In Autumn They Fly Away

Los Angeles, California | Film Short

Crime, Horror

Bernadette Perez

1 Campaigns | California, United States

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Crime Suspense Thriller Produced by a Woman starring a strong female lead in her 30's. Diana went against everything society told her she was 'allowed"to be in an age of inequality. How far is she willing to go to protect her son....will she make the ultimate sacrifice?

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Mission Statement

Bringing new and underrepresented voices to film during an era that was ruled by gender and racial inequality. Our film is lead by a strong Female Native American Mexican Single Mother and an African American Leader in his community. She is the heart and he the moral truth.

The Story

Lovers of Crime, Suspense Thrillers, and Psychological Horror this one is for you!


"Diana Chimera finds herself pregnant and unmarried in 1939.  Instead of running off to a convent and secretly giving up her child for adoption which was so common during this era, she chooses to live the life of a single mother.

In a time of great gender inequality, Diana goes against the rules society has carved out for her as a Woman.  She maneuvers her way through life attempting to provide the best she can for her son Randall...often sacrificing herself. 


Eventually, she comes head to head with someone she considers her equal counterpart in Rob Ressler...unexpected, kind, and willing to listen...BUT IS HE WHO HE APPEARS TO BE? "


In Autumn They Fly Away has just completed Principal Photography.  Shot on the ARRI Alexa Mini, it combines both modern day and vintage filming techniques and lighting to create a classic Hollywood look.

Inspired by the unapologetically strong yet fragile female characters of Classic Hollywood Cinema such as:


Martha (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?)


Blanche Hudson (What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?)


Blanche Dubois (A Streetcar Named Desire)



In Autumn They Fly Away attempts to capture a bit of this magic combining shooting style, lighting, colorization, and the creation of multi-dimensional characters.


The story itself goes against the grain of societies rules for the time period. A Woman who isn't afraid to assert herself during an era plagued by sexism and racism....a single Mother who, ultimately, will do whatever she has to do to secure the safety and future for her Son...even if that means the ultimate sacrifice.







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A good Editor can make or break a Picture.The editing is the magic that pieces the story together.

Sound Editing

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The story & dialogue is delicious, but we need proper sound editing & foley in post production.

Color Grading

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Color Grading is often over looked in film because we are not seeing the original raw footage.


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A film without music is...well, just plain boring.

Festival Circuit

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We would love to share the film & represent underrepresented voices by submitting to festivals.

About This Team

Producer/ Actress Berna Roberts (portrays Diana Chimera)

Berna Roberts is a Native American-Mexican, LGBT, Los Angeles-based Actress, Producer, Director, and Story Teller originally from East Chicago.

She began as a stage Actress at the age of twelve. Later, she would study directing in her high school directing program.

As an Actress, her first professional role was playing Edna Arkins in Lynda Barry's "The Good Times Are Killing Me”, a pre-adolescent girl's coming of age story during a time of racial integration. While continuing stage work, she won the Original Oratory Optimist Speech Contest (her first original storytelling experience. She had an opportunity during that time to work as an Actress in events such as pARTners Performing For Life, raising awareness and funds to find a cure for the HIV/AIDS epidemic. This idea of being able to use her craft and voice to make a difference in the world gave her purpose. Eventually, she moved to New York where she landed a small role in her first film. A few months later, she booked the lead in a potential Television Pilot filming in Las Vegas. After completing filming on the Pilot, she moved to Los Angeles and began studying at an Arts Conservatory.

Her Acting accidentally lead to directing as colleagues thought it would be a good match. Her first directing experience involved a 20 episode streaming series which was nominated for Best Variety show by the International Academy of Web Television. Later she would go on to direct a short film for HBO’s Project Greenlight, 2 episodes of the Streaming series “Siblings”, and as segment Director for the reality Series “The Nicole and Tonya Show”. As a Director, her goal is to create more thought-provoking programs telling stories that can change.

She currently works in Film and Television, and regularly campaigns for equality in the LGBT community, at-risk youth with the Writegirl organization, and diversity and inclusion in the film industry.




Director/Writer/Executive Producer Julian Grant

Julian Grant is a Director, Writer, and Actor originally from England.  He began as a Voice Actor residing in Norway until he made the move to Los Angeles.  He has had the opportunity as an Actor with extensive credits in award winning films and the Seth McFarlene TV Series "American Dad".  He has since turned his attention primarily towards storytelling.  He has written and directed several television pilots, one of which has recently gained some momentum on a major Cable Network (more news to come soon!).  "In Autumn They Fly Away" is his first major film production in the Drama category focusing strictly on directing. 



Director of Photography Ryan Maslyn

Ryan Maslyn began his career  in New York City working for ABC and NBC. He co-owns a production company called Housebar Productions that creates content for television and web. He recently moved to LA to pursue more narrative work.



Associate Producer Curtis K. Case

Curtis K Case is an up and coming director, producer and actor who started working on his first web-series "Siblings" under his production company CKC/Quarterly Productions in 2016 which went on to be semi-finalist in 3 different film festivals in Los Angeles. Curtis is originally from Atlanta. In 2007 he moved to Philadelphia to pursue a career in acting in the cities thriving independent film industry. Since then he has acted in over 30 productions. In late 2014 Curtis moved to Los Angeles to further his career in both acting and film making. Since being in Los Angeles, Curtis have worked on numerous productions working his way up from being a production assistant to being the Second Assistant Director on Bounce TV first feature film "A Stone Cold Christmas" that aired this past Christmas, then on to being the First Assistant Director to Netflix show "EastSiders". He also Produced with his business partner and was Assistant Director on "One for the Road" a short film based on the short story by Stephen King.



Actor Idrees Degas portrays Rob Ressler

Actor Idrees Degas was born in Chicago. Son of a registered nurse. A former model turned actor. Idrees, who is a graduate of Pre-Law of Morehouse College in Atlanta. He took the stage at ETA, Steppenwolf and The Goodman Theatre in Chicago and discovered his interest in acting. He moved to Los Angeles in 2008 and landed his first Big Lots commercial at Universal Studios. Idrees was recently featured as FBI Director Bowie in "The Cannes Film Festival and Comic-Con International Film Festival for the movie "One Under the Sun". The movie will debut on cable in 2017 on Netflix and Amazon. 

Idrees is proud to join Director E.C. Anderson as Detective Jackson Frost in this suspenseful cyber-thriller with timely stories and an intriguing, provocative premise. Idrees' other film credits include, Redemption, Scandal, Supergirl, American Crime Story and Barbershop 11 to name a few. He has recently finished a Crime-Drama and stars as Hammer Jackson in the upcoming movie called "The Adventures of Hammer Jackson" which stars Dennis Hayden who starred in "Die Hard "with Bruce Willis.


Orenda Velvet Wurth portrays Young Diana

Young Orenda is simply a star!  She has been on sets since she was three years, and it shows.  A true professional, Orenda is extremely focused on set while tapping into her character.  She is currently filming feature film"The Tarot" starring legendary Actor/Writer/Director Tom Holland and Directed by Peter Hyoguchi.



Actor Roger Rignack portrays Henry Wolsey

Originally from New York City, Roger graduated from the High School of Performing Arts, where he appeared in the film "Fame". After receiving his BFA in Acting from Emerson College in Boston, Roger returned to NYC to study with teachers such as: Stella Adler, Uta Hagen, Herbert Berghof, Ernie Martin, Elaine Aiken, Gene Frankel and George Morrison (Purchase and Juilliard). Theatre credits include: Cominius in "Coriolanus", Petruchio in "The Taming of The Shrew" at the Loeb Drama Center in Cambridge, "An Enemy Of The People" at the Lyric Stage in Boston, Edmund in "Long Day's Journey Into Night" at the Ensemble Studio Theatre (off-broadway), Lee in "True West" and Danny in "Danny And The Deep Blue Sea" at the Actors Studio in NYC as well Baxter in "Fragments" and Captain Hook in "Peter Pan" in LA. He performed the title role in the National tour of "Don Quixote" in both English and Spanish. Other credits include the US Premiere of "Made In Buenos Aires" at the Old Globe Theatre, "Our Lady Of The Tortilla" at the INTAR Theatre (off-Broadway), "Waiting For Lefty" at the Harold Clurman Theatre (off-Broadway), "Hurlyburly" at The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, "American Buffalo" at the Tamarind Theatre. Roger has performed with several improv groups including Manhattan Punch Line in NYC and The Groundlings in Los Angeles. Roger is also a stand-up comic; among the clubs he has performed are: The Improv, Laugh Factory, Ice House, and a regular at The Comedy Store in Hollywood. He has also done numerous national commercials and voice overs. Roger wrote a screenplay entitled "Blackbirds" - an adaptation inspired by true events that occurred during the training of combat fighter pilots in WWII. He has also written spec scripts for CBS-TV's "Everybody Loves Raymond", ABC-TV's "According To Jim", and "The Dead Zone" (USA Network). Roger studied screenwriting with Robert McKee, Chris Huntley (Dramatica), Skip Press and at UCLA Extension.



Actor Clement Von Franckenstein portrays John Belleraphontes

Clement George Freiherr von und zu Franckenstein is the son of Georg Freiherr von und zu Franckenstein, born in 1878, later Sir George Franckenstein, the former Austrian Ambassador to the Court of St. James. George Franckenstein had been the Austrian Minister in London for eighteen years when the Nazis took over Austria (1938) and recalled him. Instead he stayed in London, was naturalized a British subject, and knighted on 26 July 1938. There he met and married Editha King on 31 July 1939, by whom he had Clement George. His parents were killed together in a plane crash on 15 October 1953, after which he was raised by British friends. He was educated at Eton College and served for three years as a lieutenant in the Royal Scots Greys in the Middle East and Germany. He holds both British and Austrian citizenship. he studied opera for about three years, was baritone going up to tenor, was good but not really good enough to be a professional, so he decided to become an actor. Until the time he came to US, he sang in nightclubs and had a lot of performing experience before getting into acting at age 27. His first job was in the mini-series QB VII (1974) starring Ben Gazzara and Lee Remick.



Actor Jacob Ian Ireland portrays Randall Chimera

Jacob Ireland is a Los Angeles actor, originally from the mountains of North Carolina. He started performing in local musical theater productions at a young age, and eventually went to college to study Theater Performance at Bard College. After graduating, Jacob's wanderlust sent him back and forth across the United States before eventually landing in Southern California. 

Since moving to Los Angeles, Jacob has continued his pursuit of the arts. First working as Stage Manager and performer in a few Shakespeare in the Park shows, he eventually made the shift into film by working on student projects and independent films. He is thrilled to have been a part of In Autumn They Fly Away!



Gaffer Barret Mulholland


Barret Mulholland is a Canadian-born writer, director and entrepreneur. Through his love of photography and filmmaking, Barret furthered his education by receiving his Masters in Filmmaking at the New York Film Academy. During his studies, Barret received the award of Best Dramatic Short for his 2017 film, GRIP. In addition to making movies, Barret co-owns a state-of-the-art movie equipment rental company in Los Angeles, "Moosehorn Film Rentals", with Fox and Warner Bros. studio lighting technician James Flynn.



Hair & Make-up Artist Teri Groves

Teri Groves is a premier makeup artist, hair stylist, and owner of Make-up Magick. She’s worked in the industry for over 20 years. She studied at the Joe Blasco School of Makeup and had the great opportunity to be taught by Joe himself! Teri’s resume includes work on T.V. including the Netflix TV Series "Fuller House", movies, commercials, catalogs, calendars, magazines, and more. As a California native she has been in front of the camera for over 35 years. 






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