Joshua Seftel
Joshua Seftel
Director

The Many Sad Fates
of
Mr. Toledano

A Film by Joshua Seftel

From Executive Producers
Steve Tisch, Regina K. Scully, Geralyn Dreyfous,
Kathleen Lingo & Morgan Spurlock

PHILLIP TOLEDANO WAS TERRIFIED OF GROWING OLD.
SO HE DECIDED TO DO IT AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE.

 

The NEw York Times op-docs
2016

The Many Sad Fates of Mr. Toledano dives into the charming but undeniably morbid world of Phil Toledano, a prominent New York photographer who spent years obsessively staging the ways he most feared his life might turn out. The result is not only an extraordinary set of photographs, but the winsome Op-Doc The Many Sad Fates of Mr. Toledano, directed by Josh Seftel. A chronicle of imagined disease, death, and downward spiral, the film is a warmly comic exploration of how to face your worst fears.

 

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PUBLICITY STILLS FROM THE FILM FOR PRESS USE

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High Society. Image from Phil Toledano's project, Maybe.

A day in the park. Image from Phil Toledano's project, Maybe.

Image from Phil Toledano's project, Maybe.

34 Unread Emails.  Image from Phil Toledano's project, Maybe.

Arrested.  Image from Phil Toledano's project, Maybe.

Phil Toledano being made-up for his project, "Maybe," documented in the film "The Many Sad Fates of Mr. Toledano" by Joshua Seftel. Photo by Stephen T. Maing.

Phil Toledano. Photo by Doron Gild

Image from Phil Toledano's project, Maybe.

Smooth Moves. Image from Phil Toledano's project, Maybe.

Road Rage.  Image from Phil Toledano's project, Maybe.

Dinner for Two. by Phil Toledano

Director Joshua Seftel and Photographer Phil Toledano. Photo by Doron Gild.


ABOUT DIRECTOR JOSHUA SEFTEL

Joshua Seftel began his career at 22 with an Emmy nomination for his first film: the award-winning Lost and Found, a documentary film about Romania’s orphaned and abandoned children. He followed this with many acclaimed independent films, including Taking on the Kennedys — one of TIME Magazine's “ten best of the year” — Ennis' Gift (HBO), The Home Team (SXSW 2014), and It’s the Hard Knock Life (PBS), which the New York Times called “delightful.”  He also directed the feature film War Inc., starring John Cusack, Ben Kingsley, Joan Cusack, and Marisa Tomei, which had its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. His stories have appeared on This American Life, and his essays have appeared on NPR, Salon.com, and CBS Sunday Morning.

ABOUT photographer Phil TOLEDANO

Phillip Toledano was born in London to a French Moroccan mother, and an American father. He worked for several years in advertising as an art director before pursuing a career in photography. His work has been featured nationally and internationally, and has appeared in Vanity Fair, The New York Times magazine, The New Yorker, Esquire, GQ, Aperture, Wallpaper, Fast Company, The London Times, The Independent Magazine, Le Monde, andInterview, amongst others. He has published several photography books, including Days with My Father, which documents Toledano’s last few years with his elderly father, andMaybe, the collection of photos taken during the filming of The Many Sad Fates of Mr. Toledano.


CREDITS

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS
STEVE TISCH
REGINA SCULLY
GERALYN DREYFOUS
KATHLEEN LINGO
MORGAN SPURLOCK

DIRECTOR
JOSHUA SEFTEL

PRODUCERS
JOSHUA SEFTEL
JILL LANDAKER GRUNES

CO-PRODUCER
ANNA BICK

EDITORS
COLIN NUSBAUM
MARC VIVES

COMPOSER 
TYLER STRICKLAND

CINEMATOGRAPHER 
NAITI GÁMEZ


PRESS CONTACT

Eric Nichols
eric@seftel.com
20 Jay St., Suite M02
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(O) 718.422.7901