The Dinner Party

A group of friends enjoy a dinner party until one of them wakes up in the middle of a horror film with no way out.

  • Jennifer A Davis
    Cemetery Games, Deception, Camp Caldwell
  • Jennifer A Davis
    Cemetery Games, Deception, Camp Caldwell
  • Keilee Bentley
    Home by the Sea, Cemetery Games, The Birth Of
  • Brianna Gentilella
    Key Cast
    Bubble Guppies, The Bravest Knight, The Vesuvius Xperiment
  • David Asambadze
    Home by the Sea, Bring Them Home, The Death of Kafka
  • Beverly Davis
    Production Design
    Cemetery Games, Home by the Sea, Deception
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  • Genres:
    Drama, Thriller, Mystery, Comedy
  • Runtime:
    24 minutes 15 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 13, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, Black Magic, 4k
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Director Biography - Jennifer A Davis

Jennifer A Davis is a Director, Writer and Producer born and raised in sunny Southern California. She has had a love of the theater and performing on stage since she was very young and found a passion for filmmaking soon after. She has had a love for mystery and teen thrillers since she was a child, reading "Goosebumps" novels and watching "The Twilight Zone". She is an avid fan of Alfred Hitchcock, Sofia Coppola, M. Knight Shyamalan, John Krasinski, Steven Spielberg and Ron Howard, to name a few! She loves writing films that make people think and gain an emotional connection with, and prides herself on working with many Female filmmakers. She encourages other women to pursue their dreams and passion for the industry! In fact, the last short film she produced, 90% of the cast and crew were women!

Jennifer is currently pursuing her MFA in Screenwriting at the California State University, Fullerton, is working on short films she has written in recent years, as well as Producing, Writing and Casting for fellow Independent Filmmakers in Los Angeles and Orange County. She resides in the OC with her 14-year-old, 3-legged-cat, Fred, loves coffee, music, and spending quality time with her friends and family.

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Director Statement

I wrote this script, The Dinner Party, over 10 years ago. In fact, it’s one of the very first short films I ever wrote! I wasn't making movies at the time, just writing for myself or for class projects. Originally, the script was about a couple celebrating their anniversary, but fast-forward to a decade later, attending Film school, auditioning for a guy and a girlfriend, some test shooting, scrapping ideas, and ultimately rewriting the script into an all female cast, casting 4 of the auditioned “girlfriends” as friends/roommates, and a total stop due to the pandemic, The Dinner Party was finally completed and ready for viewing! The main character, Sarah, a horror movie buff, hosts a weekly dinner party with her closest friends, when she gets hit in the head and wakes up in the middle of these horror films with no way out…

This film was inspired by Neil Patrick Harris’s opening to an awards show he hosted many years ago. He walked through doors, visiting the past TV shows he was on, and it got me thinking, what would that be like? To get trapped in a movie, but you are suddenly the main character and you can’t get out?

We found our lead actress, Brianna Gentilella, during a casting call in Los Angeles, and knew almost immediately that she was our Sarah. I was so impressed by her performance that when I rewrote this script for an all-female cast, I knew she could easily step into the lead role and bring life to this expanded character! She did not disappoint! Her incredible talent, genuine kindness, strong work ethic and collaboration made this film everything I hoped it would be when I wrote the original so many years ago.

Creating this film with an almost all-female cast, as well as an almost all-female crew, was one of the most incredible experiences of my life! It’s amazing the things we can accomplish when we respect each other and come together to create.