Nela wrote, directed and starred in the short film That Was Delicious, which screens this season at the Manhattan Film Festival, the Golden Door International Film Festival, YoFiFest Yonkers Film Festival, NY Indie Theatre Film Festival, Oregon Short Film Festival (Best Short Drama nomination), Simply Indie Film Festival and Austin Micro Short Film Festival (Best Short Drama nomination). Her short film Magnetism, screened at the Cleveland Film Festival, Jerusalem International Film Festival, and Filmfest Dresden, among others.

Nela’s NYC theater directing credits include the OBIE-winning play My Left Breast by Susan Miller. As Founding Artistic Director of Watermark Theater, Nela created and curated the WordFire Festival of Solo Performance, and has directed and developed plays, films and solo works in Manhattan, and at regional theaters across the United States.

Nela is thrilled to join the ranks of the extraordinary artists, teachers, students, and now colleagues of the CCNY Graduate Program in Filmmaking. Thank you!


After a single car accident claims life of her baby sister, Sophia yearns for but cannot find the connection to a mother now broken by grief and trauma. Her father too, is absorbed in his wife’s pain and his own, and cannot give Sophia the support she craves. As Sophia’s mother begins to recover, it seems all she wants is to start everything anew. Sophia sees herself as a part of the old, sad world being pushed away, and soothes her loneliness in a world of fantasy.


Writer/Director: Nela Wagman
Producers: Nyala Moon, Anne Troup, Nela Wagman
Director of Photography: Miklos Buk
1st AC: Susan Mei
Editor: Nela Wagman
A.D.: Anne Troup
Production Design: Joann Huang
Production Design Consultant: Carl Sprague
Gaffer: Jonathan Alvarez
Sound Recordist: Maxwell DiPaolo
Sound Designer: Quentin Chiapetta
Grip: AB Su
Script Supervisor: Chien Yu Wang
PA: Justin Filpes
PA: Jessica Moore
Local Liason: Angela Concra
Photo Double: Miranda Wein


Sophia Massa as “Sophia”
Charleigh Massa as “Charli”
Elizabeth M Kelly as “Julianne”
Alfredo Narciso as “Louis”
Nyala Moon as “Lily”


2020 FILMS

  • Sky Colored Grass
  • The Saltiest Chips
  • Las Quitapenas
  • Mokshyam
  • A Little Holiday
  • It Happened In August
  • Hard of Hearing
  • Find Me at the Dinner Table
  • The Crossbow
  • Urpi
  • Pink Yellow
  • Good Health
  • Transparensea
  • Yesterday, I Dreamt About
  • Claiming Edge
  • Forever Twins
  • A Basket of Love
  • Singing in the Lifeboat
  • Bodega Nights
  • Dear Audrey Still
  • El Chuzalongo Still
  • Marcel the Muscle Man Still
  • Couscous, Hand-Rolled, With Olives Still
  • The Monk and The Rebel Still
  • Cuanacaquilitl Still
  • Ava Still
  • Forever Twins Still
  • A Coalfield Christmas still
  • The (Other) 700 Club
  • The Baton
  • Bastards still photo
  • Film: The Wealthiest Man in the World
  • Film: One Day
  • Who Was Lee Edwards?
  • Film: Right to Exit
  • Film: The 2020 Unmasked
  • Film: Burial
  • Film: The Coolest Club
  • Film: Love Me, Love Me Not
  • To Drown
  • Film: The Backpack
  • Film: Pasaj
  • Film: Breathe
  • I'm Home
  • Film: Amend
  • One Last Deal
  • Film: The Blue Cave
  • A Month of Sitting In
  • Microbus
  • Remember Who We Are
  • Last Summer on Bainbridge Street
  • We Talkin' Practice
  • Who's on Your List
  • The Vow
  • Whales Don't Come Here Anymore
  • Film: I Am Yours
  • Ni Aquí/Ni Allá
  • Film: Dry Rain
  • Film: A Way Back Home
  • Come Find Me
  • Don't Lose the Lesson
  • Film: It's Worth It