Don't Forget to Breathe
A failed emergency evacuation leaves two dedicated research scientists trapped in their laboratory with a deadly airborne virus that will rapidly deteriorate their brain’s activity. Remembering one simple thing will determine their survival.
Inclusion StatementWe are a group of multicultural women producers, filmmakers, and actresses working together to bring this gem of a story to the big screen. We want to dispel the belief that sci-fi is for men only or a genre devoid of fans of color.
About The Project
MEET THE ACTORS NABIL AND ABA
Styled after classic sci-fi anthologies like The Outer Limits, Twilight Zone, Alfred Hitchcock Presents and Night Gallery, DON’T FORGET TO BREATHE centers on Christine and John, both research scientists at Hillside Pharmaceuticals. A testing facility where curses and cures are created.
They are preparing to present their project to the board of directors when suddenly the facility goes into a total lockdown after a harmful agent is released into the air ducts by a fellow researcher.
The airborne agent could cause accelerated memory loss and rapid deterioration of fine-motor skills, so the facility is quickly evacuated -- except for Christine and John, who delay their escape in an attempt to save their research.
Once locked in, John and Christine must fight to survive until help arrives.
DON’T FORGET TO BREATHE marks my debut as a screenwriter and director. The story is a sci-fi/psychological thriller that examines the subconscious mind’s fight-or-flight response when faced with a perceived threat. The idea was inspired by song lyrics that haunted me. Contemplating on how the brain works, I thought to myself: What kind of situation must a person find him or herself in that he or she would have to remember how to do something as unconscious and elemental as breathing? As I considered this, the process of writing the script began.
TONE OF THE FILM
Join me in bringing this film to audiences around the world!
We are seeking to raise $10,000 for production and post-production costs. Donations of all sizes are welcomed and appreciated.
As a new voice in the film industry and a black female filmmaker, I hope to bring this story to life while dispelling the belief that female writers don't have a place in science fiction writing. My mission is also to tackle the cultural misconceptions and generalizations that exist in our cinematographic society and expand the market to include people of color.
By donating to this campaign, you will help me model female empowerment to other women who dream of being filmmakers. Your donation will support both the art of storytelling as well as the movement toward representing the frequently underrepresented in the film industry.
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About This Team
Yvette “Phoenix” Joseph (Writer, Director, Executive Producer)
hails from Wilmington, Delaware, the Blue Hen State. The youngest of two daughters of a single mother -- with her mother always working and her older sister buried in her books, Yvette found entertainment in TV anthologies of the 80’s and 90’s, such as The Ray Bradbury Theater, The Outer Limits, and reruns of the classic shows The Twilight Zone, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and Night Gallery series.
Her sister infused her love for thrillers when one day she was reading Night Shift by Stephen King. Yvette curiously asked her what the story was about and her sister read her the story from cover to cover. Yvette was hooked! She continued to ask her sister to read her more stories. Her sister agreed and Yvette's imagination began to fill with stories from psychological thrillers/horror masters like Wes Craven, John Carpenter, and DC Andrews.
In 2002, Yvette moved to New York City, a world hub for theater and film, in the hopes that she would be able to build experiences and opportunities that would contribute to her passion for storytelling. After moving to New York, she took on employment in the fashion industry in order to provide for herself. This career choice pulled her further away from her dream than anticipated or desired. After being in the fashion industry for over 10 plus years, she decided to reignite her passion for storytelling and filmmaking by pursuing it full time.
Yvette's script, "DON’T FORGET TO BREATHE," will mark her debut as a screenwriter and director. In her most recent project, the short film Harlem Love, Yvette served as producer, costume designer, and actress, which afforded her tremendous accolades in the Huffington Post, being recognized for her ability to capture the authentic style of the Harlem Renaissance period.
Yvette has studied Acting, Screenwriting and Directing Actors with The Independent Film School, Fiction writing with Gotham Writers and Screenwriting with Women on Writing.
Michele Baldwin (Producer)
is an American, multi-talented creative artist: Actor, Award Winning Producer/Filmmaker and an overall Inspirer with over 20 plus years experience that encompasses all aspects of the Entertainment field: Film, TV, Theater and the Internet. Michele is very passionate about her work and feels amazingly blessed for the gifts and talents God has given her. She has an extensive arsenal of theater and film projects under her belt as an actor, and an array of screenplays, TV shows, and stage plays as a Producer, Writer and Director.
As a creator of content, she seeks to not just make "movies," or tell simple stories, but rather to be a creator of compelling, more deeply aligned stories that speak to the true human diaspora, exploring the multi-faceted emotions that we endure. Just as the character's she writes, Michele enjoys portraying generally strong, opinionated, witty and inspiring women. Additionally, she feels the industry needs to truly embrace more women of varying shades in viable roles in film and on TV.
Believing strongly in doing whatever is necessary to get the project done, Michele has additionally worked as an editor, camera operator, stage manager and varying crew roles on film and TV production sets, as well as serving as a teaching artist, motivational speaker to secondary grade school children, producing consultant, acting coach/teacher and contributing writer to several trade magazines and blogs.
Producing for the past nine years, Michele has helped to bring a varying array of independent films, commercials and theater projects to the forefront. Her projects have been in many popular film festivals; Urbanworld, Jersey City International Film Festival to name a few, with one having been an NAACP Image Award request. Michele has earned considerable IMDB credits in varying roles and has graced numerous NY City theater stages; MST, Second Stage Theatre, 59E59, EST and more.
A student of the Einhorn School of Performing Arts, Michele is also a Member of: SAG-AFTRA, NYWIFT, IFP, Flobel.org, Off-Broadway Alliance, Newark Business, Hub, and the Frank Silvera Writer's Workshop.
Nadhege Ptah (Producer)
is an actor/writer/producer/dancer/director of film, stage, and theater. She began her artistic journey dancing in her mother’s womb and made good on that promise - winning awards for choreography and dance with various modern dance ensembles and garnering acknowledgment from The United Nations for her work. She has starred in several leading and supporting roles and has worn many hats for various productions. Huffington Post, Backstage, Harlem Times and Off-Off Broadway Review have acknowledged Ptah with rave reviews for her performances and writing skills.
Nadhege is the founder and CEO of the Harlem-based production company MAAT Films. Her work attempts to shed light on social injustices while igniting change in many American communities. Her recent project Harlem Love, which she starred and produced premiered privately in February 2017 to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance with Sonia Sanchez whose voice and poem are featured in the film. Her past projects include the award-winning film as producer, writer, actress in DoDo TiTi which continues to screen at various festivals and an honorarium invitation at Mount Holyoke College. She is in pre-production to direct She Loves’ music video, co-writing a pilot for a South African-American TV drama, and writing the short film Paris Blues in Harlem. Ptah is a member of SAG-AFTRA, AEA, Black Documentary Collective, Frank Silvera Writers Workshop, and NYWIFT.
Frances Lozada (Production Manager)
Frances Lozada is an actress/producer/dancer. She started her career as a professional Mambo/Salsa Dancer. She danced in various groups throughout NYC and performed and opened for the Legendary Wynton Marsalis at a concert at the House of Tribes in NYC.
She began acting in various theater productions and worked her way into film and TV. She wrote and produced plays, like La Reina Del Baile (Dancing Queen) and Insiders starry Franky G(Italian Job/Saw 2). She also performed with the Medicine Women Group in Harlem, NY.
Frances has also produced and managed several short and feature films, 36 Saints, Tango Shalom, The Garden Left Behind including a TV Pilot Pale Blue Light. Her latest project The Garden Left Behind directed by Flavio Alves, was one of the 6 Narrative films in the world selected for the IFP program.
She has been in front and behind the scenes and continues to work and produce unique films. Her work allows her to be surrounded by creative and amazing people and to further grow as an artist.