The Georgia-lensed short film “Bliss Is Orange,” which premiered at OutFest, Atlanta Film Festival, Sidewalk Film Festival, Woods Hole Film Festival and Seattle Queer Film festival in 2020, is now reaching viewers through streaming distribution first on the Omeleto platform and soon through DUST.
“Inclusive hiring, both in front of and behind the camera, is vital. And regardless of the outcome, I always fight for it,” Director, Jenna Kanell, said. “The entire ‘Bliss is Orange’ team was local to Atlanta! We had the joy of working with actors Victoria Ealy, Jade Fernandez, Agnes Mayasari, and Jason Francisco Blue.”
“Especially considering the effects of the ongoing pandemic, I’m proud of having directed Samantha Weissert’s script, and proud of the film’s festival run,” Kanell added. Since COVID-19 hit, Kanell has been attending festivals and panels for the film virtually or via drive-in.
When she’s not behind the camera or participating in the festival circuit with her own films, Kanell is wearing different hats within the industry. “Most of the humans I know here are in some way multi-hyphenates ─ either by bouncing between budgets, or hopping formats, or working in a variety of positions from project to project, or all of the above.”
Kanell is represented as an actor by the Alexander White Agency and has recently acted in an episode of the hit Marvel and Disney+ streaming series, “WandaVision.” Additionally, she has worked as a Producer of the feature documentary On Island and the Des Rocs music video “This Is Our Life,” which she both acted and stunted in.