Everyone loves a good story and we aim to produce provocative and enriching independent films that entertain and stir emotion. Drawing upon our extensive global experience, we bring a creative vision and sensible approach to the film making process from the script development through tp the final film.
Kirsten Cavendish is an accomplished and award-winning film & commercial director with 20+ years of international experience. She is now forging a career in feature-film development with the Cavendish Fante Picture Company (CFPC) which she shares with her business partner, John V. Fante.
Kirsten’s recent romantic-comedy short film, Scooterman, which she directed and co-produced in London, has entertained people worldwide and garnered critical acclaim and audience-choice awards at film festivals in Cannes, Los Angeles, Chicago, Palm Springs and Santa Barbara. Two other recent short films, LUCKY & THE SQUARE OF THE CUBE screened at the 2013 Cannes Festival Court Metrage and in festivals in the USA. In addition to a feature-length version of Scooterman, Kirsten has several other CFPC film projects in development.
Born and educated in England, Kirsten spent much of her childhood in London, Dublin and Venice. She began her professional career as a writer and journalist in the UK. There she became an agency creative director in the 1980′s with accounts that included BMW and American Express. She then moved to South Africa and headed up a film production company. In 1992, she moved to Los Angeles and started her own production company and produced projects for Fortune 500 clients including: FedEx, Kodak, Nike, BMW, Four Seasons, Waldorf Astoria, Cisco, Microsoft, Cemex, Virgin Galactic and Virgin America.
Moving into features, Kirsten was chosen by Roger Spottiswoode to spend six months on location in Rwanda directing the 2nd-Unit on his film, Shake Hands with the Devil. She was tasked with the bucolic opening title sequences and a number of key dialogue and action scenes. Kirsten directed local children and adult actors and extras in re-enacting scenes of the 1994 Rwanda genocide. The work included complex stunts, special effects and a large cast. (2nd-Unit Reel) Her talents as a director and worldwide filmmaking experience, made a major contribution to the film.
A natural storyteller with a passion for literature, art and music, Kirsten has gained a reputation for an innovative visual style. She also has an encyclopedic knowledge of international film production from her work on projects in over 45 countries. She has logged over 200 hours of aerial photography, has lived on three continents and speaks fluent Italian and lousy French.
email: kirsten (at) cavendishfante.com
John V. Fante has worked in the film industry for more than three decades on feature films, commercials, music videos & documentaries as a cinematographer, editor and producer in over 40 countries. He has brought his filmmaking talents and love for the moving narrative equally to the modest indie film, the non-profit doc, as well as the mega-budget Hollywood feature film. He began with a passion for still photography during the turbulent 1960′s while getting a degree in economics at the University of California, Berkeley. His photographs appeared in the school’s Daily Californian, as well as, The Berkeley Barb, Rolling Stone, Bantam Books and Life magazine. He soon gravitated toward film making, and in 1969, shot his first film, “Altamont”, a short documentary, at the now-infamous rock concert that featured the Rolling Stones, with security courtesy of the Hell’s Angels motorcycle club.
His first major-studio film was The Right Stuff, where he began a storied feature-film career in both visual effects and live-action photography that spanned two decades and included work on numerous major-release films including, Star Trek VI, The Jungle Book & 2010. During this time, he was the lead effects cameraman on Innerspace which won Lucasfilm’s ILM an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.
John has worked with Kirsten for over 15 years on a wide range of commercials, documentaries, philanthropic projects, shorts and feature films. Driven by a shared passion for dramatic storytelling, in 2011, they started up Cavendish Fante Picture Company to develop and produce independent feature films.
email: john (at) cavendishfante.com