"You can't change the past, but you can move forward in a positive way."
A story about the modern day human experience in America. With discussions about family values, personal ideas, complicated everyday interactions, and a look at how people may really be when not in the public eye. Drive is a feel good film about changing the negative moments into positive experiences.
Will (Shadow C. LaValley) goes for a drive to rediscover who he is as a person. While on his journey, Will talks about the human experience, that effects everyone in some form or another. We see the characters in each story battle with both internal and external forces that hold them back from their true, positive potential. In the end, each story depicts how Will views the human experience.
All of the proceeds will go directly to the International Child Art Foundation (ICAF)
In a world where capitalism and power rule the minds of the people, we see the devastation and destruction that comes with such minds. Whatever form the devastation and destruction may come in, the urgency is clear that we so desperately need to change the way the world is today. How do we do this? By shaping the minds of the future. The world's children.
The International Child Art Foundation (ICAF) is a foundation dedicated to cultivating the minds of children from around the world in a positive way. The ICAF looks to accomplish this by way of creativity and empathy.
"Creativity and empathy are key attributes of successful learners and leaders. Creativity fuels discovery, originality and invention while empathy brings mutuality, compromise and collaborative innovation. The development of creativity and empathy is thus a precondition for prosperity and peace." (International Child Art Foundation. . Retrieved from
- Concept: December 2014 - April 2015
- Pre-Production: April 2015 - May 2015
-Filming: August 2015 - October 2016
-Post Production: October 2016 - May 2018
-Film Festivals: May 2018
-Public Release: April 2019
Drive is a low-budget/independent film that was created in both central and upstate New York as well as in Los Angeles, California. The original concept was inspired by a personal experience from producer/director/writer/actor Shadow C. LaValley. Around the holiday season in 2014, Shadow was sitting with his Mimay (aka Grandmother Gertrude) and his Mother (Lynn.) In a discussion which encompassed both real and humorous moments about their lives at the time, Mimay made the statement "Someone should make a movie about all of this." Shortly thereafter, Shadow started working on the concept of the film Drive, originally titled Mimay. Once the concept of Drive was finalized in the spring of 2015, Shadow started reaching out to industry friends who he had previously worked with to find out who would be willing to work on the project. Unfortunately, Mimay passed away at the age of 90 in 2015. Just three weeks before filming started.