Cannes 2010 marks a historic achievement for Filmaka as our first film SWINGING WITH THE FINKELS will be screened twice for potential distributors. FINKELS, based on a short film submitted to our FX Comedy Competition, is written and directed by award-winning (Ford Mustang Stories) Filmaka member Jonathan Newman and produced by Filmaka co-founder Deepak Nayar (BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM). The romantic comedy stars Martin Freeman (UK’s THE OFFICE), Mandy Moore, Jonathan Silverman, Melissa George and comedy legend Jerry Stiller.
Immediately after FINKELS, Jonathan and Deepak reteemed on the just-wrapped feature FOSTER, also based on one of Jonathan’s short films (pre-Filmaka). FOSTER has an amazing cast: Emmy-award winner Toni Collette (THE UNITED STATES OF TARA), Ioan Grufudd (AMAZING GRACE, FANTASTIC FOUR), Richard E. Grant (GOSFORD PARK) and Oscar-winner Hayley Mills.
Both FINKELS and FOSTERS are repped by Simon Crowe and SC Films International. For Simon’s contact info and everything you need to know about FINKELS, check out SwingingWithTheFinkels.com
Congratulations, Jonathan! We are very proud of you!
Filmaka founders and independent film producers Deepak Nayar and Thomas Augsberger will be busy on the Riviera the next two weeks. Deepak will be generating interest for his latest movies, Filmaka’s SWINGING WITH THE FINKELS and FOSTER, both directed by Filmaka member Jonathan Newman while Thomas will be working on distribution deals for one of his clients, Munich based Tele Muenchen Group, which is owned by Filmaka jury member Dr. Herbert Kloiber.
Also heading to Cannes are Filmaka award winners Brett Wagner, Rudolf Buitendach, Luca Immesi and Giulia Brazzale. We’ll have more details about their trip in the coming days as well as Cannes-related announcements about some of our other members.
If you are attending Cannes or have films screening or in competition, shoot us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org – We’d like to share your news with the Filmaka community.
Leading digital agency Digitas invited Filmaka Founder Deepak Nayar to participate on a panel at the prestigious Cannes Lions June 26. Also on the panel were Lucas Cruikshank, also known as YouTube’s Fred , actress and digital content producer Justine Bateman, and Webby and Streamy Award winning blogger Zadi Diaz. Digitas’ Chief Creative Officer Mark Beeching hosted the session, entitled “The Film Preditors II: A Dating Game” in which panelists “competed” for the attention of Subway’s Jeff Larson. From all accounts, Deepak did a fantastic job and his kids were thrilled to get this this photo of their dad with the one and only Fred. Thanks to Digitas for the invitation.
Rodrigo Lopez Aldana and Luis Bernal Salazar with The Guild’s Felicia Day
Last week, filmmakers Luis Bernal Salazar and Rodrigo Lopez Aldana travelled from Mexico City to Los Angeles to attend the 1st Annual Streamy Creative Arts and Awards Ceremonies. Their dramatic Filmaka web series THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF LA VIDA LOCA received a nomination for BEST ARTISTIC CONCEPT. THE TEN COMMANDMENTS was the only non-English language web series to receive a nomination - in any category. While in LA, Luis and Rodrigo met with Deepak Nayar (Bend It Like Beckham, Lost Highway) and the Filmaka team as well as a television and movie production company.
At the Streamys, Luis and Rodrigo walked the Red Carpet, conducted press interviews, and mingled with web celeb Felicia Day, who took home Streamys for Best Actress in a Comedy and Best Comedy (The Guild). Felicia also stars in the hit web series Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-long Blog which won several awards at the event.
More photos of Luis and Rodrigo at the Streamys can be found on THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF LA VIDA LOCA Facebook page. The episodes can be viewed on Facebook and on Filmaka.com.
Deepak Nayar is the founder of Filmaka. Nayar has a particular ability for nurturing new talent and has been behind a number of successful directorial debuts. He produced the Golden Globe- and BAFTA-nominated Bend It Like Beckham, and was nominated for a Best Documentary Oscar for Buena Vista Social Club. In this interview, Deepak shares some insight about his career, why he enjoys producing films, and tell us why he founded Filmaka.
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