Elisa Paloschi is a photographer and filmmaker whose work is fuelled by an impetuous desire to partake in the stories unfolding around her. She is consistently drawn to a world of new relationships, new beginnings, and, most importantly, stories with a human voice.
In 1989, Elisa established the production company Studio Lizard in Palermo Italy where she produced and directed short, experimental, and documentary work that was aired by Italian broadcasters, and invited to participate in European film festivals such as Oberhousen in Germany, and Bellaria and Palermo festivals in Italy.With a move to Australia in the late 90s, her interest shifted towards non-linear, multi-media work. With a focus on interactive edutainment, her children’s content, particulary designs for CD ROMs and websites, was highly praised and award-winning.
Now based in Toronto, Canada, Elisa’s career has come full circle, blending her storytelling aptitude, unique artistic vision, and technical expertise in feature documentary film. Her first 40 minute documentary, Radhamma’s Dream, has been screened at Queen’s University for its profound insight into India’s sex trade and is used widely by grassroots organizations, such as Odanadi UK, seeking to create awareness about human trafficking. Elisa is currently working on a wide slate of feature documentary projects at various stages of development. In addition to Embracing Voices (rough cut), Midgets & Misfits (in development) explores the peripatetic lives of Tom Waits fans. Ride to Survive (in development) tells the story of an epic bike journey across India undertaken by human trafficking survivors. Finally, Driving with Selvi (in production) chronicles a courageous young woman taxi driver as she recovers from an abusive child-marriage.