Beauty School

Purchase BEAUTY SCHOOL now on MRG Collective’s BIG LITTLE GIRLS, VOLUME 1 available on Amazon.

BIG LITTLE GIRLS brings together young diverse, female protagonists who navigate life’s challenges in a modern world.

This beautiful anthology collection includes “Audrey’s Poem” by Moni Vargas of Nuyorktricity, “Beauty School” by Samantha Shada, “Best Friend” by Cory Reeder and Renaissance Man Productions, LLC, “Frolic ‘n Mae” by Ornana, “Olive and Mocha” by Molly Ann Hale and Suzi Yoonessi, “Play Date” by Paige Morrow Kimball, and “Shauna is a Liar” by Chell Stephen.

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In this short film, a young girl learns what it takes to behave like a woman with a little help from her older cousin, and the beauty industry.

Beauty School (c) Samantha Shada 2018

Directed by Samantha Shada

Zoe Staig as ‘Jennie’
Samara Weisberg as ‘Seana’
Sallie Merkel as ‘Stacie’
Jessica Gardner as ‘Joann’
Ben Fuller as ‘Jeff’

Sorina Sambula, producer
Aymae Sulick, cinematographer
Sarah Madden, editor
Tema L. Staig, production design
Gwendolyn Stukely, costume design
Melissa K. Webb, key makeup artist
Kat Fernandez, makeup artist
Sara Ataiiyan, assistant director
Ry Chase, sound recordist
Autumn Collins, camera assistant
Nicole Binnall, script supervisor
Sylvia Monge, sound editing
Seth Olansky, sound mixing
Christy Carew, scoring
Candice Mars Williamson, color correction


BEAUTY SCHOOL is still available for festival programming and non-exclusive short film distribution.
Download our Electronic Press Kit for further information on the production team.
Contact me directly with inquiries.

Watch my interview about Beauty School on the Play It Forward web series hosted by DigiPops.TV.

And check out these production stills from our amazing cast and ALL-FEMALE production crew!

BEAUTY SCHOOL proudly partnered with the following Film Festivals:

World Premiere at the LA Shorts International Film Festival in LA Shorts Program #6, 8/3 at 3:15PM at the Laemmle NoHo 7, 5240 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601. 

San Diego International Kid’s Film Festival on Saturday, August 26th in shorts Program #9 at 4:40PM at the Carlsbad Senior Center, 799 Pine Ave, Carlsbad, CA 92008. 

 Marina Del Rey Film Festival on Sunday, October 8th at 12:00PM at the AMC Classic Marina Marketplace 6, 4335 Glencoe Ave Marina Del Rey, CA 90292. Single tickets available through Eventbrite.

Colorado Premiere at the Southern Colorado Film Festival on Friday, October 13th in the “It’s A Hard World for the Little Things” program at 5:00PM at Society Hall, 400 Ross Avenue, Alamosa, CO 81101.

Georgia Premiere at the Way Down Film Festival on Saturday, October 14th at 10:45AM at the The Springer Opera House, 103 Tenth Street, Columbus, GA 31901.

Studio City International Film Festival on Wednesday, November 8th in Block #27 at 5:00PM at the Laemmle NoHo 7, 5240 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601.

California Women’s Film Festival on Saturday, January 13th in Saturday Block #1 at 11:30AM at the ACME Hollywood Theatre at 135 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036.

This is a very personal project for me, but as I have talked about it with the other women in my life, I have learned that we all have similar experiences. Was it your older sister? A friend down the street? A babysitter? We all have older kids we look up to. Who influenced you the most? Looking back, what lessons did you learn from them? The need for acceptance isn’t wrong, it just sometimes influences our choices as we come of age. As adults, maybe we see that other choices are available. We might even make different choices about how we present ourselves and operate in society. Contact me directly with distribution interest or to formally request a screening link for the completed film.