Private Project

Before the Fall

In the midst of the American Civil War, a young boy named Thomas, determined to cure his dying mother, wanders into the woods motivated by a mythical story he was once told. It’s here that Thomas must decide the ultimate price he’s willing to pay for the life of someone he loves.

  • Kamelya Alexan
    One Simple Life
  • Brian Soszynski
  • Kamelya Alexan
    One Simple Life and a few Commericals
  • Cooper Hill
    Key Cast
  • John Fenner Mays
    Key Cast
    Public Enemies
  • Tim Caldwell
    Key Cast
  • Emily Adams
    Key Cast
  • Kristen Magee
    Key Cast
  • Megan Donnelly
    Director of Photography
    teaches local 600 classes in Chicago
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Civil War, fantasy
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 27 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 30, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    30,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, RED camera
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Beverly Hills Film Festival
    Beverly Hills
    April 28, 2017
    Los Angeles, CA
    Best Editor
  • Miami Epic Film Festival
    Adventura, Fl
    United States
    August 26, 2017
  • Canada Shorts Film Festival
    Saint John
    December 9, 2018
    not screened just won award
    Award of Distinction
  • Widescreen Film and Music Award Festival
    Miami, FL
    United States
    April 15, 2018
    Best Narrative Short
  • Brooklyn Film Festival
    Brooklyn, NY
    United States
    June 5, 2018
    New York
  • Niagara FiInternational Film Festival
    Buffalo, NY
    United States
    September 28, 2018
  • Great Lakes Shorts Film Festival
    Erie, PA
    United States
    October 4, 2018
  • Nukhufest
    New York, NY
    United States
    December 29, 2018
  • International Moving Film Festival
    Iran, Islamic Republic of
    November 8, 2019
  • Inshort Film Festival
    December 27, 2019
  • Guacamole Short Film Festival
    United States
    December 16, 2018
  • Fort Myers Beach International Film Festival
    Fort Myers, Florida
    United States
    April 27, 2019
Director Biography - Kamelya Alexan

Born in Tehran, Iran, Kamelya moved to Chicago when she was six-years-old, where she was raised. Kamelya’s passion for film began when she was 15, after writing her first, feature length, script and pitching it to a Hollywood producer. It was after this that Kamelya found her true passion that is Directing and Producing.

She has worked on, and completed, over twenty-five projects including independent and industry, documentaries, shorts, music videos, commercial spots, and feature films. Kamelya was the Vice President of Women In Film Chicago and worked at the Midwest’s largest camera rental house. She also held a board members position at IFP Chicago. Currently is the head of Business Development at Periscope Post and Audio. She works very closely on the Dick Wolf shows and works closely bring in new projects shooting in Chicago.

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Director Statement

As long as I can remember, film has been a part of my life. As a young immigrant I remember seeing my first film, Benji and how hard I cried feeling every emotion that little dog felt. Movies were a magical place for me to run to and see how different my culture was compared to America.

When I was in high school my home life was turning upside down and the only way to escape that chaos was to write. So at age fifteen I wrote my first screenplay. At that age I remember thinking how difficult it was to break into this industry, which is what made me want it even more.

Before my parents divorced, we went on a family trip to Los Angeles. Staying with family I was introduced to a freelance production designer that worked on the Warner Bros lot. I remember growing closer and closer to her and dreaming of the opportunity to one day work next to her. As time went on, I never lost contact with her and she remains some what of a mentor to me.

After I graduated Columbia I had the amazing opportunity to work on The Dark Knight. Those three months of my life inspired me to push harder to achieve my goal as a director. To learn from my time on set I carried a journal to document all my experiences.

I remember watching and studying Christopher Nolan and wishing I can achieve the level of skill and vision he displayed on set. The amount of care and precision he uses to sculpt a scene and actors performances is something I’ve never seen before.

With the money I saved from my time on The Dark Knight I made two short films, two of my passion projects. I take all the skills I learned on set and have applied them to every single one of my productions since.

For the past ten years I’ve had blinders on, only seeing what’s right in front of me, my goal and my passion to be a director. Ideally, my professional directing career would allow me to tell a story that the audience has never seen before. To make films that pull audiences out of our world and throw us into other worlds and situations.