The short film was named Best Drama, while Cozette earned awards for Best Screenplay and Best Actress. Richard Diamond
'22 also earned Best Actor for his role in the film. “Be Well” was also a finalist
in the Best Indie Short Film category. Cozette and Diamond both studied acting at
Illinois Wesleyan University.
Cozette wrote, produced, and starred in “Be Well” alongside Diamond. Her film tells
the semi-autobiographical story of two people who find love in a psychiatric hospital.
“At its heart, it aims to illustrate the unique relationships people often make at
the lowest points in their lives, and how those relationships save you, but are ultimately
inevitably unsustainable,” she said. “It’s bitterly ironic yet heartfelt and real.”
The script for this short film was written in the 2021 screenwriting May Term class,
taught by associate professor of theatre arts and head of the acting program Tom Quinn.
“Be Well” was also featured in IWU’s 2022 Guerrilla Film Festival.“I have had the great pleasure of watching this film develop, literally from start
to finish,” he said.
Quinn directed “Be Well” and helped bring Cozette’s vision to fruition.
“Julianne’s screenplay is deeply personal, highly intelligent and extremely well written,”
said Quinn. “In addition, it offered several rich and challenging roles to her classmates.”
Cozette said this was her first experience working on a large film project and she
found that getting to work with her fellow School of Theatre Arts students made the
journey more enjoyable. In the future, she hopes to write more screenplays.
“It’s fascinating what kinds of stories are told best through certain mediums, whether
that be film, theater, novel, audiobook, poem, what have you, and how all of those
mediums will shift how the story is received,” said Cozette. “Film has a unique way
of making everyday nuances and subtleties extremely clear and critical.”