Social Construct Films
Social Construct Films is a cutting edge media production and sales company with the mission to seek out the most artistically original, yet commercially viable projects in the world. Once we select a project, we support and guide it through every step of the process: from early script development, packaging talent and financing, through production and post-production. We then work with our foreign and domestic sales and distribution partners to ensure our projects reach the widest audience possible worldwide.
Who We Are
Zak has been submerged in all aspects of filmmaking since arriving in California in 2004. Since that time he’s been hard at work developing, producing and selling feature and short film projects across the United States and internationally. He formed Social Construct Films while still in his twenties, with the intention of exploring socially relevant and meaningful themes, in order to bring to the big screen engaging stories that both elevate audience awareness and provide commercial success for independent filmmakers and investors.
Social Construct’s completed features have since been picked up by top distributors worldwide including Lionsgate, HBO, IFC, Tribeca Film, etc. Zak also produced the short film L TRAIN, from Executive Producer Alexander Payne (THE DESCENDANTS, NEBRASKA), which was an official selection at Sundance 2012, winning the “Women in Film” grant. Zak has also advised and consulted for a variety of sales and distribution companies. In 2013 he was the VP of Acquisitions and Development at international sales company, Imagination Worldwide, and in 2014 he became Head of Packaging and Sales for international entertainment law firm, SmithDehn LLP.
In 2014, Zak and SCF joined forces with SmithDehn to form Convergent Media, a dynamic new force in international film and television development, financing, production and sales, which launched in both the US and UK. The first project under the new banner is BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB – ADIOS, follow-up to the Oscar nominated documentary from Wim Wenders, which Zak is producing for Convergent alongside Blink TV and Broad Green Pictures.
Zak currently divides his time between his home base in Asheville NC, Los Angeles, NYC, and at film festivals and markets around the world.
IZ WEB – HEAD OF DEVELOPMENT
A prolific writer since childhood, Iz Web was the Poet Laureate of her graduating class, and in 1995 she received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature specializing in Fiction into Film, a minor in Filmmaking, and intensive studies in the disciplines of Art, Philosophy, Comparative Religions and Mythology. She wrote, produced, and directed an independent film as well as a number of other short film and documentary projects. She also worked in various aspects of both production and distribution, before moving away from the film industry to pursue a career as a multimedia artist and circus performer. Since then, she has written a novel, several interactive story-based games, a collection of short stories and poems, two screenplays, and numerous scripts for the stage. She is a founding member of The Landing Center for the Living Arts, a creative community, and founder and Director of Asheville based circus company Clan Destiny Circus. In 2013, she joined Social Construct Films, and is also the Director of the Asheville Story Collective, a creative think-tank and collaborative writer’s group focused on creating content for film and television.
ALEX BAKER – ACQUISITIONS & DEVELOPMENT
After studying Theater at the North Carolina School of The Arts and The Hartt School Conservatory, and screenwriting at UNC-Asheville, Alex shifted focus to the pursuit of film production and development in Los Angeles. In LA Alex worked in the office of Tica Productions(assisting with the Latino Screenplay Competition), wrote analysis for the Blue Cat Screenplay Competition, and assisted cinematographer Steven Bernstein in development of his directorial debut, Decoding Anne Parker, (Helen Hunt, Samantha Morton and Aaron Paul). In 2010 Alex began working with Social Construct Films as Production Manager of the feature Alyce (Lionsgate UK). He is thrilled to continue his work with SC Films developing their next generation of unique, riveting and relevant content.
MAURA ANDERSON – PRODUCTION CONSULTANT
Maura began at Gigantic Pictures, a NY Based Production company. She now freelances all over the country as a producer and production manager and has overseen production on some of the most respected and successful independent films of the last several years including Oscar-nominated WINTER’S BONE, Toronto premiering CEREMONY and the Sundance films ON THE ICE and NIGHT CATCHES US.