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In Colors

Directed by Stephanie Willis
Narrative Short
USA | 15 min | 2019

Lauris, a Latina immigrant adjusting to life in an Arizona border town with her new husband Noah, finds her values tested when Julieta, a young, undocumented immigrant on the run, seeks shelter on their property. Will Lauris do what she believes is right and help Julieta? Or will she choose self-preservation?

“In Colors” is a short film that explores self-sacrifice, values, and what it means to see what unites us instead of what divides us. Regardless of the things that mark us as different, deep down we are all the same: human.

As the writer and director of “In Colors,” I am passionately excited to tell this story. I believe the film’s message – that even in the face of challenges that test our core values, we are capable of compassion that can unite us – will resonate with audiences. Given our current political and social climate, where morals are in flux and discord rampant, this film’s message of hope is more relevant than ever.

In Colors | Stephanie Willis, Director

In Colors - Stephanie WillisStephanie Willis

Stephanie received a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Television from Dartmouth College, where she graduated summa cum laude and garnered the Maurice Rapf Award for Excellence in Filmmaking. She also obtained a Master of Fine Arts from the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. While at the University of Southern California, she won a prestigious Annenberg Fellowship which helped fund her award winning short film, “This Is Who We Are.” Stephanie has been featured in and won awards at numerous festivals including the Los Angeles Shorts International Film Festival, the LA Femme Festival, the Columbus International Film and Video Festival and the Festival International Des Ecoles De Cinema. She has also had the opportunity to shadow fellow directors on the sets of “Grey’s Anatomy,” and “Kidding”. Stephanie is passionate about bringing stories to life that resonate with audiences and spur their social awareness. In addition to writing and directing her personal projects, Stephanie has also developed a burgeoning career as an editor in television. Her credits include Golden Globe and Emmy nominated series such as “Bloodline,” “Fringe,” “Person of Interest” and “Kidding.”

Film Information

Director: Stephanie Willis
Country: USA
Language: English
Runtime: 15 min.
Rated: PG


Producer: Stephanie Willis, Jason Phillips, Karla Luna Cantu
Writer:  Stephanie Willis
Cinematographer: Sarah Winters
Composer: Andrew Carroll
Editor: Jennifer Van Goethm

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