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Synopsis: Two women meet in unexpected circumstances. Through their common love of Nora Ephron films – Sleepless in Seattle, You’ve Got Mail, and When Harry Met Sally – hope conquers a confining reality as a friendship blooms. Is life what happens to you? Or how you experience it? In this modern day rom-com watch what happens when Mary met Ally.







Run Time

8 minutes


Kaye Tuckerman (Mary)
Hannah Elless (Ally)

Directed by

Hannah Elless

Written by

Suzy Evans

Produced by

Jill Rothman

Edited by

Julia Morrison

Production Designer

Mary Hamrick

Prod. Company

Cross Buffered Productions, LLC

Director's Statement

We view Nora Ephron Goes To Prison as a love letter to Nora Ephron and her extensive body of work that we have all come to know and love. (And quote!) We aimed to create a short film that she, through a wry smile, herself would enjoy.

Director's Bio

DIRECTOR/ACTOR — HANNAH ELLESS is a native of Kalamazoo, MI and graduated from Western Michigan University with a BFA degree in Acting. After graduation, Elless moved to Chicago and then New York City where she found work on several films including The Lake Effect and The Over/Under and in television on HBO’s “The Deuce.” Elless made her Broadway debut singing “Bless the Lord” in the revival of Stephen Schwartz’s Godspell followed by a very “Neil” turn in the Drama Desk-nominated The Other Josh Cohen under the direction of Tony Award-winner Ted Sperling. Ms. Elless also originated the role of Margo Crawford in Steve Martin’s and Edie Brickell’s Broadway musical Bright Star. She most recently was seen Off-Broadway at Classic Stage Company in Tennessee William’s Summer and Smoke and is originating the Mary Stuart Masterson role of Joon in the musical adaption of the film Benny And Joon coming this spring. Having acted in several films, Elless decided it was time to turn the table and get behind the camera. Nora Ephron Goes to Prison is Ms. Elless’ directing and producing debut. She hopes that her tenacity can set an example for many other women who want to break the lens barrier and tell their own stories from their personal point of view.


International Independent Film Awards - 2018

Platinum Winner: Narrative Short, Original Score. (Writer - Suzy Evans; Composer - Charlie Rosen)

New York Film Awards - 2018

Best Romantic Comedy (Director - Hannah Elless; Writer - Suzy Evans)

Los Angeles Film Awards - 2018

Best Duo (Kaye Tuckerman, Hannah Elless)

Los Angeles Film Awards - 2018

Best Indie Filmmaker (Hannah Elless)

Marina del Rey Film Festival - 2018

Best Rom Com (Director - Hannah Elless; Writer - Suzy Evans)


The HB Film Festival - 2018

Best Female Lead

Austin Revolution Film Festival - 2019

Best Actress in a Short

307 Film Festival - 2019

Best Director

Festival of Cinema NYC - 2019

Best Director

Great Lakes International Film Festival - 2018

Best of Fest

Official selection

Lady Filmmakers Festival - 2018

Great Lakes International Film Festival - 2018

Garden State Film Festival - 2019

Marina del Rey Film Festival - 2018

New York Short Film Festival - 2018

Country of Origin

United States

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