Winter Star Productions, LLC has been In business since 2003.  Its primary purpose is to make elevated genre films and television programming both fully entertaining and yet leaves the viewer with something worthwhile to think about afterwards.

Another goal of Winter Star Productions is to break some of the best upcoming talent into the industry and showcase what they can do to launch or further propel their careers.


Founder and President of Winter Star Productions

Derrick Warfel is a veteran of the film business for over thirty years with degrees from Princeton, Dallas Theological Seminary, and U.S.C. Film School.   He has trained under some of the best writing and producing mentors in L.A. and is a former member of the Warner’s Writers’ Workshop.  Most of his career was spent writing feature screenplays, optioned and sold, and television programming.  Around 2000 he shifted to Directing and Producing to have more control over his work.  He wrote, directed, and produced the multiple festival award-winning feature thriller “Midnight Reckoning” (aka “Fall of Night”).  He also wrote or produced numerous other shorts and industrial projects.

Most Recently his company Winter Star Productions finished production on three feature films:  “Final Frequency”, a sci-fi thriller about the lost notebook of Nikola Tesla falling into the wrong hands; (Click Here to Watch the full length Move);   “I Hate You… but it’s killing ME”, a documentary about people who have found healing after their lives were destroyed by hate; “Secret Agent Dingledorf and His Trusty Dog Splat: The Case of the Giggling Geeks” a live-action kids film from best selling author, Bill Myers.   All will be released in 2020.

He is also a co-producer on a car racing film finishing post-production in the Middle East, Laleh.     Mr. Warfel is also one of the Executive Producers of a romantic comedy “The Farmer and the Belle” set in New York City and Georgia.

Prior to this, he worked as a Development Executive for Brightside Entertainment where he oversaw for several years the development of the Paramount released thriller (2015)  “Captive”.  He also developed other projects for Ken Wales (“Amazing Grace”) and Bruce D. Johnson (Hallmark movies).    Currently, he is developing a project and fundraising with a veteran director for a mother and daughter drama to be filmed in South Carolina called “Seaside”.

Winter Star Productions is also branching out into domestic unscripted television with several projects being presented at RealScreen.  When needed, Winter Star Entertainment may market and distribute Winter Star Productions projects.