The film “then", based on the novella "Springtime in Hades" by Author Henry Romel Guy, is inspired by true events. It is the tale of Timmy, a teenage boy, growing up in small town Virginia in the 80's. Timmy is in love with Ricky, a High School baseball player, set to go pro. The community hopes he will put their small town on the map. Ricky loves Timmy, as well, although their love and even affection are largely unspoken. Several townspeople are hoping to advance themselves through Ricky’s impending success and are therefore not too pleased with Timmy, serving as a distraction. One fateful day, all tension comes to a head and nothing will ever be the same for two teenage boys, who simply wanted to live life as freely as everyone else.
We are raising money to create a short film version of "then", with the intention of using the finished product as a selling tool for a feature, as there is much more to this story. Although set in rural Virginia, we will shoot this film on a studio lot in the San Bernardino mountains right outside of Los Angeles, which provides the perfect East Coast backdrop.
Our budget of $20.000 will go toward locations, insurance, film permits, equipment rentals, craft services, motel accommodations, crew fees, and post-production expenses like sound mix and color correction.
The film will be entered into select film festival to gain exposure. It's main purpose is to shed further light on the struggle the LGBT community has faced and continues to face. Progress has been made, but we still have a long road to travel.
Sonja Isabella: Director/Producer/Writer (Screenplay)
Sonja studied directing, as well as screenwriting and producing at UCLA.
Her experience ranges from film to commercials and music videos. Sonja’s short film, "Mighty Benjamin Little", has screened internationally and earned her an Honorable Mention for Best Writing at the Los Angeles Film Review's Independent Film Awards.
She recently shot a music video for LA-based rock band Ithaca and is currently developing several film and music video projects, aside from “then”.
Andrew Inglin: Director of Photography
Since borrowing his dad's camera, Andrew has been continually reframing the world through a lens. He continually applies himself to his craft, trying to find unique perspectives through framing and light, and pulls inspiration from visual stylings of Akira Kurosawa and Terrence Malick.
Adrienne Colna: Production Designer
Creative and passionate production and wardrobe designer, Adrienne Colna, combines her FIDM fashion and interior design skills with her Radford University advertising skills in order to create new and exciting visual art. Her ability to adapt to different styles and her attention to detail is a perfect example of why her talents as a designer shine. Her innovative thinking and problem solving tactics are necessary for the film industry. She is driven by challenge and diversity; her work varies including production design, art direction, and wardrobe styling for film, music videos, and photography.
Eric Reeve: Editor/Producer
Eric is a longtime SAG-AFTRA member and has studied editing and writing at UCLA. He is in the process of forming a production company with his wife Sonja Isabella and is currently developing several projects.
Enrique Rico Diaz: Producer
Enrique Rico Diaz retired as a Captain from the United States Marine Corps and earned a combat action ribbon while serving with a special operations unit.
As result of his military service, Rico was disabled for a few years and persevered through painful surgeries and several innovative therapies. While recovering, Rico completed the screen writing programs at both the New York Film Academy and UCLA. Additionally he has earned UCLA certificates in directing, producing, and cinematography. While attending UCLA, Rico has been part of more than 40 film projects as a producer, director, writer, or assistant director; among various other positions. Rico hopes to some day be a producer/writer/director of feature films and/or television programs.
Amalie Lorentzen: 1st AD
Amalie has worked as an AD on several shorts, including Sonja's "Might Benjamin Little" and Music Video for "Ithaca". She is currently Post Coordinator on a feature, hoped to be released in theatres later this year.
When she was 14 years old, Amalie won her first Award at a Film Festival for Teens. She has later gone on to win several Film Festivals and Competitions in her home country of Denmark. Amalie went to UCLA with Sonja and graduated in 2014 with a Certificate in Directing.
Henry Romel Guy: Author (Springtime in Hades)
Henry Romel Guy lives in Mathews, Virginia, where he writes and works in civil process. He expects to publish his third novella, "My Dear Love," this Spring.