Alana Saab is a NYC-based published literary writer and award-winning screenwriter whose work explores profound relations of love, desperation and confusion: from one person to another, from the psyche to the body, from humans to a higher power. She has a B.A. in the Phenomenology of Storytelling from NYU (’16) and a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology, with a focus on transpersonal and spiritual psychology, from Columbia University (’19). She is in the midst of obtaining an M.F.A. from The New School in Fiction Writing and Transmedia.
Alana’s feature-length original screenplays, Ocean Gray, Wildflower Honey, and Jaanem (My Love), have been awarded and recognized by over ten film festivals, including WorldFest, Beverly Hills Film Festival and Garden State Film Festival. Her literary work which takes the shape of prose poetry, short stories and novellas can be found in various American journals and magazines.
Alana is the Co-Founder of the Public Benefit Corporation and multimedia production company, The Enlivened Collective, where she works as a story consultant and writer to bring the visions of other change-makers and storytellers to life.
All in all, through her personal and professional life, Alana explores the interplay between trauma and healing, the conscious and unconscious, the mortal and the divine. She has studied with spiritual healers and lucid dreamers around the world. Most days, she can be found amongst the grey of Manhattan sipping on honey water.
My Mother's House Family ⋄ Drama Three generations of women grapple with the meaning of home, when a six-year-old girl is dragged to Graciosa, one of the smallest islands of the Azores, to visit her grandparents for the summer. As the girl’s mother remembers the agricultural life she traded in for America, the girl forms a surprising bond with her ill grandmother. (Based on a True Story)
Ocean Gray Budget: $10M - $30M | Sci-fi ⋄ Drama When a damaged, brilliant engineer meets an underground female healer who is curing people of an incurable virus caused by the ocean's toxicity, her reality collapses and her hope returns. Called to lead humanity into the future while the healers sacrifice their lives to purify the ocean, the engineer feels that she’s not the one deserving of the new world. Instead, she will sacrifice her own life to save the woman, the healer, she loves.
“3rd place.” Garden State Film Festival for "OCEAN GRAY"
“Finalist.” Your Script Produced Screenplay Competition for "OCEAN GRAY"
“Official Selection.” Beverly Hills Film Festival for "OCEAN GRAY"
"Gold Award Winner.” WRPN.tv Screenplay Competition for "OCEAN GRAY"
“Quarter Finalist.” NYC Screenplay Awards for "OCEAN GRAY"
"Romance Award Winner." WorldFest - Houston Film Festival
"Official Selection." Believe Psychology Film Festival
“Best Story Award.” Buddha International Film Festival for "OCEAN GRAY"
“Official Selection.” New York Movie Awards for "OCEAN GRAY"
“Official Selection.” Love Wins Film Festival for "OCEAN GRAY"