The Shawna Shea Film Festival accepts “Seduction of Distance” by Mike Messier

Great news that The Shawna Shea Film Festival has accepted Mike Messier’s Seduction of Distance short film which aims to promote Mike’s A DISTANCE FROM AVALON novel, screenplay and stageplay. More info on the book can be found here:

This is the first film festival selection for SEDUCTION OF DISTANCE, filmed on location in Mount Dora, Florida in July, 2021. Special thanks to Kim Kayling for her acting coach services in the process of making Seduction of Distance.

More info on The Shawna Shea Film Festival is available at the above link or below on this very webpage.

For those that can not attend the festival in person, Mike has released SEDUCTION OF DISTANCE right here below for your enjoyment.

To see Mike’s rehearsal process and memoriziation technique with his Acting Coach Kim Kayling on this project, watch this video.

The Shawna Foundation

In 2015, the Shawna E. Shea Memorial Foundation Inc. was incorporated as a non-profit organization, continuing and expanding the educational and charitable work we do. The mission of the Shawna E. Shea Memorial Foundation Inc. is to support young people, especially women, in filmmaking, performance arts and other artistic and cultural endeavors through financial assistance, collaborative fellowships, mentoring and educational opportunities. We established the Foundation in memory of Shawna, a creative and artistic young woman who lost her life too soon and we strive to sustain her legacy of encouraging young people who live in the margins of society and yet have dreams and aspirations in the fields of film and performance arts.

In addition to the Shawna E. Shea Memorial scholarship for graduating Uxbridge High School seniors and a second related scholarship in the name of her late cousin Michael Liberty, the Foundation also sponsors and hosts the annual Shawna Shea Film Festival.

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The Shawna Shea Film Festival celebrates independent films and the people who make them. Established in 2012 as a program of the Shawna E. Shea Memorial Foundation Inc., SSFF honors Shawna’s unique independent spirit by bringing audiences films that share the same quality. The Shawna Shea Film Festival is a program of the Shawna E. Shea Memorial Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity. Visit our website at

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