About Real Life Cinema

Real Life Cinema is a NYC-based film production company focused on riveting documentaries about under-reported topics that are shaping our world.

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Our Story

Our story begins a little differently than most. 

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To date, we’ve filmed in more than 91 countries around the world. 

REAL LIFE CINEMA is based in the Astoria arts district of New York City and was started in 2022 by the perpetually traveling filmmaker, Wade Shepard.

Wade Shepard


“The only film company I rely on for New York or international projects."
Richard Green
Marketing Manager of Donal Skehan

Our Team

We are a small, tight nit team of friends who know how to stay in our swim lanes and get the job done.

Wade Shepard

Wade Shepard

Director / Cinematographer

Petra Shepard


Sandra Scott