Ruth (Short Film)

In the military they say you gotta go to war. They don’t say you gotta come back."


By re-reading her late husband's letters from the warfront, Ruth has convinced herself he is still alive. Her grief and denial cause her to fall victim to her own imagination. Where her delusions lead her to believe every day is the day Harold will come home.


Ruth was developed collaboratively by writer Evie Coronado and director Isabella Hicks. The two met in screenwriting class their first semester at Chapman, but didn’t really become friends until a twist of fate brought them both to the school cafeteria at the same time. They spent hours talking about everything and anything— often ending up being the only two people left in the cafeteria!

Evie loves writing tragic, dark, especially gory tales and Isabella loves tragic, dark, especially romantic stories. Together they collaborated their efforts to create a film that incorporated Isabella’s love for period romance, and Evie’s love for unexpected plot twists… And from them “Ruth” was born!


Period pieces are extremely specific. Have you ever watched a period film where any hint of modern technology was present? This is the exciting challenge we face in “Ruth.” We are striving to make our film as authentic as possible and it takes a whole lot of detail to get there. Costumes, Production Design, locations and even lighting all play a huge role in creating an environment that feels authentic. Our creative intent is to bring you, the audience, into Ruth’s world as truthfully as possible. To honor the story, the time and the characters lives is our ultimate goal in this production, and with your help, you can help us bring the 1940’s back to life.


"If anyone knows me… you know that I’m a hopeless romantic. Probably to a fault. Sort of like Ruth. Ruth clings to her love and devotion to Harold so deeply she doesn’t know how to live without the imaginations and pretending of him in her head. Kind of like me and every fictional character in my hearts ledger. So… maybe exactly like Ruth.

That’s what I love so much about this piece. Ruth is for the dreamers and the hopeless romantics in the world who would stand the test of time and do anything for the ones they love. Maybe to the point of delusion. When you believe something so deeply that nothing else can, even for a single moment, soil your feelings or convictions towards that person.  That’s something I think we need to see much more of in film; the intensity that follow those feelings in a way that maybe only makes sense to the person living inside them. 

'Ruth' is a story that encapsulates so much of what I love about the world of film. First and foremost, how unapologetically romantic it is. I love, love. Then the time period… the 1940’s. Goodness what a beautiful time that was and how different things were back then. Everything seemed so much more real and rich, no one held back, and love took such a powerful presence over everything.

I became a director to tell stories I love and wanted to see more of. It’s like when you read a really good book and you try to find one just like it, but none can compare with that specific one so you decide to write one yourself. And now, with an absolutely incredible arsenal of talented filmmakers and storytellers, I get to do just that!" - Isabella Hicks


Director: Isabella Hicks


Producer: Dazjah Washington

UPM: Abby Eisenberg 

Director of Photography: Nolan Englund

1st Assistant Director: Tony Sarandos (not pictured)

2nd Assistant Director: Robert Bunnett (not pictured)

Production Designer: Ashley McLaughlin

Writer: Evie Coronado


$10 - Personal thank you note from crew
$20 - Credited thanks
$30 -  Signed copy of "Ruth"
$50 -  Be an extra on our shoot! (free food, fun customs, dancing, etc.)
$100 - Pre recorded love letter from Harold or Ruth (you choose)
$500 - Cat wrote a song for the film that she will personally come to your door and perform. 
$10,000 - Director & Producer will get a tattoo of your initials behind their ears.
  • David Syme 
    • $500 
    • 37 mos
  • Deb Reddick 
    • $25 
    • 37 mos
  • Janet Piller 
    • $50 
    • 37 mos
  • Kevin Eisenberg 
    • $25 
    • 38 mos
  • Randy Englund 
    • $50 
    • 38 mos
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Fundraising team: Ruth (4)

Dazjah Washington 
Raised $455 from 5 donations
Orange, CA
Isabella Hicks 
Team member
Raised $475 from 4 donations
Miranda Tuttle 
Team member
Raised $100 from 1 donation
Abby Eisenberg 
Team member
Raised $45 from 2 donations
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