CURRENTLY ON THE FESTIVAL CIRCUIT:
a short film
Directed by Zoé Salicrup Junco
Written by Tim Eliot
When a young mother takes a risk to provide for her daughter, a stranger turns her transgression into a nightmare.
Sunday, July 14th at 5:30pm in Puerto Rico – Official Selection of Cinefiesta – tickets here
Thursday July 18th at 7pm in San Antonio, Texas – Official Selection of CineFestival – tickets here
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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