In 2009, Eben Kostbar and Joseph McKelheer formed the production company, Film Harvest with the goal of producing high quality, yet cost effective films that both thrive in the marketplace and garner critical acclaim.
The company’s first film, Godspeed, a psychological thriller, was awarded the Jury Prize for Artistic Achievement at the CineVegas Film Festival and was distributed by Lightyear Entertainment and Imagination Worldwide.
Film Harvest went on to produce The Hammer, the inspirational story of Deaf UFC fighter Matt Hamill, that premiered at AFI Fest in 2010 and won the Breakthrough Award. The film went on to win seven more awards at some of the most prestigious festivals. In the fall of 2011, The Hammer was released theatrically by D&E Entertainment in over 100 theaters across the country. In 2012, the film was released by Arc Entertainment and Archstone Entertainment around the world.
Film Harvest later produced The Aggression Scale, which premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival and was released in 2012 by Anchor Bay, as well as, The Thompsons (Sequel to the Lionsgate cult hit, The Hamiltons).
In 2013 Free Samples (Jess Weixler, Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Ritter) was released by Starz/Anchor Bay and currently the company is touring the festivals with their documentary Fight Church (directed by Academy Award Winner, Daniel Junge) and Bryan Storkel (Holy Rollers: The True Story of Card Counting Christians) which is slated for a late 2014 worldwide release.