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Distinguished Speakers Series featuring Chris Lemole
February 4 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
FROM THE SCRIPT TO THE SCREEN
A Look Inside the World of an Independent Film Producer
Join us as we welcome alumnus Chris Lemole, co-founder of Armory Films, on February 4, 2019, in Pendleton Hall. A reception will begin at 7 p.m., with his presentation at 7:30 p.m. Watch in person or online.
About the Speaker
Christopher Lemole is a producer and co-founder of Armory Films, a film finance and production company that creates, develops, produces, and finances high concept and commercially viable content. With the ability to finance projects from initial creative inception through production and release, Armory has amassed an impressive slate spanning numerous genres and styles, nurturing distinctive stories into groundbreaking films. The Los Angeles based company was created with partner Tim Zajaros in 2013.
Under the Armory Films banner Lemole recently wrapped production in Los Angeles on Charlie Day’s directorial debut, El Tonto, starring Day, Kate Beckinsale, Jason Sudeikis, John Malkovich, Edie Falco, Jillian Bell, Ken Jeong, Adrien Brody, Ray Liotta, and Travis Fimmel. Lemole produced Joe Penna’s Arctic, starring Mads Mikkelsen which made its world premiere at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival where it was acquired by Bleeker Street for North American distribution and will be releasing in the US next month. He also produced and financed Dee Rees’ lauded feature Mudbound, starring Carey Mulligan and Garrett Hedlund, which rose to critical success since its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2017. After being acquired by Netflix, the film went on to receive a record breaking four Academy Award nominations, making the film a milestone in Netflix’s history in the awards race.
Additional recent productions include The Peanut Butter Falcon, starring Shia LaBeouf, Jon Bernthal, Dakota Johnson, and Bruce Dern, and Nicolas Cage and Selma Blair’s latest horror/thriller Mom and Dad, which received rave reviews when it premiered in the midnight madness section at the Toronto International Film Festival last year.Before founding Armory Films, Lemole produced three independent features: George Griffith’s From the Head, Richard Gray’s Mine Games, and Blinder. Under the Armory Films banner, he went on to produce the horror comedy Zombeavers with Benderspink and the Cabin Fever reboot with Eli Roth and Cassian Elwes.
Lemole received both his undergraduate degree and J.D from Villanova University before moving to Los Angeles where he began his career in the business working in the business affairs department at United Talent Agency (UTA).