Established in the summer of 2022, 9 Lives Entertainment stands committed to crafting top-tier cinematic shorts and proof-of-concept projects for feature films and TV series. Our debut production, "Bonding," marks the company's first fully financed and produced short film, rooted in the heart of Los Angeles, California. Spearheaded by CEO/President Luke Rex, Psy.D., and Executive Producer Steven Lancaster, our venture began its festival journey with a momentous World Premiere at the Academy Award Qualifying St Kilda Film Festival in June 2023, followed by a U.S. Premiere at the Academy Award/BAFTA/Canadian Screen Award Qualifying LA Shorts International Film Festival in July 2023.
With over 50 Official Selections and more than 20 wins and nominations across an array of categories including Outstanding Proof of Concept, Best Short Film, Best Indie Film, Best Crime Film, Best 1st Time Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Trailer, and nominations for Excellence in Editing, Best Writing, and Best Set Design, "Bonding" has garnered widespread acclaim. And all within the first 6 months of our festival run.
Logline: A solitary figure at an empty bar, CIA clinical and forensic psychologist, Dr. John Flemington, is planning to visit his girlfriend in Mexico when he is pressured by mysterious underground operatives to join them on a secret mission. He really doesn't have a choice. A film in the drama/thriller/suspense spy genre, with esoteric origins.
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Steven Lancaster's dramatic/sci-fi books (Jacob, Da-vid, Scott, and Erron) which 9 Lives Entertainment has the worldwide exclusive rights to (under Dr. Luke Rex), served as inspiration for the deeper layers of thematic narrative the short film Bonding might explore as a limited TV Series.
First time director, Dr. Luke Rex also produced and wrote Bonding which features an outstanding ensemble cast (Jannica Olin, Luke Rex, Darren Lipari, and Ryan Stroud), scintillating and edgy cinematography from Laura Jansen, a slick and thoughtful edit by Pete Szijarto (who also served as the film's colorist and Post EP), and an exceptional film score and sound design by Daniel Teo. Associate producers were Jean Bernard Rutagarama, Christian "Tico" Herrera, and Jaime Saginor, whose experiences across multiple creative domains including cinematography, producing, acting, directing, and writing all fused to accentuate a high quality production on multiple levels. An original song, "Ascension" (conceived by Rex) was also included in the piece; matured, heightened and fully realized by the talents and arranging collaborative efforts of Daniel Teo (music producer/editor/composer/arranger & musician), Greg Beaton (musician/composer/arranger), and Jeff Turmes (saxophone).
A film in the drama/thriller/suspense spy genre with esoteric origins, Bonding is currently being submitted to Film Festivals across the globe for the 2023/2024 circuit. Stay tuned for further updates.
Dr. John Flemington