Current Projects

CURRENTLY IN PRE-PRODUCTION:

SHIELD

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.

 

The Team

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.

 

Production

SHIELD is seeking to raise $12k to make production and post-production happen as well as the comic book that was inspired by the script. Moreover, We’re working hard to partner with foster care and women organizations, as well as comic book stores, to bring awareness to the needs of foster children and the empowerment of young girls. Pretty dope stuff.

 

Interested in helping us make Shield happen? Here are some ways you can help:

1. Connect us with a Foster Care organization in your area
2. Connect us with an individual or family with experience fostering
3. Spread the word about our crowdfunding campaign
4. Donate to our crowdfunding campaign here: https://www.seedandspark.com/fund/shieldthefilm#story
5. Follow us on social media here: Instagram // Twitter 

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

 


CURRENTLY IN POST-PRODUCTION:

 

Marisol

Marisol

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.

Emma Ramos as Marisol

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.

WHERE IS IT IN THE DEVELOPMENT PROCESS?

We’ve completed principal photography and now the film has moved into post! We are fine-tuning the edit, and excited to be working with editor Leila Min Dai.

HOW CAN I SUPPORT THIS FILM?

You can follow the film on Seed & Spark here: www.seedandspark.com/fund/marisol

You can also follow our social channels to stay up to date with the conversation we’re having surrounding immigration issues. Find us here: Instagram // Twitter // Facebook

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’

Marisol Cinematography