Dying & Trying

A distant relationship between a very young dying mother and her nine-year-old daughter who are both experiencing the importance of time and forgiveness.

  • Sage Drake
    Director
    Selfies Fever, Christmas Shit, Addiction, The Tale of Hide & Shriek, Callmeister, Ham Jam, His Good Wife, Lost Track
  • Sage Drake
    Writer
    Selfies Fever, Christmas Shit, Addiction, The Tale of Hide & Shriek, Callmeister, Ham Jam, His Good Wife, Lost Track
  • Natalie Mangiante
    Producer
    Addiction, Christmas Shit, Selfies Fever, Loves Me, Loves Me Not
  • Natalie Mangiante
    Key Cast
    “Carol (Mother)”
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 44 seconds
  • Production Budget:
    200 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Canon 5D EOS Mark 3
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Indie Short Fest

    Official Selection
  • Florence Film Awards

    Finalist
  • Hollywood Blood Horror Festival

    Best Young/Child Actress McKenna Rose
  • Alternative Film Festival

    Best Actress - Natalie Mangiante
  • IndieX Film Fest

    Official Selection
  • Independence Shorts Awards

    Finalist
  • Los Angeles Motion Picture Festival

    Awards: Grand Jury Award (Gold) Actress Natalie Mangiante and Grand Jury Award (Silver) Best Drama.
  • Caldas Film Festival

    Official Selection
  • LA Shorts Awards

    Best Short Film Diamond Award
  • Monthly Indie Shorts

    Official Selection
Director Biography - Sage Drake

Studied filmmaking at the College of San Mateo. Film instructor Jay Rosenblatt. Freelance photographer/videographer San Francisco.

Director of currently 20 short films, 100+ plus official selections, and 26 awards. Short films include HAM JAM (official selection Long Island International Film Expo), CHRISTMAS SHIT (official selection San Francisco Another Hole in the Head film festival) and CALLMEISTER (official selection San Francisco Frozen Film Festival).

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Director Statement

I'm about forgiveness and moving on. Being exposed to death at a very young age made me thought about life as I was growing up. I wanted to show the viewer from the point of view of a child on when you are facing death and how to respond to it when it happens.