Gonella Productions

Gonella Productions




Genre: Drama
Running Time: 12 min 45 sec
Year of production: 2018


A seemingly perfect woman has what appears to be a happy 30th birthday party with the ones she loves. But under her perfect façade lies a hidden life full of secrets, tragedy, and unfinished business. When tragedy strikes, it is those closest to her that are caught the most off guard, begging the question, can you ever truly know someone?


Production Company: Alana Grace Essig
Film exports/World sales: Gonella Productions


Rebecca: Alana Grace
Elliot: John Fairbairn
Sam: Rachel McGuinness
Taylor: Staci Pratt
Garrett: Rob Parks

Partygoers: Tami Alfasi, Alexander Agent, Tim Blackwood, Hayden Doyle, Greg Essig, Maria Essig, Shary Essig, Codi Georges, Leigh Gilson, Rex Howell, Sarah Randall Hunt, Lindsey Hutchinson, Carlos Lopez Jr., Nova Hope Mahle, Joseph Martinez, Ian McQuown, Sarah Uplinger.


Director: Alana Grace
Screenwriter: Alana Grace
Producer: Alana Grace & Sharyl Cohen-Essig
Director of Photography: Stephen St. Peter
Sound: Darren Augustus
Editing: Alana Grace
Sound Editing: Jesse Billson
Music Composer: Jesse Billson


Genre: Drama
Sub-genre: Mystery
Language: English
Country of origin: United States of America
Year of production: 2018
Total running time: 12min 45 sec
Shooting format: Digital
Color type: Color
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Sound format: Stereo


Audience Award- San Jose International Short Film Festival 2019
Jury Award- Lady Filmmakers Festival 2019
Best Director (Female)- Independent Shorts Awards 2019
Best Actress (Alana Grace)- Queen Palm Film Festival 2020
Best Social Awareness Film (Short)- Queen Palm Film Festival 2020


Nashville Film Festival 2019
LA Shorts International Film Festival 2019
Lady Filmmakers Festival 2019
San Jose International Short Film Festival 2019
Independent Shorts Awards 2019
Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival 2019
Indie Short Fest 2019
Los Angeles Film Awards 2019
Queen Palm International Film Festival 2020
Yountville International Short Film Festival 2020
2020 Los Angeles Filmmaker Showcase- Big Apple Film Festival National Screen Series


Alana Grace is an award-winning writer, director, actress, and musician, best known for her song “Black Roses Red” from the soundtrack of The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants. Hailing from Nashville, TN, Grace was signed to Columbia Records at age fifteen, starting a music career that would have her tour both nationally and internationally before starting the band, This Is She, in 2010. With the release of their EP on Adamant Records in 2012, the group did two tours to the Middle East performing for troops before touring internationally with bands including Lacuna Coil, Adam Lambert, and One Republic. Since the band broke up, Grace has DJ’d around the country, opening for bands like Old Dominion and playing Stagecoach for the past few years.
Moving to Los Angeles, Grace graduated from USC and shifted her focus to acting, writing, and directing. She has created over one hundred comedy videos for social media, produced several short films, and secured a spot in the 2018 CBS Diversity Sketch Showcase as a writer. Recently, her directorial debut short film, The Strangers We Know, has premiered at the Oscar-qualifying Los Angeles International Short Film Festival and garnered continued support and awards from others, including the Nashville Film Festival and the San Jose International Short Film Festival.