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Plug Ugly Films Inc. was founded in 2000 and is based in Brooklyn, NY.


Michael Sládek

The founder of Brooklyn-based Plug Ugly Films, Sladek's feature film director-writer-producer credits include CON ARTIST (New Yorker Films, The Orchard), BAM150 (Cinema Guild), and DEVILS ARE DREAMING (Dances With Films Jury Award). Often shooting and editing the films and videos he directs, he has also made numerous shorts including ALL AGAINST THE SEA (Woodstock Film Festival) and WE LIVE ON YOUR STREET (Slamdance Film Festival Jury and Anarchy Awards), as well as for-hire music videos, web series, commercials, branded content, and industrial videos. A 2013 Acker Award recipient, Sladek is also an occasional theater director who is perpetually developing multiple original creative projects for film, TV, and the theater.

Currently serving as the New York Consultant for the non-profit indie film company SAGindie, Sladek also teaches Directing Actors as an adjunct film professor at Columbia University. He has worked for Tribeca Film Festival and MTV News (NYC), for author Jamaica Kincaid (Vermont) and for ad / media agencies WCTV (NYC) and Jacobs & Gerber (Los Angeles). A member of SAG-AFTRA, he started off in the entertainment world as a stage and screen actor and also worked as a freelance journalist as well as a graphic designer and a punk band manager. He studied acting and directing with Upright Citizens Brigade, Kadmus Theater Studio, UCLA and Orange Coast Repertory. He grew up in Denver and Southern California.




Mark Steele

Producing credits include Zachary Heinzerling's Oscar-nominated CUTIE & THE BOXER (RADiUS-TWC), Madeleine Sackler's O.G. (HBO), Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Freidman's HOWL (Oscilloscope), Todd Solondz's LIFE DURING WARTIME (IFC Films), Lawrence Kasdan's DARLING COMPANION (Sony Pictures Classics), Jill Sprecher's THIN ICE (ATO Pictures), Michael Sladek's CON ARTIST (New Yorker Films, The Orchard), and Jason Silverman and Samba Gadjigo’s SEMBENE! (Kino Lorber).

Currently serving as VP of Production at Werc Werk Works in Minneapolis, Steele is a member of the Producers Guild of America (Producers Council) and was a 2013 Trans-Atlantic Partners Producing Fellow. He’s served as post-production supervisor on multiple feature films including SYLVIO, THE DIPLOMAT, BELLFLOWER, BUCK, and MY PERESTROIKA. He has worked for Sundance, Telluride, and Tribeca film festivals, and started off working in the dot-com industry after graduating cum laude from the University of Maine. Steele is a Maine native.



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