Anna Schafer, Ryan Vincent Starring in Indie 'Elizabeth Blue'

Anna Schafer, Ryan Vincent, Vincent Sabella Split - Publicity - H 2016
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Anna Schafer, Ryan Vincent, Vincent Sabella Split - Publicity - H 2016

The drama about schizophrenia is being written and directed by Vincent Sabella.

Anna Schafer and Ryan Vincent are starring in Vincent Sabella’s directorial debut, Elizabeth Blue, an indie feature which began principal photography this week.

In the film, Schafer plays a young woman, recently released from a mental hospital, who is coping with ongoing episodes of schizophrenia. Vincent plays her supportive fiance, while Kathleen Quinlan appears as her mother and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje plays her psychiatrist. The cast also includes Christopher Ashman, Nicola Lambo and Inger Tudor.

Elizabeth Blue, which has begun shooting in Pomona, Calif., was also written by Sabella, a Los Angeles-based artist who has completed several short films and who based the screenplay on his own experience with schizophrenia.

Sunrise Pictures production executive Joe Dain, Sabella’s husband of 11 years, raised the financing and is producing the movie. Elliott Abbott, whose producing credits include Awakenings and A League of Their Own, is serving as executive producer, along with Akinnuoye-Agbaje.

Schafer, repped by Global Artists Agency, will be taking on her first leading role after appearing in such films as Father of Invention and Always Woodstock. Vincent is repped by Big Picture Artists. Akinnuuoye-Agbaje, repped by APA and Untitled Entertainment, appeared in Trumbo and will be seen as Killer Croc in the upcoming Suicide Squad. Quinlan, repped by Bresler Kelly & Associates, is known for her roles in such films as I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, which also dealt with schizophrenia, and Apollo 13.  

Dain oversaw negotiations for Sabella with law firm Reed Smith.