A FEMALE ACTION SHORT FILM ABOUT MISCARRIAGE, MOTHERHOOD AND FIGHTING TO SAVE YOUR FAMILY
Police Detective Kiona Stetson is returning to work after her third miscarriage, trying to convince herself she doesn't want a baby and being a good cop is enough. Her mother believes the Great Spirit will bless her with a child but only when she's ready. This day, though, Kiona is forced to face her true feelings when KT, a dying young girl on the run arrives with a plea. Kiona's instincts, maternal and professional, kick in when tow thurgs who are hunting KT show up and Kiona has to fight to save her family.
Kiona Stetson is a warrior, with the strength and fierce motherhood instinct like Sarah Connor in Terminator II and the intelligence and resolve of Agent Maya of Zero Dark Thirty.
Told through the lens of a Native American woman, Blessed explores the grief of misccarriage and infertility in this action-filled suspense film. It's also a tale of how, in the wilderness of pain, when faith is fading, hope is still possible and how hard you fight for it.
We are so grateful for our incredible cast and crew that we'll be introducing to everyone on this website and other social media but first, BLESSED would not have happen if not for these three amazing, extremely talented women!
Jen Derwingson' vision is exquisite. She felt the emotions of the heartbreaking circumstances that drove Kiona and KT's paths to cross and cross again. She understood their sacrifices. She honored their humanity. And she brought to life the action suspense elements that make this film a hyrbrid. Really. We're #Blessed for her creative leadership.
Beautiful, talented, DeLanna Studi is full of love and grit. She's strong and determined as an artist. And she gave these same qualities of Kiona's character a balance that's touching, badass and real. She hypnotic to watch.
And the magnetic gorgeous Daniella Garcia, gave KT soul and heart. Her KT's sadness and profound understanding of who she is, is heartbreaking as she fights for her life. Dani is all beauty and that's what she gives KT.
Meet the Cast:
DeLanna Studi - KIONA.
DELANNA STUDI recently appeared on the season finale of Showtime’s Shameless and ABC’s General Hospital. Her film credits include Edge of America, Hallmark’s Dreamkeeper, and The Only Good Indian. She starred in the first national Broadway tour of August: Osage County. She was a company member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for two seasons. She originated roles in Leon Martel’s Bea[u]tiful in the Extreme, James Still’s Interpreting William, Cornerstone’s A Long Bridge Over Deep Water, JudyLee Oliva’s TeAta, Drew Hayden Taylor’s The Berlin Blues, Vickie Ramirez’s Stand-Off at HWY #37 and has preformed in two one-person shows: Mark Anthony Rolo’s What’s an Indian Woman To Do and ENCOMPASS’s Compassion Play KICK.
Daniella Garcia - KT
DANI GARCIA hails from Los Angeles, California. In 2010 she earned her BFA in Acting from California Institute of the Arts (CALARTS). Some of her theater credits include: Borrocco, That Untraveled Word, Waiting for Lefty, & The Bitter Tears of Pretra Van Kant. Film/TV credits include: The Lost City, Free Ride, At Middleton, and ABC’s The Black Box. She is currently studying at the Aquila/Morong Studio.
Meet the Creative Team:
JEN DERWINGSON began directing in the theatre as an undergrad at Stanford and later became the Artistic Director for Freshly Squeezed Theatre Co. in San Francisco. Credits include original productions of:The Acts, Pasko, Deacon’s War, Guilty Creatures, and Vacancy, and revivals of Our Country’s Good and Sister Mary Ignatius Explains it All for You. Additional directing credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the National Art Center in Bali, Indonesia and Silver Buttons All Down Her Back for the Oxford Revue, Oxford, England. Jen began her career as a screenwriter and filmmaker at the USC School of Cinematic Arts where she earned an MFA. Her short film, Roadside Assistance, played at the Cannes Film Festival, in addition to more than twenty-five other festivals around the world, and earned numerous awards including the Student Emmy for Comedy. Jen is also a graduate of the prestigious Walt Disney Screenwriting Fellowship. Jen most recently directed the original play EgoManiac: A Poetic Incantation, which enjoyed a completely sold out run at the Hollywood Fringe. She is currently developing her first feature as a director, and writing on the new Syfy Network series Z Nation.
JOHN HERMANN is a Sheboygan, Wisconsin-born, LA-based independent film producer. A producer of features, documentaries, branded content and commercials, Hermann has seen all sides and sizes of productions. He’s production coordinated on Hulu’s original series, “Battleground,” and produced numerous commercials for clients such as Hugo Boss, Activision and Showtime Networks. In addition, he has produced award winning- short films that have taken home laurels from various festivals including the Las Vegas International Film Festival and FESPACO Pan-African film festival- the “Sundance of Africa”. Hermann has directed and produced documentaries that include the 40th Anniversary Documentary for the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), one of the nation’s leading architecture schools. He produced the feature film “Prey” shot in Southwest Florida and directed by ex-NFL superstar, Simeon Rice, as well as another feature “After the Reality” which was shot on location in Northern Minnesota and stars Matthew Morrison, Sarah Chalke, Jane Lynch, Aimee Garcia, etc. Hermann’s latest feature “Band of Robbers” (in which he was Line Producer) is a modern day look into the lives of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, a story in which the hooligans are now 30 years old but otherwise unchanged. Hermann’s producing work has been highlighted in the San Fernando Valley Business Journal as one of the notable up-and- coming independent producers living in Los Angeles.