As founder of Kreate Films, Shona Tuckman wrote and produced their first feature, FINDING JOY, a romantic comedy-drama, which was released in theaters in 2013. She then produced the drama FAT, a touching, gut-wrenching story of a man battling food addictions. The film premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and is now in wide release on digital platforms. Her third film, WAR STORY (Catherine Keener, Ben Kingsley), a drama shot entirely in Sicily, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2014, and was released by IFC Films. Shona just completed post production on DR BIRD’S ADVICE FOR SAD POETS, an adaptation of the critically acclaimed YA novel, starring Lucas Jade Zumann (20th Century Women), Taylor Russell (Escape Room, Lost in Space), Lisa Edelstein (Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce, The Kominsky Method), Jason Isaacs (The OA, Harry Potter) and Oscar nominee Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton). On the slate for later this year are action-thriller, GRAVE, and MAGGIE, a thriller, which Shona wrote and will direct, with an A-list star attached to play the lead.
YANIV RAZ grew up in Boca Raton, Florida. He attended NYU (Tisch School Of the Arts) and graduated from VASSAR College. He also studied psychology at YALE and worked for the METROPOLITAN OPERA as an assistant director.
Raz adapted and directed the feature film, DR. BIRD’S ADVICE FOR SAD POETS for KREATE FILMS, KETCHUP and RELATIVITY MEDIA. It is being released exclusively on AMAZON on Dec. 8th, 2020.
Yaniv is currently in development at STARZ on his original series, THE ART OF DYING and in pre-production to direct the feature film THE GREAT EMU WAR produced by VILLAGE ROADSHOW PICTURES.
Previously, he has written screenplays or developed TV shows for: UNIVERSAL, SONY, FOX, WARNER BOTHERS, The CW and NETFLIX. He has worked as a writer for CIRQUE DU SOLEIL, JERRY BRUCKHEIMER, and Gale Anne Hurd's VALHALLA ENTERTAINMENT.
Yaniv wrote, directed, and produced the short film THINGS FALL APART which was nominated for the “City Of Venice Award” at the VENICE FILM FESTIVAL and was named “Favorite Short Film” by critics for THE LONDON TIMES and THE GUARDIAN newspapers at the LONDON FILM FESTIVAL.
He has worked as a writer/director for the political advocacy group MOVEON.ORG, during which time he directed commercials starring: Olivia Wilde, Heather Graham, Justin Long and Lisa Edelstein. Yaniv has directed various other commercials as well.
When he was younger and more flexible, Raz danced and sang in a series of national GAP ads.