Scenes From The Underground

A First Circle Production


About Us



Director: Eric Swiz

A graduate of NYU Film, over the past five years Eric Swiz has collected intensive first-hand experience in the worlds of narrative and documentary film as one of the primary creative influences of JAY Z’s Life+Times; directing, producing, filming, and editing over 100 short-form digital works, including short films, music videos, digital brand campaigns (Trapstar, McDonald’s, Fiat), and nationally broadcast television commercials (HBO, Sean John, Zoo York).

Clients: JAY Z, Beyoncé, Leonardo DiCaprio, Cara Delevigne, Christie’s New York, Dr. Sean “Diddy” Combs, HBO, Pharrell, Jourdan Dunn, Kate Upton, Trapstar, Rocawear, Fiat, McDonald’s, Justice, Haim, TDE, Freddie Gibbs, Macklemore, JEFF The Brotherhood, GTA, Revo, Zoo York, among others.

Eric Swiz is a co-owner and founder of Scheme Engine.


Producer: Nathan Shapiro

Nathan Shapiro is an actor, screenwriter, and producer of Scenes From The Underground, as well as a founding partner of First Circle LLC. Nathan is a graduate of The William Esper Studio in New York. Past film credits include Good Dads (dir. Christian Stayton) and Scrapper (dir. Brady Hall, starring Michael Beach, Aidan Gillen), as well as numerous short films and pilots. Scenes is his feature film production debut.


Co-producer: Jean-Raphael Ambron

Jean-Raphael Ambron is a producer and former partner of Act Zero Films. He has extensive production experience on over fifty commercials, countless short films, and numerous music videos. Jean-Raphael Ambron served as producer on such films as All That I Am (dir. Carlos Puga, starring Chris Abbott), Blumenthal (dir. Seth Fisher, starring Seth Fisher, Brian Cox). His films have won multiple accolades including the “Prix de Jeunesse” from the Cannes Film Festival, the Grand Jury prize from the Black American Film Festival, and multiple selections at The Sundance Film Festival. Most recently, Burma received a special Grand Jury prize at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival for best ensemble cast. In 2014 Jean-Raphael won an Emmy for Best Sport Documentary "Lost and Found: '73 Knicks Championship Tape."






Scenes From The Underground features interconnected, character-driven vignettes to explore themes of isolation and missed connection among present day New Yorkers and the resulting ripple effect of their actions upon each others’ lives—no matter how fleeting or indirect. 

Over a single day spent almost entirely underground, these characters will be defined by their habits and choices within the subterranean thoroughfare.

Do they seek the light, or do they hide from the sun?