A New YouTube Playlist: The Labyrinth

An exploration/series about a woman in a void who is dealing with uncertainty and invisible obstacles and threats. This is one of those projects in which subtext reveals itself existentially through an improvisational process of video performance. #femalefilmmakers #blackartist #womenartists #experimentalfilm #sylviatoyindustries

Eostre and Springtime Sunshine

Can’t get enough like this these days.

This Little Plot

Easter and Passover are holidays celebrated by many around the world. The Old English/Germanic goddess Eostre – often portrayed in great beams of sunlight in springtime – is thought to have inspired these later celebrations. Fertility symbols like eggs and rabbits abound, as the weather warms and spring planting is in full swing.

Fuller, of course, than usual due to the global coronavirus crisis. As the United States struggles to cope with increasingly dire situations across the country, developing and other nations are also endangered, with fewer resources. People in the US are turning to growing their own food at rates not seen in decades. Larger agricultural concerns, at a loss due to the closure of restaurants and other food businesses, are forced to waste or compost their massive stockpiles, highlighting the dangers of turning away from community-based gardening and farming.

We’re fortunate to live where community resources are strong…

View original post 147 more words

DERMALIAN by Sylvia Toy, dir. Tess Collins


Tess Collins

I am pleased to announce that my friend of many years, Tess Collins, has agreed to direct DERMALIAN by Sylvia Toy.

Tess Collins is a coal miner’s granddaughter. She spent her early years listening to mountain tales of haunted hollows, ghosts, moonshiners and unsolved murders. No doubt they influenced her own writing. She is the author of seven novels: SHADOW MOUNTAIN; THE HUNTER OF HERTHA; NOTOWN; HELEN OF TROY; THE LAW OF REVENGE; THE LAW OF THE DEAD; and THE LAW OF BETRAYAL. Tess is also the author of HOW THEATER MANAGERS MANAGE, as well as the plays Helen of Troy, Tossing Monte and Barbarians. She has a Ph.D. in Theater Management, Producing and Writing from The Union Institute and University. This will be her first film.

My husband, Michael Lewis, who is also my Co-Producer, will direct cinematography.

Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis at The NYPL

Anne Coroller Germanique is the Composer.

Anne Coroller Germanique

Anne Coroller Germanique

I will play most of the roles myself and I will also edit the movie. Tess has expressed interest in taking one of the roles; and I’m hoping that will be Sub-Commander Jacqueline Pearce, who, like Tess, is an attractive woman “with a lot of hair.” I have decided to go for broke and ask the actor who inspired Lt. Blondie in the first place whether she will read the screenplay and consider playing that role.

DERMALIAN’s “Look Book” is the spinoff short, DR. VERNE’S LITTLE BIG BANG. An EPK for the spinoff is here.

DERMALIAN by Sylvia Toy. Director Tess Collins. Writer Sylvia Toy St. Louis. Co-Producers Sylvia Toy St. Louis and Michael Lewis. Composer Anne Coroller Germanique.

LOGLINE: Aliens long after humans, who having discovered the ruins of the New York Public Library & becoming enamored of humans, establish the Ruins of the NYPL archaeological site & investigate why humans became extinct. 

You can make a donation to the project through our fiscal sponsor Women Make Movies: https://www.wmm.com/sponsored-project/dermalian/. Many thanks to donors Roxanne Claire, “Empathy”, Francesca Fini, David Griess, Mrs. Pippi Konstanski and Daniel O’Reilly.

#femalefilmmakers #scifi #empathy #environment #plasticpollution #chromakey #greenscreen #animation

LELA CAVEMISTRESS, a performance piece

LELA CAVEMISTRESS is a nonlinear narrative about a Paleolithic artist who believes she is the oldest human alive. The videos in this YouTube Playlist are rehearsal and story development research  for the movie that I hope to shoot next year. I wore a “zero” outfit like I would do if I was performing live onstage and shot this as pristinely as I would a “movie” movie, so that I can submit the Storyboard for exhibition in visual arts and or performance art venues.


#femalefilmmakers #blackartist #womenartists #paleolithic #cavepainting #experimentalfilm #avantgarde