Sarah Phillips is a feminist, director, writer, and producer located in Los Angeles. She is originally from Columbia, MO, where she earned her Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri Journalism School. She was passionately involved in musical theatre from an early age and always knew she would continue in storytelling through her life, using her curiosity and accumulated techie dork skills to continue making films.
Ten years later, she has been professionally involved in the film industry in LA in many different capacities, including drone operating, indie film casting, cinematography, directing, producing, and writing (and formerly acting). In 2014, she formed a production company, Phileon Productions, with her business partner, Laetitia Leon, and they have since made six original short films, along with digital commercial work for brands and scripted web series for creators in Los Angeles.
Her short musical "Smile: A Musical" (writer, director, editor) screened in 2017 at two Academy-Qualifying festivals - Dances With Films and Hollyshorts Annual Festival - as well as placing as a finalist at Moondance Int'l Film Festival. The screenplay for"Smile: A Musical," won Best Short Drama Screenplay at the Nashville Film Festival in 2016, her feature musical Grimm adaptation was just optioned, and her original musical pilot was featured on Scriptd.com as the June staff pick. Also, she won the grand prize at the New York Screenplay Contest for her Doctor Who spec script, and her original musical pilot script placed as a finalist.
Sarah is currently working as a freelance director and is attached to three features, a digital dark comedy series, multiple episodes of a comedy web series, and four short scripted films. In addition, she works consistently as a camera operator and drone operator in scripted and unscripted content, and is often found as an SFX supervisor and post-production VFX editor.
She received her MFA in TV and Film Screenwriting from Stephen's College, as part of the program's inaugural class of 2017, and her Bachelor of Journalism from the much-lauded University of Missouri Reynolds School of Journalism.
Her current favorite lyrics are "Why do you write like you're running out of time?" from Hamilton, and "Look, I made a hat where there never was a hat," from Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George.
She is passionate about musicals, women in film, and alternate forms of distribution. Her biggest directorial influences are Rob Marshall, Baz Luhrmann, Nancy Meyers, Joe Wright, Penny Marshall, and Busby Berkeley.
Proud member of:
Alliance of Women Directors, Women in Film LA, The Dramatist's Guild of America, Film Independent, and Women In Media.
Laetitia Alix Leon is an producer and actor based in Los Angeles. She is originally from Austin, TX, where she first began performing in theater.
She is first-generation American and still has strong family ties to her family in France. She received her B.A. from Fordham University.
She then moved to Los Angeles and continued performing in theater, along the way she got the producing bug. She started her own production company, Phileon Productions, in 2014 with her business partner Sarah Phillips.
Some of her producing credits include: Held, Soul Song, Smile: A Musical, Actress: The Web-series and Separation of Church and Livia.
Some of her film credits include: Taken, Separation of Church and Livia, Held. Her TV credits include The Bold and the Beautiful and Days of Our Lives. Her theater credits include: Peter and the Starcatcher, The Land of the Astronauts, Pride and Prejudice and Amadeus.
She is passionate about period pieces, live theatre, and increasing arts funding in schools.
Phileon Productions is comprised of two female producers who want to make a difference in the film industry. Their focus is on female-driven fare, and increasing the number of women in front of and behind the camera.
Sarah Phillips and Laetitia Leon met while working for a casting director, behind the scenes, and quickly bonded over their mutual passion for changing the world. Not long after, they formed Phileon Productions (a merging of their last names), and began developing a slate of films.
Since they formed Phileon Productions in 2014, they have made 6 short films and numerous digital projects and commercials. Check out the Film or Commercial tabs above to see their work!