YO. is this my joseph year?

you all know the story of joseph, right? old testament joseph who had big dreams + after immense challenges, came out on top. + it happened suddenly. talk about starting from the bottom + leveling up...is this my joseph year?

hey there!

it's definitely been a minute but i promise, i've been on my grind. first quarter of 2019 has been a blessed one.

in january, we picture locked SHIELD the film + moved to the next phase of post. while all that was going on, in february, i received an e-mail that i initially thought was spam-- i was 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.

check out some of the news coverage from this inaugural launch!
VARIETY - New York Awards Inaugural ‘Made in NY’ Grants for Female-Focused Projects

Women and Hollywood - Made in NY” Women’s Film, TV & Theatre Fund Presents $1.5M to 63 Projects

Broadway World - 63 Women-Led Projects Receive Total Of $1.5 From 'Made In NY' Women's Film, TV & Theatre Fund

it's may + i announced last month that i am coming out with another book next month-- just received my proof of A LIFETIME, IN ONE ACT, a stage play that's a little too real for the playwright submission season. so i put it in a book. everybody got a lemonade story in them... you have to get your copy as soon as the book launches. i'll keep you all posted.

full month of may is on the horizon + full of possibilities... SHIELD the film is just about done with post + gearing up for the film festival submission season ahead! here's a few stills to get you all excited to see this beautiful little film!

i will be sure to keep you all updated in the upcoming months, but until then, thank you so much for rooting for me in prayer + support. it means so much. xo. with love, thankfulness + gratitude.

onward.

-DE

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autographed copies of BLOOD. SWEAT. TEARS. MILK.

sending out requested autographed copies of my book, BLOOD. SWEAT. TEARS. MILK. ☺️ so grateful for so many supporters. do you have your copy? ORDER TODAY. CLICK THE LINK➡️ http://www.lulu.com/shop/http://www.lulu.com/shop/danielle-eliska-lyle/blood-sweat-tears-milk/paperback/product-23564065.html 📝✍🏾📚🎬🎥⚡️ #writer #screenwriter #playwright #photographer #writingcommunity #writersofinstagram #writersofig #spilledink #books #memoirs #poetry #wisdom#creativity #writing #booknerd #booklover #bookshelf #readersofinstagram #film #tv #theatre #femaleprotagonist #filmmaker #director #forthepeople #bloodsweattearsmilk

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48 HOURS IN HARLEM ANTHOLOGY

i had the privilege of being selected by @harlemnine as a 2015 #playwright for the OBIE Award-winning 48 Hours in Harlem Festival. it was one of the most exhilarating + rewarding experiences i’ve ever had. what a ride! ...+ now, my short play, STEREO-YOOOOO YO, from season 2015 is included in volume 3 of the #48hoursinHarlem anthology along with work from other incredible playwrights + it’s dope. you can get your copy at @barnesandnoble or @amazon !! 🎭 #writer #screenwriter #playwright #photographer #writingcommunity #writersofinstagram #writersofig #spilledink #books #memoirs #poetry #wisdom#creativity #writing #booknerd #booklover #bookshelf #readersofinstagram #film #tv #theatre #femaleprotagonist #filmmaker #director #forthepeople #Harlem48

 

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GET YOUR COPY.

BLOOD. SWEAT. TEARS. MILK. is a collection of poetry + memoirs of feminine elements told in 4 acts, recounting aggressions toward the body-- as Black, as woman + as a lover. the secretion of blood, sweat, tears and milk aren't drawn without pain. each movement is a continual transformation toward understanding, acceptance, growth, love and elevation.

blood. sweat. tears. milk. is a powerful testament to the fluidity of dealing with everything seen + felt for the sole purpose of evolution. HAVE YOU ORDERED YOUR COPY YET? http://www.lulu.com/shop/http://www.lulu.com/shop/danielle-eliska-lyle/blood-sweat-tears-milk/paperback/product-23564065.html?utm_source=GeniusMonkey_VT ! ⬆️📝✍🏾📚🎬🎥⚡️⬆️ #writer #screenwriter #playwright #photographer #writingcommunity #writersofinstagram #writersofig #spilledink #books #memoirs #poetry #wisdom  #creativity #writing #booknerd #booklover #bookshelf #readersofinstagram #film #tv #theatre #femaleprotagonist #filmmaker #director #forthepeople #bloodsweattearsmilk

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FRAME - sneak peak from rough cut

had to share a frame from the rough cut. @shieldthefilm / cinematography: @austinsmoak7 / set design: @mbsuissa ...working... 🎥📝✍🏾🗓🎬⚡️ #writer #screenwriter #playwright #photographer #writing #screenwriting #film #tv #theatre #femaleprotagonist #filmmaker #director #shortfilms #featurefilms #artist #forthepeople #fortheculture #blackculture #blackdiaspora #MERAKIsociety #womeninfilm #femalefilmmaker #womenincinema #womeninbusiness #womeninbiz #femaleentrepreneur

 

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CAST FOR SHIELD #shieldthefilm

presenting the beautiful cast of @shieldthefilm 🎭 we film in less than a week + we’re working all cylinders. so grateful to be able to direct such incredible talent. 🙏🏾🎥🎬✍🏾📝💫 #director #writer #filmmaker #shortfilm #shieldthefilm #womeninfilm #femalefilmmaker #formandpressurefilms #MERAKIsociety #women #powerful #allfemalecast #cast #filming #madeinNYC

 

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PRE-PRODUCTION MEETING for SHIELD the film

YOUR FAVORITE #WCW : director: me. cinematographer: @austinsmoak7 . producer: @laurensowa . (pre-production storyboards + locations for @shieldthefilm 📝🎥🎬📢) STAY TUNED FOR MORE!!! #femalefilmmaker #womeninfilm #SHIELDthefilm #film #filmmaking #filmmakers #creatives #screenwriter #cinematographer #producer #actor #creatives #women #girlpower #nyc #madeinnyc

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INTERVIEW WITH THE REEL WOMEN!

endless gratitude + love to @thereelwomen + @medium for this beautiful profile! it is me, in raw form— check it out. click linktree in my bio. let’s keep creating great film. xo. onward. -DE https://medium.com/@thereelwomen/danielle-eliska-56eb751fea2c #filmmaker #femalefilmmaker #blackfilmmaker #artist #screenwriter #photographer #writer #playwright #medium #womenincinema #therewomen #femalefilmmakerfriday #womenofcolor #blackgirlmagic #blackwoman #black

 

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MY LIFE’S UNEXPECTED PLOT TWIST (personal transparency)

I'm a writer + filmmaker. i love a good plot twist... but nothing could've prepare me for what 3rd quarter of 2017 threw at me. because, life, is the real MVP of storytelling.

2nd quarter of 2017, i was in the midst of mapping out a strategy for #SHIELDthefilm production (most of you may remember my first campaigning efforts for my film about foster care). but in July-- an out-of-the-blue seizure + a frantic 4-hour-drama ER visit later, it was discovered my beloved boyfriend had a brain tumor + had to have an awake craniotomy.

there was a whirlwind of preparation that had to be done + in the midst of it all-- as much as i love my art + know it is my calling/destiny, i love my guy as well. he wasn't going to go through it alone. so, i pressed pause on #SHIELDthefilm + made sure i did everything i could to not only ensure he survived, but thrived.

8 months later, he's survivin' + thrivin'. Me? I'M BACK AT IT.

the month of May is two-fold meaningful for me: It's National Foster Care Awareness Month + Brain Tumor Awareness Month.  our colors are blue + gray.

in honor of  Brain Tumor Awareness + my favorite guy, I'll be wearing a gray support bracelet all month. in honor of National Foster Care Awareness + #SHIELDthefilm, our team (Meraki Society + Form and Pressure Films) will be wearing blue bracelets + launching a Seed and Spark crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for our film! WE HOPE YOU ALL SUPPORT! SPREAD THE WORD. i love you all. xo. -DE💙🎥📝✍🏾🙏🏾 #film #screenwriter #filmmaker #SHIELDthefilm #MERAKIsociety #nationalfostercareawarenessmonth #fostercareawareness #fostercare #braintumor #braintumorawareness

 

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🗣🚨OFFICIAL BOOK LAUNCH🚨🗣

TODAY IS THE OFFICIAL LAUNCH DAY + I AM EXCITED! CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO GET YOUR COPY OF #bloodsweattearsmilk !!! SUPPORT LIVING ARTISTS! may the pages speak for you! 📝✍🏾🎥🎬📸🔥

 http://www.lulu.com/shop/danielle-eliska-lyle/blood-sweat-tears-milk/paperback/product-23545033.html

#writer #screenwriter #playwright #photographer #writingcommunity 

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NEW FANS > BEING VERIFIED.

so this happened last night on Twitter while i was trying to catch up on some sleep. new viewers/admirers of your work > being verified. focus on the good work + the folks will see what you’re trying to convey to the world! so very thankful for folks! #femaleprotagonist #shortdocu #gratefultomakework

 🚨YOU CAN EXPLORE MY SHORT FILMS ON VIMEO!🚨🎥🎬✍🏾📝🔥

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