Justice Woman

"Justice Woman" follows the story of Sofia Escala (a.k.a. Justice Woman), a spunky Assistant D.A. by day, defender of truth and justice by night, who with the help of her office-mate and sidekick Robert (Roberta) Gallion fights to right the wrongs committed against the innocent and powerless by a corrupt legal system - and gets herself into some tight spots along the way. It's a smart, funny, fast-paced series that tackles serious issues of corruption in our legal system with a large dose of campy humor. Think "Law & Order" meets "Batman & Robin" meets "Will & Grace."

  • Vanessa Verduga
    Director
  • Robert Gregson
    Director
  • Vanessa Verduga
    Writer
  • Vanessa Verduga
    Producer
  • Vanessa Verduga
    Key Cast
  • Lee J. Kaplan
    Key Cast
  • Luke Guldan
    Key Cast
  • Tom Mahon
    Key Cast
  • Chiz Schultz
    Key Cast
  • Stephen Sheffer
    Key Cast
  • Mary S. Porter
    Key Cast
  • Nina Rochelle
    Key Cast
  • Omar Gonzalez
    Key Cast
  • Alison Ryan
    Key Cast
  • Collin Blackard
    Key Cast
  • Lino Del Core
    Key Cast
  • Tyler James Ribble
    Cinematographers
  • João Paulo Garcia
    Cinematographers
  • TJ Kross
    Music Composer
  • Daniel Farah
    Animator
  • JP Garcia
    Editors
  • Thomas Gonzalez
    Editors
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 24 minutes 34 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 1, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    60,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital Canon DSLR
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • LA Web Festival 2013
    Los Angeles, CA
    March 29, 2013
    Los Angeles Premiere
    Outstanding Lead Actress in a Dramedy
  • LA Web Festival 2014
    Los Angeles, CA
    March 29, 2014
    Los Angeles Premiere
  • Rome Web Awards 2014
    Rome, Italy
    April 26, 2014
    Italian Premiere
    Best Sexy Actress & Best Original Score
  • Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors
    New York, NY
    October 21, 2013
    Excellence in Multimedia 2013
Director Biography - Vanessa Verduga, Robert Gregson

Vanessa is an American actor, writer, director, producer and lawyer committed to examining social issues for their impact on the underprivileged and disenfranchised. She is the creator and star of the popular award-winning web series “Justice Woman”, which follows the story of an Assistant District Attorney, by day, who becomes a defender of truth and justice at night. Vanessa also stars and produces “H.O.M.E.”, a feature film that examines the loss of communication told through the immigrant’s perspective, and is in pre-production for a comedy stage play she wrote and will star in entitled “The Implications of Cohabitation.” For more on Vanessa, visit: http://www.VanessaVerduga.com

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Several years ago, Justice Woman was only a domain name. Growing up a fan of Wonder Woman, I figured Justice Woman would be a cool name for my alter ego, a lawyer superhero. At the time, I didn’t know what I was going to do with the domain name just like I didn’t know what I was going to do with the rest of my life.
I had recently graduated law school and had a judicial clerkship lined up, a position that most would feel lucky to have straight out of law school, but I was miserable. I had given up on my dreams of being a performer to pursue a path of so-called “success,” as defined by others. It felt as if my spirit were slowly dying. I reneged on my clerkship, but being unemployed was not the best alternative so, I decided to stick it out as a lawyer. Never one to take well to authority and having an entrepreneurial spirit, I sought to find my own way as a solo practitioner. It was then that I experienced the genesis of Justice Woman. Without divulging specifics, hanging a shingle was an eye opening experience as I got to see firsthand how our legal system and the people in charge of it can work for both good and bad under the guise of the law. Needless to say, I wasn’t limited to the experiences of others; I too endured my share of injustices and disappointments enough to want out of the practice of law and back into acting.
While studying at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, I began writing short plays thanks to the encouragement of one of my acting teachers, Pamela Scott. For some reason, dialogue just seemed to flow easily out of my head and onto the page (not sure what that says about me, but I think there’s a prescribed pill for that). I quickly moved onto writing screenplays, mostly out of necessity; I needed an actor reel to showcase my work. However, putting a reel together proved strenuous as I found myself hounding down directors to get copies of films I had performed in. I figured with all the energy I was expending, I might as well write and film the story for Justice Woman since it had been percolating in the back of my head this whole time.
As I wrote Justice Woman, a series of tumultuous events were happening throughout the world that fueled my desire to write not just on my behalf, but also on behalf of others who had suffered some form of injustice. I began writing about the many unfair things that exist in our society pertaining to racism, homophobia, immigration, discrimination, double standards, sexual hypocrisy, class power, political corruption and so forth. Those became the issues that I wanted to tackle in Justice Woman. However, I took to heart Oscar Wilde’s saying that “if you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you” and put a humorist twist to my writing with remarkable results.
What had started out solely as a domain name gradually took the form of a short screenplay that grew to surpass the length of a feature film, which had to be parsed into a series. A series that could go on into infinity because “[a]s long as justice and injustice have not terminated their ever renewing fight for ascendancy in the affairs of mankind, human beings must be willing, when need is, to do battle for the one against the other” –John Stuart Mill. If history serves as a precedent, the battle for justice is ever ongoing.
As for directing, it became obvious that I needed to direct the series because as the writer I already had a vividly clear vision of how the story should unfold. Besides, in the words of Woody Allen, “[t]his is not quantum physics. If you’re the writer of the story, you know what you want the audience to see because you’ve written it. It’s just common sense. It’s just storytelling, and you tell it.” However, directing and acting at the same time is challenging. Therefore, I’ve been very fortunate to rely on the support of guest directors who have helped keep my vision of Justice Woman intact.
Several years later and I have found more than a purpose for a domain name in Justice Woman; I have found my purpose. I am truly happy with the incredible work the cast and crew have done on the series and eagerly look forward to sharing Justice Woman with everyone.