Two time Telly Award winner, regional Emmy nominee and recipient of over 26 awards in film festivals worldwide. WOW FILMS strives to create thought provoking stories that deepen our understanding of the human experience.
Cheryl Allison is the Founder | Producer | Director of WOW FILMS. Award-winning Producer Carina Rush has also joined WOW FILMS and in addition to producing, she will oversee the creative process of script development.
PIECES OF US - (Director | Producer)
Documentary - 2020
"Pieces of Us focuses on the intimate and personal journeys of LGBTQ+ hate crime survivors, who by choosing to take their recovery public, inspire the survivor in all of us. 50 years after the Stonewall riots, LGBTQ+ youth suicide, hate crime and bullying are rising dramatically, with the vast majority of crimes unreported. LGBTQ+ history is defined by the resistance of unlikely heroes, who didn’t choose to have their rights violated, but chose to stand against hate and give voice to the voiceless."
FEATURING: Billboard top charting dance artist/rapper Jipsta, performing artist and creator of Broadway to Bombay Mykel Dicus, LGBTQ Rights Activist and first openly gay royal in the world Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil of India and many more who join together for change.
In collaboration with EEC! Productions, filming is underway and estimated to be completed end of 2019. Post-production is scheduled to be completed by Spring of 2020.
HIDING IN DAYLIGHT - (Director | Producer)
"Incredible direction...Allison proves her genius by catching you off guard." - Indie Shorts Mag
"Talented actress - turned - director Cheryl Allison delivers a powerful, cautionary tale carried by a polished cast." - IndieFest Awards
Short Film - 2019
AWARDS: Audience Award - Wicked Queer: The Boston LGBT Film Festival | Award of Excellence: Direction, Screenwriting and Best LGBT Film - IndieFEST Film Awards
"After a gay purge, four best friends are surviving by living in fake marriages to each other. They secretly meet once a week to see their true spouse and play a "game" where they reminisce about their former openly gay lives. After 3 years of weekly gatherings, they must determine if their clandestine meetings are worth risking their lives. In one night, emotions run high, friendships begin to unravel and everything changes in an instant."
In addition to directing, Cheryl also edited the film. In collaboration with ASD Media & Entertainment, the film was shot in NY and is currently being submitted to festivals worldwide. Starring: Judy McLane, Julee Cerda, Jim Newman and Gary Hilborn
Hiding in Daylight Trailer
SHATTER THE SILENCE (Director | Producer)
Feature Documentary - 2019
AWARDS: Storytelling Award - A Show For A Change Film Festival | Best Documentary - Gold Movie Awards
"Politicians, religious leaders, Educators, Social Workers, Artists and more discuss sexual harassment, rape culture, the watershed moment for women and the road ahead. Inspired by the historic and unprecedented events fueled by the #metoo movement, Shatter the Silence brings the focus to one city - Dallas, TX. Grassroots change starts the the local level with the voices of a community...sharing, listening and joining together."
Filmed throughout 2018, the film made its premiere at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas - April 2019 and had begun its festival circuit. After the film's festival run is completed, Shatter the Silence will be distributed on online platforms. Nationally recognized politician and former Texas Senator Wendy Davis is a prominent voice in the film.
SHATTER THE SILENCE - OFFICIAL TRAILER
FAR FROM THE TREE (Producer | Lead Actress)
Short Film - 2017
"A strained relationship between a mother and her teenage son as she struggles to come to terms with a past sexual assault and ultimately finds the courage to confront it."
Because of the important and topical subject matter, multi award-winning artist Moby agreed to the use of his music throughout the film. The film was screened in over 23 film festivals worldwide and received numerous awards including 6 Best Film Awards and 4 Best Actress Awards.
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HAULING ANGELS (Director)
HIDING IN DAYLIGHT (Director)
Feature Narrative - 2020
Short Film - 2020
Cheryl directed and edited the award-winning 5P Minus Society promotional campaign "THIS IS COLE" which received the Silver and Bronze Telly Award, a Gold Hermes Creative Award and Gold DotCOMM Award. The PSA is currently running on FOX Television Stations throughout Texas. Cheryl has directed projects for the following companies: