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Winter 2019

It’s been a moment since our last update. Apologies. Much to report on...

Diane’s been busy with numerous projects, including completing a six-year collaboration with 100 Resilient Cites and, more recently, directing a PSA supporting the work of climate activist Greta Thunberg. Currently, she’s working on a short-form series with the owners of Flaming Saddles and wrapping up final days of production on a documentary she’s producing with Raquel Cecilia Mendieta about Cuban-American artist Ana Mendieta.

Meanwhile, over the summer, Stefan wrapped the feature comedy ALOHA SURF HOTEL, starring starring Augie Tulba, Taiana Tully, Alex Farnham, Branscombe Richmond, Daniella Monet, Shawn GarneU, Pe'ahi, MaU Corboy and many more amazing actors from the Hawaiian islands and beyond. This is a project developed over numerous years with Jon Stern of Abominable Pictures, who produced along with Keith Quinn and Branscombe Richmond. The film is currently in post and will be released in 2020.

Stefan’s also directing a documentary on serial entrepreneur Sig Anderman, and continuing production on a documentary on water rights.

Finally, Diane and Stefan continue to work on a follow-up to their film ARRANGED, together with Yuta Silverman and producer Laura Wagner.

Fall 2018

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

Headed up by Diane, we continues to create content for 100 Resilient Cities, having shot this past year in Paris, LA, Pittsburg and at the CityXChange Summit at the Bellagio Center in Italy.

Diane and Stefan are also pushing ahead with a follow-up film with Yuta Silverman (the team behind ARRANGED). They’ve attached several producers, are closing in on financing, and beginning to reach out to cast. The team hopes to shoot the film in the first half of 2019.

KULEANA, a film Stefan produced in Hawaii, recently completed a successful seven-week, 10 theater release in the Hawaiian Islands. The film is now being rebranded with the title “MAUI” for international and mainland release, and will screen at the American Film Market (AFM) in early November. VOD and theatrical in the continental US and beyond is planned for early 2019.

Stefan’s short film, I AM BECAUSE YOU ARE, played at numerous film festivals over the past year, most recently winning “Best Hawaiian Short Film” at the Maui Film Festival. Supported by a grant from Pacific Islanders in Communications, the film will air on PBS in 2019.

Finally, a documentary series about the global crisis surrounding access to water is in development together with Edward Morris of the Canary Project. A teaser for a segment about the conflict on Maui can be viewed HERE.

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A documentary on the life
and work of Poet Laureate,
two-time Pulitzer winner, and environmental activist W.S. Merwin.


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.

Two young women — one an Orthodox Jew, the other Muslim — meet and become friends as first-year teachers at a public school in Brooklyn.
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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.
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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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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.
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Raquela, a transsexual from the Philippines, dreams of escaping the streets of Cebu City for a fairy tale life in Paris.
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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.
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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.
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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.


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 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.