MAJOR PRESS for Tomorrow Ever After!

Ela Thier brings a fresh perspective …Thier plays the kooky interloper with the same open and unguarded childlike naiveté as Robin Williams’ beloved alien Mork …Ultimately, “Tomorrow Ever After,” contains a hopeful message that somehow, the world just might end up a better place.
— Kate Walsh, LA TIMES

Her writing and direction are resourceful and assured, and her performance is as delightful as it is imbued with political commentary …In its sweet but pointed way, saying a good deal with relatively little, and in unpredictable ways, the film is also a critique of art as corporate product, especially in the realm of sci-fi franchise extravaganzas.

Played with touching insight and natural beauty …provided me with a newfound hopefulness and a new sense of wonder for my fellow humans.

Built around Thier’s dignity and gentle humor… she emanates charismatic warmth and seems genuinely engaged with the film’s theme of compassion in an era of despair.

Thier’s sensibility offers such a welcome break… inviting audiences to see our modern-day world through fresh eyes.
— Peter Debruge, VARIETY

It is a rare film that insinuates itself so gently into your consciousness, and then opens up like a stealth bomb inside your mind and heart. I felt very different after watching Tomorrow Ever After.
— Dorothy Woodend

The human condition in all of its glory and mess comes into sharp focus.
— Pam Grady

written and performed with a tenderness rarely seen in mainstream films. As sweet and hopeful as it is, there is power in it and a call to change our cold, lonely ways.
— Anne Brodie

Original and charming, Tomorrow Ever After achieves what few films manage to: Giving viewers a truly fresh perspective on their current circumstances.
— Betsy Bosdech

Thier’s DIY film delivers its sanguine and timely message like a well aimed punch to the funny bone.
— Jennifer Merin


witty and outrageously funny screenplay by Ela Thier …[she] gives a spirited performance that’s a joy to watch in every scene. She has terrific comedic timing and panache …one of the most entertaining, provocative and original sci-fi films of the year.
unquestionably one of the most personal and singular films I’ve seen this year. Her voice is an original and welcome addition to independent American cinema.
This smart, entertaining indie …mixes comedy and science fiction to tell a story that resonates deeply in these unsettled times …Tomorrow Ever After offers a charmingly unique take. Its sharp yet whimsical tone is clearly the work of a singular mindset
simultaneously funny and tear-jerking
nothing short of extraordinary
laugh-out-loud funny and gut wrenching

“Charismatically Handsome” — HuffPost

Milton [Nabil Viñas] and Imani [Ebbe Bassey] holds hands in Tomorrow Ever After

Check Nabil out with the sweet mention in The Huffington Post : )

“When she encounters Milton (played by the charismatically handsome Nabil Viñas) her positivity cannot even grasp that he’s trying to mug her.”


Nabil Joins Acclaimed Barefoot Team

We’re excited to announce that Nabil formally became an ensemble member of the critically acclaimed Barefoot Theatre Company. Barefoot produces exciting and innovative work, garnering an OOBR Award for Excellence, three New York Innovative Theatre Awards to go along with the attention and praise of The New York Times, New York Daily News and Boston Globe.

Barefoot has also recently branched into independent film, producing three short films with more projects in development. Nabil is thrilled to be welcomed into such a talented family of creatives and can’t wait to collaborate with this prestigious group on both stage and screen.

Learn more about Barefoot at


“Paradise Lost” on Discovery ID

It’s Honolulu, Hawaii in 1931. When the young aristocratic wife of a Naval Lieutenant is discovered bruised and beaten by the side of a dark road, a hackneyed scheme and a trigger-happy hand will lead to the most sensational murder trial in Hawaii’s history.

This past Thursday, Dec 27, A Crime To Remember aired it’s fourth episode of the season,  Paradise Lost. Nabil plays Detective Furtado, the lead agent on the case. Watch a clip below.

WINNER, Best American Indie for Tomorrow Ever After at FLIFF!


Savor Cinema, Ft Lauderdale. Photograph by Gregory Von Hausch.

I was down in Hollywood and Fort Lauderdale, Florida this past week to screen Tomorrow Ever After as part of the 31st Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. The audiences were incredibly excited and we had a blast talking to folks afterwards. We are proud to share that our film took home the BEST AMERICAN INDIE award, placing it alongside Lion (Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman) as one of the fest’s shining pieces.

The film has now won four awards after screening at it’s first three festivals. We have a feeling there will be more to come. Keep up with the project at

Memo and Nabil Viñas at Radio Caracol 1260AM


Another Award for Tomorrow Ever After at Flickers’ Rhode Island!


Tomorrow Ever After was a selection of the Vortex Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror segment for FLICKERS’ Rhode Island International Film Festival. The film’s director, Ela Thier, took home the BEST DIRECTOR Award, which now makes two festivals and three awards for this powerful feature film. Stay tuned for Fort Lauderdale and keep up with the film at

producer Inna Braude and writer-director-actress Ela Thier with the awards for Moondance Int'l Film Festival

producer Inna Braude and writer-director-actress Ela Thier at Moondance Int’l Film Festival

Nabil featured in Arts & Humanities at the Intersection

Nabil was featured at Arts & Humanities at the Intersection as part of a series called #ArtistsConnect. The program is part of Intersections International, an organization that leads people to unite across lines of difference in mutual pursuit of social justice, globally and locally. They are active at the crossroads of some of our world’s most critical conflicts, engage dissimilar communities in dialogue, service, advocacy and artistic expression. Learn more about their work


This week’s #ArtistsConnect post features Nabil Vinas, an award-winning actor and writer who was born and raised in Washington Heights, NYC. Nabil, also a former cast member of “Cadence: Home,” a TE’A production shares his reflections below:

“We’re really only allowed to express rage in sports or on stage or allowed to cry in movie theaters and funerals. Actors give us a vicarious experience that reminds us of our humanity. I’m proud to be part of that, and as a Latino man I make it my business to share vulnerabilities in my work to challenge our stereotype.

Racial equality is central to my work as a filmmaker, though I don’t necessarily write about it. Many Black/Latino films cater to what we think these groups want to see, so they’re pushed into a corner and viewed as niche. When ‘White’ filmmakers tell any type of story, the rest of us are expected to see them as “universal” or “normal”. I intend to contribute to the cannon that redefines what we call “universal” in our cinema.

I’m a co-lead actor and creative producer of the new feature film “Tomorrow Ever After,” which just premiered and won BEST FEATURE along with the AUDIENCE CHOICE Awards at Moondance International Film Festival. I am also developing my first feature film as writer and producer, adapting a novel by a well known Latino author.

Also, my short film “Come Back Hailey,” which I wrote and produced, is now available for free online:

Full Post Here:

Short Plays by José Rivera

(Nabil in CHARLOTTE by José Rivera, directed by Kat Yen and featuring Ronnetta Renay)

This weekend, Poetic Theater Productions presented TAPROOT, world premiers and re-imaginations of short poetic plays that explore growth and humanity in the context of social justice.

Nabil performed in two plays written by beloved playwright, poet and Oscar-nominated screenwriter José Rivera (The Motorcycle Diaries). They were directed by the always excellent Kat Yen of Spookfish Theater Company. Keep an eye out for her work at Second Stage in the coming year.

Love, Redefined

Poetic Theater Productions’ 6th annual celebration of non-commercial, non-traditional love featuring poetic and theatrical remixes, re-imaginings and riffs by more than ten incredible poets and playwrights responding to traditional sonnets and love poems.
Inspiration poems and newly developed pieces are presented side-by-side. Previous years included inspiration pieces by William Shakespeare, Pablo Neruda, Ghandi, Audre Lorde, John Donne, George Herbert, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, e. e. cummings and more.

Directed by Dontonio Demarco and Rebeca Rad,
Assistant Direction by Danielle Puretz and Katherine George.

Featuring new work by Ali Andre Ali, Anna Gothard, Catherine Weingarten, Everett Cox, Jacqueline Jones LaMon, Johnny Meyer, Jenny Pacanowski, Kate Foster, Keelay Gipson, Maurice Decaul, Nkosi Nkululeko, Nicole Goodwin, Reggie Flood, and Teniece Divya Johnson.

Cast TBA

Tickets Available Now!