Teen Star Ava Cantrell Directs Her First Film, Detention Boyz

Detention Boyz trailer Clean version from Ferrari Productions on Vimeo.

SAN DIEGO, CA (Award winning actress Ava Cantrell who has been in front of the camera of some of the hottest TV shows and movies for over a decade is now applying her talent behind the camera. She just wrapped her first film from the director's chair. Her latest project is a mockumentary following the formation and rise of a 40 something boy band.


The film is produced by her production company Stage 18 and Ferrari Productions with Phil Ferrari executive producing. The film will feature award winning actor Joey Luthman from Nat Geo's "A Long Road Home". Cantrell directs this all male cast including Pete Ross, Bryan Cantrell, Don Bynum, Juan Candillo, Dale Van Slyke, and David Warshaw. Cantrell makes a cameo and brings her unique comic talents to the film as Grapefruit. The film was shot at the San Diego City College and included the help from it's students and staff. Ava is proud to be part of the rise and increase of female directors in Hollywood for 2019.

Cantrell co starred in the hit horror feature "Lights Out" from Warner Bros and New Line Cinema where she portrayed the teen antagonist Diana. She played Penelope Pritchard on the Nickelodeon's "Haunted Hathaways" from 2013 to 2015 and can be seen currently on two episodes of CBS's Young Sheldon. Ava won the LA Femme 2017 Rising Star Award as well as the 2018 Young Entertainers Award for Best Leading Actress in a feature film for her portrayal of Amilia Voss, a young girl with terminal cancer, in the feature film "One Under the Sun".

Cantrell is very involved with charity organizations. She currently has an auction with Charity Buzz to join her for lunch that will support Children Mending Hearts which is an organization that shares education programs about anti-bullying through empathy and arts. She also is involved with Covenant House Californa that helps support homeless youth. Cantrell has been a supporter of Read Across America for years. She recently read at Tibby Elementary school in Compton Ca. She spends most holidays feeding skid row's homeless with the Los Angeles Mission.