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THE CAVE by Sylvia Toy: The Death of Ardi's Baby

This movie is a proof-of-concept for THE CAVE BY SYLVIA TOY –Logline: Paleolithic hunter-gatherers face dying out because of low birth rate and high child mortality. THE DEATH OF ARDI'S BABY is the second chapter of the movie.

Ardi and Romito’s children have all died in infancy or as toddlers. In this chapter, Romito and Ardi’s baby died during the night. Romito takes the body away, leading to conflict with his mate, Ardi, as well as within the tribe they live with.

  • Sylvia Toy St. Louis
  • Sylvia Toy St. Louis
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Fantasy, Sci Fi, Arthouse, Greenscreen Art, Performance Art, Video Art, Silent Film, Fiction, Narrative Short
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 22 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 10, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Sylvia Toy St. Louis

I am a middle-class housewife, retired from dayjobbing as a paralegal. I was very busy simultaneously with dayjob; and I have 35 years experience as a professionally represented sculptor; 20 years as a touring solo theater artist and founding artistic director of a nomad theater company developing original work about mental illness; and 15 years as an experimental filmmaker. THE CAVE, once completed, will be my fifth feature.

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Director Statement

In using The Method to create character and story, I have to walk in my characters’ footsteps. My projects have 3 phases: 1) story and character development through acting improvisation; 2) scene rehearsal and production design; 3) production with continuity.