Monday, February 3, 2014

THE KILL CHAIN (meet Playwright/Director team)...2.4.14

We are excited about our upcoming (Tomorrow) bareNaked Reading Series entry featuring THE KILL CHAIN by Mike Roberts; directed by Andrew Neel.  Here's a close look at what promises to be an amazing playwright/director collaboration.  They're the real deal.  CLICK on link: for more info on our 2.4.14 reading.  Join us for some FREE Drinks, Live Music and warmth from the cold winter months... 

Mike Roberts is a writer from Buffalo, New York.  His first produced screenplay, KING KELLY (dir. Andrew Neel), premiered at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival.  A second feature, THE HOUSE OF TRAMMEL (dir. Andrew Neel), is set to begin filming in Spring 2014, produced by Killer Films.  THE KILL CHAIN is his first stage play.  He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.


In 2001 Neel founded SeeThink Films in New York after graduating from Columbia with a BA in Film Studies. He has directed 5 feature length films (Darkon, Alice Neel, The Feature, New World Order and King Kelly).  Neel’s first film, the documentary Darkon, was acquired by IFC and aired in 2007. It won the
audience award at the South By Southwest Film Festival in 2006. Darkon was optioned by Paramount via Plan B Entertainment in 2007 and re-optioned in 2010. Written by John Hodgman, the adaptation is currently in development with Court 13 director Ray Tintori and Plan B Entertainment.  Neel’s second film, Alice Neel, premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival in 2007 and won the Audience Award at the Newport Beach Film Festival. It was acquired by Arthouse Films and the Sundance Channel.  The Feature premiered at the 2008 Berlinale and won the New Visions Award at the Copenhagen International Documentary Festival. It was chosen by the editors of Film Comment as one of the best films of the year. After a theatrical run in New York, The Feature screened at MOMA where it was acquired for the museum’s permanent collection.  Neel’s fourth film, New World Order, premiered in 2009 at the South By Southwest Film Festival
and aired on IFCtv. In just one month, New World Order became the most successful IFCtv documentary in history with record breaking VOD numbers. And just four months after its premiere at SXSW, it became the most successful documentary in Cablevision history.  King Kelly is Neel’s first fictional feature and premiered at the South By Southwest Film Festival in 2012. The critically acclaimed film was released in December that same year on VOD platforms following a New York theatrical run.  Most recently, Neel produced Stand Clear of the Closing Doors and was an Executive Producer for Bluebird, both of which competed at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, with Stand Clear winning a Special Jury Mention.  Future projects include a feature film in development with Darren Aronofsky (Protozoa Films), to be directed by Neel. Additionally, one of Neel’s scripts is in development with Christine Vachon at Killer Films.

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