Proud to have teamed up with the Street Art Council to create this short form web series. 2 new episodes every Monday night at 10pm.
Happy to share that 2 projects that I directed won 2018 Telly Awards! DeCubellis Films produced the first with the great team at Realclearlife.com. The "Legendary Artist Chuck Close Visits "His" Subway" garnered the gold in the online - cultural category.
The second was a series of 8 testimonial videos produced for and with the wonderful team at Modern States Education Alliance, earned a bronze for Social Video Series - Education.
At DeCubellis Films we are very excited about 2018. Feels like 2017 was a year where lots of seeds were sewn. I've enjoyed more screenplay writing and development than I every have. 2018 brings a new clearing for those seeds to grow into creative projects that have really captured my imagination.
At a New Year's Eve party I was asking friends what they wanted to do in 2018 - "come hell or high water". It provoked some great responses from "finish my book" to "get organized" to "keep my kids alive". My come hell or high water response was to be shooting the next feature. I believe strongly in the power of the calendar to schedule those visions into reality. There's something about getting a fresh new year to design that is really empowering and exciting to me. You take a deep breath in the abundance of possibility, and then you lower your head and get to work! Wishing you all your 2018 hell or high water journeys to be fun ones.
As Manhattan Night continues to arrive in most countries around the world, it's fun to see it available in the UK today. It's premiering on Sky Cinema with the plan for a larger roll out in March. Happy to know our friends in the UK can see it.
This filmmaking is so brilliant and inspiring that I had to share. Thanks to Ross Martin for passing along Tim Nudd's piece in Adweek which spotlights Hakuhodo and production company Tohokushinsha Film Corp. 4 minute film for Playstation's game Gravity Rush 2 (called Gravity Daze 2 in Japan)
This is everything I love about filmmaking right here. Major praise to all involved for such awesome work:
Client: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Hakuhodo Inc., Tokyo
Tohokushinsha Film Corporation, Tokyo
Creative Director: Yuta Okuyama
Designer: Yukiko Kuribayashi
Tohokushinsha Film Corporation, Tokyo
Active Cine Club, Tokyo
Yuge Inc., Tokyo
Omnibus Japan Inc., Tokyo
Cutters Tokyo, Tokyo
Nouvelle Vague, Tokyo
Director: Show Yanagisawa
Producer: Takashi Aso, Tatsuya Sunohara, Hisamichi Kido, Chu Ikebe
Cinematographer: Ryoken Okamura
Creative Team: Yusuke Amagai, Yuki Yokoi, Keita Togawa, Masumi Nishibori
Design Firm: The Directors Guild, Tokyo
Digital Artist/Multimedia: Tetsuaki Matsumoto
Editor: Etsuko Kimura, Hanako Tabata, Kenichi Sasaki
Lighting Design: Atsutoshi Ueno
Music & Sound: Kazuyoshi Tonami
Product Manager: Takuya Omura
Sound Designer: Erito Ayaki
Love seeing the big embrace of Manhattan Night in so many theaters in Mexico! Click on the gallery below to advance the images.
Good work by distributor Sky Media and by Art Kingdom Agency for getting the word out.
One of the fun things about having a movie released internationally is hearing reactions from very different places. When someone I've never met from a country I've never been to takes the time to send a note saying how much they enjoyed the film, it really makes me smile. Here's a note from such a person that I'm posting to share with cast and crew so they can see this appreciation for their work.
I've been eagerly waiting for the release of Manhattan Night knowing it would be a very special movie experience - and it most certainly was: It's an absolutely brilliant noir thriller with a beautiful visual style, an amazing cast, a great atmosphere and a gripping story.
You've created a superb and completely unforgettable movie and I’m thrilled to have it in my collection. I've already seen it twice and in fact I'm looking forward to watching Manhattan Night again very soon - I intend to visit this particular world many times.
Having made a movie of this caliber must be extremely satisfying for you.
I´m also extremely excited about the prospect of a new feature project from DeCubellis Films and I sincerely hope you'll make another character-driven thriller since you're a supremely gifted writer/director, born to make these movies.
I wish you all the best.
Kind regards Bjoern Hoegh, Denmark.
Many thanks for that Bjoern. Your note is very appreciated!
HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO YOU!
With the release of Manhattan Night by Lionsgate Premiere here in the U.S (was in select theaters in May, currently on cable on demand, itunes, Amazon, Netflix Blu Ray and DVD) and the international release by distributors all over the world, (as Manhattan Nocturne) 2016 was a special year here at DeCubellis Films.
2016 sees the release of the film in Australia, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, Greece, Israel, Korea, Middle East, Philippines, Poland, Scandinavia, South Africa, and Taiwan, with the roll out continuing in 2017 in Bulgaria, China, Former Yugoslavia, France, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Latin America, Portugal, Spain, Thailand, Turkey and the U.K.
Thanks to 13 Films for the international sales, to all our distributors in those territories, and to our amazing cast and crew, to MN producing partners; Fable House, Untravelled Worlds, Sparkle Roll Media, Tom Guida, Nocturne Pictures, Big Indie Pictures, Richard Abate, Will Rowbotham/3 Arts Entertainment , Sandy Climan, MN novelist Colin Harrison, Co-Producers, Sean Moran and Associate Producers, the domestic sales, acquisition and distribution teams respectively; Paradigm, Grindstone Entertainment Group, and Lionsgate, and to the premiere team at Real Clear Life Media for making Manhattan Night a success.
Looking ahead to 2017 we are excited to be announcing a new feature project soon!!
Have a wonderful Holiday Season, and here’s to more collaborations in 2017!
SO excited to announce the Manhattan Night Original Music Soundtrack is now available on iTunes and Spotify and more!! 23 tracks featuring the GORGEOUS orchestral score written by Joel Douek, orchestrated by Greg Pliska. Songs that I wrote, Jay Levine produced and are performed by Lucy Woodward, Catey Shaw, Julian Soto, and Cuban Missile Crisis. Andy Kadison, Campbell Scott, Jay and myself.) Go on the evocative musical journey that is Manhattan Night!
A number of keen observers of MANHATTAN NIGHT have noticed a unique wire sculpture of an animal, head hidden behind Steven Berkoff in the the scene when Adrien Brody's character is first summoned to Hobbs' office. Some have pondered at the symbolism : Is Hobbs a sly fox hiding his head from the shame of his secret? For those who have listened to the Blu Ray/ DVD commentary have learned, it is a fox! The sculpture is a one of a kind by artist Mark Holme as part of his amazing Wild Wire series. Click on the fox to see more of the amazing collection.
Production designer Lisa Myers and I had fun designing the Hobbs office. When we knew we wanted a painting to go behind him, the image of the shark about to eat the man lost in the water sprung to mind from my childhood. That painting "Watson and The Shark" by John Singleton Copley, was part of Reader Digest book of paintings that fascinated/ scared me when I was around 6 or 7 years old. More on the painting by clicking below.
Lisa was able to get a high res digital copy from the National Museum of Art and print it on canvas for the set. Many artists work can be seen in this film, but wanted to shout these out in this scene. All part of the fun of making a movie.
One of the many fun things about making a movie is putting together the BONUS material for the DVD/Blu Ray. (BTW if you haven't upgraded to Blu Ray yet, join us in HD) Was a blast to do the audio commentary with Campbell Scott and Cinematographer David Tumblety. The discs also feature some insightful behind the scenes, as well as 4 extended scenes in the bonus section: Porter and Caroline's first night (gold from Adrien Brody and Yvonne Strahovski that I hated to lose), Simon's proposal (in one long take in a tour deforce by Campbell) Simon and Billy negotiating with the prostitute (again in one take with great performances from Campbell, Will Beinbrink, and Maria Christina Oliveras,) and Porter confronting Hobbs (Adrien and Steven Berkoff toe to toe). So while the movie can be viewed or owned on cable on demand, and iTunes and Amazon right now, the real fun of the Blu Ray/DVD is all the bonus fun, reviewed well here by Ken Tasho (both Blu Ray and DVD have all the bonus material and also come with a code for a digital copy to own as well btw)
This past Friday, Manhattan Nocturne (Canadian title) had it's Canadian Premiere as part of the Wilson Oakville Film Festival. The entire OFFA team and the great audience made me feel so welcome. From the red carpet to the Q&A and afterparty, there was so much appreciation for this film. Most especially for the performances of Adrien Brody, Yvonne Strahovski, Campbell Scott, Jennifer Beals, Linda Lavin and Steven Berkoff. Thank you OFFA for a memorable and wonderful weekend! On a side note, I took advantage of being close enough to visit my favorite building in Toronto, location of the Rush Moving Pictures album cover.
Check out this great site for film lovers and the interview we did about working on Manhattan Night.