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“IDYLL” 9 MIN (2019) - directed by Jayk Gallagher

"Sometimes we are what we don't do."

Storyline: "Four years after a violent argument, Petunia, a young woman recovering from mental health and memory issues, struggles to find the best way to make amends to her ex-fiancé Vera."

50% of all women in same-sex relationships experience abuse at the hands of their partners, yet there are entirely too few films addressing this topic. Our Latinx and LGBTQ centered film “Idyll” aims to change that fact. In a time in which every year 4.7 million U.S. women experience domestic violence, this is a crucial and urgent theme.

“Idyll” is a romantic drama between two young Latina women, Vera and Petunia. "Four years after a violent argument, Petunia, a young woman recovering from mental health and memory issues, struggles to find the best way to make amends to her ex-fiancé Vera.” — Our story flashes back and forth between a relationship-ending incident between the two ladies while at a seemingly idyllic oceanside guest house, and four years later at a woodsy vacation cabin where Petunia surprises Vera and her new partner Carol, waking them in a clumsy attempt to make amends. 

The film explores unique and necessary themes— Domestic abuse in same-sex female relationships, the shame of memory loss and mental health issues, and the proper way to make up for past mistakes. We have created this film and are submitting it to festivals because it carries a necessary message and must reach the widest audience possible.

Selected for the Philadelphia Latino Film Festival in 2019.

Many Sundance Film Festival Alumni united behind the project. David Marks, Editor of Gus Van Sant’s Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far On Foot, which debuted at Sundance 2018, served as our Editorial Consultant. Our writer/director Jayk Gallagher was a Finalist for the Sundance Screenwriters Lab and Sloan Commissioning Grant in 2018. Lead cast member Andrea Sixtos, a Series Regular for three seasons on HULU’s East Los High and Recurring Guest Star on a major CW action series (can’t reveal it yet), had a role in Sundance favorite Quinceañera.

“Idyll has one of the best scripts I’ve read in a while,” says the project’s Latina producer Lynette Coll, who also in 2018 produced upcoming David Lynch feature film The Happy Worker (with Thomas Haden Church and Colm Meany) with the company SingularDTV at which she is Manager of Development. “Jayk Gallagher is very progressive. He’s telling stories about Latina women and creating a space for voices that are not heard.” Jayk has written, produced, and directed music videos called “a kick to the gut” by SPIN Magazine and “breathtaking” by The Huffington Post, as well as content for Fremantle Media, Current TV, Sun Microsystems etc. Gallagher’s sci-fi short“Chronopath” which he wrote and directed last year included work by VFX Supervisor and Sundance Alum George Loucas (Beatriz at Dinner, Burning Sands) and is currently awaiting its genre festival debut.  David Hemingson, (Creator WB/ABC's Whiskey Cavalier (2019), Creator Kitchen Confidential, Producer/Writer ABC The Catch, Black-ish, Don't Trust the B, How I Met Your Mother, Family Guy, Just Shoot Me,etc), called the film “evocative, emotionally affecting, compelling” and stated that “the writer had a great sense of character, nuance, and tone.”


This film “Idyll” has less of a colorful look than Jayk’s past work and uses all natural light, an Arri Alexa, and Kowa anamorphic lenses to achieve a warm, fresh, loving look, as it explores the topic of how best to make amends for past mistakes. Visually, we strove to highlight an “organic, authentic, natural” aesthetic, focusing occasionally on lips and eyelashes, and other details that reveal we are living creatures. Certain visual cues were inspired by Aranofsky’s The Fountain, while the overall visual feel of the film was more inspired by films like Malick’s Tree of Life. Other visual influences include Dallas Buyers Club, Into the Wild, Revenant, It Comes at Night, and Wild. Location-wise, The Malibu color palette is one of ocean and coral, gardens, and sea fauna, while the Topanga color palette is the earthy brown and leaning sepias of falling leaves and willows. 

The film features an all-star crew, including colorist Darin Wooldridge who colored a feature that won Best Cinematography at Tribeca, as well as Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America Civil War, etc. He worked 20 years at Technicolor. Production Designer Sonja Kroop designed LA Film Festival Feature Film Award Nominee Echo Park, and Director of Photography Ian Clampett worked on Captain Marvel, Baskets, Legion, Z Nation etc. The film also features work by Amanda Jones, a composer who works for Lion's Gate and such shows as Dear White People, Greenleaf and Nashville, plus Sound Designer Barry Weir who works on shows like The Voice, Beat Shazam, American Idol etc. “Idyll” also stars Vanessa Garcia, who had amazing Guest Star roles on SWAT, CSI, NCIS, Stitchers, etc.


Principal Cast:

Petunia: Vanessa E Garcia (SWAT, CSI, NCIS, Stitchers, etc etc)

Vera: Andrea Sixtos (3 Seasons East Los High Series Regular, Sundance Quinceañera, etc)

Carol: Arielle Hader

Writer / Director / Producer: Jayk Gallagher (2nd Round PIck Sundance Screenwriters Lab & Sloan Commissioning Grant)

Producer: Lynette Coll (David Lynch Film Executive Producer 2018)

First Assistant Director / Associate Producer: Jordan Ferrin

Associate Producer, Fundraising: Sara Mountjoy Pepka

Director of Photography: Ian Clampett (Baskets, Legion, Battleship, Z Nation)

First AC: Tanner Field

DIT / 2nd AC: Weiyi Ang 

Production Designer: Sonja Kroop (LAFF Award Nominee Echo Park, People Magazine Investigates, I'm Reed Fish, etc etc)

Key Grip / Art Department Asst: Brandon Steenhoek (Honda, Century 21 etc etc)

Grip: Tyler Denering


Sound Recordist / Mixer: Jason Stare 

Hair and Makeup: Iris Abril (East Los High 3 Seasons, Spiderman 3, Amityville The Awakening etc)

Script Supervisor: Eszter Zakarias ( AFI, Underworld, 

PA / Assistant to Lynette: Daniela Azuaje

Post Production Supervisor / Editor: Mike Dowling (in-house Paramount Studios 100s of commercials and promos per year)

Editing Consultant: David Marks (Gus Van Sant's Don't Worry He Won't Get Far On Foot 2018)

Sound Designer / Post Audio: Barry Weir (American Idol, The Voice, Drop The Mic, Beat Shazam, etc etc etc)

Colorist: Darin Wooldridge (20 years at Panavision, Best Cinematography at Tribeca "Kicks", Guardians of the Galaxy, Split, BFG, Captain America Civil War etc etc etc)

Score: Amanda Jones (Giants, White Famous, Greenleaf, Dear White People, Nashville, Step Up: Highwater, etc etc)


© Jayk Gallagher 2018