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Every Grain of Sand


Every Grain of Sand


THEME: Tension

SATURDAY  |  2 - 4 PM

Narrative | 2019 | 10 min. 44 sec.
Official Selection
Suggested Rating | PG
Country | United States
Language | English
Director | Amanda Spencer
Writers | Amanda Spencer, Toby Osborne
Cast | Tarra Riggs, Regina Williams
[Aesthetica Film Festival • NewFilmmakers Los Angeles • Kansas International Film Festival • LA Femme International Film Festival • San Francisco Independent Short Film Festival • Oaxaca Film Festival • Lake Placid Film Festival • JellyFest]
Tarra Riggs (The Help, Oscar nominated DeKalb Elementary, Independent Spirit Award nominee for Ballast) stars as Mae, a woman who thinks she has it all: her dream job, a beautiful home, and all the Jimmy Choos her closet can hold.  But when her sister (Regina Williams, Independent Spirit Award Nominee for Life & Nothing More) falls ill and the medical bills take every penny she has, she has to reevaluate what is really important to her.
Eligible for Specialty Award:
  • Woman to Watch


Amanda’s first short film, HOW TO LIVE FOREVER, was a gift for her mentor, Cameron Crowe, and featured appearances by many of his friends including: Tom Cruise, J.J. Abrams, Judd Apatow, Scarlett Johansson, Orlando Bloom, Paul McCartney, Harry Styles, and many others. Her first narrative short film, PRETTY PRETTY PRISON, is an official selection of 16 film festivals including Moscow Shorts International Film Festival, Golden State Film Festival at Mann’s Chinese Theater, Roma Cinema Film Festival, Five Continents International Film Festival and 48 Independent at the Director’s Guild of America. The film won the People’s Choice Award for Best Comedy at the prestigious Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival 2019 and a Remi Award at Houston WorldFest as well as other awards.

Amanda is starring in an untitled comedy feature shooting this spring, from director Elena Altman. She can also be seen starring in the feature film MUD FLAT MURDERS, which is currently in post-production. She is in Pre-Production directing a feature film starring Emma Ridley (Disney's RETURN TO OZ) entitled BLOOD, SWEAT & GLITTER which will commence shooting in the fall of 2019.


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