SML_Invert_LowResIndependent production company Stella Mar Films creates documentaries, feature films and client projects with an eye towards conveying the beauty of life and the importance of love.

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Stella Mar Films was founded by filmmakers Sean Bloomfield and Cimela Kidonakis, who wanted to collaborate on a production company that had the potential to change lives and help make the world a better place.




Sean Bloomfield

Independent filmmaker and author Sean Bloomfield is best known for the documentaries The Triumph and If Only We Had Listened, both of which explore the modern phenomena of miracles, apparitions, and spirituality. Published works include a novel, The Sound of Many WatersBloomfield studied Writing and Communication at The University of Tampa, where his prose and films won several awards. His films have been shown on television and in theaters around the world. Visit Sean’s website.


Cimela Kidonakis

cimelaCimela is a filmmaker who comes from a family of storytellers. With a Greek father and a Mexican mother, Cimela began documenting her family’s travels at a young age, especially to her father’s homeland, the island of Crete. Cimela runs Optix Studios, a Houston based video production company, and began capturing stories professionally in 2009. In early 2015, Cimela joined Sean in founding Stella Mar Films. Their first documentary feature, Apparition Hill was a 2016 Oscar contender. Cimela is currently Cinematographer and Editor at Stella Mar Films. She is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas and studied video production. Visit Cimela’s website.




Jessi Hannapel

jessiJessi Hannapel is a young filmmaker from Dowagiac, Michigan. Since she was twelve years old, she has wanted to make inspiring movies that allow people to see the world in a different way. Her family has been a fantastic support throughout her life, and they encouraged her to pursue her passion for filmmaking. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago in May with a degree in Film and Digital Media Production. Jessi served as one of the co-producer and editors on Apparition Hill.



Royce Hood

roycehoodRoyce Hood, Esq. is an attorney, entrepreneur and producer. He served as co-executive producer for the epic short film Sing a Little Louder, co-producer of Apparition Hill, and promotional producer for The Triumph. He is also the co-author of the upcoming book A Deacon’s Reflections. Royce works with a number of non-profit organizations such as the Thomas More Society andCatholic Witnesses, and he is one of the founders of the Law of Life Summit. He lives near Chicago with his wife Elise and their two children.