The Girl Next Door (short)

Directed by Donna Bonilla Wheeler

This film is available from November 27-30, 2020. To watch or vote for this film please click on the orange “TICKETS” button below and purchase a ticket for BLOCK 10.


A prodigy musician trapped in a rural town fights for her freedom to achieve greatness.

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Director Biography – Donna Wheeler

Peruvian-American Donna Bonilla Wheeler is a Los Angeles-based, Afra-Indigenous Latinx writer/director of female-focused projects. Her original screenplays have been Nicholl Fellowship semi/quarter Finalists, Austin 2nd Rounders, Slamdance Lab selects, Sundance Lab finalists, IFP No Borders Selection, and DTLA Screenplay award winners. She co-created the MIPTV2020 Finalist/ In Development Latinx Drama Series, CLASH. Donna is a Cannes MIPTV2020 Producer to Watch, an Alliance of Women Directors Industry Support fellow, AWD Directing Shadow, and Outfest Directing Shadow.

Director Statement

Prodigy harmonica player Natalie feels life cannot be worth living if she is denied her right to strive for, and achieve, greatness. When free-spirited singer Annie moves in next door, the two meet accidentally and find themselves at odds over Natalie’s oppressive family. Music ends up bonding them, and they decide that partnering – rather than being rivals – is their jam. Natalie must then choose between following her highest life’s purpose, or holding her family together.

Festival Note: For FESTIVAL SCREENING H264 DOWNLOAD LINK, please request via email FilmmakerDonna@gmail.com.
Screening formats: Available as DCP in 5.1 surround, LTRT Stereo and H264.mov files. Subtitled in English and Espanol.

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