An animated/live action feature film
based on the award-winning novel by Eliot Schrefer
The gripping story of 14-year-old Sophie and her quest to save the orphan bonobo that she buys at the side of the road in Kinshasa, in war-torn Congo. Her quest becomes life-threatening as the sanctuary housing her mother’s precious bonobos is attacked by rebels and Sophie must run for her life – with Otto – the newly-named bonobo clinging to her back. They are both endangered.
Images from the short Endangered, to be released soon.
A narrative feature film
Based on the documentary Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq.
There are few more haunting stories in in the world of ballet than that of the mysterious Tanaquil Le
Clercq. A ballerina at the height of her career, suddenly stricken with polio, never to walk or dance
again. But not just any ballerina; the muse to George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, arguably the two
greatest choreographers in 20th Century America. She seduced them as a dancer and as a woman, as
she did her audiences – no one was more beautiful on stage and more mesmerizing. She had fame, love
and adoration until it suddenly all stopped. Tanny danced until she collapsed; she was rushed to the
hospital, was in an iron lung, near death.
Tanaquil Le Clercq would never dance again, nor would she ever inspire these giants. It is the way Tanny
copes with not only the loss of her legs, but the loss of their love, that is the drama of our story. Its
heartbeat is Tanny courage, her singular wit and determination to forge an independent life no longer
reliant on these artists to make her whole. She is a powerful inspiration to anyone who knows her story.