Shana Feste

Shana Feste – “Country Strong” Nashville Premiere – Arrivals – Green Hills Cinema – Nashville, TN, USA, 2010 – Keywords: Orientation: Portrait Face Count: 1 Headshot – False – Photo Credit: Bob Charlotte / PR Photos 

Place of Birth: Palos Verdes, Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: August 28, 1975

*father – Italian, English, German, Scottish
*mother – Swedish, Norwegian

Shana Feste is an American film director and screenwriter. She has written and directed the films The Greatest, Country Strong, and Boundaries, among others.

She is married to producer Brian Kavanaugh-Jones.

Shana’s paternal grandfather was Joseph James Feste (the son of Joseph F. “Joe” Feste/Festi and Elizabeth “Lizzie” Zanetell/Zonetell). Shana’s grandfather Joseph was born in Colorado. Shana’s great-grandfather Joseph was born in Tyrol, Austria, and was the son of Casimero Festi and Domenica Zanol, who was from Capriana, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy, then in Austria. Elizabeth was born in either Colorado or New Mexico, the daughter of Antonio Zanetell, who was from Lover, Campodenno, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy, then in Austria, and of Anna Amelia Hondorf/Hunter, who was German.

Shana’s paternal grandmother was named Annie Ruby Rowland (who likely was the daughter of Robert Hayden Rowland and Joana Alabama “Josie” Walker). Robert was the son of George Preston Rowland and Mary Ann “Fannie” Wingo. Joana was the daughter of David Andrew Walker and Hulda Hicks.

Shana’s maternal grandfather likely was Andrew Norman Sponaas, Jr. (the son of Andrew A. Sponaas, Sr. and Anna Johnson). Shana’s likely grandfather Andrew was born in Michigan, to Norwegian parents.

Shana’s maternal grandmother was Lillian May Westin (the daughter of Ewald/Evald Westin and Signa/Signe Johnson/Johanson). Lillian was born in Michigan. Ewald was born in Sweden, the son of Andrew Westin and Inga Backins. Signa was also born in Sweden, the daughter of Andrew Johnson/Johanson.

Sources: Marriage record of Shana’s parents –

Death record of Shana’s maternal grandmother, Lillian May (Westin) Sponaas –

2 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    Joe Festi was the son of Casimero Festi and Domenica Zanol, who was from Capriana, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy (then in Austria)

    Antonio Zanetell was from Lover, Campodenno, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy (then in Austria). Zanetel/Zanatel is a common surname in those valleys.
    His wife was German.

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