About Sabi Company

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“Authentic, Artful & Highly Original Storytelling”
After 18 years of collaboration under various entities, THE SABI COMPANY was founded in early 2005 by Kevin K. Shah and Zak Forsman.
Over the last decade, THE SABI COMPANY has evolved into an interdependent nexus of innovative artists, actors, writers, producers, editors, directors, cinematographers, designers and entrepreneurs that collaborate seamlessly to bring you highest quality feature films, shorts, documentaries, music, and original content.

SABI CREATIVE is our CREATIVE SERVICES division and handles integrated marketing campaigns for major motion picture studio titles as well as start-ups, corporations, games, brands, franchises and IPs.

SABI WORLDWIDE is our INTERNATIONAL division based in Helsinki, Finland and handles feature productions around the globe. SABI WORLDWIDE also coordinates all of Sabi Company’s content releases to international territories and markets.

FEATURE FILMS DOCUMENTARIES SHORTS BRANDED CONTENT SOCIAL MOBILE MUSIC
GRAPHICS INTEGRATED MARKETING BEHIND THE SCENES BRANDED CONTENT
ALWAYS ORIGINAL

“Company” in The Sabi Company is about the kind of company we keep; the people that we like to surround ourselves with.
We’ve listed below all of the collaborators that have had the honor to work with over the years on a variety of in-house Sabi projects.

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The Producers Left to Right: Erik Reese, John T. Woods, Jamie Cobb, Marion Kerr, Kevin K. Shah, Zak Forsman

LISTED BELOW are gifted artists, actors, crew, filmmakers, producers and craftsmen that have shaped the Sabi creative process over 10 years through collaboration:

These Are The People of The Sabi Company:

  • ZAK FORSMAN
    founder, exec producer, producer, director, writer, DP, editor

  • J. ERIK REESE
    president – sabi worldwide, exec prod, producer, director, writer, editor

  • MARION KERR
    writer, co-writer, actor

  • DEKLUN (TODD MILLER)
    musician, composer

  • PACE RUBADEAU
    musician, composer

  • MIKAEL AYELE
    producer, writer, actor

  • KESTER KRUEGER
    associate producer, assistant director, grip and electric

  • DANIEL CARMODY
    producer, writer

  • ZACH SIEVERS
    production audio, sound design, sound mixing, 5.1

  • ZACH SHEEHAN
    lighting design, camera department, production assist

  • ANDREW WHITE
    2nd A.D., production assist

  • JOSHUA NITSCHKE
    Executive Producer, Cinematographer, Editor

  • TIM HEDRICK
    Writer, Game Developer

  • KAT CASTANEDA
    First A.D.

  • COURTNEY TAIT
    Associate Producer

  • MATT GARRETT
    cinematographer, camera operator, director of photography

SABI CAST

  • Kelly McCracken – gabe
  • Larry Strauss – william
  • Martie Ashworth – julie
  • Aqua Yost – girl
  • Dusty Sorg – edwin
  • Jonathan Eisley – andrew
  • Sue Gaetzman – dora
  • Clyde Tull – reuben
  • Jason Brandt – tobey
  • Mary Elise Hayden – monica
  • Alison Haislip – jamie
  • Christopher Sowers – boy
  • Hash Patel – arjun
  • Mark Erik Ridley – father
  • Malcolm Ridley – son
  • Randy Harken – friend
  • Laura Laurent – olivia
  • Bubba Dean Rambo – eugene
  • Surya Chandra – surya
  • Heath Centazzo – producer
  • Sanjay Madhav – coctor
  • Landall Goolsby – priest
  • Karen Teliha – lizzie
  • Don Yanan – ken
  • Mara Luthane – neighbor
  • Maya Archer – child
  • Ross Marquand – sam, henry
  • Paulie Rojas – olivia
  • Dusty Sorg – edward, elliot
  • Ernie Curcio – rafael
  • Luis Robledo – arturo
  • Emanuel Boria – Jorge, junior
  • Mathew Sandoval – javier
  • Marcio Catalano – gabrio
  • Marisilda Garcia – jo
  • Ivet Corvea – haven
  • Mike Altman – greyson
  • David Fine – bobby
  • Sarah Foret – emma
  • Virginia Oxford – irene
  • Calvin Winbush – gavin
  • Ana Maria Lagasa – rosie
  • Dave Hernandez – raul
  • Melody Melendez – girl
  • Magali Pineta – girl
  • Christina Rose – christina
  • Heather Tocquigny – spy
  • Sonja Ghaderi – em
  • Anders Horbo – magnus
  • Anya Tkachenco – charlie
  • Jores Sinani – thief
  • Ida-Maria Lundstrom – love interest
  • Gunilla Willis – neighbor
  • Ellie Araiza – Mara
  • Desean Kevin – Rin
  • Ray Trickett – Dick
  • Jose Rosete – Harvey
  • Andrea Sixtos – Cheyenne
  • Peter Mendoza – Roy
  • Jonathan Roumie – Clay, Victor
  • KEVIN K. SHAH
    founder, exec producer, producer, director, writer, DP, editor

  • JAMIE COBB
    vice president – the sabi company, producer, co-producer, editor, sound

  • JOHN T. WOODS
    co-producer, co-writer, actor

  • SAM KRUEGER
    cinematographer, associate producer, camera operator, asst camera, gaffer

  • NEHAL SHAH
    associate producer, unit coordinator, event designer

  • KIRTI K. SHAH
    associate producer, locations and permits

  • CHARLES FORSMAN
    graphic design, artwork, comics

  • GARY KING
    producer, writer, director, co-producer, cinematographer, editor

  • HAROLD HAYES
    Writer, Director, Producer, Executive Producer, Editor, Cinematographer, VFX

  • JOHN MCNALLY
    Production Manager

  • LUCAS CHEADLE
    Assistant Director

  • ADDISON BROCK III
    Cinematographer, Colorist

  • RICHARD SHEPHERD
    Producer, Documentarian, Camera operator

  • MATT STORM
    Camera operator

  • JOSEPH FIORILLO
    Sound Mixer

  • MATT THOMPSON
    Sound Mixer

SABI CREW

  • Deklun – composer
  • Jason Serrone – production sound
  • Mycel Stokes – production sound
  • Carrie Williams – casting director
  • Savanna Kelly – costume and wardrobe
  • James Slingluff – production sound
  • Eric Edwards – production sound
  • Carrie Wiltshire – cat wrangler
  • LuFeng Qu – sfx/make-up
  • David ‘smokey’ Shiriwastaw – assistant camera
  • Ron Santarsiero – key grip
  • Renee Day – editor
  • N. Itrik Hahs – editor
  • Brooke Medgal – physical therapist
  • Randolph Scott – a.d.
  • Scotty Reese – p.a.
  • Jesse Guberman – composer
  • Pakaj Raval – attorney
  • Tanvi Appa – translator
  • Brian Ricketts – sfx make-up
  • Shweta Patel – translator
  • Brock McIntosh – peace activist, documentarian
  • Herman Witkam – composer
  • Frederik Berg – associate producer
  • Heidi Hirvonen – associate producer

ADDITIONAL COLLABORATORS

  • Paul Osborne – Writer
  • Julie Keck & Jessica King – Writers
  • Fritz Darling – Script Consult
  • Don Joy – Script Consult

CROWDFUNDERS/BACKERS

The definition of “Company” :

1. An institution created to conduct business;
2. the state of being with someone else;
3. an organization or a group of performers;
4. a social or business visitor;
5. a social gathering of guests or companions;
6. a band of people associated in some activity;
7. to be a companion to somebody.

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RECENT QUOTES, PRESS & PRAISE FOR PROJECTS BY THE SABI COMPANY

“Beautiful…” – Todd Brown, Twitch

“…very accomplished… amazing…” – Filmmaker Magazine

“Absolutely Gorgeous…” – Ain’t it Cool News

“A production company that specializes in provocative, original films

for the mass-niche audience that is starved for meaningful, artistic films…”

– Michelle Nelson, Daily Sundial

Sabi’s work is organic, stylized and improvised. – The Workbook Project

Shines through, strikingly charismatic. – Quiet Earth

A controversial concept… a beautiful piece of film. A visual poem. – Joe Sutton, The Heart of Hollywood Show

“…beautifully shot…” – Ian Dawson, Stuffwelike.com

“A beautifully rendered manifestation of a spiritual journey…

Transcends cinema by
intertwining life’s human and spiritual experiences…”

– theindependentcritic.com

“Tightly executed, excellently shot… well acted.” – PopCultureMonster.com

“Powerful actors… beautiful cinematography and intimate direction.” – Carol Green – Writer/Producer

“Brutally Honest… rivets your attention.” – Heart of Hollywood Show

“I truly admired this film…” – Trevor Groth – Sundance Film Festival Director

“…a complex relationship in a demographic rarely showcased…” – Drea Clark – Slamdance Film Festival Director

“Its cathartic climax will leave you devastated… Kerr and McCracken [deliver] subtly brilliant performances.” – Jared Mubarak

The Sabi Company International Trademark

Defining SABI

A Japanese word derived from wabi-sabi; an artistic principle reflecting truth, age, simplicity and beauty as commonly found in nature. Literally, sabi means ‘rust.’ Metaphorically, it represents the passage of time.

Sabi as a cinematic aesthetic

is not a fixed set of principles or a rigid system of rules governing the artistic creation of a story, but rather the creative experience of a ‘collaborative’ team working in harmony to realize a project. Sabi is a constant search for the natural form of sound, images and emotion to be honestly expressed during and throughout the creative process until the endeavor is complete.

The definition and process of Sabi changes with time. It is a whole-view approach to nurturing, catalyzing, and capturing moments that are truthful in their own beauty, simplicity, structure and emotion. Sabi as an evolving cinematic process seeks to create, foster and uncover transcendence through momentary glimpses into something Greater: those unplanned, life-altering experiences that reshape our perceptions, form new understandings and enrich our experience of the world. Often these moments come as surprises, so too in our work.

The experience of sabi is authentic, honest, timeless and universal – and is also realized in music, art, emotion, cinema and life itself. If one might consider all of the above a foundation for a new approach to collaboratively creating and interdependently experiencing cinema — then you would perhaps be encountering “a film by SABI.”

The Sabi Company Feature Presentation Logo (First Frame)

The Sabi Company Feature Presentation Logo (Final Frame)


“A film by SABI”

implies an interdependent collaboration among artists working together in an atmosphere where creative exploration is encouraged at every level of the process. Sometimes through dramatic improvisation — our artists are find their voice under the collaborative guidance of the director, regardless of what is on the written page. The result can be spontaneous, unplanned and genuine – revealing a more honest experience for the characters, filmmakers and audience.

“Sabi’s projects are artistic labors of love that take deep sacrifices and personal investment from everyone involved. For this reason, our attribute of ‘a film by SABI ’ honors the journey taken by the entire interdependent and collaborative force to achieve something provocative, original and unique. The attribute implies a collective effort to achieve something greater than the sum of its parts — an accomplishment no artist or individual could have done alone.”

A Film By Sabi

A Film By Sabi

Journey to the Sabi Tree

Erik Reese, Kevin K. Shah, Zak Forsman, Todd Miller and John T. Woods make a special pilgrimage to the Sabi Tree 7 years after its discovery near the Salton Sea.
As documented by Erik Reese in October of 2010.

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The 3 Original Photos of the Sabi Tree
captured by Jamie Cobb and Zak Forsman in 2003.

All films, photos, images, logos and content on this site © 2005-2016 The Sabi Company™. All rights reserved.

Charles T. Forsman

Zak and Dad Charles Forsman

  • Charles T. Forsman is the greatest influence on the founders of The Sabi Company, as well as the Founders’ earliest mentor, champion and father.

Sue Gaetzman

Martie Ashworth with Sue Gaetzman (right) on the set of White Knuckles

  • Sue Gaetzman plays ‘Dora’ in the film White Knuckles, and is beloved by everyone that got to know her on and off set. More about Sue and her work in White Knuckles can be found on her memorial page at Sue’s Memorial Page.

Marty Reisman

Photo by Nathaniel Welch from American Way Magazine

  • Marty Reisman was a long time friend, and key member/subject of The Hardbat and Ball Project, a series of documentaries filmed over the course of 7 years with a table tennis personality named Ed Ball. Ed introduced me to several world champions, and the most memorable of all was Marty Reisman. If you know him, you loved him — he allowed us to ask him questions about his life story, and shoot him while playing table tennis. Marty was famous for, among other things being a world-class champion Harbat Table Tennis player. He was also known as the Ping Pong Hustler and used to hustle his way through table tennis halls in New York as a kid. He was rumored to be able to split a cigarette in half from the other side of the table with just the power of his serve.

    Zak Forsman and Kevin K. Shah got to put Marty to the test on camera in Las Vegas in early 2000’s as a National Table Tennis Championship. Marty was able to split the cigarette in half (balanced upright on the other side of the table) on the first try. He will be missed dearly be everyone who knew him.

    You can LEARN more about Marty The Ping Pong Hustler → or WATCH a video of him as a teenager in 1949: Marty Reisman English Open 1949

If you are interested in our services please visit SABI CREATIVE

Collaborate:

Sabi is a company of Creatives.

  • We are an equal opportunity employer with an expanding network of talented artists, trained professionals and marketing entrepreneurs.

    Sabi Creative is a natural home to producers, directors, writers, editors, cinematographers, graphic artists, musicians, game designers and tech savants. Our team works interdependently in a collaborative harmony where immersive ideas for passion projects and multi-platform integrated marketing campaigns can be conceptualized, realized and delivered.

  • At Sabi Creative, we are always looking for like-minded talent to join our team. If you are a company seeking to collaborate, or an individual that gets what we are trying to do and have something to offer – please reach out to us VIA EMAIL .

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To learn more about our international productions please visit SABI WORLDWIDE

SABI WORLDWIDE is our INTERNATIONAL division based in Helsinki, Finland. Sabi Worldwide handles feature development, production and post around the the globe. SABI WORLDWIDE also coordinates all of Sabi Company’s content releases to global territories, distributors and markets.

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To learn more about our creative services, please visit SABI CREATIVE.

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Sabi Creative is a division of The Sabi Company which handles theatrical marketing for studio titles, as well as original documentaries, featurettes, and branded content for companies and start-ups. Sabi Creative executes original content from concept to completion for integrated marketing campaigns for major motion picture franchises, but also independent films, new companies, brands, IP’s, games, and non-profits. Learn more about SABI CREATIVE SERVICES.