A short film that deals with the self-silencing that occurs in the aftermath of a traumatic assault.
What do you do when your world DISSOLVES?
When ambitious college student Natalie’s impromptu date takes an unexpected turn, silence is easier, but at what cost?
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Our Award-Winning Filmmakers
Writer / Director / Producer
Phyllis Toben Bancroft
With enthusiasm, gravitas and a vision backed by determination, Phyllis is committed to visual storytelling and it has paid off with work that exhibits keen intuitive insights and elicited spirited, moving performances from notable actors. Supervising Director for the Emmy-nominated web-series, “Send Me,” creator/producer of SPENT, winner of the BET Lens on Talent for Best Film and director of the award-winning short film BURNED, Phyllis’ filmmaking is preceded by having directed 30+ plays at some of the country’s most reputable theaters, including the Smithsonian’s African-American Museum, the Hartford Stage Company and Playwright’s Horizons.
A strong proponent of advancing women’s creativity, as an alumnus, she also founded the Bancroft Scholarship for Women of Color at the A.F.I. Conservatory.
Tamanna Shah is a Producer and Unit Production Manager based in Los Angeles. As a long-time entertainment industry professional, Shah has gained vast knowledge in the industry – from Line Producing and Unit Production Managing feature films, to domestic & international marketing, as well as in sales and film finance.
Past employers include Paramount Vantage, Clarius Entertainment and Jorva Entertainment Productions. Shah served as Head of Production for Jorva and oversaw several indie features and A&E/Lifetime MOWs. Shah is currently involved in multiple productions in various stages.
Doug Howell attended the film school at Chapman University and received an MFA from the AFI Conservatory. Doug has worked in Hollywood in a variety of different production and story development positions for numerous producers including: Gale Anne Hurd, Pierre David, Haim Saban, and Tony and Ridley Scott.
Doug co-wrote FUGITIVE AT 17, SORORITY SURROGATE and GUILTY AT 17 for the Lifetime Network, and, as Head of Development for Jorva Entertainment Productions, Doug served as Associate Producer or Co-Producer on numerous television and feature films.
Nikki Syreeta is a Los Angeles-based screenwriter, logline specialist, professional script reader and consultant harboring a frighteningly active imagination with an affinity for unique characters and subtext.
Nikki is the founder of Breaking Loglines®, a logline crafting service that helps the logline challenged. Nikki is currently an associate producer on a short film, Good Times at Mike Kelso’s, which is in development, earning her certification as an Intimacy Coordinator with Centuary Co., and her next projects are an action/ drama feature and a character-driven web series.
Director of Photography
Kimby Caplan is an award-winning filmmaker whose work as a Cinematographer and Director, has taken her far from the mountains of her childhood.
Between lensing the social political commentary, HOW JACK BECAME BLACK, to traipsing about Eastern Europe following the in footsteps of an escapee from Communist Czechoslovakia, in the documentary Red Star, to roaming the streets of Old Havana in Cuba, followed by soldiers, for the documentary Cubamerican, shooting avacadoes and artichokes for HBO’s Sesame Street, Caplan’s latest visual contributions have considerable variety and purpose.
David Tweedie is an award winning songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and film composer based in Los Angeles.
Dave has written music for multiple movies and television shows including IFC’s Dear Santa (Score Composer 2020), Disney’s Pick Of The Litter (Score Composer 2019), NOVA’s The Impossible Flight (Score Composer 2018), The Final Show (composer and winner best score in a short NYC Independent Film Festival 2018), Warner Bros BatKid Begins (Score Composer 2015), So You Think You Can Dance (Composer Seasons 3-6).
Lynarion Hubbard Spellman
After receiving her B.S., with a double major in Video/Film and Computer Science from the University of Miami, Lynarion moved to Los Angeles to attend the American Film Institute Conservatory’s editing program.
Upon graduation she edited on various projects, including shorts, television shows and features. More recently, Lynarion has worked on projects such as TRANSPARENT (Amazon), THE POLKA KING (Netflix Features) CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND (The CW), LITTLE AMERICA (Apple TV+) and INSECURE (HBO).
Lynarion recently won an Emmy for “Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series” for her recent work on season 4 of Insecure.
An innovative and captivating fashion connoisseur, Janel Laws was born on the beautiful island of St. Ann, Jamaica. Steeped in a country engulfed by rich heritage and diversity, her unique sense of street culture matched with a keen eye for couture flourishes from a deep understanding of traditional and unconventional style.
Laws’ entry into the world of high fashion began as an aspiring model. Her travels and experiences translated to styling, eventually interning with the PRB Showroom. Currently, Janel consults as a stylist for Koziak Productions.
Swisyzinna considers herself an actors’ director. This can be seen by watching her 2-time pre-Emmy nominated series, “Stepford SideChix” in which she has directed every episode. She made her directing debut in the late 90’s with the hit stage play, “Dreamgirls.”
Between now and then she has had the opportunity to direct a myriad of projects from shorts film, music videos, zoom commercials and demo reels. Swisyzinna is looking forward to directing her first feature film.
She is currently working on completing her MFA in directing to broaden her technical knowledge and skill of her beloved craft.
Jo Lilore is a web developer and web marketer with over twenty years of internet marketing and online production experience.
Jo also runs a profeminist and gender equality Tumblr, and is working on a book on gender and society.
Emerson Dudley is a Brooklyn native and a sophomore at Pomona College, majoring in Media Studies with a minor in Cognitive Science.
She is a writer and aspiring filmmaker and producer. She has helped produce and edit short segments for television and online and is excited to work on her first film.