"THERE IS NO GREATER AGONY THAN BEARING AN UNTOLD STORY INSIDE YOU."— Maya Angelou
We are actors, creative investors and philanthropists. We are social challengers, activators and thought leaders. We are the champions of stories for those who have come before.
We are the dreamers and architects of those that have yet to be written. We seek to elevate cultural consciousness through exploration of honest, raw and uncompromising human experiences.
Yvonne Huff Lee
Yvonne Huff Lee is co-founder of Lagralane Group. She is a producer, actor, philanthropist and mother to three with her husband and co-founder, Jason Delane Lee. She is a founding member of the Los Angeles-based Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble and has appeared on stage in both LA and Chicago. Her film and television credits include Beyond the Pretty Door, Barry Munday, NCIS: Los Angeles, Rake, Parenthood, Bones, Strong Medicine, Eli Stone, Without a Trace, The Young and The Restless, Monk and Boston Legal. Yvonne is inspired by the female experience and seeks to elevate both female-driven narratives and women’s perspectives. She is passionate about the power of storytelling to both entertain and foment social change.
Jason Delane Lee
Jason Delane Lee is co-founder of Lagralane Group. He is an actor, philanthropist and father to three with his wife and co-founder, Yvonne Huff Lee. He is a founding member of the Los Angeles-based Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble and has appeared on stage across the country. His film and television credits include Criminal Minds, Secret Lives of American Teenagers and Make it or Break it. Jason is a life member of the Actor’s Studio, AEA and SAG/AFTRA. An advocate of the arts and the environment, he is also passionate about the well-being of children and foster care system reform. He loves a good movie of any genre and believes deeply that storytelling can save lives.
Lagralane Group Chief Operating Officer Matthew Soraci brings nearly two decades of functional experience to his role, where he directs the day-to-day operations involving business development, finance, marketing and human resources. Highly skilled at cultivating and nurturing relationships with professionals at all organizational levels, Matthew came to the Lagralane Group from the wine industry, where he most recently oversaw Midwest operations for Cline Family Cellars. Matthew holds an executive MBA and is the board treasurer of the Los Angeles-based Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble. His penchant for creative storytelling has led to a lifelong involvement in the arts.
FROM TALES TOLD ROUND THE KITCHEN TABLE TO THE ELECTRIC POETRY OF OUR GENERATION'S ARTISTS–WE ARE BOTH A RAPT AUDIENCE AND WILLING CO-CONSPIRATOR.
One way or another, storytelling has always been a part of our lives. As lifelong actors who have spent the last decade cultivating works for the stage, we intimately understand the artist's struggle for expression. We, too, yearn to make the invisible seen. We founded Lagralane as a finance and project development company to bring these narratives to a large audience—to bring them to the screen.
For us, the legacy is everything. In so many ways, we do this for our children and the families we hope they will create. To see ourselves reflected in story is to connect with our common humanity. To lay
bare our truths is to give voice to our hopes, dreams, and losses and rage. This is our way of passing history from one generation to the next, knowing that today our children hunger for the truth.
More than ever we see the need to support the uncommon voices, courageous visionaries and inspirational storytellers among us. Their experiences are rising to the surface in a tidal movement that uses creative expression as potent cultural shifter.
There are so many stories to tell. We are honored to bring some of them to life.
Starring Harry Dean Stanton (Gotham award nomination – best actor) directed by John Carroll Lynch with Ed Begley Jr., Ron Livingston, Yvonne Huff Lee, Tom Skerritt and David Lynch.
Academy award shortlist – documentary feature. Jennifer Brea is struck down at 28 by a fever that leaves her bedridden. Determined to live, she sets out on a virtual journey to document her story.
Oscar Winner – documentary feature. A chance meeting with a Russian scientist transforms this story into a geopolitical thriller exposing the biggest scandal in sports history.
SERVED LIKE A GIRL
2017 SXSW selection. A documentary film directed by Lysa Heslov chronicling the lives of female veterans as they compete for the crown of Ms. Veteran America. Watch it now on Amazon, iTunes or Google Play.
2017 Sundance & SXSW selection. An in-depth look into the powerhouse industries of big game hunting, breeding, and wildlife conservation in the U.S. and Africa. Catch it on CNN, Amazon, iTunes or Google Play.
THE BLOOD IS AT THE DOORSTEP
2017 SXSW Selection. While not as publicized as the cases of police shootings in New York, Oakland, Ferguson, and Baltimore, the 2014 killing of Dontre Hamilton in Milwaukee is as shocking and tragic as any.
2017 Sundance Grand Jury Winner! An eccentric woman and a Walmart door greeter navigate their evolving relationship in this unconventional love story. Watch it now on Amazon, iTunes or Google Play.
2017 Sundance selection & AFI doc fest Audience Award Winner. A group of seniors from an inner-city Baltimore girls high school strives to make their step dance team a success against a backdrop of social unrest.
NIGHT COMES ON
2018 Sundance Film Festival NEXT Innovator Award Winner. Night Comes On is a raw and lyrical coming-of-age tale and a testament to Jordana Spiro’s gifts as a nuanced and empathetic storyteller on the rise.
THIS IS HOME
2018 Sundance Audience Award Winner: World Documentary. This is Home follows four families sent to resettle in Baltimore. They have just eight months to find jobs, learn English, and become self-sufficient.
2018 Sundance Film Festival Selection. Who was Grandma Annette? In 306 Hollywood, fragments of a modest life mingle mystically—creating a profound meditation on memory bursting at the seams with love.
2018 Sundance Film Festival Selection. An artful and moving film, Inventing Tomorrow looks optimistically at the future through the passion and forward thinking of these exceptional teens.
WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?
2018 Sundance Film Festival Selection. Oscar winning director Morgan Neville offers a deliberate and beautiful tribute to an authentic human being and provides a much-needed salve for these often-fraught times.
2018 Sundance Film Festival Selection. With consummate skill Filmmaker Robert Greene artfully stirs up the ghosts of our past as a cautionary tale that speaks to our present.
APOLLO THEATER DOC
Currently in production, Oscar winner Roger Ross Williams is directing a documentary feature about Harlem’s beloved Apollo Theater – an authorized history of New York’s famed venue.
THE COLOR PURPLE
Proud to have been an investor partner of this remarkable, TONY award winning production. Follow link for more information about the 2018 national tour – coming to a city near you. Check it out!
In development. Inspired by real life events, Lifeline is told through a series of interconnected stories spanning 30 years which examine race, class, family, and the search for identity.
We give because we believe that each one of us has the power to make a difference. We support a variety of local and international organizations that endeavor to bring more peace, justice and creativity into today's world, especially for children. Each of them is a safety net-for the poor, the marginalized, the struggling artist. We encourage you to learn more about these extraordinary organizations, and we invite you to join the communities that give back.