About Us




At Special Occasion we believe that strong storytelling is the driving force behind every kind of content - be it narrative movies, music videos, commercials, documentaries, you name it.

Putting artful storytelling first, we take projects all the way from scratch to pancakes. Our core team brings a unique array of skill sets to the table - with backgrounds in acting, music composition, design, translation, and advertising - all of which inform the videos we create. We do pre-production planning and development, production, and the nitty-gritty technical work of post-production. We handle the whole process, so that everybody who works on your story knows your story.

Interested in working with us?  Reach out at: contact@specialoccasionfilms.com







The Team



Edward Columbia (Producer, Writer, Actor)
edward@specialoccasionfilms.com

Edward has produced music videos, short films, short documentaries, commercial work, and a narrative feature film. In 2016 he and Cyrus Duff co-founded Sulde Productions, a registered LLC, in order to bring diverse groups of artists together through community-driven film projects. 

Edward has a degree in East Asian Studies from Yale College (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), and has received grants and fellowships for projects and studies in Southwest China (learn more about this work here). He is fluent in Mandarin and literate in written Chinese, and has done professional translation for documentary projects and for the Chinese thought-sharing platform Yi Xi TV.


Edward’s full-length plays have been selected for development and performance in NYC and New Haven through Naked Angels, the Yale Playwrights Festival, and the O’Neill Playwriting Mentorship Program. As an actor Edward has appeared in numerous plays and film productions. He recently starred in the feature film Plain Fiction.



Cyrus Duff (Director, Editor, Composer)
cyrus@specialoccasionfilms.com

Cyrus Duff is a director and composer. His first feature film, Plain Fiction, written and produced by Edward Columbia, is in the final stages of post-production. Cyrus has directed shorts, ads, and music videos, including a recent collaboration with musician Jack Whitescarver. His enthusiasm for the technical aspects of filmmaking has also led him to work as a sound mixer, colorist, and editor, most recently on advertisements for Romancii and Pioneer Electronics.

As a composer, Cyrus now works primarily with film. He has composed scores and sound design for plays, films, and ads, including his own (Plain Fiction, Beautiful Music) and those by other directors (most recently for Matt Stanasolovich’s experimental narrative feature Shanty Town).

Cyrus holds a BA from Yale University (cum laude, with honors in music). His thesis explored the philosophical complexities of film sound, focussing on a number of contemporary European masterpieces. More about his work here.




Josh Lee (Director, Producer)
josh@specialoccasionfilms.com

Josh has directed commercials (Pioneer Electronics), music videos (Quitzow), narrative shorts, and documentaries. Last summer, he worked as the Line Producer on a feature film (Plain Fiction). Josh previously worked with The Shed, a full-service production company, to create videos for OXO, a global kitchenware brand. 

Josh has done design work 
for Facebook, the White House (Obama), Royal Caribbean, KitSplit, and other organizations. While at Penn, he was the Managing Partner at Dorm Room Fund, a student-led VC firm founded by First Round Capital. He previously interned at Red Antler, a branding and design agency, and at Teach for the Philippines. His writing has been featured in McSweeney’s. You can learn more about Josh and his work here. Most importantly, you can follow him on Twitter here.



Jacob Sussman (Director, Creative Producer)
jacob@specialoccasionfilms.com

Jacob is a filmmaker and creative producer living in Brooklyn, New York.

Jacob has produced award-winning short films, commercials for leading brands, and music videos for celebrated artists. His work as a producer builds upon his time spent in the production departments of Anonymous Content, Digitas, and BBH NY.

In 2017, he graduated from Wesleyan University with honors. At Wesleyan, he founded and managed the school’s premier student-run production company, Cardinal Pictures.

Jacob is the recipient of the NNK Award for Best Screenplay, the EQV Summer Experience Grant, and a production grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

You can learn more about Jacob and his work here.