Hey, I'm Elena!

Austin, Texas

Elena Weinberg is co-owner/CEO of TurtleDove Films and co-creator/producer of critically acclaimed webseries, #ATown. She serves as the Marketing & Communications Chair for the B. Iden Payne Awards Council, a local theatre awards council. She is the head of Marketing at FEAD MEdia, where she also works as a Social Media Strategist.

My Projects

Projects I'm Supporting

Better With You - A Halloween Romance

Salt Lake City Series
Romantic Comedy, Romance

Two people who socialize very differently meet and find their lives might be better with each other - if they can make space for one other.

110%

This project got the green light!

God Made Man

Austin Feature
Drama, LGBTQ

Leading double lives and seeking redemption, a homeless transgender man, a penniless drag queen, and a corrupt lawyer violently collide

102%

This project got the green light!

Adulting Web Series

Los Angeles Series
Comedy

Adulting is a comedic web series about an unlikely duo, Katie and Charlie, who take their first stab at the real world together and attempt

102%

This project got the green light!

Endless Light

Fairbanks Feature
Drama, Sci-Fi

Returning home, a bipolar woman attempts to decipher her brother's suicide through occult intervention with Alaska's wilderness.

101%

This project got the green light!

Duncan

Austin Feature
Crime, Satire

A young black journalist & an angry alt-right militiaman team up to uncover a child trafficking ring hidden in a pizzeria's basement.

86%

This project got the green light!

Inbetween Girl

Galveston Feature
Comedy, Teen

Angie's life becomes even more complicated when she begins an affair with a popular jock at her new private school.

115%

This project got the green light!

BABYDOLL

Austin Feature
Comedy, Drama

A failed musician and a stubborn teenager make a pact to drive across Texas to retrieve his stolen guitar and meet her long lost father.

104%

This project got the green light!

Passion & Progress

Lakeland Series
Documentary

When people of color set out an ambitious goal to reach their highest potential, only to be faced with societal barriers.

110%

This project got the green light!

STiGMA

Atlanta Series
Drama

As Senator Ingram stares down an easy reelection, things become unstable when he is diagnosed with a mental illness.

113%

This project got the green light!

Someone Will Assist You Shortly

Hampton Bays Feature
Drama, LGBTQ

A gay hospice nurse climbs back into the closet to care for his abusive dad and the behaviorally challenging nephew he never knew he had.

81%

This project got the green light!

Sam and Pat Are Depressed... season 2!

New York Series
Comedy, LGBTQ

Depressed roommates Sam and Pat navigate living with mental illness through dark humor, profanity, and takeout.

253%

This project got the green light!

Miles Underwater

San Antonio Feature
Drama, Family

13-year-old Miles is struggling to find where he belongs when an unusual event forces him to face his biggest fear and take a leap of faith.

106%

This project got the green light!

Shedding - a feature film

Los Angeles Feature
Drama, Fantasy

A cat who longs to explore the outside world transforms into a human and helps heal a broken family.

102%

This project got the green light!

Deforming Stillness

Austin Series
Drama, Transmedia

Web series focused around people subjected to sexual harassment/assault and what forms in the silences.

80%

This project got the green light!

The NEW FREEDOM

Denver Feature
Horror, Thriller

It's not just about survival. It's about a community.

124%

This project got the green light!

Romance Analyst

New York Feature
Comedy

A platonic love triangle between a woman, her best friend, and her therapist.

102%

This project got the green light!

Tales From the Dancing Maenads

Austin Series
Thriller, Drama

An anthology series of short films exploring female archetypes in vintage style.

100%

This project got the green light!

Sign

Los Angeles Short
Drama

A damaged man sets today to be his last, but an unexpected encounter gives him a renewed outlook on life.

83%

This project got the green light!

Wolves Inside

Austin Short
Western, Drama

A female-led western that explores the duality of good and evil that struggles within us all and the unexpected path it leads us.

118%

This project got the green light!

The Long Goodbye

Los Angeles Short
Drama, Family

Troubled by his Grandfather's sudden surgery, Matt's last minute visit accidentally exposes a truth no one is prepared to face.

91%

This project got the green light!

Am I Out There?

Austin Short
Drama, Documentary

Before getting abducted by aliens for the last time, Josh makes a documentary to prove his story to the world...and say goodbye.

100%

This project got the green light!

The Mother Lode

Hoboken Series
Comedy

A positive parenting mother faces the underbelly of motherhood with the help of her dead father, an old friend, and a TV producer.

81%

This project got the green light!

Second Assault

Los Angeles Short
Documentary

Twelve years after being sexually assaulted on her college campus, Jillian embarks on a journey to confront the past.

113%

This project got the green light!

The Gift

San Francisco Short
Fantasy, Drama

In a parallel universe, an isolated girl who is bullied for her uncommonly large ears finds solace in an unusual friendship with a crow.

105%

This project got the green light!

LION KILLER

Houston Feature
Drama

Fighting Solves Everything

109%

This project got the green light!

Drought

Wilmington Feature
Comedy, Drama

The summer after high school, Sam searches for a better life for herself and younger brother with Autism.

101%

This project got the green light!

Little Evil Bookshop

Seattle Feature
Comedy, Satire

When the world's most powerful occult leader visits a modest mystic bookshop, its owner must impress him at all costs.

83%

This project got the green light!

Bring Me an Avocado

San Francisco Feature
Drama

When a violent encounter leaves Robin in a coma, her family ventures to maintain normalcy for her children while managing their own grief.

113%

This project got the green light!

A Room Full of Nothing

Austin Feature
Adventure, Romance

In this Swiss Army Man meets Eternal Sunshine adventure an artistic couple's life takes a bizarre turn when they wake up alone in the world.

105%

This project got the green light!

I'll Be Around

Los Angeles Feature
Drama, Comedy

Against the backdrop of a post-punk music festival, a handful of 30-somethings deal with a wide variety of social and philosophical issues

82%

This project got the green light!

ACID TEST (feature film)

Houston Feature
Comedy, Drama

The absurdly dramatic coming-of-age story of a teenage girl who launches a rebellion when she drops acid and goes home to her parents.

94%

This project got the green light!

What Lies West

Santa Rosa Feature
Adventure, Drama

Two girls desperate to create their own adventure set out into the wilderness of California on a daring hike to the coast.

142%

This project got the green light!

"SURE-FIRE" - Development Funding Phase II

New York Feature
Comedy, Crime

SURE-FIRE is a comedy about a NYC con man having a mid-life crisis who stumbles into becoming a movie producer to pay off gangsters.

152%

This project got the green light!

Palace

Bloomington Feature
Drama

The family-fractured lives of a stubborn mechanic, a retired widower, and a repressed college student intertwine at a bar in rural Indiana.

104%

This project got the green light!

White Death

Needham Feature
Drama

A construction worker tries to leave the family business to pursue his life long dream of making a documentary about great white sharks.

160%

This project got the green light!

High

Tabernash Short
Drama, Experimental

An unnerved young mother and a footloose ski bum unearth suppressed desires in a hazardous twist of encounters.

86%

This project got the green light!

Fantastic Santa Monaco

Los Angeles Feature
Drama, Satire

A film about a group of performance artists who are looking for love, connection and significance in Los Angeles.

80%

This project got the green light!

Contemporary Mating Rituals

Los Angeles Series
Romantic Comedy

After a brutal break up, Maya signs up for online dating and is thrown into a whole new world of dating rules and rituals.

80%

This project got the green light!

Virtually

Los Angeles Short
Romance, Sci-Fi

A woman struggling in a post-apocalyptic wasteland discovers a VR machine and finds love while repeating the same VR sunset over and over.

112%

This project got the green light!

The Invaders

New York Short
Horror, Thriller

When a girl is followed on her way home, she finds herself facing a sinister force that threatens her entire existence.

278%

This project got the green light!

Imaginary Bullets

Phoenix Short
Drama, Fantasy

A dark modern fairy tale about imagination and what happens when it becomes reality.

152%

This project got the green light!

Petit Rat

New York Feature
Documentary, Family

A girl's dream to be a dancer is cut short when the Nazis invade Paris. Her daughters carry on her legacy, honoring their unbreakable bond.

133%

This project got the green light!

And Breathe

Austin Short
Drama, Nature

Maya is devastated, lost, and doesn't know who she is... Can she let go of the past and her ego to find healing and inner peace?

106%

This project got the green light!

Pulling Wool

New York Feature
Action, Comedy

A two hander about a platonic best-friendship that culminates in a city wide search for $7,000 to pay off gambling debt and save their lives

92%

This project got the green light!

Petals & Stems

Austin Short
Romantic Comedy, Shorts Program

The idea that nothing lasts forever rings especially true for a modern florist.

81%

This project got the green light!

Human Telegraphs

New York Series
Comedy

Three women form a ‘human messaging’ business in NYC and get tangled in the intimate, unexpected, and hilarious lives of strangers.

91%

This project got the green light!

CRUDE

Los Angeles Series
Comedy, Drama

A story about Andy Cooper and her gang of merry assholes dealing with the loss of one of their own and how life is revealed through death.

127%

This project got the green light!

Ghost Girl

New York Series
Comedy, Musical

Ghost Girl, Jess, navigates the afterlife and helps BFFL, Emma Leigh, through the 5 Stages of Grief with songs, snacks, sleepovers & more.

126%

This project got the green light!

Self Portrait

New York Short
Drama, Experimental

A young woman reflects on the authenticity of her parents marriage in a staged dinner scene revealing three individual perspectives.

112%

This project got the green light!

Lily 'N' Rose

Denver Short
Drama

Lily and Rose are best friends. When Rose abandons her, Lily flees into the wilderness, confronting something even more profound.

115%

This project got the green light!

An Act of Terror

Charlotte Short
Drama, History

The true story of Virginia Christian, a 16-year-old African American girl accused of murder in the Jim Crow South.

150%

This project got the green light!

Pay to Stay

New York Short
Horror, LGBTQ

A couple take a mini-vacation to repair their relationship, unaware the AirBNB they rented may lead to their untimely end.

82%

This project got the green light!

Sylphvania Grove

New York Short
Adventure, Fantasy

A troubled girl follows a magical being into the woods where her fears take on fantastical forms.

210%

This project got the green light!

Exposure

Pepin Feature
Romance, LGBTQ

Two women set off on separate journeys of self-reflection and contemplation. What happened between them? How did the relationship die?

100%

This project got the green light!

Odette

Portsmouth Short
Comedy, Horror

A curse. A small town. Two adventures trying to save the world and get some pancakes.. #Not Another Zombie Cowboy Love Story

86%

This project got the green light!

Forbidden Steps

Los Angeles Feature
Global Celebration, Family

A Muslim police officer stuck between his dancer daughter & orthodox father must grapple with ties to tradition & his own American dream.

101%

This project got the green light!

Hide and Seek

Washington Short
Drama, Sci-Fi

An indie rock musician turned stay-at-home dad makes an impulsive wish, propelling him into an alternate reality.

130%

This project got the green light!

To Life

Austin Short
Comedy, Fantasy

When grief and laughter meet, the worst advice may be the best.

100%

This project got the green light!

The Last Clinics

McAllen Series
Documentary

"The Last Clinics" follows abortion clinics and communities at the center of the battle against reproductive rights.

100%

This project got the green light!

Distance

Los Angeles Series
Romantic Comedy

a long distance love story told from two perspectives - HIS (directed by a fella) and HERS (directed by a lady)

100%

This project got the green light!

Seekers of the Lost Worlds

Wesley Chapel Feature
Adventure, Fantasy

After receiving a mysterious ancient tablet, two unlikely adventurers are set on quest to find the lost continent of Atlantis.

106%

This project got the green light!

About a Donkey

New York Feature
Comedy, LGBTQ

A quirky ensemble comedy about growing up, about growing old, and about a donkey.

108%

This project got the green light!

EMIKO

Seattle Short
Horror, Thriller

A kind caregiver watches over a deeply ill woman only to discover not everything appears as it seems and something far sinister lies within.

89%

This project got the green light!

Hard-ish Bodies

Austin Short
Comedy, Shorts Program

An ensemble comedy featuring the men and women of Stoney’s Rock Hard Palace - a male strip club with dancers of all shapes and sizes.

150%

This project got the green light!

MIRL

New York Series
Comedy, Reality-TV

raw, real, scripted reality tv

100%

This project got the green light!

OR DIE TRYING

Los Angeles Series
Drama

Four ambitious women attempt to achieve their own definition of success while dealing with the struggles of being a millennial in Hollywood.

82%

This project got the green light!

Avowed

Los Angeles Short
Drama, Shorts Program

A young nun to be struggles to understand why her patient lacks sentience. A film about disability, feminism, and tested faith.

116%

This project got the green light!

HERE NOW

Los Angeles Short
Drama, Family

HERE NOW is a magical reality about the power of a parent’s love.

142%

This project got the green light!

Real Artists

San Francisco Short
Sci-Fi, Thriller

In the near future, a young animator is offered what should be her dream job; but then discovers the truth of the modern "creative" process.

112%

This project got the green light!

The Fob and I: Season Two

Los Angeles Series
Comedy

A webseries about 2 Indians that are different.

113%

This project got the green light!

GOOD GUYS WITH GUNS

Albuquerque Short
Crime, Drama

Too many "good guys" with guns try to be heroes during a robbery. Everything goes wrong since no one knows who the other good guys are.

87%

This project got the green light!

The Future of Man

Los Angeles Short
Drama

A young mother defies a strict religious cult to obtain critical medical care for her dying son.

94%

This project got the green light!

Jessie's Theory

Budapest Short
Comedy, Drama

Jessie is a quantum physicist in Budapest, who is on the edge of a breakthrough…or perhaps, a breakdown.

97%

This project got the green light!

The Golden Rut

Austin Feature
Comedy

Austin’s finest actor is inspired to take his career up a notch when he falls for a beautiful and independent business woman.

123%

This project got the green light!

Devoti Tutti

Catania Feature
Documentary

Saint Agatha of Catania was killed for resisting the advances of a Roman governor. Her story has always been told by men — until now.

135%

This project got the green light!

Bones

Nashville Short
Drama, Mystery

A battered girl must journey through a dark and violent world to discover the truth behind why her boyfriend mysteriously vanished

85%

This project got the green light!

ACID TEST (short film)

Houston Short
Drama, Family

A short film about dropping acid and going home to your parents! Trip alongside Jenny as her concert night turns into family absurdity.

89%

This project got the green light!

SHE SINGS TO THE STARS

Bristol Feature
Drama, Mystery

The desert. A Native American grandmother. Her half-Mexican grandson. A white, aging magician. What's real? And who are the real magicians?

88%

This project got the green light!

Halftime

Los Angeles Series
Comedy, Sport

A comedy following the highs & lows of professional football's newest team. Each ep takes place during the league mandated 12-min halftime.

80%

This project got the green light!

Watchers

Austin Short
Drama, Mystery

Actress Anne Tate juggles celebrity spotlight and public scrutiny, amidst a looming paranoia - a feeling that someone is always watching.

83%

This project got the green light!

Kinesthesia

Los Angeles Short
Drama, Shorts Program

Frustrated at her inability to accurately remember a particular time of happiness in her life, Minny sets out to find it again.

141%

This project got the green light!

COLOURING BOOK PRODUCTIONS

Rochester Company
Documentary

Colouring Book Productions uses storytelling to make diversity normal. Help us "colour" outside of the lines.

80%

This project got the green light!

Directed by Women


Global Celebration

Inviting the world to fall madly in love with & wildly celebrate women filmmakers & their films.

88%

This project got the green light!

FOG CITY

San Francisco Short
Drama, Mystery

A solitary amateur ballplayer confronts an invisible past in plain view of a new teammate.

58%

This project got the green light!

Sheila Scorned

Los Angeles Short
Satire, Shorts Program

A grindhouse short starring a quick-witted stripper who's out to get even with the men in her way.

98%

This project got the green light!

Charlotte

Los Angeles Short
Drama

A drama about those moments of childhood that never leave us.

106%

This project got the green light!

TurtleDove Films

Austin Company
Film-related Business

If you're here for a follow back, we'd rather you follow "A Room Full of Nothing" - that is the only campaign we actively update.

93%

This project got the green light!

CLAUDETTE

Toronto Short
Mystery

Her husband missing, a woman confronts harsh truths under the questioning eye of a police detective.

143%

This project got the green light!

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