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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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Our new comedy "ALOHA SURF HOTEL" is available for rent/purchase on many VOD platforms as of today, Oct. 12. Enjoy!
10/12/2021

Our new comedy "ALOHA SURF HOTEL" is available for rent/purchase on many VOD platforms as of today, Oct. 12. Enjoy!

10/09/2021

FLASH SALE!

Aloha Surf Hotel is only $6.99 this weekend on iTunes

Preorder today and enjoy the premier Oct 12

#flashsale #preorder #itunes #aloha #mauihawaii #indiefilm #comedy #augiet #branscomberichmond #daniellamonet #taianatully

Gotham Awards Full Winners List: ‘Nomadland’, ‘The Forty-Year-Old Version’, ‘I May Destroy You’, Riz Ahmed, Nicole Behar...
01/13/2021
Gotham Awards Full Winners List: ‘Nomadland’, ‘The Forty-Year-Old Version’, ‘I May Destroy You’, Riz Ahmed, Nicole Beharie Among Honorees

Gotham Awards Full Winners List: ‘Nomadland’, ‘The Forty-Year-Old Version’, ‘I May Destroy You’, Riz Ahmed, Nicole Beharie Among Honorees

The Gotham Film and Media Institute’s 30th annual Gotham Awards took place on Monday night and although the ceremony was virtual, the joy of the independent film world was still felt from the…

HIFF | Hawaii International Film Festival
10/10/2020
HIFF | Hawaii International Film Festival

HIFF | Hawaii International Film Festival

Tai Alonzo was a legendary surfer with big things ahead of him, but years later, he's divorced, living in his van, his pro surfing days long behind him. When he is forced to take a job at a family-owned Hawaiian beachfront hotel, he not only becomes the surf instructor, but also the tennis pro, the....

Trailer #1 for upcoming comedy ALOHA SURF HOTEL... https://youtu.be/tjGfj5NBGdg#alohasurfhotel #alohasurfhotelmovie #com...
08/12/2020
ALOHA SURF HOTEL | Official Trailer #1

Trailer #1 for upcoming comedy ALOHA SURF HOTEL...

https://youtu.be/tjGfj5NBGdg

#alohasurfhotel #alohasurfhotelmovie #comingsoon #comedy #hawaii

Trailer for upcoming comedy ALOHA SURF HOTEL, starring Augie T, Taiana Tully, Alex Farnham, Branscombe Richmond, Daniella Monet, Shawn Garnett and Matt Corbo...

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…

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.

Best way to watch our film on Poet Laureate and environmental activist W.S. Merwin? Direct from our Vimeo channel (25% o...
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…

Now that our successful nationwide PBS broadcast has come to an end, you can watch the full 82-minute film - as well as ...
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

W.S. Merwin: To Plant a Tree – April 2016 PBS Broadcast Schedule
04/15/2016
W.S. Merwin: To Plant a Tree – April 2016 PBS Broadcast Schedule

W.S. Merwin: To Plant a Tree – April 2016 PBS Broadcast Schedule

In celebration of April as National Poetry Month and Earth Day (April 22), the W.S. Merwin documentary Even Though the Whole World is Burning has been scheduled for television broadcast nationwide …

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
W.S. 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/

In celebration of April as National Poetry Month and Earth Day (April 22), the W.S. Merwin documentary Even Though the Whole World is Burning has been scheduled for television broadcast nationwide …

W.S. Merwin: To Plant a Tree Preview | W.S. Merwin: To Plant a Tree | Video | THIRTEEN - New...
03/14/2016
W.S. Merwin: To Plant a Tree Preview | W.S. Merwin: To Plant a Tree | Video | THIRTEEN - New...

W.S. Merwin: To Plant a Tree Preview | W.S. Merwin: To Plant a Tree | Video | THIRTEEN - New...

This documentary examines the life and work of Poet Laureate, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, and environmental activist W.S. Merwin. His tangible actions to nurture his surrounding environment go hand-in-hand with his poetry, offering insight and humor on the human experience and providing a refres…

"A Conversation With The Filmmaker" from PBS Hawaii...#WSMerwin #MerwinConservancy #StefanSchaefer #PBSHawaii #RoyKimura...
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

For those in the greater Washington DC area, here's your chance to see our documentary about W.S. W. S. Merwin. It scree...
03/15/2015
Even Though the Whole World is Burning - Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital

For those in the greater Washington DC area, here's your chance to see our documentary about W.S. W. S. Merwin. It screens as part of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital on March 21st. 7:30pm at The Writer's Center in Bethesda!

#WSMerwin #EvenThoughTheWholeWorldIsBurning #DC #WashingtonDC #EnvironmentalFilmFestival #EFF

Now in his 87th year, Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin has dedicated over three decades to preserving and regenerating native plants and palms on a 19-acre site, Merwin Conservancy, on the north shore of Maui, Hawaii. Even Though The Whole World Is Burning is an intimate portrait of a man who is often call…

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...

Best way to view the award-winning romance "My Last Day Without You," starring Nicole Beharie and Ken Duken? Simple... V...
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

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

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...

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Take a look at one of the newest films Made in Maui by our friends at Cicala Filmworks. Aloha Surf Hotel is premiering at Hawai'i International Film Festival! Stars Include: Augie T, Alex Farnham, Branscombe Richmond, Daniella Monet, Taiaina Tully, Shawn Mokuahi Garnett, & many more local faces. #Trailer #WorldPremiere #MauiBuilt #IndieFilm
MarQ & Ren's Next Film Is a Creature Feature Surf Adventure Meets a Beast. A War Beast. https://youtu.be/xpxubw0aYzk #SurfFilms #indiefilmmaker #CreatureFeatureAutomatic EntertainmenttCicala Filmworkss