Coy Dog Films, founded in 2001 by award-winning director Jake Torem, goal is to develop stirring, evocative and thought-provoking quality films.
In 2003, Coy Dog Films completed their first feature – the controversial and provocative “Looking Through Lillian” starring Sam Bottoms and Jade Henham. A young woman’s comfortable but empty existence as the mistress of a well-to-do businessman may change after her encounter with a handsome writer, but can she find the inner strength to escape her self-destructive path? An edgy indie psychological drama about an alluring but mixed up L.A. Girl who flip-flops between facing life’s uncertainty under her own direction of “the good life” provided by a wealthy, disturbing middle-aged benefactor. This moving psychological drama stars Jade Henham, Robert Glen Keith, Sam Bottoms, Essence Atkins.
The breakthrough film won awards at numerous festivals including Grand Prize for Drama at Houston where Sam Bottoms also received the Maverick Actor Award for his daring performance as Gene. In its Art House Theatrical run, Lillian received rave reviews from Chris Gore and Kevin Thomas of the L.A. Times who hailed the film as “Illuminating, Elegant and Sophisticated.”
“Letting Go” is Coy Dog Films’ second feature film.
About Jake Torem: Graduate of NYU's TISCH School of the Arts, where I received a BFA in Film and Acting. As an actor, I've worked with Al Pacino, Kevin Spacey, Judd Hirsch and noted directors Julie Taymor, James Tripp and Viveca Lindfors.
I made my directing debut Off Broadway at Theater for the New City with the premiere of my play Valhalla, starring Rockets Redglare and Michele Matheson. My work was featured in the Soho Arts Festival, showcasing New York's most dynamic new talents. There, I was invited to direct a staged performance of his first screenplay "Riding with Death." Based on the life of iconic painter Jean Michel Basquiat, the production was produced by Judy Jacksina and 4 time Tony winner Thommie Walsh and starred Paul Hipp, Sebastian Roche, Tatianna Abbey, James Tripp and Pop Star Actor Eagle Eye Cherry as Basquiat.
Shortly after, I moved to Los Angeles to debut his second play "Mine Games" an Epic Surreal War Drama and complete his first film, "Le Corset," a dark, exploration of Edwardian sexual morays that features the music of Philip Glass.
In 2003, I completed his first feature - the controversial and provocative "Looking Through Lillian" starring Sam Bottoms and Jade Henham.
The breakthrough film won awards at numerous festivals including Grand Prize for Drama at Houston where Sam Bottoms also received the Maverick Actor Award for his daring performance as Gene. In its Art House Theatrical run, Lillian received rave reviews from Chris Gore and Kevin Thomas of the L.A. Times who hailed the film as "Illuminating, Elegant and Sophisticated."