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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Cast 

Dominique Denny

“Natalie”

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Dominique Denny is a Los Angeles based 18 TPY actress/model. She was born in Elgin, IL but raised in San Bruno, CA. She’s always had a love and passion for the arts but specifically acting.

Her credits include the films Cult From the Same Cloth, MVP, and BLONSH. She trained with Howard Fine, David Coury, and Beverly Hills Playhouse.

Moe Irvin

“Roger”

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Moe Irvin is a Southern California native. He is a lifetime member of The Actors Studio, and a member of the Road Theatre Co. Of his many guest star credits he is best known for his recurring role on GREY’S ANATOMY as Nurse Tyler Christian. He can also be seen, most recently, in recurring guest star roles as SANTOS on the FX’s SNOWFALL , recurring guest star role on the Amazon Studios series THEM: COVENANT, supporting role in the upcoming Netflix film, The Good Nurse with Jessica Chastain and Eddy Redmayne, and upcoming Guest star roles on Amazon Studios’ Hunters and CBS’ FBI International.

Under his UNDERBELLY FILMWORKS banner, Moe is also as the writer/director of the short film, STANFORD & SON, which was nominated for best short film at the Pan African Film Festival 2015. He is currently in post production for his upcoming short film, Mad Chicken; a dark comedy that he also wrote and directed.

Emiah Reilly

“Monet”

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Emiah Reilly is a New York native whose love for acting began when she was 5 years old. Emiah has performed in various plays and featured in several theater festivals across the country, including the World Famous Apollo Theatre and DC’s Black Theatre Festival. After high School, she moved to LA to pursue her
higher learning from AMDA College & Conservatory for The Performing Arts. She recently graduated from AMDA with a BFA in Acting and is now working professionally as an actress in Hollywood.

She has recently wrapped up three projects which are currently in post-production, including a guest star role on a Daytime Emmy award nominated show. Emiah has an innate and passionate desire to work on projects that captivates the audience through laughter, pain, and joy.

Matthew ‘Mdot” Finley

“Nigel”

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Matthew ‘Mdot’ Finley is a true vocalist that plays five instruments. He was nominated and performed at the 2010 Movie Guide awards, won a People’s Choice Award for Favorite Family TV Movie* Co-stars in Disney Channel’s “CAMP ROCK 2” aired in 160 countries.

His single “FIRE” peaked at #3 on Disney Radio countdown * Disney’s Camp Rock 2 Soundtrack, recorded and performs on 4 songs * Toured with The Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato and Camp Rock 2 on the North and South American tour * Performed live ABC’s Good Morning America Summer Concert Series in Central Park.

Kayla Manuel

“Claudia”

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Kayla Manuel, actor and artist from Inglewood, CA, received her bachelors in Theatre Performance with an emphasis in Acting from Cal State Long Beach. She starred in Justice Delayed, an award winning short film uncovering the effects of police brutality.

Kayla has booked commercials such as Super Bowl XLIX for Dove Men Care and recently, Instacart. With mentorship from Debbie Allen and Alvin Ailey throughout her career, Kayla is a powerhouse artist represented by Egg Hunt Entertainment and The Savage Agency.

Frank Gerrish

“Bartender”

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Frank Gerrish has appeared in over 150 feature films, documentaries, television series and made-for-TV movies; in over 500 commercials, voice-overs, industrials and print; and in over 90 stage productions. Recent TV/Film work includes appearances on FOX’s 911, Greys Anatomy and Single Parents for ABC, and a recurring role in Julia Robert’s Amazon series Homecoming.

Frank holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre from Penn State University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from the University of Rhode Island.

Our Award-Winning Filmmakers

Writer / Director / Producer

Phyllis Toben Bancroft

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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 SPENTwinner 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.

Casting Director

Dea Vise

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Dea has been casting feature films and television for 20 years. She started in commercials and music video casting in 1999 and ended up doing almost entirely theatrical projects. She co-cast the theatre-released films “God’s Not Dead,” “The Case for Christ,” and “Do You Believe?” and many more with her former partner Billy DaMota, now retired. See Dea Vise at imdb.com for a full list of features and television shows.

Dea is working on her doctoral dissertation in Psychology and holds a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology as well as a Bachelor of Arts and an Associate of Arts in Acting. Dea is from Texas and gets the job done. Hook ’em, Horns!

Producer

Tamanna Shah

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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.

Co-Producer

Doug Howell

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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.

Screenwriter, Intimacy Coordinator

Nikki Syreeta

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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

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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.

Composer

David Tweedie

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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).

Editor 

Lynarion Hubbard Spellman

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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.

Costume Designer

Janel Laws

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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.

1st Assistant Director, Crowdfunding Coordinator

Swisyzinna Moore

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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.

Online Team

Jo Lilore

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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.  

Online Team

Emerson Dudley

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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.