Meet the Director

The formula is changing constantly with the advancement of technology and the audience is now very different from what it used to be and where it will be. That shapeshifting terrain is both haunting and exciting. Because it requires crazy artistic people to indulge themselves in it. And the best part is, no one knows where this is heading…

Directing is an art. Art is created through commitment and applied scheduling and timing. Every shooting day from pre-production, until the last day of post-production is a battle for quality. It is intense. You have to keep your sense of humor. You have to be victorious. There is no other way. It’s both mind boggling and exhilarating. When you think about it, you go into a meeting and you talk to a ‘producer,’ and pitch –  ‘I see this, and I need this much money so that I can go make this film that I see in my head.’ And then they do bite based on your visual that you created in their head, sometimes (like 1% of the time), and it’s the best virtual game imaginable. It’s all nuts. Yes crazy.

There is an element of vitality and energy that fascinates me in directing a movie. When I direct, It is a reflection that stems from the fabric of the lives and moments I have lived. To bring personal experiences that have touched, inspired, saddened, and made me happy, usually plays a part in making any film. I find this true when I get married to making my films. The writing is no different. I find myself privileged that I can write screenplays and witness the greatest expression of freedom – transposing the literal medium into a visual medium – when it comes to life, it is magical. It is in my blood to make films that portray strong emotions, strong characters and make them controversial with intriguing stories. I want characters to show humanity, empathy, intellectual strength, and transform themselves with chilling perfection. I live by these rules. I breathe them.

I come from the independent world. This means I had to ‘suffer’ to make feature films. Perhaps ‘suffer’ is even an understatement. But with pain there is reward, and mine is known as ‘experience.’ With experience came the key element every director must possess, INSTINCT. Doing everything you can to make the film work in the most economical and timely manner. Capturing the right moments to make it interesting enough to keep the audience intrigued. The visual style and production design at any budget makes any film no less special. It is difficult. But that is what I am used to
doing. REVENGE OF THE MASK was a short film that was made in two weeks and broke records with views on YouTube. Even when it comes to a short, the cost of making a film without losing its integrity in a very limited time is always in the back of my mind. So from experience, I have become sharper, smarter, and refined to make features without wasting time. The best experience for a director in this is that I know exactly what I want when I shoot a film. Improvisation becomes an end in itself. Everything has been made, every story has been told, so what is it that I bring that is different? Style is key. I get involved in everything and in that I know not only about writing, but also, cinematography, editing, music composition, color correction, sound, and sound design, all the way to distribution. This is what I bring to the table. This is the life I have lived.

I look forward to reading my next film, meeting the right group, or person to work with, from cast, to crew, to the producers. It is all a privilege. It is all wonderful. It is film making.

Thank you for visiting my web page.

Lance Kawas

INSTAGRAM @lancekawasfilms

LANCE KAWAS – WWW.BIJOUCINE.COM

BBA Banking & Finance, minor in English and Art – University of Michigan

Current Accolade – YouTube sensation for his Channel Revenge of The Mask Film with more than 22 million views, and 75K subscribers.

Lance  has Directed 9 feature films, including Royal Family Holiday, Royal Family Christmas – both aired nationally for TV One, Fractured, Restitution, The Deported, Street Boss, Silent Scream, and Golden Shoes. With actors like James Russo, Jonathan Bennett, Mena Suvari, Eric Roberts, Tom Arnold, Vivica A. Fox, Montel Williams, John Rhys Davies, Dina Meyer, David DeLuise, Jake Busey, Talia Shire, Michael Rapaport, C Thomas Howell, Richard Lawson, Debbie Morgan, Techina Arnold and more.

Lance has written 32 screenplays and earned 19 national screenplay competition awards. He also has another 15 awards for directing, and film related nominations for movies. He is on contract to direct several features.

Written Features

The Golden ShoesReleased 2015Starz Worldwide
Paid In FullCompleted 2016Shoreline
FracturedReleased 2015Gravitas Ventures
A Bouquet Of VagabondsIn DevelopmentIndependent
RestitutionReleased 2011Bierlein Entertainment / Monterrey
Silent ScreamReleased 12 / 2006Lions Gate (Distributor)
Street BossReleased 7 / 2010Bierlein Entertainment / Maverick
The DeportedReleased 2009701 Productions / Green Apple

Directed Features

Rise of The MaskReleased 2018YouTube
Revenge of The MaskReleased 2018YouTube
Royal Family ThanksgivingReleased 2015TV ONE
Royal Family ChristmasReleased 2015TV ONE
The Golden ShoesCompletedStarz Worldwide
Paid In FullCompletedNipa Shah Productions
FracturedReleased 2015Gravitas Ventures
RestitutionReleased 2011Bierlein Entertainment / Monterrey
Street BossReleased 7 / 2010Bierlein Entertainment / Maverick
The DeportedReleased 2009701 Productions / Green Apple
Silent ScreamReleased 12 / 2006Lions Gate

Produced Features

RestitutionReleased 2011Bierlein Entertainment / Monterrey
Street BossReleased 7 / 2010Bierlein Entertainment / Maverick
The DeportedReleased 2009701 Productions
The ViolinistIn DevelopmentIndependent / Scott Rosenfelt Producing
A Bouquet Of VagabondsIn DevelopmentIndependent

Screenplay Honors & Awards

35 National Competition Awards (19 for writing scripts, 16 for films).

2015

Indiefest
  • Winner Best Feature – Paid In Full

2014

Richmond Film Festival
  • Nominated best music video (Ila Mata)

2013

Uptown Film Festival
  • Winner best editing (Fractured)
  • Winner best director (Fractured)

2012

Uptown Film Festival
  • Nominated for 9 awards
  • Nominated Best Feature Film – Restitution
  • Nominated Best Director – Restitution

2010

Detroit Independent Film Festival
  • Nominated Best Feature Film – Street Boss
  • Nominated Best Director – Street Boss

2009

Detroit Windsor International Film Festival
  • Winner Best Feature Film – Street Boss
Thrillspy International Film Festival (DC)
  • Winner Best Feature Film – Street Boss

2004

American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest
  • Semifinalist, Top 3% of 2186

2002

Cinestory Screenplay Competition
  • Quarterfinalist, Out of 800
Hollywood’s Next Sucess Screenplay Competition
  • Quarterfinalist
Scriprep.com Screenplay Competition
  • Semifinalist

2001

Academy of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences (Nicholl)
  • Top 10% of 5,500
Red Carpet Productions Screenplay Competition
  • 5th Place
Dolphin Bay Films Screenplay Competition
  • Quarterfinalist
Practical Paradox Screenplay Competition
  • Finalist
Screenplayrep.com Screenplay Competition
  • 4th Place
Telluride Indie Fest Screenplay Competition
  • Winner
Produce Me 2002 Competition
  • Semifinalist, Top 2% of 4,000
Hollywood 27 Productions Screenplay Competition
  • Runner-Up

2000

Telluride Indie Fest Screenplay Competition
  • Winner Best Screenplay
Igottascreenplay.com
  • Finalist Best Screenplay
AngelCiti Screenplay Forum
  • 3rd Place Best Screenplay

1999

Sundance Producer’s Forum
  • Semifinalist
Sundance Screenplay Competition
  • 2nd Round Finalist

To Whom It May Concern:

Lance Kawas is a very talented writer/director who I’ve had the pleasure of working with on numerous projects. As a writer he has a unique voice for characters and strong, emotional connections. As a director he has the ability to illuminate the human condition and show compassion for people across the spectrum.

Lance works well with people on set, and is a good collaborator as well. I enjoy my own collaboration with him on every project that we’ve worked on together.

I recommend Lance on any film to direct and trust his instinct without any reservation.

Please feel free to call me should you have any questions.

Scott Rosenfelt

(Producer of Home Alone, Mystic Pizza, Teen Wolf)

To Whom It May Concern:

It has been my pleasure to work with Lance on the four films we have done together and I look forward to continuing that.

I have found that Lance is professional and diligent in all that he does. His pre-production skills give me great comfort in knowing that the films will be on time and on budget.

I can easily give my whole-hearted recommendation of Lance as a writer, or director. Any production he is on is in good hands.

Please feel free to call me for any more information.

Best,

Jerry Wolff

Gerald I Wolff & Associates (Casting agent/Producer)

To Whom It may Concern:

It has been my pleasure for the past twelve years to be a professional associate, business partner, and friend of Lance Kawas. This friendship developed through a mutual interest in screenwriting and production. This collaboration eventually led to the finalization of a screenplay which was then made into a feature film entitled ‘Street Boss’ based from my book ‘With Honor And Purpose’. We collaborated on several other projects, including the recent production of Restitution staring Mena Suvari and Tom Arnold. Other projects are proceeding to fruition at the present time.

Those familiar with the movie industry know, that unfortunately this art is also a business. While working with Lance, we brought in talent, raised significant sums of money, and took projects to the screen. His actions in all of this were ethical, reasonable, and patient. Believe me I know ethics having spent twenty six years in the FBI as an agent and a supervisor, and ten years as a certified fraud examiner.

Based on the foregoing, I heartily recommend Mr. Kawas for involvement in any aspect of a theatrical production from either the artistic and/or business perspective.

Sincerely,

Philip R Kerby

To Whom it may concern,

I’ve hired Lance to direct two feature films (Street Boss and Restitution). I can think of no better person to handle the pressures and personalities of making feature films. Lance learns the story from top to bottom, so he can adapt quickly to the delays, changes and challenges of filmmaking. Lance has a great eye, and a calm easy going personality that keeps everyone happy and working hard. He works harder than anybody I’ve meet in the business. He loves movies, and it shows in his work.

Through the years of making films together, Lance and I became friends. He is a giving, patient, and trustworthy man. Those are hard traits to find in this business. I would not hesitate to use Lance on any aspect of filmmaking.

Mark Bierlein

President

Bierlein Entertainment LLC