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Petite Blanche

"Petite Blanche is a whimsical short-narrative about James Game, an independent film director who is struggling to finish his feature film inspired by his recent break-up with the inexplicably passive girl nicknamed "Petite Blanche". Cowardly, she was scared to tell James she preferred to go back to her egocentric and aggressive ex-boyfriend. This sudden realization turns James's warm heart into stone.
Anger and cynicism get the best of him: now, all that he longs for is revenge.

  • Jay Manari
    American Rouge
  • Jay Manari
  • Jay Manari
  • Annie-Sage Whitehurst
    Key Cast
  • Kamilla Khoruzhenkova
    Key Cast
  • Nathaniel Ansbach
    Key Cast
  • Thomas Deshays
    Key Cast
  • Frank Verdejo
    Key Cast
  • Micheal Malanga
    Key Cast
  • Angelo Marrone
  • Jay Manari
  • Xiachen Zhou
    Costume Department
  • Stella Bouzakis
    Make Up Artist
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  • Runtime:
    19 minutes 33 seconds
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
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  • Student Project:
  • International Sound & Film Music Festival - ISFMF
    October 7, 2018
    Croatian Premiere
    Best Film Score
Director Biography - Jay Manari

Jay Manari is an Italian Film Director, Screenwriter, and Editor with experience working in short-films, music videos both in Europe (Italy) and in the U.S (California - LA & New York).

He graduated in Media Studies at the John Cabot University of Rome and specialized in Film and Electronic Arts at the California State University of Long Beach, and in Advanced Film Production at the New School of New York.
Thanks to his international experiences, he has foregrounded a dynamic, detail-oriented, and visionary approach to Filmmaking. Since 2013, he has produced and directed multiple films and explored a variety of genre (experimental, comedy, drama, music video, romance), some of which have been selected by eight international film festivals, among which the London Lesbian Film Festival (Canada), the Los Angeles CineFest, the Paris Lesbian & Feminist Film Festival (France), and the Sydney Transgender Film Festival (Australia).

In the Film Industry, Jay has held numerous professional roles. In LA, he began as Executive Development Assistant and Camera Operator for director Simone Bartesaghi at the prestigious Los Angeles Film School. Next, he worked on various local productions, among which Cineaste Films Production for the music video ‘Vandaag – Bakermat’ and the TV movie 'Megachurch Murder', also known as 'Shaker Pointe', directed by the writer and director Darin Scott.

In New York, Jay produced and directed his first music video, American Rouge, which won the "Best Experimental Short Film" Audience Award at A Corto Di Donne Film Festival (Pozzuoli, Italy).
In 2018, Jay moved to the UK and founded MiraBan Ltd, an Events and Entertainment production company running art exhibitions and film festival, actively engaged in supporting independent visual artists and filmmakers.


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Director Statement

"Everything depends on how much strength you have, how stubborn you are, and how many people you can convince to believe in your idea." (2014)

"Those that go through Hell with you, and stay, are the only ones worthy the pain of those flames" (2017)

“Long Live the Film!” (2018)