I'm happy to announce that I will be creative producing a new feature film called The Hyperions, written and directed by Jon McDonald (Muddy Corman, Chagrin). The movie is set for production early 2018. Mixing together both live action and animation, the story is about Professor Ruckus Mandulbaum, who in 1960 invented the Titan badge - a device that enables humans to have a particular super power. He took in three down-on-their-luck youths, creating an unusual family of superheroes and they quickly rose to fame and prestige. Over time, however, the commercial family fractured and the Professor replaced the team with a new set of super hero teens. Cut to 1979 when two of the original superheroes are all grown up and wanting their Titan badges back, even if it means robbing the Professor's museum and taking a few hostages accidentally.
Elsa & Fred was an opportunity for me produce alongside my friend and mentor, Academy Award-winning producer Ed Saxon. again on another feature film! I was the Co-Producer on the film, which is a remake of a Spanish-Argentine film that was a box office smash internationally. The story is a romantic comedy about two people who fall in love later in life. Our picture stars Academy Award-winners Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer, and Academy Award-nominee/BAFTA winner Michael Radford (Il Postino) directed. Our amazing supporting cast included Academy Award-winner Marcia Gay Harden, Chris Noth, Jared Gilman (the young star of Moonrise Kingdom), James Brolin, George Segal, Wendell Pierce, Reg Rogers, and Erika Alexander. In November 2014 Elsa & Fred had a theatrical run in select cities, and Millennium Entertainment has made the picture available on many VOD formats, including iTunes and Netflix.
A Leading Man marked my first opportunity to be the lead producer on a feature film. After a one week run in Los Angeles in September 2014, Mance Media has now made the film available on VOD formats, including iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, XBox, Comcast, and more! A Leading Man is writer/director Steven J. Kung's directorial debut, and before being picked up for distribution, we enjoyed an amazing festival run. Most notably, we had our World Premiere Oct. 2013 at the Hawaii International Film Festival, and had our North American Premiere at the Austin Film Festival Oct. 25, 2013. Other festival appearances included: Disorient Asian American Festival (Winner - Best Feature), Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (Winner - Best Cinematography), Dances with Films, Asian Film Festival of Dallas, Boston Asian American Film Festival, Virginia Film Festival, and Vancouver Asian Film Festival. The story is about a failed romance between a Chinese-American Hollywood actor and a casting director, starring Jack Yang and Heather Mazur.
Google can't answer the big questions in life, but there’s an app for that! Meet Jay, an employee in The Internet’s human app division, who risks life and limb to bring you the big answers via his real world experience—despite being allergic to his job. A web series created for Franciscan University of Steubenville. Written by Chris Easterly and Justine Schmiesing. Directed by Michelle Steffes.
A day in the life of a man haunted by the head of a moose. Appearing at the most awkward moments, a disembodied moose head silently challenges the hapless Rich to rethink his poor decisions. Each episode focuses on one of the seven deadly sins. A web series created for Franciscan University of Steubenville. Written by Vicki Peterson. Directed by Kevin T. Willson.
Inspired by the punk politics of Falling Down, the pressure cooker of Dog Day Afternoon, and the moody beauty of Collateral, FATHERS & PROPHETS is a character-driven, psychological hostage drama that explores a generation without fathers or prophets, raised by internet trolls and video game violence, confused and adrift in an America that increasingly views them as the next big security threat. Based on a book by acclaimed author Dave Eggers (A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius). Written/Directed by Brent Hoff. I'm producing with Academy Award-winner Edward Saxon, and Andra Gordon.
LONNIE FRISBEE is the true story of a hippie who "came to Jesus" on an acid trip, and went on to shape three major religious movements: The Jesus People, Calvary Chapel, and The Vineyard. Frisbee symbolized the Cultural Revolution's influence on American Christianity. Yet, in spite of his accomplishments, he's been kept out of history books due to rumors involving drug abuse and his sexual orientation. Based on a documentary by David Di Sabatino, the feature film explores the complexity of Lonnie's life.
DEVIL'S HOLLOW. Released from prison after a decade, Bobby Hawkins returns to his neglected farm to start anew. When Bobby tries to reconnect with his estranged teenager daughter, Alyssa, he learns that his former criminal associate Harry Casper has taken her in. Casper wants the hidden cash he and Bobby robbed from a bank years ago, and threatens to kill Alyssa if he doesn't get it. The only way for Bobby to save his daughter is to violate his parole by leaving the farm to rescue her. But can Bobby get to her before the police get to him? From writer/director Chris Easterly. See the proof of concept trailer here: