Every spring, a female and male cardinal visit my bird feeder. When she’s pregnant, the vibrantly red male searches for the very best pieces to feed her. After the female gives birth, she does the same for him. They work together as a team to create something greater than themselves; they create life.

This was the inspiration behind the Independent Film Production Company, Cardinal Flix, Inc. (CFI). Brian and I work together to tell stories about regular people confronted by extraordinary events that anyone can and will probably be faced with at some point in their life; primal stories about love, fear, sexuality, death, told honestly without embellishment.

The company’s pipeline is creatively powerful and we are set to shoot and release two feature films per year up through, but not limited to, 2029. There is breadth to the pipeline’s genres, ranging from family dramas to psychological thrillers. While prioritizing a financial return for our investors and business partners, CFI believes that socially responsible and charitable efforts are equally important to the way we conduct business.


- Sarah T. Schwab

Sarah T. Schwab

Sarah directed, produced and co-wrote the feature film, “Life After You,” in January 2020 staring Florencia Lozano, Gary Perez and Kathryn Erbe. Her 2018 short film, “’A’ My Name Is,” was awarded “Best WNY Short Film" at the Buffalo International Film Festival, “Best Lead Actress in a Short” at the Nice International Film Festival, and was nominated for “Best Director of a Short” at the Madrid International Film Festival. She is a member of the Playwrights/Directors Unit at Actors Studio in New York City.

Brian Long
Executive Director

Brian is a film producer and an Obie-winning theater producer. His films include, “A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud.”, ”’A’ My Name Is,” “Life After You,” and the upcoming feature, “A Stage Of Twilight” (starring Karen Allen). Brian served as Managing Director of Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre in New York City for nine years where he produced over 40 World Premieres by artists such as Annie Baker, Jesse Eisenberg, Adam Rapp, Craig Lucas, Jose Rivera, Heidi Schreck and Jonathan Tolins.

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