Laura Archibald

Laura Archibald is the founder of Red Jasper Films, a production company that mirrors Laura's love of music, her focus on historic and biographic feature films and documentaries and her passion to tell the untold stories of empowered women.

Soon after Laura had the privilege of working with many of her musical heroes in her documentary, "Greenwich Village: Music that Defined a Generation", narrated by Susan Sarandon, And true to her passion Laura moved to develop a new slate of screen titles.

Able to travel in Cuba as a Canadian, Laura begun with "Our Mary in Havana", the biopic of Havana Philharmonic founder and Frank Sinatra neighbour, Mary McCarthy followed by "She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story" a biopic on the first woman inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, "Ladies of Laurel Canyon" a 1960's musical delight, "The Lives of Lorna Moon" on the life of controversial, mercurial screenwriter Lorna Moon, and "Red Ruby Ray" a story on the most revered female investigative journalist of the USA.

Projects involving Laura Archibald

EFFA

Effa Manley crossed her legs, looked inside the baseball stadium, and saw freedom! Men underestimated her. Women felt intimidated. Yet, as this story on her life shows, Effa Manley - a female maverick in the world of Negro League Baseball, and the first woman inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame - took her vision far beyond the baseball stadium.

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Our Mary in Havana

Mary McCarthy fell in love with the people of Cuba. Hers is a story that bears witness to the complicated history of a country and the unchanging spirit of a dedicated soul who failed in the literal sense, but succeeded metaphorically in her goal of outliving Castro. A 'riches to rags' story of an interloper who becomes the denizen.

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Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation

Greenwich Village:  Music that Defined a Generaton is the amazing untold story about the very people whose music helped change the world. 

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Sorrows and Promises

Greenwich Village - New York City. 1960-66. A constantly evolving scene. In the clubs, folk dens, basement bars and coffee houses radical music emerges. Movers, shakers. A time of revolt. The soundtrack, reflecting transformation, eclecticism, winds of change!

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The Ladies of Laurel Canyon

Four ladies, all lightning rods of the LA late sixties music scene, are old friends and love rivals, who haven't seen each other since 1972, until one of them emails everyone calling for a weekend reunion to be held at her Laurel Canyon house. She is surprised when they all say they'll attend, last time they got together was on the the week of their old friend Savvy's funeral.

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The Cats of Grand Central Station

1964 in New York's Grand Central Station had developed an escalating RAT situation calling for a team of twelve rescued cats to do the job of driving out the unwanted rodents from the grand old terminal... As you probably suspected, the mammal did not meet the end humans expected, but the Cats had fun, as they Ruled the Tracks of the station, dining on Oysters below the stars under the ceiling's constellation! Alas their luck was minimal and Cats soon meowed in pain, as it was plain that once again, they were booted, banished from the station, "on the run" in search of absolution from their Humane Society frustrations!

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