Gonella Productions

Gonella Productions




Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama, Suspense
Running Time: 19min 58sec
Year of production: 2016


A story of obsession, power, and discovery centered around a maverick neuroscientist, her doting pupil, and an alluring machine that could revolutionize brain science. When maverick neuroscientist Dr. Ana Brenner unexpectedly loses her research funding, she is forced to convince her doting pupil Samantha to continue their work in secret. With the help of their alluring machine CLARITY, they continue on an obsessive quest for discovery. Nearing a breakthrough, Samantha realizes her mentor isn’t all that she seems, and Dr. Brenner is forced to make a devastating choice.


Production Company: American Film Institute / Dustin Todd Films
Film exports/World sales: Gonella Productions


Christine Kellogg-Darrin
Sam Buchanan


Director: Dustin Brown
Screenwriter: Dustin Brown
Producer: Jason Smith
Director of Photography: Maria Ines Manchego
Production Designer: Clarisa Garcia-Fresco
Editing: Mengle Han
Sound Editing: Nathan Ruyle & Aaron Bartscht
Music Composer: Miles Bergsma


Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama
Sub-genre: Suspense
Language: English
Country of origin: USA
Year of production: 2016
Total running time: 19m 58s
Shooting format: 2K Digital
Color type: Color
Aspect ratio: 2:1
Sound format: Dolby Digital


Winner Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Production Award
Winner Best Short Film - Highland Park Independent Film Festival
Winner Best Sci-Fi Short - 50th WorldFest Houston
Winner LA Shorts Awards 2017
Finalist VIZIO + Dolby Vision Filmmaker Challenge


Official Selection - Film Independent Sloan Film Summit
Official Selection - LA Shorts International Film Festival (LA Shorts Fest)
Official Selection - Hollyshorts Film Festival
Official Selection - Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival
Official Selection - Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival


Dustin Brown is a writer and director whose work has been recognized by some of the most prestigious film festivals and organizations. His short film Solidarity was a Cannes/BAFTA/ Clermont-Ferrand Official Selection and won numerous awards including Best Short Film at the San Diego Film Festival and winner of the Kodak Student Film Scholarship. His AFI thesis film Clarity was featured by Film Independent and won the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation prize. Recently, he wrote, directed and edited the viral animal rights short Casa de Carne which received over 10 million views online and won 6 Telly Awards including Gold for “Social Responsibility”. He is a graduate of the American Film Institute Directing Program, and is in pre-production on his first feature film Solidarity which was selected for the 2019 NALIP Latino Media Market.