Mike Peebler and Marc Fellner-Erez created Upstart Crow films in 2015 with one mission: to make thoughtful entertainment that pushes the boundaries while exploring the world with whimsy and honesty. They have completed five short films, two feature scripts, and a television series pilot and pitch packet. Their first two shorts secured a distribution agreement with Silicon Beach Pictures, and all of their films have been screened at prestigious film festivals and garnered awards. Their most recent work, a short film entitled Evie, is enjoying a robust festival run in 2019 while they secure financing for the full length feature version.
Mike Peebler hails from Houston, Texas and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and an MFA from UCLA. As an actor, Mike has performed in theaters throughout Southern California, including the Will Geer Theatriucm Botanicum, Shakespeare Orange County, and the Geffen Playhouse, as well as television and film projects such as Hawaii Five-O, Two Broke Girls, Chicago Fire, and Mad Men. His directing career began as an extension of his work on stage, with early projects including well-received productions of Joyce Carol Oates’ Tone Clusters and Bill Cain’s Equivocation at Theatricum Botanicum, and Romeo and Juliet and The Tavern at Shakespeare Orange County, where Mike has also served as Associate Artistic Director.
In 2015 Mike launched Upstart Crow Films with his creative partner and fellow UCLA alum, Mark Fellner-Erez. UCF has produced five short films to date, including Out With A Bang and The God Chair, which debuted simultaneously at the 2015 Academy Award-qualifying Cinequest Film Festival, a festival first. Mike’s latest directorial effort, Evie, a drama exploring the issue of child marriage, is currently traveling the festival circuit, while UCF has several additional projects in development, including a feature-length version of Evie as well as Skids, an episodic project set in the community inhabiting LA’s skid row.
Born on the island of Guam and raised in Northern California, Marc Fellner-Erez moved to Los Angeles to earn a BA in Theatre and an MA in Directing for Stage, Screen and Experimental Media at UCLA’s School of Theatre, Film and Television.
Acting and directing pursuits took Marc from LA, where he partnered with Ray Bradbury and the Pandemonium Theatre Company to adapt Bradbury’s books for the stage, to NYC, where between touring and teaching Marc was blessed to perform at Carnegie Hall, before setting off to the US Virgin Islands, where he spent two years serving as the Resident Director for the Pistarckle Theater.
Marc’s creative work is greatly informed by his love of life, the love of his wife and his six-year-old son, as well as a near fatal motorcycle accident that Marc was involved in shortly after his son’s birth. “I want to leave this world better than I found it….we got work to do.”
An electrical engineer, former Chief Executive Officer of two publicly-traded companies on the NYSE and NASDAQ, and entrepreneurial investor and consultant, Bob Peebler brings tremendous business acumen to Upstart Crow Films.
During his forty-year tenure in the upstream oil & gas services and technology industry, Mr. Peebler gained a reputation as a strategic visionary and effective leader, transitioning several companies from tenuous market positions to growth trajectories, including Landmark Graphics and ION Geophysical Corporation.
Bob currently manages The Peebler Group, a strategic consulting company focused on advising management and private equity for oil field service and technology businesses. He is also involved in entrepreneurial ventures spanning industries as varied as the restaurant sector and women’s active wear. He has served on several corporate boards and facilitated the acquisition of Lumedyne Technologies by Google.
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