Principal photography has begun on the independent feature Elizabeth Blue. The film, which stars Anna Schafer, Ryan Vincent, Christopher Ashman, Nicola Lambo, Inger Tudor, Kathleen Quinlan and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje centers on Elizabeth (Schafer) a young woman recently released from a mental hospital while coping with ongoing episodes of Schizophrenia. With the love and support of her fiancé, Grant (Vincent) and the help of her new Psychiatrist, Dr. Bowman (Akinnuoye-Agbaje), Elizabeth is trying to navigate through life. Haunted by daily voices, hallucinations, anxiety, failing medications and her cold and seemingly unsupportive Mother (Quinlan), Elizabeth fears that she will soon lose Grant, even though they’re planning their wedding.
The film is written and directed by first time feature director Vincent Sabella. The Los Angles artist has directed 3 award-winning short films, and is a functioning schizophrenic. Sabella based the story on a period in his own life in 2010 when his medications failed, much like the character of Elizabeth. During this time, Sabella’s husband of 11 years, Indie Film Producer and Executive, Joe Dain (Gardens of the Night, Geography Club) struggled for nearly a year to find the right combination of medication.
Fresh off his Screen Actors Guild nomination for the Oscar nominated Trumbo and starring as Waylon Jones aka Killer Croc in Suicide Squad, due in theaters this August, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje will also be joining the project as an Executive Producer.
Elizabeth Blue will be shooting in Pomona, California.