Bringing aspirational stories from the world to you.
Characters who overcome adversity, stories that inspire minds.
Our founding team has decades of experience in technology, entertainment, media & sports and a shared passion for creating, discovering & bringing great stories from the world to a new era of consumers.
Mark Ciardi is the Co-Founder, President & CEO of Select Films. Mark has a rich breadth of experience as a Film Executive, Producer and Director. Prior to Select Films, Mark was the co-founder of Apex Entertainment and of Mayhem Pictures that had an overall first look deal with Walt Disney Studios for twelve years. At Apex, Mark produced Chappaquiddick as well as The Miracle Season with LD Entertainment. At Mayhem, Mark produced several films including The Rookie, Miracle, Invincible, The Game Plan, Secretariat, Million Dollar Armand this February’s McFarland USA starring Kevin Costner. At Mayhem, Mark also produced the recent Emmy Award winning ESPN 30 for 30 documentary entitled Big Shot.
An All-State high school pitcher from New Jersey, Mark continued his baseball career at the University of Maryland, where he earned his B.S. in Business. He was drafted in 1983 by the Milwaukee Brewers organization and was called up to the majors in 1987. He retired the following year due to injury.
Mark is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and serves on the board of trustees at the University of Maryland.
Campbell McInnes is the SVP of Feature Production and Development at Select Films and is head of the company’s film division.
Previously, Campbell was the Head of Film at Apex Entertainment where he produced CHAPPAQUIDDICK, directed by John Curran, and was an Executive Producer on THE MIRACLE SEASON, directed by Sean McNamara. Additionally, he was an Executive Producer on FALLEN, directed by Scott Hicks and based on the International best selling book series.
Campbell was a Production and Development Executive at Lotus Entertainment and its earlier incarnation Inferno Entertainment where he was involved with the development and production of a slate of films including THE GREY, KILLING THEM SOFTLY, GRACE OF MONACO and THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT.
Campbell was a studio executive at New Line Cinema from 2004 to 2008 where he developed a number of movies including the THE FINAL DESTINATION, the fourth film in the successful franchise released in 2009.
Campbell has advanced bachelor degrees in English Literature and Anthropology from Occidental College, Los Angeles, California.
A sample compilation of the many stories that we were fortunate to create.
The tragic car accident that took the life of Mary Jo Kopechne when Senator Ted Kennedy was at the wheel in the summer of 1969. After driving off a bridge, Kennedy escaped but left Mary Jo to drown. He then went home without reporting the accident for over 9 hours. After the accident and over the course of the next week, the Senator struggled between following his own moral compass or using his power and influence to save his Presidential aspirations and protect the Kennedy family legacy and name.
After the tragic death of star volleyball player Caroline "Line" Found, a team of dispirited high school girls must band together under the guidance of their tough-love coach in hopes of winning the state championship.
A struggling coach and teacher who has had to move around for different incidents in his career finally comes to one of the poorest cities in America: McFarland, California. There he discovers buried potential in several high school boys and slowly turns them into championship runners and brings them closer than even he could ever imagine.
In a last-ditch effort to save his career, sports agent J.B. Bernstein plans to find baseball's next star pitcher. He heads to India to find a cricket player whom he can nurture into a major league star. With the help of a scout, J.B. finds teens Dinesh and Rinku, who haven't a clue about baseball but throw powerful pitches. As the boys adjust to American life, J.B. learns valuable lessons about teamwork and family.
In 1996, the once-dominant New York Islanders were in serious trouble. Lousy performance and poor management were driving away the hockey franchise's loyal fan base. The team hit bottom. Then along came a Dallas businessman named John Spano, who swooped in and agreed to buy the team for 165 million dollars. Things began to look up for the Islanders - way up. But it was all smoke and mirrors. "Big Shot" goes inside an extraordinary scandal that engulfed the Islanders. Featuring the only interview Spano has ever given about the Islanders deal, this film is an unforgettable tale of a dream that became a lie -- and how a scam of such epic proportions initially went undetected.
Housewife and mother Penny Chenery agrees to take over her ailing father's Virginia-based Meadow Stables, despite her lack of horse-racing knowledge. Against all odds, Chenery -- with the help of veteran trainer Lucien Laurin -- manages to navigate the male-dominated business, ultimately fostering the first Triple Crown winner in twenty-five years.
INVINCIBLE is the inspiring true story of Vince Papale, an ordinary guy who, against extraordinary odds, gets a one-in-a-gazillion shot at living every sports fan's wildest fantasy. Like the city he lives in and his beloved hometown NFL team, the down-and-out Vince has seen better days. But then the Philadelphia Eagles' new coach Dick Vermeil calls an unprecedented open tryout, and the 30-year-old bartender who never played college ball makes the cut. Now Vince needs every bit of his gritty, never-say-die attitude and enormous heart to survive in the high-stakes world of professional football. Heartfelt and triumphant, and filled with body-slamming NFL football action, INVINCIBLE will have you on your feet cheering for the scrappy underdog who helped his team rediscover its winning spirits, and in the process rallied a city when it needed it most.
Filled with exhilarating nonstop hockey action and heart-racing suspense, MIRACLE is the inspiring true story behind one of the greatest moments in sports history — the 1980 United States ice hockey team's triumphant Olympic victory against the Soviet Union. Coach Herb Brooks had an impossible dream -- beat the seemingly unbeatable Soviets at their own game. Starting with a handpicked group of 26 undisciplined kids, Brooks coached them to play like they never played before, and turned 20 of them into a team that believed they could achieve the unachievable -- and in the process, united a nation with a new feeling of hope.
High school coach Jim Morris thought his dream was over. He'd had his shot playing baseball, blew out his shoulder, and retired without ever reaching the big leagues. Then, in 1999, he made a bet with his perpetually losing team: If they won the district championship, Morris -- who threw a 98 mph fastball -- would try out for the majors. The team went from worst to first, and Jim was soon on the road to becoming the oldest rookie in the major leagues.