Left to Right: Manny Jacinto, Mary Rachel Gardner, Ferg Sauve-Rogan, Brittney Grabill, Josh Ssettuba, Jessica Dubauskas and bottom is silly Hailey Fatu

Left to Right: Manny Jacinto, Mary Rachel Gardner, Ferg Sauve-Rogan, Brittney Grabill, Josh Ssettuba, Jessica Dubauskas and bottom is silly Hailey Fatu

Chocolate Cake Synopsis 

A first date brings young Jenny (Brittney Grabill) and Tim (Manny Jacinto) together for a slice of chocolate cake. As their connection grows, just like with each layer of cake, they develop a deeper and richer connection. As they share the cake and more about each other, love reveals a potential path for the two of them, as well as an inevitable roller coaster of emotions. The only question left is, will they take a chance on love?

Chocolate Cake is about everything that can happen when you share a piece of chocolate cake with someone.

Our digital world makes it easy for people to not knowingly become disconnected from face to face interactions. But what if one of those interactions could change your life.

We want to show the funny and intimate moments of everything that can happen when you share a piece of chocolate cake with someone (cake in your teeth, choking/heimlick maneuvers), as well as the reality of how that tracks back to a relationship between the two (fun dates, fights). 

At the end, we learn that it's the couple's first date, and we caught glimpses of what the future could hold for them.

How did Chocolate Cake come to be? 

In August 2016, Storyhive announced their Female Directors Edition to grant 30 ladies $10,000 to make a 10 minute short film.

Our team lead, Brittney Grabill from Edmonton, AB, decided to submit a story written by Josh Ssettuba. On Sept 23rd, Brittney and Josh found out they won!

Watch their reaction!

The community voted, as well as a series of judges, for their top stories to get funding and Chocolate Cake was one of them.

Grants come with deadlines, so the Chocolate Cake team got to work! The first two teammates brought on board were our Cinematographer and Editor Ferguson Sauvé-Rogan and our Producer and Assistant Director Mary Rachel Gardner. They had a few actors in mind to play the role of Tim, and Manny Jacinto was the perfect fit. 

The goal was to show off the beauty of Edmonton, so we shot at the End Of Steel park, West Edmonton Mall's skating rink and roller coaster, as well as featuring the barn at the farm Brittney grew up at.

There are always hiccups along the way with production, like getting the production truck stuck in the mud!

We are so excited to share the project with you, thanks to Storyhive's support and pushing female artists to sit in the directors chair.