Gonella Productions

Gonella Productions




Genre: Horror / Fantasy
Running Time: 24:11
Year of production: 2017


Mari Yoshimori holds the U.S. record for the fastest 400 meter time in track and field. Shortly before Olympic trials, she learns that she has a potentially career-threatening torn hamstring. This news crushes her soul. Not listening to her doctor or mother’s advice, Mari keeps training, and pushes herself too far. So far that the powers of nature thrust her into the depths of a psychological purgatory. While there, she meets her spiritual sidekick, Bettari. Petite, cute and mysterious, she communicates through a handwritten sign as she playfully lures Mari deeper into her domain. Only Mari can decide whether Bettari intends to guide or destroy.


Production Company: Foment Films, Rouge Productions, Pivot Motion, Through The
Wilderness LLC.
Film exports/World sales: Gonella Productions


Director: Daryn Wakasa
Screenwriter: Daryn Wakasa & Peter Parshall Jensen
Producer: Kumiko Ogawa, Mari Ueda, Lauren Mary Kim, Peter Parshall Jensen, Stacey
Parshall Jensen
Director of Photography: Ernesto Lomeli
Sound: Eddie Kim
Editing: Victor Brown
Sound Editing: Eddie Kim
Music Composer: Kwan-Fai Lam


Genre: Horror
Sub-genre : Fantasy
Language : English
Country of origin : United States
Year of production : 2017
Total running time : 24:11
Shooting format : HD
Color type :
Aspect ratio : 16:9
Sound format: Stereo


"Best Fantasy/Sci Fi" - Asians on Film Festival Spring 2017
"Honorable Mention" - New Jersey International Film Festival
"Nomination Best Short Film" - DisOrient 2017
"Award of Merit (Experimental Category)" - Best Shorts Competition 2017
"Award of Excellence" - IndieFEST Film Awards 2017
"Best Short Film Thriller" - HRIFF 2017


Green Mountain Film Festival 2018
Seattle Asian American Film Festival 2018
Asians on Film Festival 2018
Directors Circle Festival of Shorts 2017
Best Shorts Film Festival 2017
Twin Cities Film Festival 2017
Great Lakes International Short Film Festival 2017
Washington West Film Festival 2017
New Jersey International Film Festival 2017
Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2017
DisOrient Film Festival 2017
CAAMFest 2017
Hollywood REEL Independent Film Festival 2017


Tadaima! Lessons from a Community Virtual Pilgrimage (2020)
Boston Asian American Short Film Showcase (2019)
Then They Came For Me Exhibit (2019)
Denver Day of Remembrance screening (2019)
Nikkei Progressives & JAWS Screening (2018)
Haunted Healings at The Seattle Public Library (2018)
JACL Midwest Chapter Screening 2018
KANSHA Project Screening 2018
Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center's Gamanfest 2018
Loyola Marymount University, LatinX & JACL Chicago Screening 2018
Indiana University: IU and Japanese Americans: Banned Then, Storytellers Today 2018
Loyola Marymount University Kaliedo LA Series 2018
Alt-Visions: Experimental Films & The Imprisonment of Japanese Americans 2017 -- (Alphawood
Gallery, Chicago)
Japanese American National Museum: Hidden Histories 2017
Nikkei Next Gen JACL Chicago Screening 2017