An independently produced short film from writer LaDora Mishan Sella and director Lautaro Gabriel Gonda. Brightwood is a story of a young girl's real and imaginary lives, combining innocence with deeper themes of finding home and family.
Write This Way Productions shot the film in August, 2011 on San Juan Island, Washington with a small dedicated crew. Brightwood premiered in May, 2012 at the Seattle International Film Festival and has been an official selection at over 20 film festivals in the US and Canada. Brightwood won "Best Regional Film" at the Tacoma Film Festival, "Best Production Design" at Filmstock Film Festival, "Best Cinematography" at Hollyshorts Film Festval and took home the "Zia Award" from Taos Shorz Film Festival. Brightwood can also be viewed on DirectTV as part of ShortsHD International's Festival Showcase.
Sparrow wakes one morning to discover a nest of baby mice in her sock drawer. Attempting to care for them, she takes them with her on her mysterious daily routine; bicycling through the forest, along the beach and quiet rural roads, collecting various found treasures. Deep in the forest, Sparrow has created a sanctuary where she keeps her treasures and hides from the rest of the world. She brings the baby mice here but is unable to care for them. Sparrow returns home to find her parents in the kitchen, and the reason for her need to find a family is revealed as she faces a challenge greater than any child should.