SAND DOLLAR FILMS
Human beings are the only species on earth capable of telling stories on behalf of all other species. We crave stories so we can make sense of the world. They remind us of the universal truths about ourselves and about the world we live in. They help shape our perspective. Stories allow us to share our passions, fears, sadness, hardships and joy. They make us feel we belong to something, that we have a shared experience – that we are members of a community with a mutual bond – that we have a connection.
At Sand Dollar Films we tell stories through movies – movies that engage the senses and allow the audience to lose themselves in the image, the music, the sound - to feel the emotion - the joy, the sorrow, the connection to the characters - to open their minds to brand new experiences.
The Sand Dollar brand focuses on targeted demographics and identifies characters that are authentic and honest about the world we live in and the issues we face. We look for characters that have unique and idiosyncratic facets to their personalities so that when the audience recognizes themselves, there is an organic alliance, a mutual respect and a desire for continued interaction where they are seen, heard and valued.
Sand Dollar Films develops and produces films that focus on themes that are hopeful, inspirational and uplifting yet grounded in reality. We choose projects that can instigate social engagement with a call to action. We chose the symbol of the sand dollar because we want our movies to leave an imprint on our audience and, like the legend of the sand dollar, send good will out into the world.
Holly Lake Carney
Holly Carney is highly sought after for her energetic style, broad range network, generating support and vision in the non-profit space over the last 25 years. With her husband, John Carney, a Pro Bowl kicker and 23 year veteran of the NFL, Holly and John, through their 501c3 Kick Start for Kids, raised over sixty percent of the revenue for Fresh Start Surgical Gifts. Today Fresh Start has its own wing in the Rady Childrens Hospital in San Diego.
Holly and John have created and supported numerous 501c3’s over the years including Breaking the Walls of Jericho to help teens in crisis, Dinner with the Pros that aided several Catholic Charities in Southern California and The John Carney Foundation to aid
families in need. As an educator, Holly wrote a children's book regarding step-mothers and produced a song to accompany her book. In addition, Holly created and wrote curriculum for a variety of elementary school, junior high and high school programs involving athletics and faith formation. Her enthusiasm for creating and teaching transitioned into her passion for producing family friendly films and development for content in film and television.
Holly is the Executive Producer for the recently released movie “Fatima,” and the soon to be released, “I Am Mortal.” She is now devoting her time and producing skills to Sand Dollar Films to create inspirational entertainment that will also support the charitable causes so near and dear to her heart.
John Lambert’s lifelong commitment is to the Motion Picture and Television Industry as a producer with decades of experience as a studio executive and technical production supervisor. John's expertise
includes developing independent international co-productions, managing production and marketing, along with setting up high profile theatrical productions and getting the shows delivered on time and budget.
John started his career in Hollywood in the early eighties as a cinematographer and visual effects artist working with the major studios. Several of the films he worked on were nominated for Academy Awards
for best visual effects such as "Star Trek the Motion Picture", "Ghostbusters" and "2010 The Year We Make Contact". John is a creative and technical innovator with many inventions and processes contributing to
cutting edge camera technology and digital effects that are the Gold standard today. John has worked with some of the greatest directors, artists and producers of the time. He decided to expand his work as a producer and has run highly successful state of the art production, post production and visual effects studios in Hollywood and Vancouver, Canada. John has provided co-production services and co-financing through his collaboration with major Hollywood, UK and Asian studios.
John Lambert brings a wealth of knowledge with front-line on-set production experience for major motion pictures. John has been CEO and a key executive of several major production companies. He brings complex production strategies to the table, insuring the highest creative and technical standards for all Sand Dollar productions.
Dawn Suchecki has spent 29 years with AFLAC, a leading Fortune 500 insurance company, developing and implementing corporate initiatives focused on recruitment, training and
leadership growth. Dawn has won multiple national awards and has been recognized as a vital creative partner for both the marketing and sales departments as well as contributing to the overall financial success of the company.
Dawn now brings her creative talents and business acumen to Sand Dollar Films. She will focus
on developing strategic relationships with equity investors on a global scale. She is excited about working closely with the investors, bringing crucial education and insight about motion picture investing to the forefront with a focus on transparency and nurturing a long lasting and mutually beneficial relationship for all involved.
Deborah Moore is a veteran film industry producer and studio executive with a proven ability to shepherd successful projects, from urban pictures to mainstream comedies. Her expertise in the production, financial, business and administrative needs of motion picture production allows her to seamlessly translate the creative ambitions of the artist and the fiscal needs of the investor.
Moore started her career in television, working on MOW’s, mini-series and pilots. In the mid 80’s, Moore transitioned to feature production. She joined New Line Cinema where she helped create a new production division focused on mainstream content to compete with the major US studios. Nine years later, the humble production division she helped forge, had become a powerhouse in the film industry. As Executive Vice President of Production she was
instrumental in the company’s meteoric rise as one of the largest and most successful independent production companies of the 80’s and 90’s helping to bring to fruition more than 60 films with production budgets totaling $400M generating over $2B in theatrical revenue alone.
Moore has gone on to be a successful Producer, Executive Consultant and international speaker on the business of film. She now brings her extensive experience in production and financial management to Sand Dollar Films, both acquiring and developing films for the theatrical and streaming marketplace. Her career focus has always been “protect the money.” But Moore believes the best way to safeguard a film investment is by nurturing, supporting and maintaining the integrity of the creative vision to produce the best possible product for the benefit of all. Moore is a current member of the Producers Guild of America.
Tommy Hoang stepped into the Hollywood industry through Business Entertainment for The Walt Disney Company as well as Ascent Media Group. He continued on with financial budgeting, forecasting and consolidations for other high-tech companies such as Brocade Communications.
Tommy, as former president of the honorary board for the Asian World Film Festival, helped to champion, recognize and unite the Asian and Hollywood film industries, through Cinema. This experience propelled Tommy's career into the art of producing.
Tommy, centrically positioned as business officer, represents a myriad of Hoang Family companies, all of which enter-twine within the Entertainment industry. Tommy, Chief Entertainment Officer of Kieu Hoang Winery, gears celebrities and consumers alike, to experience an exemplary cache of wines intended for health and wellness.
As Chief Business Officer of Hummingbird Nest Ranch, a short distance from Los Angeles, Tommy has
created an environment for the enticement of Hollywood producers, directors, and studios. A myriad of reality shows, episodic T.V. shows and theatrical films are produced at the vast Hummingbird Nest Ranch cinematic location.
Tommy, as a board member for the Medlock Krieger Celebrity Golf Invitational, is innovative in bringing celebrities together, to make a difference through philanthropy.
Tommy is entrepreneurial and steadfast in seeking avenues for the entertainment industry to garner success. As an Executive Producer, he brings the “like-minded” together, to make a difference through film and television.
Devine hails from an established career as an actor in both television and motion pictures, contributing roles to some of yesteryear's hottest shows: Sex and the City, Six Feet Under, CSI: Miami, Big Love and Murder in the First and the Dana Carvey American Classic, “Master of Disguise”.
After a 6 year-long campaign portraying the Maytag Man, Mark met Deborah Moore and together, along with a core group of other producers, changed his focus to work with various corporations and other marketing partners, allowing strong cross-promotional relationships to influence profits of independently financed projects.
It was during this time Devine began to see the bigger picture in smaller pictures, working with the Chinese film group OhMore as a producer and writer. With limited budgets, Devine learned to
use his resources well, producing 10 more films for the company. Today, Mark's passion is to give a voice and help bring life to independent films so they don't get lost in the big studio world of superheroes and robots. Through his vast network of relationships and bridges formed, Devine is now working with Sand Dollar Films to bring their projects to fruition.