Do you hear the pitter patter of dread? Is it the scattering of tiny creatures emerging from the cracks? Is it the steady thud of an undead horde?
Is it… BOTH?
‘HOUSED‘ and ‘BUGS: A Trilogy‘ have both been selected for INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION by Indie Rights Movies, a global distributor with direct relationships to major distribution outlets! We are so excited to have a distribution partner and can’t wait to share our horror with you!
What’s that on the big screen? A wisp of spiderweb? A burrowing biting infestation? A creeping crawling dread? It’s BUGS: A Trilogy!
The Magic Dog Productions Team is thrilled to announce that our latest horror feature, BUGS: A Trilogy, has been selected early to make it’s World Premiere at the Women in Horror Film Festival 2018! This is the first early selection in the history of this festival and we couldn’t feel more honored to premiere with them in October 2018!
Simone shot the short film, ‘Introvert’s Guide to Activism,’ with writer/star Adriana Jones, director of photography Katie Voss, and actors Lorena Russi and Brian Demar Jones!
Simone is holding auditions for her new comedic short, ‘Introvert’s Guide to Activism!‘
Simone has begun pre-production on her latest short film, ‘Introvert’s Guide to Activism,‘ which she is producing, directing and editing with Adriana Jones.
Magic Dog Production’s most recent horror feature film, “BUGS: A Trilogy,” directed and produced by Simone Kisiel and written by and starring Alexandra Grunberg, has been completed and is now making festival rounds!
“No Peeking Cindy” and “A Slaying Song Tonight,” directed and produced by Simone, were Official Selections at the Fake Flesh Film Festival 2017!
Simone has been awarded a grant from The Puffin Foundation, Ltd. for “BUGS: A Trilogy,” a project that Puffin deemed, “socially relevant and that will encourage public participation and co-sponsorship of the arts that will advance social change!” Thank you so much, Puffin!
A video that Simone shot and edited for the Tyler Prize for Environmental achievement has been featured on the Huffington Post in an article about Doctor José Sarukhán and the next generation of environmental scientists!
In 2014 Simone began work on “HOUSED” with creators Alexandra Grunberg and Leah Henley. In 2016 the award winning webseries died, and in true horror fashion it rose again at double the original length as a feature film! Magic Dog Productions is thrilled to announce that “HOUSED The Feature” has been accepted by the Stormy Weather Horror Fest!!
Simone acted as Technical Director while shooting the New York Academy of Science’s Challenge 2030, where multiple generations of the world’s most gifted innovators came together to collaborate on developing science and technological solutions for the global Sustainable Development Goals. At the event she had the opportunity to interview notable VIP’s such as Ted Turner (founder of CNN) and former Congressman Rush Holt (pictured below).
Simone is thrilled to announce that her micro short film “No Peeking Cindy” has been accepted by the Portland Horror Film Festival 2017! Produced by Magic Dog Productions, Directed and Edited by Simone Kisiel and Voice Over and Writing by Alexandra Grunberg.
HOUSED, a horror/comedy feature film by Simone Kisiel, has a brand new trailer!
Simone was commissioned by ReAgency to fly to Stanford University in California, where she acted as Technical Director of one shoot where she interviewed world-renowned ecologists and biologists for the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement and as Director of a new, short documentary about CONABIO.
Simone is proud to present the official poster for her new short comedy called Death of a Vacuum (directed, produced and edited by Simone). Death of a Vacuum is a Magic Dog and Apperception Co-Production!
Simone acted as Technical Director of a shoot at YouTube NY for the New York Academy of Sciences about the importance of mentorship in the science community.
Simone was commissioned by ReAgency (a science PR Agency) to create a sizzle reel for Michael Shermer, Publisher of Skeptic magazine, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, best selling author and a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University where he teaches Skepticism 101. The reel is being featured on the official Skeptics YouTube Channel and on Michael Shermer’s home page.
Simone was flown to Mexico City by ReAgency (a science PR agency) to direct a new short documentary that follows CONABIO, Dr. José Sarukhán and their combined contribution to the longevity of biodiversity in Mexico and the world at large.
Simone finished post-production on “Death of a Vacuum,” a short comedy that she produced, directed and edited about young woman who comes home to find that her parents are working on a fun new project together – a divorce.
Simone was hired by ReAgency (a science PR agency) as Director of a shoot at Columbia University to interview scientists who are working on cutting edge ventures in hopes of raising much needed scientific funding!
Simone is in post-production on three films: Death of a Vacuum (a short family comedy), HOUSED The Feature (a horror/comedy adaptation of Simone’s award winning webseries), and BUGS: A Trilogy (Simone’s female-centric horror feature).
Simone had the pleasure of being Technical Director of “A More Scientific Union,” a televised event hosted by TYT Network, ScienceDebate.org (a partner of Scientific American), the Union of Concerned Scientists and the Science Education Policy Association at YouTube Space New York.
The debate was featured by Scientific American.
Simone was featured on a ScIQ panel debate for The Young Turks on autonomous vehicles, internet trolls and the power of innuendo.
Simone’s second and third videos with The Odyssey Online went live! This first video examines the science behind why the 2016 Presidential Candidates are acting like playground bullies and the second explores the similarities between road rage and internet trolling.
Simone was commissioned by The Odyssey Online to produce, write, edit and star in videos about science and pop culture.
Simone was hired by Might & Main Media, a new production company dedicated to actualizing unique, character-driven narratives of all genres from development to the screen, to edit two short films; Drip and EXit, both of which are a part of their new ‘Lake Arrowhead‘ series.
Simone was commissioned by Did Someone Say Science to fly to Louisiana and shoot/edit nine genetics experiments with the best genetic scientists at LSU, in addition to a series of interviews. The shoot boasted an all female film crew and all female scientists!
Simone wrapped production on the second part of the BUGS TRILOGY, Bed Bugs. BUGS is a psychological horror feature film produced, directed and edited by Simone Kisiel. Written by and Starring Alexandra Grunberg.
Simone also shot more HOUSED, which is going to be converted into feature film format.
Simone produced, directed and edited four Magic Dog Holiday Shorts!
Simone also began pre-production on the second part of BUGS, to be shot in January 2016.
Simone and the Magic Dog Team have successfully raised 100% of their funding for BUGS: A Trilogy!!
Simone launched a crowd funding campaign with Magic Dog Productions for the first feature film she will direct called Bugs: A Trilogy. It’s a new female driven horror film about helplessness, paranoia, and the bugs who inspire us to scream.
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Simone began production on the feature film she will direct and edit: BUGS: A Trilogy.
Post production on Fashion Nightmare is completed and submission to festivals has commenced.
HOUSED, a webseries directed and edited by Simone launched on Halloween. New episodes air every Friday at 6PM.
Simone was hired by NCR Corp (NYSE:NCR) as an official supplier of corporate videos.
Simone wrapped production on HOUSED, a horror/comedy webseries she is directing and editing.
On Saturday, June 14th Simone started production on HOUSED.
Simone wrapped production on Fashion Nightmare, a short she directed and edited. Fashion Nightmare is a thriller-comedy that follows an A-list super model in a controversial Victoria Secret Fashion Show.
Simone completed Quietus, a post-apocalyptic thriller she directed and edited.
In the summer of 2012 Simone wrote, directed, produced and starred in an Off Broadway play called Everyone’s MAD!!
Simone was employed by Stonestreet Studios from May 2011 to May 2014 as a director, editor and production manager. While with Stonestreet she edited a feature, a short and a full length pilot in addition to directing and editing two shorts of her own and countless in class scenes.
Simone graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the arts with honors and a minor in creative writing.