On May 28, 2017, the Georgia film community lost Sherry “Elle” Richardson: former WIFTA president (2003-2004), WIFTI chair (2008), actress, writer, producer, director and coach.
With over 20 years of industry experience, Elle was adored by many. Here are a few reflections from those who knew her as a professional and personally.
Dwayne Boyd: “When I first met Elle, we instantly connected. We both possessed the same ideas and energy for film and TV. I truly respected her views and ideas regarding the craft. She had an infectious energy that no matter what she was working on, she automatically persuaded you to get on board. She would definitely illuminate a room with her positive energy and warm, inviting smile. The world is a different place without her.”
Lorna Wilson: “Because of our acquaintance through WIFTA, she hired me as a contractor to assist her in the video department at the world headquarters for UPS, where she had started as an in-house production coordinator and eventually went on to write and produce projects. I worked side-by-side with Sherry for two years where I witnessed her exceptional work ethic, and attention to detail. It was no surprise to see Sherry accomplish many of the things we discussed from our days in the ‘dungeon’ (our windowless work space adjacent to the UPS studios). She was skillful, professional, reliable and very passionate about working in media and entertainment…a visionary who went beyond ideas and took action, she will truly be missed.”
Doug Lehman: “You can’t just define Sherry as an actress, director, producer, writer, coach etc. Her true calling was encouraging and uplifting others to pursue their dreams and tell stories. I feel her legacy reaches beyond all her tremendous accomplishments and awards in film and entertainment. Just ask her family members, sorority sisters, co-workers, friends, actors and producers. Her carefree creative spirit is in all of us.”