CURRENTLY ON THE FESTIVAL CIRCUIT:
a short film
Directed by Zoé Salicrup Junco
Written by Tim Eliot
HOW DID THIS FILM COME ABOUT?
After the election, our writer Tim Eliot had a terrifying dream and producer Lauren Sowa had an eye-opening experience in an Uber, both of which influenced how the story unfolds. Marisol was born.
WHAT IS THE FILM?
Marisol is a bilingual short film that will be shot digitally. It’s about a young mother struggling to make ends meet. She takes a seemingly small risk and finds herself in her worst nightmare.
WHAT WILL THIS FILM DO?
We’re making this film so that people can experience the kind of courage it takes to live as an immigrant in this country. In all the debate about immigration today, we often lose sight of the people whom our attitudes and policies affect the most.
We want Marisol’s story to inspire people to engage with the immigration debate with a fuller understanding of what it means to be an immigrant here in the US. We are excited to be sharing a story that is timely and thought-provoking. As artists, it is important to us that the work we create be of use to the world – something that moves our collective narrative forward.
This film has the potential to move hearts and minds. By reaching both Spanish and English-speaking communities, we are speaking directly to people affected by events like that in our film.
HOW CAN I SUPPORT THIS FILM?
WE MET OUR FUNDRAISING GOAL!
Thank you to everyone who supported our crowdfunding campaign! We met our goal and we couldn’t have done it without the support of our community.
We decided to crowdfund this film because we wanted to find people who were as excited about creating and watching socially-relevant films as we are. We want to continue to grow our audience and our community.
Form & Pressure Films is about creating art that speaks to the world we live in, and we’re hoping you’ll join us to help bring this story to life.
Gracias por su tiempo and thank you for joining us!
VISUAL INSPRIATION FOR ‘MARISOL’
CURRENTLY IN POST-PRODUCTION:
a short film
Written & Directed by Danielle Eliska Lyle
Inspiration Behind the Story from Danielle Eliska Lyle
I’ve encountered beautiful souls who have journeyed through the foster care system– I listened to the stories of the struggles their families endured, how they were separated from siblings at times, the heaviness and holiness each foster home brought to their lives–wanting to be loved but feeling unloved. Some became caretakers of siblings and made them grow up faster than expected– the absence of a father or the death of a mother.
Their stories never left me. Traumatic circumstances could’ve become the destruction of them; despite their tough upbringings, they’ve become some of the most successful people I know. I believe that truth for anyone. I wanted to give others their inspiration and hope. It is why I wrote SHIELD.
Synopsis of SHIELD
Zoe was put in foster care after the death of her brother, who was her sole guardian. She latches onto the only thing that reminds her of him– a blanket. Trauma has alienated her from everyone and has made it difficult for Zoe to find a permanent home. That is, until Rachel decides to become her caregiver. Rachel’s creative use of comic books is just the thing to help Zoe let go of her pain in this inspiring story about facing our fears, finding our inner strength and being brave enough to embrace the scars that make us beautiful.
We have assembled a notable, all-female, multi-cultured cast and a diverse crew with experienced women in key positions (NYWIFT, IFP, ARRAY, SAG-AFTRA members). The funds we raise will support all of our departments– from cast and crew, to catering and the film-inspired comic book. We are shooting on location and the expenses– including insurance and permits– are a large portion of our budget. Most of our crew and cast have committed to work for lower rates due to our indie budget and their passion for the film. Some of our crew members will be working multiple positions like the superheroes they are and all are committed to making sure this film is a success!
Interested in helping us make Shield happen? Here are some ways you can help:
Meet the writer/director: Danielle Eliska Lyle!
Danielle Eliska Lyle is a writer, filmmaker and photographer from Detroit. As a “black archivist”, her life’s work is to tell stories (written, filmed + photographed) of powerful women, the Black Diaspora + the state of Black culture. Danielle received her MFA in Dramatic Writing in Film, Television + Theatre from New York University, gained notable screenwriting recognition, was named a 2014 + 2015 Playwright for The Liberation Theatre Black Playwrights Group, was selected by the OBIE Award-winning 48 Hours in Harlem Festival as a 2015 Playwright + is an active member of NYWIFT. To learn more about her work visit: www.danielleeliska.com