Eliza


TYPE
: Narrative Feature
GENRE: Drama
STATUS: Pre-Production

LOGLINE

When a privileged Mulatto slave learns her Master has sold her son to a notorious slave trader, she’s determined to escape during Kentucky’s Antebellum South, 1852.

SYNOPSIS

Eliza Harris is a privileged Mulatto slave who lives on a Kentucky plantation owned by Arthur Shelby. Eliza overhears Arthur Shelby attempting to sell her four-year-old son to a cruel slave trader, Mr. Hayes following her husband, George Harris’ escape to Canada with the intent of buying his family’s freedom. Eliza’s journey and struggle to freedom starts at midnight, leaping across a dangerous ice river with her son in her arms, traveling to a Quaker establishment- meeting some trustworthy Quakers and some not- who arrange her kidnapping, to Eliza and her son being shackled in chains. Racing against time, Eliza fights for her life, suffers visceral violation, yet escapes the terror. Eliza and her son reunite with her husband George Harris aboard a steamboat pushing gallantly onward from Lake Erie’s pier headed for Canada.

ARTISTIC STATEMENT

Our creative vision for this project is three-fold. First, a mother’s instinct to protect her child is more powerful than any physical, legal or psychological boundary line. Our sons were taken away from us in 1852. 166 years later, our sons are still being taken away from us.— Their names are Jordan Edwards, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Freddie Gray, and Sean Bell, among others. We wanted to tell a story of a mother who would do anything to save her son with the film’s affirmation: “This is one son they can’t have.” Second, this project aims to fight for equality (i.e. race, ethnicity, gender, religion, orientation, language, age, et al. and plant a seed of acceptance. The frustration of inequality experienced in 1852 is still very relevant in 2018 and we need more honest conversations and a shared understanding of why. But it all starts with courage. Our third and last obligation for this project is to empower women by shedding light on the consequentialism that follows when men attempt to cause fear with power, which prompted the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements and for audiences around the world to never underestimate the strength of a woman.

KEY CREW

Kym Mosley - Writer

A native of Houston, Texas currently living in NYC with her family, Kym is pursuing her Master's Degree in Creative Writing & Literature. She holds an undergraduate degree from Prairie View A&M University. Her screenplay, Eliza was nominated for Best Screenplay at the Urbanworld Film Festival and was a quarter-finalist for Francis Ford Coppola’s Zoetrope Screenplay Contest. She loves reading novels that centralize courage and feature women of Color.

(Credits: StyleMyCloset, Jason Kaufman Photography)

Barbara Sam - Producer

Barbara Sam is a creative director who has developed and produced online content for; a lifestyle series City Guide and Africa Connect, a media publication. In addition, she has also produced live shows that include Internet of Fashion and Albinism Awareness Day charity event. Barbara holds an Associate of Science Degree in Film and Television Production from Borough of Manhattan Community College. Currently, she is completing her Bachelors Degree at Lehman College in Journalism to explore more opportunities in front and behind the camera to tell compelling stories of diverse cultures.

John Reilly - Producer

John Reilly is a New York City-based media content producer who has worked on a multitude of projects from VH1 reality series Black Ink Crew to pioneering the annual memorial events for recording artist Notorious BIG. Six has covered almost every aspect of media work.  He successfully ran and developed an internet radio station, clothing line and managed celebrity clientele.  He is a graduate of New York Film Academy and a media studies student at The New School.  He is also a member of the Independent Film Project, Veterans in Film and Television, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Producers Guild of America (Student Member).

Justin Baez - Producer

Justin Baez is a born and raised New York-based Manager & Producer. His acting clients have appeared in several films such as Friends With Benefits, Above The Rim, and SAFE. He's also produced several short films, animated pilots, and web series. He's a winner of the Best Short Film award from the Harlem International Film Festival for his film Hello, Malcolm. Justin created and co-owns a top clothing brand in New York City. He has collaborated with artists such as Jadakiss, DJ Khaled, and Funkmaster Flex to name a few. He's also in partnership with MTV2's Wild N Out, Epic Records, Desus & Mero, Bad Boy Entertainment, and many others.  

 

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ACCOLADES

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IFP Fiscal Sponsorship Program 2019
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Francis Ford Coppola’s Zoetrope Screenplay Contest Quarter-Finalist
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UrbanWorld Film Festival Best Screenplay Nomination

 

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