Awful Nice – Executive Producer Joseph Krigsfeld

While Awful Nice won’t prove to be everyone’s cup of tea, it’s definitely worth a look just for the laughs. If you have a sibling, you will find something relatable.

Awful Nice is an expanded version of the short film, ’92 Skybox Alonzo Mourning Rookie Card. This was also a film by Todd Skylar and Executive Producer Joseph Krigsfeld.

When you find a formula that works and a team who delivers, you stay with it.

A similar plot, this full-length film was a more fleshed out version of the first one, and stars Christopher Meloni, with a guest cameo by Yakov Smirnoff. It follows two brothers returning to their hometown after their father’s death where they revisit old wounds and have to split their family vacation home they have inherited.

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They both find themselves in a situation where they need the money, and their sibling rivalry has never been higher. They will need to get along well enough to fix the house and their relationship. Two brothers who seldom get along forced to take a road trip. What could go wrong? Or, right, in this case.

Sibling rivalry is a plot theme that works well, in particular, in this film. There are moments of gut-busting laughs, of cringe-worthy antics and genuine emotion.

Awful Nice is a great mirror into our own lives and those old wounds between siblings that we just never get over. They are so bent on competing with each other, that everything else seems secondary to them.

These brothers have not seen each other for a long time, and when the news of their father’s death reaches Jim, the level-headed college professor, he has to track down his ne’er-do-well brother Dave.

Dave and Jim are reunited, but even under these sombre conditions, they seem to care more about their inheritance than their father’s death. This brings out their childlike behavior even more and set the stage for rivalry at its finest.

At the funeral, they discover they were left the family’s lake house in Branson, Missouri. When they finally see it, they realize the place is a dump and needs a lot of work to even be habitable, and sold for the desperately needed money.

With good intentions to use this opportunity to bond with each other, it comes as no surprise that they spend the better part of the time shouting, accusing and hitting each other. Due in part as a ploy to make more money, they decide they are capable of making all the repairs themselves.

Also a great comic role for Christopher Meloni, who should seem out of place after his time on Law and Order SVU, but he’s hilarious playing a shady business associate of their father.

James Pumphrey is Jim and Alex Rennie plays Dave. Alex Rennie also co-wrote the script with Todd Skylar. Both of these actors make the most of the antics that throwback to their childhood pranks and competitive nature. They also do justice to the sharp, witty dialogue that manages to keep the laughs coming at a good pace throughout the entire movie.

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While not a critical success, the film was simple, well-written and has a lot of comedy and tells a great story. It’s the perfect road trip, buddy, sibling antic movie that is perfect for a rainy afternoon.

Relatable, funny and with a quick place to keep you interested. Following with the theme from 92 Skybox Alonzo Mourning Rookie Card, the brothers fight at their father’s wake, the dream of making money off of a sports card and bring back the beauty of not just snappy, clever dialogue but precision slapstick and physical comedy as well.

From eating from a garbage can to challenging a table full of tourists to a fight, just relax and enjoy the wild ride. These actors together remind us what great comedy timing is meant to look like all the while making it look oh-so-easy.

If you’re looking for intellectual stimulation, watch something else. If you are looking for a great comedy with pacing, pranks and a story, enjoy Awful Nice.

 

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Joseph Krigsfeld – Principal Investor & Lead Seed Investor

When it comes to making money work, Joseph Krigsfeld knows a thing or two. With a sharp eye for turning a profit and knowing what works, it’s little wonder this financial wizard would know a good thing when he sees it. Not content with working strictly in the finance world, Joseph set his sights on the wonderful world of movies.

After much success as a financial analyst and manager, he, along with his brother Jason, started their own production company. Aptly called Brothers K Productions, they jumped into production backing a short film called,” ’92 Skybox Alonzo Mourning Rookie Card”. It was the perfect way to get their feet wet in the motion picture pool.

A short comedy revolves around two brothers who reunite for their father’s funeral. Boys being boys, old rivalries surface and in the midst of a fight, one brother apparently burns a rookie card the other brother was searching for. It’s a poignant tale of family, fights and forgiveness. This indie gem was a feature at the Sundance Film Festival. Not bad for your first venture.

That same year, 2012, they saw great potential in director Terrance Malik’s experimental film “To The Wonder”. Investing in Terrence Malik, with his impressive list of writing, directing and producing credits, didn’t take much forethought.

The name alone is almost a guarantee of box office success, so when you add in an impressive cast like Ben Affleck,  Rachel McAdams and Javier Bardem, it’s pretty impressive. It premiered at the 2012 Venice Film Festival and received several award nominations, taking home the SIGNIS Award.

Films about love are almost always popular, so add in a stellar cast and directed by the man who wrote it, you can understand why anyone would want to jump at the chance to produce it. It’s plot and the plot of Malik’s films before and after it, seem to follow a page of his own life.

The next year, 2013, the K Brothers backed another film by Todd Skylar, called, “Awful Nice”, who penned their first short film. When you find a formula that works and a team who delivers, you stay with them. A similar plot, perhaps this full-length film was a more fleshed out version of the first one, it stars Christopher Meloni and has a guest cameo by Yakov Smirnoff.  It follows two brothers returning to their hometown after their father’s death where they revisit old wounds and have to split their family vacation home they have inherited.

They are both in a situation where they need the money, and their sibling rivalry has never been higher. They will need to get along well enough to fix the house and their relationship. While not a critical success, the film was simple, well-written and has a lot of comedy and tells a great story. Two brothers who seldom get along forced to take a road trip. What could go wrong? Or, right, in this case.

Again, by the next year, they were sinking their production teeth into another project. This time a biography history around the childhood of Abraham Lincoln. “The Better Angels” focuses on Lincoln’s childhood, his hardships and his relationships. This film also premiered at Sun-dance Film Fest in 2014.

Shot in black and white for authenticity and mood, it features great performances, spectacular scenery and minimal dialogue, allowing the viewer to see and think for themselves. The Better Angels make reference to his mother and then, step-mother as major influences in his life and shaping the man he would become. It’s a great insight into his early life, growing up in the stark and unforgiving woods of Indiana and his long journey to the top.

Investing is almost always a risk, so when you are investing your own money, you need to be certain you will see a return. Investing in an unknown, like a film seems to have an even higher risk, as they are no way to predict the outcome.

Having faith in projects is a big step in the right direction, and Joseph just seems to have a keen eye for projects that will succeed. He and his brother seem to be doing alright so far, so here’s hoping they are considering some more top-notched scripts or directors for our pleasure. When you have the knack, like Joseph clearly does, we eagerly await his next venture.

Joseph Krigsfeld- Film, Media and FinTech Investor

Joseph Krigsfeld has his fingers in a lot of unique pies in the startup world. A principal investor in a series of FinTech and Media companies; Since 2012 Joseph has served as a lead investor for  Splitit Ltd.—an Israel-based FinTech company that supports interest-free monthly installment payment schemes for small retailers and eCommerce sites—Tugg Ltd. since 2011, a theatrical release platform and distribution company that primarily caters to one-time film screenings and indie releases.

This unique dichotomy of investment preference comes from a diverse career that has spanned both the industries of finance and film production. Between 2003 and 2006, Joseph was employed at Goldman Sachs and Goldman Sachs International in London, where he worked as a financial analyst.

His next step was to move to American hedge fund company Och-Ziff Capital Management, where he worked as an analyst until 2007. He then proceeded work his way up the corporate ladder, landing himself a position as Managing Director at hedge fund sponsor Anthion Capital Management, where he served from 2008 to 2009.

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At this point, Joseph’s ambitions turned to the media industry, and in 2010 he started Brothers K Productions LLC with his brother Jason. The brothers Krigsfeld, through their film production company, would go on to be the exclusive equity investors and Executive Producers of the experimental film ‘To The Wonder’, an independent film by legendary director Terrence Malick which starred Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, and Javier Bardem. ‘To The Wonder’, together with the previous year’s ‘The Tree of Life’, represented Malick’s return to independent cinema after ‘The Thin Red Line’ in 1998, and it would ultimately premiere at the Venice Film Festival in September 2012.

Joseph and Jason also founded the related production company Brothers K Productions Global LLC in September 2012. The first film that this company produced was the 2014 biopic ‘The Better Angels’, directed by Terrence Malick protégé A.J. Edwards in his breakout directorial role. ‘The Better Angels’ portrayed the harrowing childhood of US President Abraham Lincoln and provided a stark voyeuristic look into his relationship with his family. Starred Jason Clarke, Diane Kruger, Brit Marling and Wes Bentley, the film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2014.

Brothers K Productions Global also produced indie comedy film ‘Awful Nice’, written and directed by Todd Sklar, which premiered at film festival SXSW also in 2014.

Joseph is a California kid at heart, born in the City of Angels on July 19, 1982, graduating in the Class of ’99, at The Buckley School in Sherman Oaks, which counts among its notable alumni several media celebrities like Alyssa Milano, Matthew Perry, and Kim Kardashian, perhaps giving context to his inclination towards the limelight. In 2003, he graduated on the Dean’s List from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in History. In the same year, he moved to New York City and never looked back.

For all his revered works and achievements at such a young age, Joseph Krigsfeld hasn’t forgotten his roots. He has been an active contributor and mentor at Jewish Heritage Programs since 2000, having encountered the organization at his alma mater of UPenn.