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. 

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