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Welcome to the website of Hillside Pictures, where you will find everything you need to know about who we are, how we got our start, and what we are up to now. Explore this site to learn more and enjoy all that we have to offer.
In Loving Memory
Lashonda P. Jones
Executive Director Emeritus
God had your wings ready although our hearts were not.
Under the direction of Lashonda Jones, Hillside Pictures was established in the year of 2017. Lashonda Jones is a native of Camilla, GA. She graduated from Albany State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work. In December 2003, Lashonda moved to Atlanta, GA where she worked as a Social Worker and furthered her education by obtaining a Master's Degree in Social Work from Clark Atlanta University. Although Lashonda holds a licensure in Social Work, singing and acting has always been her dream. In 2008 she landed her first role in a stage play titled "At Midnight". She has since appeared in several stage play productions and eventually ventured into film. Lashonda has also worked as a production manager, casting director, producer, executive producer, and assistant director which motivated her to start her own production company called Hillside pictures, which is derived from the community that she lived in called "The Hill." Lashonda has assisted with various stage play productions and films that have facilitated a smooth transition into her own production company. Lashonda has produced her 1st feature film called "Nocturnal", where she also played the leading role. "Nocturnal" is currently being streamed on Amazon Prime, Screambox, UDU Digital, Filmocracy, and Play Now Media. Lashonda is curently in post production of a 2nd feature film called "The Elder Heist"
Hillside Pictures provides an opportunity for individuals to display their acting or writing talent while producing films and stage plays to reach the masses via online streaming platforms such as Amazon Prime, Screambox, and Filmocracy just to name a few. In the near future, Hillside Pictures has high hopes of reaching television, Netflix, movie theaters, and stages around the world.
Hillside Pictures "A-Team" members have always been captivated by the arts, and early on discovered that having an artistic outlet was the perfect way to express their thoughts, creativity, and imagination. In every project, they use special techniques and talents to understand, develop and direct every scene and every character. Take a look at their site and get in touch with questions or comments.
Director Of Productions
An Atlanta native, India Wilkins plays a valuable part of Hillside Pictures bringing great knowledge with her many roles. As a event planner she brings organization to her role as script supervisor overseeing the continuity of the production. When needed she also steps into the role of producer coordinating various aspects of film and stage production. India's passion really shines bright when she is in full character cooking and entertaining, hence her role as Craft Services. She enjoys preparing meals for the cast and crew while on set, The opportunity to prepare various recipes while adding a special touch to the presentation brings her joy. Her commitment to this role is easy breezy as it represents the appreciation our team, the A-Team, has for its cast of actors and each other.
RODNEY L. JOHNSON
Rodney L. Johnson born and raised in Atlanta, GA was bitten by the acting bug many years ago. He has since been involved in countless performances, stage plays, films, and appearances. Having worn the many hats such as writer, creative director, stage manager, assistant director, and director just to name a few, he finds pleasure in being able to depict the lives of others. To his credit, He is a 2019 Metropolitan Atlanta Theater nominee for the Major Supporting Male Actor Award as well as Live Arts Theatre 2018 Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role Winner for his portrayal of Fred Disalvo in Topher Payne's "Evelyn In Purgatory" Directed by Becca Parker, Broadway World Atlanta Awards 2019
Best Play nomination for his role as Sam in "Blues For An Alabama Sky" written by Pearl Cleage, directed by D. Norris. In 2020 Rodney had the privilege of being a Metropolitan Atlanta Theater judge for the 2020 season and elected to the Board Of Directors at The Live Arts Theatre. In 2021 he performed Sea Wall by Simon Stephens at the Georgia Theater Conference where he won Best Performance and Best Performer which allowed him to represent Georgia in 2022 at the Southeastern Theater Conference where he again won Best Performance and Best Performer both under the direction of Becca Parker. In 2022 he was made a Pro Company Member at Live Arts Theatre. Rodney believes acting gives him the opportunity to entertain and educate individuals about situations, causes, and events that involves our lives, and communities.
Director Of Productions
Schaniqua Ash was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. She graduated from The University Of Louisiana At Lafayette with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Accounting and a MBA from The University of Phoenix Schaniqua decided to relocate to Atlanta, Georgia where she began working in the film industry. Through her mentorship with veteran Producer Eric Canada she has worked on projects featuring the talents of Angie Stone, Maya Table, and Stic from Dead Prez. In 2015, she produced her first web series entitled "The Indie Girls Project" featuring up & coming and prominent female filmakers in Atlanta. She partnered with Hillside Pictures to Co-Produce the feature film "Nocturnal" starring Travis Cure from Tyler Perry's "The Oval". She also served as Executive Producer on the current film "The Elder Heist". Schaniqua has a gift for organization, punctually, and a keen eye for talent.
Director Of Photography
Kervin James is a Musician/Editor/Screenwriter with over 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry. He began his career as talent doing commercials and PSA's for the NBC affiliate in Southwest Florida. It was there he learned how commercials were shot and edited in addition to honing his skills as a music producer by also providing the background music for several commercials aired on their network. He would go on to win a Silver Addy Award for Excellence in Broadcasting. Kervin then made the transition into the music industry where he would work with multi-platinum artist 69 Boyz, and Dis & Dat as a videographer/photographer on tour capturing footage for the pump Dat Bass documentary. His talents have also taken him into audio production working with Thrill the Player from 69 Boyz, Jacki-O, Smiles and Southstar, Juvenile, One Chance, Rico Love, Three the God Way, BBJ, Demetrus, and many others. As a camera operator and editor with Behind the Mic (Magazine Style Red Carpet Show) Kervin has covered events such as Trumpet Awards, Steve Harvey's Neighborhood Awards, Essence Festival, etc. He adds to his credit numerous amounts of short films, television program broadcasting on Comcast Cable, and Web programming. As a writer Kervin has trained with some of the most learned professionals in the industry in Hollywood including Lamont Ferell (Moesha, House Of Payne, Girlfriends) Linda Seager (Making a Good Script Great), Christopher Volger (The Writer's Journey), Pamela Jaye Smith to name a few. With his faith in God, experience, and education Kervin is destined to achieve all that he desires in the Entertainment Business.
Director Of Productions
Helena Olivia Mcgee was born on March 16, 1979 in Atlanta, GA. As a child, she participated in acting through her involvement in numerous school plays. She was also gifted in dancing and performed throughout her years in junior high and high school. Helena proudly joined the United States army where she served our country for over two years. After the birth of her first child, Helena decided to continue her education, receiving a paralegal degree. She enjoyed the success she earned in this career, but her passion for acting never left her heart. After having her second son, Helena began pursuing her dream to be an actress, She has trained at several well-known acting studios in the Atlanta area and is continuing to build her resume by appearing in independent films and reality television shows. Her unique humor and unwavering swagger brings star quality to every role she plays. Helena has a tender heart that draws the emotion of every audience. She has performed in various roles in local Atlanta plays. Helena's current film project, she is a lead co-star as an elderly woman involved in a late night heist. She recently portrayed Aunt Pearl, in the Independent film "Nocturnal" Produced by Lashonda Jones and John Brown.
Director Of Productions
Kristi graduated with high honors from Texas Wesleyan University with a BA in Theatre and a minor in English in 2013. Her main areas of focus were performance, directing, and playwriting. She has performed in show after show throughout the state of Texas, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Florida, Virginia, New York, California, and Georgia, In January 2016, she moved to Atlanta to further her career in the film industry. Since moving there, she has over 40 roles in feature films, TV, web series, short films, and comedy improv.
Director Of Productions
Tobias Armand is a SAG-E actor, voice-over artist, stunt performer, model, CEO and author with added experience in production management. He's appeared in multiple films, television productions, commercials and stage plays. He's best known for his role in Marvel's Black Panther. Some of his most recent roles landed him on popular prime time television series with Nickelodeon, TV One, BET, and Bounce TV. Tobias was born Timothy Armand Sansbury. As a New York native, Tobias was raised in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of the borough of New York City. He later attended Howard University in Washington, D.C with a degree in Pre-medicine/Psychology before pursuing his career in acting and later moving to Atlanta, Georgia to pursue his goals. Once relocated, Tobias enrolled at Nick Conti's Professional Acting Studio in the Buckhead area of Atlanta. He later acquired promising opportunities as a working actor and voice-over artist. His first paid role was a commercial voice-over project in New York City for Pfizer. Although Tobias Armand (Timothy Sansbury) is represented by Selah Actors Talent Agency in Atlanta, GA, he is the founder and President of the Tobias Armand Cancer Foundation and Trinity Insurance Solutions. His absolute passion for his 501c3 Nonprofit organization is rooted in personal experience and loss with the disease. TACF's mission is to combat the fight of cancer and ais those affected by the disease www.tobiasarmandcancerfdtn.com. His insatiable appetite for success is coupled with a heart for philanthropy and community advocacy.
THE ATLANTA PREMIERE
WHEN: Thursday October 20th 2022
WHERE: Cinevison Theatre
3300 N.E Expy Ste 2A
Chamblee, GA 30341
The Elder Heist
After a near death experience, successful high profile attorney James Kimble is placed in a nursing home after his unruly behavior towards his caretakers. Ultimately, he takes his son Stanley advice and befriends a few of the residents convincing them to break out of the nursing home for a night on the town. They end up going on a wild adventure involving partying, disorderly conduct, and kidnapping.