Broadwood Media, the new company from independent film-makers Bruce Reisman and Kris Black, is an expansion of their two previous and recent indie-companies, FourTwoFive Films and Four Legged Pictures. Both companies will remain inside the umbrella of the wider-reaching Broadwood company; which will move far beyond the producing of low-budget horror films such as “The House That Jack Built” (2008) and “Blood Effects”, an totally fresh mockumentary on the making of a low-budget paranormal thriller (for a 2012 release).
The new company’s name was inspired by co-founder Bruce Reisman’s multi-generational love for all things New York-based, especially live theatre, and Kris Black’s passion for all things Hollywood, beyond cinema; for music producing, composing, along with all things abstract, especially art. (Black was named “One of the Top Renaissance Men of 2009” by Los Angeles Magazine.)
Although based in Los Angeles, Broadwood will be bi-coastal, developing projects to be created and/or produced both in Hollywood and Manhattan.
In the first year of their project development plans, Reisman and Black are moving forward with “Five Good Years”, their “labor of love” film project which has been “close” to production for “close” to five years. It is now moving to a start date in late Spring in West Virginia with a re-vamped, stream-lined budget of just under $4 million.
In the interim, Broadwood plans to venture into the world of live theatre, a return for Bruce Reisman, who has directed and written over a dozen plays in Los Angeles and in other major cities.
His new play, “Blank”, is the first stage work in 30 years. His last two original plays, “The Fresca Wars” and “Arc Light” both of which he directed as well as wrote, became two of the longest running Equity Waiver plays in Los Angeles history. Each ran close to a year in 99-seat venues.
Kris Black, indeed the renaissance man, is not only a fine actor, but joined forces with Reisman in 2005 when they partnered-up to write several scripts for television, most notably under the guise of MOW producers Jim Green and Mark Bacino. During that period, Black, a former high school football star and college draft pick, switched gears, loaded up his car, and drove to L.A. Once there, he delved into photography and painting, while making the rounds as a young actor. As a painter, his large abstract canvasses, utilizing multi-media and a totally original marriage of color and chemical-change, have garnered praise in galleries at Bergamot Station among others; with New York beckoning this summer for his first solo show. In addition. Black’s work has been featured on as part of the production design’s of both “Californication” and “Nip/Tuck”.