what i’ve done so far

 


title:
smoking kills

type:
short FILM

genre:
dark comedy

completed:
2011



Running time: 6 min.


When Bruce checks into a hotel suite on his trip to New York City he expects to catch up on some sleep and perhaps catch a Broadway show or two between his business meetings. What he gets instead is Olga.


Director / Writer / Producer ........................... Sabina Vajrača

Associate Producer ............................................. Natalie Rodic Marsan

Director of Photography .................................... Reed Morano

Sound ...................................................................... Ed Gutierrez

Editing ..................................................................... Natalie Rodic Marsan and Sabina Vajrača

Original Music by ................................................. Nirvan Pistoljevic and Joan Pla


Cast:

Olga ................................... Amanda Barron

Bruce ................................. Chad Hoeppner



title:
GENERATIONS MATTER

client:
ESPN

completed:
2011



Running time: 30 sec.


ESPN TV Spot, part of “What Matters” series, made in celebration of the Black History Month.


Director ........................................... Sabina Vajrača

Director of Photography ............. Henry Jacobson

Production Company ................... The House, Inc.

Running time: 70 sec.


A young Bosnian woman encounters her rapist 15 years after the war.


Director ............................................. Sabina Vajrača

Writers / Producers ........................ Sabina Vajrača and Ali Hanson

Director of Photography ................ Reed Morano

Production Design ........................... Natalie Tyler

Costume Design ............................... Amela Baksic

Sound .................................................. Ed Gutierrez and David J. Schwartz

Editing ................................................. Sabina Vajrača and Ali Hanson

Original Music by ............................. Jon Crider


Cast:

Emina ............................... Flora Diaz

Zoran ............................... Jack Kesy

Jasna ................................. Deanne Lorette

Nedzad ............................ Laith Nakli

David ............................... Jakob Von Eichel

Kat ................................... Barbara Miluski


title:
EMINA

type:
teaser trailer for a feature screenplay

genre:
drama

completed:
2009



title:
APPARITION

type:
short FILM

genre:
HORROR / SUSPENSE

completed:
2009



Running time: 13 min.


Anna is determined to find a place to call home, but she soon discovers that New York City's realty market is satiated with sleazy brokers, strange roommates and scary dwellings. Even the perfect place she eventually finds has a secret of its own.


Winner: Bronze Palm 2009 Mexico International Film Festival


Official Selection: LA Shorts, Miami Shorts, Orlando Film Fest, 360/365 Film Fest, etc.


Director ............................................. Sabina Vajraca

Writers / Producers ........................ Sabina Vajrača and Ali Hanson

Director of Photography ............... Gates Gooding

Production Design ........................... Mikiko Suzuki MacAdams

Costume Design: ............................. Camille Assaf-Doshi

Sound Mixer ..................................... MuTTT Huang

Editing ................................................ Ali Hanson

Sound Editor .................................... David J. Schwartz

Original Music by ............................ Jon Crider


Cast:

Ali Hanson, Amanda Barron, Dan Renkin, John Grady, Christianna Nelson, Maria del Puy Navarro, Julia Granacki, Chris Oden, Sophia Collins, Todd Lawhorne, Ray Fox, Flora Diaz, Rob Johanson, Ellie Dvorkin, Melissa Perry and our numerous friends as various extras.



title:
BACK TO BOSNIA

type:
feature documentary

genre:
drama

completed:
2005



Running time: 67 min.


Shot in the style of cinema verité and interlaced with personal accounts, this gripping documentary follows the Vajraca family as they return to their hometown of Banja Luka to reclaim their stolen property, only to discover that peace is not always what it seems.


Fascinating and impressive” ~ Variety


Utterly moving” ~ LA Weekly


Heartbreaking and through provoking” ~ Documentary Insider


Winner: Director’s Choice 2006 Crossroads Film Festival


Premiere: AFI Fest (North America), Amnesty International Film Fest (Europe)


Official Selection of over 30 festivals and special screenings, including: Durban Film Fest, Nashville Int’l Film Fest, St. Louis Film Fest, Festival do Rio, Waterfront, DocuDays, etc.


Distributor: Passion River Films   


Broadcast: Canal+Poland, TG4, Bosnia’s FTV


Director ..................................... Sabina Vajrača

Producers .................................. Sabina Vajrača and Ali Hanson

Associate Producer ................. Loren Bevans

Script Consultant ..................... Fernanda Rossi

Cinematographer ..................... Damir Okanovic

Sound .......................................... MuTTT Huang

Editing ......................................... Ali Hanson

Original Music by ..................... Jon Crider

Available on:

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Features

Running time: 70 sec.                                                                   



title:
BELA LUGOSI’S DEAD

type:
mUSIC VIDEO

completed:
2012



Running time: 4 min.


Experimental dance video set to Nouvelle Vague’s rendition of the Bauhaus song “Bela Lugosi’s Dead.”


Director / Editor ............................... Sabina Vajrača

Director of Photography ................ Adam Lukens

Costume Designers ......................... Amela Baksic & Amel Mujezinovic

MUA .................................................... Julia Granacki


Cast: Amanda Barron, Christianna Nelson, Flora Diaz, Julia Granacki, Lucy Walters and Puy Navarro


title:
Whim

type:
Short Film

genre:
Suspenseful 
Drama

completed:
2012



Running time: 3 min. 50 sec.


When Meg’s boyfriend announces he is leaving her for another, her best friend Jess does everything in her power to get her out of the funk. Including an impromptu trip to Bosnia.


Director / Writer / Editor ............... Sabina Vajrača

Director of Photography ................. Adrian Correia

Gaffer ................................................... Bob Blankemeier  

1st AC .................................................. Jen Schneider

2nd AC ................................................ Casey David Johnson

Sound ................................................... Aaron Miller

Production Assistant ........................ Gregor Levy

Original Music by .............................. Nirvan Pistoljevic & Joan Pla


Cast:

Meg ................................. Flora Diaz

Jess................................... Lucy Walters

Woman ......................... Amanda Barron



title:
nyx

type:
short FILM

genre:
THRILLER

completed:
2014



Running time: 2 min. 30 sec.


When something strange attacks her in the middle of the night, a lone woman runs for her life in this intense suspenseful thriller.


Official Selection: 2015 Montenegro International Fantastic Film Festival


Director / Writer / Editor ........................ Sabina Vajrača

Director of Photography .......................... Eugene Koh

Sound Designer ........................................... Eben Mannes

Production Assistant ................................. Harper Glantz


Cast: Sarah Jeanette Taylor

COMMERCIALS

SHORTS



client:
MADE IN NY MEDIA CENTER

completed:
2015



Running time: 60 sec.


Director ........................................... Sabina Vajrača

Director of Photography ............. Eugene Koh

Producer ......................................... Nekisa Cooper

Editor / Motion Graphics ............ Joshua Sarlo



title:
HIBA

type:
short FILM

genre:
DRAMA

completed:
2016



Running time: 7 min                                             


A year into the Bosnian war, the retired elementary school teacher Hiba’s morning coffee is interrupted by a soldier, Boris, one of Hiba’s star pupils some 15 years ago. She is glad to see him but when Marko, another soldier bursts in, he’s on a mission neither Hiba nor Boris are prepared for. Based on a true story.


Official Selection: 2017 Female Eye Film Festival


Director / Writer / Editor ................... Sabina Vajrača

Producers ................................................ Shelby Adair, Sabina Vajrača

Director of Photography ..................... Lars Struck

Production Designer ............................ Sabina Vajrača

Art Director ........................................... Shange “Z” Zhang

Hair / MUA ............................................. Camille Dupin

Stunt Coordinator ................................ Anne Westcott

Sound Designer ..................................... Patrick Huazhang Dai

Composer .............................................. Andy Gladbach

Production Assistants .......................... Leah Magdalen, Maria De Sanctis


Cast:

Hiba ............................... Mira Furlan

Boris .............................. Edin Gali

Marko ............................ Klemen Novak



title:
THE FIGHT

type:
short FILM

genre:
ACTION

completed:
2016



Running time: 2 min. 30 sec.                             


A vicious fight between a handful of women turns out to be a much more meaningful struggle.


Director / Writer / Producer / DP / Editor ............... Sabina Vajrača

Fight Coordinator ............................................................ Travis Sims

Composer .......................................................................... Andy Gladbach

Production Assistants ..................................................... Shelby Adair, Jonathan Bower


Cast: Leah Magdalen, Ashley Beth Rose, Celina Lee Surniak, Dominique Van Wyk, Nomi Wiersma



title:
NEGATIVE FEEDBACK LOOP

type:
short FILM

genre:
DRAMA / EXPERIMENTAL

completed:
2017



Running time: 5 min. 30 sec.                             


A woman works hard to break the loop of self-destructive thoughts

only to realize that the way out is much simpler than she suspected.


Official Selection: 2017 Crossroads Film Festival, 2017 Pentedattilo Film Festival


Director / Writer ....................................... Sabina Vajrača

Producer / Editor ........................................ Joel David Santner

DP / Production Designer ........................ Ron Trejo

1st AC / Gaffer ........................................... Benjamin Pulides

Grip / PA ...................................................... Kerim Tricic

1st AD .......................................................... Autumn Palen

MUA .............................................................. Carol Ochoa

Composer .................................................... Andy Gladbach

Unit Photographer ..................................... Sara Terry


Cast:

Liv ............................ Flora Diaz



title:
CALLBACK

type:
short FILM

genre:
DRAMA 

completed:
2018 / currently In festivals



Running time: 17 min.                          


When a talented yet struggling actress Laura has an uneasy encounter with an A-list director at the biggest audition of her career, she has to make a decision whether to take the role, or walk away from her dream.


Official Selection: 2019 Cleveland Int’l Film Festival


Director .............................................................. Sabina Vajrača

Producers ........................................................... David Aguilar and Miles Alva

Writer ................................................................. Victor Alonzo Barbel

1st AD ................................................................. Brando Benetton

Directors of Photography .............................. Mikaela Addison and Lina Li

Production Designers ...................................... Vanessa Branch and Kathy Stocker

Sound Mixers .................................................... Chris Garcia and Margo Sawaya

Editors ................................................................. Thomas Mendolia and Sylvia Wang

Composer .......................................................... Andy Gladbach

Original Songs by .............................................. Kelly Zirbes


Cast:

Laura ............................ Kirsten Kollender

Randy ........................... Brennan Kelleher

Marvin .......................... Ben Shields

Debbie ......................... Leslie Stevens



title:
LOST CHILDREN: KATE & BILL

type:
short FILM

genre:
DRAMA

completed:
2018



Running time: 12 min                          


Desperate to have children, Kate has been undergoing excessive infertility treatments, only to discover Bill has been hiding a secret that may change everything. .


Director .......................................................... Sabina Vajrača

Writer .............................................................. Erin Kathleen

Producers ........................................................ Erika Hampson, Myriam Schroeter, Sabina Vajrača

Associate Producer ....................................... Anne Kathryn Parma

Co-Producer ................................................... Cate Smierciak

Production Coordinator .............................. Nick Clifford

Director of Photography .............................. Eugene Koh

1st AC ............................................................... Madeline Leach

Gaffer ................................................................. Mikaela Addison

Sound ................................................................. Thomas Pops

Editors ............................................................... Joshua Sarlo & Sabina Vajrača


Cast:

Kate Grendel ............................... Rhea Seehorn

Bill Grendel .................................. Klemen Novak

Lorna Carson ............................... Dakota Baccelli

Lon Carson .................................. Leonard R. Garner Jr.



title:
The Monster within

type:
short FILM

genre:
suspense

completed:
2018



Running time: 4 min. 30 sec.                             


A woman is forced to confront the intruder in her house when she realizes there’s no way out.


Director / Writer ....................................... Sabina Vajrača

Producer / 1st AD ...................................... Xiaoyuan "Ivy" Xiao

DP / Editor ................................................... Mikaela Addison

Sound / Editor .............................................. Jonathan Bower

Composer .................................................... George Shaw


Cast: Mary-Kate Underhill