Projects

 

THE SOUND OF SILENCE (2019)

A house tuner in New York City calibrates the sounds in people's apartments in order to adjust their moods. After years of collecting data, he believes he's discovered naturally occurring harmonies that are influencing the way people behave. Written by Ben Nabors and Michael Tyburski. Directed by Michael Tyburski. Starring Peter Sarsgaard and Rashida Jones. In association with Feracious Entertainment. Official selection of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.


BEFORE YOU KNOW IT (2019)

A pair of sisters find out that the mother they thought was dead is alive and starring on a soap opera. Written by Jen Tullock and Hannah Pearl Utt. Directed by Hannah Pearl Utt. Starring Alec Baldwin, Mandy Patinkin, and Judith Light. In association with Feracious Entertainment. Official selection of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.


OH LUCY! (2018)

A drama-comedy telling the story of Setsuko Kawashima (Shinobu Terajima), a lonely, chain-smoking office lady in Tokyo who is past her prime. After deciding to take an English class, she discovers a new identity in her American alter ego, 'Lucy,' and falls for her instructor, John (Josh Hartnett). When John suddenly disappears, Setsuko earnestly sets out on a quest to find him, eventually leading her to the outskirts of Southern California. Directed by Atsuko Hirayanagi. Official selection of the 2017 Cannes Film Festival and 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.


SOUFRA (2018)

A documentary feature chronicling the story of Mariam Shaar who, along with a diverse group of equally driven women, transcend the limitations of life in the Burl El Barajneh refugee camp outside of Beirut to launch a catering company named Soufra (Arabic for “feast”), mobilizing a group of Syrian, Iraqi, Palestinian, and Lebanese women usually regulated work cleaning or in factories. Directed by Thomas Morgan (Waiting For Mamu). Produced by Kathleen Glynn (Bowling For Columbine), Morgan, Trevor Hall, and Craig Piligian. Susan Sarandon is Executive Producer. Official selection of DOC NYC, Berlin International Film Festival, and more. Winner of Best Arabic Feature Documentary and the Cinema for Humanity Audience Prize at El Gouna Film Festival in Egypt.


AND THEN I GO (2018)

In the wilderness of junior high, Edwin Hanratty (Armon Darbo) and his only friend Flake (Sawyer Barth) are at the bottom of the food chain. Branded together as misfits, their fury simmers quietly until an unthinkable idea offers them a terrifying release. Also starring Justin Long, Melanie Lynskey, Tony Hale, and Melonie Diaz.  Based on the acclaimed novel "Project X" by Jim Shepard. Directed by Vincent Grashaw. Official selection of the 2017 LA Film Festival.


44 PAGES (2018)

A portrait of Highlights Magazine following the creation of the cultural phenomenon's 70th Anniversary issue, from the first editorial meeting to its arrival in homes, and introducing the quirky people who passionately produce the monthly publication for "the world's most important people"...children. Along the way, a rich and tragic history is revealed, the state of childhood, technology, and education is explored, and the future of print media is questioned. Directed by Tony Shaff. Official selection of 2017 SXSWedu, Dallas International Film Festival, Sarasota Film Festival, Cinetopia Film Festival, and more.


OUT OF STATE (2017)

In 2007, the state of Hawaii –– short on funds and space –– outsourced the care of roughly two thousand of its male prisoners to a private, for-profit prison on the continental U.S. Now, deep in the desert of Arizona, exiled thousands of miles across the ocean from their island home, a group of indigenous Hawaiian inmates have discovered their calling on the inside: teaching each other their native language and dances while behind bars. Directed by Ciara Lacy. Official selection of the 2017 LA Film Festival. Winner of Best Made in Hawaii Feature and Audience Choice for Documentary Feature at the 2017 Hawaii International Film Festival. Winner of Best Feature Documentary at the 2017 CayFilm Cayman International Film Festival.


FAMILY INGREDIENTS (2017)

Get an introduction to interesting people and riveting stories linked by a family recipe, starting from a base in Hawaii to locations such as Japan and Puerto Rico. Find the rich and sometimes surprising connections to a treasured family dish. Hosted by acclaimed Hawaiian chef and restauranteur Ed Kenney. Directed by Ty Sanga.


1982 (TBD)

With the academic year about to end at a school tucked safely in the mountains of Lebanon, 11-year-old Wissam decides to tell his classmate, Joanna, that he loves her. But his various attempts fail due to faltering courage. Studies are interrupted one day when an air strike hits Beirut and shatters the school’s calm. The students are sent home, and when Wissam realizes that no one knows what tomorrow will bring, he decides it’s now or never. In spite of the escalating chaos, he strives to overcome all obstacles in his path to reach Joanna. A story of first love set against the backdrop of the 1982 blitz of Beirut, on a day these two youngsters will never forget. Written and directed by Oualid Mouaness. Produced by Alix Madigan (Winter’s Bone).


UNTITLED LAKERS DOCUSERIES (TBD)

A film that will chronicle the amazing life of Dr. Jerry Buss, his relationship with Earvin “Magic” Johnson, and the transformation of the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1980’s.  Produced by Haven Entertainment’s Kevin Mann and Brendan Bragg (Hello My Name is Doris, Under The Electric Sky, Night Owls), co-owner of the team Jeanie Buss, and Lakers’ Manager of Special Events Linda Rambis. The docuseries is directed by Kris Belman (More than a Game).


BUOYANCY (TBD)

Deep in rural Cambodia, Chakra, a 16 year-old Cambodian boy, leaves his family with a Thai broker who has promised to get him work in a factory in Thailand. But instead the broker sells him to a fishing trawler, where he is enslaved at sea indefinitely, trawling trash fish for 22 hours a day on one cup of rice. Fellow slaves are tortured and brutally murdered around him for falling ill and trying to escape. Chakra soon realizes that his only hope of freedom may be to become as violent as his captors. Written and directed by Rodd Rathjen. In association with Feracious Entertainment. Official Selection of the 2019 Berlinale International Film Festival - Panorama.