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Fall 2017

Numerous projects in development, production, post, and heading for screens big and small. Here goes:

We have a new feature in the works with Yuta Silverman, our partner on ARRANGED. We’re currently securing financing. If you’re interested in investing, please email us. ARRANGED sold to over 60 countries and counting, and continues to generate profits

Diane continues her work with 100 Resilient Cities, producing content in cities across the globe. A recent video can be found HERE.

Earlier this year, Stefan and author Kristiana Kahakauwila closed a TV development deal with Big Beach and AMC. They’re busy writing the show’s pilot and series bible.

A film Stefan produced last year, entitled KULEANA, is currently playing the festival circuit and will have a theatrical release in early 2018. Additionally, a short he directed entitled I AM BECAUSE YOU ARE is in post-production. Both films will screen at the upcoming Hawai’i International Film Festival, November 2-12th.

Fall 2016

Following a successful national PBS broadcast of EVEN THOUGH THE WHOLE WORLD IS BURNING – our feature documentary on Poet Laureate and environmental activist W.S. Merwin – the film continues to screen at film festivals and is now also available via our Vimeo Channel. 25% of all proceeds from film sales, DVDs included, are donated to the Merwin Conservancy. Please find more info on the film HERE.

On other fronts, we’re happy to report we have another feature film in development with our ARRANGED partner, Yuta Silverman. More on that soon. Finally, there’s also some exciting news regarding a TV project Stefan has been developing with Big Beach Films. More on that once the lawyers have completed their one-two-one.

Winter / Spring 2016

A one-hour edit of our feature documentary on Poet Laureate and environmental activist W.S. Merwin will screen nationally on PBS the week of Earth Day (April 18-22nd). Its title for the broadcast is “W.S. Merwin: To Plant a Tree”. From that date onward, you’ll also be able to order a DVD or stream the full-length version of the film. More info HERE.

Stefan recently wrapped shooting a TV pilot on Maui. Co-created with Jon Stern of Abominable Pictures, the comedy centers on a washed-up surf pro who’s forced to take a job at a Maui beachfront hotel. The cast includes John Gemberling, Tani Fujimoto, Nick Corirrossi, Cathy Tanaka and Branscombe Richmond. The series is backed by the GVS Acelerator and Insurrection Media. More info HERE.

After successful runs in cinemas, on cable, on iTunes and Amazon, we’re happy to announce that our feature MY LAST DAY WITHOUT YOU will be available on NetFlix in the next month or so. You can continue to buy the DVD or stream direct from us HERE.

Other projects include our continued documentation of 100 Resilient Cities and Stefan’s period TV show, THY KINGDOM COME, which is set up at the Weinstein Company.

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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.
Official Site


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
Diane Crespo is a director, producer, and founding partner of New York-based Cicala Filmworks. Since 1996, Cicala has produced commercials, documentaries and seven feature films, including MY LAST DAY WITHOUT YOU (2011), Michael Imperioli’s THE HUNGRY GHOSTS (2009), CONTESTED STREETS (2006), and ARRANGED (2007).

Her work as a producer and director has earned dozens of awards and film festival honors including Best Film at Harlem International Film, Grand Prize at Skip City International Film Festival, Best Film at Brooklyn International Film Festival, as well as nominations for the New American Cinema Award and The Women Film Critics Circle Award. Her 2012 Feature Film CLUTTER, starring Carol Kane and Natasha Lyonne, premiered in competition at Seattle International Film Festival.

For the past three years Diane has been working around the globe for the Rockefeller Foundation’s “100 Resilient Cities” initiative; documenting the work of the organization as it tries to reorganize how cities think and work.