Est. 1999 at Universal Pictures 


In 1999 producer Lloyd Silverman in partnership with Robert Downey Jr. and Sr. formed PASSIONATE PICTURES with the express directive of creating a collaborative community of talent to participate in all aspects of the filmmaking process.

In 2000 Passionate Pictures evolved into




Compelling, thought provoking, quality content delivered across platforms


Snow Falling on Cedars starred Ethan Hawke, Max von Sydow, Yuki Kudoh, Sam Shepard, Rick Yune and Richard Jenkins, James Rebhorn and was directed by Scott Hicks (SHINE). Based upon David Guterson's #1 Best Selling novel the film was critically acclaimed worldwide and nominated for a Best Cinematography Academy Award for Robert Richardson who won the Chicago, Florida, Las Vegas and Dallas-Ft. Worth Film Critics Award.

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The Artists' Colony has been collaborating with both young and established filmmakers for over 20 years.  

We have co-produced and advised on international productions worldwide and have screened our films at festivals and venues around the world.

World class talent


Our team has been blessed to work with some of the greatest film talent. Internationally reknowned Raul Ruiz shot SHATTERED IMAGE in Jamaica and Vancouver as his first english language feature with Lloyd Silverman producing. Behind the camera was award winning Dutch cinematographer, Robbie Muller. When shooting BLUE JASMINE in San Francisco, Woody Allen selected our Debbie Brubaker to oversee SF production. We are routinely approached to oversee productions both in and out of the San Francisco Bay area. With a national and global presence we relocated our headquarters from Los Angeles to San Francisco deciding to keep offices in both L.A. and N.Y.. Internationally we have co-produced with some of the world's foremost production companies in the U.K., Germany, Italy, Hungary and much of the EU.

Our advisory board has consisted of icons from Saul Zaentz to Robert Altman, Milos Forman to Barbet Schroeder and Sam Shepard to Suzanne Pleshette.

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Upcoming slate


Currently in pre-production is CARAVAGGIO based upon the fiery life of one of the world's foremost painters and "godfather" of naturalism. Written by Richard Vetere and based on his play the film will be directed by Mark Pellington and produced by Lloyd Silverman. The part of Caravaggio had previously attracted the likes of Russell Crowe who was then replaced by Javier Bardem before shelving the project until now.

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Beginning with an invite from the United States Air Force to reconsider their imaging and messaging campaign THE ARTISTS' COLONY has been fortunate to have been selected by a very exclusive list of organizations seeking an unconventional "white glove" approach to corporate re-branding, elevated messaging and global imaging from a perpspective different than traditional advertising agencies.

Along with a thoughtful and redesigned organizational chart we design and identify opportunities to maximize revenue and leverage strategic alliances and creative partnerships. 

As assignments continued it made sense that THE ARTISTS COLONY would spawn a boutique division: COMUNIC8 designed specifically to facilitate heightened corporate partnerships, re-imagined corporate imaging and elevated messaging. 

It was during the initial deployment of COMUNIC8 that Lloyd Silverman was invited and accepted a position as "Visiting Lecturer" in the Film and Media Studies Department of Washington University in St. Louis where he developed a curriculum on content design and distribution...a course that became so popular he was invited to remain.


Throughout the years we have served as advisor to city, state and national governmental agencies with regard to economic development through public-private partnerships that would utilize existing yet currently abandoned properties that could be re-imagined as potential film facilities in Detroit, St. Louis, The British Virgin Islands and Jamaica.

We continue to consult to corporations, agencies and independent organizations on

content development and distribution. Clients now require a "hollywood storyteller" to have a seat at the table when discussing branding, imaging and messaging.

We have been honored to have served:

 The USAF, Conoco-Phillips, Estee Lauder, Disney, Mattel, City of St. Louis, State of Missouri, City of Detroit, The British Virgin Islands, Cha Healthcare (Korea), WPP and Y+R.





 Client: Conoco Phillips

Client: Conoco Phillips

 Client: USAF

Client: USAF

 Client: Estee Lauder

Client: Estee Lauder

 Client: City of St. Louis/Francis Slay, Mayor / State of Missouri/ Mel Carnahan, Governor

Client: City of St. Louis/Francis Slay, Mayor / State of Missouri/ Mel Carnahan, Governor