Short Film: PASSAGES, 14min., USA, Drama

Directed by Jenna Ricker
/?pasijs/ noun: the act of moving past something on the way from one place to another.

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Director Biography – Jenna Ricker

Jenna Ricker wrote, directed and produced the ESPN Films: 30 for 30 feature documentary, QUALIFIED, which premiered at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival. Nominated for three Realscreen Awards, it received the FOCAL Award in Sports Documentary, and Gold Awards from New York TV & Film for Best Social Justice and Biography documentary. Her first scripted feature, BEN’S PLAN, starring Ben Schnetzer and Selenis Leyva was made on a micro-budget and awarded Best Drama (AOF Festival), Distinguished Debut (London Independent Film Festival), and Jenna was honored with the Mira Nair Award for Rising Female Filmmaker. SECURITY, written with collaborator Greg Stuhr, was selected for the IFP’s Emerging Narrative Program and is being developed into a limited series. She co-wrote and directed their second collaboration THE AMERICAN SIDE – hailed as an “adrenaline-charged pop-noir mystery,” by The Hollywood Reporter and starring Greg Stuhr, Matthew Broderick, Robert Forster, and Janeane Garofolo. She recently wrote and directed a 5-part short docu-film series for DOVE’s Self-Esteem Initiative. She is a Nicholl Fellowship quarterfinalist, Artist Envoy of the American Film Showcase and a member of the Directors Guild of America.

Director Statement

Passages /ˈpasijs/ noun: the act of moving past something on the way from one place to another.

Passages is a non-linear, character-connected story where themes of trust, friendship, love and loss are explored in a brief moment… I believe we’ve all had that one moment in time, where we knew a decision meant our lives would move in a new direction. This decision often came with a loss, but we knew in our hearts it was necessary. I hope this film taps into that universal truth for audiences, and reminds us that it takes courage and vulnerability to follow our instincts and take a different path forward.


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Festival occurring twice a year. In Toronto in June. And in Los Angeles in September. Showcasing the best of LGBT Short Films and Screenplays from around the world.

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