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Sky News – Mike Scotti talks SEVERE CLEAR (“This is War” in the UK)

13 Oct


SEVERE CLEAR released in United Kingdom as “This is War”

13 Oct






Visit the Severe Clear Website

Why Should You Choose Sirk?

10 Jun

Sirk Productions prides itself on providing specialized services in all aspects of visual media for over a decade. With a large and talented roster of producers, directors, editors and visual effects artists, Sirk has the ability to effectively guide companies through all stages of web video development. Our video products have served our customers in a variety of different fields including advertising, public relations, non-profits and education as well as in-house corporate videos.  Sirk is unique because of its diverse and talented staff as well as its carefully maintained relationships with the best in television and film. Sirk Productions offers its clients professionals with international production experience, a 3500 square-foot state-of-the-art post-production facility, and management with diverse backgrounds such as finance and public health/communications as well as solid relations with top advertising agencies and marketing consultants.  We look to promote profit growth and sustainability of our clients businesses.

Sirk is dedicated to providing clients with stimulating and relevant content, ensuring success by individually evaluating every project in terms of creativity, economic feasibility and marketing effectiveness. A number of outstanding companies have employed Sirk Services in developing internet video.

Sirk Productions also features an entertainment division that has produced critically acclaimed films and television programs.  Our experience producing original material has given us an intricate understanding of budgeting and the bottom line.  Our personal filmmaking techniques are incorporated into our clients’ projects every single time. Some of our more notable projects include the award winning film Anytown, USA, which had its national theatrical release in 2005 and international release in 2006.  Our latest feature documentary entitled “SEVERE CLEAR,” follows the journey of one marine during the 2003 invasion of Iraq.  We also produce, The Inside Reel, an awarding winning nationally broadcast television program that covers the film industry from behind the scenes.

Sirk’s SEVERE CLEAR to open March 12th at the Angelika Film Center in NYC

17 Feb

Sirk Productions is proud to announce that it will be theatrically releasing SEVERE CLEAR in New York City March 12th at the prestigious Angelika Film Center.  Sirk Co-President Marc Perez said, “we are delighted to be showing our film at the Angelika, it’s a great venue with a loyal following of film fans.”

Severe Clear is based on the memoir by First Lieutenant Mike Scotti as well as video footage shot by him and other members of 1st Battalion, 4th Marines on the outset of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Through their cameras we see the raw sounds of war, capturing the harrowing three hundred mile charge to Baghdad through hostile enemy territory. The footage used to create Severe Clear was never shot for the purpose of making a movie. In this digital age of embedded reporters, the film truly strips the barriers between audience and soldier, personalizing the fear, moral conundrum and adrenaline rush of life on the battlefield. Severe Clear offers an unflinching look at the uncertainty, disorder and chaos of war from the remarkable perspective of one Marine.

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SEVERE CLEAR Screening at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

16 Jan

Culled from 1000 entries, the ten-day event, which will be held at the historic Wilma Theatre in downtown Missoula, features 130 short and feature length non-fiction films from over thirty countries.  SEVERE CLEAR Screening February 21st @ 4:45 PM.

Sirk Productions Presented with 2009 Barrymore Award

12 Nov

barrymoreawardThe Fort Lee Film Commission presented Sirk Productions (Kristian Fraga, John Sikes and Marc Perez)  the 2009 Barrymore Award for their work on film preservation projects with the commission and their most recent film SEVERE CLEAR. Past winners include notable Academy Award Winners and Nominees including Ruby Dee (American Gangster), Budd Schulberg (On the Waterfront), Thelma Schoonmaker (The Departed) and Celeste Holm (Gentleman’s Agreement).  The award was presented at the Jersey Filmmakers of Tomorrow Film Festival special Veterans Day screening of SEVERE CLEAR.

Soldiers’ story told from the front line

10 Nov

NorthJerseyLogoRight before U.S. Marine First Lt. Mike Scotti left for Iraq in March 2003 as part of the first wave of Operation Iraqi Freedom, he bought a video camera.

“I bought it right before I left San Diego,” says Scotti, a Colts Neck resident. “I think it was a Canon. I told one of the other guys to get the same kind of camera, so we could share a charger in case mine broke.”

Over the next three weeks, as Scotti and 1,500 other leathernecks from the 1st Battalion, 4th Marines fought their way toward Baghdad, Scotti and three buddies, also armed with cameras, were filming incredible things: artillery strikes, explosions, casualties.

That footage, edited down to a 90-minute feature called “Severe Clear” by filmmaker Kristian Fraga of Leonia and producer Marc Perez of Fort Lee, has been screened at the St. Louis, San Diego, Palm Beach and South by Southwest film festivals.

It recently got a “special mention for cinematic excellence” at the Rome International Film Festival, and it gets its New Jersey premiere at 8 p.m. Wednesday — Veterans Day — at Teaneck’s Cedar Lane Cinemas.

On that day, Scotti will also be getting the annual Lewis J. Selznick Award from the Fort Lee Film Commission.

“We thought this was an important story to tell,” says Fraga, credited as the writer, director and editor of the film, since it was he who shaped the hours of images into a coherent narrative.

Scotti’s footage came to the attention of Fraga and Perez through a New York University student who was familiar with it and was then working as an intern for Sirk Productions, the New York film production company they founded.

“This story really hasn’t been told yet,” Fraga says. “The movie does not argue about the politics of the situation, it’s not about bashing the president [Bush] — and it’s not for the president. We just wanted to allow the viewer into what these guys experienced.”

While Hollywood has produced fictional war films by the truckload and a few old-school documentary filmmakers risked their lives to film from the front, it’s only in the new age of cheap, lightweight cameras that soldiers could film their own stories.

And what stories.

“I hope audiences feel what Marines on the battlefield feel,” Scotti says. “All those emotions running through you. The first one is fear. The next is fighting for the brotherhood — the Marine on the left and right of you. You’re fighting for your country. You’re also missing your loved ones at home and battling the elements. All these things are swirling through your mind simultaneously while you’re literally fighting for your life. It’s a unique feeling.”

And just how, you might ask, was Scotti able to shoot video footage while he was simultaneously fighting on the front lines? Actually, he says, he saw a lot of the war through his viewfinder, which effectively — and with the blessing of his higher-ups — functioned as one of his unit’s binoculars.

“I had the camera around my neck the whole time,” he says. “I was calling in artillery and mortars and sometimes airstrikes. … That allowed me to stay focused on the enemy.”

E-mail: beckerman@northjersey.com

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