Life Is Wonderful

A short film with a big impact. Lilly does whatever it takes to keep it together in this emotional journey as she navigates a major loss in her life.

  • Michael A Piscioneri
    Director
    The Slender Dwarf
  • Michael A Piscioneri
    Writer
    Collinwood, Lucia, The Slender Dwarf, Insomnium
  • Lori Ann Fuller
    Producer
    The Slender Dwarf, Lucia, Insomnium
  • Lori Ann Fuller
    Key Cast
    "Lilly"
    The Slender Dwarf, Insomnium
  • Angela Kostreba
    Key Cast
    "Angie"
  • Michael A Piscioneri
    Key Cast
    "Rick"
    The Slender Dwarf, Torn, Naked Run
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 39 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 31, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    999 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, 6K
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Michael A Piscioneri

Michael Anthony Piscioneri was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He is the youngest of eight children from his father, James, who worked as a longshoreman and I.L.A. Union manager, as well as Mary Jane who was a housewife. He is of Italian descent, and went to Catholic grade school. He eventually studied Marketing at Miami University and The Ohio State University, where he was also active in theater and creative writing.

Upon graduation he moved to Chicago to study acting and improvisation with The Second City. After several years of performing around town he moved to Los Angeles to pursue film and television. Once in LA, he starting getting roles in independent films and commercials, and eventually created a production company with his wife, Lori Ann, an accomplished Opera Singer. Project Blackfish Productions originated from his last name, which means black fish in Italian. Together they are producing film and television while he continues to work as an actor.

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Director Statement

Sadly one million miscarriages occur each year in the United States alone. Life Is Wonderful brings to light the grief and sadness often kept hidden by women as they go through this painful experience, frequently leading to depression and/or anxiety as a result. Thankfully most women who miscarry go on to have healthy pregnancies.