What does it take to become a producer, director, writer, CEO/Founder of a production company? It takes one woman with the honesty to question what she wants and then go for it. It takes drive and imagination, it takes goals.
Danielle Earle grew up with a mother, father and two siblings, she moved a few times, but everything was normal is that part of her life. She considered herself a shy kid, who kept more to herself than with friends.
“I was completely shy kid, hung out with very few friends, spent most of my childhood, writing in my notebook, daydreaming and drawing cartoons,” said Earle.
With that in mind, she began her journey on self discovery. She graduated from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA majoring in Animation and Visual Effects. Then she attended City College of New York for her MFA and began studying Film Directing – Documentary Films. Then she started a web series called “On The Scene” where she traveled all over to interview bands. After YouTube success, she decided to take everything a step further.
“Brooklyn Is In Love” became an award winning series, that also grabbed the attention of The Writers Guild of America East. “After Season 1 of ‘Brooklyn Is In Love,” and they had heard about the web series, and really thought it was an interesting storyline. That’s how I was able to sign to the Guild. Very unexpected,” said Earle.
PL Entertainment LLC, has been an ever-expanding project for Danielle, she started the company in 2010 and wanted to focus on independent and narrative films. Under the company name there have been the web series, a short film and now two feature films in the works: “Mad About the Boy” and “Lover’s Game.”
There has been a buzz about the feature film and what’s not to buzz about, the story line is romantic and happens a lot in real life: Two women, Gillian and Annabella, a lonely art gallery owner, struggling to have a baby with her successful husband Vincent (NY District Attorney), and Gillian a seductive, mysterious lesbian artist. The two characters shared that feeling of rejection, emotional pain of nothingness as they became close friends, then lovers.
And though all of her projects have a LGBT theme, “Lover’s Game” is more personal to Danielle. “I was going through a similar time from the character Annabella in the film. I felt trapped, isolated from my own identity, and it was then when I felt that I really wanted to write a storyline that was similar to that emotion, and I felt that I need to get it everything that was troubling me out on paper. The fears of sexuality, self discovery growth, as a 28 year old woman. I’m pretty sure everyone in that age range, you’re going to have fears of something one way or another, and whether if it touches on that subject, or fears of commitment, relationships, accomplishments, death. You name it. We’ve lived it, and I think people like watching films like that. I guess, that’s the reason why I wanted to produce it.”
Danielle says that love speaks to everyone in the same way and that is why she wanted to produce a film like this. With that, she is a supporter of the Human Rights Campaign and the Anti-Bullying Act. She believes in love all the way around.
“I actually donated to the Human Rights Campaign while I was on vacation in Florida, right before the Presidential Election. Every year, I donate to the charity; they are doing such an amazing job, expressing equality to every organization all over the world for LGBT youth. It’s a great cause,” said Earle.
Danielle has big goals for 2013, she wants to spread the word about “Lover’s Game” and hopefully get the film considered for Sundance, Tribeca, and many other film festivals around the world.
She loves zombies and is working on lesbian-themed zombie stories!
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