TIME IS THE LONGEST DISTANCE (short film, drama, 2016)
Time is the Longest Distance, written and directed by BAFTA-scholarship winner and City College graduate Bryan Powers, conveys the importance of familial love and acceptance throughout one's life via the story of three generations of men: thirty-something Adam, his aging father Jack, and Xander, a teenage boy who crosses their path. After a long absence, Adam arrives at his father's nursing home to share news with him of a major change in Adam's life - hoping to bridge the distance between them before Jack's Alzheimer's becomes too advanced. While things don't go as planned, Adam is presented with an opportunity to find the acceptance he seeks in an unexpected way.
WRITER AND DIRECTOR: Bryan Powers
PRODUCER: Claudia Murdoch
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: Alastair Murdoch
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Yyonne Ng
MUSIC: Ruggerio Fornari
CAST: Andreas Damm, Philip Levy, Monica Wyche, Lucy McMichael, Benjamin Myers, Zach Seekins, Paul Hickert
CACAYA (feature film, drama, 2017)
In Cacaya, Peter Azen's first feature-length film, a young Brazilian woman in New York City ends her tumultuous relationship with an American man, and then discovers she is carrying his child. The couple’s struggle to interact during the pregnancy and to deal with the situation increases the tension between them. Concerned with the themes of misconception and misinterpretation, CACAYA is based on true events, fused with Heinrich von Kleist’s 1808 play Penthesilea and myths from indigenous tribes of the Amazon rainforest. Cacaya was selected for Fiscal Sponsorship by the IFP.
WRITER AND DIRECTOR: Peter Azen
PRODUCERS: Claudia Murdoch, Alastair Murdoch
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Karli Kopp
MUSIC: Joshua Deane, Matt Thompson
CAST: Gabriella Vergani, Micah Chartrand, Caca Macedo, Juliana Suaide, Francesca Murdoch, Sophie Overwater, Rebecca Nelson
IMITATION GIRL (feature film, sci-fi, 2017)
Imitation Girl is a science-fiction film by Brooklyn-based Illium Pictures co-founder Natasha Kermani. Imitation Girl is the lyrical telling of a mysterious young woman that materializes in the southwestern desert, where each step teaches her about her new world and her new body. As she assumes her new life, she discovers she has a twin with whom she shares more than just an outward appearance. The film offers a unique take on the science-fiction genre, pushing against stereotypes, and not relying on heavy special effects or distant worlds, but instead focusing on characters and relationships.
WRITER AND DIRECTOR: Natasha Kermani
PRODUCER: Forrest McClain
CO-PRODUCER: Tim Wu
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Alastair Murdoch, Claudia Murdoch, Lewis Black, John Hilliard
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Travis Tips
MUSIC: Kevin Hufnagel, Natasha Kermani
CAST: Lauren Ashley Carter, Neimah Djourabchi, Adam David Thompson, Catherine Mary Stewart, Sanam Erfani, Kevin O'Rourke, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Lewis Black
THE INVADERS (short film, horror, 2018)
On her way home, Jayla, a Muslim girl, notices that she is being followed. Terror and confusion take over as Jayla struggles to escape the powerful force that is menacing her. As Anti-Muslim sentiments spread through Western societies, The Invaders imagines a not too distant future, in which an exaggerated fear of Islam has created systems without any moral or humanitarian regard. Written and directed by BAFTA-scholarship winner Mateo Marquez.
WRITER AND DIRECTOR: Mateo Marquez
PRODUCERS: Claudia Murdoch, Carrie Radigan
CO-PRODUCER: Alastair Murdoch
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Mike Gialloreto
MUSIC: Jonathan Bingham
CAST: Isra Elsalihie, Alvaro Uccello, Ashley Siflinger, Greta Murdoch