ENGAGED is a short romantic comedy that follows Darren (Daniel K. Isaac), who keeps tryingand failingto propose to his boyfriend Elliot (Ryan Jamaal Swain). When their relationship is put into an uncomfortable spotlight during a friends outrageous engagement party, Darren realizes he actually might be selfsabotaging himself due to unresolved insecurities about his sexuality.


  • Best Short Film – Reel Q: Pittsburgh LGBTQ+ Film Festival
  • Best Comedy Short – New Hampshire Film Festival
  • Audience Award for Best Comedy – CMG Short Film Festival
  • Audience Award – Cinema Diverse Palm Springs

* Indicates an Academy Award-Qualifying Festival for Live Action Short Film

Seattle International Film Festival*

Palm Springs International Shortfest*

HollyShorts Film Festival*

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival*

Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival*

Frameline: San Francisco LGBTQ+ Film Festival

Outfest Fusion LGBT People of Color Film Festival

NewFest: New York LGBTQ Film Festival

Queer Screen’s Mardi Gras Film Festival

San Diego International Film Festival

New Hampshire Film Festival

Milwaukee Film Festival

Santa Fe Film Festival


Wicked Queer: Boston LGBT Film Festival, March 2019

qFLIX Philadelphia, March 2019

Reel Out Charlotte, May 2019

QFest St. Louis, May 2019

FilmOUT San Diego, May 2019

Fairy Tales Film Festival, June 2019

Kashish: Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, June 2019

Out Here Now: Kansas City LGBT Film Festival, June 2019

Color of Conversation Film Festival, July 2019

North Carolina Gay + Lesbian Film Festival, August 2019

Stamped Pensacola LGBTQ Film Festival, August 2019

Vancouver Queer Film Festival, August 2019

aGLIFF, August 2019

Sidewalk Film Festival, August 2019

Long Beach QFilm Festival, Sept 2019

Hong Kong Lesbian + Gay Film Festival, Sept 2019

Fargo Moorhead LGBT Film Festival, Sept 2019

Fresno Reel Pride, Sept 2019

Reeling: Chicago LGBTQ+ Film Festival, Sept 2019

Cinema Diverse Palm Springs, Sept 2019

ATL Out On Film, Sept 2019

Durban Gay + Lesbian Film Festival, Sept 2019

Outflix Film Festival, Oct 2019

PROUD! Denmark, Oct 2019

Reel Q: Pittsburgh LGBTQ+ Film Festival, Oct 2019

Melanin Pride Film Festival, Oct 2019

Way OUT West Film Festival, Oct 2019

Seattle Queer Film Festival, Oct 2019

Richmond Rainbow Pride Film & Cultural Event, Oct 2019

Q Fest: San Antonio, Oct 2019

Tampa Bay Gay + Lesbian Film Festival, Oct 2019

CMG Short Film Festival, Oct 2019

QUEER-Streifen Regensburg, Oct 2019

Boston Asian American Film Festival, Oct 2019

Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival, Nov 2019

QFilm Weekender UK, Nov 2019

Philly Asian American Film Festival, Nov 2019

VinoKino Film Festival, Nov 2019

Seattle Asian American Film Festival, Feb 2020

Bull City International Film Festival, Mar 2020


DANIEL KISAAC recently completed production on Season 4 of Showtime’s hit series “Billions”, reprising his fan favorite role as trader “Ben Kim”. He can also be seen on the breakout Comedy Central series “The Other Two”.

Other film and television credits include the feature film, The Drummer, opposite Danny Glover, The DarEnd Of The Street, Money Monster (dir. Jodie Foster), “The Jim Gaffigan Show” (TV LAND), “Person of Interest” (CBS) and Too Big to Fail (HBO). Daniel co-wrote and stars in the short film/pilot presentation, “According To My Mother.” The project was selected for IFP Film Week and the inaugural Sundance New Voices Lab and was an Official Selection at ITVFest, Newfest, Outfest & Outfest Fusion, CAAMfest, SeriesFest (where it was awarded Best Actress), and New York Television Festival (Best Drama and Best Actor). 

Theatre credits include Off Broadway: The Chinese Lady (Ma-Yi/ Theatre Row)The Gentleman Caller (Abingdon), Sagittarius Ponderosa (NAATCO), Underland (59E59), Anna Nicole the Opera (BAM). Regional: The Chinese Lady (Barrington Stage), The Ballad of Little Jo (Two River), Miss Electricity (La Jolla Playhouse). As a playwright, Daniel is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Youngblood, Page 73’s Interstate 73, and a Lambda Literary Playwriting Fellow. Training: UCSD, BADA.

RYAN JAMAAL SWAIN (Elliot) discovered his passion for performing at an early age and has continued to shine with his triple threat abilities as an actor, dancer and singer. Swain’s breakout role as ‘Damon’ on Ryan Murphy’s “POSE” gained him much praise and acclaim for his portrayal of an ambitious aspiring dancer who after being kicked out of his home for being gay becomes a part of self-selected family that provides him with the love and support he’d never received before. The highly renowned and Golden Globe-winning and Emmy-nominated FX series ran for three seasons and was a cultural phenomenon. In his break out year on television, Swain was included on the prestigious Forbes 30 Under 30 list, was named by PAPER magazine as 100 People Taking Over 2019 and was featured in publications such as Nylon, GQ, NY Times, Interview Magazine and WWD, to name a few. Ryan also recently made his Broadway debut in “Choir Boy,” directed by Trip Cullman.

In 2014, Swain wrote and starred in “A Negro Writer,” a one-man show about Langston Hughes and his life. Swain recently finished a World Premiere Off-Broadway production of the critically acclaimed “Kill Move Paradise” (National Black Theatre, New York) and “13 Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey” (American Theatre of Actors, New York). Among his favorite credits are his roles in “Six Degrees of Separation” (‘Paul,’ Keegan Theatre, Washington D.C), “295N” (‘Jasen,’ Signature Theatre, Washington, D.C., World Premiere), “Thoughts of a Colored Man” (‘Wisdom,’ GALA Hispanic Theatre, Washington, D.C., World Premiere), and “Spring Awakening” (‘Moritz,’ City Equity Theater, Birmingham, AL). 

"Michelle the Game Show Host"

Proposal Woman 1
Proposal Man 1
Proposal Woman 2
Proposal Man 2
Cab Driver

Tucker Lewis
Denise Rendor
Jared Baglietto
Morgan McCourt
Jessica DiSalvo
Mark DiStefano
Hannah Kloepfer
Dan Gonon
Gabriel Awan
Noreen Quadir
Francis James

Romantic Restaurant Patrons

Kelly Chen
Valeria Flores
Christine McMahon
Isaac Nashed
Kielee Neal

Jocelyn Reyes
Tatiana Steward
Roberta Turner
Blake Welti
Kenya Williams

Engagement Party Guests

Roberta Accioli
Rodney Colon
Kristin Haran
Tiffany Mazzacone
Fatima McGruff

Michael Murphy
Reyo Regal
Yae Stratton
Melanie Terranova
David Valentino

Bar Patrons

Candice Clarke
India Joseph

Erin Michelle Sullivan
Sherrod Williamson

John Oliva



Director of Photography
Production Designer
Costume Designer

Assistant Director

First Assistant Camera
Second AC / DIT
Key Grip

Art Director
Set Decorator
Hair and Makeup Artist
Production Sound

Re-recording Engineer
and Sound Mixer
Visual Effects Producer
Production Assistants

Set Photographer

Chester Algernal Gordon
Marzy Hart
Daniel Ornitz
Carrie Radigan
David Scala

Daniel Ornitz
Chester Algernal Gordon

Carlin McCarthy
Ariel Marx
David Scala

Emmet Padgett
Julia Crytser
Julian Tran
G. Chandler Cearly
Trevor Hoover
Joel Crane

Andrew McCourt
Sarinha Rodrigues
Nicole Palladini
Ana M. Fernandez

Nicole Benoit

Arjun G. Sheth
Azhar Kotadia
Hannah Lane
Olga Ryrakhovsky
Bruna Lacerda


David Scala is a second-generation Filipino-American filmmaker whose award-winning short films have screened at over 150 film festivals, including the Seattle International Film Festival, Palm Springs ShortFest, Outfest, Frameline, CAAMFest, and Los Angeles Asian Pacific FF. His feature screenplays have placed and advanced at competitions including the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting (2024 Semifinalist), Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Competition (2022 Drama Feature Semifinalist), Sundance Screenwriting Lab, Hamptons Film Screenwriters Lab, the NYU/Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Award, and more.

His most recent short ENGAGED (2019) starring Daniel K. Isaac (BILLIONS) and Ryan Jamaal Swain (POSE) screened at over 65 film festivals worldwide, winning Best Short Film at ReelQ Pittsburgh, Best Comedy Short at the New Hampshire Film Festival, and numerous audience awards. It was distributed internationally in June 2020.

In 2017, his full-length stage play “Among the Furies” won Best Play, Best Actress, and Best Scenic Design at the New York Theatre Festival, where he was also nominated as Best Director. The next year, the show returned for a sold-out, critically acclaimed run at the 2018 New York International Fringe Festival. Mr. Scala is currently developing his feature film directorial debut.

Contact: www.davidscala.com



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