SUNNYSIDE FILMS is an independent film production company specializing in character-based narratives shot with a documentary feel. Sunnyside has produced three feature films, numerous web-series, music videos and short films. Credits include the award-winning Best Feature The Last Day of AugustThe Weekend, soon-to-release psychological horror film, Viscera, hit web-series iChannel (Fox), the award-winning 80/20, music video Curvature by The Happy Problem, and shorts for Reader’s Digest and Fox’s Lie to Me.

Sunnyside Films was founded as an umbrella for myriad projects encompassing film, web and commercials. Founder, Michael Izquierdo, along with creative partner Craig DiFolco, and Sunnyside’s many producing partners, the company has emerged since 2006 as the pulse of a modern film ensemble of cast and crew making unmediated work for new media audiences.

Partnering often with Arceleus Entertainment, Headroom Digital Audio, Breakdown Films, Striped Entertainment, and Sunrise Pictures, and using innovative approaches to film distribution like the services provided by Filmbuff, allow Sunnyside to be versatile and nimble at a time of great competition in the independent market. Each film is written to budget, yet stays true to artistic form, drawing in audiences to relatable material made with love by a true modern network of artists.

This site showcases Sunnyside’s work and FilmHacker, our blog dedicated to the process of filmmaking and learning and sharing stories about the unique needs, skills and process behind making independent film. Read more about how we got started, our upcoming projects and what we’re thinking about over there.

Last Day of August Poster

THE LAST DAY OF AUGUST [Feature Film, Drama] Dir. Craig DiFolco, 77 Mins.

*BEST ACTOR – BAFF San Francisco
*OFFICIAL SELECTION – Independent Film Festival Boston, New Hampshire Film Festival, Big Apple Film Festival, New Jersey Film Festival, BAFF San Francisco, Connecticut Film Festival, LA Indie Film Festival

Limited Theatrical Release Coming Soon

The Weekend Poster

THE WEEKEND [Feature Film, Comedy] Dir. Brian Avers, 88 Mins.

When a group of summer camp friends reunite for a weekend send-off, the spirit of youth returns and love is in the air!

A truthful, spontaneous, and funny ensemble film that perfectly captures the experience of growing up, and growing apart from those you will always call friends.

Distribution – FilmBuff – on iTunes and VOD. Click Here to watch.

Kathleen Wise Viscera

VISCERA [Feature Film, Horror] Dirs. Craig DiFolco & Pete DiFolco

What’s inside you?

Coming 2014.

Seb Michael Krsiten

“iChannel” [Interactive Web-Series] Dir. Craig DiFolco, 43 Episodes

This hit-internet web-series started it all… 43 Episodes, over 2 Million Views, and an interactive experience like no other.


Distribution – FOX International, Hitviews

a scene from 80/20

“80/20” [Web-Series] Created by Vayu O’Donnell & christopher oscar pena

A (completely straight) man is hard to find. “80/20” follows Jesse on a journey of self-discovery trying to figure out what it means to be a “real” man in the new century.

*AWARD WINNER: LA Web Series Festival
*OFFICIAL SELECTION: New Media Film Festival, Los Angeles

Curvature Screen Shot

“Curvature” [Music Video] Dir. Michael Izquierdo

Gluttony, fetish and zombies take center stage at the Hollywood dinner party of an aging starlet in the newest video from The Happy Problem. “Like a happy-go-lucky Hole.” — Time Out New York

Baby Talk

“Baby Talk” [Theater Mixed Media] Dir. Jess Brickman & Michael Izquierdo

Adam’s newborn twins won’t stop crying. He’s out of stories, so he comforts them with home movies of their absent mother. But where is she, and is she ever coming home? This multimedia solo show examines the all-prevailing power of heredity and the question of why we are who we are. Written by Nick Mills. Performed at Ars Nova, NYC – Starring Nick Mills & Maggie Lacey.

Imaginary Friend Request

“Imaginary Friend Request” [Interactive Web-Series] Dir. Craig DiFolco

An interactive Facebook Web Series, featuring Will Janowitz, Stacey Linnartz, and Bill Christ. Written by Craig DiFolco & Sara Rempe.

Readers Digest LIBM

“Readers Digest” [Online Content]

Laughter truly is the best medicine, as we found in our interviews with New Yorkers around 30 Rock, Rockefeller Plaza!

FOX Lie To Me

FOX’s Lie To Me [Online Content]

Cross marketing tie-in with our iChannel audience through visual interactivity with the characters on Lie To Me.


The Sidecar [Short Film] TC Pictures, London, UK.

A short film about following your ears to find your heart. [Click Here], Hot Healthy Bartender [Online Content]’s online contest to find the next Hot Healthy Bartender. Finalist, Vayu O’Donnell.

Williams College Summer Theater Lab

Williams College Summer Theater Lab [Summer Associate and Guest Artist]

The LAB serves as an opportunity for current Williams students, as well as returning Alumni professionals, to work in a theatrical environment free from commercial and critical pressures. The Labs goal is to nurture theatrical projects that foster creative experimentation, artistic risk taking, and the collaborative process, under the leadership of Artistic Director, Kevin O’Rourke.

Moss Hart Award

In a Lake of Fire Moss Hart Award [Video Component] Williamstown, MA.

A musical theater piece based on the Susan Smith case, about a woman who drowned her two daughters and the ensuing trial. Written by Marjorie Duffield & Greg Pliska, Directed by Jean-Bernard Bucky.