LILY - A Short Film
The Post-Production of our film LILY is well and truly underway. A huge thank you to all of our supporters who have got us this far.
We are still accepting donations to finish post and any support would help us get us over the finish line.
Please see below our Film Poster, Key Art, Teaser, Synopsis and reasons to why we felt so compelled to make LILY possible.
Click the arrow to play our Official Teaser Trailer.
LILY is a dramatic short film about April; a woman torn between love, self-worth and responsibility.
After a moment of weakness that shattered their relationship, April and her long-term partner Andy, are leaving town to start over. As they pack up their belongings, we see just what April is willing to sacrifice in order to right her wrongs and keep her sense of security.
The day unfolds to reveal that April and Andy’s relationship is teeming with emotional manipulation and co-dependency. We find April’s self-worth to be wrapped up in Andy’s perceptions of her, both in life and in his art. Meanwhile her deep sense of guilt and duty to him will push her to surrender their life in exchange for one of Andy’s choosing.
Jude, Andy’s brother, comes to assist with the move and to collect what is rightfully his, in the process unearthing Andy and April’s insecurities. Bad blood between the brothers reaches a boiling point and April finds herself caught in the crossfire.
Jude will leave with exactly what he came for. And as the dust settles, Andy and Jude will have resolved their differences. But ultimately it is April who will pay the price for their peace.
the day April and Andy move out of their artist studio and apartment, April is confronted with her life choices. She begins to question her unique relationship with her lover and his estranged brother.
In the current state of the world, we felt compelled as a female writing and director team, to immerse ourselves into a story about co-dependency and emotional manipulation from a female’s perspective.
LILY is a story about the struggle intimacy and real human connection. We wanted to shed a small light on what we are willing to sacrifice as human beings, in order to feel safe and protected.
Through LILY we have created three characters, all lost in love and obligation. Their self-worth comes into question and their individual behaviors tell us a unique story on how family dynamics shape us as people.
The characters in our film are Artists. There are three pieces of art that are featured in "LILY' that reflect their relationships. We are excited to be working with Casey Baugh, who will will be creating these works of art.
Baugh's work can be described as narrative impressionistic realism. Specializing in oil paint and charcoal, he began painting at the age of 13 and began selling professionally at age 17. When he was only 21 years old, Baugh began showing in galleries and after four years of studying with artist Richard Schmid, he had his first solo show at age 25. He has made several television appearances and has been featured on the covers of many publications, including The Artist's Magazine, American Artist's Magazine, and American Art Collector.
Baugh's art has evolved over time to become more narrative. Though still maintaining figures as his prime subject matter, he is telling more stories, and his series and exhibits are becoming more thematic. On a constant quest to push new boundaries, he is persistent in experimenting with his inspirations and artistic translations, pursuing more complicated compositions and achieving grander shows. Experience with electrical engineering as well as video and movie-making has attributed greatly in his use of props, set building, lighting, and translates to the overall harmony of his visual layouts.
Casey currently works and resides in New York City.
OUR DIRECTOR AND CAST
Sarah Prikryl started her career as a classically trained theater and film actress with experience in over 75 plays and films that span her career. As a professional photographer she currently concentrates on fine art and lifestyle photography. In her world travels, as a documentarian, the natural fit was to expand into documentary filmmaking. Currently, Sarah is a content creator, editor, head photographer and video director for "Sirens & Scoundrels", an online adventure magazine. Her experience as an actor, photographer, DP, director, and producer, have all added to her unique skill set as a visual storyteller and narrative director.
“As a director I pride myself on my ability to communicate a distinct vision, to problem solve with levity and to create a safe space of collaboration, respect, curiosity and inspiration. I’m always drawn to moments of intimacy and through filmmaking exploring magical realism. I’m passionate about opening perspectives and helping women to authentically and artistically express themselves.”
Writer/Producer and "April"
Known for: The Originals, Agent Carter, NCIS:LA
Since moving to Los Angeles in 2014, Hayley has been cast in CW’s smash hit “The Originals”, recurring as Young Esther, ABC Marvel’s Agent Carter, CBS NCIS:LA, and recurring on Nickelodeon’s Game Shakers.
Hayley has come from an established career in Australia, starring on shows including Home and Away, All Saints, Recue Special Ops, Out of the Blue and her feature Film Debut “Tumblegum” With Jack Thompson and Guy Edmonds. She is also Musical Theatre trained and spent 2009-2010 playing Lisa and Sophie U/S in the 10th Anniversary Australian Tour of the smash hit MAMMA MIA!
Hayley found a love for screenwriting at the same time her acting career took off. Her short film “Fair Call”, where she produced, wrote and starred in, found it’s home at numerous festivals universally.
Hayley is currently living in LA, where she divides her time working between Australia and Los Angeles.
Known for: The Walking Dead, Mad Men
Colorado native Ross Marquand received his BFA in Theatre from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Shortly thereafter, he moved to Los Angeles and quickly garnered attention in several film and television projects.
Before Marquand's breakout role on The Walking Dead, he portrayed screen legend Paul Newman on AMC's Mad Men.
Also an accomplished voiceover actor, Ross has lent his unique vocal talents to countless productions such as Phineas & Ferb, Conan, and video games like Battlefield Hardline.
He is especially renowned for impersonating a plethora of celebrities including Harrison Ford, Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey, Matthew McConaughey and over 50 others. This expertise led to a starring and producing role on Pop TV's Impress Me, helmed by Ben Shelton and Rainn Wilson.
Known for: How To Get Away With Murder, NCIS, Rizzoli and Isles
Jack Mikesell received his Master of Fine Arts in Theatre at the University of California, San Diego. While in San Diego Jack worked in the World Premiere of the Flaming Lips musical, Yoshimi Battle’s the Pink Robots at La Jolla Playhouse.
After school Jack moved north and set roots in Los Angeles were he began a working in television. He portrayed Rudy Walter’s in ABC’s hit drama How to Get Away with Murder.
Never one to sit still for too long, Jack wrote and directed his first feature What if He Wins. A story about a group a 5 friends at a dinner party on the night that Donald Trump is elected President and the chaos that ensues.
HOW THE FUNDS WILL BE USED:
Along with investing our own money, we hope to use the funds raised to take "Lily" to the next level of production. From your wonderful generosity, we will be able to turn "Lily" into the Artistic and inspiring film we always hoped it to be.
Your funds will go towards:
- Director of Photography
- Assistant Director
- Sound Engineer
- Film equipment
- Cast and Crew
- Shooting location
- Artwork & art direction
- Craft services
Thank you so much for helping our film Lily come to life. Every small donation will not only go towards making "Lily" a success, but it also supports Women In Film and raising the importance and power of self-awareness .
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We cannot wait to share our film with you.
Thank you so very much.
Sarah and Hayley