- SCREENED AT dozens of film festivals worldwide, including San Francisco’s Frameline, New York’s NewFest, festivals in Phoenix, Vancouver, B.C., Louisville, North Carolina, Boston, Belgium, Atlanta, Sweden, Tampa, Seattle, Palm Springs, Germany, Fresno, Miami, Minneapolis and opening Philadelphia’s QFest.
- CONTINUED TO WIN awards from festivals and media throughout the world, including Best Screenplay (San Diego, Long Beach); Best Debut Feature (Fort Worth); Rising Star (for co-star Sean Lockhart in Philadelphia); First Place Alternative Spirit and Youth Jury Honorable Mention (Rhode Island); Gaybie Best Drama, Best Actor (Charlie David), Best Supporting Actor (Sean Lockhart); the Top 100 Gay Films (The Backlot.com).
- GARNERED POSITIVE reviews from viewers around the world on iTunes, Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, Google Play, Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube, Facebook and other social media sites.
The Judas Kiss DVD launch in October 2011 met with successful sales and reviews from news and media sites like The Backlot/AfterElton, the Bilerico Report, Metrosource Weekly, and the Advocate. We followed with digital release in 2011 and 2012 on multiple worldwide platforms, including cable and satellite video on demand. The film has pioneered a worldwide distributing and social marketing campaign that has won recognition across the globe. Our trailer on YouTube has been viewed more than 600,000 times, and our Facebook page has more than 10,000 Likes. Thousands more follow us on Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr. Judas Kiss is available in virtually every country in the world, translated into Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Dutch, Swedish and Arabic.
BLUE SERAPH PRODUCTIONS is a production company committed to strong progressive values that shed light on the human experience. Blue Seraph Productions doesn’t focus on a lifestyle; we tell stories built on the universal principles that make us human. Laughter or tears, we’re all the same.
Blue Seraph was founded by J.T. Tepnapa in 2000 as SkyAngel Films with its first short film, Sunflowers. In 2002, J.T. followed up with the hit Masturbation: Putting the Fun into Self-Loving, one of the festival circuit’s best-received short comedies in years. Masturbation went on to smash screenings at film festivals in around the world, winning many awards and distribution through CFMDC, TLA, and Canal+.
J.T.’s next effort was another festival gem, Drag Queen Heist. In 2006, his edgy, dramatic short, Begging for Change, won Best Dramatic Short at the QCinema festival in Fort Worth.
In 2007, writer-producer Carlos Pedraza joined Blue Seraph to make Judas Kiss, Blue Seraph’s first feature film. Its website attracted worldwide investors, production partners, cast and crew. In 2012, writer-producer Jody Wheeler joined the team. Jody played a key role in the successful realization of Judas Kiss. His skills as an entrepreneur, writer, producer and director have been instrumental in shaping Blue Seraph’s long-term business strategy.
As a visionary film, production, writing and technology company, Blue Seraph provides expertise and networking to help other artists become sustainable contributors to their creative communities. The company continues to explore the themes of tolerance and self-discovery through comedy and drama. sitting contentedly on Hollywood’s fringe, it turns small budgets into what the Philadelphia Inquirer called “brilliant production values.”
We have accomplished this by attracting talent whose creativity is worth hundreds of thousands of dollars on screen. More talented people have joined Blue Seraph’s team, and we have built strategic partnerships with other like- minded production companies. Together we’ve built a network of creative professionals dedicated to producing provocative and enjoyable entertainment free from Hollywood’s typical strictures and constraints.
JADE KNIGHT PRODUCTIONS Producer Tom Ly created Jade Knight Productions in 2011 to option and produce Jay Bell’s novel, “Something Like Summer.” Jade Knight and Blue Seraph created a co-production agreement to bring the book to the screen. ￼
Our Feature Films
SOMETHING LIKE SUMMER Our third feature is complete! It explores the challenging relationship of three young men over the course of a dozen years.
JUDAS KISS If you had a second chance, would you grab it? In 2011, our award-winning first feature challenged viewers by melding time travel and magical realism. See it »