ABOUT WINNING HAND PRODUCTIONS

Founded in 2012 by Michael Zynda, Winning Hand Productions has experience producing a wide range of content including television features, documentary films, and still photography work.  A graduate of Texas Christian University's Television and Film school, Michael has over five years of writing and field producing experience as an Associate Features Producer at TVG, America's Horse Racing Network. 

In 2012, Michael shot, produced, directed, and edited a feature length documentary titled In a Race Against Time, which screened at three film festivals across the U.S. and aired on PBS through a one year contract term.  This documentary was also available for instant streaming and download on Amazon.com through 2014.

His second documentary, Fire and Ice, was filmed in July of 2015 and will premiere at film festivals in the U.S. and Canada in 2016.  Following the festival run, it will also be available for VOD rental online as well.  Feel free to visit the official website at www.fireandicefilm.com.


To request a quote or for more information, send us an email at winninghprod@gmail.com.




DOCUMENTARY FILMS


Fire and Ice (2016) - documentary short, 32 mins. 
  • Fire and Ice is a documentary short film that examines the history of the wine industry in Washington state, the variance in climate, styles, and approach across all of the major appellations, and the volcanic activity and glacial ice age floods that helped to create one of the most unique and booming regions in the world today.
  • Completed, but won't screen publicly until 2016
  • View the film's official website here

Served as Writer, Director, Producer, Editor for this film 



In a Race Against Time (2012) - documentary feature, 95 mins. 
  • Shot on location in the U.S. and Africa, this film follows a marathon runner from Uganda competing in Southern California while raising money for college
  • Official selection, 2012 Big Bear Lake International Film Festival, SNOB Film Festival, & Silent River Film Festival
  • Signed to a one year television contract with PBS Orange County/Southern California
  • Previously available for instant streaming/download on Amazon.com
Served as Writer, Director, Producer, Editor for this film


COMMERCIALS & WEB FEATURES

Served as Director of Photography, Producer, Director, Writer, & Editor for these commercials, web features, and wedding shoots


Stephan Shay: "Why I Run"

Elite marathoner Stephan Shay lives an unconventional lifestyle.  Training out of a vintage 1966 Clark Cortez bus, he regularly turns in 80-90 mile weeks in sunny Huntington Beach, California.  For Stephan and his siblings, running has always been a family affair.  The youngest of eight children, he was coached by his father as a child and grew up idolizing his older brother, Ryan, who tragically suffered a heart attack and died during the 2007 U.S. Olympic Marathon trials.  After considering quitting the sport, Stephan forged on and turned in a sparkling 15th place finish in the 2014 NYC Marathon.  His story exists as both a profoundly inspirational narrative and a thoughtful commentary on the life of a gifted, yet unorthodox professional athlete. 


TELEVISION FEATURES (2009-2013)

  • Young Guns: Vinnie Bednar, human interest feature profiles promising young jockey on Southern California racing circuit. 
  • Kobe's Back, news package on a budding young stakes horse named after future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant.
  • Young Guns: Joe Talamo, human interest feature profiles one of the top young jockeys in the United States.
  • Jeranimo, promotional piece for the 2013 Grade I Shoemaker Mile Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park.
  • Freaky, news profile on 2009 AQHA World Champion racehorse.
  • Union Rags, news package on the 2012 Belmont Stakes winner on the eve of the Kentucky Derby.
  • Ian Wilkes, human interest feature profiles a successful trainer's path to prominence.
  • Apollitical Jess, news profile on 2010 Champion of Champions winner.
  • Cody Joiner, human interest featuring profiling a talented young quarter horse trainer.
Served as Writer, Director, Producer for these features, plus oversaw editing of all pieces as well



PHOTOGRAPHY