The Lore of Alice


TYPE
: Fiction
GENRE: Horror
STATUS: Development

LOGLINE

Babysitter. Storyteller. Witch. Your children are not safe.

SYNOPSIS

Alice is charming, worldly, sociable, a babysitter all parents can love, but once alone with the children in her care, Alice’s true nature is revealed. She’s a witch with child abduction, and human sacrifices not being the only things in her playbook. Alice loves to read bedtime stories 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 light.

ARTISTIC STATEMENT

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 Lores.” 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 lores 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.

If you want to see what similar films of this nature typically generate at the box office check this out, the numbers don’t lie:

Paranormal Activity:
Budget: $15K
Box Office: $193 million

Get Out:
Budget: $4 million
Box Office: $255 million

Halloween:
Budget: $10 million
Box Office: $253 million

From a business sense horror films are made for a reason, but when you get to make one that underlies the real horrors of modern day child separation, The Lore of Alice suddenly becomes more than just a typical “throw-away” horror genre picture.

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.

KEY CREW

Donaldo Prescod - 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 - Producer

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

Brittany Greer 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 Lores of Alice and is looking forward to bringing this twisted tale to life.

Claire Siebers - Lead

Claire Siebers (ALICE): 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.

 

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