OPEN FILMS celebrates over a fifteen years of producing commercials, films and documentaries. Recent work includes a documentary on Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and a coffee commercial with over 30 dancers that Mark directed in New York City. Open Films clients include such notable companies and organizations from Nikon to Microsoft; The Clinton Foundation to General Electric. Our clients are from around the world and we have provided production services to Japanese, Taiwanese, German, French, Brittish, Russian, New Zealand, Lebanese and Italian companies.
The feature documentary André - The Voice of Wine, the story of Mark's grand uncle André Tchelistcheff who is considered one of the father's of California wine was known as the "Dean of American Wine," premiered at Berlin International Film Festival. Go to andrethevoiceofwine.com for more information.
A LOOK IN THE PAST....
Pproductions were shot from Napa to Japan, Russia to France. We shot new promos for NIKON and GERBER among others as well as continued work on the feature documentary "Andre - The Voice of Wine". Mark in the spring of 2011 went as a volunteer, this time to Fukushima, Japan, where the devastation from the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami were catastrophic.
OPEN FILMS 2010
The start of year working on relief efforts for the earthquake disaster in Haiti. From setting up relief flights for doctors, nurses and medical staff into Haiti to organizing medical supplies, food, water purification systems and tents for those suffering from this horrific catastrophe. Mark Tchelistcheff spent almost three weeks on the ground in Haiti working with many of the underserved in the various slum areas of Port-au-Prince bringing in much needed medical support and supplies. We also worked with the Miami Medishare Hospital Haiti, Haiti General Hospital and St. Damien’s Children’s Hospital as well as the Haiti Village and General Hospital in Jacmel. Mark was instrumental in getting clean water to those who needed it with organizing the implementation of SUNSPRING a General Electric Solar Powered Microbiological Water Purification systems into many of the above hospitals and is continuing to work with various groups on the on-going recovery efforts of Haiti. You can check out the video on the CLINTON FOUNDATION youtube site.
OPEN FILMS COMMERCIALS - We colloborted on numerous commercial projects including the new promos for Gerber foods among others.
OPEN FILMS DOCUMENTARY PROJECTS include a feature length documentary about "André - The Voice of Wine", André Tchelistcheff, known as the "Winemakers winemaker" and one of the founding fathers of wine in America. Additionally, continueing work on highly acclaimed Japanese series Song To Soul on such music legends as Roberta Flack and The Band for Tokyo Broadcasting Systems and work on various NHK series. Open Films is also in production on Mirrror Into Japan - a journey into the culture, life and history of Japan. Starting in June Mark Tchelistcheff began directing a TV documentary on a 3,500 year Princess Papyrus of the Book of the Dead which was unrolled for the first time in Cologne, Germany.
Open Films continues to produce, shoot and develop content for a number of companies here in New York and Internationally. We also have two sound stages with our partner in the heart of New York on Broadway and 18th Street right next to Union Square. If you need a stage, we have the place and the equipment. Check out our amazing rooftop views of Manhattan from our Long Island City Studios!
OPEN FILMS FEATURE FILMS - Co-Produced/financed by Mark Tchelistcheff, Conversations with Other Women won the Special Jury Award and Best Actress Award for Helena Bonham Carter at the Tokyo International Film Festival and a great review by Roger Ebert:
“Conversations with Other Women” is another of the best films I have seen here. Directed by Hans Canosa, it stars Aaron Eckhart and Helena Bonham Carter in an idea that seems like a stunt and then deepens into the sadness of unrealized love. The stunt is that that entire film has been made in split-screen, so that we are always looking at two pictures. The left is usually occupied by Eckhart, the right by Bonham Carter, although they are free to enter each other’s frames and sometimes seem to be standing so close that the frame division is a formality; other characters sometimes enter either frame.
They meet at a wedding. She is a “substitute bridesmaid.” They talk. They flirt. They spend the night together. The nature of their complete relationship I will leave for you to discover. The movie is really about the passage of time and the finality of decisions taken and not taken -- about the loneliness of men, who seem condemned to regret what they have not had, and women, more content to accept what they have chosen. The two actors are talking for almost the entire movie, which depends on tone and pitch to sustain its deepening insights. The split screen comes to seem necessary”.