Founded in 2004, Fella Films is the brainchild of multi-hyphenate filmmaker Thomas Michael, who is involved in every aspect of the company’s projects, from writing, through financing, producing, directing and acting.
In 2005, Fella Films completed its first feature film, Greg and Gentillon. The film won the DISCOVERY AWARD at the 2005 Calgary International Film Festival, screened at festivals around the world before being released theatrically in the U.S. by Anthem Pictures; and in Canada by Alliance Films. The company’s next feature, Hank and Mike, starring Joe Mantegna (Searching for Bobby Fischer, Godfather 3) and Chris Klein (American Pie, Election) was released theatrically by Magnolia Pictures in the U.S. and in Canada by eONE Entertainment. It also sold around the world, including a 3 month 10-screen theatrical run in Prague. In 2010, Fella Films completed its third feature film, Running Mates. The film stars legendary icon Henry Winkler (Happy Days, Arrested Development), DJ Qualls (Roadtrip, Hustle & Flow) and Graham Green (Dances With Wolves, Twilight). The film won BEST COMEDY at the Seattle True Independent Film Festival and was nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award for BEST WRITING. In 2015, the company produced the survival thriller, Backcountry. The film premiered at the Toronto Int’l Film Festival and was released in the US by IFC Midnight. With offices in Los Angeles and Toronto, Fella Films has a slate of feature films and television series in active development, production, and release.