Farmers Insurance “Artsy”


farmers-insurance-artsy-university-of-farmers-large-4Professor Burke explains how insurance makes you think your art masterpiece hanging on the wall has great coverage but one little bump and a split glass full of shrimp cocktail later and you are not even covered for a kitty poster. Hang in there with Farmers Insurance, and you won’t find coverage caps when a giant snowball hits your car. Even the Yeti has Farmers Insurance.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.


Recently, ABC released the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming “Agents Of SHIELD” episode 8 of season 2. The episode is entitled, “The Things We Bury,” and it sounds like things will get very intriguing and drama-filled when Ward decides to kidnap his brother ,Senator Christian Ward. SHIELD has an epic face off with Hydra, and more!

In the new, 8th episode press release: Peggy Carter will return to “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” with a special guest appearance in the second season’s eighth episode, plus Grant Ward and his Senator brother are going to “enjoy” a family reunion! Press release number 2: Coulson and team are going to find themselves in an epic face-off against Hydra to uncover an ancient secret, while Ward kidnaps his brother, Senator Christian Ward, for a violent trip down memory lane.

Guest stars feature: B.J. Britt as Agent Antoine Triplett, Adrianne Palicki as Bobbi Morse, Henry Simmons as Alphonso “Mack” Mackenzie, Reed Diamond as Daniel Whitehall/Werner Reinhardt, Tim Dekay as Senator Christian Ward, Kyle MacLachlan as The Doctor, Hayley Atwell as Agent Peggy Carter, Simon Kassianides as Sunil Bakshi, Lou Ferrigno Jr. as Agent Hauer, Al Coronel as Agent Rivera, Dichen Lachman as young woman, Eijiro Ozaki as prisoner, Alexander Leeb as scientist and Willem Van Der Vegt as officer.

The episode was written by DJ Doyle and it was directed by Milan Cheylov. Episode 8 is set to air on Tuesday night, November 18th at 8pm central time on ABC.


Filming a commercial for Carnival

Playing “The King Of  The World” in a commercial for Carnival Cruises. Typecast again.

Directed by Jesse Austin, photograpy by Connor O’Brien.


US Soccer Team Coach on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

US Coach Jurgen Klinsmann said recently that it was “unrealistic” for the US team to win the World Cup this year. Klinsmann is from Germany and his way of talking doesn’t really blend with the traditional American can-do spirit.

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Alexander Leeb on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

US Soccer Team Coach on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Filming Transformers 4

Playing a KSI Scientist in a Blink-And-You-Miss-Me scene. Still…what a treat working with Michael Bay.


Playing with “The Most Interesting Man in the World”

Playing the surgeon in a Dos Equis commercial.
The narrator talks about the most interesting man in the world. First, the most interesting man in the world rides a dog sled to get to a late night party. “The last time he flirted with danger, danger got clingy.” We now watch as he saves a fish in a fish bowl from a burning building. “He once received a standing ovation from a jurors box.” Now, he watches a surgery in progress and the surgeon picks the wrong scalpel, looks up at him as he shakes his head no, then picks a different scalpel, and he gives him the ok. “His thank you cards have prompted your welcome cards.” Finally, he dives off of a boat to get a pearl necklace that a woman has dropped overboard. “He is the most interesting man in the world.” The most interesting man in the world speaks to us “I don’t always drink beer. But when I do, I prefer Dos Equis. Stay thirsty my friends.”

Acura “Let the Race begin”

Debuting Saturday night during NBC prime-time programming, Acura’s Let the Race Begin commercial will air extensively on high-profile events in February. The commercial also will be seen as part of Acura’s sponsorship of the NCAA “March Madness” basketball tournament next month and on select cable networks in April. The spot will be supported by a series of digital activations, Acura’s social channels and on the website.

Acura’s new TV commercial is a remarkably visually stunning film and technical achievement. Created by Acura’s lead creative agency Mullen, it was shot over three days on location at Fairplex Park in Pomona, CA by director Adam Berg. All of the initial horse racing scenes were performed and filmed live. The after-effects work to convert the horses into metallic creatures took place over the course of four weeks under the direction of the post-production company MPC Los Angeles.

Playing Klaus, the German Translator on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Jimmy Kimmel uses a German translator to help free Justin Bieber’s Monkey.

Alex Leeb and Jimmy Kimmel


Filming a commercial for Rushcard


Filming a commercial for Rushcard with Kimora Lee Simmons directed by Marcus Raboy, cinematography by Maz Makhani.

How much fun can you have on the set of a TV commercial? Well, if the commercial is to promote the new KLS Prepaid Visa® RushCard and features Ms. Fabulosity herself, the irrepressible Kimora Lee Simmons, the answer is plenty!

The new DRTV spot created by RushCard’s DR agency, Northern Lights Direct was filmed recently in Los Angeles. “I had so much fun with the team. They were both professional and fabulously creative at the same time! I love to work with people who know how to have a great shoot, and this team certainly was more than fantastic,” says Kimora.

The campaign launched May 7th.

Professor Genki’s Super Ethical Reality Climax

Saints Row: The Third -Professor Genki full episode by Tim and Eric

Tim and Eric, the benevolent masterminds behind Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, have teamed with THQ to bring to life Professor Genki’s Super Ethical Reality Climax, Saints Row: The Third’s most deranged and demented game show.
In the soon-to-be critically-acclaimed Saints Row: The Third, Professor Genki’s Super Ethical Reality Climax pits you in a battle to the death against furry mascots and human hotdogs with a chance to win extraordinary prizes such as cash and the opportunity to not die.

Tim and Eric will take the depravity of Professor Genki’s Super Ethical Reality Climax to new heights, and lows, with their own, full-length live-action episode, featuring such crowd-pleasing contests as Tall Cat Parade and Eat Yourself. They will also, for the first time ever, detail the intriguing and inspiring life story of the mysterious man-cat, Professor Genki. Beware: this episode is for mature audiences only, and anyone faint of heart, or with a history of heart problems, cat allergies, or high moral standards should probably do anything else.

Filming an industrial for “LRN”

Playing a German business man in a training video for LRN.

LRN is the global leader in ethics and compliance management and education and offers the largest library in the industry, with more than 500 courses offered in more than 48 languages covering a range of business topics from careful communications to antitrust and over 300 environmental health and safety topics.
LRN helps companies make responsible conduct part of their everyday business practice, creating a distinct and sustainable competitive advantage. An ethical culture improves performance by attracting and retaining top talent, respected investors and long-term customers, providing the foundation for enduring success.
Online Education provides engaging ethics and compliance courses, covering legal and ethical risk areas around the world, across industries and throughout the enterprise.

Filming a commercial for “Miller Lite”

Filming the spot “Pilsner” for “Miller Lite” directed by Keith Schofield, DP Damien Acevedo.

Filming “After Lately”

Playing a photographer for “Playgirl” in episode 204, directed by Johnny Milord.

After Lately is a faux reality show on the E! network that purports to show the behind-the-scenes goings on of Chelsea Handler’s late Night talk show, Chelsea Lately. It is in fact a semi-scripted parody of a reality show (in the vein of shows such as The Larry Sanders Show and Curb Your Enthusiasm) in which the various cast members, writers, crew, and even ‘hangers-on’ of Chelsea Lately are shown bickering and arguing over mostly trivial and petty matters, and competing for show air time and personal approval from Chelsea.


Filming “Eagleheart”

Playing an European art lover in Episode “Splatter Art”, directed by Ben Berman. Cast includes Chris Elliott,  Maria Thayer, Brett Gelman, Bud Cort and Pasha Lychnikoff.

Eagleheart is a live-action comedy television series that premiered on February 3, 2011, on Cartoon Network’s late night programming block, [Adult Swim]. Eagleheart is produced by Conan O’Brien’s production company, Conaco.

Eagleheart parodies many cop shows, most notably Walker, Texas Ranger and is notorious for its large amounts of graphic violence.

Eagleheart has been renewed for a second season making it the first show produced by Conaco to be renewed for a second season other than Late Night with Conan O’Brien and Conan.

Filming Professor Genki’s Super Reality Climax with Tim and Eric

Playing “Dr. Donald Tang”, an outrageous Game Show Host in Professor Genki’s Super Reality Climax, a special for [adult swim] directed by Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim. AWSOME!!!

Bluebeard wins 3 Leo Awards


The Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Foundation of British Columbia is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to celebrate and promote the achievements of the British Columbia film and television industry through the presentation of an annual awards program – the Leo Awards.

Best Cinematography
in a Short Drama

Amy Belling – Madame Perrault’s Bluebeard

Best Overall Sound
in a Short Drama

Kevin Hamilton – Madame Perrault’s Bluebeard

Best Sound Editing
in a Short Drama

Kevin Hamilton – Madame Perrault’s Bluebeard

“The Desperate” in Cannes

Ben-Hur Sepehr

New York, NY [April 11, 2011] – ITN Distribution in association with the Independent Film Quarterly New Media Festival today announced that it will honor multi award-winning short film The Desperate at a special reception during the Cannes Film Festival. ITN Distribution’s CEO Stuart Alson will host an invitation-only party at 7pm on Sunday May 15th at the Penthouse Terrance on the Croisette overlooking the Mediterranean. Filmmaker Ben-Hur Sepehr, a former student of the legendary Ingmar will accept the award for Best Short Film.

The Desperate, written, produced and directed by Ben-Hur Sepher was made by the non-profit film production company Tolerance Through Knowledge, Inc. The film is a Nazi hospital drama about a condemned Jewish officer forced to perform emergency surgery on a fearsome Nazi General’s dying only son.

Starring Peter Mark Richman (Santa Barbara, Dynasty); Greg Mullavey (Mary Hartman, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice) and Alexander Leeb, The Desperate has won over 33 awards during its run on the international festival circuit. Most notably Best Short Drama at the IFFF and Best Short Film at the Hollywood Film Festival.

“Superbly acted, beautifully poignant and very personal, uplifting story, “said IFQNMF’s Dan Frank. ”We’re honored to have screened it and we look forward to celebrating the remarkable achievements of Ben-Hur Sepehr.”

Ben Hur Sepehr, a fervent believer in quality filmmaking, says “a good movie should be entertaining, leave its mark on the world, and be commercially rewarding to its investors.”

To keep up with all activities at the IFQNMF, please visit For more information about The Desperate and Ben-Hur Sepehr, please visit or: Email:

NYIFF PRESS CONTACT: Briege McGarrity Senior VP of Communications (718) 474-1212.

Make it or Break it airs on ABC Family

Hungary Heart
The International chairman approaches Emily and Sasha with a concern regarding her test. When Emily tries to defend her test by stating that she drank an energy drink, the Chairman informs her that her test did not reveal banned substances, but rather that she is pregnant.

Filming a commercial for Samsung

Filming a national commercial for the Samsung Galaxy Tab in Downtown LA. Directed by Samuel Petursson and Gunnerl Olafsson, DP the Austrian Thomas Kloss.

Project 420 is now featured on

Project 420

We are now distributed through KoldCast.TV! Please check out our trailer video there!
In the early 1950’s, the CIA gave birth to Project MK-ULTRA, a covert program designed to research and develop mind-altering substances. Millions of dollars and two decades later, the Program was purportedly abandoned, stating that ‘the tests made little scientific sense.’ This was a clever cover story. Behind closed doors, in a secret government facility, our tax dollars are still at work… As narcotic research scientists for the CIA, being a pothead is all part of a day’s work for Lin, Pat, and Miriam. It’s canna-business as usual until their co-worker turns up murdered. Intrigue, espionage, and hilarity lurk around every corner as the hapless stoners fall deeper and deeper into a maniacal plot involving Texan drug lords, a prominent politician, and an insane geneticist hell-bent on revenge

Kristallnacht Sonata screens at USC

Kristallnacht Sonata

is a touching story that takes place amid World War II in Berlin, Germany, during the systematic removal of Jews from the city. A father and son practice a Bach violin and piano sonata before being assaulted in their home by Nazi soldiers. The boy manages to escape capture and is left alone with nothing but his violin. We follow him into the future as an old man, when he relives this heartfelt musical tradition he shared with his father many years before. Directed by Julius Robins.

Julius Robins, Alexander Leeb

Bread Alone wins price at Vegas Cine Fest


Filming Make it or Break it

Filming an Episode for “Make it or Break it”.

Make It or Break It is an American television drama series that focuses on the lives of teen gymnasts who strive to make it to the Olympic Games. It premiered on ABC Family on June 22, 2009 with 2.5 million viewers. The show was picked up for an additional 10 episodes on July 27, 2009, which started airing on January 4, 2010, bringing the number of episodes in the first season to 20. In January 2010, the show was renewed for a second season, which premiered on June 28, 2010 at 10PM. Internationally, the show airs on E4 in the United Kingdom and TV2 In New Zealand. The show is currently on hiatus and season two will resume on March 28, 2011

Watch the promo here:
Make It or Break It Premiere – Make It Or Break It

The Desperate wins best short at the Hollywood Film Festival

by Karmel Melamed

Iranian Jewish filmmaker Ben Hur Sepher was shocked on Sunday night Oct. 24 when his independent short film “The Desperate” was announced as the best short film at the Hollywood Film Festival. A humble Sepher accepted the trophy for the heart-wrenching film that deals with an eminent Jewish surgeon imprisoned at a Nazi concentration camp during World War II who is conscripted at gunpoint to perform emergency surgery on the son of a fearsome Nazi general. The film stars television series regular Peter Mark Richman, who gives a remarkable performance as the guilt ridden Jewish surgeon Dr. Blumenthal in the film.


But this latest award is not the only acclaim the film has received since it was released earlier this year. “The Desperate” has so far won 17 top honors at a whole host of national film festivals including best Short Film of 2010 at the California Independent Film Festival and runner up for best Short Film of 2010 at the Los Angeles Jewish film Festival.

I caught up with Sepher who was caught off guard with his film’s latest win when he said “I am honestly surprised to receive such an honor at the Hollywood Film Festival— I wasn’t expecting it at all”. Sepher is one of the Iranian Jewish community’s rare filmmakers who has made a name for himself in Iran and the United States for writing, directing and producing provocative films. His occupation as a filmmaker is indeed unique in the Iranian Jewish community because individuals who pursued careers in the arts or entertainment in Iran were typically not looked highly upon or even respected. Nevertheless Sepher was trained in his craft at the Swedish Film Institute and began his career at the Stockholm State Theatre as a protégée to renown film director Ingmar Bergman. Sepher went on to direct films and plays in Iran and was the personal filmmaker to the late Shah of Iran— shooting the Shah’s private meeting and gatherings. Since immigrating to the U.S. three decades ago, he has gone on to direct a whole host of television programs and short films in Hollywood.


(left to right; cast member Leonardo Foti, Ben Hur Sepher and cast member Alexander Leeb.
What I found truly remarkable was the fact that the “The Desperate” was produced by a filmmaker of Iranian descent. This speaks volumes in light of Iran’s current president denying the existence of the Holocaust. No doubt this short film will draw the attention of Iranians living worldwide who are interested in learning more about the realities of the Holocaust.

VW-Dreamteam Commercial launches National

VW Dreamteam

After four years of blood, sweat and tears, top Volkswagen designers and product engineers assembled from around the world are ready to soak in the glory of their creation — or so they think. The all-new 2011 Jetta. Great. For the price of good.

Undercovers airs on NBC

An innocent nurse sits at a desk covering the night shift at a German mental hospital when she’s approached by two strange men, who shoot and kill her. The two men walk through the hospital until they reach the room where a young man, Mathias, is kept. They grab him, take him to a car and tell him he must cooperate with them. Back in Los Angeles, the Blooms start the day off right. After a morning lovemaking session, Samantha suggests they spend the whole day in bed. Before she can get the words out, Steven already has his phone and remote control in hand, proving he’s addicted to technology.

Adolf Hitler – Triumph des Willens

The result of horsing around on the weekend.


Filming “The Amateur”

Playing a photographer in “The Amateur”,  a film about the chaotic journey of the artistic pursuit, capturing the vibrant underground art and music scenes that make Los Angeles one of the most enigmatic cities in the world. Directed by Carlton Sugarman