The Ravine

When two teenage girls find themselves in a peculiar circumstance, they face the enchantment and danger of the isolated canyon they call home.

Isabel (Annabel Graham) and Lola (Augie Duke) have been best friends since childhood. It’s the summer between their senior year of high school and their freshman year of college, and the world is theirs for the taking. Driving home from a night out in Hollywood, the girls come upon an eerie and unsettling occurrence in the canyon where they grew up. As time begins to run out, Lola snaps into action and Isabel is drawn into memories of her late father and the ghost stories he used to tell her about their canyon when she was a little girl.

The Ravine tells the story of a young woman grappling with change in every sense of the word. It is a tale of innocence, sensuality, desire, loss and nostalgia— of the unshakable bond between two childhood friends, the unpredictable forces of nature, and the relationship between a larger-than-life father and the daughter who idolized him. It is an ode to the volatile landscape of Malibu’s stunning Las Flores Canyon, and a tribute to Annabel Graham’s late father, film and television director William A. Graham (1926 – 2013).

Based on a published short story by Annabel Graham, the film is inspired by true events. The Ravine had its world premiere in May 2016 at the Cannes Short Film Corner. It went on to screen at the 2016 Independent Filmmakers Showcase, where it won Best Mystery Short and Best Actress in a Short Film (Annabel Graham), as well as the 2016 Malibu International Film Festival, where it won the Special Jury Award, and the December 2016 edition of the HollyShorts Monthly Screening Series. In a recent review, Julie Casper Roth of Agnès Films calls The Ravine “a rumination on the power of place and memory… a multifaceted exploration of time, location, myth and truth.”