EVERYTHING IS FINE
A potentially psychosomatic paraplegic, a woman stuck in a vortex of “man-splaining,” and a young black man caught in a racially charged standoff are set on an inevitable collision course as they attempt to navigate the insanity around them.
Falling visualizes metaphor into literal reality as a means to reflect on contemporary sociocultural issues. With enlarging prescription pills, immunity of mortal wounds, and inexplicable afflictions, the main characters appear deranged for acting it all out - but the insanity of course comes from all of those content to sit back and watch this type of madness unfold - as it does every day.
Sarah Hollis began studying acting in high school at Walnut Hill School for the Arts and then went on to graduate with a BFA in acting from USC School of Drama. Television credits include: “24” (recurring), “The Unit,” and “Lie to Me.” Film credits: “Kill Your Darlings,” and “The Russian Doll.” Past theatrical productions include: Viola in Twelfth Night (PCPA), Betty Boop 5 in Collective Rage (Boston Court), and ensemble in Pygmalion (Pasadena Playhouse). Most recently, she played Jess in King Charles III at the Pasadena Playhouse.
After fully committing himself to acting three years ago, Elijah has been rigorously training and sharpening his craft. While working to expand himself as an artist and a young man, he’s been able to be a part of various projects ranging from short films, commercials, and USC Graduate thesis films. His most recent accomplishment is a co-star role on the upcoming show "Grown-ish," the spin off show of "Black-ish."
Davey Johnson appeared in Riley Stearns’ short film Cub, and Sterns’ first feature, Faults, as well as Garfunkel and Oates, Key and Peele, Southbound, and Adventure Time. He’ll next be seen in Stearns’ second feature, The Art of Self-Defense, and hopes to become Riley’s version of J.J. Abrams’ lucky charm, Greg Grunberg. That hope also extends to Ewen Wright.
Like everyone living in Los Angeles, Ewen Wright is a writer, director, and performer …and producer. Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, he attended Hampshire College where he focused on creative writing, performance, and filmmaking. After graduating, he moved back to Albuquerque and began working as a media educator, teaching classes to high school students in Film History, Screenwriting, and Video Production.
During this time, he also continued to make his own films, and won numerous awards for his short film work. In 2010, he was awarded a New Visions New Mexico Award for his short, Validation, which went on to win Best Narrative Short at the 2012 Rainier Independent Film Festival.
In 2011, Ewen moved to the Bay Area and continued to work as a media educator at The Bay Area Video Coalition and UC Berkeley. He also began making music videos, which have been featured on platforms including Spin Magazine, Buzzfeed, Paste Magazine, and Consequence of Sound. In 2013, he was awarded a YBCAway award from the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in recognition of his emerging excellence in film and performance. In 2014 he and his wife toured across the country with their original performance piece, September, which was then curated into the 2105 Revolution International Theater Festival.
In 2014, Ewen was accepted into the Film and Television Production program at The University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, where he received his MFA in 2017. He is focused primarily on creating original narrative work for screen and stage that is comedic in nature and inventive in visual style.
Rachel M. Boyajian is a director, choreographer and animator in Los Angeles, CA. Her choreography has been presented at the National Taiwan University for Arts in Taipei(Taiwan), at PACT Zollverien(Germany), the Teatro Pier Paolo Pasolini Casarsa della Dilizia(Italy), the Teatro Comunale Polcenigo(Italy), the Salon Marbella Manzanillo(Mexico), REDCAT(Los Angeles), the Julia Morgan Theater(Berkeley) and the Orpheum Theater(Kansas).
Rachel has created works for three American College Dance Festivals, the Wichita Contemporary Dance Theatre, the Kansas Dance Festival, the Wichita Children’s Festival, the Contemporary Music Festival, the DanceIS Festival, Diavolo Unplugged, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, the Ruhrtriennale Festival (Germany), and the WCDT tour to Italy.
Her work in film has been presented at the LA Shorts Fest, Hollyshorts, the Women in Film Fest, the Big Heart Small Film competition with Alibaba Pictures and the Orpheum KS. She has taught at the California Institute of the Arts, the Los Angeles Ballet School, California State University of Los Angeles, AMDA Los Angeles, Wichita State University, Encore Dance Studios, Poetry in Motion, The Next Step, RenArts Academy and Diavolo Dance Theater. Rachel has her MFA in Choreography/Dance from the California Institute of the Arts, her BFA in Dance from Wichita State University and she is an alum of the USC School of Cinematic Arts MFA program in Film Production. Rachel most recently produced Falling with Ewen Wright and Kintsugi with Jia Yuan Liu. She is currently creating a series of dance shorts with a grant from ARC Pasadena.
Sara Fenton got her start in production as the coordinator for the documentary series Canadian Geographic Presents... and has since brought to the stage Take me to the Poorhouse, Rise & Shine [I thought I was White] and co-produces Rant and Rave with John Pollono.
Fenton is an alumnus of the Directors Lab West at the Pasadena Playhouse.
She’s getting her MFA at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, focusing on producing and writing. At the USC Media Institute for Social Change, Fenton works with a group of socially conscious filmmakers to "change the world, one film at a time." A Mary Pickford and Jack Oakie Scholar, Sara is also a writer for Backstage.com and a company member at Rogue Machine Theatre.
Jenna Bryant graduated with my MFA from USC's School of Cinematic Arts, specializing in Directing and Cinematography. She received her Bachelor's from Cornell University.
Her roots are in literature and theatre-- she love choreography and still photography. Her uncle was a sports photographer for Philly's major teams: the Eagles, the 76ers. He gave Jenna her first 35mm camera.
Stylistically, she adores vintage Americana. Expressionistic art greatly influences her visual style.
Laura graduated as an architect from Los Andes University in Bogota, Colombia; she has a diploma in Art Direction from Blackmaria School of Cinema, and a diploma in Ephemeral Architecture and Scenography from Javeriana University. She also lived in Peru and Canada where she studied Creative Arts, Literature and Languages. Before moving to Los Angeles in 2014 she worked on several projects as an architect while taking production design courses and designing short films until she got accepted to the American Film Institute where she recently received her MFA in Production Design.
Chris Winterbauer was born in Seattle, Washington, and raised by lawyers who encouraged his strange predilection for the arts. He attended Stanford University, studied Economics, and was recognized as one of the school’s most average students. He worked for Intel Corp. for two years doing mostly basic addition and subtraction in Excel spreadsheets before deciding to go to film school. He committed financial suicide and received his MFA in Film & Television Production from USC.
Chris is the third funniest person in his immediate family, behind both of his sisters and sometimes his dad. He believes humor and drama are completely codependent and that you can’t truly love something unless you can laugh at it. Including yourself.
His short film, Break Down, recently premiered on Short of the Week.com, has been picked up as a Vimeo Staff Pick and was featured on FilmSchoolRejects as a “dark, absurd, and elegant end to a love gone sour.” He is currently developing his first feature, WYRM , with Helen Estabrook (Whiplash, Up in the Air ).