Elegy


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

LOGLINE

After 16 years, Catherine and Daniel are reunited with their long lost daughter.

SYNOPSIS

Kidnapped at birth, Catherine and Daniel are reunited with their long lost daughter, Cait, after 16 years. The two parents prepare a welcome home party the day she comes to her real home, as a way to celebrate her return. Cait is introduced to a wave of the family she never knew existed but manages to get intimate moments with who would have been closest to her. Between her grandmother, father and mother, she slowly learns of the life she could have had if she was never taken - and the life she’s going to have now. But it may not be the life any of them were expecting.

ARTISTIC STATEMENT

When my sister passed away, it had a profound effect on me personally and creatively. I found myself in this weird crossroad of where I should be going with my life. Between having no creative spark left and working on a string of incredibly bad productions, I was considering leaving filmmaking altogether. A dear friend of mine told me about this crazy thing that happened in Brazil. Someone kidnapped a couple's baby when he was born and 16 years later they found him. When he returned home to his biological parents, he rejected them and wanted to be back with his captor, who raised him as if it was her own. This influenced me to write Elegy, the script before you. I wrote it with "what if a parent had a second chance to be with their child?" in mind, thinking of my mother, who has been devastated since my sister passed. But, as the ending of the film shows you, some things are just meant to happen, no matter how horrible. But, for me personally, it’s a way to vent the pain I am feeling about my sister’s passing. My entire career I’ve been searching to tell interesting stories that have happened to other people, but I’ve recently been doing more personal things (like my short film How Long The Night, a meditation piece about missing someone I deeply cared about and how it has been affecting my work). Even still, I can’t resist telling a story about how someone else feels, in this case exploring the pain my mother feels.

KEY CREW

John Flynn - Director/Producer

John Flynn (Director, Producer) is an award-winning filmmaker from Long Island, NY. John has directed many short films, including Rain, which made its world premiere at the prestigious Palm Springs International ShortFest and has been picked up for television distribution around the world. He has produced films like the award-winning short Tom In America, starring two Academy Award-nominated actors and directed by award-winning filmmaker Flavio Alves, which has been in film festivals around the world, and The Garden Left Behind, a feature film starring Michael Madsen and Ed Asner, which has been accepted into the IFP Narrative Film Labs. Other notable works include the award winning films Anemone (CUNY Asian American Film Festival Best Film, Honorable Mention), Ggu:m (SVA Film Festival, Best Film), Until The Night Is Over, and Atramentous. John Flynn is the founder of Skye Films, a New York-based production company.

 

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IFP Fiscal Sponsorship Program 2019
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Daisie Staff Pick 2019

 

UPDATE - July 01, 2019

Thank you all for supporting my new film, ELEGY! For more information and a glimpse inside the vision of the film, please visit the film's website: https://www.skye-films.com/elegy

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