writer. filmmaker. black archivist.
Danielle Eliska 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. She's the founder and COC of multimedia production house, MERAKI Society.
Danielle received her MFA in Dramatic Writing in Film, Television + Theatre from New York University, gained notable screenwriting recognition, advancing to the Quarterfinalist Round of the 2018 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting + the 2nd round of Sundance's 2019 Feature Film Program Development Track. She 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.
Danielle was recently named one of the inaugural grant recipients of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and New York Foundation for the Arts (MOME NYFA) ‘Made in NY’ Women’s Fund in Film.
Her talents extend beyond written work into the directorial spectrum-- feature documentaries, short films, music videos as well as theatre productions. Danielle also has experience in syndicated television. A few of her highlights include production for The Black Box, Orange Is The New Black, The Good Wife and The Rachael Ray Show (2011-2013); Associate Field Producer for Yahoo! (2012); Assistant Director for Chase and Mello (2009) ; and second unit assistant for Annabelle and Bear (2009).
Danielle's photography/moving image work has been featured in museums and galleries across the USA. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts; Los Angeles Center of Digital Art; Soho Photo Gallery; Power, Protest & Resistance at Skylight Gallery (Rush Philanthropic Arts); Show #35 at Field Projects Gallery; and Photography as Social Conscience at Lore Degenstein Gallery. Female Protagonist series was selected by Mickalene Thomas for Baxter St. The Camera Club NY's Juried Photography exhibition. Her work is also included in Photographer’s Forum collection books, The Best of Photography 2015 and The Best of Photography 2016.
Danielle is currently working toward directing her first feature narrative film project.
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