Art in Heaven
(2016, writer/director Jessica Elisa Boyd)
A priest, grieving for a child, separated from his wife, is about to quit the church. Encouraged to take a temporary post in a quiet country parish, he forms a friendship with a young parishioner who comes to practice on the church piano.
Reviewed at the Newport Beach Film Festival 2016 in the Huffington Post: “Profoundly moving…it is astonishing that Boyd manages to weave so complex a web of emotional connections in so brief a time”
Art in Heaven has been officially selected for the 2016 London Independent, Portobello and Newport Beach Film Festivals, as well as the Cannes Court Metrage.
Sogni D’Oro (Dreams of Gold)
(2014, writer/director Jessica Elisa Boyd)
Inspired by dresses in the local dress shop, a young girl is transported from her mundane life into a world of dreams and possibilities. Set in Tuscany in 1952, Sogni D’Oro (Dreams of Gold) is an old fashioned fairytale about a young girl growing up in relative poverty on a farm with her father. Every Friday at 5pm the local dress shop changes its window display and she rushes to see what imaginary delights each new dress will conjure… Shot on location in rural Tuscany, the film has no dialogue making it universally enjoyable and increasing the feeling that it is a classic film.
“The phrase ‘Sogni D’Oro’ is the Italian equivalent to ‘sweet dreams’. It literally means ‘dreams of gold’ and I’ve always loved it as an expression. For me it conjures up more than just ‘sweet’ dreams, it encourages all the truly magical dreams that we have of weird and wonderful possibilities, bold hopes and fantastic ambitions.” – Jessica Elisa Boyd.
Starring Russ Abbot, this is a magical, tale that will resonate with the dreamer in us all.
From the same team as Art in Heaven (written and directed by Jessica Elisa Boyd, DOP Sam Goldwater, edited by Laura Morrod and music by Alexander Boyd), Sogni D’Oro won Best Drama at the 2014 Portobello Film Festival in London, and was officially selected for the 2014 LA Shorts, LA Womens’, Boston, New York City International, Tiburon and Newport Beach Film Festivals.
Three and a Half Songs
(2013, writer/director Jessica Elisa Boyd)
Jaded and single, a young singer/songwriter (Laura Evans) – during a gig – makes eye contact with a man in the audience. As she sings, she dreams of their relationship. Three and a half songs later, she decides to take control of her fate…
St Elmo Pictures’ first short film project ‘Three and a Half Songs’ was born and bred in Los Angeles. Also written and directed by Jessica Elisa Boyd, it’s a bitter-sweet tale of a single LA singer-songwriter who sees a young man in her audience that prompts a sequence of rememberings/imaginings as she sings her way towards the possibility of love. Starring real-life singer/songwriter Laura Evans, performing her own songs, and Eric Aude (Days of Our Lives, American Sniper) , the film received great acclaim at its LA premiere and filled us with the inspiration and confidence to throw ourselves into production for Sogni D’Oro