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Synopsis: During a summer helping her ailing grandmother, a young girl longs for a nickname like all of her family and friends.





Run Time

12 minutes


Marley Dauphin (Paige)
Maureen Adduci (Nana)
Patrick Griffin (Fudgey)
Brian Donahue (Driver)
Owen Brady (Thief)

Directed by

Lisa Aimola

Written by

Lisa Aimola

Produced by

Mary Conroy
Mark Carey

Executive Producer

Lisa Aimola

Edited by

Scott Shucher

Production Designer

Nicole Malcolm


Jeremy Ramirez

Director's Statement

I think we all wish in some way that we could spend our whole lives with loved ones of an older generation. But, they bring us to a certain point and if you’re lucky, leave you with their life lessons filling your heart and mind with courage, strength and especially the knowledge that you are loved. The me of today wishes I could be walking to the corner store talking with my grandmother. THE NICKNAME brings you back to a 1970’s feel of kickball and popsicles with the neighborhood kids, helping your Nana and learning that you don’t pick a nickname. A nickname picks you.

Director's Bio

Lisa Aimola is a Director of film, family and city communications. Her film WHERE WE MEET won Best New England Short 2017 in the Shawna Shea Film Fest and Lisa received the Boston Women in Film award for the 2016 Boston 48Hr Film Project. Her team has placed in their Best of Boston 2016 & 2017 for their films LOVE UNLOCKED & PROBATION. In 2018, Lisa was proud to make her feature length directorial debut in the fantastical comedy, Sweeney Killing Sweeney. Her latest project, The Nickname short film, is a story Lisa wrote based on a true story with her own grandmother growing up in the 1970’s. Lisa served as screenwriter, director and executive producer. In addition, Lisa is the Communications Director for the City of Quincy, MA, a photographer, wife and mom to 2 amazing kids, 1 dog, 1 bird & 7 fish.

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