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About Lee Cummings

Film Maker

Lee Cummings​ is a filmmaker based in California with more than 20 years of experience as a Producer, Director, Director of Photography, Script writer and Editor. In 2009, Cummings orchestrated his first full-length feature film to be distributed by a global film distributor.

Cummings founded 505 films, with a focus on music videos, Full Circle Entertainment with a focus on films, and has progressed to being the founder of Str8forward Media, a full service production and media company (film, pilots, commercials, internet content, etc.). As Founder and President of Str8forward Media, Cummings has directed commercials and film projects for clients throughout the Bay Area, including The Travel Channel, MythBusters, and Burts Bees.

Cummings’ mentorship from Eric Blakeney (creator of “21 Jump Street”, discovered Johnny Depp) has helped him work with other prominent filmmakers such as Jeffrey Allard (“Texas Chain Saw Massacre” starring Jessica Biel), Mitchell Altieri (Butcher Brothers, “April Fool’s Day”), and Scout Taylor-Compton (“Halloween” film by Rob Zombie) amongst many others. Cummings is currently awaiting the release of his directorial feature film STAR LIGHT (spring/summer 2019), in pre-production for two films scheduled for 2019 production along with working alongside Blakeney this spring for a TV show pilot based on Blakeney’s experiences in Hollywood.

Cummings holds a BA in Theatre from UC Davis. Besides building his company and creating content, Cummings ensures he gives back to the community by tutoring young filmmakers and consulting with home grown companies in his community, such as “Crossing the Jordan”

Indie Entertainment, Butcher Brothers, Orama Teaming on ‘Star Light’

Horror veterans Jeffrey Allard of Indie Entertainment, Mitchell Altieri of the Butcher Brothers, and Orama Filmworks are teaming to develop and produce a feature slate, starting with “Star Light,” Variety has learned exclusively.

The independent film slate will be financed by private equity, and is currently looking to produce three or four features a year. The filmmakers teamed on vampire comedy “The Night Watchmen,” which was the first title at this year’s Fantasia Fest to be sold to a distributor.

Gravitas Ventures is planning to release “The Night Watchmen” in the late fall with worldwide rights being sold through Automatic Entertainment.

“Star Light” is set to shoot this September in Kentucky with Lee Cummings directing the story of a teen whose life is turned upside down when he helps a world-famous pop star on the run from her violent pursuers. Altieri, Allard, and Cheryl Staurulakis will produce with Leo Staurulakis and Andrew Mardirous executive producing. Mardirous also co-wrote the script with Altieri and Jamal Jenings. The script is currently out to cast.

Allard’s credits include 2003’s “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.” The newly formed Orama Filmworks is the collaboration of husband and wife team Leo and Cheryl Staurulakis. Altieri is represented by Gersh and is managed by Plattform.

via Variety

“That’s been one of my mantras — focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex; you have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple.”
“I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what’s next.”

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