• Director

    Esmeralda Seay-Reynolds

  • Country, Year, Length

    United States, 2023, 10:00

  • Category

    Narrative Short

  • Format


  • Festival Year


Film Screening & Ticket Information

When & Where to See this Film!

INTO THE LIGHT: 6 films about trying to be understood.

April 19, 2024 @ 2:00PM • MoMI Redstone

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A young female artist unravels the beautiful facade that painted over her lover’s abuse.


Esmeralda Seay-Reynolds, Director
Esmeralda Seay-Reynolds, Writer
Qinza Malik Khan, Producer
Jade RambautE, xecutive Producer
Renee Nabinger, Director of Photography
Esmeralda Seay-Reynolds, Production Design, Sets, Costumes, & Art
Daisy Spencer, Sound Design & Composition
Eve Pomerance, Casting Director
Esmeralda Seay-Reynolds, Key Cast, “Athena”
Nicole Ansari Cox, Key Cast, “Narrator”
Michael Emery, Key Cast”Matt Narcus”
Rebekah Strauss, First Assistant Director
Isabella Granada, First Camera Assistant
Juliana Alonso, Second Camera Assistant & DIT
Emu Haynes, Gaffer
Autumn Stevens, Key Grip
Nino Benashvilli, Sound Mixer & Boom Operator
Camille Mack Harris, Hair, Makeup, & Prosthetics
Karen Seay, Covid Compliance Officer
Emylia Benavente, Set Production Assistant
Avi Bhaya, Production Assistant
Esmeralda Seay-Reynolds, Editor
Zoe Map, Assistant Editor
Daisy Spencer, Dialogue Editor
Renee Nabinger, Colorist
Nia Chavez, Title Graphics

Director Biography

Esmeralda Seay-Reynolds is a filmmaker based in New York City, who began her career in the creative field as a high fashion model at fifteen-years-old, traveling the globe for Chanel, Vogue, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs and more. During this time, she learned from photographers, stylists, and designers, while herself studying literature and painting in school.

At eighteen, Esmeralda began acting and screenwriting, winning 2nd place in Screencraft’s Sci-Fi contest for her original feature script, “Eat Me!,” and starring in Ric Berns’ upcoming Dante, as three of the female leads, Pia de’ Tolomei, Piccarda Donati, and Francesca da Rimini. Everything she creates comes from a deep personal connection from her admittedly abnormal life — in the case of Dante, she was able to speak in both English and Italian because of her time in Milan for Fendi and other brands, and had in fact read the entire Divine Comedy in airports and backstage at shows.

When not acting or writing, Esmeralda paints and works for artists John Currin and Rachel Feinstein. She continues to write, direct, and act in psychologically and visually driven works, particularly those created by and for women.