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EASY WAY OUT

 

ewo-posterEasy Way Out, directed by Jeffery T. Schultz, based on the play For Old Time’s Sake by award winning playwright David MacGregor, explores the final moments of a mature relationship.  As Kaitlin (Kate Connor) is packing her things to start a new life with her new young lover David, her older husband Martin (John Savage) struggles to make sense of their past twelve years together.

Their final encounter happens on a rainy night in their fashionable downtown loft. From the outside it appears Kaitlin is simply leaving her husband for a sexy new lover.  However, her premise for doing so rings of honesty and bravery.  The two end up having a troubling exchange on the conflicts between romantic-love verses commitment. Always struggling to avoid taking the easy way out, they fight to deny their waiting temptations.

Produced by Jennifer Atanasovski and Phil Lupo

Exexcutive Producers Hugh Schulze and Andrew Basile

 

 

 

We are pleased to be working with an incredibly talented cast with  John Savage and Kate Connor.  Mr. Savage’s great collaborative and artistic abilities are sure to bring great depth and humanity to the very challenging role of the troubled Martin.  Mr. Savage is best known for his hauntingly moving performances in The Deer Hunter, Hair, and The Thin Red Line.  The multi talented Ms. Connor is best known for the award winning feature film, Fort McCoy, a film she wrote, directed and starred in.  She has also had success in television with a recurring role on the AMC’s hit series “Mad Men”.

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“AMERICAN DUEL”

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IN DEVELOPMENT

A young woman loses her entire family on the same day, and the man that delivered the news discovers he might be responsible.

Knagen Films is pleased to present “AMERICAN DUEL,” a feature length psychological drama written by Jeffery T. Schultz.   When tragedy punctures the pleasant American life of Grace McNally, she begins to taste the dark underside of society – and herself – until she slips all the way into the dark rabbit hole of her nightmares.  What she finds is more strange than she could have imagined – maybe the dark side isn’t so dark and the American dream isn’t so sunny.

Described as “The great American tragedy not being told,” American Duel explores the conflicting realities of the American Dream and human nature.  It looks into what lies inside our hearts when polite society has been ripped from us by misfortune and heartbreak, and asks how far will people go to rebuild their hopes and dreams.

 

 

For inquiries please contact our Managing Business Director Jennifer Atanasovski: Jen@KNAGENFILMS.com

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CERTAIN ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS

 

Written and Directed by Jeffery T. Schultz

Drama, technique, and soul:  “Certain Essential Elements” (22min)

by Wes Cain  Wescoast Reviews

I’m always on the look out for great indie material and luckily for me I was in the audience for a screening of Certain Essential Elements. At the end I was taken aback a little by how much i enjoyed this film. Stylistically the straight forward way it was shot added such dramatic tones to an already dramatic story that it was hard not to get sucked in from the beginning narration to the credits.Certain Essential Elements follows the respective relationships of Lisa (Michelle Butler) and Clay (Axel Harney) and their chance encounter. Lisa is a woman living a double life. On one side of the coin she has to deal with the turmoil of an abusive marriage; on the other side she is the mistress of a business man named Don (Alex Safi). Just when things seemed to be looking up Don has an unexpected change of heart. Mean while Clay’s girlfriend, Janna (Lauren Mae Shafer) meets him at a diner to tell him that she is leaving town. As both relationships collapse it comes to light that Clay and Lisa’s lives were bound to intersect.

Having virtually only two sets, the success of Certain Essential Elements rides on the brilliant setup and execution of the larger narrative. There are a couple scenes that only last for a few seconds but they add so much depth to the story, Lisa’s in particular, as they provide some back-story along with Clay’s narration. I was impressed by the subtle cinematography and absolutely beautiful editing, which combined together offered up a dynamic finished product.

It’s Obvious that Michelle Butler doesn’t have much acting experience, however, she handles her character well. There were a few times where i would have liked have seen her put a bit more “umph” into her delivery, but she never fails to express the fact she is a wounded woman. Axel Harney is great as Clay. His performance was excellently measured. Its a good thing his acting is so strong otherwise he would’ve felt totally underutilized aside from basically telling the story. Alex Safi and Lauren Mae Shafer do well in their supporting roles, playing well opposite their respective counterparts.

Certain Essential Elements is a short film worth looking up. The characters are as rich as they can be given the runtime and the story is perfectly accentuated by great camera work. All of these things are predicated by an awesome script thanks to writer & director Jeffery Schultz. There aren’t very many short movies that have the ability to grab my attention from start to finish (and not just because of my staggeringly short attention span) nevertheless, Certain Essential Elements will not disappoint.

http://wescoastreviews.blogspot.com/2012/08/drama-technique-and-soul-certain.html?spref=fb

Starring:  Axel Harney,  Michelle Butler,  Alex Safi, and  Lauren Mae Shafer.    Produced by Jennifer Atanasovski

http://www.michiganmoviemagazine.biz

HONORS and AWARDS

CEE KNAGENWINNER “BEST DIRECTOR” 2012 Mitten Movie Project

WINNER “BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY” 2012 Mitten Movie Project 

WINNER “BEST ACTRESS” Lauren Mae Shafer 2012 Mitten Movie Project

WINNER “AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD” August Mitten Movie Project

FINALIST 2011 Blue Water Film Festival

BEST ACTRESS LAUREN MAE SHAFER 2011 Blue Water Film Festival

WINNER- DIRECTORS CHOICE AWARD 2011 Detroit Windsor International Film Festival

WINNER- Honorable Mention, 2011 Los Angeles Reel Film Festival

FINALIST MICHIGAN FILM AWARDS 2011

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS LAUREN SHAFER (Nominated) 2011 Detroit Independent Film Festival

BEST ART DIRECTION JENNIFER ATANASOVSKI (Nominated) 2011 Detroit Independent Film Festival

Official Selection Promtheus  Film Festival

Official Selection Naperville Independent  Film Festival

Official Selection New York City International Film Festival

Official Selection Los Angeles Reel Film Festival

Official Selection Ventura Film Festival California

Official Selection Detroit Windsor International Film Festival

Official Selection  Film Festival of Colorado

Official Selection Detroit Independent Film Festival

 

Certain Essential Elements on Myindieshow.com

 


We would like to give an extra big Thank You to the entire cast and crew involved in this project it was the most professional and talented cast and crew we have ever assembled.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1869330/

Assistant Director-  Michael Harthen
Production Coordinator-  Trish Kraus
Sound Design –  David Fienup
Original Music –  Steve Sholtes
Cinematography & Edit-  Jeffery T. Schultz
Production Design –  Jennifer Atanasovski
Script Editors- Charles F. Cirgenski, Drew Philp, Daniel J. Mahoney
Supporting Cast:
Lisa’s Husband – Daniel J. Mahoney
Don’s Wife- Sheila Mazzoline-Bolda
Waitress- Maria Barone
Casting- Katarina Von Eper

Script Supervisor- Amber Fritz
Production Sound- David FienupSteve Sholtes
Gaffer- Samuel Sage
Camera Operator- Michael Schiappacasse, Chad Dougherty
Key Grip, Dolly Operator- Michael Heckman
Steady Cam Operator- Michael Harthen
Grips- Ramiro Zarate, Scott V. Hall, Kelly Klemmer, Michael Gardner, Chris Coluccelli
Makeup & Hair Artist- Kimi Alani
Set Decorator- Marija Makeska, Therese Tant
Food Stylist Detroit- Paul Bancel
Graphic Designer- Lindsey Sherline

La Vie En Rose Performed by Loretta Lucas, arrangement by Steve Sholtes

 

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1869330/

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BARE WITNESS

 

“I found the film Riveting!  and I don’t use that term often”  – Elliot Wilhelm, curator DFT

” The filmmaker, Jeffrey Schultz, makes the bold move of presenting 15 minutes of film with no dialogue. Very difficult to keep an audience, but he accomplishes it to the point where you have to shake your head to wake from the dream/spell he puts you in from the clever pacing and visual style. Well directed and acted with excellent production value on an indie budget.” — Christopher Gentry, Award winning Producer

“With his directorial debut film, “Bare Witness,” Jeffery Schultz has created a psychological thriller that not only shows his prowess as a visual storyteller, but where he gives his audience respect by allowing them the opportunity to come to their own conclusions. Jeff’s film is essentially a silent movie in which he never “tells,” but rather “shows” a riveting story through visuals, music and sound design that is thematically rich and cohesive without the need for dialogue. “Bare Witness” resonates with thought-provoking imagery that haunts the viewer’s psyche.  Jeff is a rare talent. ” — Chuck Cirgenski, Emmy award winning producer, director, screenwriter.

BEST DETROIT WINDSOR SHORT at the 2010 Detroit Windsor International Film Festival.

FINALIST BLUE WATER FILM FESTIVAL

FINALIST LAKE MICHIGAN FILM COMPETITION

AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD 9/7/10 MITTEN MOVIE PROJECT

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY Jeffery T. Schultz 2010 MITTEN MOVIE PROJECT

BEST EDITOR Jeffery T. Schultz (Nominated) 2011 DETROIT INDEPENDANT FILM FESTIVAL

FINALIST MICHIGAN FILM AWARDS 2011

 

“BARE WITNESS” ‘ Produced by Jennifer Atanasovski, is a short tale of repentance, death and hope of a man struggling with his past failures and how they affect others, told entirely without dialogue. Directed by Jeffery T. Schultz. Written by Jeffery T. Schultz and Daniel Mahoney.  Production Design by Jennifer Atanasovski.  Staring Daniel Mahoney, Jaidyn Mansfield and John Anton.

Cinematography and Edited by Jeffery T. Schultz

http://www.barewitnessthefilm.com

 

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director | dp REEL

 

I finally found some time to put together an updated reel.  I’m always amazed how long of a process it is but going through the old footage is pretty fun.  Let me know you thoughts.

REEL THUMB

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Melissa Mars “BEAUTIFUL” music video

 

MELISSA MARS is a household name in France and most of Europe, with an exponentially growing presence in the U.S.  Melissa teamed up with Detroit composer STEVE SHOLTES, and their song “BEAUTIFUL” was chosen by Coca-Cola for their CD 52 Songs of Happiness.  Jeffery Schultz was honored to be asked to conceive and produce a fitting tribute to the concept of Beauty.

directed by Jeffery T. Schultz

music: Steve Sholtes  Melissa Mars

lyrics:  Melissa Mars, Lilas Klif

production design:  Jennifer Atanasovski

produced by KnagenFilms

©2014JefferySchultz

 

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CUPCAKE BANDITS

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WEST COAST PREMIER

Cupcake Bandits will screen at the famous Chinese Theater in West Hollywood  as part of

DANCES WITH FILMS.  We are  incredibly honored to be part of this fantastic festival.


 

“Cupcake Bandits”, written and directed by Jeffery T. Schultz, is a film about a couple of tough guys whose paths cross in a two road town and join forces to face their greatest fear.  The story goes deeper as it speaks of tolerance, fear, joy, and love, while celebrating the many forms they may take on.
Produced entirely in the rolling hills of Michigan,  “Cupcake Bandits” stars Tim Holmes (Real Steel, Oz: The Great and Powerful, Vegas), Alex Safi (Setup, Certain Essential Elements), and introducing the young Tecia Patterson.  The film includes original music by Detroit’s DUDE aka Tony Denardo of The Muggs.

 

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THE DUDE-KID GLOVES

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An extra big THANK YOU to the entire cast and crew involved in this project it was nearly 100 degrees and everybody sweated through like Pro’s !!

Produced by  Jennifer Atanasovski

1st Assistant Director:  Michael Harthen

Cinematographer and Editor:  Jeffery T. Schultz

Production Coordinator:  Darlene Freeborn

Camera’s & Crane: Douglas Akers

1st Assistant “A” Camera:  Brion Dodson

1st Assistant “B” Camera:  Christina Psaros

Location Sound:  Steve Sholtes, Robert Langley

Production Designer:  Jennifer Atanasovski

Gaffer:  Corbin Laparl

Grips: Drew Philp,  Kimberly Zavicar  Josue Maldonado

Production assistants:  John Woodruff, Steve Dalmage,  Christina Psaros,

SFX Make-up:  Rochelle Kneisley-Fisher  John R. Fisher

Locations Manager:  Kimberly Zavicar

Electronic Press Kit:  Anson Mulville

Graphic Designer: Yuen Hom

Craft Services:  Darlene Freeborn,  Louella Veassey

Mona Extras: Meg Pinkerton  Leah Bommarito

Our heartfelt gratitude to:  Alina & Joe Patterson,  Joy Pinkerton,  Carrie Bommarito,  Axel Harney,  Theresa McKeon,   Josue Maldonado for the El Camino,  and  M-1 Studios.

Filmed in Flatrock & Saline, Michigan

 

OFFICIAL SELECTION 2013 DANCES WITH FILMS FILM FESTIVAL

WINNER 2012 DOWNRIVER DETROIT UNDERGROUND – BEST DIRECTOR

WINNER 2012 DOWNRIVER DETROIT UNDERGROUND – BEST SHORT FILM

WINNER 2012 DETROIT WINDSOR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL-BEST COMEDY

WINNER 2012 BLUE WATER FILM FESTIVAL-BEST CINEMATOGRAPHER

FINALIST 2012 LAKE MICHIGAN FILM COMPETITION

OFFICIAL SELECTION 2012 EAST LANSING FILM FESTIVAL

 

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AND THEY FLEW (The Story of Mosaic Youth Theater)

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Jeffery T. Schultz won a Public Benefit Corporation Grant, for the documentary “And They Flew”, originally titled “In a Heart Beat” which he co-produced and edited  It went on to win several Telly awards and a Michigan Emmy for best cultural documentary.  The film was written and masterfully directed by Katherine Wieder.

Check out The Mosaic Youth Theater hear:  http://mosaicdetroit.org

 

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SECOND CHANCES: EmptyCage

 

 

The first question I ask myself when something doesn’t seem to be beautiful is why do I think it’s not beautiful.  And very shortly you discover that there is no reason.    -John Cage

Second Chances: EmptyCage, is an experimental film exploring the live performance of “Nothingtoseeness: The Visual Art of John Cage,”  produced and directed by Jeffery T. Schultz.

The film explores the experiential nature of watching a John Cage performance piece performed by Stephen Dueweke and transferring it to film.  The film’s viewer-perspective is allowed to explore and enter the space as one might during a live performance.  The incredible hour plus performance was  part of the opening night of “Nothingtoseeness: The Visual Art of John Cage.” presented by Center Galleries, College for Creative Studies, Detroit Mi.  Additional performance contributors were, Matthew Smith on guitar and Moog synthesizer and Nicole Ross, dance.

 

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THE CABINING

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Written and Directed by Steve Kopera

 

Available on iTunes, Comcast Xfiinity, Dish Network, Amazon and more! 

 

 

REVIEWS:

“Jeffery T. Schultz’s cinematography is excellent… some stunningly composed images”

http://www.horrormoviediary.net/2013/11/the-cabining.html

“The mystery here is allot of fun too, coming across as a demented gore splattered game of Clue with a wonderful supporting cast of possible suspects.”

“B is for BEST movie Review” 

 

THE CABINING is a clever, well written film with a fun bunch of characters that are brought to life by an amazing cast.

 

http://www.videoviews.org/thecabining.html

KNAGEN FILMS is very pleased to team up with Screamwriter Productions on the latest film by the award winning Kopera Brothers.   “THE CABINING”   is a feature length horror-comedy written and directed by  Steve Kopera  and produced by  Mike Kopera  who is also part of a stellar U.S. and European cast of  Melissa Mars,  Bo Kiester,  Angela Relucio,  Luce Raines,  Richard Riehle  and  Mark Rademacher.   The film was shot in Northern Michigan and Los Angeles, with the collaborative efforts of associate producer and director of photography  Jeffery T. Schultz.

THE CABINING.COM

 

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CAB LUCE

CAB Mike Running

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2376440/

 

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INTERSECTION

VIEW ON MOBIL DEVICE

“Intersection” 2007  Knagen Films winning entry into the SLO MO HORROR Festival. Produced by Jennifer Atanasovski written and directed by Tom Gurisko, cinematography and sound design by Jeffery T. Schultz, Production design by Jennifer Atanasovski.

Staring Daniel J. Mahoney, Mike Mili and Jennifer Hewlett

Make up special FX by Mark A. France

—The plague continues to spread.

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8 HOURS IN A2

I was already planning on catching a movie in Ann Arbor but the clouds were so amazing I decided to go early and do some shooting with the new SONY FS-100.  It was only my second time shooting with it so I’m still getting to know it.  Sometimes I go out shooting and I get nothing, this night seemed to offer an interesting subject every time I turned around.

Sony NEXFS100
Nikon 85 1.4
Nikon 50 1.4
Sony 18-200 (stock)
FCP
Music Demons by The Dears

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