U.S. Short Film: Brightside

U.S. Short Film: Brightside

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Brightside is a 14+ minute, drama/coming of age, narrative short. The film follows Nikola, a college student and the eldest of two daughters in a traditional Filipino family, who is dealing with her suicidal father, while combating her own depression. She struggles to get help due to her cultural expectations of respect for family and family privacy. Nikola must navigate the confusing waves of her emotions while trying not to bring shame to her family. She is surprised to find support from her roommate and those she begins to connect/confide in before it is too late for her.


Julia Levanne: Director, Brother, Drama, Short (18 min), 2017, Producer: https://vimeo.com/300181293 | Taimane: Venus, Music Video, 2015, Producer: https://youtu.be/TwNuXZSaTRc | Truth or Dare, Horror, Feature (85 min), 2013, Assistant Producer: https://youtu.be/Zueb3gNqMCc
Myhraliza Aala: (Associate Director) Director
Myhraliza Aala: Writer, Not in film, but in blogs
Myhraliza Aala: Producer, The Debt Collector, Comedy, Short (10-15 minutes), Post Production (filming ended June 2019 – currently being edited, no link available), Producer
Lea Lawrence: Key Cast, “Nikola”, Crossing Shaky Ground (short) and who is currently producing & acting in her own script after being motivated by Brightside
Renee Rose: Key Cast, “Serena”, Goodbye (short), Directed by Gregg Hale
Myhraliza Aala: Key Cast, “Dr. DeCastro”, Maybe (short) as Rosalyn, Directed by Kat Renee Cole; 50 First Kisses (feature), as Sue, Directed by Yuichi Fukuda; Same Ting (short), as Maria, directed by Israella Samonte; Keep You Float (short), Kaipo’s mom, directed by Alika Mauka; Hawaii Five-O, Tour Guide
Nikki Flynn: Key Cast, “Dr. Andersen” The Wonderland Murders
Leslie North: Key Cast, “Franny” “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” (PAC) and “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Radio Play” (Artists Repertory Theatre)
Jasmine Salem: Key Cast, “Nina” Local Portland Commercials


Project Type: Short
Genres: Coming of Age, Drama
Runtime: 14 minutes 47 seconds
Completion Date: September 7, 2019
Production Budget: 12,400 USD
Country of Origin: United States
Country of Filming: United States
Language: English
Shooting Format: Digital 1080 w/ Sony FS5
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Film Color: Color
First-time Filmmaker




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