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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.

Spring 2015

At long last our feature MY LAST DAY WITHOUT YOU is available on DVD and VOD. The Nicole Beharie/Ken Duken starrer can be purchased direct from us HERE,or from your favorite online vendor. It also continues to air on UpTV.

Our feature documentary EVEN THOUGH THE WHOLE WORLD IS BURNING continues to play at film festivals, theatrical venues, colleges and schools. More info on this film about Poet Laureate and environmental activist W.S. Merwin can be found HERE. The film will air on PBS Hawaii on May 28th, and on PBS nationally later in the year.

Finally, from the depths of his writing man-cave, Stefan reports he recently optioned a period TV show to the Weinstein Company with co-writer Thomas Pa’a Sibbett. More on that soon.

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.

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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.
Official Site | Netflix | Hulu

In order to save his own job, an employment agent has to find work for the most unemployable man on Maui.
Official Site

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.

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.