Private Project


A woman that enters a homeless shelter thinks she's finally found peace, but soon she realizes she's losing control of her mind and her body.

Wren, a 22-year-old woman, goes to Thread House, therapeutic housing for the homeless. Penny, the owner of the shelter, lets her in with open arms. Everything seems fine at first until she realizes that the other girls in the house are acting odd. They don’t talk very much and do everything in synchrony.

Slowly, but surely, Wren starts to not feel like herself. Having less control over her mind and her body. She finds out something terrifying about Penny and how she might have something, or everything, to do with why she is losing all control.

  • Lailona Holloway
  • Lailona Holloway
  • Rebecka Bethel
  • Erin Davis
  • Caitlin Miller
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Psychological thriller, horror, Drama
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 14, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    4,490 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Savannah College of Art and Design Atlanta
Director Biography - Lailona Holloway

Lailona Holloway was born in Portsmouth, Virginia but because she was born into a military family she moved quite a lot as a child. Holloway ended up in Hawaii for high school where she took her first photography class and realized she needed to pursue art, not just as a hobby but a career. Ever since she was a little kid she made short films with her little brother. Anything from “found footage” films to action films. Being the oldest of seven she always wanted to find ways to include all of her siblings and film was a great way to do that.
Once she took the photography class, Lailona thought, “if a photo is worth a thousand words, how much would a film be worth?” This is what led her to Savannah College of Art and Design Atlanta. With her career at SCAD getting her BFA in Film & Television and minor in acting she has found her passion making narratives, music videos, and documentaries. Holloway loves making documentaries that let her show her audience someone they would’ve never met before that lives across the world. Or in narratives where she can fly someone to another dimension all together.

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Director Statement

We all have something that we feel is controlling us. Whether that be school, work, family, society, or even our own minds. Sometimes we are put into environments that make us feel like our every move is being controlled. In society we are being controlled by being put in specific boxes that we are told we can’t get out of. Strings are attached to us, pulling us every which way. Our mind, family, and the world telling us to be something we're just not. Wanting us to be perfect, but that’s just it. There’s no way to be perfect for everyone.
It’s like this thing called life is merely playing us like puppets. So, what do we do? Give up control completely or control everything… That’s what my film “Thread,” investigates; which one is right, and which one is wrong. Or the fact that either one of these could get you killed, figuratively or literally.
Thread is about Wren, our protagonist, who is seeking shelter from the storm she calls life. Wren has just lost her mother, so she is very vulnerable. All she truly wants is no control at all. She wants to swim in the sky, without a care in the world, so she can forget her worries. Once she makes it to this homeless shelter run by Penny, our antagonist, Wren thinks she’s found just that. A place where she could be free and let it all go. But little does she know; getting exactly that might be more of a curse than a blessing.
This film will follow Wren, seeing if she’ll succumb to the egregious control, or finally lift herself up out of the hole she’s been digging for herself. And when she climbs up, maybe she won’t just save herself, but perhaps everyone else? Taking back control of her life.