Workforce - The Pilot

Mired in losses dating back several years, and desperate to turn things around, owners of Protocol Industries hire Anthony Scolari to rescue the company. Experienced and anecdotally funny, but wrestling with his own myriad demons, Scolari learns early, NOTHING will be easy in his latest professional setting. Conflict is everywhere, inside the organization and out. Set in the greater Philly area during the recession of 2007-2009, Workforce is the tale of white and blue collar workers trying to work together, find common ground and unearth a little of the lighter side of humanity in the process.

  • Phil Kwarta
    Princess Dahlia, Another Man's Trash,
  • Joe Fenico
  • Chris Henkels
  • Mike Provenzano
    15 Roses, St. Michael of the City, Quarantine Island, Unclaimed Remains, The Visitor, Tit for Tat, Quarantine - The New Normal
  • Rich Henkels
    Key Cast
    "Anthony Scolari"
    Sno-Babies, Philly Christmas, In Your Afterglow, Innocent Chat, Ben, The Opening, Maharshi
  • Mike Sutton
    Key Cast
    "Bernie Falstaff"
  • Michael Johnson
    Key Cast
    "George Chambers"
  • Deanna Fontanez
    Key Cast
    "Isabella Flores"
    QVCtv, Incredible Human Machine
  • Erin Ashley
    Key Cast
    "Susan Dolman"
  • Bob Heath
    Key Cast
    "Larry Stephens"
    Independence of Japan, The Onion, Take My Advice: The Ann and Abby Story
  • Christopher Evans
    Key Cast
    "Mike Migliore"
  • Rich Henkels
    Executive Producer
    Sno Babies, Philly Christmas, The Missing, In Your Afterglow, Innocent Chat, Love Connection, Maharshi
  • Michael Bryan Stein
    Score Composer
    Gladys Brown, Is That You Joe?, Matriarch, Soft and Pink
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    47 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    August 15, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    135,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Hong Kong World Film Festival
    Hong Kong
    Best TV Pilot, Best Actor
  • World Cinema Awards

    Best Score, Best Supporting Actor, Best Web/TV Series
  • Hollywood Gold Awards
    Los Angeles
    United States
    Award Winner Best Web/TV Series
  • New York Movie Awards
    New York
    United States
    Award Winner Best Web Series/TV Pilot
  • Independent Shorts Awards
    Los Angeles
    United States
    Bronze Prize Best Web Series/TV Pilot, Bronze Award Best Ensemble Cast
  • Crown Point International Film Festival
    United States
    Best Actor, Best Drama
  • Art Film Awards
    Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of
    Best Actor, Best Web/TV Series, Honorable Mention Best Poster
  • Chicago Cinema Awards
    United States
    Best Actor, Best Director Feature Film
  • Greece Film Festival

    Special Jury Award
  • 8 & Halfilm Awards
    Best Web/TV Series
  • Diamond Bell International Film Festival
    Best Web/TV Series
  • Salt House Creative International Film Festival
    Kincumber, NSW
    Best Actor, Award Winner Feature Film
  • Indie Cine Tube Awards
    Kolkata, West Bengal
    Best Director, Best Television Pilot Program or Series
  • IndieX Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    Best Web Series/TV Pilot
  • Actors Awards Los Angeles
    Los Angeles
    United States
    Best Actor in a TV/Web Series
  • Silicon Beach Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    September 14, 2022
    Grand Prize Best TV Pilot
  • Milan Gold Awards
    Honorable Mention
  • London Film Awards
    United Kingdom
    Honorable Mention
  • Paris Film Awards
    Honorable Mention
Director Biography - Phil Kwarta

A native of Buffalo, NY, Phil Kwarta is a multi-disciplined video professional with over a decade of experience writing and directing, Phil aims to bring his own unique vision to the screen in Workforce.
Most of Phil's professional career has played out in the greater Philadelphia area.

Phil has written and directed commercials for some of the nation’s top brands, on the biggest stages, including the Summer Olympics and the Super Bowl. Through these projects, Phil has honed his storytelling skills and learned what it takes to get the best out of your talent when you only have 30 seconds to tell your story.

Phil has a keen ability to see what others often miss. This strong attention to detail, coupled with a unique understanding of the human condition, make Phil the perfect person to take the wheel and guide members of the Workforce cast towards a career performance.

Phil describes a major turning point in his career as when he left his corporate job to pursue his passion for film and bet on himself. Phil continues to surpass expectations as he takes on larger projects. In his own words "Workforce is just the beginning. I want to direct bigger films and become a top level director in the field."

Kwarta first met Executive Producer Rich Henkels on the set of the short film Innocent Chat where he was working sound. Kwarta and Henkels shared a curiosity about almost everything being done on set. It was there that they struck up a friendship, as Henkels learned of Kwarta's passion for directing and appreciated his attention to every nit-picky detail. Kwarta's keen instincts left a distinct impression and made him an easy choice to direct Workforce when Henkels was able to secure funding for the project. The two now have plans to team on future projects.

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Director Statement

When people watch Workforce I want them to sense the weight of the setting, and the time frame. This is set in the midst of a recession and practically everyone is affected by a deep recession. Desperation is rampant.
We've all had bad jobs before, but what do you do when the bad job is your only option? You've gotta eat, so you stay; despite the day-to-day grind, the emotional challenges and the resulting mental hangovers.
I wanted to tell a story that people could relate to, not just because they lived through a similar circumstance or period of rough times, but because the characters resembled someone from their work journey.
Believability it inexorably linked to familiarity. We believe our attention to detail with regard to the script, casting, on camera performance, lighting, audio, set development, background sound and post production will ultimately enable every viewer of Workforce to relate to our story, and think about it well after their initial viewing.