Student Life – West Hollywood


Mike McAleer has been taking the short film festival by storm with his short film, THROUGH THE WOODS. Mike served as the Writer and Director for this supernatural drama with horror elements.

Film Festivals/Awards:
BEST HORROR SHORT FILM (2013 Burbank International Film Festival)
SPIRIT OF COMIC CON AWARD (2013 Wizard World Film Festival – Austin)
OFFICIAL SELECTION (2013 Marina del Rey Film Festival)
NOMINATED: Best Featurette, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay (2014 Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema)
OFFICIAL SELECTION (2014 High Desert International Film Festival)

Synopsis: Suffering from deep depression after the death of her husband, Marilyn, a middle-aged woman, starts a new life for herself in a quiet, rural town. Feeling guilty and desperate to reconnect with her long-estranged daughter, she turns to her new voodoo-practicing neighbor to help spark familial reconciliation through supernatural means. But as is the case with all decisions in life, Marilyn quickly learns there are dangerous consequences to her actions, and she must choose between her daughter’s safety and her mental well-being.


Congratulations to Christine Uhebe who has been nominated as “Best Supporting Actress” at the London International Film Festival for her role as Monica in Early Summer, a film about a suicidal girl who starts a journey with a lonely boy who is in search of his mother. Together they discover that life always moves on no matter how difficult the present is.
Christine has completed the Two-Year Conservatory at The Lee Strasberg Institute in West Hollywood, and is continuing her training.

“I consider the Lee Strasberg Institute my home in US. It is the place where I feel completely safe to keep working on my craft everyday. Exploring myself and my characters; trying to reach beyond my own limits day after day, always guided by brilliant teachers. I’m really blessed to have the opportunity to be a Strasberg student!”- Christine Uhebe