– THE FILMMAKERS –
Producer – Director – Editor
Frederic Lumiere is an award winning Producer, director, editor, published author and President of Lumiere Media, Inc., a film and television production company based in Doylestown, PA.
Frederic’s first feature film directing credit, the indie drama Tomorrow is Today (2006), starred Scout Taylor-Compton and won 13 awards including a Director’s Discovery Award from the Rhode Island International Film Festival. The film was picked up by Cinemax and shown to a worldwide audience.
Frederic then directed (and edited) four documentaries for various television networks. The Knights of Columbus (2008 – PBS), about the Catholic fraternal society founded in America; Father McGivney (2008 – PBS), a biography on the founder of the Knights of Columbus; 70’s Fever – “The Me Generation” (2009 – History Channel), a two hour special on the seventies narrated by David Cassidy; The Secrets of Fatima (2009 – Hist Int’l), retracing the 1917 apparitions of the Virgin Mary to three young shepherds in Portugal and the miracles that followed.
Frederic was then asked by History to conceive of a new concept on WWII. He produced, directed and edited the © Emmy Award winning series WWII in HD (2009), narrated by Gary Sinise. The series received critical acclaim from worldwide critics. The LA Times called it “Masterful”. Monsters & Critics “Astounding!” It featured voices from Justin Bartha, Ron Livingston, Rob Lowe, Amy Smart, Steve Zahn, Josh Lucas and LL Cool J.
In 2011, Frederic executive produced and edited The Wereth Eleven (2011), retracing the steps of eleven black GI’s whose murder by the SS during the Battle of the Bulge was never prosecuted, for which he received a nomination from the Hollywood Post Alliance for Outstanding Editing for Television. The Emmy nominated film and GI Film Festival winner started a chain of events, which resulted in legislation being passed by the United States Congress providing official recognition of the massacre of the 11 African-American soldiers.
Frederic then directed and edited Normandy’s 100 Days (2013), a one of a kind film experience projected on 9 screens in a 360-degree theater for visitors 16 times a day and RAW WAR: The Lost Film of Dak To (2014 – Discovery AHC), a Vietnam War special which rated as the best original premiere in the network’s history (Military Channel/AHC).
In June 2014 Frederic’s new film Sacrifice (TF1, National Geographic), a retelling of D-Day through personal stories with archival footage brought back to color, premiered globally in 171 countries and 45 languages to commemorate the event’s 70th Anniversary. Sacrifice rated as the #1 television show on French television in primetime on the eve of the 70th Anniversary celebration and #3 documentary in the world in 2014 (study conducted by The Wit.)
Frederic also co-authored a hard cover book, Sacrifice based on the film. Acropole publishes it.
Frederic is a member of the Director’s Guild of America.
Producer – Writer
Award-winning writer and producer Mark Hefti returns to the documentary world with Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic. This is his 2nd documentary partnering with Frederic Lumiere since they made Six String Man a film about homeless street musicians in San Francisco. Prior to that, Mark was a featured subject in Lumiere’s first feature Documentary Amazing Journey.
Mark began his film writing career when he co-write the award-winning feature films Fandom (dist. Cinequest Films) as well as the tragically funny and festival favorite An American Vampire In America (Directed by Nick Tucker), which is also being made into a web-series premiering the Fall of 2014.
After Executive Producing and penning the award winning short film Play Ball, Mark went on to write and produce the feature film Tomorrow Is Today (starring Scout Taylor-Compton, also directed by Frederic Lumiere). The film won over a dozen awards domestically and internationally, playing throughout the US, Latin America, Canada, Asia and Europe.
Mark also wrote The Testament for Shoreline Motion Pictures (in pre-production), as well as Internet content for the shows Royaletta, The Party Animals and Mediocre Films with some of his original content reaching 25+million views online. Mark also produced and co-wrote the upcoming Australian sci-fi feature Ektopos (directed by Ben Shackleford).
Currently Mark is producing a film he wrote called “Broken Doll” which will star Oscar winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. He is also in development on a giving-back style reality show that he created which will be hosted by Cindy Crawford.
Mark has received the Park Avenue Award at the New York Screenplay contest as well as top awards at the Slamdance Film Festival script competition as well as the NexTV Writing competition and Hollywood Screenplay contest. Mark lives in Los Angeles, where he serves as the President of Green Ray Entertainment.
*On a local note, Mark was a cast member for 3 years in San Francisco’s famous show, Beach Blanket Babylon, which just celebrated it’s 40th anniversary this past weekend.
Cheryl has spent the last 30 years raising millions of dollars for philanthropic projects helping organizations and programs within the USA and globally. She is a board member on the Leadership Advisory Board, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Division of Rheumatology and a Partner with Partners In Discovery. Cheryl’s diverse background and experience has allowed her to apply her talents to her new interest in film production.
Within the last year she has turned her focus to making an impact in eradicating HPV (Human Papillomavirus) and the 6 preventable cancers it causes including Cervical Cancer. Realizing the power of film has lead to her involvement as the Outreach/Impact Producer for the award winning documentary “Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic”.
“Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic” is the recipient of the “Power of Film Award” – 2015 Beloit International Film Festival, “Best in Fest Award” – 2015 North Hollywood Film Festival, it received a “Best Documentary” Nomination – 2014 Carmel International Film Festival and is being screened across the United States in schools and communities.