Orama Pictures is an independent production company that produces, writes and develops original content for film and television.
Sophia Antonini, Co-founder
Sophia made her feature film producing and acting debut in “Lbs.”, nominated for a 2011 Independent Spirit Award. “Lbs.” made its world premiere at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and enjoyed a limited theatrical release March 2010 in NYC. “Amexicano”, her second feature, premiered at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival (co-producer, actor). “Amexicano” was the Grand Jury Prize – THX Winner at Sonoma Valley Film Festival, and was acquired by Maya Pictures.
“New Boobs” (writer, producer), was one of six projects commissioned by AtomFilms Studio and played on the AtomFilms website with over one million downloads. “New Boobs” is ranked one of the Top 5 Comedy Shorts since it premiered in April 2006.
At the 2006 first annual Tropfest@Tribeca, Antonini’s short film “The Watering Hole” (writer, producer), won the Grand Jury Prize. Other short film producing credits include: “From Woodside, Queens” (Aspen Shortsfest 2004) and “Bagelized!” (2006 Palms Springs Shortsfest, Aspen Shortsfest 2005).
A graduate of the School of Visual Arts, she was the recipient of the Silas H. Rhodes Merit Scholarship and Rhodes Family Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film/Video. She graduated with honors earning a BFA in Screenwriting.
Stavroula Toska, Co-founder
Stavroula was raised in Sindos, a small town in Northern Greece. At the age of seven she announced to her family that one day she’d leave home and move to New York city so she can “be in the movies where everyone lives in a big house”.
After getting a degree in Marketing and Public Relations she moved to Athens to study and pursue a career in acting. That made her family very unhappy until they saw her on tv co-starring in two of the most successful soap operas in Greek tv history. Soon after she booked a one way ticket to the Big Apple where she studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She co-starred in a couple of low budget films, did some off-Broadway shows and then met Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis. It was Dukakis who handed Stavroula a book that led to the making of her directorial debut, Beneath the Olive Tree, which she has produced and written with Sophia Antonini. For her work on Beneath the Olive Tree, Stavroula was awarded the inaugural Van Vlahakis Most Innovative Filmmaker Award at the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival in June 2015.
Stavroula recently produced Livin’ The Dream, a web series written & directed by award winning filmmakers Kim & Mai Spurlock. She has received her first nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Production for Livin’ The Dream. The series has won multiple awards including BEST SERIES & BEST WRITING at the 2015 BROOKLYN WEB FEST, and has received great press and reviews.
She is currently writing her first feature titled HOME, and producing the feature documentary A Photographic Memory directed by Rachel Elizabeth Seed. Stavroula is also developing a drama series based on personal experiences and has reunited with the Spurlock Sisters to produce their latest feature, A Case of the Dismals.
Stavroula is a proud member of the Film Fatales, a collective of female filmmakers committed to working together and supporting each other in making movies by and about women.