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Spring / Summer 2014

It’s been a busy spring and early summer for the company, with crews shooting content in far-flung locations and audiences enjoying our films on big and small screens around the globe.

On the feature front, the Nicole Beharie/Ken Duken starrer MY LAST DAY WITHOUT YOU has been airing on the Up TV channel since early in the year, and will be available on DVD and VOD in the months ahead. CLUTTER – following a very successful festival run – is now available on many digital platforms, including iTunes and Amazon.

Most recently, we world premiered our feature documentary EVEN THOUGH THE WHOLE WORLD IS BURNING at the 2014 Maui Film Festival. Look for this film about Poet Laureate and environmental activist W.S. Merwin on the festival circuit in the months ahead, and on your favorite screening devices by the end of the year. You can read what the Huffington Post had to say about the film HERE.

On the client front, we’re honored to be documenting the inspiring work of the Rockefeller Foundation-funded 100 Resilient Cities. So far our teams have shot in cities such as New Orleans, Porto Allegre, Medellin, Dakar, and Rome, among others.

Finally, from the depths of his writing man-cave, Stefan reports he recently sold a TV pilot to Sony Pictures Television, with Ed Decter attached as showrunner. He and co-writer Chris Silber also penned their fourth film for Hamburg-based Network Movies, which will shoot in Germany and Hawai’i in August and September.

Autumn 2013

At long last… MY LAST DAY WITHOUT YOU, starring Nicole Beharie, Ken Duken Marlene Forte and Reg E. Cathey, opens in AMC Theatres on October 4th. Please get out there and support the film in its first weekend. We open in DC, Atlanta, Seattle, New Orleans and Chicago. If box office is strong, AMC promises we’ll expand. Learn more HERE.

CLUTTER, starring Joshua Leonard, Carol Kane, Natasha Lyonne and Halley Feiffer, continues to travel the festival circuit. Coming off sold-out screenings in Seattle, Connecticut and Maine, look for it next at the Heartland and Harlem film festivals. More HERE.

EVEN THOUGH THE WHOLE WORLD IS BURNING, our documentary about poet and environmentalist W.S. Merwin, is now well into post-production. We’re currently integrating in recent interviews with the likes of scholar and critic Harold Bloom and MAD MEN creator Matthew Weiner. You can learn more and support the film’s completion by making a tax-deductible contribution HERE.

Looking ahead, Stefan recently sold a TV pilot to one of the “Big Six” studios and is busy writing his third film for Hamburg-based Network Movie. His most recent collaboration with them, written together with Chris Silber, shot in Hawaii in May and will air on ZDF in October. More on all this soon!

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EVEN THOUGH THE WHOLE WORLD IS BURNING
A documentary on the life
and work of Poet Laureate,
two-time Pulitzer winner, and environmental activist W.S. Merwin.
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MY LAST DAY
WITHOUT YOU

On a one-day business trip to New York, a German business executive falls in love with a singer-songwriter who exposes him to her Brooklyn world and emotions he's never experienced before.
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ARRANGED
Two young women — one an Orthodox Jew, the other Muslim — meet and become friends as first-year teachers at a public school in Brooklyn.
Buy | Netflix | Blockbuster | Hulu

THE HUNGRY GHOSTS
Five New Yorkers - of different ages, races, backgrounds - hunger for sensual, emotional and spiritual fulfillment. Their intersecting and colliding paths reflect the zeitgeist of our times, in which the desperation of the West smacks up against the religious teachings of the East.
Official Site | Netflix | Hulu

GET A JOB
In order to save his own job, an employment agent has to find work for the most unemployable man on Maui.
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CONTESTED STREETS
New York City prides itself as the world's most vibrant and dynamic metropolis. Unfortunately, it is also plagued by gridlock, noise, and exhaust-filled air. The film examines the city's past to reveal how this came to pass, and offers contrasting lessons from three European cities - Paris, London and Copenhagen.
Buy | Netflix

THE AMAZING TRUTH ABOUT QUEEN RAQUELA
Raquela, a transsexual from the Philippines, dreams of escaping the streets of Cebu City for a fairy tale life in Paris.
Buy | Netflix

THE HIGHER FORCE
Set in Reykjavik, Iceland, a low-life debt collector becomes the main man of his gang by pretending to have the inside info on a rival crime boss.
Buy | Netflix

CONFESS
A political thriller that charts the exploits of a disillusioned ex-hacker who captures compromising footage of CEOs, politicians, and members of the power elite. Soon his every action is front-page news, law enforcement has labeled him a new breed of terrorist, and the movement he spawned is spiraling out of control.
Buy | Netflix | Blockbuster

about

Cicala Filmworks is a full-service film, video, and new-media production company. Headquartered in New York City, the company produces content as varied as documentary programming, industrial videos, TV commercials, web content, and short and feature films.

bios

STEFAN SCHAEFER
A founder of the production companies Cicala Filmworks and Silver Shepherd, Stefan’s films have premiered and won awards at festivals such as Berlin, Rotterdam and SxSW, among many others, and have been successfully released theatrically, via cable outfits such as HBO and the Sundance Channel, on iTunes and DVD. He has over fifteen feature film and TV credits to his name.

An active member of the Writers Guild of America (WGA), Stefan is repped by Dianne Fraser and Helena Heyman of Industry Entertainment. He graduated from Wesleyan University, and studied as a Fulbright Scholar in Europe.

DIANE CRESPO
Born in Queens, New York, Diane was drawn to the dramatic arts at a young age. She received a B.A. in theatre from Roger Williams College, and later studied at the graduate level at the London School of Dramatic Arts. She met Stefan working off-Broadway, where she directed and produced a series of one-act plays he had written. The two went on to form the production company Cicala Filmworks in 1997.

In fourteen years of operation, the company has produced commercials, music videos, web content, documentaries and seven feature films. Diane has been central to each of these projects, with recent producing credits including MY LAST DAY WITHOUT YOU (2011), THE HUNGRY GHOSTS (2009) and CONTESTED STREETS (2006), and ARRANGED (2007) as a director. Her commercial and music video credits include work for clients such as Ben Folds, 1-800 Flowers, Virgin Records, 97.9 La Mega, Marriott Hotels, the New York Yankees, the New York Giants, the Guggenheim Museum, and Roundabout Theatre.