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Under pressure, wild emotions come to the surface. Here are characters on the verge of a discovery, of getting caught, losing control, finding healing and falling apart.

An artist reflects on the summer when she turned 12, haunted by a trauma that she will overcome through her art. Her rebellious creativity and fantasies clash with the gaze of adults who begin to consider her as a woman. Inspired by the life of feminist icon and artist Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002).

About the Director:

Lara Panah-Izadi is an award winning writer and director of French-Iranian descent. She began directing for the stage by putting on an Opera at age 19. Her first play was selected for the 2014 Yale Playwright’s Festival. In 2015, she directed and edited a documentary based on The Seagull by Chekhov featuring Kevin Kline. Lara continued learning her craft by assisting on set for Barry Levinson and Quentin Tarantino. In 2017, she directed her first narrative short film Chloe, and moved to LA to work in creative development at Paramount Television. Her latest short film The Summer of Snakes, inspired by the life of artist Niki de Saint Phalle, was produced by Levantine Films (Hidden Figures, Beasts of No Nation). Lara holds a BA degree in Mathematics and Philosophy and Theater Studies from Yale and recently graduated from the prestigious AFI Directing Workshop for Women program. She is currently developing two feature films and one TV show.

Film Contact:

instagram: lalapana

  • Runtime
    15 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
  • Premiere
    Central Oregon Premiere (South of Portland and east of the Cascades), Oregon Premiere, Northwest Premiere (Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana), West Coast Premiere
  • Director
    Lara Panah-Izadi