Private Project


"Not All Who Wander are Lost"


A suburban housewife and mother suddenly finds herself vulnerable, homeless and lost in downtown Los Angeles.


A universal story of love and human connection, Chocolate delves into the heartbreaking issue of Eve (Piercey Dalton), a mother who is suddenly separated from her daughter due to the unforgiving nature of early onset Alzheimer’s. Alone, lost and vulnerable in the streets of Downtown Los Angeles, she struggles to find her way home until a trigger brings the past into full view.

Chocolate is proudly endorsed by Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles and is qualified for the 2017 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Live Action Short Film category.

  • Thiago Dadalt
  • Thiago Dadalt
  • Dru Miller
  • Piercey Dalton, João Bounassar, Amy Argyle, Talia Bacha
    Key Cast
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  • Runtime:
    22 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    December 10, 2016
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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    RED Dragon
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Director Biography - Thiago Dadalt

Thiago is the award-winning writer, producer and director of Chocolate. He started his film career producing and directing stage plays in his home country of Brazil before launching his first short film, The Postman, in 2007 at the age of 22. He has won numerous awards including Best Director at the recently concluded FirstGlance Film Festival Philadelphia. He also received a distinguished nomination at the 2016 Madrid Film Festival. He previously directed commercials for Unilever and Mercedes Benz. His other credits include "Life on a Leash", "On My Way" and "2nd Time Around" to name a few. A feature film version of "Chocolate" is in development for 2018 and will be Dadalt debut in a feature film as a Director. Thiago now resides in Los Angeles.

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Director Statement

This short film is a sympathetic testimonial to all the people who are invisible to the rest of the society. These people are everywhere, walking amongst us, day and night. Though invisible from a societal standpoint, they can be recognized immediately on the streets, through the windows of our cars, homes, and offices. Many of them have gone through torturous personal stories and now live troubled lives, whether attributed to mental illness or drug addiction. Some may have simply fallen on tough times while others might be in a transitional phase, in search of a better life and a future that has failed them so far. For those people, the cold and harsh streets of the ostensible lost and despairing have become home. To many of us, these “invisible” are at best, regarded as nuisances, while to others, they are labeled as diseased parasites, leeching on a thriving and evolving society. While the homeless population in the city of Los Angeles continues to grow almost exponentially (15,000 estimated annually), there continues to exist an invisible wall that separates us from them. In order to get the attention of the audience, I chose to tell a story about an ordinary housewife who had a good life and was living the American dream, when she suddenly finds herself on skid row as a homeless person. My intention is to make the audience relate to the unspoken truth that leads this housewife to face prejudice and experience the limitations implied through our apparent differences.