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Dumbo Teaser Trailer Released
posted: June 13, 2018

“Watch the teaser trailer for Tim Burton’s all-new live-action Dumbo, coming to theatres March 2019. From Disney and visionary director Tim Burton, the all-new grand live-action adventure “Dumbo” expands on the beloved classic story where differences are celebrated, family is cherished and dreams take flight.”

Review of “God Came ‘Round”
Independent Shorts Awards

posted: May 30, 2018

“ISA award-winning filmmaker Derek Frey gives life to the song God Came ‘Round by Trever Veilleux cleverly and beautifully. While Frey plays with the appearance of God, aliens, and ghosts and creates a fantastic supernatural atmosphere, the influence of his past with Tim Burton Productions is clear...”

Review of “Kill The Engine”
Independent Shorts Awards

posted: May 20, 2018

“With 32 titles as a director in his résumé, alongside the direction of Tim Burton Productions since 2001 and the production of dozens of other films, including Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Dumbo (the new remake of classic Disney musical), Derek Frey is a reference name in the film industry…”

An Interview with Derek Frey
Van Gogh’s Ear Anthology

posted: April 21, 2018

“Derek Frey is best known for his work with Tim Burton… His most recent endeavor finds him producing the upcoming live-action Dumbo film for Disney. Slated for 2019 the film features Colin Farrell, Eva Green, Danny DeVito, and Michael Keaton…”

Film Review: God Came ‘Round
Romance Film Festival

posted: March 14, 2018

“Utterly hilarious with its vibrancy, literal comedy and the wonderful performance stylings of Deep Roy, God Came ‘Round will make you laugh. A comical trip worthy of watching for its absurdist comic style and total commitment to literal humor... A film sure to entertain.”

Interview: Derek Frey
Cult Critic: The Film Magazine

posted: March 7, 2018

“Derek Frey’s credits are long and impressive; filled with some of the best fantasy coming out of Hollywood. He’s been working with Tim Burton Productions since 1996, building a career assisting on films such as Mars Attacks!, Sleepy Hollow, Planet of the Apes and Big Fish…”

Interview with Filmmaker Derek Frey
Matthew Toffolo’s Summary

posted: March 3, 2018

“God Came ‘Round played to rave reviews at the February 2018 Romance Feedback Film Festival on Valentine’s Day in Toronto…”

Voices From The Balcony

posted: February 20, 2018

“The 36-minute short Green Lake is a cheerful throwback to films like Creature from the Black Lagoon with its amphibious creature wreaking havoc on those who would defile its domain… Like the older classics, it’s light on gore, relying on its script, camerawork, and atmosphere for shocks...”

Review: Green Lake
Cult Critic: The Film Magazine

posted: February 6, 2018

“Green Lake is a solid, entertaining horror film that keeps you hanging on until the end. All great horror movies have an underlying meaning and Green Lake is no different. It’s a warning to everyone that we must maintain our balance with and respect nature or face the consequences.”

Review: God Came ‘Round
Cult Critic: The Film Magazine

posted: February 6, 2018

“The existential angst of all human beings is what God Came ‘Round conveys… and this is something that connects us through the regular humdrum affairs of our lives…”

Filmmaker In The Spotlight:
An Interview with Derek Frey

posted: January 23, 2018

“Derek Frey is an exceptional filmmaker. With credits like The Killers' Here With Me, Alice in Wonderland, Kill the Engine and Disney's upcoming Dumbo, he is taking over Hollywood at the speed of light…”

Review: Kill The Engine
Largo Film Awards

posted: November 9, 2017

“It takes a very clever writer and director to take a topic that is as negative and emotional as suicide… and turn it into a comedy sketch that still has heart and meaning. Fortunately in this case, that’s exactly what happened…”

Kill The Engine – “We Can’t Even Do This Right”
Cult Critic: The Film Magazine

posted: October 6, 2017

“Fade in … A hollow, steady drum beat begins to play. We’re looking head-on at the outside of a classic red barn somewhere in the rural countryside. Cut to … a close-up of a garden hose duct-taped on one end to a car’s muffler…”

Delco-Based Filmmakers Bring Work
To Philly’s FirstGlance Film Festival

posted: October 3, 2017

“The work of local filmmakers will be part of the official selection for the 20th FirstGlance Film Festival in Philadelphia this weekend. Chadds Ford resident Bill Haley and Drexel Hill native son Derek Frey will have their short projects screen at the local independent film festival…”

Keep Creating: Interview with Filmmaker Derek Frey
Follow Magazine

posted: September 28, 2017

“When Derek Frey approached me to talk about his short film, God Came 'Round, I jumped at the chance to speak to the producer of a swag of Tim Burton's projects about his own films and how he connects with his audience…”

Interview with Director Derek Frey
Indie Cinema

posted: September 7, 2017

“Being a member of the jury of Prague Independent Film Festival I watch a lot of films... Green Lake impressed our jury with its humor and brilliant music score, but we were very surprised when we later found out that director of this independent production is Derek Frey...”

Review of Kill The Engine
Feel The Reel

posted: July 17, 2017

“We must admit it has been a while since we’ve had such a good and funny comedy short in our festival, and Kill The Engine made the entire wait worthwhile…”

Best Cinematography
Derek Frey, “God Came ‘Round”

posted: June 1, 2017

“Trever Veilleux’s songwriting and poetic lyrics were the inspiration for this film. I’ve been a fan of his music for a while now and this song spoke to me visually…as something that could turn into a unique, funny, and touching music video…”

Interview: Derek Frey Talks Tim Burton, Miss Peregrine, and Green Lake.
posted: October 1, 2016

“Starting out as Tim Burton’s assistant on the space invasion thriller Mars Attacks! in 1996, time has been flying, for the lack of better words, at warp speed for filmmaker Derek Frey…”

Take A Trip Inside Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children
posted: July 27, 2016

“20th Century Fox swings open the doors to Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children in today’s all-new featurette, one designed to take you behind-the-scenes on Tim Burton’s gothic adaptation…”

Film Review: Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
posted: September 25, 2016

“Not since Sweeney Todd, and before that all the way back to Sleepy Hollow, have the studios found such a perfect match of material for Hollywood’s most iconic auteur…”


Motel Providence Books More Awards
posted: 18th May 2015



Awards check in for Motel Providence
posted: 20th January 2015

Motel Providence has been awarded BEST PICTURE BEST EDITING along with Derek winning BEST DIRECTOR at the INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF DOCUMENTARY, SHORT, COMEDY. The film has also been accepted into the Albuquerque, Hollywood Reel Indendent, Festival of World Cinema London, Garden State, Laughing Devil, Brightside Tavern and Access Code Film Festivals.


A Big Distraction
posted: 10th January 2015

TD's latest offering A BIG DISTRACTION is available now and Derek is proud to have played a role as Executive Producer on this album. These songs are raw, pure, full of energy and extremely catchy ~ stripped down rock and roll recorded (mostly) in London. The epic closing track (Come In) The Water's Fine will appear in Derek's upcoming horror film, GREEN LAKE. The link to iTunes Download is below://


Big Eyes Opening
posted: 25th December 2014

Tim Burton's latest artistic offering BIG EYES is in theaters now. Derek served as Executive Producer of this beautiful biopic of the trials and tribulations of artist Maragaret Keane. Be sure to check it out - you'll be glad you did!

Update: January 11th, 2015 - Amy Adams has won a Golden Globe for her role as Margaret Keane in BIG EYES. Congratulation are in order to Amy and the entire filmmaking team.



Green Lake Teaser Trailer & Poster released
posted: 13th December 2014

Green Lake post production continues slowly but surely. Until the film is unleashed in 2015, enjoy the new teaser trailer as well as an amazing posters created by the talented Matt Saunders.



Derek is this month's WCU Alumi Spotlight
posted: 5th November 2014

Derek is honored to appear in this month's West Chester University Alumni Spotlight feature in the Ramblings Newsletter. Check out the link below for an interview with Derek along with reflections on his time at WCU.


Interview with Derek in the Original Van Gogh's Ear
posted: 15th July 2014

The Original Van Goghs Ear Anthology has featured an interview and the photograhy of Derek Frey in their July publication. Check out an online version of the interview here:



Awards Roll out for Sky Blue Collar
posted: 12th February 2014


Derek featured in Tastic Film Magazine
posted: 18th November 2013

Tastic Magazine has featured Derek Frey in their Indie Craftbook Issue, along with fellow filmmakers Peter Coggan and Rick Rosenthal. In the issue Derek speaks about his experience at the American Film Market, the state of the Indie Film industry and the development of The Ballad of Sandeep feature film.

Derek Awarded Best Director at C.C.F.F.
posted: 10th November 2013

Derek has been awarded BEST DIRECTOR OF A SHORT FILM at the 2013 CHICAGO COMEDY FILM FESTIVAL for SKY BLUE COLLAR. The film also took home the higest award in the NARRATIVE SHORT FILM category at the 2013 MOONDANCE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESITIVAL

Sandeep at AFM
posted: 4th November 2013

Derek Frey, Deep Roy, David Amadio and Josh Roth will be attending the AMERICAN FILM MARKET in Santa Monica, California from November 7 - 11th. They'll be pitching THE BALLAD OF SANDEEP feature film to various film companies with the hope of aquiring finanacing and support. We'll keep you posted on the latest via


Sky Blue Collar unleashed
posted: 2nd October 2013

Derek's latest endeavor with The Minor Prophets is complete. Thus far,SKY BLUE COLLAR has been accepted into the 2013 Chicago Comedy Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, Moondance International FIlm Festival, Santa Monica Independant Film Festival, Independent Film Quarterly Film & Webisode Festival, Rumschpringe International Film Festival, Atlanta Shortfest, Red Dirt International Film Festival and the International Film Festival of Comedy, Romance and Musical.

Green Lake wraps - Big Island, Hawaii
posted: 22nd September 2013

After nine grueling days and nights filled with bug bites, mud, muck, pure exhaustion and an eel attack, GREEN LAKE has wrapped principal photography on the Big Island of Hawaii. It marks Derek's return to the horror genre that he loves and is surely one of his most challenging projects. We're going to keep the story under wraps for now. Look for GREEN LAKE in late 2014.

Sandeep Feature Film
posted: 16th September 2013

A feature film version of THE BALLAD OF SANDEEP is under development. The Minor Prophets have recently completed work on the screenplay and we're currently seeking financing to bring the trials and tribulations of Sandeep Majumdar to the big screen.

Sky Blue Collar shoots
posted: 23rd April 2013

Derek has joined forces once again with the Minor Prophets for the creation of SKY BLUE COLLAR. It was filmed in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania over the 2012 Christmas Holiday. Look for this carpet warehouse extravaganza in Summer 2013.

Best Director at IFQ
posted: 29th January 2013

Derek has been awarded Best Director of a Short Film at the Independent Film Quarterly and New Media Film Fesitval for his work on THE BALLAD OF SANDEEP.

Captain Sparky Blasts Off
posted: 8th January 2013

Be sure to check out CAPTAIN SPARKY vs. THE FLYING SAUCERS, a short stop-motion film, written by Derek Frey. It's available to view on the Blu-Ray release of FRANKENWEENIE.

Here With Me - The Killers
posted: 20th December 2012
Derek produced the Tim Burton directed video HERE WITH ME for The Killers in December. The video was shot entirely on location in Blackpool, UK and stars Winona Ryder & Craig Roberts.Here's a link to an interview with Derek about the making of the video: DEREK FREY INTERVIEW

And don't miss this behind the scenes look filmed by Derek:

A Website for Sandeep
posted: 20th November 2012

As THE BALLAD OF SANDEEP continues its award winning festival run, we are proud to announce the official website.

Delve deeper into the making of the film and find out more about a feature film version that is in the works.

Click below to visit the official website:

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Vampires Kiss/Blood Inside
posted: 31st October 2012

Vampires Kiss/Blood Inside has been accepted into the 2012 Everybody Dies FIlm Festival and the Tuscon Terrorfest.

You can watch Tim Burton slay away in HD on Vimeo:

That's What You Get
posted: 20th January 2012

Be sure to check out Derek's latest music video That's What You Get for The Mars Patrol. The video was filmed at various locations around Los Angeles as well as the famed Air Studios in London, UK. Have a listen to the band's fantastic latest release, Landline, currently available on Itunes.

Watch That's What You Get on Vimeo:

Sandeep in Vegas
posted: 21st August 2011

We are proud to announce that THE BALLAD OF SANDEEP has been awarded BEST FEATURETTE at the 2011 VEGAS INTERNATIONAL CINEFEST. Derek, Deep, Gil, Bud and a number of crew members were on hand in Las Vegas for the fest and awards ceremony.

Sandeep World Premiere
posted: 23rd April 2011

THE BALLAD OF SANDEEP held its WORLD PREMIERE April 15th at the historic Trocadero Theater in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. It was an epic evening of comedy, karaoke and cheese steaks.

Curse for Cannes 2010
posted: 21st April 2010
We are proud to announce that The Curse of the Sacred Stone has been selected for screening at this year's Festival de Cannes. Our prior visit to Cannes was with 4th and 99 in 2007. More details coming soon!

Watch Film | View Cannes Site

America's Game at Cinefest
posted: 12th February 2009
America's Game was accepted into the Philadelphia Film Festival & Cinefest 2009. Check the film out at the festival March 26th - April 6th. "There's just no sport like the game of baseball. If you really love it then you love America. If you don't, then get the hell out of our country".

Watch Film | View Cinefest's Site

Review of America's Game
posted: 9th February 2009
Miami Movie Critic have written a great 5 star review of America's Game:
"a hysterically funny tribute to Faux Americana.",
"You'll fall out of your chair laughing when he talks about savoring "the smell of the hot nuts and the rosin bags."

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