Stonestreet Studios celebrates 25 years of filmmaking with alumnus Miles Teller

On Monday, Stonestreet Studios celebrated its 25th anniversary at the Taj lounge in Chelsea, honoring Miles Teller who was presented with the first annual Stonestreet Granite Award. Teller, who studied at Stonestreet’s immersive conservatory program for two years was a guest of honor at the event, and was recognized for his remarkable work in the film industry. The Bleed for This star was chosen to receive the award due to his embodiment of Stonestreet’s mission of creating relevant and provocative content with and for actors as storytellers, who continually evolve and excel in their craft. Stonestreet alumni and celebrities also offered their congratulations to Stonestreet, including Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell and three of Teller’s Fantastic Four co-stars; Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, and Michael B. Jordan (view the shout outs here:

In its 25th year, Stonestreet co-founders, husband/wife creators Alyssa Rallo Bennett and Gary O. Bennett, continue to lead the studio, creating compelling TV pilots, feature films, MicroMovies and web series. Stonestreet is currently in the midst of its 2016-2017 season of exciting content created by and for a millennial audience, and will release its next series Paradise by the Dashboard Light, on December 1st. The series is a sci-fi drama that ponders what it means to be human in a world populated by androids. It stars some of New York’s most talented young up-and-comers including Nicolette Acosta, Sarah Cohen, Madison Fitts, Dallas Mahan, Francesca Reale, Sea Shimooka, Lexie Shoaibi and Danny Zulke and is the fourth of six series in Stonestreet’s current season. More information about the series can be found on its Facebook page, along with trailers, cast info, and behind-the-scenes photos.

Previous series in Stonestreet’s current season include dark comedy End It All Now starring Zach Galligan (Gremlins), Jennifer McCabe (Blindspot), Jon Latz, Adrienne Santos Reynolds, Nikita Tewani, Mia Topalian and Meredith Travers, which follows the smart, savvy and provocative, students of a high-pressure drama conservatory and their dealings with burnt-out advisor, Mr. Knox (Galligan); and Showception and Office on the Hill, two series created by Chris Modoono and Gil Zabarsky, Stonestreet alumni and the team behind the Fox Digital film Tenured, starring Zabarsky and Kathleen Littlefield, another Stonestreet graduate, released on Netflix this year. The final two series, releasing in early 2017, are Dean’s Office (releasing January 1), a direct sequel to End it All Now, and 10 Days (releasing February 1), created by husband-and-wife writing/directing team James Duff & Julia Morrison, which is a character drama series which follows a class trip abroad that ends in a group of students becoming collateral in a political uprising.

About Stonestreet Studios
Stonestreet Studios ( is celebrating 25 years as a New York City based, fully operative, multi-purpose, visual production studio, founded by Alyssa Rallo Bennett and Gary O. Bennett, the director/writer, husband/wife team behind the cult classic Rain Without Thunder, starring Jeff Daniels, Linda Hunt and Betty Buckley, The Pack, starring Lucie Arnaz, Elizabeth Moss and Zach Galligan and the new pilot Videola starring Sean Young, Gil Zabarsky and Michael Pemberton. Stonestreet develops and produces Millennial strong content and talent, pilots, series, features, shorts and Micro-Movies. Provocative, character driven, socially relevant comedy, drama, sci-fi and thriller no-holds barred stories that look beneath the surface and aim enlighten. As the exclusive screen acting and production partner of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Drama program, Stonestreet Studios talents include Miles Teller (Whiplash, Bleed for This), Idina Menzel, Selma Blair, Karen Gillan, Ashley Skidmore (Younger) and Renee Felice Smith (NCIS).

About Miles Teller
Before making his feature film debut, Teller appeared in many short films. After graduating from Tisch School of Arts in 2009, he made his debut in 2010’s Rabbit Hole after Nicole Kidman handpicked him for the role. Teller appeared in the stage musical Footloose in high school. Years later, he was cast in the film remake of Footloose (2011) portraying Kenny Wormald, in which he played the same character as in his high school musical.

In 2013, he starred in 21 & Over, written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. That year, he began reaching critical success after starring in the James Ponsoldt film, The Spectacular Now, for which he won the Dramatic Special Jury Award for Acting at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, with co-star Shailene Woodley.

In 2014, he co-starred in the comedy That Awkward Moment, alongside Zac Efron and Michael B. Jordan and starred as a drummer in the well-reviewed drama Whiplash (2014), which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and opened in theaters in October 2014. He was nominated for the Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Actor, the Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture, and the BAFTA Rising Star Award.

Teller received further recognition when he portrayed Peter Hayes in the commercially successful Divergent (2014), followed by the film’s sequels Insurgent (2015) and Allegiant (2016). He also starred as Reed Richards / Mister Fantastic in the film, Fantastic Four (2015).

Teller played real life arms dealer David Packouz, opposite Jonah Hill, in the Todd Phillips-directed film War Dogs (2016), and will headline the upcoming biopic, Bleed for This, opening Friday, playing boxer Vinny Paz. His upcoming films include Thank You For Your Service and Granite Mountain.

Frederick Mintchell

Frederick is a featured writer for Morning Ticker, where this post originally appeared.

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