By: Angel Jeter
As a member of the Writers Guild of America East in New York, Danielle Earle has created cultural stimulating and thought-provoking entertainment for everyday people that will appreciate the thriving adversity we all face no matter what your diversity. Danielle is now currently producing her next feature length film The Haunted Mind of An Insomniac and informs us what it is all about!
Black Girl Nerds: What inspired you to become a film producer, writer and director?
Danielle Earle: What inspires me to become a film producer, director, writer are women of color who continue to break barriers in the film industry. Growing up, there were barely any female directors, writers, or producers of color. During the past ten years, we’ve seen amazing women such as Shonda Rhimes, Ava Duvernay, and Gina Prince-Blythewood to name a few who created phenomenal content in Hollywood. It definitely motivates me to continue pursuing my dreams, in television, film and theater.
BGN: Why the need to join the Writers Guild of America East in New York?
DE: [It] Definitely helped my career. I’ve been able be in the company of phenomenal writers, that have worked on Network television stations, such as NBC, CBS, BRAVO, etc. it has also taught me a lot about the business, and how you have to protect your work as an artist, and a writer.
BGN: What award did your series, Brooklyn Is In Love, win?
DE: We won 5 awards at the L.A. Web Series Festival in 2011 and 2012. Best Ensemble, Best Writing, Best Actress – Nicole Vogt-Lowell, and Best Actress – Katja Gerz.
BGN: That’s amazing! Can you tell us what your film, Lover’s Game, is about?
DE: Lover’s Game is an LGBT feature film I produced in 2016. It tells the story of wealthy couple Annabella (Art Gallery owner) and Vincent (District Attorney) who are struggling to have a child, but soon realize it will never be possibility. Soon, their ambitions to have children has a dramatic affect on their marriage. Later, Annabella meets an exotic, lesbian painter who changes her entire perspective on her future with Vincent and their friendship eventually develops into a love affair.
BGN: What is the inspiration behind, The Haunted Mind Of An Insomniac?
DE: I’ve always been a huge fan of Alfred Hitchcock. He was such a creative genius as a director, writer and producer, creating unbelievable story lines that have shaped the history of American Cinema. As artists, we always have to reinvent ourselves and try something new. For the past 7 years, I’ve been producing romance dramas, and comedies that I felt it was time for me to try horror. The Haunted Mind Of An Insomniac is about a writer named Terrence Cleaver that is trying to finish his book, The Haunted Mind. He finds himself being haunted by his wife that committed suicide on the rooftop of his apartment. Suddenly, there’s a murder in his building leaving Terrence as leading suspect.
BGN: What makes you a Black Girl Nerd?
DE: I love that title. What makes me feel proud to being a “Black Girl Nerd,” is my work ethic. When it comes to film-making, I’ve always given 100 percent of my time and dedication to the craft. I truly believe if you are an artist, you have to love what you do and be willing to fight for it. It is very easy to give up because of the challenges we face as black women in the Film and TV industry.
BGN: What does the “PL” in PL Entertainment LLC stand for?
DE: PL stands for “Perfect Life,” aka The Perfect Life cartoon I created when I was 13 years old. It tells the story of Maggie Scotch, who had always had dreams of moving to L.A. to start a new life.
BGN: Are any of your productions going to theaters, DVD, VOD or will they all be online YouTube releases?
DE: Absolutely, about 90 percent of the cast and crew are in the LGBT community, including the creative team for LGBT Love Stories.