Edmonton Short Film Festival
"Life of Riley is an excellent debut for Lisa Datz. It showcases her multifaceted talents as an actress, storyteller, and now, filmmaker. There is so much to unpack with this storyline, and the potential to expand on this as a series is something we can hope for. This short film is 15 minutes packed full of romance, drama, and intrigue that has left the audiences wanting more!"
- Jessi Toms
Founder/CEO, Muse Canada Inc
"LAIFF 2023 NEWS: Female-Driven LatinX Immigration Short LIFE OF RILEY Premieres At The Los Angeles International Film Festival"
American Film Market's "Rising Female Directors to Discover in 2023"
"...Lisa Datz is a dynamic force in the entertainment industry, seamlessly transitions between roles as a critically acclaimed actor, director, writer, producer, and voice-over artist..."
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"Los Angeles International Film Festival's 10 Filmmakers to Watch"
"...Lisa’s directorial debut “Life of Riley” has garnered festival acclaim..."
"A quite unique little film as it combines elements of a classic (romantic) comedy of errors with very modern themes like (often unconscious) cultural, racial and immigration issues, told in a light-footed way that's nevertheless steeped in realism, and moving along at a pace that's guaranteed to keep one engaged. And that the racially and culturally diverse cast really live up to their roles helps make this one enjoyable and very intelligent short."
- Mike Haberfeiner, SearchMyTrash.com