Alice is charming, and lovely, hands down a sitter all parents adore, but once alone with the children in her care Alice’s true nature is revealed. Alice is a witch and in this modern-day tale human sacrifice is not the only thing in her playbook. Alice carries on tradition with the aged-old pastime of reading a bedtime story, but when she wields her powers in the dead of night, the monsters in her lore manifest and come to life.
WHO IS ALICE
Our story begins on a quiet, suburban neighborhood. Kelly and Jason have a bowling tournament to attend while Josh and Rachel wait for the new sitter. Alice soon arrives and wins everyone over. By the end of the night the kids declare her their favorite sitter ever and look forward to more time spent with Alice.
Now it’s time for bed and Alice suggests a bedtime story, she recommends her book of lore that’s been in the family for centuries. She joyously picks out a lore and before she begin heeds a warning: “What I read in the dead of night, will manifest and come to light.” The kids treat this as jest not taking her seriously, and Alice smiles a wicked grin before she begins her ghoulish tale.
The children are fast asleep when a rumble is heard from inside the closet. This gets the kids up but glued to their beds in fear. As they stare intently at the closet door, a decrepit hand slowly reveals itself and just before they can escape, the monster takes hold of Josh and Rachel.
Six weeks later and Alice is on to another family. Frank and Jahna are preparing for a long overdue date night and as she feeds Annabelle, her newborn, she tells her kids: Jen and Thomas to be good for the babysitter.
While in her care Alice entertains the kids, and then comes her favorite point in the night: The bedtime story. Alice reveals her infamous book of lore, and reads the kids a ghoulish tale.
All is quiet in the house, everyone is fast asleep save Thomas who sits up in bed with tears in his eyes. He wakes up Jen and tells her something is under the bed. Sure enough, something ghoulish is under there but before the children meet death they somehow escape. Alice enters the room but the kids are nowhere to be found. As she searches the house it’s soon revealed the home is equipped with a safe room.
Frank and Jahna in the midst of dinner get a call from Rey, their regular babysitter. Jahna thanks Rey for recommending Alice but Rey has no clue what she is talking about. Rey recently had her account hacked and devices stolen and soon Jahna realizes the women babysitting her children is a complete stranger. Jahna and Frank quickly head home as Alice and her book of lore try to inflict harm on the kids.
STYLE + LOOK + mood + lighting
Claire Seibers: THEATER: Favorite credits include Agnes (Lesser America), The Workshop (by Torrey Townsend, directed by Knud Adams, with Austin Pendleton), Tribes at Actors Theater of Louisville (directed by Evan Cabnet), Time Is The Mercy of Eternity (by Deb Margolin, with Lisa Kron), Storm Still (Brooklyn Yard), LA Party (Collapsible Hole, Public Theater Under the Radar, Fusebox Festival in Austin, TX), Pocatello aka When You’re Here (Sam Hunter) at Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Hedda Gabler. She has a web series called Power Lunch. FILM: Other People, Ogre, Genius in a Small Town. Education: Yale University, The Juilliard School.
WRITER + DIRECTOR
Donaldo Prescod is an award winning filmmaker from Boston, Mass. After receiving his BA in Cinema at SFSU he moved to New York to earn an MA in Acting at The New School for Drama. As an actor Donaldo has appeared in: Angels in America, Lend Me a Tenor, The New York premiere of The Recommendation (Craig Noel Award, Best New Play, 2014 Ovation Best Play) by Jonathan Caren, The Wundelsteipen by Nick Jones, True Bible Tales by Rob Askins, Patrick’s Story and The End: When God Gave Up by Golden Globe winner Kyle Bradstreet, Richard III, Burn This, and Dylan directed by Liz Carlson, and The Feast by Cory Finley, directed by Courtney Ulrich. As a writer Donaldo has written numerous plays for the late night episodic #serials@theflea including The 1’s and 2’s, now a full length which had its NY premiere at The Tank, and 2014 semifinalist for the Eugene O’Neill center’s National Playwright Conference. His film Black People Are Dangerous won Best Narrative Short at the Urban Film Festival and the Honorable Mention Award at the 10th Annual Bushwick Film Festival.
Rebecca Hamm is an award-winning producer who creates content across an array of entertainment platforms. In 2018, Rebecca received an Emmy nomination, Parents Choice Award, and Communicator Award for her producing/directing work on Storyline Online, a program that promotes global literacy. In 2017, Rebecca won a Cilo for her documentary, Beauty Re-defined, which explored the falsification of beauty in advertising. In 2016, she produced and sold the dark Christmas comedy feature film, Uncle Nick, starring Brian Posen and Paget Brewster. Rebecca has produced branded content for clients such as AT&T, Radio Flyer, TLC, HBO, Mary Kay and a host of fashion brands. Rebecca is focused on creating compelling content that supports women, children and under-served communities. Her father is double-amputee who earned a purple heart for his services in Vietnam.
Brittany Greer (Producer): is a NYC based entrepreneur and writer currently wrapping up her first screenplay, HEART. She is wickedly excited to be on board as a co-producer of The Lore of Alice and is looking forward to bringing this twisted tale to life.
Receive fiscal sponsorship so project is tax deductible
shoot the proof of concept (POC)
There are 3 chapters total, POC will included the first two
Film Festival submissions
Reach out to companies like Monkeypaw and Blumhouse
Shop POC to major studios for feature
Development: May - July 2019
Pre-Production: Aug - Oct 2019
Principal Photography: Nov - Dec 2019
Post-Production: Jan - March 2020
WHY INVESTORS SHOULD INVEST
The Lore of Alice is the next film I am making with a strong team of female producers. We go into production early in the Fall of 2019. This is a “proof of concept” horror film, (meaning a short film intended to be a feature), about a witch masquerading as a babysitter while donning a “Book of Lore.” Filled inside her book are stories passed down from generations past. Alice (our main character) has a long family history of devil worshipers and for sport she literally summons the monsters from her book of lore when she reads the stories to the children in her care.
The best way to describe the tone and feel of the film is Stranger Things meets The Conjuring meets classic films like Halloween. Amid the picturesque backdrop of modern day suburbia is a witch, Alice, terrorizing families from town to town by abducting the kids, and feeding their souls to Satan. With that in mind the film also bares metaphorical relevance to the horrors of family separation.
Having completed a successful run with my previous film Black People Are Dangerous, the awards, and film festival screenings put me in contact with prominent people in the film world. And what that means is once The Lore of Alice is completed we have access to Hollywood producers at Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Production, Jason Blum of Blumhouse, AND with one of the producers being my best friend from film school who recently worked with Oprah, this film is definitely getting into the hands of powerful people.
Our current financial goal is to raise 60K which covers: production, cast and crew, film festival submissions, insurance, and that one named actor set to come on board.
Using the micro-budget approach like the films of Blumhouse and Monkeypaw Production, I am confident The Lore of Alice will bring a fresh new take to this witchy tale and attract a lot of the major players passionate about making an entertaining horror film with a diverse perspective.
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This project is fiscally sponsored through Independent Filmmaker Project. All contributions are TAX DEDUCTIBLE!!