PHENOMENON FILMWORKS merges the collective talent of filmmakers, technicians, writers, and performers to create new and insightful films for all generations. We work collaboratively to ensure that each unique contribution is valued and celebrated.
First a 1978 summer camp moviemaking enrichment, Phenomenon Filmworks – then known as the Young Filmmakers Club – progressed into one of the first classroom filmmaking programs in the country. Starting with Super 8 film, then Hi8 video, and now digital film, we have also helped middle school, high school, and university students create a collection of over 110 short films in our successful 9-year Phenomenon summer program. During the program students visited Paramount, Warner Brothers, Universal, and Sony movie studios and participated in real film productions.
Officially inaugurated on February 9, 2011, Phenomenon Filmworks is led by a united team of 2 filmmakers, 2 screenwriters, and 2 actors. We work on a collaborative set: Although the director pulls it together, everyone participates equally. In this way we nurture our unique stories to life.
In September 2008, we began production on the first of our own professional independent productions, "The Backpack," followed quickly by our feature Five.
Recently we completed our third and most ambitious production Turner Risk, which explores the impact of bullying on two central characters: Turner, who was tormented throughout his school years, and Robbie, who faces the toughest bullies of all – fate, adulthood, and the world itself. Each is forced to deal with issues they are not quite old enough to solve. But then, do any of us?
Contrary to the "whitewashing" of most industry projects, Turner Risk is one of the few films cast with the best talent available, regardless of ethnicity or gender. The story, characters, and relationships carry the action, so the film comes across as a true American film that may well be one of the most diverse films shot up to now.
It's all part of Phenomenon Filmworks' commitment to focus on stories to which we all can relate.
We are happy to see so many of our past students and colleagues finding work within the industry. We are particularly excited to see the increase of female filmmakers in the industry, including those we have introduced to filmmaking. We are looking forward to telling more of their stories in our future films and adding them to our team.
THE ORIGINAL PHENOMENON FILMWORKS TEAM
MICHAEL DAILEY • MORGAN LINTZ • FRANK EMIS • DAVID KIM • ANDY THOMPSON • EUGENE KANG • CHARLIE MAGDALENO