Sometimes It’s All You Can Do, To BREATHE

A SHORT FILM THAT SAYS SOMETHING

Breathe is the 6th short film I’ve produced, and I’m so very proud of it.

Making a film is like birthing a baby, and with all of the hard work and pain comes a pride so deep and love so devoted that you can hardly contain it.  Breathe is no exception.

It started with an idea (explained in the story below) and resulted in a team of very talented filmmakers (many who flew themselves in from Louisiana and elsewhere) to create this special little micro-budget short film.  Our team survived snowstorms, car wrecks, equipment malfunctions and more to make this film happen!

It was directed by Michael Liu of Matchstix Studios, executive produced by Neil Wells, and written & produced by yours truly and we can’t wait to share it with the world.

The film stars Escalante Lundy, Artist Jennifer Awad, and myself, along with the talented young actor Daniel Francois.

WATCH THE TRAILER HERE!

THE STORY BEHIND BREATHE

In 2015 I experienced one of the worst betrayals of my life.  The months following that event were dark, to say the least, and I went through a time of deep grieving.  Last fall while having dinner with Louisiana filmmakers Caleb Michaelson and Jency Griffin, I shared with Caleb some of my experiences over the past year and he encouraged me to create a story that would help me look intimately at what happened, and to celebrate what I had learned.

I thought my days of making short films were over.  It takes so much effort to make a film, especially with small budgets, so I tried to put the idea aside.  But in the days following that conversation the story of Breathe kept rising up in my mind and I finally had to write it. 

Breathe is not my personal story.  But it is definitely an analogy, and a story of love and loss.  It looks at the fragility of our humanity and how when we suffer a loss, we often feel isolated and can hardly carry on.   

When we are in those dark places, those ‘dark nights of the soul,’ we feel so alone, but I’ve seen in my own life and in the lives of other that we are never really alone.  Most of us have a support system of some kind like family, friends or our faith that longs to help us, if we can just accept it.

Breathe was born in pain and ends with the triumph of learning to let it go, and I hope it will impact our audiences the way it has our devoted and hardworking cast and crew.  I look forward to sharing this story with the world.”

Follow the film’s journey on the LA Film Resources LFR Facebook Page and LFR Twitter at @LaFilmResources.

WATCH THE BREATHE TRAILER

Smiles, Shanna

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*** A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO FRANK & JANIE YBARRA, GARY YBARRA,
DANICA FRANCOIS & AND OTHER SPECIAL FRIENDS 
IN LAKE ARROWHEAD, CA
WHO HELPED THIS FILM BECOME A REALITY. ***





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