Amy Lamb Remembrance
In the sometimes contentious world of film production, Amy Lamb, co-founder of Lumiere Films, held a special place in Pittsburgh: Respected for her skill, taste and dedication, she was equally adored for her generous personality and gentle humor.
“You didn’t mind breaking your back for her because she would always break her back for you,” said “East of Liberty” director Chris Ivey, who got his start in film at Lumiere. “Always with a smile, always with love and always with the most dignity, she was always there. And she had a real eye for beauty.”
Ms. Lamb died on October 26, 2011 from a second bout with cancer; she had survived breast cancer more than a decade ago. She was 56 and lived in Mount Washington with her partner of more than 20 years, Ana Kelly, and their two dogs.
“Amy was an integral part of the film scene in Pittsburgh,” said Dawn Keezer, director of Pittsburgh Film Office, where Ms. Lamb served as a board member.
“Her loss is going to be felt. She was like a fairy godmother, adopting people and giving them a start — people who have moved on to prominent positions. We lost a really great person, and the entire film industry owes her a huge debt of gratitude.”
A native of New Milford, Susquehanna County, Ms. Lamb graduated from Penn State in 1977 with a degree in filmmaking and moved to Pittsburgh to start her career.
In 1994 she co-founded Lumiere Films with John Rice as a complete production company, making commercials, corporate films and video projects. The firm’s work has received numerous industry awards.
Ms. Lamb worked on major commercials and large Hollywood films shooting in Pittsburgh (“The Next Three Days”, “The Road”) but would also dedicate her energy to small, independent projects with emerging filmmakers.
By John Allison, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Amy and Women in Film and Media
Amy first came to Women In Film and Media (WIFM) at the recommendation of Russ Streiner (Producer, “Night of the Living Dead”) to participate in WIFM’s launch event at Pittsburgh Filmmakers in 2005. From that point forward, Amy assisted Faith Dickinson, Founder and President of WIFM, with its Public Service Announcement (PSA) program. She worked on all four WIFM PSAs since its inception, including the current Hair Peace Charities PSA, which is in pre-production.
“Every time I spoke with her or spent time with her, she always made me feel that she had my full attention and I was special” states Faith Dickinson. “I know she treated everyone like that. It was her gift to work with people, to mentor them and to hone in on their needs. She was so talented!”
Amy mentored many members of WIFM and was always there with a referral, a helping hand or advice. She will be greatly missed.