Directors

Cynthia Wade
Director (Gold Bond, Merck)

Paul Goldman
Director (Purina, Beneful)

Rebecca Hamm
Producer, Director (Beauty Redefined)

Kai Sehr
Director (Planters)

Rebecca Cremona
Writer, Director (Simshar)

Scott Toepfer
Director (ASUS ZenBook, Toyota Sienna)

Nik Kleverov
Director (The Auctioneer, IMAX, Offer-Up)

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Benzo Theodore
Director (Crayola, Nissan)

Chris Kasick
Director (Uncle Nick, AT&T Uverse)

Leslie Lucey is an award winning producer and member of

Film Independent and Women in Film

and Grand Jury Member New York Festivals 2014 -2015 and 2015-2016

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Leslie is a freelance commercial and creative producer with companies such as ModOp Films, working with top Ad Agencies including McCann, Leo Burrnett, Harrison & Star, McGarry Bowen, and many others. Recent work includes a national Ad for Crayola, filmed in Prague, an immersive experiential social campaign for Chick-fil-A in Georgia, and a VR experience filmed in Japan and Northern California. Leslie has a long track record of producing award winning branded content for AT&T Uverse at Digital Kitchen and has produced two feature films including Malta's first submission to the Foreign film Category of the Academy Awards, "Simshar". Having graduated with honors from Art Center College of Design with a BFA in film, Leslie has continued to elevate the visual language of film in the industry. Leslie is seeking investment toward the formation of a film fund to develop a slate of feature films with award winning and emerging screenwriters and directors. 

 

Awards for "Simshar"

California Film Awards 2014

Won - Silver Award    
Narrative Film Competition
Rebecca Cremona (director) 
Leslie Lucey (producer) 

Cinedays Skopje Film Festival 2015

Nominated - Golden Star    
Best Film

Cyprus International Film Festival 2015

Won - CIFF Award    
Best Director
Rebecca Cremona 

Won - Golden Aphrodite    
Best Feature Film
Rebecca Cremona
Leslie Lucey

Edmonton International Film Festival 2015

Won - International Feature Award    
Rebecca Cremona
Leslie Lucey

Mannheim-Heidelberg International Filmfestival 2015

Won - Special Achievement Award    
International Competition

Won - Special Award of Mannheim-Heidelberg    
International Competitions

Napoli Film Festival 2016

Won - Special Mention   

Peloponnesian International Film Festival (Bridges) 2015

Won - Best Leading Actress    
Clare Agius
 
Won - Best Music Score    
Ruben Zahra

Won - Best Production Design    
Nina Gerada
Jonathan Hagos
 

Won - Golden Pegasus    
Rebecca Cremona
Leslie Lucey

Zanzibar International Film Festival 2015

Won - 2nd place
The Silver Dhow    

Best Film
Rebecca Cremona
Kukumajsa Productions

    

 
Filming an interview with Marc Maron, with Director Chris Kasick and the AT&T U-verse Buzz Original Documentary crew on a sound stage in Glendale. Watch the doc

Filming an interview with Marc Maron, with Director Chris Kasick and the AT&T U-verse Buzz Original Documentary crew on a sound stage in Glendale. Watch the doc

With Director Rebecca Hamm filming at New York Fashion Week, interviewing models backstage of the Alon Livne show for our "Fashion Week" docs. 

With Director Rebecca Hamm filming at New York Fashion Week, interviewing models backstage of the Alon Livne show for our "Fashion Week" docs. 

We filmed the first 8 days of "Simshar" at MFS studios in Malta in a huge water tank. This shot was filmed during an evening on set with a team of pyrotechnicians. See a behind the scenes vignette filmed at the tanks.

We filmed the first 8 days of "Simshar" at MFS studios in Malta in a huge water tank. This shot was filmed during an evening on set with a team of pyrotechnicians. See a behind the scenes vignette filmed at the tanks.

Q: What is the best aspect of filmmaking?

 

A: Over the years, I have met and worked with incredibly talented people. We aren't just co-workers, we are friends, and in some cases family. I love that I had the opportunity to travel all over the world doing what I love with the people I care about. 

 

 

Q&A with Leslie Lucey, Producer (Simshar, Uncle Nick)

Q: How do you begin to prep a project?

A: I work closely with the director to get a firm understanding of what they have in mind for the creative. Then I begin to assemble the team. We build together. 

Q: What is the most challenging aspect of production on a feature film?

A: When working with first time feature film directors, it is important to make sure they understand they are making the film for an audience and it must be commercially viable. This includes casting known actors. You have to make sure the film will be distributed and in order to do that, you must budget accordingly, hire the right crew, and negotiate the contracts well. Additionally, you have to start with the end in mind. You need to have your editor on set from the start of production, and you need to keep money aside for finishing and legal fees. 

Q: When did you know you wanted to be a producer?

A: I remember my film school orientation, there was a handful of new students around the table, and each one was supposed to say what they were going to do. Until that moment, I had not decided what I would be doing in the film industry. As each person around the table said, "director," "director", "cinematographer", "director", "director"... finally I knew, and it was my turn... "producer!"...I guess I just wanted to be different.

Q: Why do you enjoy filmmaking?

A: I grew up going to film sets with my dad, he was an actor in shows like Mork and Mindy, and Laverne and Shirley. I always wanted to make movies. It wasn't until I went to film school at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, that I decided I wanted to be a producer. I enjoy helping a creative director bring their visions to life. Nothing is more exciting then seeing an audience respond to the work it took an army to create. I love being apart of that. 

Q: What directors have you worked with?

A: The first ever short film that I produced was called "Magdalene", written and directed by Rebecca Cremona. We took that film to the Cannes short film corner in 2008 and sold it to Shorts International. After working with Rebecca on "Magdalene", we teamed up again for our first feature film, "Simshar" which was distributed by Gravitas Ventures and was the first ever submission to the Academy Awards in the Foreign Language category from Malta. My second feature film "Uncle Nick" was with Director, Chris Kasick. We had worked together for years at Digital Kitchen creating original documentaries for AT&T U-verse. "Uncle Nick" was distributed by MPI. Both films are available on VOD on iTunes and Amazon. While at Digital Kitchen I also worked with two amazing emerging directors, Rebecca Hamm and Nik Kleverov, each with their own unique voice we made several documentaries together. I look forward to continuing on the journey of collaboration with these and other directors.

Working on set in Burbank with my sister and colleague Amy Michelle Greenleaf Lopez on a commercial for TBS and iHeart Radio

Working on set in Burbank with my sister and colleague Amy Michelle Greenleaf Lopez on a commercial for TBS and iHeart Radio

Our fantastic production team from Digital Kitchen from (left to right) Cherie Melaniuk, Leslie Lucey, Joanna Grim, Nate Eggert, Nik Kleverov, Mike Mannino, Chad Stanley, Ben Lioe

Our fantastic production team from Digital Kitchen from (left to right) Cherie Melaniuk, Leslie Lucey, Joanna Grim, Nate Eggert, Nik Kleverov, Mike Mannino, Chad Stanley, Ben Lioe

The crew working under extreme conditions brought us all closer together. This is filming in thick fog on top of an active volcano. 

The crew working under extreme conditions brought us all closer together. This is filming in thick fog on top of an active volcano. 

Working with an incredible crew in Nashville TN, (Left to Right) Nate Eggert, Thomas F. O'meara, Jared Washburn, CJ Miller

Working with an incredible crew in Nashville TN, (Left to Right) Nate Eggert, Thomas F. O'meara, Jared Washburn, CJ Miller

At the Red Carpet Premiere for "Simshar" in Malta

At the Red Carpet Premiere for "Simshar" in Malta

Filming at Mt. St. Helens with DP Heimo Ritzinger and Director Chris Kasick.

Q: How do you keep up with the fast changing technology?

 

A: Cinematographers have a hard job, keeping up with the latest trends in cameras and support gear. There seems to be a better camera option every few months. There is always a new contraption to rig it, and always a reason to try it. 

 

 
Nothing more exciting than fast cars coming right for you. Our fearless DP Heimo Ritzinger captures our stunt drivers on set in Lake Los Angeles, California

Nothing more exciting than fast cars coming right for you. Our fearless DP Heimo Ritzinger captures our stunt drivers on set in Lake Los Angeles, California

Cinematographer Michael Pescasio operating on a JL Fisher dolly on the set of our film "Uncle Nick". Click here to watch the film now

Cinematographer Michael Pescasio operating on a JL Fisher dolly on the set of our film "Uncle Nick". Click here to watch the film now

Sometimes it is not about a fancy camera or a special lens. We could have shot this scenery with an iPhone, and still got a beautiful image. This was taken during the filming of a documentary in Washington State during an anniversary of the Mt. St. Helens Volcano eruption. Watch that doc now

Sometimes it is not about a fancy camera or a special lens. We could have shot this scenery with an iPhone, and still got a beautiful image. This was taken during the filming of a documentary in Washington State during an anniversary of the Mt. St. Helens Volcano eruption. Watch that doc now

Our DP Kevin Bud Jones filming in Toronto at Raid Studios on a C300 for our Comic Book doc. Watch now

Our DP Kevin Bud Jones filming in Toronto at Raid Studios on a C300 for our Comic Book doc. Watch now

Filming in Oahu Hawaii on the beach in front of the Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina.

Filming in Oahu Hawaii on the beach in front of the Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina.