Cicala Filmworks

Cicala Filmworks Award-winning film production company founded in 1997 by Stefan Schaefer and Diane Crespo. The company produces feature films, documentaries, web content, commercials and music videos.
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Recent article about our film in post-production...
08/06/2019
On the Set of ‘Aloha Surf Hotel,’ the New Maui Movie

Recent article about our film in post-production...

It’s a quiet and hot June morning at Kihei Charter School and although school’s out for the weekend, odd events are occurring just outside of the classroom buildings. Beloved comedian Augie T…

03/18/2019
Even Though The Whole World Is Burning

Even Though The Whole World Is Burning

In honor of W.S. Merwin's passing, all proceeds from the streaming + download of the film will be donated to The Merwin Conservancy. Now through the end of April (National Poetry Month).

#eventhoughthewholeworldisburning #wsmerwin #wsmerwinfilm #nationalpoetrymonth

05/25/2018
Keys To The Kingdom | Indiegogo Campaign

From Producer of Kuleana - Movie, Stefan Schaefer Documents the trials and tribulations of the Hawaiian people as they fight for the freedom of the world's most precious resource - water.
Keys To The Kingdom - Documentary Film will be a feature-length documentary that showcases the complexity and drama in the County of Maui, Hawaii as capitalist endeavors, politics, and people are pitted against each other over a resource its native peoples have always revered as a gift for all.

As we continue our efforts to cover this battle as it develops, we are seeking additional funding on Indiegogo to afford expenses for continued coverage.

Learn More:
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/keys-to-the-kingdom-water-community

New documentary project. Check out the teaser and spread the word! #WaterRights #Hawaii #Documentary
05/25/2018
KEYS TO THE KINGDOM

New documentary project. Check out the teaser and spread the word!

#WaterRights #Hawaii #Documentary

A film about the epic fight over water, and the future, on the island of Maui, Hawai'i. | Check out 'KEYS TO THE KINGDOM' on Indiegogo.

07/13/2017
100 Resilient Cities - Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation

100 Resilient Cities - Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation

What is urban resilience? Why do cities need resilience thinking now more than ever? In less than two weeks, urban resilience leaders from around the world, from places like Medellín and Da Nang, will come together in New York to share ideas and innovations cities critically need.

06/21/2017
Even Though The Whole World Is Burning

Even Though The Whole World Is Burning

The best way to view the film is from our Vimeo channel. It looks better, sounds better, and there are more "extras". Also, 25% of all proceeds will be donated to the Merwin Conservancy. Here's the link...

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/merwinfilm

#WSMerwin #MerwinFilm #MerwinConservancy #EvenThoughTheWholeWorldIsBurningm #Vimeo #CicalaFilmworks

02/20/2017
Even Though The Whole World Is Burning

Even Though The Whole World Is Burning

The DVD is available from many retailers, Amazon among them, but the best way to view the film is still direct from the filmmakers. It looks better and there are more "extras" + 25% of all proceeds will be donated to the Merwin Conservancy. Here's the link...

#WSMerwin #MerwinFilm #MerwinConservancy #EvenThoughTheWholeWorldIsBurning

10/14/2016
Watch W.S. Merwin: Even Though the Whole World Is Burning Online | Vimeo On Demand

Best way to watch our film on Poet Laureate and environmental activist W.S. Merwin? Direct from our Vimeo channel (25% of proceeds are donated to the Merwin Conservancy)...

#WSMerwin #EvenThoughTheWholeWorldIsBurning

"A wonderful film about life, language, and the natural world we all share." Jeffrey Brown, PBS News Hour Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin has…

06/03/2016
100 Resilient Cities - Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation

Ongoing project we've been documenting for the past few years, with Diane Crespo taking the lead on the production side... and of course old friend Michael Berkowitz at the helm at 100RC...

#100RC #CicalaFilmworks #cities #resilience #doinggoodwork

Cities are home to more than half of the world's population. They're both the world's biggest risk and greatest hope. Learn about how we're working with cities to build global resilience.

05/02/2016
Watch W.S. Merwin: Even Though the Whole World Is Burning Online | Vimeo On Demand

Now that our successful nationwide PBS broadcast has come to an end, you can watch the full 82-minute film - as well as numerous extra interviews and readings - via the link below. 25% of all proceeds will be donated to the Merwin Conservancy.

#WSMerwin #ToPlantATree #EvenThoughTheWholeWorldIsBurning #poetry #MerwinConservancy #MerwinPBS

"A wonderful film about life, language, and the natural world we all share."  Jeffrey Brown, PBS News Hour Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin has…

We're heading for our final weekend of PBS broadcasts. Look out for the film in numerous midwestern states, in Californi...
04/29/2016

We're heading for our final weekend of PBS broadcasts. Look out for the film in numerous midwestern states, in California + airing in primetime spots in Hawaii and the Seattle area. A link to local listings below. Enjoy!

#WSMerwin #ToPlantATree #EvenThoughTheWholeWorldIsBurning #CicalaFilmworks #NationalPoetryMonth #Poetry

In Seattle or Hawai‘i ? Tonight "W.S. Merwin: To Plant a Tree" will air on your local PBS stations at 8pm (local time).

Directed by Maui-based filmmaker Stefan Schaefer of Cicala Filmworks (pictured on location in the Merwin Palm Forest below), this one-hour documentary is an intimate, thoughful film that tells the story of poet laureate and tree planter W.S. Merwin. Merwin has lived on Maui's north shore for 40 years on land he's lovingly restored by hand, tree by tree.

For remaining airdates/times from the national broadcast, visit: http://bit.ly/MerwinPBS16 #MerwinPBS

Even Though The Whole World Is Burning
04/15/2016
Even Though The Whole World Is Burning

Even Though The Whole World Is Burning

Many more PBS stations just announced new dates/times for broadcast of our film. Check the link below to see when it's playing in your neck of the woods. Broadcast dates start this weekend and run through the end of the month!

#MerwinPBS #WSMerwin #PBS #CicalaFilmworks #NationalPoetryMonth #EarthDay #MerwinConservancy #WNET

As many of you know, a one-hour version of the film, entitled "W.S. Merwin: To Plant a Tree", will screen nationwide on ...
04/12/2016
Even Though The Whole World Is Burning

As many of you know, a one-hour version of the film, entitled "W.S. Merwin: To Plant a Tree", will screen nationwide on PBS starting this week. The broadcast is in honor of National Poetry Month and Earth Day. Please visit the link below for broadcast dates and times for 40+ cities and regions. We'll be updating as more come in...

#WSMerwin #PBS #EvenThoughTheWholeWorldIsBurning #ToPlantATree #MerwinConservancy #CicalaFilmworks

http://www.merwinconservancy.org/ws-merwin-to-plant-a-tree-april-2016-pbs-broadcast-schedule/

As many of you know, a one-hour version of the film, entitled "W.S. Merwin: To Plant a Tree", will screen nationwide on PBS starting this week. The broadcast is in honor of National Poetry Month and Earth Day. Please visit the link below for broadcast dates and times for 40+ cities and regions. We'll be updating as more come in...

#WSMerwin #PBS #EvenThoughTheWholeWorldIsBurning #ToPlantATree #MerwinConservancy #CicalaFilmworks

http://www.merwinconservancy.org/ws-merwin-to-plant-a-tree-april-2016-pbs-broadcast-schedule/

The Merwin Conservancy
03/14/2016
The Merwin Conservancy

The Merwin Conservancy

Great news! Thirteen WNET New York will air the PBS Broadcast version of director Stefan Schaefer's W.S. Merwin documentary starting on Wednesday, April 20th at 10pm EST. This will kick-off a nationwide PBS campaign to share the film, underwritten by our extraordinary Conservancy partner Halekulani Hotel. The PBS broadcast will be listed under the name "W.S. Merwin: To Plant a Tree". More dates/times in different regions across the country to be announced! Stay tuned...

06/05/2015
A Conversation with the Filmmaker | EVEN THOUGH THE WHOLE WORLD IS BURNING

"A Conversation With The Filmmaker" from PBS Hawaii...

#WSMerwin #MerwinConservancy #StefanSchaefer #PBSHawaii #RoyKimura #CicalaFilmworks

Produced by PBS Hawaii, a short interview with director/producer Stefan Schaefer about the process of making the feature documentary EVEN THOUGH THE WHOLE WORLD…

Nice little write-up in The New Yorker magazine about Merwin and the film...#WSMerwin #StefanSchaefer #NewYorkerMag #New...
04/30/2015
The Palm Trees and Poetry of W. S. Merwin - The New Yorker

Nice little write-up in The New Yorker magazine about Merwin and the film...

#WSMerwin #StefanSchaefer #NewYorkerMag #NewYorker #PBS #PBSHawaii #MerwinConservancy #CicalaFilmworks Robert Becker Edward Morris Susannah Sayler Williams Cole Karen Bouris Andrew Rice Nicco Mele #CaseyCep

A new documentary, “Even Though the Whole World Is Burning,” details W. S. Merwin’s efforts to restore the palm forests of Maui.

Very happy to announce our Canadian premiere will happen on May 2nd at the DOXA Documentary Film Festival in Vancouver. ...
04/15/2015
Even Though the Whole World is Burning

Very happy to announce our Canadian premiere will happen on May 2nd at the DOXA Documentary Film Festival in Vancouver. Get your tickets, folks!

W.S. Merwin may be the one of the world’s greatest living poets, but most afternoons, he can be found puttering about in his palm forest on the island of Maui. In the late 1970s, Merwin purchased a bit of wasteland on the island, and set about planting trees. The garden grew into The Merwin Conserva…

Our next festival screening of EVEN THOUGH THE WHOLE WORLD IS BURNING is April 10th at the International Buddhist Film F...
03/26/2015
IBFF 2015 BAY AREA Full Schedule | BUDDHIST FILM FOUNDATION

Our next festival screening of EVEN THOUGH THE WHOLE WORLD IS BURNING is April 10th at the International Buddhist Film Festival in the Bay Area. Get your tickets before they sell out, people!

#WSMerwin #EvenThoughTheWholeWorldIsBurning #MerwinConservancy #StefanSchaefer #CicalaFilmworks

Celebrating its 15th year, Buddhist Film Foundation is co-presenting with California Film Institute fifteen new films from ten countries, each with a wonderful

Favorite recent 5-star review on Amazon: "I thought this was an absolutely adorable movie...So love Nicole's MAN CANDY.....
02/23/2015
My Last Day Without You

Favorite recent 5-star review on Amazon: "I thought this was an absolutely adorable movie...So love Nicole's MAN CANDY..he was seriously hot!" Wonder if that's what they call Ken Duken back in Europe?
#NicoleBeharie #KenDuken #ManCandy #MLDWY #MyLastDayWithoutYou #PassionRiver #CicalaFilmworks #StefanSchaefer

When Niklas, a young German business executive, is sent from Frankfurt to New York to shut down a division of his firm, he doesn t realize his life is about to be turned upside-down in one single day. While in New York, he meets and falls for Leticia, a beautiful African-American secretary and as...

01/30/2015
My Last Day Without You

Best way to view the award-winning romance "My Last Day Without You," starring Nicole Beharie and Ken Duken? Simple... VOD from the link below. Enjoy!

#NicoleBeharie #MLDWY #MyLastDayWithoutYou #KenDuken #NYLoveStory #StefanSchaefer #ChrisSilber #CicalaFilmworks #SleepHollowFans

On a one-day business trip to New York, a German business executive falls in love with a singer-songwriter who exposes him to her Brooklyn world and emotions he's…

For those in Arizona, our film on W.S. Merwin will screen as a benefit for the University of Arizona Poetry Center & the...
01/22/2015

For those in Arizona, our film on W.S. Merwin will screen as a benefit for the University of Arizona Poetry Center & the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum on February 8th @ 3pm.

For those in Arizona, the film will screen as a benefit for the University of Arizona Poetry Center & the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum on February 8th @ 3pm. More info here... #EvenThoughTheWholeWorldIsBurning

01/09/2015
My Last Day Without You

Airs again this Saturday, January 11th @ 9pm on UpTV. Or watch it right now from the link below...

#mldwy #NicoleBeharie #StefanSchaefer #ChrisSilber #CicalaFilmworks #KenDuken #NYLoveStory

On a one-day business trip to New York, a German business executive falls in love with a singer-songwriter who exposes him to her Brooklyn world and emotions he's…

Look what just arrived in the warehouse, ready to ship out Nov. 18th! Buy em direct from the filmmakers @ www.mylastdayw...
11/13/2014

Look what just arrived in the warehouse, ready to ship out Nov. 18th! Buy em direct from the filmmakers @ www.mylastdaywithoutyou.com. Or from Amazon, Hastings, etc.

#DVDRelease #MLDWY #NicoleBeharie #NikkiBeharie #KenDuken #LoveStory #SleepyHollow #CicalaFilmworks #SilverShepherd #StefanSchaefer — with Nicole Beharie and 3 others.

Look what just arrived in the warehouse, ready to ship out Nov. 18th! Buy 'em direct from the filmmakers @ www.mylastdaywithoutyou.com. Or from Amazon, Hastings, etc.

#DVDRelease #MLDWY #NicoleBeharie #NikkiBeharie #KenDuken #LoveStory #SleepyHollow #CicalaFilmworks #SilverShepherd #StefanSchaefer

10/31/2014
My Last Day Without You

My Last Day Without You

DVD release is Nov. 18th, and word just in that VOD is Dec. 1. Film will be available from iTunes, AmazonPrime, Vudu, Google Play, Vubiquity, and Dish Network. Netflix and Hulu will be a month or so later. You'll be able to buy and watch direct from our website!

#NicoleBeharie #NikkiBeharie #MLDWY #MyLastDayWithoutYou #StefanSchaefer #ChrisSilber #KenDuken #Cicalafilmworks #DVDrelease #VODrelease #DVDpremiere

DVD/VOD release for MY LAST DAY WITHOUT YOU is coming up, people! Looks like first week in November. To ensure we get th...
09/08/2014
Netflix

DVD/VOD release for MY LAST DAY WITHOUT YOU is coming up, people! Looks like first week in November. To ensure we get the best exposure, we're asking those with NetFlix accounts to place the film in their queues. Many thanks!

#MyLastDayWithoutYou, #MLDWY, #NicoleBeharie, #NikkiBeharie, #KenDuken, #StefanSchaefer, #CicalaFilmworks, #SilverShepherdFilms, #ChrisSilber, #RegECathey, #MarleneForte, #LaithNakli, #IndieFilm, #NYLoveStory, #InterracialLove #PassionRiver

During a brief trip to New York on business, German executive Niklas meets a young female musician who exposes a new side of the city to him. As their attraction intensifies, Niklas comes to realize that he's facing several crucial decisions.

Summer 2014 update on our "official" website...
06/24/2014
Cicala Filmworks

Summer 2014 update on our "official" website...

Cicala Filmworks is a full-service film, video, and new-media production company. Headquartered in New York City, the company produces content as varied as documentary programming, industrial videos, TV commercials, web content, and short and feature films.

Diane's most recent feature is now on iTunes and VOD...
05/09/2014
Clutter

Diane's most recent feature is now on iTunes and VOD...

Watch the trailer and download Clutter 2014 on iTunes.

MY LAST DAY WITHOUT YOU has its cable premiere on UP tv this Monday, April 21st @ 9pm. It'll play again on April 26th @ ...
04/16/2014
My Last Day Without You

MY LAST DAY WITHOUT YOU has its cable premiere on UP tv this Monday, April 21st @ 9pm. It'll play again on April 26th @ 5 & 7pm, and May 3rd @ 9pm. Check it out and tell your friends...

#MyLastDayWithoutYou, #NicoleBeharie, #KenDuken, #MarleneForte, #RegECathey, #LaithNakli, #ChrisSilber, #CicalaFilmworks, #StefanSchaefer, #DianeCrespo

On a one-day business trip to New York, a young German business executive falls in love with a singer-songwriter who exposes him to her Brooklyn world and emotions he's never experienced before.

Title track for MY LAST DAY WITHOUT YOU, performed by Nicole Beharie. Come see her sing on the big screen starting this ...
10/01/2013
MyLastDayWithoutYou

Title track for MY LAST DAY WITHOUT YOU, performed by Nicole Beharie. Come see her sing on the big screen starting this Friday, Oct. 4th. We open in AMC theaters in DC, Atlanta, Seattle, New Orleans and Chicago.

Title Track to the Film My Last Day Without You

Come love em again opening weekend - DC, Atlanta, Seattle, New Orleans + Chicago...#MLDWY
09/26/2013

Come love em again opening weekend - DC, Atlanta, Seattle, New Orleans + Chicago...#MLDWY

Come love em again opening weekend!

Song #4 from MY LAST DAY WITHOUT YOU, which opens Oct. 4th in DC, Atlanta, Seattle, New Orleans & Chicago. Download and ...
09/24/2013
MorningLight

Song #4 from MY LAST DAY WITHOUT YOU, which opens Oct. 4th in DC, Atlanta, Seattle, New Orleans & Chicago. Download and listen for free this week...performed by Nicole Beharie.

Listen to My Last Day Without You / MorningLight | Explore the largest community of artists, bands, podcasters and creators of music & audio.

09/20/2013
My Last Day Without You

Let's post some big BO numbers opening weekend, people!

Tickets just went on sale for Oct. 4th opening in DC and Atlanta. Get 'em early! For Chicago, Seattle and New Orleans, online ticket sales start 48hrs prior to showtime...

Who's checking out MY LAST DAY WITHOUT YOU star Nicole Beharie Browne on her new show SLEEPY HOLLOW tonight? Show's got ...
09/16/2013
Sleepy Hollow on FOX

Who's checking out MY LAST DAY WITHOUT YOU star Nicole Beharie Browne on her new show SLEEPY HOLLOW tonight? Show's got some serious buzz, and we're not surprised! #sleepyhollow, #nicolebeharie #mldwy

In this modern-day twist on Washington Irving's classic, Ichabod Crane is resurrected and pulled two-and-a-half centuries through time to unravel a mystery that dates all the way back to the founding fathers.

We're now listed on AMC Independent's site. Tix go on sale soon. We open Oct 4th in DC, Atlanta, Seattle, New Orleans an...
09/16/2013
AMC independent - The Stories of the World, Brought to Your Neighborhood. AMC Theatres'...

We're now listed on AMC Independent's site. Tix go on sale soon. We open Oct 4th in DC, Atlanta, Seattle, New Orleans and Chicago...#MLDWY...

AMC independent™ is our renewed commitment to advancing independent film. Now, you can see more distinct and unconventional films at our theatres around the country. We’re bringing you more of what you want - a diverse line-up of films that excite, encourage and engage. Over 20% of our theatres are…

Another song from our film MY LAST DAY WITHOUT YOU, sung by the multi-talented Nicole Beharie. Film opens in AMC theater...
09/10/2013
Two Hands

Another song from our film MY LAST DAY WITHOUT YOU, sung by the multi-talented Nicole Beharie. Film opens in AMC theaters on Oct 4 in DC, Atlanta, Seattle, New Orleans & Chicago. Enjoy + please get out there and support the film on it's opening weekend!

From the motion picture soundtrack My Last Day Without you

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