON’T YOU LIKE ME?, and I’m very proud of the work I did on both of them. SPACESHIP is nominated for a Student Emmy and WHY DON’T YOU LIKE ME? is just beginning its festival run at the Cleveland International Film Festival. I’m also excited about the projects I’ve worked on since school  one of my short films, “pretty, please”, is now in its festival run and I’m currently in post for my most recent film, “HOW TO CRY ON COMMAND”. I’ve been lucky to work on these great projects and meet such talented artists.

Getting to where I am today was definitely challenging and working in LA was a learning curve. I came from Canada and had limited experience on set, so my school experience was incredibly valuable in teaching me how to work on set and the different protocols and rules. It also helped me become more confident in my abilities and strengths, and taught me how to be a leader on set and in production. I am grateful to my education as not only did it give me valuable experience, but all the work I have gotten after graduation has been a result of the connections I made either at school or through the faculty and alumni.

One of the most valuable lessons I learned in the past three years is how to value your crew. It is so important to ensure that the crew on a film set is taken care of. The hours can be brutal and the work is incredibly physically taxing, so I now always make it a priority to do what I can to keep the crew happy and safe. I’ve been on sets where the crew’s health and safety is not taken seriously, and not only does it create a bad vibe on set but it also leads towards unsafe working conditions. I take filmmaking seriously and always want to do what I can to bring a director’s vision to life, but not at the cost of the cast and crew’s safety. I try to demonstrate that priority in all my work, and on my most recent film we worked 10 hour days instead of 12, and I will continue to try to make that a part of how I work.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’d start out in my neighborhood, in Los Feliz, as there’s so much great food around here. Go Get Em Tiger is one of my favorite coffee shops and HomeState is right next door, so it’s great to get a coffee and then some tacos. Griffith Park is right up the street, and I love doing small hikes up there or playing in the tennis courts in the Park. A few of my top brunch spots are Alcove, All Time, and Ladybird Cafe. For brunch, you can’t really go wrong with any of them.

Silverlake is another favorite neighborhood where I love going to La Colombe for coffee and Pine and Crane for lunch. It’s a nice area to walk around and there are some fun shops to look around in. A must stop would be Porto’s Bakery, at either the Glendale or North Hollywood location. West Hollywood is another good place for a walk and Verve Coffee on Melrose is a regular spot for me. While in the area, Runyon Canyon is a solid workout in the city.

Another must stop is the Getty: it’s easy to spend a whole day and you get some great views. During the beginning of the pandemic, I spent a lot of time doing different drives. Driving along Mulholland or through Topanga Canyon became my favorites, and I did the drive up to Malibu a couple of times and stopped by one of the beaches. Being half-Persian, I love that LA has great Persian food. Sadaf is my go to spot for kabob while Mashti Malone’s is where I go for saffron rosewater ice cream. I haven’t found a spot to beat them yet. Lastly, Dan Sung Sa is a great Korean restaurant to go with a few people and share a lot of different plates.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My parents for their continued support.

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Image Credits
Jonas Fischer, Saksham Gumber, Miida Chu, Ariel Skovera

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