Fagan Launches New Company With Release of Filipino Feature "Small Voices"

by Wendy Mitchell

Alessandra de Rossi in "Small Voices," a film by Gil Portes." The film will be the first release for Steve Fagan's new company. Photo courtesy Sky Island Films.

Indie film distribution and marketing veteran Steve Fagan has formed a new company, Sky Island Films, that will launch with the release of Gil M. Portes' "Small Voices." The Philippines-produced film, in Tagalog with English subtitles, will open nationwide starting in mid-September. The film, about an idealistic teacher who reaches her poverty-stricken students through music, was the Philippines submission for the foreign language Oscar, and it has screened at festivals including Toronto, Maui, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, and Palm Beach.

Fagan said that through the new New York-based company Sky Island, he plans to acquire notable foreign language and American independent films and also to continue his consultation services for filmmakers and producers.

Fagan has previously distributed films for companies including New World Pictures, Artistic License Films, Cannon Releasing, and others; he's worked on projects such as "Fitzcarraldo," "Barfly," "My Life's in Turnaround," "Afterlife," and "The Taste of Others." He has also been a distribution and marketing consultant for clients including Regent Entertainment, Palm Pictures and Arthouse Films, and Manhattan Pictures International.