The new indie production studio, Noirtainment founded in 2019 by writer/director Miranda Spigener-Sapon, has been busy during these pandemic times and is pleased to announce the screenings of 3 projects that include the much anticipated international premiere of Lifelines.
Noirtainment, like most production companies, took a definite hit during the pandemic/lockdown of Covid-19, but that didn’t stop its founder, President of Production and writer/director Miranda Spigener-Sapon, from finding a way and a light in the darkness, and by the way, “Finding a Light in the Darkness” is the Noirtainment motto.
“When the pandemic hit and we were put on stay at home orders, my team and I were inspired to find ways to pivot our business while staying productive…it was devastating that not only our new series pilot production was put on hold, but also my directorial debut in the feature Lifelines, was delayed as it’s Cannes Director’s Fortnight screening was canceled, and it’s limited theatrical plus release had to be rescheduled; however, it opened us up to get creative on our next steps,” states Spigener-Sapon.
Creative is what they are. Noirtainment will be screening 3 projects at the MIPCOM Film/TV Market in Cannes during the week of October 11th. Lifelines, a neo-noir psychological drama about mental illness, will be the directorial narrative feature film debut for Miranda Spigener-Sapon who also wrote the script. The film will be released in a limited theatrical release and on streaming platforms, December 2021.
Lifelines tell the fictional story of Ethan Grayson, portrayed by newcomer Ross John Gosla and his battle with mental illness and bipolar and after over 10 years of being estranged from friends and family, he returns to Los Angeles to reconnect with his adopted younger and successful surgeon sister Emily, played by Fern Lim. Veteran actor Lew Temple (Corsicana, Unstoppable, The Walking Dead) stars as Cooper Grayson, their mentally abusive father. The film also stars Jeremy Denzlinger (Birds of Prey, The Upshaws, True Blood), Jeanine Harrington (The Insurrection, Haisley, The Mick), and Laurie Foxx (The Open Road). M3 Literary Management’s Will McPherson Executive Produces along with Noirtainment’s DeVonna Prinzi, Pete Freeland, Felipe Sapon also executive Produce and psychologist and founder of the global Making Good Men Great movement, Gunter Swoboda serves as the psychological consult and as a producer. Elly Kaye, Andrew Flores, Ross John Gosla, and Lew Temple also serve as producers.
Miranda adds, “I wanted to create a film that not just entertains, but raises awareness on something that affects so many people, but many do not fully understand. The film takes the audience on a journey through the mind of Ethan Grayson, a young man who has battled Bipolar Disorder his entire life. Then we meet Emily, his younger adopted sister who has looked up to him no matter what and the effects on his family and friends.”
Noirtainment Production’s Development team is headed by DeVonna Prinzi as the VP of Development and Creative Affairs. DeVonna was educated in film/television production and acting at The University of Tampa. She is known for her stellar performances in 3 of Miranda Spigener-Sapon’s early films: True, a Paris/L’Entrepot Cinema screened the short film as the Narrator; Eat Art, a PBS series as Field Reporter and Copy Café a thought-provoking film where she landed the lead. Prinzi has coordinated and produced several major events and festivals as well as worked as a promoter. Her breadth as a creator can be seen in her dynamic body of work, for example in her film “Yellow Belt”, where she shows that even when things are severely difficult there are uplifting solutions to be had through exploring the advantages of martial arts training for students with behavioral disorders. DeVonna is a highly motivated, conscientious, and tenacious individual with innovation as a creator. Prinzi is to Executive Produce several of Noirtainment’s production slate that includes The Kaizen Tropical Wellness Institute documentary series, Gunter Swoboda’s Crisis of Man and an educational/entertaining children’s series. These 3 projects will have their proof of concept reels screened at MIPCOM as well.
Noirtainment will also screen the pilot Haisley, their first animated sci-fi mixed with live-action children’s series, and The New, a sci-fi/post-apocalyptic new series that stars Bernard Robichaud (known as “Cyrus” from the cult hit Netflix Original Series, Trailer Park Park Boys)
Miranda Spigener-Sapon is a showrunner and multiple-award-winning writer/director. A graduate of UT/Austin with a BFA in Film/Television, Miranda’s student short True was purchased and screened by L’Entrepôt Cinema in Paris, France (1997). She later directed an art magazine episode for the show Eat Art on PBS. In 2001, she Executive Produced/Wrote/Directed Marisa Romanov, a short that debuted that year at the International Venice Film Festival Official Shorts Selection and received Audience Choice.
The short also screened that year at Berlin Film Festival in the Alternate Selection. Spigener-Sapon’s play The Flame, in which she directed in 1997, received praised by The Village Voice during it’s Off- Broadway run at the former Bleecker Street Theatre in NYC and also by The Houston Press at the NY Deli Theatre in Houston, Texas. Later, in 2017, Miranda directed the 20th anniversary short-run of The Flame in Los Angeles, gaining praise from The Los Angeles Times and several blogger influencers.
Miranda has produced and directed a number of local, regional, and national commercial spots for television as well as documentary projects as a producer at Discovery Networks that included Walk On, about equine/hippotherapy for the disabled. In 2018, Miranda directed the stage adaptation of her WCOP award-winning, time-travel/sci-fi/romance short story, Coffee with John, which received a glowing mention in The Los Angeles Times and Broadway World. Miranda directed the documentary feature Masculinity That Inspires Change created by Gunter Swoboda for Amazon. In Addition to her work in TV/film/theatre, Miranda was signed by Winterwolf Press to write a 4-book prequel series to her Marisa Romanov TV series project that is development. The first novel, Charles: A Marisa Romanov Story, to debut later in 2021. She also produces a nationally syndicated podcast on iHeartRadio, Audible, Spotify, and Apple that is in its third season: Inspire Change with Gunter. Miranda currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband Felipe.
Noirtainment is a WGA/SAG signatory independent production company based in Los Angeles and is planning to open a state-of-the-art soundstage and production studio in Pasadena, Texas. that creates projects that find the light in the darkness and have a noir aesthetic.