Stanley Isaacs has been a Motion Picture and Television industry professional since 1979. Isaacs has overseen multi-million-dollar budgets and spearheaded staffs in excess of eighty-five people. He has written, produced, and directed a wide range of film and television projects for Columbia Pictures, Rastar Films, Touchstone Pictures, Walt Disney, Paramount Pictures, Crown Media/ Hallmark, NBC, The Kushner-Locke Company, Le Monde Entertainment, F.W.E., SyFy Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, Overbrook Entertainment, and Annyidi Productions.
In 1984 the CEO of David Shapira and Associates recruited Isaacs in to head the entertainment agencies newly formed Literary Department. In that position, Isaacs scouted and recruited new clients and worked in close liaison with studios and production companies in selling and negotiating client deals. Isaacs held the title of Head of Literary until returning to writing and producing in late 1986.
After co-writing and producing the motion picture, “Last Gasp” in 1994, Isaacs formed an independent production company, 360 entertainment in 1995 with the films star, Robert Patrick, and director, Scott McGinnis.
Isaacs served as the company’s CFO. The partnership created, developed, and produced two films: “Ravager” and “Within the Rock”, both of which had World Premier’s on the SyFy Channel, before the company dissolved in December 1999.
Isaacs formed 100% Entertainment, LLC., an independent production/ development company, working with producers and writers, the company initiated, developed, and produced numerous film and television projects, including one of the first giant shark movies, “Megalodon” in 2003.
In 2004 Isaacs moved behind the camera to direct the motion picture “Raptor Island”, a film co-written and produced by Isaacs for SyFy Pictures, which had its World Premiere that same year on the SyFy Channel.
In August 2010 Isaacs was recruited by Chairman and CEO Scott Rosenberg of Platinum Studios to oversee the acceleration and development of the company’s intellectual graphic novel library into television and motion picture properties, he served in that capacity until May 2011.
In 2013, Isaacs and 100% Entertainment produced the multi-Award-winning documentary “Tough Ain’t Enough: Conversations with Albert S. Ruddy”. In 2015, the success of "Tough Ain’t Enough” led Isaacs to create The Film History Preservation Project, a documentary series with a commitment to preserving cinema history by enshrining priceless stories, and insights from legendary producers, that will be studied and appreciated for generations by film buffs, fans, students, preservationists and historians around the World.
In 2016 Isaacs produced and directed the first documentary in that series, “It’s Always About the Story: Conversations with Alan Ladd, Jr.” with special friends, Jay Kanter, Michael Gruskoff, and Mel Brooks and in 2017 Isaacs produced and directed the second in the series, “Sometimes Lucky Is Better Than Good: Conversations with Mace Neufeld” with special guest star Harrison Ford.
“It’s Always About the Story” began screening at film festivals April 2016 and has won numerous awards for Best Documentary and Best Director. The film had its World broadcast premiere on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) in December of 2017.
The Film History Preservation Project
“It’s Always About The Story”
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“Sometimes Lucky Is Better Than Good”
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“Sometimes Lucky Is Better Than Good” and “It’s Always About The Story” are currently streaming on Tubi and other services.
COMING IN 2024
A New Documentary from the
Film History Preservation Project.
“Mel Brooks: Seriously… Well, Almost”
Mel Brooks, the legendary producer-writer-director-actor-composer-lyricist, whose career spans over seven decades and as of 2023 is one of only 23 entertainers that are members of the elite EGOT club... the “Grand Slam” of show business, its members having won Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Awards.
Joining Mel on this entertaining and candid look behind the scenes of his fabled career are two his long-time friends and collaborators Award-winning producers Alan Ladd, Jr. and Michael Gruskoff.
Brimming with evocative clips and nostalgic moments, “Mel Brooks: Seriously... Well, Almost” will put a smile on your face and a tear in your eye.
In recognition for his work on The Film History Preservation Project Isaacs was included in “Who’s Who in America” 2021 and 2022 editions.
In 2019 Isaacs was recruited by Internationally renown artist and filmmaker Annalaura di Luggo’s Annyidi Productions, based in Naples Italy, to collaborate with her company as a creative consultant. To date, their collaboration has produced two films.
In 2020 Isaacs was creative consultant on the Italian/English documentary “Napoli Eden” which qualified for Academy Award consideration.
In 2022 Isaacs was supervisor of production, 2nd unit director, and creative consultant on the Italian/ English documentary “We Are Art”, which also qualified for Academy Award consideration.
Isaacs newest collaboration with Annalaura di Luggo.
“We Are Art”
Streaming Fall 2023
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In our new documentary we follow Annalaura as she undertakes her most artistic creative challenge, “Colloculi”, an immersive, multimedia interactive art installation created to stimulate a spiritual awareness of the value of every human being… no matter who they are or what misfortune they may have faced in life.
The artwork was constructed in the shape of a Giant Eye made of recycled aluminum, recycling symbolizing environmental rebirth.
We Are Art was filmed on location in Naples Italy and documents the creative process which began with Annalaura interviewing dozens of young adults who shared their personal accounts about how they overcame adversities such as bullying, racial discrimination, blindness, alcohol and drug abuse, sexual discrimination and crime.
Once Annalaura chose the final 4 protagonists their intimate revelations were transformed through Annalaura’s artistic interpretation by blending their stories with the language of photography, digital video art, sound design, sensory interaction and experimental cinema.
The completed narrative was then integrated into the Giant Eye and is projected through the Pupil allowing the viewer in the gallery, through virtual technology, to actually interact and become part of the installation.
Thus, with each individual viewing “Colloculi” undergoes transformation as the artist, the art and its protagonists and the viewer become one… We Are Art.
Isaacs and di Luggo previously colaborated on “Naploi Eden”
Streaming Fall 2023
The Environmental “Rebirth” in ‘Napoli Eden:’ ‘THR Presents’ Q&A With Star Annalaura di Luggo and Consultant Stanley Isaacs. Di Luggo says the documentary highlights environmental and social issues that must be addressed in a post-pandemic world.
The Hollywood Reporter’s Kirsten Chuba sat down with star and producer Annalaura di Luggo and creative consultant Stanley Isaacs to discuss their documentary Napoli Eden in a THR Presents Q&A powered by Vision Media.
During the half-hour chat, di Luggo and Isaacs described how they made the unconventional film — which at times feels more like a scripted feature than a traditional documentary — and its impact on starting conversations about sustainability in pre-pandemic Italy.
Napoli Eden follows di Luggo as she takes on her latest art project, four works constructed from recycled aluminum that she places in symbolic locations throughout her native Naples. While aiming to highlight sustainability and environmental protection, the multimedia artist also enlists underprivileged youth from Naples’ Spanish Quarters to help build her projects, with an emphasis on social inclusion and giving the teens a new perspective on life.
“We were working toward the same direction to create something that had to mean change, for Naples but for the total world, pointing attention on the environment,” she says. “Recycling and giving the sense of something that goes from raw materials to a work of art, it’s a very big transformation that everybody can have.”
Shot before the coronavirus pandemic ravaged Italy, along with the rest of the world, the film serves as both a time capsule and a reminder to the importance of taking care of the planet and its people.
“This situation gave us the chance to have this documentary enlightened because maybe now more than before we do need a rebirth,” says di Luggo. “We do need to understand the essential things of the world, and we do need the environmental safeguards and the social inclusion that are the most important things to create a healthy society and a healthy world.”
The worldwide shutdown also meant that Isaacs, a longtime friend and di Luggo collaborator, edited the film from Miami while the artist remained in Italy, the two sharing cuts and notes via phone and email. The “love letter to the city of Naples,” as Isaacs calls it, differed from the typical documentary style he’d worked on of using mostly sit-down interviews and archival footage.
“This is a hybrid. It’s a true documentary because everything that happened, happened. The beauty of it is the characters in the story are so vibrant that it seems like a dramatic piece,” he says. “These are the real personalities, these are the real people. This is how they behave every single day. And part of it is the energy of the city of Naples, there’s a magical quality to that marvelous city that brings out so much joy and wonderment.”
In addition to his passion for storytelling Isaacs also has a strong commitment to education and since 2021, Isaacs has been serving as “Honorary President” of the “Film Theatre Academy”, located in San Giorgio a Cremano, Naples Italy.
He has also been a: Keynote Speaker at “The Magic of Books” … Celebrate Literacy Seminar University of Southern Mississippi Campus, Long Beach Mississippi.
Guest Instructor at the National Association of Latino Independent Producers, Tempe Arizona.
Master Class Lecturer at The Korean Film Council/Korean Academy of Film Arts Festival, Seoul Korea.
Middle School Mentor for children for four semesters at Spark Los Angeles, a mentoring program that worked in conjunction with The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.