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Congratulations to Kiana Harris who took home the award for Best Actress at the annual Naperville Independent Film Festival for her starring turn as Jess in SEPARATION ANXIETY! It's always fantastic when talented people working on a project of yours are recognized for their contribution. Kiana was the first person I cast back when we were making the investment teaser. This was 2008 and I had the pleasure of directing her for a few days. She taught me a lot, as I had only directed for the stage until that point and I'm lucky to have had someone like her on board so early in the process. I had seen her previous film (GLASS CITY) earlier that year and on the way home from that screening turned to a friend of mine and said "that's her. That's Jess." When Cole Simon took the reigns for the feature so I could focus on the writing, we were pretty much in sync that Kiana would continue on as Jess. Her work helped shape what Jess became during the film's development -- this award is completely deserved. I'm so proud of her, and the entire cast & crew. We were also nominated for BEST FEATURE FILM, BEST DIRECTOR - Cole Simon, and BEST ACTOR - Tyler Sieple. You can visit http://www.naperfilmfest.org for full festival information.
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