Mike Peebler and Marc Fellner-Erez created Upstart Crow films in 2015 with one mission: to make thoughtful entertainment that pushes the boundaries while exploring the world with whimsy and honesty. They have completed four short films, two feature scripts, and a television series pilot and pitch packet. Their first two shorts secured a distribution agreement with Silicon Beach Pictures, and all of their films have been screened at prestigious film festivals and garnered awards. Their most recent work, Crappy Birthday, is currently on the film festival circuit and has already played at the Malibu Film Festival, Sante Fe Film Festival, and at the world famous Chinese Theater as part of the Beverly Hills Film Festival. There will be more screenings to come later this year.
OUT WITH A BANG premiered at the Academy Award Qualifying Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose, CA before heading to the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival where it won for Best Actor in a short film. It also won a Remi Gold Award at the Houston Worldfest.
THE GOD CHAIR also premiered at the Cinequest Film Festival, making Mike the only director to premiere two short films at the same time at Cinequest. It screened at the Culver City Film Festival, and also won a Remi Silver Award from Houston Worldfest.
CRAPPY BIRTHDAY premiered at the Malibu film festival in 2018, and went on to play the Beverly Hills Film Festival, Santa Fe Film Festival, and has an upcoming screening on November 3 at the Valley Film Festival in North Hollywood.
LOST AND FOUND was a finalist in the Five for Five short film competition, where participants had five days to write, shoot, edit and deliver a finished film under five minutes long using prompts given by the festival at the beginning of the competition. The theme had to be the intrinsic value of human life.