Heretical Reason Productions

We are a private company investing in independent feature films, software applications and other business ventures. We do not have any products or services of our own, but rather, invest in companies offering these products and services. HRP was founded in late 2014 and made its first investment in 2015.

HRP was created as a vehicle to have fun and make money on investments in a variety of businesses. We will help fascinating and compelling stories become a reality on the silver screen. We will help entertaining and helpful software applications get a chance. We will keep our eyes open for other investments in areas we are interested in, or where we think the investment will benefit humanity, or where we think we can make a strong profit.

We do not accept unsolicited offers to invest in businesses, nor do we accept unsolicited screenplays. We prefer to find opportunities on our own.

We recognize that many of our investments will be risky and may cost more money than they bring in. Our hope is that some of our investments will be successful enough that they can support the rest of the investments. Further, we hope that in time HRP will be profitable enough that we can use its returns to give significant money to non-profit organizations.

Todd Stiefel
Todd StiefelPresident and Manager
Todd is the former Chief Strategy Officer of Stiefel Laboratories and current President of Stiefel Freethought Foundation. He has experience in sales, marketing, strategy, management and non-profits. He runs HRP’s day-to-day operations.
Diana Stiefel
Diana StiefelChief Operating Officer
Diana has a bachelor of science from University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!) in microbiology. Aside from her work in microbiology testing, she has experience in sales and sales training. She is an avid reader and serves as the primary screener of scripts for HRP movies.

The Pledge

The owners pledge to give at least half of their profits from Heretical Reason Productions to non-profit organizations.

Frequently Asked Questions

A: It rhymes with “Gleeful.”
A: No. We independently identify the investments that we support.
A: No. We receive several requests a month to help finance documentaries and have a policy to not fund any of them. While these are worthwhile projects, we do not invest in them..
A: We do not have any employees. Not even the president of HRP is employed by the organization.
A: As a policy, we do not accept or read unsolicited scripts.


We strive to make this a business that benefits humanity. The owners will give away at least half of their profits from the business. That’s right, 50% to charitable causes! How many businesses can say that? We support education, equal rights, secular government, scientific advancement, the end of discrimination, and mitigation of human existential and wellbeing risk.

How do you define owner’s profit for this purpose?

HRP does not pay out salaries and has no employees. We run a low cost organization and only invest in other businesses. Most money HRP earns will be reinvested to help grow the business. This reinvested money is profit for the business, but not for the owners until they either receive dividends or earn capital gains from selling shares. The owners’ profits are reduced by the amount they invest in the business. The owners pledge to give at least half of the after-tax profit they receive from dividends and capital gains to non-profit organizations. For example, if the owners invest a total $1,000,000 into HRP, have $100,000 in expenses (such as tax, legal fees, accounting, etc.), make investments and reinvestments in films and other ventures, take $200,000 in dividends, and later sell the business for $1,500,000, then the profit to the owners would be $600,000. ($1,500,000 sale + $200,000 dividends – $100,000 expenses – $1,000,000 owner investments.)


As a policy, we do not accept or read unsolicited scripts.

Super Troopers 2

The sequel to the hit comedy, Super Troopers.

As You Are

Set in the early 1990's, As You Are is the telling and retelling of a relationship between three teenagers as it traces the course of their friendship through a construction of disparate memories prompted by a police investigation.

As You Are to premier at Sundance

"As You Are" will have its world premier at the Sundance Film Festival.  It will be featured in the U.S. dramatic competition: “As You Are” is Miles Joris-Peyrafitte’s tale of three teenagers as filtered through the

December 2nd, 2015|

Hunger Games Actress Joins Cast of As You Are

WATERVLIET, N.Y. (NEWS10) — If you’ve seen “The Hunger Games” – you might recognize 16-year-old Amandla Stenberg who starred as Rue. Born and raised in Los Angeles, a movie shoot with ties to the Capital

October 5th, 2015|

New movie filming in Albany

More Coverage From WNYT - Mac's Drive-In was the backdrop for scenes shot on Monday in an independent film. A crowd gathered outside the 3rd Avenue business to see a fight scene in the film called "As You Are".

October 5th, 2015|


Email: info AT hereticalreason DOT com

When Submitting Please Note..

We receive many inquiries and are unable to respond to them all. All unsolicited requests for funding or investments from HRP will be ignored. As a policy, we do not accept or read unsolicited scripts.