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Saudade the Series

Saudade the Series, a SAG-AFTRA new media project produced by Open Door Film Productions in association with J.A.C.E Films and Media, and Erica Ashley Entertainment. A psychological character-driven drama, about a fatal accident which generates a ripple effect of incidents upon a family, friends and even distant strangers, where each of their resulting choices of revenge or redemption drastically impacts the lives of one another. Each episode navigates through the individual's backstory resulting in their current circumstances and further revealing the web of their connections with each other.

  • Joey Lamar Ashley(Pilot Director)
  • Jennifer Joy O'Grady(Series Director)
  • Jennifer Joy O'Grady(Creator)
  • Jennifer Joy O'Grady(Executive Producer)
  • Joey Lamar Ashley(Executive Producer)
  • Erica Ashley(Associate Producer)
  • Jennifer Joy O'Grady
    Key Cast
  • Rusbeh Bani
    Key Cast
  • Nicholas Kolasinski
    Key Cast
  • Reginald Pierre-Louis
    Key Cast
  • Liz Dikinson
    Key Cast
  • Melissa Tejeda
    Key Cast
  • Debi Pemberton
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Television, Web / New Media
  • Runtime:
    24 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    October 19, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital Video - 4K
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • 11th Annual Sunscreen Film Festival
    St. Petersburg
    United States
    April 30, 2016
    Web series Premier Block
  • Florida Movie Festival
    Daytona Beach
    United States
    April 16, 2016
    Florida Movie Festival Premier
    Florida Web/TV Series - Finalist
  • 2nd Annual Widescreen Film & Music Video Festival
    United States
    March 26, 2016
    Widescreen Film Festival Premier
    Best Trailer Nomination; Best Screenplay Nomination; Best Actress Nominee
Director Biography - Joey Lamar Ashley(Pilot Director), Jennifer Joy O'Grady(Series Director)

Joey Lamar Ashley, also known as Jo Lamar, Motion Picture & TV Professional based from South, FL. An Entertainment-Business Graduate, Mass Media & Film Studies Instructor, Former Non-Profit Board Member, and Founder & Executive Producer of multi-media production company, J.A.C.E Films & Media.

Born and raised in Miami, Florida. Joey obtained a bachelor of arts from Palm Beach Atlantic University(2012), majoring in cinema-television with a minor in communication. He currently resides in South, Florida, after acquiring his graduate-study degree in Entertainment Business from Full Sail University(2013). A cinematic visionary that lives by the motto "Everyone has a story"​, simply believing all individuals are life's characters, and every character in life has a narrative that can be displayed through cinema. He adores the visual art of cinema, and truly believes that everyone's story can be displayed through the brilliance of filmmaking. Joey is a caring abolitionist of human trafficking that seeks awareness of social issues and global concerns all over the world, which further led his strong passion for cinematic storytelling.

His life passions include photography, spoken word and especially redemptive storytelling through motion pictures. He tends to view himself as a storytelling artist, which has production experience in a variety of film and video projects, including: short films, public service announcements, music videos, web-series, and additional media-related work. In conclusion, Mr. Ashley is a professional who creatively serves in crew positions pertaining to screen-writing, producing, editing, marketing, and creative directing.

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Director Statement

People tend to consistently ask me, what I consider myself, and the first thing I honestly say is that I’m a storyteller. I absolutely try to avoid labels, and placing myself in a category in this business, though I do indeed direct, produce, edit and write, I wouldn’t say that any one of those positions proclaim my style.

I can’t that say I have one defining style, but others have described my visual style with a focus on drama and psychological genres. At the end of the day, I won’t say that I have a distinct style, as I feel I am still trying to figure that out as time progresses, but I will say that I am becoming more familiar with things I enjoy creating, and for now, I just see myself as a developing cinematic storyteller.

I know this may sound slightly odd, but I have no intention of being remembered for anything. I rather my work become a memory on its own terms. Of course it would be nice if I am remembered for my redemptive work, my cinematic achievement that reflect social issues and concerns to explore social change, and create awareness, but when it’s all said and done, my priority is not for one to remember me, or what I contributed, but I desire my work to actually become a living memory, to speak for itself, to aspire change in a society of now’s.

I want my work to be a memory on its very own; walk on its own, talk on its own, and live on its own, and if my name is forgotten along my work, I am completely fine with that, as long as I know that I gave my work to society. I can only hope my work becomes a change instead of a form of remembrance. I hope that makes sense.