Sarah T. Schwab and Brian Long today announced the launch of their independent film production company Cardinal Flix (CFI). The New York-based company will produce low-budget independent films (under $ 2.5 million) spanning a range of genres, from dramas to psychological thrillers.
CFI recently completed its first dramatic narrative feature, Life After You, starring Florencia Lozano (Narcos), Gary Perez (The Blacklist), Kathryn Erbe (Law and Order: Criminal Intent), Craig “muMs” Grant (Oz) and Tina Benko (The Avengers). The film centers on a suburban family’s struggle with the death of their 19-year-old son following an overdose of heroin containing fentanyl. It is directed by Sarah T. Schwab. The film is currently heading to the festival circuit and will hit theaters at the end of 2021. Additionally, the film will tour the United States through private and public screenings aimed at engaging and educating young people and their parents. , while fostering an essential dialogue between officials who are able to make a difference. https://www.lifeafteryoumovie.com.
This month, CFI will release the short film A Tree. A rock. A Cloud., Based on the Carson McCullers story. This is Karen Allen’s first film as a director. It stars Jeffrey Demunn (Billions, The Green Mile), James McMenamin (Orange Is the New Black) and Jackson Smith (Winner – Newcomer Award in a International Short at USA Film Festival). The film won the Best International Short Film Award at the Manchester Film Festival and will be released by Kapony, Inc. in late 2020. The film will also be available on Amazon in late 2020. http://www.atreerockacloudthefilm.com
The company also produced a second short film “A” My Name Is, which marks Sarah T. Schwab’s directorial debut and won the WNY Best Short Film award at the 2019 Buffalo International Film Festival. It features the newcomer Samarah Conley, whose performance earned her “Best Leading Actress in a Short” at the 2019 Nice International Film Festival, the 2020 Nova Star Awards and the 2020 Young Entertainer Awards. The film is currently streaming on Amazon. Https://www.amynameisthefilm.com.
A Stage of Twilight will begin production in spring 2021. This story, adapted from a play, is about an elderly woman facing a life or death decision after her husband, a man who has been diagnosed with illness. terminally ill heart. , informs him that he will spend his last days alone in order to avoid the emotional distress of seeing him die. The play received several public readings, including at the Cherry Lane Theater, Berkshire Theater Group and Dorset Theater, and starred actors Karen Allen (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Starman) and Jeffrey Demunn (Billions, The Green Mile) in the lead roles. The film will be shot in the summer of 2021 in New Milford, CT with plans for a theatrical release in late 2022. Learn more at https://www.astageoftwilightthefilm.com.
From 2022, the company will produce two feature films per year until 2029, but not limited to it. The production schedule and casting information will be announced at a later date.
“History comes before anything else. Always. We work together to tell stories about ordinary people facing extraordinary events that affect most people at some point in their lives,” said Founder Cardinal Flix and president Schwab. “Primitive stories about love, fear, sexuality and death, told honestly without frills.”
âOur goal is to create great films while taking care of our investors, actors and teams and generating significant positive impact in our communities through socially responsible programs, content and charitable efforts,â said Brian Long, co-founder of Cardinal Flix.
Schwab directed, produced and co-wrote the feature film “La vie aprÃ¨s toi” in January 2020. His short film “Family Matters” recently won the Ridgefield Independent Film Festival’s “Script-2-Screen” competition, which features ‘a prize of $ 25,000. subsidy for production services. She is a member of the playwrights / directors unit of The Actors Studio in New York.
Long is an Obie award-winning film producer and theater producer. In addition to his film credits, Long was General Manager of the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in New York City for nine years, where he produced over 40 world premieres by artists such as Annie Baker, Jesse Eisenberg, Adam Rapp, Craig Lucas, Jose Rivera, Heidi Schreck and Dael Orlandersmith.
While prioritizing financial performance for investors and business partners, CFI believes that socially responsible and charitable efforts are equally important in the way Cardinal Flix conducts its business. They include: the Mentorship Program, the Directors Program, the Young Producers Program, and Gender Parity and Diversity.