Firefly has been enjoying MAKE BELIEVE star Hiroki Hara's great run on AMERICA'S GOT TALENT, and announced one of its two documentaries now in post: GLEASON director Clay Tweel's next documentary, TWIN, an intimate story of a pair of young African-American twin brothers fighting to overcome poverty and neighborhood violence in Omaha, Nebraska.
For a limited time, MAKE BELIEVE began being featured in iTunes' 99 cent documentary rental section. Also, this fun Slash Film article updated the world on the whereabouts of MAKE BELIEVE's stars.
Firefly's next two documentary feature films entered post-production, with news on both coming soon.
In addition to Clay Tweel's next documentary, Firefly added a second doc feature in full swing.
Firefly's next documentary – directed by Clay Tweel, whose latest film, GLEASON, premiered at Sundance and sold to Amazon – entered editorial, with details to be announced in the months ahead.
Firefly headed into the end of a productive 2015 with a new documentary gearing up editorial, Unscreened nailing down future plans, and fiction films in development.
Vs. Theatre and Firefly's coproduction of Itamar Moses' COMPLETENESS earned an Ovation Award for its set designer Darcy Scanlin, and KENSHO AT THE BEDFELLOW won Best Feature Film at the Equality International Film Festival!
FINDERS KEEPERS, recently covered in the New York Times, continued its run in theaters and was released on iTunes. Meanwhile, it was announced that Vs. Theatre and Firefly's coproduction of Itamar Moses' COMPLETENESS won 7 Scenie Awards.
A busy month! KENSHO AT THE BEDFELLOW made it's NY and LA debuts, at the Harlem and Awareness Film Festivals – winning the NY Showcase Award at Harlem – the UNSCREENED Summer Series garnered great press, and FINDERS KEEPERS opened in theaters across the country!
FINDERS KEEPERS will screen in LA and NY as part of the Sundance NEXTFEST, and the Unscreened Summer Series tickets went on sale, with the show running one weekend only, Thursday - Saturday nights at 8pm, September 17 - 19.
The Unscreened Summer Series writers dove into developing their new plays, set for a September run.
Unscreened 2015 – covered here by The Wrap – closed its hit run on Sunday, May 10.
Unscreened 2015 announced its directors: Aisha Muharrar, directing her own play; Larry Biederman directing Jon Caren's play; Adrienne Campbell-Holt directing Liza Powel O'Brien's; and Pedro Kos directing James Ponsoldt's.
FINDERS KEEPERS – a World Records Headquarters & Exhibit A documentary presented in association with Firefly, co-directed by Bryan Carberry and Clay Tweel, and produced by Ed Cunningham, Seth Gordon, and Adam Gibbs – made its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.
Firefly again teamed up with VS Theatre to premiere an Itamar Moses play to LA, this time with his romantic comedy COMPLETENESS. The hit production won praise from press and audiences alike, was helmed by award-winning Philadelphia director Matt Pfeiffer, and starred Emily Swallow, Steven Klein, Rob Nagle, and Nicole Erb.
Firefly's busy fall continued: Belfast Blues' off-Broadway return to the Barrow Street Theatre received a glowing review in the New York Times; PRINT THE LEGEND won praise from the Los Angeles Times on its way to racking up views as a Netflix Original Documentary; and our staged reading of CLYBOURNE PARK with Off Square Theatre Company sold out!
September was a busy Firefly month! The amazing writers, directors, all-star cast, and crew thrilled sold-out houses of the Unscreened Summer Series, Belfast Blues opened its off-Broadway return to the Barrow Street Theatre,and PRINT THE LEGEND launched in select movie theaters in NY and LA and on Netflix, where it is available to 50 million people in more than 4o countries!
Tickets went on sale for the Unscreened Summer Series in Los Angeles and for the Off-Broadway remounting of Geraldine Hughes' Belfast Blues!
PRINT THE LEGEND announced exciting screenings including: SXSW V2V, the Aspen Institute, Traverse City Film Festival, and the New Zealand International Film Festival and the Melbourne International Film Festival!
The writers for the first annual UNSCREENED Summer Series – Harris Danow, JP Derrick & Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Celine Geiger, Jordan & Justin Shipley, and Justin Sternberg – dove into writing their scripts!
PRINT THE LEGEND made its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival, winning a Special Jury Prize for Storytelling & Editing! Meanwhile, UNSCREENED 2014 enjoyed a fantastic run every Saturday, Sunday, and Monday night in March.
UNSCREENED announced its exciting cast – including J. Claude Deering, Robert Baker, Jon Barinholtz, Jill Bartlett, Katherine Brandt, Patrick Censoplano, Nick Court, Kandis Erickson, Ryan Harrison, Neil Hopkins, Kiva Jump, Chris Marquette, Kate Miner, Brian Sacca, Michael Stahl-David, Melissa Stephens, Eric Tiede, Angela Trimbur, Amanda Walsh, and Chris Witaske – and the SXSW Film Festival announced the world premiere of PRINT THE LEGEND!
The UNSCREENED plays were being written and workshopped and Firefly's documentaries shifted emphasis from filming to editing.
Brad Raider's film KENSHO AT THE BEDFELLOW completed principal photography in New York, and Firefly announced the writers of UNSCREENED 2014: Nick Confalone and Neal Dusedau, Eric Ledgin, Dan Mirk, and Niki Schwartz-Wright!
Firefly's documentaries continued to film, and UNSCREENED 2014 was selecting its writers.
Firefly continued documentary production and began to gear up for UNSCREENED 2014.
Firefly remained in the thick of production.
Firefly was in the thick of production on a new documentary, in addition to FINDERS KEEPERS, and is planning new stage and screen projects to announce soon.
Firefly joined the team of FINDERS KEEPERS!
Firefly was pleased to announce MAKE BELIEVE's availability for worldwide viewing: via Amazon, iTunes, or Netflix in the US, DVD in Japan, or the Make Believe Facebook page's new "Buy Movie" option in any other country!
Anonymous Content, Black Sheep, and Firefly were pleased to add Oscar-nominee Colin Campell to this year's UNSCREENED directors and to announce the cast, which includes Robert Baker, Brooke Bloom, Nathan Corddry, Michael Stahl-David, Kelli Garner, Spencer Garrett, Will Greenberg, Steven Klein, Lindsey Kraft, Joshua Leonard, Lindsay Pearce, and Chris Starr.
Black Sheep and Firefly were very pleased to announce that UNSCREENED 2013 will be presented in partnership with the award-winning Anonymous Content! In addition, Firefly announced that MAKE BELIEVE is being released in Japan.
Black Sheep and Firefly proudly announced the writers for UNSCREENED 2013: the four new short plays presented in March will include work by Will Wissler Graham, Corinne Kingsbury, Daria Polatin, and Mallory Westfall.
Black Sheep Management & Productions and Firefly geared up for UNSCREENED 2013, opening in March 2013, which will once again present four new short plays by some of Hollywood's fastest-rising writers.
MAKE BELIEVE became available for rent and purchase on iTunes and Amazon while it continued to stream on Netflix, sell on DVD, and play on Showtime.
THE PRINCE OF AIR, Firefly's new play commissioned from playwright Jim Knable, was featured as part of the Open Fist Theatre's 2012 First Look Festival, with readings directed by Laura Flanagan and starring Charlotte Chanler, Katie Costick, Steven Klein, and Mather Zickel.
MAKE BELIEVE began streaming on Netflix! Additionally, THE PRINCE OF AIR, Firefly's new play commissioned from playwright Jim Knable, geared up for the Open Fist Theatre's 2012 First Look Festival.
The MAKE BELIEVE DVD is on sale, with bonus features including 10 learn-them-yourself magic tricks taught by the young stars. News on MAKE BELIEVE's digital distribution is coming soon!
Firefly's Steven Klein was the featured guest on the Up Next Podcast, available on iTunes, while Black Sheep Entertainment and Firefly were covered in a great article on UNSCREENED published in Written By, the Writer's Guild Magazine.
UNSCREENED 2012 continued the sell-out tradition of UNSCREENED and garnering coverage in Flavorpill and the LA Times. Meanwhile, in Tokyo, MAKE BELIEVE won the 2011 Media Award from the Japanese Close Up Magician's Society.
Black Sheep Entertainment and Firefly kicked off 2012 announcing Chris Klein's leadership of the multi-star cast for UNSCREENED 2012 and Susanna Fogel and Independent Spirit Award-nominee Robbie Pickering's directoring of two of the plays. Meanwhile, MAKE BELIEVE was named one of Ebert's "Top Docs of 2011".
Black Sheep Entertainment and Firefly announced the writers of UNSCREENED 2012, an annual evening of four new short plays by some of Hollywood's fastest-rising writers, set to open early 2012. The writers are: Anna Christopher, Michelle Morgan, Emmy-winner Dahvi Waller, and John Whittington. And of course, the MAKE BELIEVE DVD is on sale, featuring the film, extras, and 10 learn-them-yourself magic tricks taught by the young stars!
MAKE BELIEVE was proud to be a part of the US Department of State's American Documentary Showcase, traveling across Vietnam and Thailand and screening to universities, diplomats, and the public. Click here for the travel blog.
MAKE BELIEVE was relased on DVD on September 20. MAKE BELIEVE also continued its theatrical run, playing Stirling, Scotland and Milwaukee. Finally, ShortsHD continued to air festival-winning Firefly shorts.
MAKE BELIEVE ran in Portland, Oregon, and ShortsHD premiered the festival-winning Firefly shorts The Problem with Percival, The Grand Design, and No. 6 on DIRECTV, Dish Network, and AT&T U-Verse, with iTunes to follow.
With its theatrical release adding a "thumbs up!" from Ebert and praise from the NY Times, the Wall Street Journal, and more to its positive press, MAKE BELIEVE continued its theatrical run in Santa Monica, Chicago, and Mexico City.
MAKE BELIEVE began its theatrical run, playing the Independent Film Festival Boston; Cinema Village in New York, with a premiere at the historic Friar's Club; Chicago's Facets Cinematheque; and, with a premiere party at the world famous Magic Castle, the Laemmle Sunset 5 in LA!
MAKE BELIEVE announced its Showtime run while Firefly continued to partner with Crowd Starter and Arrow Entertainment on a domestic theatrical and overseas distribution. Sneak peak screenings and festivals - including the Hawaii International Film Festival - continued, and the pre-order DVD, posters, and decks of cards went on sale.
MAKE BELIEVE had its first sneak peak screening as part of the 2011 World Magic Seminar in Las Vegas and announced its world television premiere on Showtime on April 12. Meanwhile, on LA stages, the star-filled UNSCREENED sold out its run, including an extension, while DIRT drew strong reviews across the board.