Happy Belated

Tariana is surprised when she walks into work one day and her coworkers throw her a surprise birthday party. Though her birthday was a little while ago, she is still very thankful that people thought about her. But as the party goes on, she finds out that there may be other nefarious reasons why a belated birthday party was thrown for her.

  • Manuel Saldaña
    Director
    Behind Closed Doors, Redemption Drive, CO-WORKERS
  • Manuel Saldaña
    Writer
    Behind Closed Doors, Redemption Drive, CO-WORKERS
  • Samantha Rae Bass
    Key Cast
    "Tariana"
    CO-WORKERS
  • Tiffany Vinters
    Key Cast
    "Brittany"
    Redemption Drive
  • Lisa Lam
    Key Cast
    "Monica"
  • Bryn Berg
    Key Cast
    "Debra the Boss"
  • Emma Geller
    Key Cast
    "Sarah"
  • Alex Reardon
    Key Cast
    "Kyle"
  • Nick Rapuano
    Key Cast
    "Jeffrey"
  • Chris Bethune
    Key Cast
    "Danny"
    Redemption Drive
  • Steve Emirzian
    Key Cast
    "Edgar"
  • Cameron Soltis
    Key Cast
    "Terrence"
  • Jess Rodi
    Key Cast
    "Evie"
  • Bruce Marchesani
    Key Cast
    "Enzo"
  • Dania Fedrick
    Key Cast
    "Alexis"
  • Antonio Marti
    Key Cast
    "Male Coworker"
    Behind Closed Doors
  • Margarita Acevedo
    Key Cast
    "Female Coworker"
  • Manuel Saldaña
    Producer
    Behind Closed Doors, Redemption Drive, CO-WORKERS
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    35 minutes 27 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 19, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Manuel Saldaña

Manuel Saldaña was born and raised in Hartford, CT and as far back as he could remember, he always wanted to be a storyteller. In his younger days he would write and draw his own comic books full of character development and story lines so he's been writing stories for most of his life. His dad gave him a super VHS camera for his 6th grade graduation and the rest is history. He couldn't afford to go to film school so he ended up going to Manchester Community College where he got his degree in communication media, close enough right? He kept learning about film making online and in 2015 he got to intern on an actual film set. He then was able to finally shoot his first short film that same year. From there he has written, produced, directed, and edited 4 short films and has no plans of stopping as film making is his life's calling.

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Director Statement

I love the quote, "We don't make movies to make money, we make money to make movies." Though I don't quite have a way into the film industry just yet, that is not stopping me from making my own films. I've been writing creative stories since the 3rd grade, and I hope to share my stories with as many people around the world as I can. Thank you for checking out my films and I hope you were entertained!