Alice is charming, worldly, sociable, a sitter all parents adore, but once alone with the children her 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 practices the aged old pastime of reading a bedtime story to lull the children to sleep, but when she wields her powers in the dead of night, the monsters in her lores manifest and come to life.
WHO IS ALICE?
Donning a necklace to preserve her youth, there’s no telling just how long Alice has been on this earth. Her book of lores has been in the family for a couple hundred centuries, and the monsters in those lores can almost be seen as her own children that need the flesh and blood of the innocent in order to stay alive.
Donning a necklace to preserve her youth, there’s no telling just how long she has been on this earth. Her book of lores has been in the family for a couple hundred centuries, and the monsters in those lores can almost be seen as her own children that need the flesh and blood of the innocent in order to stay alive.
Our story begins on a quiet, suburban neighborhood with well pruned everything in front of every home. Bob and Carol are getting ready for a long overdue date night and the couple talk of the babysitter soon to arrive. Carol is a bit hesitant since she didn’t have enough time to meet, but Bob assures her everything checked out perfectly with the agency from where she was hired. When Alice shows up she instantly wins everyone over. Carol and Bob leave with no worry, and the kids have a great time with their new babysitter. Now it’s time for bed and once everyone’s tucked in Alice pulls out her book of lores that she says has been in her family for centuries. The kids are equally allured by the cover that binds the book since the leather bound material as Alice proudly states, was taken from human flesh. The kids treat this as jest and await the tale.
Alice heeds a warning before she beings. She prefaces by saying: The story you are about to hear will manifest and come to life. The kids laugh this off as another joke from the babysitter trying to scare them before bed. Once Alice reads a lore about a monster lurking in the closet, all is quiet in the house, as everyone is fast asleep. Soon a rumble is heard from inside the closet stirring the children awake. Fear has fastened them to their beds as they stare intently at the closet door, and just before hell breaks loose the claw from the monster in Alice’s tale reveals itself to the world. The children scream but it’s too late, Alice, listening on the other side of the door smiles proudly as we hear the monster ripping the children apart. As a pool of blood seeps from under the door it covers Alice’s bare feet. She then makes her way down the hall, enters a room only to find a baby fast asleep.
One month later and Alice has relocated to another state, another city, another suburban neighborhood. As she heads to the home of Frank and Doreen the couple are preparing for a long overdue date night. In the midst of getting ready Doreen is breastfeeding Annabelle, her newborn baby and tells her kids: Jack and Nance to be good for the babysitter. When Alice arrives she immediately wins everyone over. She plays Mario Kart with Jack and Nance, cooks dinner, she even helps Nance with her dance recital. And then comes her favorite point in the night: Reading a bedtime story. Alice reveals her infamous book of lores, but Nance warns her that Jack has nightmares and possibly wets the bed so he’s not allowed to hear anything scary be he sleeps. Alice tells Jack if he is ever going to be a man he must get over his fears. Reluctantly he complies, and Alice begins her lore of the monster under the bed.
All is quiet in the house, everyone is fast asleep save Jack who sits up in his bed with tears in his eyes. He wakes up Nance and tells her something is under the bed, and Nance tells him he’s dreaming. But Jack pleads for her to check and sure enough, something ghoulish is under there. The children scream, and like before Alice listens with a smile on her face. But something’s not right when the screams abruptly stop, she enters the room and the children are nowhere to be found. Alice checks the master bedroom, Frank’s office, Annabelle’s room, but all the rooms are empty. Jack and Nance, with Annabelle in her arms managed to escape death and locked themselves inside a safe room. As Frank and Doreen enjoy dinner they get a call from Kay, their regular babysitter. Noreen thanks Kay for recommending Alice but Kay has no clue what she is talking about. Kay recently had her account hacked and simply wanted to check in with Doreen for work. Doreen panics as she now realizes the person alone with her kids is a complete stranger and tells Kay to get to the house quickly. Doreen grabs Frank and does the same, make haste back home. And as Alice with her book of evil tries to work her way into the safe room, Jack and Nance may soon meet their demise unless their parents and Kay get home in time to save them.
STYLE + LOOK + mood + lighting
Claire Siebers: 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.
Brittany Greer (Producer): is a NYC based entrepreneur and writers currently wrapping up her first screenplay, HEART. She is wickedly excited to be on board as a co-producer of The Lores of Alice and is looking forward to bringing this twisted tale to life.
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.
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