The Sloppy Jones series is co-created and co-written by millennials, Jamie Hart, Jonathan MacDonald, and Sophie Nation with the support of creative consultant Lory Mpiana and amazing female mentors including Amanda Walsh, Winnifred Jong, Carrie Cutforth , Judy Croon, Nina Beveridge, Susan Nation and Jill Golick.
Hop To It Productions is pleased to announce the Sloppy Jones team has had a successful year in spite of the many challenges. They have worked their butts off fine-tuning creative, building their social channels, getting to know their audience and characters, and submitting to Festivals.
Read interviews from three co-creators on their inspiration behind the series and exclusive interviews for thier award winning trailer. Plus we catch up with actress and creative consultant, Lory Mpiana on her latest project.
Meet the Talented Creators of Sloppy Jones
Jamie Hart is an actor, writer, creator. Passionate about feminist and LGBT representation and escapism through writing, she believes that everyone deserves to see themselves in all film, literary, or television genres.
Theatre vet, Jonathan MacDonald began acting at 8 years old. From small-town Nova Scotia beginnings, he’s now studied and worked professionally, both writing and performing, in New York, Montreal, California, and now Toronto.
Sophie Nation is a Toronto based writer, director, and actor. She is passionate about exploring new narratives and LGBTQ, Mental health and feminist representation.
Read the full interview with the three co-creators, Spill the Tea: The Creators of Sloppy Jones Tell All HERE
Asia Web Awards 2020 Interview with Sloppy Jones
Sloppy Jones is nominated for 5 Awards at the 2020 AWA’s. We are thrilled to see our cast and crew recognized. Thank you to Asia Web Awards for creating a space to nurture independent producers and share our stories.
Creators Jamie Hart, Sophie Nation and Jonathan Neil Alexander sat down with the organizers to talk plot, production and social media ahead of the Awards Ceremony.
“We all worked at restaurants at one point or another; and just cause so much happens there– like romance, drama, thrill, comedy, betrayal– we though that was kind of the perfect arena to set it in.”Jonathan Neil Alexander discussing the inspiration for Sloppy Jones at the 2020 Asia Web Awards
Open World Toronto Film Festival Interview with Winning Sloppy Jones Creators
Hop To It Productions is thrilled to announce that Sloppy Jones is the recipient of the Best Trailer Award at the 2020 Open World Toronto film festival(OWTFF).
Actor and dancer Alina Christensen of OWTFF sat down with Creators Jamie Hart and Sophie Nation to talk about funding, production and the inspiration for Sloppy Jones.
Exciting News For Lory Mpiana of Sloppy Jones
She works both in front and behind the camera on this project. Working closely with producer Susan Nation and the show’s creators helping craft the characters and their story arcs further to make sure they are authentic and well-represented, especially her own character Cassie Ley.
Read About Actor and Creative Consultant Lory Mpiana’s Journey HERE
Read Lory’s full Bio HERE
In Her City is an 82-minute feature film with 17 different short stories of young women in their twenties living in three cities: Toronto, Los Angeles, and New York City. These stories reflect the challenges that women of various ethnic backgrounds have to deal with.
Lory plays Adwoa, a young woman who wants a career in the Fashion Industry so she gets a part-time job in a small women’s boutique in downtown Toronto against the wishes of her protective mother. In Her City is a depiction of some of the realities & challenges most African girls/women have to deal with once immigrating to North America as the Canadian culture is very different compared to African countries.
Working with director Carl Bessai was a wonderful experience. I learned a lot from him and our collaboration as it is my very first writer credit. He truly is an actor’s director and trusted me enough to bring as much truth and vulnerability to the work. I really admire his work ethic and his process. To work with Carl is an Actor’s dream, because he wants you to be as liberated as possible and authentic. Improvisation is how I caught the acting bug and when we went to set we did a lot of improv so it felt like home for me. Passion projects are a wonderful thing and I am extremely grateful that I get to experience them in my career.Lory Mpiana on working with Director Carl Bassai ( In Her City, 2020)
Read the full interview about her role in Carl Bessai’s In Her City HERE