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Fourteen year-old, Hannah, awakes to a momentous day of gifts and attention. She soon realizes that this day of great celebration will turn out to have significant consequences on her future.


Nicole Barnette


Renee Ridgeley


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Credited cast:
Laken Romine Laken Romine ... Hannah
Diana Gayl Diana Gayl ... Connie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Burns ... Clergyman
Kit Dennis Kit Dennis ... Ezra
Larry Hanes Larry Hanes ... Owen
Garnet Jordon ... Sister #1
Halle Pickering Halle Pickering ... Emma
Brooke Pickett Brooke Pickett ... Extra
Dana Pickett Dana Pickett ... Extra
Erin Pickett ... Mormon Wife
Sierra Schiano Sierra Schiano ... Sister #2
Anastasia Katherine Smith Anastasia Katherine Smith ... Extra


Hannah isn't yet awake and the household is busy. Her mother is baking a cake; her younger sisters wrap a present that they take into her bedroom and put noisily on the nightstand before running out. She awakes, goes into the bathroom, opens the gift, and puts it on - it's a heart pendant, probably a locket. She changes from her nightgown into a blouse; she's probably 14, at the beginning of puberty. A young woman helps her dress in white. People are assembled outside. For a birthday? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Short | Drama



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January 2006 (USA) See more »


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$5,000 (estimated)
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excellent film
16 March 2006 | by metschanSee all my reviews

I was lucky enough to see this at SXSW 2006 and it was an incredibly moving film. Few shorts can gather the audience's attention, especially those under 10 minutes. To do it so drastically with essentially no sound is even more rare. I hate that after festivals nearly all shorts die except for the exception that get picked up by IFC and the obscure chance that you happen upon those selected few. Please post this short on a website somewhere.

Hopefully one day we'll get a chance to buy these for a couple of bucks off iTunes. Then we benefit as well as the filmmakers who shell out their hard earned cash. Or festivals could sell compilation DVD's of the best shorts. Who wouldn't want to buy that? It surly would help these artists raise money for their next projects.

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