Atlanta-Based “Bumblebees” Film is the INTERNATIONAL WINNER
Atlanta-Based “Bumblebees” Film is the INTERNATIONAL WINNER in the Focus on Ability Short Film Festival in Sydney, Australia.
A four-minute movie which was written, filmed, and edited by an all-Atlanta crew over a 48 hour period has been awarded the International Winner in the Focus on Ability Short Film Festival in Sydney, Australia. The film, called “Bumblebees” was written and directed by twenty-three-year-old Atlanta native and resident Jenna Kanell, in her directorial debut.
A few months ago, the film was selected as the “BEST FILM” in the national Disability Film Challenge of 2015. It has also been accepted into over twenty film festivals around the world, including in Italy, South Korea, New York, Vermont, and several in Atlanta.
The quirky film stars Jenna’s brother, nineteen-year-old Vance Kanell who has been diagnosed with autism, cerebral palsy, and epilepsy, as he ventures out on his first date. Vance is a student at The Lionheart School in Alpharetta, Georgia.
Jenna Kanell has been working as a unionized actor and stunt performer for six years. The short film was produced by another actor and Georgian, Katy Tulka, and supported by an Atlanta-based professional film crew. Everyone involved in “Bumblebees” volunteered their talents and time out of a passion for the cause.