Jackals & Fireflies | Director Charlie Kaufman

Likely Story and ArtClass have partnered to release director Charlie Kaufman’s (I’m Thinking of Ending Things, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind ) latest short Jackals & Fireflies written and starring Eva H.D.

The story, centering around a poem penned by Eva, features a nostalgic woman getting lost in the streets of her familiar New York while reminiscing a love that never came to pass. Her wanders lead her to dreamy, small and humble interactions, carefully displaying the wonder that lies within normal. Making peace with her past, she explores each corner of the city that helps her water growth onto old wounds and pave the way for patient new beginnings.

On how the project came to ArtClass, Executive Producers Vincent Peone and Rebecca Niles responded that, “Last Spring Miriam Mintz reached out to gauge interest in collaborating with Likely Story to produce a Charlie Kaufman film. We audibly gasped, then promptly accepted.”

The film was also produced by Gregory Zuk, Stefanie Azpiazu, and Charlie Kaufman and is in collaboration with Samsung’s new #withGalaxy campaign to highlight the work of cinematographer Chayse Irvin, ASC, CSC. #withGalaxy is an initiative recently put out by Samsung to help movie makers and lovers bridge the gap between dynamic devices, cinema technology and life long storytelling.

“ArtClass lives at the center of art and commerce, which means we are in the business of delivering on the vision of both our directors and partners, and working with Charlie and Samsung was no exception.” – Vincent Peone, Executive Producer

ArtClass is a creative production house of award-winning directors, producers, writers, editors and talent that work overtime to deliver high quality media with long lasting impact. Their goal is to continually push the boundary between everyday storytelling and expansive media for both agencies and brands. Past credits include leading a wide range of projects on every scale from traditional commercials to digital activations and long-form feature films with artistry at the forefront of creative excellence. They are industry leaders, change makers, and movie goers who both work, love, and devise in an ever evolving field.

Jackals and Fireflies presented us with creative problem solving opportunities,” reported Rebecca Niles. “We witnessed an expert storyteller (Kaufman) craft new approaches to new challenges without ever compromising on the magic. He disproves the notion you should never meet your heroes.”

Executive Produced by Eva H.D., Felipe Dieppa, Vincent Peone, Rebecca Niles, Geno Imbriale
2nd Unit DOP: Jac Martinez
Editor: Robert Frazen, ACE
Production Designer: Kim Jennings
Costume Designer: Chloe Karmin
Music By: Brian Kobayakawa
Companies: Projective Testing Service, Likely Story, ArtClass