Stanulis Films

Stanulis Films is a leading independent entertainment company, focused on the production, financing, and distribution of premium content. Founded in 2019, the company has grown from its roots in independent film and established itself as a home for specialty storytelling with global appeal by focusing on a highly selective group of projects that emphasize both creative integrity and commercial appeal. Stanulis Films presented at Niba in March 2019 discussing how quality content is king and how the industry is shifting and has been prophetic within a year with covid 19 pandemic.

Recent Highlights

In 2019 Stanulis Films produced and released “Wasted Talent” which won best documentary in New York independent film festival based on the rise and fall of Lillo Brancato starring “Lillo Brancato, Dre DeMetteo, Fredro Starr. From there Stanulis Films released long awaited 5th Borough in 2020 starring Tara Reid, Al Sapienza, Sean Young, Lillo Brancato, Vincent Young, James Russo the film won “Best ensemble cast” and Best Drama in “The hell’s kitchen film festival” the film was released Jun 3rd 2020 and has been trending top 5 on demand. In Oct 2020 “Chronicle of a serial killer” will be released theatrically starring James Russo, Dominique Swain, Dmx and is getting rave reviews. Stanulis Films has a 10 picture slate of upcoming projects through 2022. Stanulis Films is now expanding into reality with their new show Ghost Guidos with the travel channel and three other projects in development.

Officers & Advisory Board



Steve Stanulis

Founder, Chief Executive Officer, President

Steve Stanulis began his career as a decorated NYPD officer. When he was injured on the job, Steve worked security for a number of A-list celebrities, such as Leonardo DiCaprio. His A-list clients suggested that Steve pursue an acting career, and after studying at Manhattan’s HB Studios, he was cast in The Replacements and Gangs of New York. As a working actor, Stanulis appeared in major studio movies (The Interpreter, I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry), acclaimed indie films (Cupidity, Over the GW), and TV shows (The Sopranos, the new HBO series The Deuce). He also branched into production, starring in and producing the short films Dick & Jane and Because of You, and the award-winning feature The Invisible Life of Thomas Lynch.

In 2012, Steve Stanulis founded Stanulis Productions, Inc., with the feature film Long Shot Louie, starring Jake Robinson (The Carrie Diaries), winning Best Drama at the Williamsburg Film Festival. The film is available on Amazon Prime. Steve then created the Off-Broadway play Stripped, based on his experiences as a Chippendale dancer. Acclaimed in the New York Times, it was picked up by Planet Hollywood for a successful run on the Las Vegas strip.

Steve continued pursuing his acting career, with co-starring credits in Aftermath with Tony Danza and Anthony Michael Hall, Darkroom with Elizabeth Rohm, Sam executive produced by Mel Brooks, and American Fango which was the winner of a dozen Best Feature awards and set for Sony/Vision Films release in November 2017. Steve also starred in and produced the comedy-drama The Networker, co-starring William Forsythe, Sean Young and Stephen Baldwin. It was directed by indie icon and frequent Stanulis collaborator John Gallagher and released in September 2017 by Sony’s The Orchard. Making three consecutive films (Sam, American Fango, The Networker) acquired by Sony companies in less than a year is a truly unique achievement.

In 2018, Steve directed his first documentary called Wasted Talent. It is based on the rise and fall of actor Lillo Brancato, from A Bronx Tale. It won Best Documentary at the NYCIFF and was released on Netflix and other major platforms, through Freestyle Digital Media. Also, in 2018, Steve directed a horror film called Clinton Road, starring Ice-T, Vincent Pastore, and Ace Young. The film won Best Horror in both the GSIFF and the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival. It was picked up by Midnight Releasing and had a 15 state theatrical release. It is now on every major platform.

In 2019, Steve created Stanulis Films with a creative structure to constantly make profitable projects. Steve then directed a film called Fifth Borough, starring Tara Reid and James Russo. It is being released in 2020 by Netflix. Other films Steve directed that will be released in 2020 include Hindsdale House, which was shot in the actual house, and Chronicle of a Serial Killer, starring Brendan Sexton, James Russo, and DMX. Steve delved into the world of television, creating Ghost Guidos, a parody of Jersey Shore meets Ghost Hunters. Negotiations are being made with Travel Channel and A&E. In addition, Steve directed a controversial documentary called Race Against Time, which follows a father’s journey to help find a cure for his son’s illness. It recently won Best Documentary at the NYCTVF. Steve created a podcast called Indie World, which received a lot of positive attention due to the guests. Some of the guests included Constantine Maroulis, Freedom Williams, DMX, and Lillo Brancato. He just partnered up with BLEAV to take Indie World to the next level.

 

Diana Prano
Advisory Board

Diana Prano, since 2013 has been the President/Owner of Multimedia Talent Management LLC, a boutique talent management company representing actors in theater, film and television in New York City and L.A. 

A partial theatrical list of television projects that have included MTM clients: Blue Bloods, Gotham, Orange is the New Black, Leftovers, Person of Interest, The Following, The Americans, Broad City, Bull, The Detour, Blacklist, Elementary, Homeland, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, L&O SVU, Donny, The Deuce, Kevin Can Wait, Bull, Difficult People and many more. 

Broadway – Big Fish the Musical, If/Then, A Gentlemen’s Guide, Holler if You Hear Me, A Christmas Story, Matilda the Musical, Waitress, national tours and more. Diana is executive producer on an upcoming pilot, A Beautiful Distraction and was an associate producer on the tour of A Christmas Story, The Musical and an investor on Big Fish, The Musical.

Mark Spencer
Advisory Board

With over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and self-starter in technology, mobile communications, business consulting, and financial organizations, Mark has a proven track record of building and managing many successful organizations. He has successfully run high performing sales departments and has built and maintained streamlined operations.

Mark not only has brought his experience as an entrepreneur, but he also added a consultative dimension from his years consulting for SMB’s around the country. His input has proved to be invaluable to many organizations as he offers a fresh perspective and unbiased input. Mark’s talents, motivational style, and proven ability drove him to be named President from Executive Vice President at CurvePay and he led the charge of restructuring the entire organization. Mark did just that by restructuring the entire executive team and implemented plans that enhanced the entire company. As a result, the organization experienced an improvement in processes, efficiencies across all departments, morale and most importantly the company’s significant profitability. As a result, CurvePay received an unsolicited offer for the company that simply could not be refused by the Founder and Executive Team.

Prior to CurvePay, Mark’s experience was developed through a broad base of experience that began on the proprietary trading desk at RBC/G2 in New York City. Mark specialized in fundamental analysis and worked with top performers and executives in all aspects of the investment bank. Mark developed specialty trading systems, strategies, and foresight spawned only from a complete understanding of business economics and the marketplace.

Earlier in his career, Mark founded WCG, a consulting group specializing in business management which became a successful start-up providing services for SMB’s around the US. His expertise resulted in organizations broadening their online presence, image and visibility and also centralizing and streamlining their operations while reducing costs. Mark eventually exited this consulting business to a leading industry sales operation after running it for nine years.

At Dynamic Communications, Mark was the Vice President and an equity partner for this 38 unit retail and wholesale operation. This organization was built from the ground up under Mark’s leadership which started with one location. Mark managed forecasting, capital and operating budgeting, cash management, acquisitions, internal controls, payroll, information technology, human resources, wholesale distribution, marketing and general administration. He maintained complete decision-making authority within the areas of finance, marketing, and administrative affairs. Mark exited this business after being scouted by a company wanting a solid presence in the Northeast.

At AT&T Wireless Services, Mark began in the technical area of the company as a programmer and technician. A few years later, Mark became a top National Account Executive in the flagship AT&T Wireless office in downtown New York City. Mark consistently achieved sales targets and won the highest level award at AT&T for his overall performance, achievements and statistics. As a “National Circle of Excellence” award winner, Mark spent the week with the senior executives including the AT&T President and CEO in Maui along with only 16 others in this elite group.

Mark is proudly raising his two children along with his wife on Long Island, NY and brings his leadership ability, motivational style and business acumen to Stanulis Films.

Donna McKenna
CSA Casting Director/ Producer

Donna is a well-respected, award winning, international casting director, producer, and educator.

She has cast and produced numerous independent features, short films, television pilots, audio shows, and web series with over 20 years of experience behind her. Donna’s films have screened at prestigious festivals such as The Tribeca Film Festival, Festival de Cannes, Berlin International Film Festival, Milan Film Festival and numerous Oscar Qualifying Short Film Festivals and can be seen on Netflix, Amazon Prime, iTunes and Video on Demand. In 2017 she was nominated for 2 Voice Arts Awards for Outstanding Casting and Best Performance for an Audio Show for the audio show Powder Burns, Donna, along with the cast won the Best Performance Audio Show Award. In 2015, she was awarded the Casting Award of Merit at the IndieFest Film Festival for casting the film Leaves of the Tree.

When it comes to casting Donna has the ability and expertise to think outside of the box. She has cast a myriad of award winning actors from film, television and stage, her ensemble casts have consists of (in no particular order): Eric Roberts, Dylan Walsh, Sean Young, Luis Guzman, Keith David, Ernie Hudson Alysia Reiner, John Wesley Shipp, Chuck Zito, Vincent Pastore, Adam Ferrera, Steve Stanulis, Cathy Moriarty, Armand Assante, Robert Vaughn, Brenda Vaccaro, Dan Hedaya, Ice-T, William Forsythe, Jerry Stiller, Danny Trejo, Tara Reid, Margaret Avery, Ed Asner, Ace Young, Federico Castelluico, Tom Pelphrey, Ezra Knight, Ed Hermann, Vincent D’Onofrio, Christopher Lloyd, Victor Williams,Tony Lo Bianco, Arie Veeren, Wayne Knight, Sandra Bernhardt, Terri Peck, Martha Wash, Melissa Archer, Alicia Minshew, Catherine Mary Stewart, James Russo, William Ragsdale, Vivica A. Fox, Adrian Paul, Whitney Able, Alexandra Breckenridge, Constantine Maroulis, Kathrine Narducci and Neal Bledsoe.

As a seasoned award winning producer, Donna is the ultimate team player. She has built a reputation for her successful negotiating skills and is respected for her critical and creative thinking and problem solving. Donna loves actors and tours the globe teaching film and acting workshops to all ages at many renowned schools including the SAG- AFTRA NYCAP program. She is a guest panelist on many industry and film festival panels where she speaks to actors and filmmakers about the business and guides them in finding the best way they can prepare and market themselves and their projects. Donna also volunteers her time as a jury judge at many film festivals.

Donna is a proud member of the Casting Society of America, New York Women in Film & Television and she is an appointed Member of the Board of the Suffolk County Film Commission

For a complete list of credits visit: http://pro.imdb.com/name/nm0571353/

Amedeo Dino Sgueglia
CoFounder/Producer

Amedeo Dino Sgueglia: Making His Own Way for Almost Three Decades
When it’s been more than 30 years since you updated your resume, odds are you are either successfully self-employed, or retired. Fortunately for Amedeo “Dino” Sgueglia, Founder and Chairman of several companies over that time, it is the former. This industry leader is a self-motivated entrepreneur who has no fear of taking risks and forging his own path.

Starting at the Top
Sgueglia’s first position in the financial services industry started in 1988 as Founder and President of his own company Curvepay. He created new and innovative payment products through credit card acceptance solutions. Forging alliances through innovation his company before it was sold became one of the single biggest processors of transaction in US taxi cabs resulting in almost 100 million transactions a year from almost 50,000 vehicles.

Over the years Sgueglia’s drive and passion founded and sold several other companies including a startup software company My Clear Reports. MCR brought retention and monetization to existing credit card portfolios stopping the race to zero profitability for merchant acquirers, banks and processors.

Sgueglia also developed the first and only patented mobile application to give credit card merchants the ability to access their merchant account, set up and issue processing alerts as well as access ATM’s geographically, track and monitor account progress, get access to cash as well as give merchants the ability to activate unique business solutions to help grow their business.

Using his business and industry background, Sgueglia founded and developed The Hope Process (THP) ( www.TheHopeProcess.com ). A truly innovative concept that for the first time allowed charities the ability to grow a portfolio of donations against zero expense. THP raised monies for a number of charities across the US. Such charities included the Islanders Children Charities, The American Cancer Society, The Denis Leary Foundation, American Diabetes Association, Danny’s Wish, The Girls Scouts of Nassau County, Global Fund for Woman, Make a Wish, Salvation Army, Special Olympics, Saint Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, The United Way and others.

Integrity, Respect and Equality
Sgueglia’s business philosophy has always been simple and the same. Compete nationally, be regarded as fair, integral, professional and provide a complete package of products and services of superior quality and value. It’s through this same philosophy that he brings his knowledge and business acronym to the big stage now with Stanulis Films.

Experience and Perspective
A graduate of C.W. Post College, Sgueglia hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in business. Father of 3, Sgueglia loves being a dad. Sgueglia sits on the board of several companies and charities. In addition to serving, Sgueglia founded his own charity Danny’s Wish in 2009 in honor of his autistic son Danny Sgueglia. Danny’s Wish has provided thousands of iPad’s to children afflicted with Autism. Through the use of the iPad, children like Danny can communicate basic wants and needs through apps available on the iPad. Sgueglia’s other accomplishments to name a few include accommodations by Nassau County Assistant Police Commissioner and the City of New York.