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 the strangers we know

thursday, September 26, 2019 at 6:15pm

Program #1

A seemingly perfect woman has what appears to be a happy 30th birthday party with the ones she loves. But under her perfect façade lies a hidden life full of secrets, tragedy, and unfinished business. When tragedy strikes, it is those closest to her that are caught the most off guard, begging the question, can you ever truly know someone?

Meet the filmmakers

WRITER - Alana Grace

DIRECTOR - Alana Grace

PRODUCER - Alana Grace and Sharyl Cohen-Essig





Alana Grace

After growing up in Nashville,TN, Alana became both a songwriter and actress taking part in multiple plays with the Tennessee Repertory theater since the age of 8. At 15, she signed a record deal with Columbia Records for her solo project, coming out with the song “Black Roses Red” on the soundtrack of The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants in 2005.Writing, recording, and performing music with many of the best in the business,Alana toured nationally for both her first and second albums before meeting her future bandmates for her last music project,THIS IS SHE, in 2009 on the Vans Warped Tour. With the release of their EP on Adamant Records in 2012, the group did two tours to the Middle East performing for troops before touring internationally with bands including Lacuna Coil,Adam Lambert, and One Republic.

Since the band broke up in 2013, Alana has shifted her focus to acting, writing, and directing. Having taken acting lessons since moving to Los Angeles in 2008, Alana made it through the improv and sketch programs at UCB as well as finished her degree from USC before securing a spot in the 2018 CBS Diversity Sketch Showcase as a writer. Her first short film went to several independent film festivals including the Nashville Film Festival, and after writing and producing over one hundred comedy videos for social media, Alana has decided to make her first foray into directing drama with The Strangers We Know.