The Big Picture

Mandorla's PosterMandorla follows Ernesto, a visual artist and seeker stuck in a corporate video job, who is drawn by dark and magical visions to a medieval French city. There he seeks an illusive banker to help him unlock an obscure dream, deep within him, that threatens his job, family, and sanity.

Official trailer

Over 21,000 plays on Vimeo so far

This site is for you to discover and follow Mandorla (independent and low budget by necessity) as it's being made. We have written, shot, and edited the film, and are now preparing it for release in late 2015. Follow regular updates on our Facebook page.



New Poster! 

Creating a movie poster is actually as fun as you may think it would be. So, time flew by this week and it seems we got little else done. We decided to test the new poster design on some trusted "friends of the film" that have always given us their honest opinion. Here's what a couple of them had to say:

"I would say it tells the story well, in an abstract way.  Overall  - a good representation. I still think the original poster is more potent and more mysterious."

 "I absolutely love it! The warm colors, the rich textures...honestly, it's so consistent with the cinematographic theme within the movie. Even the movement of the's all in synch with the Mandorla image and the movements of Ernesto's journey both upwards and inwards throughout the movie. In general, it definitely works as the "grabber" first sentence of any essay I'd want to read....or in this case, watch ;)"

What are your thoughts? Is this poster better than the last?

Send us a mail and let us know what YOU think!



Laurels grow around mandorla!

This is a special moment. Any laurel from a film festival will help get a film noticed. Three suggests that a film is worthy of consideration.

We are now working to have screenings of Mandorla in the fall in France, the US, Canada, Brazil, Italy, England and will then prepare to release via digital channels.

Stay tuned!


NEW TRAILER FINISHED!! Zaentz Seal of Approval!

Mandorla's new trailer has just been finished and is being well received! Have a look for yourself on Vimeo, YouTube, or right here (subtitles available in French and Spanish, use CC) and then send us a note and let us know what you think?

Shot from the trailer: Ernesto tries to see light and shadow at the same time. This, of course, reflects the central theme of the film.

And now, saving the best for last, the big news.

New opening title card in Mandorla


Paul Zaentz produced, along side his uncle Saul, some of the most memorable and intelligent American and international cinema of our time: Amadeus, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, At Play in the Fields of the Lord, The English Patient, and The Talented Mr. Ripley.

Some time ago, I gave Paul a copy of Mandorla to view when he had time. I didn't hear anything back for several months, which is understandable. Paul is a very busy fellow—developing an exciting new film project, tending Poster for The English Patientmany of The Zaentz Film Company's film properties, and, few people actually know this, the rights to The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, which they've owned since 1976. Yep. You read that right. The portal to Middle Earth resides in the shire of Berkeley!

A few weeks ago I received a message from Paul. He had just watched Mandorla and was moved by the film on a personal level. It was the same reaction we had from people who spoke to us after screenings at the Julien Dubuque International Film festival.

I told Paul our goal for Mandorla is for it to be seen by as many people as possible so that others may have the same experience. To help with that, and help Mandorla get the awareness and consideration it needs, I asked Paul if he would consider "presenting" the film. This is something rare among filmmakers, and something he has never done. Paul said he would be honored to have his name on the film. Without question, the honor is mine.

Shot from Mandorla trailer, Queen on the bridge. I shared this news with an email to a well-regarded film festival director and programmer. They wrote back (the same day) with congratulations and an invitation to submit the film for their consideration, and they waived the entry fee (also rare in filmmaking). Other festivals followed suit. Thank you, Paul.

The plan ahead, after fall festivals, is to release Mandorla in late October or November, so you too can see this film.

Meanwhile, stay with us, we have a lot more to share as we go!




Everything seems to take 3x longer, but then you see why!

In editing, invariably by chance, a frame will appear at random and linger, giving pause to consider the film's essence.

Tonight, while Liz and I edited the trailer, this frame appeared. We captured it to share with you.



Editing new trailer, Exciting Announcements coming!

Another day of editing in our walk-in-closet sized editing studio.

Editing our new (and long overdue) trailer in preperation for some big announcements coming soon.

A film trailer is an interesting form to work in. Some editors will tell you it's fun because "anything goes," you can put in any thing you want in any order. And that's true. I prefer to think of a trailer as a mosaic, and in the making of it be guided by what the film is about at it's core. In our case:

A guy with conflicting inner and outer worlds, compelled to journey between them with the hope of finding a meaningful life in the balance.

Somewhere while watching trailer (ours or any other) I want to say to myself, "I want to see that film." Hopefully, when you see this new trailer, you will say or something similiar. We'll finish and post it soon, and you can tell us if we hit that mark.

And we'll make some announcements soon that we are pretty excited about, too.

Till then,